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    011 :: Friday on the Farm – The Feed Store

    Back in the summer of 2016, Nathan & I took the leap of faith that was Wineinger’s Country Feed & Supply.  The ENTIRE process from the previous owner approaching us 'til now almost 3 years later, has been COMPLETELY covered by God’s grace.

    Our feed store is located in picturesque Small Town MIDWEST America where football IS fall & we have 1 flashing red light in the center of town…our store is on one of those corners of that light.

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    The Big “W” Wineinger Family was approached with the purchase of this store because the previous owner knew that it would take a large family to run it. ALSO, we had animals to feed.  Nathan had coached his son in football, we had a running cattle farm, and he bought my chicken feed there from time to time, so that may be what sparked the idea.

    I can still remember the sit-down we had with the WHOLE family & him in the office of the feed store.  He was VERY honest & transparent with the business.  Leaving that meeting, I could FEEL Nathan’s wheels turning.  I was working as the Athletic Secretary at a high school & Nathan was working for the family farm & landscaping biz.  We knew that the Big “W” Wineingers were already FULL with landscaping, snow removal, water hauling, house contracting; as a whole, it couldn’t be added… But what if Nathan & Lindsay did it?

    "THAT FEELING" is HARD to describe, but that PEACEFUL assurance you get when you know God’s handling the risk of the situation... it was uncanny.  And Nathan & I both felt it EVERY TIME we talked about it.  So, we did it.  Being young & new, there really wasn’t a bank willing to give us a loan, so we reached out to friends & family and found investors (our BIGGEST cheerleaders both then & now!) to purchase the business.

    I still remember the first week of work.  I worked for about 3 weeks with the former owner.  He would introduce me to the customers as they came in & then show me how to work the computer system, invoicing, anything & everything I thought I needed to know.  The first customer that came when I was there, I will never forget, sat down, drank coffee with us & chatted about EVERYTHING for 2.5 hours.  I was LOVING it already.

    Nathan would come in around 3p and learn ordering & inventory.  He’d mess around with the fork lift & learn about feed and what each did for different species.  We LITERALLY started from scratch.  THIS PICTURE:

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    …was the 1st day we owned the store.  I went out and got a pair of cowboy boots so people would take me seriously.  Ruthie & Tessa LOVED coming to the store and would climb on bags for HOURS!  They’d create forts with the bedding while I did deposits or inventory.

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    I felt so terrible that the girls were there ALL THE TIME!  I would apologize to people for them being there, when they got in the way, when a customer would have to move barbies & blocks to get to their feed… finally someone put me in my place… “You don’t have to apologize!  Aren’t they why you bought this in the first place?!”  Yes.  Yes, you are absolutely right.  I still apologize for their toys, but I STOPPED apologizing for them.

    Photo Cred: <a href="https://emilycarpenterphoto.myportfolio.com/">Emily Carpenter Photography</a>

    The Hardest Part-

    For me, learning about the different species.  CHICKENS!  I know chickens… but to learn about hamsters all the way to cattle & horse.  OOO and being pregnant at a feed store!  That was pretty difficult.  When you lift 50# bags for a living, weight restrictions are no good.

    The EASIEST Part-

    THE PEOPLE!  The community we work with.  The kids we support through their 4H and FFA projects & show season.  The friendships we’ve made are immeasurable.

    The cool stuff we do:

    • We feed our local zoo. We order feed like Zebra Pellets, Banana Monkey Biscuits, Leaf Eater Diet, Wild Herbivore Diet… We got to go on a behind-the-scenes tour in January…AMAZING! (TOTALLY going to do a post on this!)
    • Because of the open space in our building, we have an annual craft sale, and let others use the space for fundraisers, meeting, etc.
    • About once a month, we have some kind of seminar where we bring in experts in a particular field for locals to learn & ask questions. Last month, it was Bee Keeping, this month it’s Pond Management & next month, it’s Homesteading 101!  This is one of our favorite ways to meet people!
    • We have 2 additional employees.  That's so important to me...and I take the fact that we are helping support their families as well VERY SERIOUSLY!

    For the future… we’re not really sure what God will do.  I think as long as we commit the store to Him and stay humble, we will be right where God wants us.  I’m proud to support the local people around me.  I’m so excited that I get to raise my girls here.  The feed store is our second home.  So, when people come into it every day, I treat them that way & want them to feel as welcomed and cared for as I would someone entering my house.

    So make sure to come visit!  I’ll start the coffee pot.

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    010 :: Picture Purging

    WE ARE ALIVE!  I repeat!  We are alive!  I've been MIA this last week, because of what started as a stomach bug (kid #3), turned Influenza A (kid #1), respetory head cold (kid #1, 3, Mom & Dad)...then of course sharing is CARING, so Rue got a stomach bug after recovering from FLU-A resulting in a ER visit... totaling 10 RUTHLESS days of SICK. (Did you see my Sick Day post?!)

