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It's Wednesday! Please welcome my guest and fellow North Iowa Blogger, Val from Corns, Beans, Pigs and Kids.

What Inspires Me Wednesday - My Community


Community.  Community can mean a few things.  It can be tied to location or tied to common interests.  I'm lucky and get inspired by both realms of my community.  

Latimer, Iowa married into the Latimer, Iowa community over 11 years ago and even as a young woman dating a local before that, I found the community very welcoming.  You don't find that warm hospitality everywhere you live or visit and it's been something I've appreciated and aspire to share with everyone I meet.


I love that even though we are a small community (town of 475), we have big ideas and don't let being small in size stop us from making our community to best place to live no matter your age, race or gender.  Five years ago, as a young Mom, I saw a need for a library in town.  I went to the city council and asked if I could put up a Little Free Library in downtown on city property.  They unanimously said yes, despite never hearing of such a thing before I brought the idea to them.  They believed in me and they believed in the goals of the Little Free Library, and I'm proud to say Latimer, Iowa was one of the first communities in North Iowa and really, even in Iowa, to put up a Little Free Library.  The community has rallied around this project and continues to use it all year long and donates books to me to keep in stocked.

Another project that our community rallied around was building a Splash Pad in one of our town's parks.  A Splash Pad is no small project, in fact ours cost over $92,000.  But in about 9 months (from the fall of 2017 to the start of the summer of 2018), our community fundraised, built and opened the Splash Pad!  How amazing is that!  The Splash Pad allows our community members to cool off and have fun in somewhere that is local and free.  My family became regular splashers this summer and we look forward to spending time at this local amenity again this summer.


Women in Agriculture 

Another community that inspires me is the world of women in agriculture.  Growing up on a farm where my Mom was incharge of the pig nursery (baby pig barn), drove tractor and was apart of daily operations, I always saw that this life was possible, but yet the world still didn't see her as a farmer.

After I graduated college, I started meeting other women in agriculture that inspired me to not let my gender slow me down in a male dominated field and change the minds and impressions of society.  I met these women in person at conferences such as Iowa Farm Bureau's F.A.R.M. team, Commodity Classic and different commodity group meetings.  As part of the ASA Dupont Young Leader program I was inspired to start my blog, Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids over seven years ago.  Since starting my blog, the opportunities to meet even more women in agriculture from across the country and world, both in real life and online has increased.  I have gotten involved with groups like CommonGround, a local Women's Grain Marketing Club and Outstanding Farmers of America.  I am proud to be a farmer and want other women who are driving a tractor, taking care of livestock, marketing their crops and organizing their farm's financials to feel like they too are farmers.


What about your community inspires you?  How are you inspiring your community?

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When I dreamed of some day having babies of my own I always "assumed" I would have boys. Don't ask me why. I truly have no idea. I just always assumed that was how my life would be. As life would have it, it has been the complete opposite. I have two beautiful, vibrant daughters that make life an adventure each and EVERY single day.

Literally, every single day has some kind of an adventure! Making slime, putting on make up, playing in the cattle yard, dressing cats up as babies, building forts, baking cupcakes, screaming bloody murder at each other, trying on clothes, sewing, playing an ice hockey game with odd sticks, screaming a little more, and making videos. Seriously, the list could go on and on.

If I am completely, wholeheartedly honest. They inspire me to be a better human being each and every day! One of them is tender hearted, worries about how others feel, doesn't want others to be left out and is considerate of every person she comes in contact with. The other is literally going mach 10 from the time her feet hit the floor, things roll off of her back like she wears a turtle shell of armor, and while she is kind and has friends she would much rather have time to explore the great outdoors by herself or with a small number of people.

They both teach me so much about how to "mother" each of them differently, but also inspire me to see the world the way they do. Seeing the world through their young eyes is amazing if you really take the time to "see" it.

So happy that God had a different plan and made me a "Girl" mom. 🙂

What inspires you? Comment below and tell us! I would love to hear more about it, too. I am looking for guests to blog on the topic of What Inspires You. Email me at fourschmitts@gmail.com if you are interested.

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