Midwest Farm Wives

Midwest Farm Wives

By Whitney and Kylie
Just two busy Moms and millennial Farm Wives from Kansas and Missouri on an optimistic, real and raw approach to survive farm life, motherhood and so much more right from the heartland of America!
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Ep 29- The one where we document farm life
How are you preserving memories on your farm, of your family and in your home? Well if you're like Kylie and Whitney you are very guilt of slacking in the photo book, baby book and history preserving department. Our giveaway interview winner Laura Holmgren from Utah is on their 6th generation farm and discussing their amazing family history. We chat ways to start small in your own homes. We challenged ourselves to get better. History is so amazing and should be preserved for generations to come!  'We are not makers of history, we are made by history." Send us your ideas for keeping track of historic times, photos or ideas in general!  Follow Laura on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/holmgren.gram/
48:58
July 9, 2020
Ep 28- The one where we embrace our current season
Hey y'all. We are back and this episode we are chatting some deep topics: deepening our faith, embracing our current season and growing right where we have been planted! We truly hope you enjoy this episode and feel right at home chatting with us. Kylie and I needed this chat with one another more than we thought. Jen Stutzman that we mentioned in this podcast who influenced Whitney so much during her hard time in the ER can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/heartofthebison/?hl=en
25:49
June 24, 2020
Ep 27- The one where safety is no joke
Welcome back, this episode we talk something we both feel advocating for is important- SAFETY. Not only do we as mothers try to learn scenarios, tips and get advice for farm safety but we like to research on our own as well. Midwest Farm Wives teamed up with PERC (Propane Education and Research Council). They have an amazing website for kids and parents both. Listen to this episode as we chat #safetysunday tips that Whitney hosts each Sunday and some propane safety on the farm or ranch. http://propanekids.com/agsafety/ https://propane.com/ Above are two very good links: One for kids to learn, play and interact. And the other for info and tips for adults!
35:32
June 10, 2020
Ep- 26 The one where we catch up
Welcome back! We have both been busy and too honestly didn't have a great topic this week so we thought we would chat our farm planting updates, some government assistance happening currently, life in general and our upcoming Safety episode we are both very passionate about. Prayers all our fellow friends in Ag are hanging in there and able to get crops in! See ya next week.
24:44
May 28, 2020
Ep 25- The one where we offer friendly reminders
Hot and heavy into planting and the busy growing season in MO and KS for us. So we figured what a good time to chat ways to be a better farm wife and also the things NOT to say to the farmer in your life. Just a light hearted episode and planting update from us both. Happy PLANT2020 and into GROW2020 to you all.
25:53
May 13, 2020
Ep 24- The one where we all have problems.
"Be strong now, because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it cant rain forever." Welcome back! In this episode we discuss plant 2020 and some current events. As always we chat that limiting your news and keeping a positive and grateful outlook on life will keep a smile on your face. Times are tough but so are farmers. We fully understand and feel how hard 2020 has been and will continue to be. But we are planting seeds because we believe in tomorrow! ( Our friend Amanda Radke has a great tee with this saying on it) Have a happy and safe planting season from the Eppersons and Larson crew! 
22:40
April 29, 2020
Ep 23- The one where we were made for this.
Here we are entering the time when we do it all alone while our husbands are in the field. But hey we were made for this right? This social distancing farm life? Well we seem to think so. And we also truly believe approaching each season and time in life with gratitude and extra optimism is how we cope. Do we still have bad days or not so okay times? Of course we are human, but we don't un pack and live there for long. We feel those feelings accept it wasn't a good day and realize that its still a good life. Fail forward and keep finding the light in all the dark friends. #stillfarming
28:17
April 16, 2020
Ep 22- The one where we are not the farm.
Welcome back friends! This episode we talk about how farmers feel the farm defines them. We want every farmer to understand that they are more than the farm. They are important, loved and so appreciated! We welcome a special guest Kate from Uptown Farm who wrote the blog, Farmer you're not the farm. As always stay grateful friends! "So I need you to hear me again - YOU ARE NOT THE FARM. You are a man who works harder than anyone I know. You are a man who is honest to a fault. You are a man who always finds new ways, better ways. You are a man who can keep the big picture in mind while maintaining laser focus on the details. You are a man who quietly, and humbly, prays for God to help you on the tasks he’s laid before you. You’re a husband. A father. A son. A brother and an uncle. You are a farmer, a damn good one too, but you are not defined by the farm. Your family and friends - we love you, regardless of your corn yield or planted acres or the price you sell your calves for." Check out that blog post here: https://www.uptownsheep.com/uptown-girl---a-working-farm-wifes-blog/archives/06-2019 Also check out the podcast we refer to Ag State of Mind with Jason Meadows: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ag-state-of-mind
42:44
April 2, 2020
Ep 21- The one where we weather the storm.
