School is out for the summer, and while we have camps and a few fun outings planned, most of our summer is full of work on the farm.
This week was a juggle of childcare so I got to take the boys out for a few hours to work with me. We checked a few (very tall) tall fescue fields and headed out to a newly planted orchard to count trees. We planted a number of new baby hazelnut trees this past winter, and most are looking great, but there are a few dead ones that will need to be replanted.
So Hoot, Auggie and I headed out to do some tallying. A skill Auggie was very proud to have learned this year in kindergarten.
This spring and moving now into summer has been a struggle with the weather and rising costs. It’s a very uneasy time to be a farmer with all that has hit us this year that is out of our control. But it’s also just really amazing to get to be outside, teaching your kids all about what you love to do and seeing how much they love it also!
Someday these summer workers will be full time around here….probably (as I’m told often) before I know it!
I always have been told that I take after the Kirsch (my dad’s) side of the family. I look like my dad, talk like my dad, I have a rather imposing Kirsch sized nose, all good Kirsch traits. However I also get many things from my wonderful mom!! So for this Mom’s Day I want to thank her for all the wonderful gifts she has given to me. Here are just a few…
1. Optimism. If you’re ever having a tough time and just want to complain, don’t go see my mother. Because somehow amidst all your moaning and groaning, she will turn it around to some kind of positive message. She can turn any situation, no matter how bad, into something to shrug your shoulders at and move on. Let me tell you, living life this way is contagious.
2. Cooking. My mom is the best cook in the world! From very early on I have always known that I loved to cook, because it was something that I saw my mom love to do. Some of my most vivid memories of a very happy childhood have been spent with my mom in the kitchen. I’m not nearly as good at cooking as her, a few years behind probably, but she’s always there encouraging me along the way.
3. Silver Hair. I know this sounds like a negative but her hair is beautiful and although I’m not ecstatic about going “grey” at age 28, I can look forward to pretty hair someday…a far away someday…still dying my hair.
4. Big Heart. Mom is the most unselfish person I know. She gives so much of herself to others to make sure that they are ok, that they are getting help if they need it, or even just a warm meal when going through tough times. She’s an incredible giver and everyday makes me realize how much I want to be more like her everyday! My feeling of wanting to be there for others, and help those in need stems from seeing her be unselfish for others my entire life. The most amazing part is that she never leaves you feeling like you were left out or put on the back burner, she knows how to prioritize and always get things done.
5. You Can Do IT!! It may seem trivial, but hearing these words from my mom my entire life has gotten me through just about everything. I ran a marathon with these words ringing in my ears, because I could hear her yelling them from the sidewalk most of the way! Encouragement is something mom is never short on, and something that I admire in her. She’s always there to tell you that you can do whatever you set your mind to and because of that it’s made me more happy and successful than I could have ever dreamed!
I could go on and on with things that my mom has given to me over the years. From dinners everyday out in the fields during harvest, to the many rides around the farm shuttling tractors across the prairie, taking care of me when I’m sick, my mom has done it all! She reminds me of how good people can be, and when you have your priorities straight and you treat people with respect good things come to you in life. And when they don’t, look on the bright side, brush yourself off, and move on! Thanks mom for everything, you’re amazing and I love you!