About Me

Myself, JP, LP, My Farmer and MP
January 2015
I live by the saying "Bloom where you are planted."  I am proud to be a farmer, a farmer's wife and a stay at home mom.  Combine that passion with my love for my community and volunteering, there always seems to be "fields of opportunities" for me and my family in rural North Iowa.

My blog shares all of my life's passions and roles.  At the heart of it all is my growing family.  They are the ones who motivate me to do my best and be the best wife, mom and role model possible.  My family members include:

  • My Farmer:  AKA my husband of eight years.  We met and started dating while we were freshman at Iowa State University and married a year after graduating.  He enjoys farming, butchering and smoking meat, and hunting.  My Farmer is not only my husband but my best friend.  
  • Mr. K (formerly referred to as LP):  Our son is 5 years old and loves using his imagination!  He likes pretending to be a superhero, an astronaut, animals, Daddy, etc.  You name it, he's probably pretended to be it.  He also enjoys going to school, and building with LEGOs or going to his "building supplies" (empty containers, boxes and craft supplies) to make his latest creation.  He also loves helping on the farm.  When he grows up he wants to be a farmer.
  • Miss A (formerly referred to as MP):  Our oldest daughter is 3 and is known for her big personality!  She loves reading books and playing with her baby dolls, which makes having a real life baby in our house a treat for her.  She is her brother's best friend and loves playing with both of her sisters.  She is a great helper with her younger siblings.
  • Miss L (formerly referred to as JP):  Miss L is 1 year old and does her best keeping up with her older siblings.  Her smile is heart-melting and her angry face is hilarious (despite her best efforts).  She loves to read books, play kitchen with Mr. K, play baby dolls with Miss A and give hugs to Miss R.
  • Miss R (formerly referred to as Tinker):  Miss R arrived in May and has been a very content, easy going baby.  Which is a good thing because our family doesn't like to sit still.
  • Bailey:  My Farmer's and my dog who we received as a wedding present from one of my sisters.  She is a great companion and playmate to all of us.

Thank you for checking out my blog - I hope you've enjoyed it!  I love getting feedback, ideas and suggestions from readers so be sure share your thoughts.  Be sure the check out some of my favorite blog posts including:  
  • Rules of a Farm Wife (Spring Edition) (This is my list of a few simple rules to make life easier during busy times of the year in the field.)
  • Rules of a Farmer (How to Have a Happy Farm Wife (This is My Farmer's response to the above post.)
  • Summer Bucket List (I've enjoyed putting together Family Fun Bucket Lists and sharing them here on my blog.  This post recaps how we did on our summer list including information from our first "real" family vacation.)
  • Comments for a Cause (This is a program I started in 2014 where My Farmer and I give a donation to a new organization or cause each month based on the number of comments my blog receives in the month.  I love highlighting local, national and even international groups.)

Other ways to keep up with raising "Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids":


  1. You sound like a marvelous person and have a great blog here! I think in real life, we could be good friends. I love animals and volunteering too and was the one who first started the idea of "commenting for charity." I did it for two years, but it got to be more expensive that I expected but I kept the list of charities we donated to at the bottom of our blog. Off now to follow you on Twitter!

    1. Thanks! It is great hearing from you and thanks for coming up with the "Comments for a Cause" concept. I know Beth Ann is finding it expensive as time goes on too. I hope by being apart of the program this year creates awareness for different charities and helps out those causes.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm glad I found yours through that! I look forward to following your posts :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by mine now!

  3. Your blog is amazing. I get so many great ideas from this blog and you seem like a wonderful person. Keep doing what you're doing.

  4. Found you through pinterest! I love how you are so dedicated to your family! I love the farm life as well and i cant wait to hear more about yours!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the blog.

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  6. I enjoyed today for the 1st time reading some of your farm life blog Val! I am so impressed with your dedication in so many areas! It was great meeting you again & your family yesterday in Clear Lake! From: Lynn a WI Country Gal raised on a farm in beautiful WI; where we raised beef & bison. Father was a paralyzed veteran & farmer @ along w\Mom adopted all 3 of us kids in the 1960's! We had a wonderful farm life & many fond memories of this generous, loving Christian couple now both sadly gone...

    1. Thanks for stopping by the blog Lynn! It was great to meet you the other day.