Hey guys, I'm sure like the rest of you we have had so many highs and lows mentally in the last two weeks and we just wanted to chat some ways we have coped. Staying positive in such an unknown time is really hard but very necessary for your mental health to stay at its best! We are praying for each of your families health and well being during the duration of 2020. "The lord is near, do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." -Philippians 4:5-6
33:27
March 21, 2020
Ep 20- The one where we fill our bucket.
Welcome back! In this episode we are discussing filling our bucket in ways that serve us. We chat some on corona virus and life in general. In lieu of the economy and everything back firing and showing a ding from corona virus its hard to keep a positive mindset but we are here to assure you aren't alone in those feelings! The sun will shine again tomorrow and you get a new fresh slate to try again.  Count your blessings and fail forward!
19:38
March 16, 2020
Ep 19- The one where we talk to the comsumer.
Welcome back! This episode we chat on how we advocate for agriculture to bridge gaps between producer and consumers. The funny thing people seem to overlook is that we as producers are also consumers. We mothers shop and have the options to choose in the grocery store as consumers as well. We share our story to try and bridge these gaps, bust some myths and bring light to how amazing we feel Agriculture is!  We also interview Brandi Buzzed on advocacy and fear based marketing as well. You can find her here- https://www.facebook.com/BuzzardsBeat/ or Instagram @brandibuzzard We feel she is a great advocate for the beef industry and are humbled she took time to be on today! "Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man" George Washington
54:39
March 5, 2020
Ep 18- The one where we are enough.
This episode definitely goes out to all our Working/ Stay at home Momma friends and listeners this week. As Kylie and Whitney struggle in their own day to day guilt as moms, wives and home makers we decided to chat it out and let you know its OK to not always feel OK. What you are doing in your current season is enough, do what you can with what you got and keep failing forward! Remember to always stay grateful even when times are hard. Even the smallest gratitude can make up for a pretty crummy day.
29:06
February 17, 2020
Ep 17- The one where we compare notes.
This episode we chat the Missouri trip. The tour of the farm, hogs and much more. We also hit on some topics trending right now; the super bowl performance and the state of union. While our farms are so very alike we found out our differences as well. It was nice to be able to chat farm life, social life and parenthood free of any shame or judgement. Wish the world was filled with much less judgement and a lot more happiness and acceptance of others differences. "Lighting another candle off your own candle does not take away any of your own flame."  We challenge you today and this week to even if you disagree with someones operation, beliefs or the way they do something to accept it is their decision to make and maybe offer a compliment in another area of their life! 
34:12
February 6, 2020
Ep 16- The one where we aren't farming.
Listen to us chat life in the off season for farming. Wait, there isn't much of an off season is there. Between book work, the next seasons prep of seed ,chemical choices etc, meetings and livestock. We don't take much of a break while preparing for the next season ahead. We do however get to see our husbands more since it gets dark earlier and that makes out Mom hearts happy. But back to the grind in no less than 45 days! We interview a special guest Mary Pat also known as the millenialfarmwife on Instagram.  We are also combining forces and trying to build the Midwest Farm Wives community through social media together. You can now find a page for Midwest Farm Wives on both instagram and facebook, be sure to check it out! 
42:11
January 20, 2020
Ep 15- The one where we live in abundance.
Hey friends and welcome back to our 2020 season of podcasting.  This episode we are going to discuss living with an abundant mindset vs a scarce mindset. We think this applies to life in general and we compare to our farm lives. In a nutshell someone with an abundant mindset is an optimist and is genuinely happy for others when they are successful. Those with a scarcity mindset are competitive, jealous and resent others success. "The secret to having it all is believing you already do."
35:04
January 6, 2020
Ep 14- The one where we meet.
As most of you know we began this journey without ever meeting in person. Building a relationship via Instagram and daily texts. Well we finally got to meet up in Nashville last week. To say we hit it of and had a blast would be an understatement. Love at first sight? Haha maybe for best friends. Our husbands equally enjoyed one another and all the farm talk, which made it bitter sweet! We want to say happy holidays and new year to all of our listeners, and as always thank you so much for your support!
31:29
December 20, 2019
Ep 13- The one where we tackle the bookwork.
Kylie and Whitney chat all things office in this episode. From filing to reconciliation and everything in between. Listen as we chat what works for us and what hasn't. How we work alongside our husbands and have to learn to be humble. Do what works for you and don't be too proud to ask for help. Enjoy!
49:32
December 2, 2019
Ep 12- The one where we chat mental health. PART 2
Welcome to PART 2 with our amazing Interview with Ms Linley Anderson. An amazing woman who is on a mission to share her personal stories and journey with anxiety depression and trauma in life. She is a positive influence in her life and on her social media. Im so happy to have gotten to know her more and become friends with her. You can find her at- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=linley%20andersen&epa=SEARCH_BOX Or Instagram at- https://www.instagram.com/linleya/?hl=en "Your are enough. You are good enough. You are smart enough. You are beautiful enough. You are kind enough. You are brave enough. You are enough now and you always will be!"