    But, GREAT NEWS!  With all that time at home, I began to declutter AGAIN!  I'm re-scanning some areas I did before, being more ruthless this time, AND tackling sentimental stuff.  I jotted down some areas where I knew that if I'd jump into them, I'd lose momentum, so I planned to come back later... well, NOW!

    Last night, it was PICTURE PURGING!  Sorry, there really is no DEEP meaning to this post... they're just old, wonderful, goofy pictures.  I hope you're ready for this...

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    This is why our babies are cute...

    None of our children look like either of us as babies.  Yes, even Ruthie, my mini-me, has her own cute baby look...

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    Where it all began...

    The painting picture:  If you look behind Nathan, that's me on the ground in front of him with a roller.  We painted together on that mission trip in up-sate New York for about 3 days.  Rumor has it, my sweet friend, Cheryl, turned to someone else sitting on the bench with her & said, "When are those two going to start dating already?!"

    Man...we are good lookin'!

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    Life after babies...

    My mom guilt is showing here, but does anyone else look at sweet baby pictures of their kids and think, "I barely remember this kid at this stage in life..."  Oh, you don't?!  Oh... well then, forget I said that...

    And look at Nathan & I naively standing in front of the feed store with SHEER AMBITION in our eyes & a calm driving fear in our hearts.  Three years & 1 baby later... HA!  We don't feel much different. 🙂

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    ... and remember that one time Tessa hid her unicorn horn in her book bag, then pulled it out and wore it in her school pictures?!?!!?!  *eye roll*

    Alrights...that's all I have for your viewing pleasure.  NOW!  Next sentimental item on the list that I am TORN UP over & have NO idea what to do...

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    009 :: SICK DAYS/5 Reasons I Shouldn’t be a Food Blogger

    Everyone around me is sick…My time is coming…I just know it.  It started last week with Joanna, hit Ruthie 2x, and KNOCKED Nathan OUT today.

    Praise GOD, Tessa left on a trip with her Nana for the week, because adding 1 more to the mix would be even WORSE!  P.S.  She’s having a BLAST!  Nana keeps sending me adorable pictures… That kid.  She got her Mama’s travel bug!

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    Things that are WONDERFUL about this:

    • I got all the clothes switched. Everyone has moved up a size in clothes (whether they wanted to or not!)
    • I finished the curtains in the living room! (I just can’t show many pictures b/c there’s always someone sick in there)
    • I am only feeding myself, so I can make myself WHATEVER I WANT! Tonight, it was roasted broccoli & shrimp!  OMG it was sooo good! (See 2nd half of the blog for ½ of the pictures)
    • The 2 wonderful ladies we’ve hired at the store have SAVED me! They make it possible for me to be home with everyone!  Before, I had to bring sick kiddos to work & NO ONE liked that!
    • I’ve loaded up & taken ALL my #DeclutterLikeaMother stuff AWAY!  *weight lifted!* (Did you see my Decluttering Post?!)
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    Things that are TERRIBLE about this:

    • I can see my demise coming. I’m eating super healthy, taking active charcoal, detoxing the house with essential oils, CLINGING to Clorox wipes…BUT I can tell you very clearly 3 instances where I encountered the germs… they’re coming for me.
    • The business doesn’t stop! AND it all happened over the FIRST of the month… Monthly Invoicing/Bills/Payday all happened within the last 3 days.  I’m behind, I just know it.
    • This introvert has not been alone longer then a potty break for almost 10 FULL days. Guys…I cannot think straight.
    • My brain can’t even think creatively about something to write for the blog. And, I failed miserable at shooting pictures for part of the blog I was GOING to write tonight, so instead I will improvise and write THIS…

    5 Reason I would not be a good FOOD Blogger

    1. I meal plan Month to Month… we ate EXACTLY 3 meals last month on the days I scheduled them. Now, I pick 2 meals a week & don’t put them on particular days…lowering my standards. Then I hit them!
    2.  I would cook a meal & then have to eat it all myself.  The foods I’d want to make, no one in my house would eat.  They’d have green in them, or mushrooms, or even worse?!  ONIONS!
    3. I don’t measure stuff.  The picture would look something like this:
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    …and the instructions would be,
    a. Preheat the Oven to 425.
    b. Preheat the Oven to 425…I know you didn’t go over there and turn it on!
    c. Add the oil, the panko, ooo that’s too much, only 2/3 of the panko, the parmesean cheese (ya know, go ahead and get the bag out & add a little more…it’s cheese!), a pinch of salt, some pepper, ooo not that much…add some more salt.  Ok and mix with your hand.
    d. Put it on the sprayed cookie sheet.
    e. Nope, put it all back in the bowl…we forgot the garlic and the French’s onions…my bad.

