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.

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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A Letter To The Grandpas Who Left Far Too Soon

The thoughts of a girl who lost both of her grandpas too early.

Dear Grandpa,

As I get older, my memories are starting to fade. I try to cling to every last bit of memory that I have of you. There are certain memories that have stuck well in my brain, and I probably will never forget them, at least I hope I don't. I remember your smile and your laugh. I can still remember how your voice sounded. I never want to forget that. I catch myself closing my eyes to try to remember it, playing your voice over and over in my head so that I can ingrain it in my memory.

I always thought you were invincible, incapable of leaving me. You were so young, and it caught us all by surprise. You were supposed to grow old, die of old age. You were not supposed to be taken away so soon. You were supposed to see me graduate high school and college, get married to the love my life, be there when my kids are born, and never ever leave.

My heart was broken when I heard the news. I don't think I had experienced a pain to that level in my entire life. At first, I was in denial, numb to the thought that you were gone. It wasn't until Thanksgiving, then Christmas, that I realized you weren't coming back. Holidays are not the same anymore. In fact, I almost dread them. They don't have that happy cheer in the air like they did when you were alive. There is a sadness that hangs in the air because we are all thinking silently how we wished you were there. I hope when I am older and have kids that some of that holiday spirit comes back.

You know what broke my heart the most though? It was seeing your child, my parent, cry uncontrollably. I watched them lose their dad, and I saw the pain that it caused. It scared me, Grandpa, because I don't ever want to lose them like how they lost you. I can't imagine a day without my mom or dad. I still see the pain that it causes and how it doesn't go away. There are good days and there are bad days. I always get upset when I see how close people are to their grandparents and that they get to see them all the time. I hope they realize how lucky they are and that they never take it for granted. I wish I could have seen you more so that I could have more memories to remember you by.

I know though that you are watching over me. That is where I find comfort in the loss. I know that one day I will get to see you again, and I can't wait for it. I hope I have made you proud. I hope that all that I have accomplished and will accomplish makes you smile from ear to ear. I hope that the person I marry is someone you would approve of. And I hope that my kids get more time with their grandpa than I did because the amount I got wasn't fair.

I want to say thank you for raising your child to be the best parent ever because they will one day be the best grandparent ever. Just like you.

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To The Friends I Never Thought I’d Have, Not To Be Dramatic But You're The Best Thing In My Life

I had no idea back then that you would mean so much to me now.

Dear close female college friends,

I know that isn’t exactly the best way to start an emotional letter about how much you all mean to me but cut me some slack you all know I’m not the best with emotions. In my defense there really is no better way to describe what you are to me. You are my female college friends. But you’re also so much more than that.

In all honesty, I didn’t really have many close female friends before I started college. It wasn’t that I didn’t want them. I just didn’t have them. But then I meet you. I meet you in the library and in a coffee shop and while living with you. Looking back, I can’t help but laugh that such significant friendships started in such mundane ways. I had no idea back then that you would mean so much to me.

Honestly, I never thought you would. I enjoyed your company but I never thought I could make such a deep connection. I never realized that people could be so supportive and so kind. I never thought that I could open up to people like I have opened up to you.

Because of you, I have knocked down walls within myself I didn’t know I could. I have told you thing I have never told other. All because I know you care. You mean the world. Without you, I would not be the person I am today. Your love and compassion have shocked me to my core. I didn’t know I could ever feel this loved or supported.

So thank you. Thank you for spending hours on the couch watching movies with me. Thank you for always making me laugh. Thank you for spending tortious amounts of hours at the library with me. Thank you for making me smile when I’m sad. Thank you for encouraging me. Thank you for listening. Thank you for holding me while I cried. Thank you all for all that you do. It means the world.

All my love,

Your close college female friend

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