Confessions of a Farm Wife

I never thought I would be anything but some one who was perfectly dressed with perfect kids in a perfectly tidy, in-town house. However, after moving to the country with my business professional turned farmer husband, I'm trying to depict the farm wife role, while still doing it "in style!" My quest is to uncover the good, the bad, and the dirty truth of life on our gravel road.

A Season of Schizophrenia

Without much pageantry or flourish, summer has begun to fade into the distance and the kids headed off on the bus this morning. Yes, it's August 14th. Yes, it's crazy early for school to start ....more

War of Words

Since leaving the part time work force, I have realized that I have become obsessed with words.In particular, I have become increasingly aware that my good vocabulary, minor in English in college, and my writing has been somewhat stifled. Although placed a lovingly second to my family, my need for communication in a professional manner has come to an almost complete standstill.Thus, the use of really big and fancy words in the past few sentences.However, since heading back to the stay at home mom field, I have been able to catch bits and pieces of news reels, magazine articles, and I have even read quite a few books this summer. Yay, me! ...more

Flipping a Switch

Did you know that we show cattle?My friends and family are saying, "duh," as this is all Joe and Anna have done for most of the summer. Chores, brushing, washing, walking, then loading, packing, washing (clothes and cattle), braiding (this is my job), unloading, waiting, walking. I have joked that if I would put a show calf in the basement by the unpacked boxes, maybe we could finally get the last steps of our project finished.Ha.Now, I know very little about showing cattle ....more

Am I Eating Clean and Local, But Just Not Making A Big Deal About It?

As I sat down to dinner at my parents' house, I realized something. Were I a person who took pictures of her food, I would have taken a pic of my mom's lovely meal. It could have been hashtagged something crazy, because on my plate was something Instagram dreams were made of.Homegrown asparagus from my sweet Aunt Nancy's garden (she's 80), Webel beef or pork ( I can't remember...I ate it, didn't document it!), potatoes from a local grower, bib lettuce from Arthur, Illinois (thank you Amish folks who market to Hy Vee), and Illinois peaches.Now, here's my deal ....more

The Struggle Is Real

So.Earlier this week, this happened in my life: Cue your heart melting, right? This is Caroline, and she is our "true" preemie. So small in stature, and a little later in hitting her milestones, yet her fiesty spirit is going to help her go a long way ....more

So I Guess June Was My Blogging Vacation?

Sorry friends.I have done a lot of sharing on Facebook (if you haven't followed me there, search Confessions of a Farm Wife, and there you go).I have put pictures on Instagram (again, follow me @emilywebel...evidently I need more friends?).But blogging has come a very, very, very distance third.Sigh.I would love to have an exotic tale of how Joe and I were whisked away on some summer getaway, or that we all went as a family on some well planned, family friendly vacation.Unless you consider trips to the pool, grocery store, softball games and endless hours spent refereeing twins who are evidently training to be baby WWE wrestlers vacations, then we've just been here, trying to figure out how to do summer with six kids.So far, so good...I guess. I have to laugh at myself, however. When we first had the twins, folks asked how in the world we were able to get anywhere ....more

You Thought the Internet Was Big? Well...

What about electricity?This was a conversation my grandmother had with one of my cousins as they were discussing the amazing capabilities of the Internet. She listened intently with great interest, as she always does, and when he finished explaining how life changing, amazing and innovative the virtual world was, she replied, in her quietly calm voice,"So was electricity."Touche.This is my grandma, though. It's been a big week for her, for Amelia, for all of us ....more

It's Summer? Really?

I'm only saying this because I'm sitting here in a closed up house with a jacket on over my running gear. It's cold here!It's summer?Really?Really.It's summer in that we've already had ballgames and a sleepover and swimming. It's summer because there's been daily calf washing, groaning about Mean Mom's screen time rules.It's summer because 50% of the kids are still sleeping, and it's a quarter to eight.I'm typing fast ....more

Holding His Own

In case you haven't noticed, I tend to blog on my kids' birthdays.Mainly because I feel nostalgic, and love to celebrate them.And then there's also the fact that I have given up baby booking/scrapbooking/videoing anything other than on my iPhone...etc., etc.So, today's Jack's fourth birthday. Just a few months ago (read: four years ago), I wrote this about him. So full of questions about how this little guy would fit into the land of girls ....more

He Took the Words (and the Burrito) Right Out of Mouth

Friends, while I have called out Dr. Oz and other extremist about GMOs, I AM for choice in food.Who am I to tell you what to buy for groceries? I don't know your religious, social, health, whatever issues.I truly, truly believe you can eat whatever the heck you want ....more