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    4.   I forget to take the after pictures…

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    Ok… AND I can’t count. There’s only 4 reasons.  Maybe this has something to do with why I can’t measure.  PS My friend, Jane, brought this up to me JUST this morning… WHY is a liquid measurement of a cup and a dry measurement of a cup different?!  I mean, I obviously know why, but for the record, I interchange ALL the time.

    Thank you for letting me decompress tonight.  If at anytime within the next 4 days, you open a dark room and I’m sitting there alone, be polite & say hello, but then you just shut that door again and don’t feel a BIT bad about leaving me by myself.  I’ll hug you…later.

    008 :: Friday on the Farm- Cow/Calf Barn

    Happy Friday on the Farm!  It was the first SUNNY day in a while here in Central IL!  My intention was to do a HUGE introductory post of WINEINGER FARMS as a whole, but we've got 2 sick kiddos, end-of-the-month GLORY at the feed store & Tessa’s leaving on vacation (LUCKY!!!) and I have yet to pack her… You just get to see the cuter part of the farm….well beside the baby chicks.... BABY COWS!

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    Today, we went & fed cows with Nathan at Uncle Bubba’s (Josh’s) house.  There, we pasture & breed cows.  Can I give you a little mini cattle vocab?  I had to learn this VERY quickly to be taken seriously…

    • Cow = A female bovine that has had a baby(ies)
    • Bull = A male with all his man parts
    • Heifer = A female cow who has not had a calf
    • Steer = A castrated bull

    SO… with that all said, at Josh’s house, we have about 20 COWS and their calves AND some breed cows (pregnant cows).  We (and by we, I mean Nathan or one of his brothers) feed them usually every day… the mamas get Purina Breeder Cubes & our calves are on a creep feed.  Creep feed is for baby calves who still nurse sometimes, but are transitioning to feed…It’s a SUPER small & palatable pellet, whereas the Breeder cubes the mamas get are about the size of a cheese puff, but look like an unbreakable dog bone….if that makes ANY sense at all.

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    Why do we breed these cows?  Well, just for the reason that you think…early on, we castrate the bulls and then, in a few weeks, we vaccinate all of the calves and prep our feed lot for the transfer of these cows to feed out & sell.  For the most, our focus in on the feed lot.  We mainly have these lovely ladies to keep our patures down.  I promise, we'll talk more about the feed lot later.  Our goal is to raise happy cows (just like in California 😊) so that we, in turn, get good quality meat.  The mama cows then start the cycle over again.  That’s just the ways of a beef cattle farm.  There’s always extra excitement when the calves are born or when we have a bottle calf (and then those involved start getting REALLY frustrated about feeding the calf all the time).  All in all, it is a process we enjoy as a family.  I didn’t grow up in this setting, so I get excited, and get even more pumped that this is a norm for the girls.

    Ruthie is still SUPER under the weather…so she came out for some fresh air, but headed back to the van for a rest.  Tessa, on the other hand, was out in a jiffy, mud on her boots, Nathan’s phone in her hand, shooting videos.  That girl LOVES the cows.

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    Joanna didn’t know what to think…she really hasn’t been around the cows yet much.  She was super tired, so I sat her back in her seat and she was OUT COLD by the time we left to go home.

    Nathan was in his happy place.  “Smell that babe..[as he refers to cow sh*t]…it’s the smell of money!” And then I proceed to ROLL my eyes & yell at him to take his boots & pants off in the garage.  But watching him out there, just fills me up.  What can I do to make it possible for him to be out there everyday?

    Well, now that you just received your mini lesson on a cow/calf operation… ha!  Have a FANTASTIC weekend!  Enjoy the sunshine.

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    007: Lindsay’s MOM-Hacks

    So, I’m going to share Mom-Hacks & I have this feeling that some will be like, “Why is she sharing MOM-Hacks?!  She’s a baby when it comes to motherhood.”  Yeah…maybe, but I learned all these hacks from mamas interested in helping other mamas, so I just want to pass on the love.

    I’m only a six-year-old mom, so I have lots of learning to do, but for now…here’s some of the stuff that makes our FAM of 5 WAY more cohesive/steam lined/present/all the good stuff.  I’m willing to admit that some of these items are silly OR stage-of-life appropriate.  Others you’ll read and wonder if I’ve been living in a whole for 6+ years.  Humor me…give me the benefit of the doubt…then tell me I’m beautiful & smart and click on a different post when I’m not looking.  Ok?  Thanks... Here we go.

