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30 Sep

As any blogger knows, it’s so fun to tell our stories, but sometimes we just don’t have time to devote to writing. Having our first child this year has been the best, most amazing, most fun and hardest, life-changing thing I’ve ever done. So blogging isn’t really a top priority – even though I love sharing our farm life with you.

I can’t promise I’ll be able to blog very regularly in the near future, but I do have a fun giveaway to do, so that’s good enough reason to dust off my typing fingers!

The Denver Rescue Mission’s Harvest Farm has generously donated 4 tickets to the 14th Annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze for me to giveaway! I’ve never been, but you can bet I’m going this year. I’m already imaging the fall fun we’ll have with Miss Ella!

The Harvest Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze opens tomorrow (Oct. 1) and runs through Oct. 30. It is located at 4240 East County Rd. 66 in Wellington, Colo. (Exit 278 from I-25). It’s open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from Noon – 6 p.m.

Attractions include the corn maze, hay wagon rides, pig races, petting zoo, kettle corn, pumpkin junction and lots more! Visit their website to see special weekly events and learn more!

The best part about attending is you are supporting Harvest Farm, a 209-acre farm and rehabilitation center for men, with the goal of breaking the cycles of addiction and homelessness. Harvest Farm works in partnership with Fort Collins Rescue Mission, and both operate under the umbrella of Denver Rescue Mission.

So, enter to win by commenting on this blog post and telling me your favorite part about Fall! Giveaway ends Wednesday, Oct 5 at Noon. One entry per person.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,

Liz

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. – Hebrews 6:10

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Our Farm is More Than Monsanto

5 Sep

I took an hour this morning to catch up on one of my favorite blogs, Rural Route 2: The Life & Times of an Illinois Farm Girl. I love her intelligent, honest, heartfelt approach to blogging about her family’s farm life. This post from earlier this year struck a cord and fits so well with our farm philosophy. While you read, know that what she says is true about our farm as well. Thanks illinoisfarmgirl for your insightful words!

Rural Route 2

This Saturday crowds will gather to wave signs and chant against one of the more frustrating and ridiculous conspiracies of our time – that Monsanto is out to take over the world.

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Dammit

11 Nov

Do you have a temper? Have you ever broken things because you threw something or hit something too hard?

No?

Me either.

Dammit | The Farm Paparazzi

My college roommates doing our best Tony Soprano impressions

Okay, to tell you the truth, I do have a temper. My parents, little brother, husband and college roommates will attest to that. Once I broke the towel rack in our hall bath because I thought it would be safe to hit things with a towel. A towel is soft, right? Well, it ripped the rack right out of the wall. I’m just being honest. Please, don’t think less of me.

I’ve gotten much better about controlling my temper, but every now and then I still feel like hitting something. My mom knows this about me and she brought something to my aid when my parents visited last week.Dammit | The Farm Paparazzi

It’s called a Dammit Doll. We’re new best friends.

Dammit | The Farm PaparazziThis poor little creature has one purpose…getting the stuffing knocked out of it. Short of tenderizing chicken breasts with a mallet, this is the best stress relief tool I’ve ever seen.

Dammit | The Farm PaparazziI haven’t used it yet for it’s official purpose (see I told you I was getting better at this self-control thing), but when I need it, my Dammit Doll will be there for me.

Thanks Mom,

Liz

(This isn’t a paid promotion. Dammit Dolls has never heard of me. I just like their product.)

Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool. – Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NLT)

Big Little Brother

13 Aug

There’s a rumor that my younger brother, Ben, is turning 24. However, this is totally impossible. According to my calculations, he is still 3-years-old with curly, blond hair and an adorable smile. So, I don’t know where the rumor mill gets its facts.

I used to call him my little brother. Then he had the nerve to grow five inches taller than me. I can’t get no respect.

So now he’s my Big Little Brother.

Big Little Brother II | The Farm Paparazzi

We’ve had the typical sibling relationship, I think. I’ve been too bossy, he’s been too stubborn. We laugh, joke and tease each other. We get annoyed, argue and roll our eyes at each other. We have fun spending time together, even though we have very few of the same interests. I tell him he’s awesome and I love him. He tolerates me.

Big Little Brother V | The Farm Paparazzi

Despite being on the Autism spectrum, Ben is such a “regular” guy. He is funny, creative and capable. He makes and sells these awesome, custom walking sticks and he is a certified welder. He likes fantasy fiction and Tai Chi (not to be confused with Chai Tea). He is the hired man on my parents horse operation and Mom always says she doesn’t know what she’d do without him.

He has a fantastic, silly sense of humor and does the best impressions.

Big Little Brother III | The Farm Paparazzi

He is wonderful with animals and little kids.

Big Little Brother IV | The Farm Paparazzi

And he’s an awesome Big Little Brother.

Big Little Brother I | The Farm Paparazzi

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Love, Liz

P.S. Ladies? He’s also single. Just sayin’.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. – Romans 12:6-8 (NLT)

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