Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Family Report 2015

The year of 2015 is coming to a close, and another year of farming is in the books - or almost in the books.  I have a large portion of our 2015 bookkeeping to do for tax preparation, so I'll be tinkering away at that in the upcoming weeks. (Ugh....why do I do this to myself?!) 

Aside from deflated crop prices, it was a good year for farming. If you have been following the blog, you will remember that the weather was very mild, aside from a hail storm or two.  It allowed us to get in the field early this spring and harvest crops ahead of the normal time frame - we were done with field work in October!  (You can see a summary of each month's activities by choosing the "Month by Month" category.)

Travis just completed his one-year term on the North Dakota Farm Bureau state board.  It was a position that coincided with being co-chairs with Dana on the NDFB Young Farmer & Rancher committee.  We traveled to San Diego, Nashville and various meetings across the state of North Dakota.  It has been a great opportunity, and we officially retire from the committee at the end of January.

However, with all of the travel, we did discover that having both of us away from the farm at the same time was a bit stressful - coordinating things like child care and accounting for winter weather.  In truth, we just missed the kids.  The boys keep us on our toes, but it is a chaos that leaves a noticeable void when you leave home for a week.

Photo by Creative Pictures

We keep our sanity by having the younger boys (ages 4 & 2) continue to go to daycare throughout the winter while the 6-year-old is in school.  It provides some quiet time to get caught up on things like bookkeeping, organizing/selling/donating the boys' old clothes (and toys...don't tell them), and a house project or two.  Travis will prepare taxes again this winter in our small town.

We are grateful for the blessings this year has brought.  Thank you to those of you who read the blog and my other social media sites.  I hope that you find the content entertaining and informative.  We look forward to new opportunities in the coming year.  Enjoy the rest of Christmas (it's not over yet) and have Happy New Year!



  1. I love connecting and following along Dana. And hooray for daycare!

    1. Thank you for being an inspiration and mentor Katie!

  2. Love the recap - Hope you guys have a good new year! Now I need to write my 2015 recap - wow this year went too fast!!

    1. It did go by fast. I hope it goes a little slower this year, but not necessarily each day (because some days get really long).

  3. A very inspiring bit of reading. It sounds like you have all adjusted to the country life quite well. It is always such a joy to read your blog as it is always positive and full of hope. Keep us posted on how things are coming along for the family.

    Meghan Payne @ Denver Book Keeping Service