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Play Forts in the Living Room

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We’ve repeatedly reaped the rewards of not actually having a living room where our living room is supposed to be. This week, Aaron’s newest acquisition for playtime finally arrived and we shockingly had the perfect place for it: the living room. Now – a two-story kid-sized cardboard fort fills the space. It’s an absolute hit with the kiddo. Honestly, I can’t …

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A Tractor Ride for Isai

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One of the many perks of growing up on a farm is getting a tractor ride pretty much anytime you choose. When harvest kicked off a few weeks ago, the combine rides were aplenty. Unfortunately, we missed most of our chances for one reason or another. Grandpa Dave, though, made up for it all with Isai’s very own tractor ride …

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Frosty Mornings Have Arrived

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The chilly frosty mornings are here to stay. We woke up to a near-Winter wonderland this morning. After yesterday’s cool rains – the ground early this morning was covered in a pretty sparkly frost. Sahara, of course, loved it. We joked that she definitely went sprinting about in the yard screaming “The snow is growing! The snow is growing!” during the …

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Archie Goes Back to the Sale Barn

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After the chaos of chasing Archie across the neighboring fields a couple of weeks ago, we decided it was time for him to head back to the sale barn. Today was the day. We’ve had Archie on the farm for about a month. When he arrived, we intended for him to join our goats on the Goat Trails. But he …

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The 7 Chucks of Crossley Farms

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I’ve written about the calves a couple of times recently, but – honestly – it wasn’t until we were looking at them all this weekend that I realized just how huge the original Chucks have gotten. Our 3 newest baby Chucks are only a few weeks old. They’re currently living in the pole barn in the indoor-outdoor kennel that was left behind …

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At Home on the Goat Trails

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Our herd of goats is honestly the most ridiculous, yet epic thing I could have ever imagined bringing to the farm. Growing up in the local farming community, I knew mostly of crop farming. My extended family farms thousands of acres of row crop each year. They run some cattle, but everything is mostly crop. I remember have 2 chickens …

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We Voted

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Today, we voted. After years of living in the city (or, in Aaron’s case, serving abroad) – voting in the 2020 presidential election took an insanely different turn for us this year. Not only was the race pretty notable in and of itself – but we both, for the first time ever, voted in rural Jefferson County, Kansas. I left my hometown …

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New Chickie has a Head Wound

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A couple of weeks ago we put the new chicks in with the rest of flock. We think the chicks are about 11 weeks old now – so it was really time to start the integration process. For a few days, the chicks would simply go outside in our chunnel pen so that they could peck through the grass while the …

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Sunday Morning Chores

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Sunday morning chores tend to look exactly like our chores every other morning. On weekends, though, we are more likely to be outside as a family and moving a little more slowly than we usually do during the week. We linger a little longer. Pet the cats a little more. Watch the chickens for awhile. Talk to the calves. Every …

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First Snow of the Season

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We’re still a couple of months from the official start of Winter, but that didn’t stop the first snow from falling yesterday. While we were busy chasing Archie through fields and pastures – the entire area was getting a beautiful dusting of the fluffy white stuff. Our farm is genuinely beautiful in all seasons, but there’s something magical about the way …