About Julie

I'm blogging to glorify God by educating you about farming and telling you what God's doing in my life in the small (we're talking village) town in which I live.

Daring To Hope

Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors is a touching, heartfelt recollection of Katie’s struggle to trust God in the dark times of life. She writes,

“Reality would shatter my optimism, but I would realize that it was only a cheap substitute for true hope anyway. The Lord would take the darkness and make it my secret place, the place where I knew Him more intimately and deeply than I had ever fathomed possible.” (page 5)

Reading this book feels a lot like reading a well edited personal journal. You read the true stories with both happy and sad endings of Ugandans she served. At the same time, Katie does a beautiful job of including Scripture and connecting what God was teaching her to those Scriptures. It has so much truth in it that anyone who reads it would find something to inspire them. I would be very interested in reading Katie’s bestselling book from 2012, Kisses From Katie, after reading Daring to Hope.

Here are a few thoughts that I earmarked:

“As I’m tempted to wallow in guilt over all that I am not for my children, gently He reminds me that I was never meant to meet all their needs anyway. It isn’t me who can make up for all their losses and hurts. He reminds me that I cannot be what they need Him to be — Savior.” (page 43)

“To dwell in the place I have been given. To do the things I have been given. To love the people I have been given. This is not mysterious or far reaching, and yet this is the truth of a God-ordained life.” (page 98)

“The pain and the hurt are everywhere. But the joy and the hope that we find in our Savior? They are everywhere, too…. Our pain does not minimize His goodness to us, but in fact allows us to experience it in a whole new way.”  (page 138)

“I desire to enter fully into the joy He places before us and I desire to enter fully into the suffering He places before us because both can be His gifts to us. Both can be made beautiful.” (page 195)

I was encouraged to embrace interruptions in life, to not run away from hard things but to look for God in the middle of them, and to be faithful with what God gives me to do each day.

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with this book for free to read and review.

P.S. If you’re a podcast listener, you can hear Katie on the Family Life Today podcast on December 19-21, 2017. Here’s a link to the December 20 broadcast here.


Sandhill Crane Migration

If you haven’t had a chance to observe the Sandhill Crane migration coming through Nebraska, change that this year – especially if you live in Nebraska. It’s a natural phenomenon that you won’t easily forget. I would recommend going to the Rowe Sanctuary. They have extremely informed volunteers and quality educational materials. If you can’t make it there, you could check out this crane cam or this collection of pictures, but it really won’t beat seeing them in real life.

People seriously come from all over the world to watch these birds migrate. You have from now until the first week in April, so start planning!

While you’re in the area, I would also highly recommend the K Town bakery in downtown Kearney, which happens to be in near other cute shops like The Rustic Patch.

I’ll stop with the recommendations for the moment, but be aware that a book recommendation is coming soon!

Farm Cottage Creamery

An unexpected positive side to Brad doing electrical work is that he makes new friends. He has been working on wiring a barn lately. I just always thought of it as just a barn, until he came home with churned body butter and milk soap that the owner gave him. (It smells fabulous!) Come to find out this barn he is wiring is a barn for kidding Nigerian Dwarf Goats.

Today we got to go check out their adorableness. 

These three were born ten minutes after Brad left on Wednesday this week. The mama was probably wishing he would hurry up and leave so she could have her kids in peace and quiet. I’m sure she appreciated the nice lighting. I wish I would’ve taken a picture of it!

If you’re thinking you want to get yourself some Nigerian Dwarf goats, this is your place. I think the owner said she has around 12 bred does. If I lived in the country, I would be seriously hoping for some of these goats as pets.

Since it was cold and muddy, we didn’t get to check out the KuneKune pigs and just got a glimpse of the Jersey Cows that are also on this quaint Nebraska acreage. We did get to go see the 12 new lab puppies.

William was less nervous about them than the goats for some reason.
They are cute puppies, but I would much rather have a goat. The puppies were all called for anyway.


A visit to the Farm Cottage Creamery website is where you should head now to see more pictures of adorable animals and to do a little shopping feel like it.

Let me know if you decide to buy a goat. I’ll come visit you.

Amazing Stories

Tyndale Blog Network has been very patient in waiting for me to post a review of The Book of Amazing Stories – 90 Devotions on Seeing God’s Hand in Unlikely Places by Robert Petterson. They sent me a complimentary copy of the book well before Christmas. Like the title says, it is a devotional book. Each day has about a two page story most often about a person (e.g., Mother Theresa, Ted Bundy, Muhammad Ali) but also a few major events, followed by a quote, and a Bible verse.

I struggled to get captivated or inspired by the stories. It’s not the the stories themselves aren’t amazing. It was hard for me to get behind a story in just two pages and the telling of the stories felt disjointed and sometimes hard to follow for this tired mother of four young children. I also didn’t always the understand the connection between the story and the Bible verse. If you’re looking for something interesting to add into a speech or for some inspiring stories to look into deeper, this book would give you 90 of those. I would not see it as a way to deepen your spiritual walk or your understanding of the Bible.

If you’re looking for a good novel to read, I would recommend The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore. It has a wide variety of interesting characters and a great plot. You can definitely see Beth Moore personality coming out in the story, and it very well might cause you to laugh out loud and to not want to do anything else but read. I would say it’s nothing like one of her Bible studies, except that it is very good.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

My littlest two are a year older this month; and since we have always celebrated making it through the first year of our kid’s life, we had to throw a party. It’s fun to celebrate with some of the friends and family that have been a part of your life during the year. It was a grand time at the community hall, even though the walls are all covered with wood paneling.

Liza loved it all, and William handled all the commotion fairly well too. He even showed off his new walking skills.

I asked my friend Emily to decorate and take pictures, and she made the place look worlds better than I ever would have even attempted. Decorating is not my thing, and I loved not having to worry about it. [Shameless plug: If you check out her website and read her blog post about her trip to Jamaica, you’ll want to hire her for all your graphic design needs.]

I see no more big birthday parties in my near future.