Lifestyle Thought: Social Media Vs Farming
Social media is terrible for showing off peoples lives in a ridiculously unrealistic way! Well, that’s the conclusion that I have come to!
As a member of lots of groups, I see spotless houses (with kids living there), toddlers wearing white with not a speck of dirt on them, and food that would make me salivate. However, there is one thing I can say… this is not reality! Not at all!
I am a farmer’s wife, and people think that I have the ideal farm family lifestyle. Behind every door there are secrets and ours is no exception.
I used to be the best housekeeper, cook and well organized. With 2 children, and a husband that not only farms, but works in town – I keep my house organized, but it would never pass the white glove inspection like my mums.
I am never caught up on laundry, ironing is out of the question, and, yes, I do a load twice because I forget to put it in the dryer.
I rely heavily on my dishwasher: I will wash things twice if they don’t get clean the first time, I put them through again because I hate hand washing.
I don’t bake pies, I never make homemade bread unless the kids are putting something in a local fair.
I struggle to have the perfect lawn since my dogs ruin it and I don’t have time to patch it. Who makes their yard two acres anyway??
My garden consists of potatoes in an old watering trough, and I struggle with weeds because the dirt is from the cows wintering area.
I go to town to pick up a few things, get home and realize I forgot the one thing I actually needed!
I am not the best book-keeper, and I am currently months behind in my paper records and computer work.
Most days I am thankful to make it to the end of the day, with two kids fed, bathed, healthy, and happy.
I do however stay up almost every night and wait for my farmer to come in from chores, after a long hard day at his “day” job.
So there you have it, I am a horrible farm wife!
So why am I sharing this? I think more often than we feel like we have to do it all or we constantly are failing. We are constantly comparing ourselves to others. However, the older I get the more I realize, a messy house, mismatched socks, pulling an all-nighter to catch up on book work, or staying up all night when the cows are calving at -40, I always make sure my husband and children are loved in the midst of the chaos sometimes is the only thing I can do right.
And that is perfectly ok!
Written by Vanessa Kelly Reeve