A Quick Update:

All is well with us, not to worry. Busy these days:

Bad News: Harland’s mom passed away on New Years Day. She was 86 and had been ill for some time.
Good News: We get to keep farming.

Bad News: I’m going in for surgery the end of this month. A first for me, and I’m rather nervous about it.
Good News: The surgery(and many other tests) may finally enable us to have children. Prayers needed and appreciated. 🙂

Bad News: Harland has a bad cold.
Good News: I don’t want to catch his cold, so I’ve been sleeping in the spare bedroom, a very girly room upstairs on my old iron bed.

Kitty says Hi and hopes all of you are well. She also asks that each of you mail her a can of tuna.


A laundry basket set in the sun: the perfect invitation for a Kitty nap.




Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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38 Responses

  1. Rural TN says:

    Glad you are back. Sorry to learn of the stuff going on for you all. You will do well with your surgery.

  2. Joani says:

    Am so sorry for your loss. Splendid that you will be farming for a long time. Hope the surgery accomplishes why you are having it. My sincerest well wishes.

  3. JB says:

    Thank you for taking the time to update us on happenings in your life. We will surely add you in our prayers. Take care…..and tell Miss Kitty to try catching a mouse. I hear they taste just like tuna!! 🙂

  4. Dear Kitty, I think you must like the oil kind of tuna, not water like my husband does. You and I like the same; also sitting in the sun reading puts me to sleep. Suzanne, I look forward to hearing in future months and will be praying. Good to have you back. My husband and I bought our Missouri hilltop home in 2008 and moved here the summer of 2009, to be in the middle of our children in three states. We love it here! We found our church on the internet before calling the realtor and it is a very good fit. Here is our confirmation Scripture my husband thought about all day about house on a hilltop ~ And we named our hilltop home, “Lane Hill House.” Kathleen
    Matthew 5:14-16 The Message
    “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

  5. Becca says:

    Dear Suzanne,
    I was saddened to hear of Harlands’ mother dying. I am so sorry. My condolences to you & Harland and his extended family. Thank the Lord for the Legacy she left behind. I also hope he gets over his cold very soon.
    I cried when I read that you may be able to conceive a child after your surgery. God is so faithful. I will remember you both in my prayers.
    Give Kitty a hug, and tell her I am out of tuna. But will be sending her some Live lizards by mail.
    Florida hugs,

  6. Sheila Webb says:

    Suzanne, I love your blog, I have been reading it for several years. So glad for the update. I read your blog while I am enjoying my morning coffee. I will be praying for you as you go into the hospital. I am a believer in the power of prayer! Tell kitty I said hi, I have a 9year old black cat, Shrek, I think that he and kitty would make fabulous friends.

  7. Euni Moore says:

    Suzanne I am glad you are back. So sorry about Harland’s mother but grateful for her legacy. Excited about your upcoming surgery. Prayer for your rapid recovery and a baby in yours and Harland’s future.

  8. Amy C. from NC says:

    I am so glad you gave us all this update, even though it was not all good news. I’m sorry to hear about Harland’s mother. I’m thrilled to hear about the hope you have with the upcoming surgery. I pray all will go well.

  9. Lorraine says:

    What a wonderful surprise to see your update. You both were Blessed with Harland’s Mother for a long time. May she rest in peace. What a gift of herself she gave to you both regarding the continuation of the farm. I will keep you in prayers for your upcoming surgery.

    Kitty, you are terribly spoiled. You bring smiles to your people and so many others with your adventures. My two boys will not touch tuna, so we have none to send you. Sparkle and Twinkle wish you the happiest new year a cat can have.

  10. Rosemary says:

    Keeping you in my prayers for a baby in your future!

    “Prayers go up, blessings come down.”

  11. Laura says:

    Prayers for you and Harland and all that the future holds for you. I know you are in very good hands.


  12. Dianna says:

    Hi, Suzanne! Nice to hear from you. My sympathy in the loss of Harland’s mom, but it’s good to hear that things are in place for the farming operation to continue. Prayers for you for your surgery and for wonderful blessings as a result! And hi to kitty, Sundae says she’d be glad to send cans of tuna!

  13. Chester's Mom says:

    Prayers for you and Harland. The good and bad sometimes come together.

  14. Kristin says:


    So sorry to hear about your loss but will prayer for you both as you go thru these next few things. Will be hoping for good things!

  15. Alica says:

    It’s good to hear from you, Suzanne. I’m sorry to hear about Harland’s Mom. Please pass on my sympathies to him as well. Rejoicing with you in the “good news” on your lists…all of them! Will be thinking of you as you anticipate surgery and the hopeful outcome!

  16. Carol says:

    Peace be with you Suzanne, Harland and Kitty. Thank God you guys are well, I have been worried! I send a warm hug to Harland for his loss, always heart breaking losing a parent. Warm hugs and prayers for you Suzanne, Good luck! Good luck to Kitty on her tuna search, I will do what I can sweet pussy cat. Happy New Year!!!ï

  17. Tina says:

    Dearest Suzanne, Harland and Miss Kitty,
    I cannot even begin to tell you how much I have missed you. I was so terribly worried, silly I know but you have become my friends via the computer. I am so sorry for the loss of Harland’s Mom. It is hard to loose a parent. Bless her that she has left you both the legacy of the prairie farm. Any kind of surgery is scary but positive attitude and all of our prayers will help you through, I promise. Sorry Harland has been ill and hope he takes care of himself and feels better soon. Much love and sunbeams to Ms. Kitty, sorry no tuna, my cats ate it all! Suzanne, I am truly grateful to have you and your blog and thank you for letting us into your lives. And thank you for letting me ask dumb questions about farming and always answering in such a positive way.

