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  • Writer's pictureMatraca Beesley

Fall is for Pumpkin Patches & Making Memories

Riley was a Trooper at the Pumpkin Patch!

Wow, it's been a hot minute (again) since I've had a chance to write! How about a little catch up post?? Life's been busy but beautiful. It's a whole new ball game watching two girls grow up, that's for sure!

A few weekends ago, I was able to get some great one-on-one time with Riley, which we had not had really since Raelynn was born. We visited a really neat pumpkin patch (on one of the coldest days so far this fall!), checked out their games, gift shop, and of course the barn where they had a few donkeys, cows, and horses. We came home with some great pumpkins, coffee for Jesse (yes, their gift shop had coffee beans for sale!!), and snacks for the ride home. Our girls' day ended with a little shopping and Papa Murphy's to take home!

The girls are still growing up too fast for me, Riley is doing amazing in First Grade, and Raelynn is crawling and pulling up on everything! I've decided there is nothing better than watching them grow together and love the bond you can see forming between them. It's a beautiful adoration that both girls have for one another, Riley always looking out for Raelynn, and Rae always squealing and bouncing when she sees or hears Riley.

As far as the farm goes... its been pretty good. We had a nasty hail storm in August, causing a lot of damage to our buildings and the windows in our house, as well as the milo around our area. We had one of our fields get hailed on as well, but thankfully we were still able to harvest both fields! It is another tough year for yields, but any bushels in the elevator are a blessing! Another blessing is that after over two months of waiting, our windows are in and being shipped soon!! I can't lie and say that I don't miss looking out to the north side of our house and being able to see the yard and watch Riley play. It'll be great to have that view back.

The cattle are doing well, and we've been enjoying watching the calves grow. We were so lucky that the hail missed one of our pastures, so we were able to graze there while letting our other pastures grow back. So far most of the calves have stayed healthy amidst the drastic fall temperature swings! Hopefully, in saying that, I didn't just jinx us! The girls, Jess and I got to enjoy a few really nice evenings going through them, and much to their delight, we took cubes out the last time and spoiled them all a bit. Jess even made sure his favorite girl got a few cubes as the rest of the herd got theirs!

Riley's Butterfly Buddy

How are things going for you this season? I hope all is well, and if you're going through a rough season, remember that God's got you, and you can always lean on Him and pray through this time.

22 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. 23 But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You. - Psalm 55: 22-23

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