    ONE | SodaStream

    *OMG she bought one of those?!*

    Yes!  Here’s my story…I went on a trip to Vancouver in November to visit my long-time friend, Tricia.  She had one of these & I COMPLETELY questioned her motives.  But, then she showed it to me & used it every day to take a bottle of water to work with her….I became a convert.  I guess I was under the impression that you had to ONLY buy the Soda Stream flavors, but you don’t.  We get the water flavor squirt bottles at Aldi (Shout out to my Aldi shoppers!) & it’s awesome!  La Croix/Prerrier/Bubly drinkers, I recommend you give this a whirl & your pocket books a break!  The only costs are the CO2 tank (which I’ve replaced once since early December) & the flavorings.

    P.S. My girls LOVE making their own!  And they create flavors with the squirt bottles….loved by all for sure!

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    TWO | Echo Dots

    I promise, Amazon did not ask me to write this, ALTHOUGH I affiliate with Amazon, so see the banner under this sections... I know that there are other products that do the same thing, but I really LOVE our echo dots.  ALSO, we only have the little dots, not the towers or anything fancy.  We have 4…I got a STELLAR deal at Thanksgiving for 3 & the 4th I got from my BIL when he converted to Google Home.  Here is a BEAUTIFULLY bulleted list of WHY I love them:

    • Home intercom: They’re located in the kitchen, living room, our bedroom & the big girls’ bedroom.  I can “drop-in” to their dot and talk with them.  Now, whether or no they respond….
    • Alarms & Reminders: Just one example- the girls have an alarm in their room that goes off at 6:30a…they get up & dressed, come down and eat breakfast.  THEN at 7:15a, a reminder goes off in the kitchen and the living room that says, “Here’s your reminder… HURRY!  It’s time to catch the bus!”  LOVE IT!  You can obviously do lots more alarms & what not, but Echo telling them to do something takes LOTS of pressure off of me & ALOT less YELLING in the morning!
    • Music: You can do a FULL HOUSE dance party & play the same music in all the rooms, OR at night the girls play lullabies to go to bed.
    • Audio Books: It reads me my Audible books… I “read” books again!  *sigh….wonderful!*
    • Timers: Timers while I’m cooking.  Like multiple timers going at once.
    • Shopping List/Any list: I have a running shopping list… “Echo, add avocados to my shopping list.” Also, "Echo, add fix the curtains to my DIY List."
    • Amazon Notifications: She notifies me when my Amazon orders arrive!
    • BONUS! Joanna runs around the hosue yelling, ECHO!!!  (So cute… I’ll try to catch it & post it on IG!)

    OK I need to stop there, because I still have TONS more to talk about!

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    THREE | Online Ordering

    *Gosh, what a hypocrite!  She’s a small business & an online shopper...*

    Hear me out…LOTS of my online shopping is with small businesses online.  AND if I have the choice to buy something through the BIG GUY or a Small Biz, 9 out of 10, I’m supporting the Small Biz.  ALSO, If you are a small business, and you’re not online, chances are, you won’t be around too much longer…sadly, that’s kind of where we’re at in society.  BUT, alls to say, my time is valuable, so if there's something that I can delegate to online shopping to save me time AND money (which in many case equal the same thing) I'm soooo there!

    So, I’m going to shamelessly list everything I shop online with referral links, so that, should you decide to jump on the ONLINE Shopping bandwagon, we BOTH get perks out of it…. you get a 1st Time Buyer's discount/cashback & I get a referral discount!  Win/Win!

    - Walmart Groceries  :: The first time I filled my car with groceries w/o taking 1 kid out…I almost cried. (No referral link, but email me with name & email and we both get $10 off our order!) 

    - Amazon Prime :: For anything that I need in a bind OR anything I can't find anywhere else.  AGAIN... they didn't pay me write this post, but they advertise on the page...see the banner on the right.

    - Grove Collective :: All my cleaning supplies/laundry detergent & some basic health & beauty supplies.  Just recently, I’ve gone a little GREENER & more natural with our cleaning supplies b/c of some research, so this seemed like a GOOD streamlined, natural selection… AND I dig their style.  (1st time buyers get a FREE 5-pc gift set & I get $10 off!)

    - Stitch Fix :: Take 3 kiddos in a dressing room sometime & tell me how that goes!  😊  AND now that we declutter ALL our clothing I can REALLY see the value of GOOD QUALITY clothing vs cheap clothing; most noticeably in our farm gear & clothing.  Granted, I’m not going to wear many of my Stitch Fix clothing  when I’m working, but hopefully, you get what I’m saying… (Referral code: we both get $25 credit!)

    NOW, because I online shop, I use Ebates for CASH BACK on 90% of my online shopping.  Ebates doesn't really require you to do ANYTHING besides download the widget into your browser & activate the discounts as Ebates finds them per the sites you shop.   I've made just shy of $150 without thinking about it so far!  (Referral bonus: You get $10 cash back after your first $25 purchase *super easy if you start with Walmart Groceries* & I get a $25 referral bonus!)

