Knolltop Farm Wife

Welcome to my blog! I'm a wife, mother of four and a self-employed freelance writer. I live on a dairy farm with my family and I enjoy sharing our life with family, friends and anyone else who wants to visit the farm. There's no telling what the I will write about from day to day, but hopefully you'll be enriched when you stop by! Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Headed East

Good morning from a soggy Knolltop! It's been raining off and on since last night.

Okay, here's an update on the family who I asked you to pray for. Jessica Wier and Jackie Wier were in a car accident in Idaho. Jessica was killed while Jackie was treated and release from the hospital. Please continue to pray for this family.

Also, I could use some prayer too. My mom and I are headed for Harrisburg, PA tomorrow for three days for the All-American Dairy show to cover it for Dairy Agenda Today. So, yes, that's how I can go, certainly wouldn't be going if I were footing the bill! So please pray for my family here while I'm gone. I know they can handle things without me, but I don't want any major things going wrong while I'm gone.

Then as soon as I come home we will be doing last minute preps for the fair. Oh, I am so not ready for the fair!

Now it's time to bed the barn and get the cows back in. Later!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Much Prayer Needed

For those of you who are inclined to, I ask that you stand in the gap for a local family who have experienced tragedy. I just heard on the radio that, Jessica Wier, a 19 year old local gal was killed in an auto accident while out west. The family lives on a farm in the southern part of the county. She was apparently riding in a vechicle with some others, including her twin sister, who is in intensive care in a hospital out west.

Please pray for her parents, they homeschooled these twin girls and they are one of the nicest families I know. I'm sure the family would appreciate your prayers at such a difficult time.

Thank you!

Intentional Living

It is another wonderful day here on the Knolltop. It's sunny but cool, I wore a turtleneck to the barn this morning and didn't get any too warm!

There are so many things to do and now I"m feeling the fair crunch. I was good until I began thinking about the projects that still aren't done. I really wanted to get them done before now, but I'm not that organized yet. I heard on Randy Carlson talk about doing one thing each day that is intentional. And if you continue to do that one thing soon it will be a habit and then you do another thing that's intentional. Pretty soon you're living an intentional life and that's the goal.

So my intentional thing is to do things NOW, not later. I'm trying, but obviously it didn't work with the 4-H projects.

Last night Luke's football team beat Pittsford, 40-22 or something like that. It was a great game....for us. Luke had two touchdowns, two interceptions and ran for a 2 point conversion. He had a good night even though there were a couple of parents at the game who took it upon themselves to tell Luke what he was doing wrong. Yes, this mama bear came out and all I can say is next time a parent in the stands feels the desire to take on the coaching responsibilities for my child......I will be opening my mouth and it ain't gonna be pretty!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

More of the Rummage Sale!
Stuff, stuff and more stuff.
The men's section.

And here is the women's section.
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Hillsdale College Rummage Sale

It was a beautiful day for a rummage sale and that's where I went yesterday!
Held on the campus of Hillsdale College, beside the football stadium, people flocked to the sale.
Earlybirds got their goods and were leaving as I was coming. I arrived at about 9:15 or so....this guy was on his way out already!
This is the entrance, young and old alike love the rummage sale.
And this was just the beginning
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009


It's a beautiful morning here on the Knolltop. A cool 55 degrees while milking this morning and cause for a sweatshirt the whole time.

Yesterday was a big day for me, my first time on jury duty. Since I just got done writing about it on Dairy Agenda Today, I won't put it here, you can go there and read it.

Honestly, I'm in a hurry(what's new?) because the Hillsdale College Rummage Sale is today and I've got 19 minutes to get cleaned up and get there if I want to be there when the doors open!

I'm taking my camera...ohhhhh this is going to be so fun!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Too little time!

Good Monday Morning from a beautiful sunny Knolltop!

We are having great weather and I love it! I'm late for the barn, I should be in there bedding the cows, Bobby is on his second trip for feed and I should be half way done with my job now. OH my how does time get away from me!!!!!

Gotta go!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

College Volleyball

Good Morning from a cloudy, still Knolltop!

We went to Sarah's volleyball game last evening and they won! Sarah wasn't too sure they would so I'm glad they have a win under their belt to take to the next game on Monday. I'm sure Jake's personal coaching helped her out a bunch.

The other day I walked through the livingroom and they were watching college volleyball. Jake looked at me as serious as he could be and said, "I'm watching this for Sarah, she needs to watch it and get some pointers on how to improve her game." Sarah immediately took offense and an arguement ensued. But with last night's win, there may be some merit to watching ESPN.

