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We have been "fairly"lucky this year and I am truly grateful for that, but I found this post that I had written long ago and felt that it was so true I just had to share it!

5 Facts:

1. You will start to get comfortable examining poop and puke for its color, texture and smell in case you need to describe it to a doctor.

2. As a parent you will learn to function on very minimal sleep, with one eye open and one ear open to listen for the sound of a puking child.

3. To make things easier you may decide to just sleep in the sick child’s bedroom to try to get the bowl where it needs to be just in the nick of time.  Hence the #3 Insane but true fact about parenting, your body will be able to contort to sleep in all sorts of weird positions and you will more than likely wake up snuggling a pillow pet instead of your significant other.

4.  During the day your kids will probably act like nothing is wrong (at night their temp will rise to chili pepper status) and will want to play something really messy like play-doh. No matter how hard you try to teach your children that the correct play-doh color needs to stay in the correct container, every container will eventually contain the color of play-doh that you described to the doctor in regards to your child’s poop or puke.

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5. You can wash your hands until they bleed, buy stock in Lysol, and sanitize every surface, but in the end when your crying, pooping, puking, coughing child wants you hold them you will and next week you will probably be the crying, coughing, puking, pooping parent.

There you have it 5 (Insane) But True Facts About Parenting When Your Kids Have The Flu!  We are truly blessed with our two beautiful girls and that they are healthy (most of the time.)

Do you have any funny stories about parenting?  Do you agree with any of these facts?

From the gravel road-

Jen

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"Any change, even a change for the better is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -Arnold Bennett

I have been thinking about the quote above quite a bit in the last few weeks as we have been making the final decisions to build a new building on our farm. Building a new building means change on the landscape of how we know our farm now and how it has been known for years.

I have always heard people say change is progress, which I know is true, but change can also bring discomfort and drawbacks. One of the drawbacks of this big change on our farm is the fact that the two old buildings in the picture above would have to come down in order to build the new building. I am a very sentimental person (I still have samples of Mary Kay cosmetics that my grandpa gave me in 1995) so seeing these buildings come down is difficult.

I couldn't help but think about all of the hard work and the hands that worked to build the buildings many years ago, BUT change is progress and we needed to remove these buildings to build a building that will be heated and that our tractor will fit in. Currently, the only building that our tractor will fit in is our garage.

We found an old ax in the foundation one of the buildings.

So, while change is difficult and hard, change is progress. Progress means our farm is growing and we need more room, which is our goal. We took a family picture tonight to document that the buildings are gone and this will be the future site of our new building!

Is change difficult for you? Have you made changes to the landscape at your farm?

From the gravel road-

Jen

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