    My Direct Sales Mamas that I LOVE supporting ::

    Norwex – Megan K.; DoTerra Essential Oils – Kelsey King; Noonday Collections – Jessica Hendrichs; Chloe & Isabel – Emily Kemp; Mary Kay – I know a girl *wink*

    I know I’m missing some, so I’ll edit when I remember!

    ONLINE is the BOMB…DOT COM!  (ALL the puns in the world intended!)

    FOUR | Afternoon & Evening Showers

    I love the idea of getting up & showering to feel refreshed & wake up…ahhhhh…. It sounds so GREAT just typing it, but that just isn’t possible for me in this season.  AND when it didn’t happen, I felt so defeated & gross the rest of the day.  Once I allowed myself (which is kind of silly of me) to shower during afternoon naps or after the kiddos went to bed, MAN, GAME CHANGER!  Something so simple made such a difference.

    FIVE | Dishes Routine

    I OWE ALL OF THIS to Allie Casazza.  Well, I mean, I take all the grunt work cred, but she gave me the ideas to make the change.  With a major overhaul on all our dishes (my Decluttering Saga), this chore is a fraction of what it was before.  When everyone only has 1 cup all day, our meal dishes, and my morning coffee cup & evening tea cup, I fill the dishwasher after dinner and run it.  Then, in the AM, while I’m waiting for my coffee to brew, I unload & we start again.  (In the summer time, this is one of the kiddo’s chores!)  I think I allowed it to cause me a TON of stress also, and once I changed that mindset, It grew to be not that big of deal.

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    SIX | Laundry

    Again…kudos to Allie C-wizzle!  “I load a day keeps the MOUNTAIN away!”  These are our basket… Whatever is fullest, gets washed.  I try to get it done in the morning.  BUT in order for it to count, it has to be dried, folded and put away.  Sounds like a lot, but it’s one load.  If I’m home & have more time to do more, then I pick a bed & wash it or get the blankets we use in the living room or curtains or ANYTHING… AGAIN… a shift in the mindset.  I was LETTING it stress me out.  *Get away from me SATAN!* <- slightly humorous, but slightly serious!

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    SEVEN | A Hook on our High Chair

    This started out as being the bib hooks.  We only had a few bibs, so they just stayed there.  When they were dirty, they’d go in the laundry and then make there way back.  Now, it’s become Jo’s bag & coat hook.  We always know where her stuff is, & it’s right where we need it to refill before we head out the door.

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    EIGHT | The Control Station

    There are SOOO many amazing designs of Family Control Centers on Pinterest, but this has been the ANSWER to what keeps our papers under control…. THERE’S SOOOOO MANY PAPERS!  When Ruthie & Tessa empty their book bags, all the papers go here.  Then, at the end of the month, they go through their box with the rule that they only get to keep 5 items.  Now, this includes the 5 items from the previous month.  So, if the previous items make the cut, great, but ALL but the 5 must go.  Then, at the end of the year, the 5 things that are left, go into the girls’ yearbook.  (Now, I will pull out things that I absolutely love, but most times, you’re fighting back an eye roll when you see what they want to keep.)

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    If I figure out some more, I’ll do another post.  BUT I’m ALWAYS game for learning what works for other mamas.    SO PLEASE HELP A MAMA OUT!  Leave your MOM-Hacks in the comments!  Let’s work TOGETHER & lift each other up and not keep secrets.  #powertothemamas

    006 :: WORDS OF AFFIRMATION – PART 2: THE GIRLS’ AFFIRMATIONS

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    before you get started... Check out Part 1: My Affirmations

    I could not fully believe it was happening….I chuckled when I saw the shirts online that said, “Be nice to everyone!  You never know who lost a fight to a 3 year old today.” Now, it was happening to me…I laid in bed one night just HEARTBROKEN that Ruthie was acting so meanly to Nathan and I, and even at ages 5 & 3, there was fighting….alllll the time!  Where did they get this from? Why do they treat each other like this? What on earth can I do to change this?!

    I had just started affirmations the week before for myself.  I created them to give me structure in the morning, to encourage me as I was still new to our business, and to verbally speak goals that I had set for myself.  It gave me confidence to change unknowns of the days & look at them as opportunities. Then…I saw this viral video…

    It started to click…I was NOT willing to accept that this was just a stage of life.  BOTH my girls need to understand standards that we, as believers in Jesus, live by & ALSO they needed to hear DAILY that they were LOVED & VALUED.  The last BIG point I wanted them to understand was that THEY determined the outcome of their day. No one else could decide that for them.

