To The Farm Moms, Thank You

To The Farm Moms, Thank You

It takes a special kind of woman to be a mother; it takes a whole other breed to be a farm mom.
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It takes a lot of work to be a mom, let alone to be a farm mom. These women are some of the toughest and most hardworking, yet they don't always get the recognition they deserve. So for all the farm moms out there, here's to you.

Thank you for always making sure I was awake when I needed to be.

We have lots of early mornings and it's tough learning to get up for them on your own. I might still complain, but now I'm at least (kinda) a pro at rising before the sun.

Thank you for doing my laundry as a kid.

It's no secret farm clothes get gross easily and can be hard to clean but you washed them good as new every time. Well, every time until you showed me how to do it on my own. (Hey now, Momma had to make sure I was ready to be on my own one day.)

Thank you for always making sure I was fed.

Coming in from the fields means for a hungry farmer, and you always made sure bellies were full. Feeding a small army is basically a special talent by now.

Thank you for teaching me to be independent and responsible.

Chores had to be done first, and yes I had to be the one to do them. I thought this was the same for everyone growing up, but college has shown me that wasn't the case. Because of this, though, learning how to be a (semi) functioning adult has been much easier.

Thank you for leading by example.

You would have never asked me to do something you wouldn't do yourself. You always set an example of who I should strive to be.

Thank you for helping me with endless 4-H and FFA projects.

You were never one to do my project for me, but you were always willing to help when I needed it. Like the years I signed up for as many projects as humanly possible even though you told me not to.

Thank you for loving and supporting me.

Raising a messy, tired, always hungry and constantly on the go farm kid was no easy task I'm sure but you did it. I wouldn't be the person that I am today if it weren't for you.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the beautiful farm mom's of the world. Thank you for being you today and every other day of the year.

Cover Image Credit: Jordan Ash

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

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It's Only November, DO NOT Cue The Christmas Music

"Why are people so quick to switch gears from October 31... to November 1st?"

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As I write this article it is early November. Crazy how we are already into November. For those of you who have two different personalities from Halloween to November 1, this is for you. Do not cue Christmas music in early November.

November is a really beautiful month if you take the time to appreciate it. Leaves continue to change, the temperature starts to drop, which means more coffee and hot chocolate! The NJEA convention is in early November, if you're an educator, future one, or if you're a current student, you are off these days, and of course, everyone is off for Thanksgiving. A time to celebrate what we are thankful for with our friends and family. Tables full of hot soups to warm our chilly bodies, turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet cranberry sauce, an array of pies and desserts, you name it.

So why are people so quick to switch gears from October 31, a time to dress up, trick or treat and attend Halloween parties, to November 1st, a time that has become all about Black Friday and Christmas? We've lost the meaning of Thanksgiving. In my opinion, stores should not be open on Thanksgiving Day. As mentioned it's a day to spend with family. You can shop for those best deals and stand in line for hours the following day and days leading up to Christmas.

We live in a time where everyone is busy with their own lives and family, and it's difficult to get together with everyone's schedules. So on Thanksgiving, it's the perfect time to surround yourself with family and friends, enjoying a meal together, counting your blessings, showing gratitude and appreciation, and catching up on everyone's lives. Truly a day of Thanksgiving!

So I encourage all of you to prepare for Thanksgiving and focus on family, friends, and gratitude. Next time someone talks about Black Friday or Christmas before Thanksgiving, stand your ground, make your voice and the holiday of Thanksgiving be heard.

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