Tuesday, November 18, 2008

You must have been a beautiful baby

I know this picture is not the best but back when I was little color was a little hard to come by. I just love this picture of me even though it is getting a little old.

One of my greatest joys or blessing in my life was my childhood. I didn't have a normal childhood but I wouldn't change it for anything. I had the great opportunity to grow up on a farm. I guess you could say that I was a country girl. We were taught at a very early age to work and to work hard. The jobs that we had to do were not the kind of jobs that young girls ever would want to do. Even though we worked hard, my parents always made time for us to play and we would play hard too. I remember waking up at 5 am before school to help milk the 150 goats that we had on our goat farm. I remember feeding baby goats by hand and just loving every minute of that job, because they truly thought you were there momma. My parents made cheese, ice cream and jerky and delivered it all over Salt Lake. Work was hard but it was a way of life and it became our fun too. I remember having milk fights as we were milking and chasing animals all over the place.

I also grew up on a mink farm, and a pig farm, so you see I have done a little of everything and I wouldn't change that for anything. I would have to say that I REALLY didn't like mink not one little bit. I remember one day having one mink take a hold of my finger and I think that was the last thing that mink did because my dad came after it and gave it a beating. I was screaming and pretty much terrified. Yep I have a scar to prove it. Most people would say was that really good for kids to work so much, and I would say I think it was. It is what made me who I am today. It has definitely strengthened me and I can handle most anything. I have so many childhood memories that most people will never have and I would never want to change it.

Thanks mom and dad!!!!

7 comments:

Lara said...

Super cute picture!

I think it's so important that we teach our kids to work hard. Even though I didn't grow up on a farm, my parents sure made us work! I often feel like I'm slacking in that area with my kids...so many distractions these days.

Kristi T. said...

I agree it was the best thing mom and dad could have done to make us all tough and good workers. I really am slacking with my kids but I just don't know how to make them work like we did. Oh well I will keep trying. I agree I wouldn't change my childhood for anything. P.S. Can I copy your statement for my blog? just kidding.

Kristy said...

You are adorable! I love seeing people's baby pictures. Love the story too. My dad had a range fence business when I was growing up and it made him so proud to show his clients his two teenage daughters pounding posts together...

susette said...

Oh what these ladies have said is so true. Many of us old timers have grown up learning how to work hard yet we find it a challenge to instill those same values in our children. I think our world is just so different now and filled with too many distractions and electronics. My husband always says he could have been born in the 1800's and lived on a farm and been totally happy.

Terry Townsend said...

Matia said, "I hope you didn't steal our puppy". They thought the puppy looked like Dash as a puppy. I don't think they realize how long ago that photo was taken.

Brittany said...

It was good to hear from you! I like the recipe's you have put on your blog I will have to try them! Sheridyn is turning 2 next week. I can't believe how fast it has went. WE miss the ward too, hope everything is going good for you guys.

Adam & Heather said...

That picture is very cute!!!

It does look a little like Ellie.