    So we started…One morning on the way to school, I just asked the girls to repeat after me…

    I am GREAT
    I am POWERFUL
    I am BEAUTIFUL
    No one is better than me, & I’m not better than anyone else.
    Jesus loves me, & I love Him.
    It’s my job to show God’s love.
    Mommy & Daddy love me like CRAZY!
    Let’s make it a great day!

    Then I said my affirmations….and then I prayed.  They had no idea what I was doing at first (partially because my eyes were open), but after about a week of doing it EVERY ride to school, the girls had it memorized & our 7 minute drive to was filled with positivity & talking to Jesus.

    They were excited when I asked if I could record the video…

    ... Ugh... they make me so happy...

    Can I tell you how FREE-ING these affirmations have been?!?  Ruthie may come home & say, “Mom, *** said that I was (something negative).”

    My response usually is, “Rue, say your affirmations…is (said negative adjective) one of those things?”

    “No…” *whimper*

    “Well, then it’s not the truth & not who God said you were so don’t believe what *** said.”

    OR

    When girls are in a knock-down-drag-out upstairs, I can calmly ask the girls to say their affirmations, & things usually cool down.  (Other times they don’t, which is REAL LIFE & someone get’s time out or a TABLET TIME Veto)

    So, how do you go about making affirmations for your kids?

    • Start with positive qualities your kiddo has.
    • Then, add qualities that you’d like them to grow. (bravery, confidence, compassion)

      • It’s ok to use big kid words here…if you have to explain to your child what that word means, that’s something new they’ve learned.

    • Give your kiddo a purpose.  This seems kind of deep, but why did God put your child on this earth?  State that! (This is important for you to remember, too! God created them for something WAY bigger than you can imagine & MANY times this hurts our human hearts.)

    • Do your kids want to add anything?
      • After you’ve written them out, read them to your kids & see what they’d like to add.  It’s their affirmations, remember.

    • THEN GO WITH IT!  They will be weirded out at first, but soon they’ll get used to the fact that school car rides/breakfast time/bedtime/whenever you pick is affirmation time.  

    More often than not, the girls remind ME to do our affirmations in the morning.  I dig it. I, personally, need to work harder on filtering my words & my tone with my girls, but I feel a little bit of grace every morning when I hear them say, “Mommy & Daddy love me like CRAZY!”  I believe they know.

    Don’t forget!  Affirmations are so important to you, too!  Hear me out in Part 1: My Affirmations & create your own as well.  WORDS HAVE POWER! Use that for GOOD, both in your life & your FAMILY!  

    ...stepping off soapbox to clean up a box of fruit loops.     

    WineingerGirls

    005 :: Friday on the Farm- The Birds and the Bees

    I mean come on!  I couldn’t help myself.  This Friday on the Farm, we LITERALLY are dealing with birds & bees!  I see those rolling eyes... 

    THE BIRDS

    Today, we received our first batch of baby chicks at the store for 2019!  By the end of April we will have sold over 1,400 chicks….chickens, ducks, turkeys, and peafowl <--I’m a little behind, but I just found out what peafowl is!  PEACOCKS!

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    We got these lovely ladies this morning!  I’m telling you, seeing baby chicks NEVER gets old!  These are Blue Laced Red Wyandottes. These are a special breed that is kind of hard to come by around here, and my employees and I all wanted them.  *Perks of being the store owner.*

    Now with that FRESH warm feeling of baby chicks.. Let’s just take a look at my chicken coop.  

    Wineinger Farms Chicken Coop

    Yeah...there’s work to be done.  COME ON SPRING! Luckily, we’ll have about 4-6 weeks before they can handle any temp below 70 degrees, so I’ve got a little bit of time.  

    TIPS FOR NEW BABY CHICKS

    • Make sure to get chick electrolytes for your water.  When you first get the chicks, dunk their head in the water & look for them to raise their beak to the sky so you know they got a drink.
    • Within your first day, I know this will be HARD, but handle your chicks as LITTLE as possible.  
    • TEMPERATURE is the most important thing at this first stage.  Get a thermometer or learn how to raise/lower your heating element (lamp) according to their spread in the brooder.  (If that doesn’t make ANY sense to you, message me & I explain it better!)

    Hmmm…I’ve just come up with a LOVELY idea for a Beginner Crazy Chicken Lady post!

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    I just get so giddy when it’s chicken season for us!!  

    THE BEES

    We bottled honey!  *Wineingers! Really!  The first post on your NEW site about bees is BOTTLING HONEY!*  Yeah I know...we skipped a few steps, but that’s what you get when you start a blog on a farm in February.  

    Because of the cold, the honey had crystallized & was quite slow moving, but NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A BLOW DRYER! 

