Raising a Farmer

Alot of work but always room for laughter

Tea Time watching the Royal Wedding

Did you watch the Royal Wedding?

When Prince William wed Kate I woke up early and watched in the living room by myself. I have always been fascinated with the Royal Family. Even Princess Di had me captivated. Maybe it is because I love hats and Royals get to wear them all the time and don’t stick out like a sore thumb.  (It doesn’t stop me from wearing fancy hats.)

Saturday, when Prince Harry wed Meghan I set the DVR the night before, finished milking cows, dug out my own wedding dress, took out the fancy china, and celebrated the wedding of the year with my daughter dressed in her Elsa dress.

Congratulations Duke and Duchesses of Sussex!!

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The end of school Year, Thank goodness!

The School year is almost over. I am thankful in more than one way. I am counting down the days.

There is something happening the last couple weeks that is driving me crazy!

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Detective Vivian

Detective Vivian is on the case. She will find out who the art is on the office wall in the barn is.  She cracks me up.  “Oh Hi!”

Do you think she figured out who the artist is?

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Dairy Day at Minnesota State Capital

On Wednesday, April 18 Everett and I attended Dairy Day at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. with Minnesota Milk. This is an opportunity for dairy farmers to meet with legislators, relay their concerns and share their dairy story. This is a time to discuss new policy and current policy and programs that are working well for farms.


Everett and I headed to the state Capital

As a mom this is a great way to teach my children. Showing is teaching and teaching is showing. Someone had asked me if this was a school project for Everett because I took him out of school for the day. The answer was, no this is not a school project. This is a farm project. As a mom and a dairy farmer this is to teach my children, showing up is important. Talking about what you love and how it affects your community and communities around you.


Watching the House of Representatives in session

As we walked through the halls of the state capital, senate and house buildings, we weren’t alone. The halls were full of constituents with their own concerns for their communities. Showing up shows my children if you want your voice to be heard you need to show up. It shows my children no matter how small your voice is, it matters. There is a process. It shows my children building relationships with people is important and makes a difference. It matters what we say and do. It shows my children we can have a different opinion but yet still have conversations to make a difference.

Meeting with Senator Paul Gazelka

Meeting with Senator and Lt. Govenor Michelle Fischbach. She gifted Everett a Senator pin needless to say we heard all day how he was a Senator. 


Meeting with Senator Torrey Westrom 

It shows my children our own communities need us. Whether we are giving our time to our churches or holding a public office in our towns and communities. Taking the time to listen to a neighbor. Our communities need us. Each and everyone of us are important to our community because all of us make up our community. Our communities need us to listen. Our communities need us to show up.


The decisions that are made today will impact my children. Even if my children choose not to farm they will know how important it is to use their voice in their local communities and beyond. To use their voice kindly and to listen.


The reason why we show up. When we got home I still needed to go out to the barn. 

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Easter Candy Leftover Cookies

The snow is blowing again today.

Easter has come and gone. Winter is still here.IMG_3606[1]

Spring feels like it will never come. Emily from Zweber Farms described it perfectly, “Narnia has arrived on the farm. Always Winter and never Christmas.” 

Today the kids and I turned the oven on and did some baking. Choclate Chip Cookies and Cinnamon Rolls.

What do you do with left over chocolates from Easter. They hang out on the counter waiting for someone to eat them.  IMG_3578[1]Today I chopped them up and used them in

Chocolate Chip cookies 

1 cup butter

1 cup of oil

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups Flour

2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips or (left over chocolate bunnies, duckies or chickens chopped up)

Mix all together and drop by a spoonfull or use a fancy cookie scopper (best investment I ever made, I eat less cookie dough well not alot less but less.)

Bake at 350 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!  IMG_3585[1]




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Easter 2018~Snow didn’t hold us back from an Easter Tradition


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Weather Report on Holy Saturday

We have been getting some snow in Central Minnesota.  Dusting of snow is normal in the spring time but 10 inches of snow is not normal this time of year.  The real news this morning said we average 2 inches of snow in April, we are way past that.  Southern Minnesota had school closed or late today.

March came in like a lion and it is leaving like a ….Well you will have to watch to see what Nate said March left us like.

Happy Spring time, or late winter, or third winter or….

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Rake in the Face

Rake in the face, the cartoon Tom and Jerry has been the choice of late in the house.

Of course it has filtered into the barn.  Turn up the volume to hear the laughter.  When Tom and Jerry is on laughter and more laughter is heard from the 3 foot tall person in our house.

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Barn Olympics

We have Olympic Fever, do you?


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The Picture I almost Said “No” To

It was a Monday. The day after our county fair this past summer. We were exhausted and tired and exhausted. Did I say we were exhausted? Running back and forth from the fair to the farm and back to the fair and then again back to the farm takes its toll. Chores at home and then chores again at the fair. I am thankful for good help at the fair. We were running low on sleep (I was averaging about 3-4 hours a night), low energy and we were tired. We needed a good meal that didn’t involve a granola bar, Little Debbie snack or fried food. (I eat my fair share of chili cheese fries at the fair).

Monday afternoon we had gotten a phone call from our co-op seeing if we were available for a photographer to come out Friday to take promotion pictures. When Nate told me they had called I seriously couldn’t even think about it. I was maxed out in the thinking department. My brain was turned off. Tuesday morning came and our field rep called, they needed an answer. I told Nate “No. I can’t. We can’t. Can we do it next week?” We checked, it needed to be Friday. Nate and I talked about it. Well, he talked me into it, “We will just power through it, Brenda. It will be fine.”

Friday afternoon came. One meltdown and I began to look on the brighter side. We had Lady Wilt still used to the halter and 304 wouldn’t take that much to wash so soon after the fair. “It will be OK,” I started to tell myself. Cowboy Media came and took some photos of our family on the farm. They did more than that. I look at the pictures and I think, “I wanted to say no to this?” This picture means more to us than anything. Little did we know in a couple months we would have to say goodbye to 304.

We take so many pictures during the year, from what we had to eat, to what part is needed, to “look at this,” to the kids sleeping. Not every family picture is perfect but some are more than perfect. There are few pictures, which live on in our hearts and this is that one. This picture I wanted to say no to. The picture that captures everything that is important to us. Family, love, farm, faith.Rudolph Dairy 0035

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