Is anyone else day behind this week? I just realized my column was due yesterday! I thought today was Wednesday. I guess I had better get on that!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Watching Paint Dry

Good Morning from a foggy Knolltop!

Yep, the kids are off to school....I let them go again today....okay, I'm not going there!

Where did all this rain come from? It rained a lot yesterday, so much that the feed truck got stuck yesterday. I began milking and looked out only to see two men standing in the rain trying to get the truck unstuck! Again, I'm so glad my job is milking the cows in a dry barn.

Sarah has her first volleyball game tonight and it's home. There have been so many times when I've gone to her game and Bobby stayed home to milk the cows. Let's face it, he thinks watching volleyball is like watching paint dry, so when he volunteers to stay home it's not nearly as sacrificial as one would think.

Monday evening she was asking if JW was going to milk the night of her game. When I said yes, she replied, "Oh good, then both you and Daddy can come to my game!" Don't think I didn't tell him about that statement! So tonight Daddy will be watching paint dry instead of milking cows...which in my opinion is just about as bad as watching paint dry...but don't tell him I said that!

One more thing....Angie...we do need to have coffee!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

First Day of School

It's a very rainy day here on the Knolltop. It's been pretty much steady all day long which doesn't help my bad mood at all.

Going through the motions of the day I found myself really irritable and couldn't figure out why. Then it dawned on me, the kids had to go back to school today and I really don't like it. I miss them. I miss Jake's constant conversation with whoever will listen. I miss Sarah and Jake bantering back and fourth. And I especially miss their help! I had to help do chores in the barn this morning after breakfast and then I had to actually do the breakfast dishes too!

So, I am looking forward to 3:00 pm today when half of them come home to tell me about their day. Today was JW's first day of his last year in school. Maybe that's what is really bothering me! AHHH! Whatever it is, I had better snap out of it goes on, with or without me!

I think I need a cookie or something....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Another beautiful day!

It's another beautiful morning on the Knolltop!

Last evening JW and Sarah did chores while Bobby and I went to Luke's game in Climax. They lost but played an okay game. It was fun watching Luke play again.

We've had a couple of new calves, one bull, one heifer and now we are waiting for Sarah's cow to calve. She's due to Dundee and we are very excited to see what this calf will look like. I talk like it will be a heifer, I have no guarantees, but I'm optimistic!

I'm hoping to get another bushel of peaches today for canning, Sarah is just begging for more peaches to peel and slice! NOT! Then it's on to tomatoes....oh those wonderful tomatoes! Since mine didn't come on this summer, I'm looking for FREE tomatoes, I'll just wait until everyone else gets done and then hopefully someone will call and offer their leftovers. We'll just have to see what God provides!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Worst Mom Titles

Good Morning from a cool, clear Knolltop!

The Party is over, the southern chicks have gone back south. They actually left yesterday but I just didn't get to this blog. If you read my Dairy Agenda Today Blog you'll understand.

I was voted worst mom of the year yesterday. Luke, reminded me on Monday that they had football pictures on Tuesday and he needed his uniform washed. Yesterday I looked at his dirty uniform and thought to myself, "I need to get that washed, but his game isn't until Wednesday so what's the rush?" But for some reason I felt the need to get it done.

While cleaning off the counter I noticed his picture form and I decided not to wait until the last minute to fill it out but I would fill it out right then, insert the money, so when he was headed to practice I could hand it to him and look like I was so on top of things (This is rare for me.)

He was a tad late getting home from work so he was in a hurry to get to practice. He walked into the laundry room and saw his uniform sitting in the same place it was when he took it off. He looked at me and said, "You didn't wash this?" And I smugly said, "Your game isn't until tomorrow." He then looked at me and said, "But we have pictures today!" And he proceeded to put on a dirty uniform (good thing it's dark green) and I proceeded to feel like the worst mom in the world.

You see, if this were Jake's uniform, I wouldn't feel badly. If it were JW's uniform, there would be no guilt because they are as bad as I am at forgetting things and when we forget things we forget that we felt bad about forgetting about as quickly as we remember. But this was Luke I was dealing with, the kid who doesn't forget, the kid who folds his dirty socks together and puts them in the dirty laundry so they don't get separated, this is the kid who is a self starter, thrives on routine and hardly ever has to be told twice. I wanted to get it right for him out of sheer respect for who he is.

So guess what the first load of laundry is this morning? And guess who smiled as he watched me put it in the washer? I love that kid!