    We ended up bottling about 43 pounds.  It just looks so pretty...sigh.

    Our actual bee season will begin in late March.  I believe our new hives come the beginning of April.  We will DEFINITELY be recording that!

    WineingerFarms Honey

    We sell our honey as well as hive & keeper equipment at our feed store, so if you need anything, stop by.  

    This is the logo we have planned...tell me what you think...

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    Well, have a great weekend, friend!  I must now go & clean HONEY off of every surface of my kitchen!  I lost two pairs of socks today already...

    004 :: Words of Affirmation- Part 1: My Affirmations

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    To say that, “Words have Power” is a VAST understatement.  I don’t think that I’m telling you something you don’t already know.  I could go on and on and on and ON….about the power of written word verses spoken word verse texted word…   AND THEN, I could talk about positive vs negative speak.  O. M. G.  But, when I talk about these things, I'm mostly talking about communication between two people.  What I want to know is how you talk to yourself…

    How do you speak to yourself on the daily?

    “Ugh!  I’m too fat for these jeans…”
    “I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached!”
    “Way to go, Lindsay.  Taking one for the team!”

    I want you to take the “I” or “me” out of those statements & pretend like you’re saying that to another person…..Can I tell you something, sweet friend?  YOU ARE A PERSON!  Those statements could really be harmful to someone so ABSO-freakin-LUTELY they are going to be harmful to you!

    What would it look like for you to speak words of glory, growth, & goals over yourself in the morning?  (Well, Lindsay…I will sure as sugar look like an idiot talking to myself in the mirror!)  <- There you go with that negativity again!  PS I get what you’re saying there, and I felt weird about it, too.  BUT, I want you to humor me…work through this with me and then you can tell me I’m crazy later!  (but you’ll be crazy too, because you’ll be the one talking to a computer screen. 😊)

    The power of Affirmations in my life have made a GIANT impact on:

    1. How I see myself. By the words I speak (OUT LOUD, remember…) I remind myself whose I am, why I’m valuable, who I work for, and why & how I do it.  Start speaking to yourself like, “I am in charge of my own schedule and I tell my time where to go,” or “I will do everything in my power to keep my priorities in order: Faith, Family, Work.”
    2. How my children see me. If you are self-deprecating, soon you’ll start hearing your children saying those things about you too.  “Oh, mom…you’re so forgetful!”  or even worse, they start talking to themselves that way.  I heard my daughter say she was too fat for a pair of jeans the other day…she’s 6!  It wasn’t that she was too fat; they were just too small!  Let your children hear you speak your words of affirmation to yourself.  They need to hear that you find yourself worthy & valuable.  In the same way you give your husband and kids permission to cut you down by speaking negativity to yourself, LIKEWISE you give them permission to BUILD YOU UP with your impact-ful POWER STATEMENTS!
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    So, what does an affirmation look like?  It’s short & to the point.  You have to be able to remember it & say it out loud quickly & concisely.  To get a framework started, consider answering these questions:

    • What is something I rock at/love about myself?
    • What is the first negative thought I have about myself?
    • What is a goal I want to achieve?
    • Who do I want to achieve/rock at life for?

    WRITE THIS STUFF DOWN!
    Can I be a little vulnerable & share mine with you?

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    I am exactly who God created me to be. 
    I am a do-er & a thinker. 
    I push beyond my inner-struggle of finding my worth in others,
            & know full well that I am complete in Christ.
    I am not a perfect mom, but I am a PRESENT mom. 
    I am a supportive wife to an achiever of a husband. 
    Together, we put Christ at the center of our marriage & our home. 
    With Christ as our core power-source, we are unstoppable. 

    When I refresh my affirmations or create something new, I write it down as I'm journaling for a couple weeks until I can write it without turning back the page to copy.  I keep a copy by my mirror in the bathroom specifically because I have to LOOK at myself there every day.  My girls and I speak (OUT LOUD) our affirmations EVERY MORNING!  (Teaser Part 2 will be their affirmations)  I help them with theirs, & they help me with mine.

    Will you take the challenge?  Will you write out your affirmations?  Will you speak them OUT LOUD to yourself every morning for 2 weeks?  THEN will you come back here & comment your feelings?

    WORDS ARE POWERFUL!  So why on God’s green earth are we not speaking POWER into ourselves each morning?  Sweet mamas, you know as well as I do, those day when the power is gone by about 8:15a, that DIVINE POWER is about the only fuel left in our tank.

    FILL UP my sweet friend….Every morning.  Fill up

    003 :: My Decluttering Saga

    No...I did not watch Marie Kondo...well, not until AFTER I started...

    I don't know what it was about January that made me SO anxious to make a change.  I just knew that I needed to start replacing LAZY habits with intentional ones.

