The dustbin of grand plans.

This was originally a Facebook post. This is a cool thing we saw when we were at Ulysses. My folks’ neighbors have taken a small (maybe 5000 bushels, but I didn’t ask) grain bin and converted it for a sewing room. Their house is only a wee bit bigger than ours and this is anContinue reading “The dustbin of grand plans.”

My microcosm.

This was originally a Facebook post. Jeremy and I both are not awesome teachers and tend to do our stuff on our own, but the kids are getting a little more involved outside. It’s interesting how different things appeal to different children. Ivy will follow Jeremy around all the time. Sadie wants to specifically doContinue reading “My microcosm.”

How to while away a winter.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the March 9, 2019, issue of the Kearney Hub. Pass the time this winter with an ag-related book Is there someone in Hub Territory who hasn’t complained about the weather? That’s a rhetorical question, although I guess it’s possible someone enjoys winter enough that this streak ofContinue reading “How to while away a winter.”

Everything is from somewhere.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the Dec. 8, 2018, issue of the Kearney Hub. Forget holiday fuss; focus on gratitude Holidays are not super high on my list of priorities. I don’t require the biggest meal of the year to happen on the day of Thanksgiving. Everyone should have the opportunity toContinue reading “Everything is from somewhere.”

Optimism, please.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the Sept. 10, 2018, issue of the Kearney Hub. Simple things can turn around discouragement of daily life Life ebbs and flows. In some ways, there’s a rhythm, some predictability. School begins as the growing season comes to an end. As kindergarteners in Bertrand, our oldest threeContinue reading “Optimism, please.”

Summer detours and a pinkie problem.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the June 9, 2018, issue of the Kearney Hub, but it didn’t make it into the online edition. Bummer. Summer at the Nelson house is different this year. In the past, our younger kids have been in day care through the summer. Choose any personality test —Continue reading “Summer detours and a pinkie problem.”

Math meets real life.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the March 10, 2018, issue of the Kearney Hub. Agriculture is ‘sweet spot’ where math, real-world problems mix Kids who don’t enjoy math are prone to ask, “When will I ever use this?” Teachers attempt to give real-world examples, and students remain skeptical — it’s a time-wornContinue reading “Math meets real life.”

I have a wish list.

The older our kids get, the more defined their gift requests and expectations become. Advent is the season of waiting, and wow, sometimes that waiting comes with a hearty side of whining! Personally, I have ambitions and dreams, and while some of them do come with dollar signs, I’m fortunate to be content with myContinue reading “I have a wish list.”

No pirouettes, thanks.

This Soils and Streams column first appeared in the Dec. 10, 2016, issue of the Kearney Hub. Seasonal traditions may not look typical Routine and tradition are part and parcel of human life. Many of these conventions pace hand in hand with a change in season. As we transition from fall to winter, Christians markContinue reading “No pirouettes, thanks.”