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American Farm Wife

So God made a farmer’s wife

And on the 9th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “The farmer needs a caretaker”. So God made a farmer’s wife.

So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, feed the farmer, work all day in town, come home to work alongside her farmer, make supper, and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board”.

So God made a farmer’s wife.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to keep up with the farmer yet gentle enough to cuddle a newborn baby. Somebody to run for parts, help in the fields, move trucks, deliver meals, look the farmer in the eyes and tell him ‘I love you and the life we’ve built’ – and mean it”.

So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with their newborn baby. And raise him right. I need somebody who can use a wrench and know where to find it, doesn’t mind getting dirty, who can remove stains, and keep a house clean. And who, at planting and harvest season, will finish her forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain’n from her town job, taking care of the kids, and fieldwork, put in another seventy-two hours”.

So God made a farmer’s wife.

God had to have somebody willing to cancel appointments and change plans and be ready in a minutes notice and yet will never stop and complain about this way of life.

So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clean out bins and heave bails, yet gentle enough to raise kids and bottle feed calves and tend to the house, who will drive the tractor and pray to God about the weather. It had to be somebody who’d be able to handle the house and field work and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and wash and dry and cook and clean and remember scheduled events and feed the farmer and stock the cupboards and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church.

So God made a farmer’s wife.

“Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when her daughter says she wants to spend her life ‘doing what mom does.’”

So God made a farmer’s wife.

Author: Kristy posted in Farm Life by Brandi

Here’s some of my many roles:

House Keeper
Parts Runner
Baby keeper aliver
Truck Driver
Chicken Checker
Meal Maker
Ice Braker
Cow Chaser
Trash taker outer
Lawn mower
Check depositer
Laundry guru
Many More...

You Might Be a Farmer's Wife

American farmer's Wife

Listen to "God Made a Farmer's Wife" This sounds like my mom.

  • If you call the implement dealer and he recognizes your voice:
  • If the vet’s number is on the speed dial of your phone:
  • If your husband has ever used field equipment to maintain your yard:
  • If the word "auction" makes you tingle:
  • If "picking rock" is considered a chance to get out of the house:
  • If "wild game" reminds you of dinner and not the bedroom:
  • If the "fresh ingredients" your recipe calls for reminds you to do the chores:
  • If taking lunch to the field is as close as you get to a picnic:
  • If your rock garden was hand-picked:
  • If you can mend a pair of pants and the fence that ripped them:
  • If the shopping list in your purse includes the sizes of filters, tires, overalls, chains, belts, lights, cables, spark plugs or shotgun shells:
  • If "Farm", "Ranch", "Country", "Cowboy" or "Antique" is in the name of your favorite magazine:
  • If your tan lines are somewhere below your shoulder and above your elbow:
  • If you’ve ever called your husband to supper, using a radio:
  • If your driveway is longer than a stone’s throw:
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  • If your kids’ wading pool has ever doubled as a stock tank, or vice versa:
  • If you have a yard, but not a lawn:
  • If you have lots of machinery and each piece is worth more than your house:
  • If the leaky barn roof gets fixed, before the leaky house roof:
  • If duct tape is always on your shopping list:
  • If the neighbor’s house is best viewed with binoculars:
  • If the directions to your house include the words, "miles," "silos," "last," or "gravel road":
  • If the tractor and the combine have air conditioning and an FM radio but your car doesn’t:
  • If your storage shed is a barn:
  • If your farm equipment has the latest global positioning technology and you still can’t find your husband:
  • If your husband says, "Can you help me for a few minutes?" and you know that might be anywhere from a few minutes to six hours:
  • If you plan your vacations around farm shows or the rain:
  • If grass stains are the least of your laundry problems:
  • If your refrigerator contains livestock medicine:
  • Chickens
  • If you’ve never entertained the romantic notion of living in an old, country farmhouse with a fireplace, because firsthand experience tells you that it’s cold, drafty, smoky and sooty:
  • If you use newspapers to help keep the kitchen floor clean:
  • If you’ve ever said, "Oh, it’s only a little mud.":
  • If you need a pair of vice grips to run a household appliance:
  • If your husband gave you flowers, but you had to plant the seeds yourself:
  • If you’ve ever used a broom to shoo a critter:
  • If you’ve ever discovered a batch of kittens in your laundry basket:
  • If quality time with your hubby means you'll have a flashlight in one hand and a wrench in the other:
  • If you know the difference between field corn and sweet corn:
  • If family "pets" include deer, coons, squirrels, foxes or birds:
  • If you can make a meal that can be ready in six minutes and will still be ready in two hours:
  • If "sharing a cab" has nothing to do with a taxi and everything to do with getting across the field:
  • If your job in town is considered a farm subsidy:

Farm Wives:

The Unsung Heroes of Agriculture


By Jesse Rose5/3/2019

American farm wife When a woman marries a farmer, she adopts a complex way of life.

“Sometimes people don’t understand how I help with farming, how hard it is, and how many hands it takes to make it all work, With livestock, it doesn’t matter how cold it is or what time it is, we have to be up and out there helping, especially during calving season. These animals are our livelihood and we have to make sure it all goes right.”

Spieler grew up on a farm and now helps her husband with their livestock operation. "I help with chores when my husband is busy in another field far away or working on equipment. I try to be useful doing small stuff so we can get as much done in a day as possible.”

Every bit helps

Peggy Jaminet was raised as a city girl but moved to the farm near Cherokee, Iowa, when she got married. "Farmers can’t take time to make their own meals or run 50 miles away to get seed or parts,” she says. “I came from the city, so the biggest challenge was just the hours. I don’t work 8 to 5. We work all day and don’t have set meal times. When I’m not helping outside, I’m making three meals a day and running it to the guys in the field. I want to make it as smooth as possible for them."

Jaminet says she is like a second hired hand. "We work with livestock at any hour in the day, and sometimes we don’t get much sleep; that is just part of it.” She has done her share of loading hogs and power washing hog barns. "A lot of people see farming as just sitting on a tractor, but there is much more to it behind the scenes in order to make it happen.”

Keeping things sane

Farm wives do a lot of hands-on work to help with their operations, but they also have another important role. “I try to be the mediator and the cheerleader when nothing is going right," says Spieler. "It’s hard to keep the family’s sanity when stress levels are climbing the wall."

Becky Whited, Marcus, Iowa, echoes this. “It is very important for women to know what’s going on in agriculture. It helps with the strength of the family. The husband knows his wife is 100% behind him.” Whited has always lived on a farm, so being a farm wife "is part of my down-home roots."

She says that faith, family, and farming are her core values. "Getting to work together as a family is a special feeling," says Whited. "There are not very many occupations out there that you get to work beside your family and accomplish the things we do on the farm. It’s pretty special and humbling."

Promoting agriculture

Promoting agriculture is an important part of farming, says Spieler. She is on her local FFA board and works with the 4-H program. “It is important for both women and men to help promote agriculture. FFA helps kids get exposed to the world. It shows them jobs they can do in agriculture."

Jaminet promotes agriculture by being a member of the county pork producers organization. “Helping with pork cooking events is a way to get our message out. We are promoting what we were doing back at the farm.”

Being a farm wife takes hard work, dedication, and faith, say all three women. Helping on the farm and doing manual work is just one part of the job. A lot of the work is behind the scenes. That is why these women are the unsung heroes of agriculture.

She keeps the home fires burnin’, as Ronnie Milsap would say. Farmer’s wives have many roles and wear many different hats, especially during the busy seasons.

But one thing’s for sure, we stay busy, too. Most days fly by for me and I’m running around getting stuff done and taking on a few more responsibilities. It can be a lot at times, but the farming lifestyle is all worth it… and we’re all in it together as a family.