Friday, September 24, 2010

How did I get here?

Do you ever feel like you ought to be a part of something bigger than yourself and your own little blog?

Thanks to my friend, Heather, over at 3 kids and lots of pigs for coming up with the idea and hosting it, I get to be part of a series of posts titled Real Farmwives of America (get it? like Real Housewives of New Jersey/Atlanta/Orange County/ New York/ and any other city that wants to be portrayed as housing uppity 'housewives'?)

The RFOA is a part of Heather's regular Farmer Friday feature.

Except this group of gals is really real... not like those TV shows.  And for the beginning of the series, all of us 'housewives' are doing a post on "how did I get here?"

(Sometimes, I pull in the drive at home after work and think that to myself... you know how you zone out when you make the same drive over and over and over again... yeah, it's like that)

If you're new to my blog, (Welcome!) my short story goes like this (with lots of pictures thrown in for good measure!)

*Farmer for a father as is his father and his father's father and so on and so forth... fell in love with agriculture from the beginning, even before I had any clue of the important role it plays in the world.

This is me at about 3 or 4 during the annual family trip to pick out pumpkins with my grandparents. (My shirt says, "my uncle is a paratrooper." It was one of my favorites as a kid.)

*Heavily involved in 4-H and FFA through my formative years

(Yeah, that's right, pink glasses, braids, high-waisted jeans, the whole bit!)

(This is right after I won county showmanship my last year of 4-H.  You can tell how boyfriend (now Hubs) was pretty excited about how hot and sweaty I was... see all that slobber all over my arm, yeah, good times!)

Receiving my American Degree in National Convention in Louisville with my parents. (My brother and future Hubs was there too!)
 *Wanted to "come home to the farm" but realized about my junior year of high school that the farm wasn't big enough to support that (my dad works full time off the farm).  After a defining conversation with my county extension ag agent, he proposed the idea of going into ag communications and hooked me up with a Purdue ag comm grad to chat with about it.  I had no idea of what else to do with myself so I went to Purdue for ag comm.

 *Graduated from Purdue with a degree in ag comm and a minor in entomology.

Graduation Day with my Grandma

My dad asked me if my degree had my name on it or his since he'd written so many checks to the university!

*Worked for Purdue Ag Comm for a bit. 

*Fell deeper in love and got engaged to this guy - this is certainly one of our finer moments!
Who wouldn't want to marry a guy that is willing to take you in a mud fight?!

*Interviewed and got job at AgriNews/ Married the man of my dreams  (both happened within the span of about two months!)

Heading out to interview at AgriNews!
Our Christmas wedding
 * I've been at AgriNews for almost five years now and spend my days listening, learning and writing the stories of Indiana agriculture.  I don't directly produce an ag commodity, but I get to travel to a lot of farms and meet a lot of people and I love it.
Interviewing a hardwoods buyer from Turkey
 *Hubs and I help out around the farm when we can and enjoy being able to help keep the little farm churning.

And there you have it... that's the story of this Real Housewife of America!

Wanna read about other Real Farmwives of America?  Check out some of these gals who are also participating!

o   Heather at 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs
o   Amy & Liz at 2 Maids A Milking
o   Amy at A Latte with Ott, A.
o   Marybeth at Alarm Clock Wars
o   Leah at Beyer Beware
o   Jennifer at Farmgirl Follies
o   Jeanette at Fence Row to Fence Row
o   Lauren at Four Ransoms and a Farm
o   Jane at Going Jane
o   Cris at GOODEness Gracious
o   Meggie at Hoosier Farm Babe
o   Jent at My Front Porch
o   Denise at Who is the Grown Up?

Until next time...


  1. I love that mud fight picture! Now that's what farm memories are made of!

  2. Very cool. Love your interview pic - I have one from when I interviewed for my teaching job, too!

    So what does your hubby do?

  3. Hubs works for Monster Jam as a crew guy for Tom Meents & Maximum Destruction and also does excavating work when he's not on the road. He's a handy guy to have around when it comes to machinery!

  4. Oh that is so sweet. I love to read about other people's lives. I also love being a farmwife, although at times one wouldn't believe it. LOL Hope you are doing well, we are in the height of harvest. Hope

  5. Love the photos and your story. Your 4-H photos bring back so many memories for me.

  6. Whit, oh my goodness! I love that picture of you with the pumpkins. I think I know a certain father of mine who got you that shirt! haha. Oh, and the picture of you in the purple shirt and the curly hair, I think I was there! (I could be wrong though) I love that picture of you and Grandma, too. :)
    Good luck with your posts!

  7. I LOVE all the pics, Whitney!! I think we're connected somehow.... :)

  8. Just saw the new Agrinews on dad's coffee table. Keep up the good work!


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