Christmas in the Country 2014 – Gift Reveal

This year was my first time to participate in blogger and non-blogger Secret Santa type gift exchange.  It was so much fun learning about other blogs!  It was fun trying to pick out gifts for another blogger and receive gifts from someone I’d never met.

Amanda from got my name.  Her blog and family are beautiful!  I’m sure she and I were somehow meant to be connected because she highlights Romans 8:37 on the front page of her blog.  Romans 8 is the chapter of the Bible that I had chosen to focus on during the 2015 year!


Christmas goodies!

When we signed up to do the gift exchange, we each filled out a short questionnaire about our likes and dislikes, Amanda nailed it for me.  My gift box had a Vanilla Caramel Swirl candle, Vanilla Nut coffee, Sandhill Cowboy’s Jelly made from wild chokecherries and plums, white chocolate covered pretzels, and a necklace.  Now this necklace wasn’t just any necklace – Amanda had it made for me and it has angel wings.  I had noted on my questionnaire that I collect angels.  What a wonderful and thoughtful gift!

Thank you, Amanda, for my great gifts from Nebraska!

My gift went to Mary from Illinois who blogs at

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the ladies who organized the gift exchange – Jamie (This Uncharted Rhoade), Laurie (COUNTRY LINKed), Erin (Diaries from the Dirt Road) and Robyn (The Ranch Wife Chronicles).



Ohio Sheep Farmer and Local Cook – Kristin

Kristin is one of those people that you know you’re going to be fast friends with.  She’s got a lot going on with her farm, as well as keeping busy with other interests. She and I have traveled half way around the world together.  You’ll love seeing pictures of her super cute kids on the farm.

Kristin is your typical mom learning to balance this crazy thing we call life!  Not only is she the mom of two ornery little farmers but a self-proclaimed foodie and farmer herself.  She enjoys connecting with her customers and readers through recipes and life adventures at  Kristin raises sheep, poultry, hay and is the owner of a private cooking business Local Flavor Foods. She enjoys conversations about how our food system works and takes great joy in sharing a little bit about American Agriculture, dismissing some of the common food and farm misconceptions.  Find Kristin on social media or you may just run into her at school pickup, pass her driving a tractor down the road or shopping at the grocery store. It’s a crazy way of life but she cannot imagine it any other way.

Corn, Beans, Pigs, & Kids – oh my! – Val

Three days overdue with Baby #3, and a snow storm coming!  Wish Val good luck as they wait for Baby #3 to arrive and that they travel safe if it comes during the upcoming snow storm!

Have you met my fellow farm wife and farm mom Val?  I love how she keeps active with her life as a farmer, farmer’s wife, stay at home mom and community volunteer.  She loves to say that living in Iowa there are always “fields of opportunity” for her and her family.  Go check out her blog, “Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids” ( and give her facebook page a “like”:

Fellow Kansas Farmer – Karra

Meet my friend Karra.  When we first met 3 years ago, I knew we’d be instant friends, we had too much in common.  We each grew up on pig farms, we’re both from other states, met our husbands who were Kansas farmers, and made the decision to settle down in Kansas.

Karra blogs about raising row crops, forages, and managing a cow/calf operation with her husband and two children on their North Central Kansas farm.  She also loves to cook and bake, and will occasionally share some of her favorite recipes.  Faith is a very important part of her life, and so she has a link to some of the blogs she uses for daily inspiration.  You can check out her blog at  She also has a Facebook Page called Frontier Farmwife that you can follow.

Michigan Dairy Farm & 100 year old Farmhouse Remodel – Ashley

Meet my new friend Ashley.  Ashley and her husband live in rural Michigan. Life is crazy and messy around Messy Kennedy but they love every minute of it! Ashley blogs about their 100 year old farmhouse remodel, cooking, fashion and beauty and life working as the third generation on her family’s dairy farm. Be sure to visit and see the exciting things going around on and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

First Generation Dairy Farmer from Washington – Krista

First, I have to say that I am super excited to meet Krista IRL (in real life) next month.  She shares so many fun things on her blog.  Second, a first generation dairy farm, her family has their hands full!  A dairy is very hard work!

Krista is a wife, mother of three & first generation dairy farmer from Washington. She shares on her page, The Farmer’s Wifee about their daily happenings on the farm as well as her adventures as an advocate for the dairy industry. On her blog she shares about being a farm mom, farm wife & how things are ran on her family dairy farm. There is never a dull moment on their farm and always a cute calf to share. She also enjoys doing guest posts, sharing about fellow dairy farm families as well as stories of other farmers. Check out her blog and make sure to look her up on Instgram, Twitter & Pinterest.

Trendy, traveling Iowa Farmer – Sara

Sara was one of the other moms who traveled with me to China a few months ago.  It’s a treat to see all the thing she shares on her blog from family favorite recipes, talks about her travels, and of course the latest happenings on their farm at   She has two super cute boys, and recently introduced me to Stitch Fix (and I can’t wait to get my first shipment next month)!  There’s always something fun going on so stop over on her Facebook page and give her a like!