Here’s to Strong Women!

If you opened this blog post expecting me to talk about how one sex is superior to the other, I am sorry to report that you are about to be disappointed. On the contrary, if you are looking for some inspirational honest and real life debunking of gender roles, look no further.

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I come from a long line of strong women. I was raised by a single mom, a woman who left the fathers of her children in order to give her kids a better life. I was raised by a women who didn’t have a man to rely on for the dirty jobs, so she wore both hats. Mom wasn’t a women who was afraid to break gender roles. She was a carpenter, a plumber, and a gardener. Mom also wants afraid to show her feminine side. She always took great pride in maintaining beautiful nails, and she wore her rings and bracelets proudly. In her younger days she was quite the fashionista, she loved to experiment with her wardrobes, and sometimes even created dresses and blouses of her own.

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Anyone who knew my mom knew she was strong. Both physically and emotionally. For most of her adult life she didn’t have a man to lean on, and she was often too proud to ask for help, so she learned how to make do on her own. I always admired my mother’s willingness to be self-sufficient, and independent. I would like to think that is something she passed on to me.

My mom’s mother is not much different. While she spent 60 years of her life married to my grandpa, (until he lost his battle to cancer) she never let that make her weak. Sure, my grandma is a woman who puts a lot of effort into maintaining her femininity, but don’t let that fool you, she is as tough as nails! After all we are talking about the woman that would use her brother’s hunting tag, in order to help provide meat for the family.

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I tend to think of myself as a rather strong, and independent woman. I have never been afraid to get dirty, or take on “a man’s job”. I have been changing oil since I was about 13 years old, and during the summers of my high school career I spent 12 -14 hour days working on a farm with one other girl, and about a dozen boys. Anyone who reads my blogs knows that I am not one of the girly girls. I am the first one to jump up to any task at hand. Since I have begun my life on the farm, I think I have amazed the George family, with my willingness to dive into ANY mess and learn. I am not always the best, at the farm tasks at hand, but I am always willing to learn.  I would like to think that I am the way I am because I take after two of the most inspiring hard ass women I know…my mom and grandma.

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Every day I feel lucky to have been raised in a family where being female is empowering.

Here’s to Strong Women! May we know them… May we be them… May we raise them…

 

 

Why Every Girl Should Consider Dating a Farmer: According To Me

In my short 22 years of life I have dated more than a few fellas. However, among all these guys there is one who has far surpassed the rest. He his kind, humble, hard-working, patient, and incredibly intelligent. He shares my love for animals, open spaces, and family. He is a son of 4th generation farmer and he is the man of my dreams.

Here are some of the reasons why every girl should consider dating a farmer. I realize that all people are different and in no way do I intend to stereotype.  However, I would like to think that the areas I will be touching on are common enough that many will find them something they can relate to.

  1. He understands your love for living things (and even enables it).

Like most women I am obsessed with animals… especially furry and cute ones. A great thing about dating a farmer is that rather than gawking at your weird obsession, he appreciates your fascination with animals, and even enables it. In my case dating a farmer means an unlimited access to cute furry things. I’m talking about horse, pony, cow, calf, puppy and kid (the proper name for a baby goat) galore!

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  1. Every day by his side is a new adventure.

I will be honest, dating a farmer is not for the faint of heart. He works long hours, his job is messy, he tracks dirt through the house, and dates usually involved joining him at work. However, every moment with him brings excitement.

Maybe its loading into the pick-up truck and running into town to grab a piece of equipment for a tractor that broke down. It could be saddling up the horses unexpectedly, in order to round up cows that are out.

Whether its aiding a momma cow or goat in the birth of her new babe, or doctoring a sick calf… one thing is for certain… you can count on finding thrill in the uncertainty that is his life.

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  1. He values and understands the importance in family.

In almost all cases a man who works as a farmer, works on a family farm where his dad and granddad have worked before him. He realizes and appreciates that if it were not for the hard work of family members who came before him he would not be where he is at today. He carries his family name with pride, respects his elders, and he works tirelessly to carry on his family’s legacy.

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  1. He is hard working.

There are few things sexier than a man who doesn’t scowl in the face of hard work.

  1. He is a man of many trades.

He is the real life prince charming to our damsel in destress.

Farmers are small business owners; they typically do not have the resources to hire a team of skilled laborers to address each type of issue that may surface. So instead they learn to do it themselves.  He is an accountant, an architect, an engineer, a mechanic, a vet, a rancher, and a farmer. He is a Jack of all trades.