    I honestly can't remember where I heard or saw #DeclutterLikeaMother, but it was an ad somewhere that STOLE me!  I was in.  (Girl, your marketing WORKED!)  Then, I "met" Allie (as much as you can meet a blog superstar) & knew this was my JAM!  She was speaking my language & loving my Jesus!

    She challenged us to a 30-day #DeclutterlikeaMother challenge that entailed a commitment of 30 minutes a day on a specific area of your house for 30 days.  This was meant to be VERY surface level & eye opening (check & check).  She made me think, "Am I spending more time as a MOM or a HOUSE MANAGER of the things?"


    So, here's the MAJOR points she taught me:

    ONE | The idea of Home Organization, like Valentines Day is a commercial scam in my opinion.  All of these organizational shows, companies, blogs etc. will give you great tips and tricks on how to categorize and compartmentalize then how to hide all the stuff away for a pretty house.  But that's the thing!  The STUFF is still there & now you can't see it to remember that you have that one thing that you just stored away.  If you can't see your things, then you probably don't need them.  (Yes, there are exceptions, but very few.)

    TWO| You LOSE money when you buy something, NOT when you give/throw it away.  So often, the amount we paid for an item holds us back from donating/trashing them.  Girl, you were not a smart spender.  Chalk it up to a lesson learned & ditch it.

    THREE| The less you have, the less you clean.  My mind is baffled why this was such a foreign concept to me.  The less clothing I have, the more likely I am to clean the clothes I have, the smaller the laundry mountain, the less time it takes to fold/put away/pick out my clothes.  (PS I hate to admit this, but laundry isn't actually done UNTIL IT'S PUT AWAY!  Our clothes lived on a coach for months!)  The less dishes I have the more likely I am to wash them quickly so I can use them again & keep my counter clean.

    FOUR| I'm the MOM!  Will my children benefit from having all these clothes/these toys/this technology?  AND moms WAY overthink.  More often than we care to admit, we think that the next argument that we have with our kids will be what they bring up when they're 19 laying on a couch in a councilors office unpacking how they had such a traumatic childhood.  But if you're taking steps towards actively being more present in your kids' lives, do you think that conversation will happen?

    FIVE| God called us to a life of service AND abundance...not one or the other.  And these are not just "seasons" either!  These are ALL the time.  THAT is a big concept to grasp for a mom.  One that I still am wrapping my brain around.


    THE RESULTS:

    This is a picture of a progress calendar I had in my bullet journal.  I'm not sure if you can read it down at the bottom, but that reads 40 garbage bags/large items DONATED & 30 garbage bags/large items trashed.  Nathan's token phrase as he was hauling garbage out was "#DeclutterLikeAFather."  Although, he was VERY glad he did not have to do any of the decluttering part.

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    Here are some other photos...read the captions for a little bit more explanations.

    ...The kids rooms have been decluttered, but we are in the process of rearranging so the spaces are more functional.  Nathan & I  MAJORLY pruned our wardrobe, but our storage opens don't lead to great pictures.

    I promised myself a mani/pedi once ALL the items were out of this house....we are getting there.

    I will shout Allie & the Purpose Group's concepts from the roof tops, but I'd much prefer you meet her for yourself!  She's got TONS of FREE & PAID content that will dramatically change your life...

    ALSO, her podcast, "The Purpose Show" is spot on.

    Ok...I've tooted her horn enough.  I've got to go do dishes...oh wait!  They're all done!  🙂  Have a good day friends.

     

    002 :: The Frozen Farm

    SNOW DAY!  It was a snow day yesterday & a delayed start today.  Is it weird that as a grown person, I still get giddy?!

    I was thinking through my To-Do list yesterday out loud and apparently with a bit of frustration. Nathan offered to switch spots if the opportunity arose.  As I was walking around with my coffee picking up here & there, it dawned on me...I DREAMED about days like this just a few short years ago!  The Dream: Could Nathan & I ever be at a place where I could stay at home with the kids?

    The Reality: Honestly, financially, according to society, we are more strapped than before, but owning the feed store has provided SO MANY unconventional elements of the best life for our family.

    After my coffee, we loaded up to run some errands....we needed milk & I wanted to go start working on photos for the blog.  I snapped some of these lovelies.

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    The cold did a number on our bees this year, which is out of the ordinary.  But 1 of 4 hives has survived so far! Yay!

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    Finally, we stuck away for a little shopping & lunch at 2 of one of my favorite local spots in a small town next to us.

    I think my kiddos love cold weather, too because that means Moose, our dog, gets to come inside.  Joanna REALLY enjoyed feeding him breakfast...

    Moose Joe Breakfast

    Stay warm, friends!  According to good ol' Punxsutawney Phil, it should only be a matter of weeks!

    *shiver*