  18. Suzanne says:

    You are all so sweet. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers – they are very much appreciated!


  19. VICKY KELLEY says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thanks for the update and letting us share your home. Prayers be with you at this time.

  20. JMart says:

    Sincere condolences on the recent loss of Harland’s mother. Losing a parent does indeed leave a void.

    As to your surgery, I hope it goes all according to plan. It’s normal to be nervous prior to a procedure.

    Take care of yourself, Suzanne.

  21. Marcia Fessler says:

    Praying for comfort in this difficult time.

    Didn’t know you were having surgery. Keeping in prayers for a new niece or nephew!

    God bless you sister-in-law!

  22. Jeanne says:

    It’s SO good to hear from you again! I missed you so very much!! Please accept my sincere sympathy – you and Harland both – in the loss of his dear mother. A loss like that is very difficult. What a wonderful blessing she has given you! Harland, I pray that you get over your cold soon, and without sharing it with Suzanne! I’m fighting an upper respiratory thing myself right now. No fun!

    Suzanne, you are in my prayers regarding your surgery. Try not to worry too much about it. Let the Lord take care of that part! We all want you to have the very best of outcomes! God’s blessings!

  23. Lynda M O says:

    Suzanne, my condolences on Harland’s mother passing. I lost my mom on the fifth of January after a short illness and a decision not to continue dialysis. What great news that you will be able to keep farming. That is the best news so far this week. Hoping that your surgery goes well and the outcome brings the family you and Harland will be so good at rearing there on your lovely land. May Kitty’s naps be as warm as she loves and as long as she wants.

  24. Teri Russell says:

    Thank you for letting us know you are okay. I was sorry to hear of Harland’s mother and it is wonderful that she has left a legacy for you. Best wishes on your surgery and please keep us updated, even if it is just a very short message.

  25. katie says:

    My sincere condolences for your loss. We are all orphans when our parents are gone. As so may others have said so eloquently, best wishes for a wonderful outcome with your surgery. Please notice how important you and your family have become to a lot of people. You all are truly a positive addition to all our lives. “May the Lord Bless and keep you; may He make His face shine upon you, and give you peace”. And a BABY! We will all be looking forward to your updates.

  26. Nancy Weatherford says:

    Suzanne, So sorry to hear the news of Harland’s mom. Hard times for sure…
    Praying for you both.

  27. Monica J. says:

    Suzanne, Just wanted to add my voice to the many who wish you a successful surgery. I was sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. My sympathies to you and your husband. Your year has really started out with quite the roller coaster of emotions…you are in my prayers.
    I so enjoy reading your blog. Please keep it up.

  28. Elizabeth Spehr says:

    Dear Suzanne,
    Thank you for the update. I am very sorry to learn about the loss of Harlan’s mom. No matter the age it’s always a devastating loss. You will have my thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and a cold free winter! Please tell Kitty I have no tuna as I hate seafood and never buy fish. I would send some nice salmon flavored high-end kitty-food, but I have been feeding a local stray kitty (not as beautiful as Kitty of course). I hope Kitty will understand. 🙂 Please stay well and fingers crossed for all good things to come to you and Harland! Love your blog and photos, but care more for your well-being!

  29. Teresa says:

    So many things going on in your life. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I do hope the surgery is successful for you.

  30. Kathy S. says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Harland’s mother. Please send him my deepest sympathy. It is never easy to lose a parent.

    I have had four surgeries and was nervous before each of them. It is normal to feel as you do, but I am sure you will be fine. You have so very many people praying for you (including me). I hope by this time next year you will be holding your own little baby in your arms. God bless both you and Harland.

    P.S. Tell Kitty I would send her some tuna but I just adopted a second little kitty that is eating me out of house and home!

  31. Lynda in Michigan says:

    So sorry about Harland’s Mom. Hope your surgery went well and you’re making a speedy recovery. Kitty looks very content in the laundry basket. Looking forward to your next post.

  32. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for keeping us updated during this stressful time. Missed you!

  33. ellen Brunot says:

    Dear Suzanne,
    I’m a schoolteacher in South Central Los Angeles, and I really learn so much from your blog.
    You are a wonderful communicator in text and pictures. I hope both you and Harland have a blessed New Year. Thank you for sharing the practicalities and beauties of your farm.
    I really loved the lessons on planting and handling cattle. The piece you did on your naughty bulls made my day. I teach continuation high school and they reminded me of my students!
    Best wishes and prayers, Ellen L. Brunot

  34. Tina says:

    Thinking of you. I actually woke up in the middle of the night last night and remembered your past post about “frost flowers”, don’t ask me why. So I had to look it up today. So very pretty. You are in my prayers.

  35. Debbie says:

    Hope you are doing well!
    Not sure if you’ve had your surgery yet or not!
    Take care,& keep warm & snuggly with Harland & Kitty!

  36. Lorraine says:


    Hoping this finds you well. Please stay warm and remember Spring is right around the corner. OK well maybe not the corner but in the near future.

  37. Lorraine says:

    Saw the email about frost flowers. Our public broadcasting channel KET runs a 30 minute program about frost flowers. They don’t show it often. The “flowers: are very pretty. They run it as the flower is forming and holding and then how it melts. Fascinating.
    Nature is a wonder..

  38. Euni Moore says:

    Good morning Suzanne. I hope that by now your surgery has been completed and you are are recovering rapidly. I have prayed that it will accomplish your dreams. I have missed you and look forward to the time you return.

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