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  1. He is patient.

Farming is not a business of immediate return, quite the opposite really.

Crops take months to grow before they are ready to harvest. The land must be prepared for planting, the seeding must germinate.

The gestation period also takes time. Anywhere from 150 – 283 days depending on the animal. Even after livestock are born they are not an immediate revenue source, but rather an expense and a liability.

Due to the very nature of his lifestyle, a farmer will likely be a man of great patience.

  1. Commitment doesn’t scare him.

By far one of the greatest parts of dating a man who comes from a farming background, he isn’t afraid of commitment.

Chances are, if you find yourself dating this kind of a man, it will become apparent that he has dreams of finding someone to spend the rest of his life with. This is the kind of man who settles down and builds a family.

Assuming you want the same things, there is something reassuring about dating a man who openly talks about his desires to marry and build a family.

 

10 Things Anyone Who Grew Up in a Small Town Knows to be True

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Growing up in a small town has formed me into the person I am today. More than that it has also allowed me to bond with others, who can relate to the familiar culture of life in a small town. When I left my hometown to attend Eastern Washington University I found that my roommate and I were able to bond over commonalities of growing up in a small town. There were many nights in the weeks of late September that we would stay up late…until the wee hours of the morning reminiscing about our childhood…sharing cookie dough that we threw back and forth  between the bunks in our dorm room.

As freshman, both away from home for the first time in our life, I think that the understanding we shared of each others backgrounds helped us to bond throughout the year… and if nothing else it was nice to have someone to share homesickness with. Here are the thing we found to be a part of small town culture that anyone who grew up in in one can relate to;

1.You know everyone and everyone knows you.

Which also means everyone in your business and you’re in theirs too.

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2. No one gets away with anything without the whole town knowing about it.

Nothing helps keep teenagers out of trouble like knowing that nothing is a secret in a small town. Thinking about going to that bonfire up in the hills? Mom and Dad tell you, you weren’t allowed?

Chances are pretty good they are going to find out you went…before you even show up to the thing. Word travels fast in small towns.

3. You and all your friends consider driving around country roads (usually for no reason at all) a favorite pastime.

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There is an unspoken understanding that almost any time you and your group hang out you would end up piled into someone’s car cursing around the on country roads, listing to your favorite playlists, for hours.

Let’s be honest… it’s not like there is much else to do!

4. Grocery shopping on Sunday after church can second as a block party, a class reunion and a town meeting.

Quick! Get in and get out!

“Oh hi Pastor, sorry I didn’t make it to church this morning, my dog died”… for the eighteenth time this year.

Shoot, there is Mrs. Merriweather from down the road… look busy, look busy… that lady talks for hours.

5. Newcomers are referred to as “transplants” and are scorned by the “locals”.

Admit it. You know it’s true…

6. You’re not considered a “local” until your family has lived in town for 3 generations and you have a county road named after you.

And you’re everybody’s cousin.

7. If your parents aren’t farmers, your best friend’s parents probably are.

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There’s no way you’re making it out of this town without a summer spent in the cab of a tractor.

8. You call your neighbors “aunt” or “grandma” even when they aren’t actually family.

More Christmas gifts for me!

9. You wonder if you’ll ever get out.

Do people ever leave?

10. Once people leave somehow they always make their way back.

There is something in the water.

Growing up where I did shaped me into the person I am today. It caused me to value a slower pace of life. That being said, growing up everyone knew that I was going to be the first one to skip town after graduation. Funny part is, I didn’t last two years away from my hometown. I am now back there, and if there is one thing I know… I am never leaving again.

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Foothills Farm: A Day in the Life of the American Farmer

WATCH: Ethan George, Foothills Farm LLC – A Sixteen Hour Day

WATCH: Foothills Farm LLC – A Day in the Life of an American Farmer

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Ethan George looks out over the corral, waiting for cow and calf pairs to come up the alley so he can herd them into a 16 foot stock trailer. Pairs will then be transported to a new, more green and lush pasture for grazing. 

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A young calf carries the Foothills Farm livestock brand “rafter F” on his right hip.

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“B.F. George & Sons” The original family hay barn sits on the George home place still today.  

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Craig George, father of Ethan George, administers an eightway shot and fly tag to one of the family’s bulls before he gets turned out to pasture for breeding season.