38:01
November 18, 2019
Ep 12- The one where we chat mental health. PART 1
Hello and welcome back to PART 1 of a 2 PART series. This week we are chatting all things mental health. It can get deep on some levels, but is all so real and raw that it is a must listen to men, women and adolescents alike. Going through tough things is hard enough in itself ,let alone trying to battle it all alone. Because for some that is what it is a daily battle. And we are here to tell you, you are not alone. You are not crazy, over sensitive or anything you may have heard before. We support each of you in every battle you are fighting and pray you can overcome it.  "Just keep swimming, Mental health isn't a battle to be won, it is a journey to continue walking. There is someone or something our there worth swimming for." In this episode we reference our friend Jessica Peter and the work she is doing with Secrets of Ag. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVQXD-9ceXfN6ktTGvVzuOUwcx-iSRbj_lC8_rNNSUfRz2jg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 Please go to the above link to partake in her amazing effort to feel someone else less heavy.
38:17
November 18, 2019
Ep 11- The one where we revisit the past.
Hello and welcome back friends. This chat we are going back to the very first episode up to today’s, and reviewing our favorite parts and trying to debunk some negative feedback we have had. We appreciate all of you on this ride with us and hope you know we have nothing but the best intentions with sharing our real reel. We are always open to constructive criticism and questions, we value each of your thoughts and hope you come back for more episodes!  Whit and Ky
51:15
November 6, 2019
Ep 10- The one with the Rural Woman.
MINI EDPISODE!! We collaborated in a two part series with the Rural Woman Podcast. Here is part 1, check our interview and Part 2 over at The Rural Woman Podcast.  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rural-woman-podcast/id1456194942 Check out the second part there!
26:35
October 31, 2019
Ep 9- The one where size doesn't matter.
Welcome back! In this episode we discuss the comparison game with men, women, equipment, small or large scale farms and everything in between. Let whatever you do be enough friends. And worry about how green your own grass is, not your neighbors. Thanks for tuning in. Leave us a review if you get the extra time!
32:53
October 21, 2019
Ep 8- The one where we have no agenda.
Hello again! We couldn't narrow things down on a set topic and decided to talk about some harvest progress, accidents, MFP chat and so much more.  Thank you as always for listening, and please leave a review if you have time. Whit and Ky 
44:02
October 7, 2019
Ep 2- The one where we talk about being seasonal single mothers.
In this episode we discuss surviving planting and spraying season. The truths about how we feel during them and we hope you know you aren't alone in anything you come up against! Storms and seasons will roll in and change and learning to face them head on with some positivity and acceptance can make the transition easier. Thanks so much for listening..
27:54
October 3, 2019
Ep 7- The one where Whit and Ky toss questions.
Hey friends! Seems like two weeks go by so quickly! We hope you enjoy this fun episode of two friends asking questions and having some fun! Thanks to everyone for giving us some suggestions for questions. Hope you learned a little more about us. We genuinely hope you are all having a very safe, bountiful and happy harvest this fall. And if you are here as a non farm wife, WELCOME! Were so happy you have found us. We want to shoutout some other podcasts we like and think you will too: Jay and Jess Norman, Moving On podcast. Rob Sharkey and Lesley Kelley- What the Farm podcast. Check them out 😊
43:29
September 23, 2019
Ep 6- The one where we prepare for extra grace.
Hey y'all! Back to single seasonal mom life! In this episode we chat about preparing for harvest. We explain what our roles are during harvest and then we offer some life hacks and tell you a little about our operations during the harvest season. The one thing we want to emphasize is whatever you feel during the harvest season, you are for sure not alone. And please please, don't fall into the comparison game of another farm wife doing something more of less than you. "Its OK for someone to else to do more than you or even less than you and its especially OK for them to do things differently" -farmwifeguru Listener review from apple podcasts- 5 stars! If you are looking for a bright and uplifting podcast to listen to look no further. Whitney and Kylie are two farm wives who keep it real and always look for a silver lining in life. The lessons they have learned from farming are so valuable, that can and should be applied to everyone's life, farmer or not. I love that they don't pretend to be perfect and end each podcast with a positive quote. If you are feeling down, turn on their podcast for a dose of positive energy and encouragement. You wont be disappointed. -Jackie O. As always thanks for listening friends! 
49:52
September 9, 2019
Ep 5- The one where we clean and organize our life.
Cleaning and organizing in our homes. Tips, tricks and things to make ya feel a little less crazy! Physical clutter = Mental Clutter. Remember you are not defined by how clean your home is. Everyone is so different and whatever works for your family is whats best for you. CHALLENGE- 10 bag de-clutter challenge. Be sure to listen to the end and accept our 10 bag challenge
43:57
August 24, 2019
Ep 4- The one where we support each other.
This episode we discuss Ag supporting Ag as well as women supporting other women and how imperative it is in today's society! Hope you enjoy! 
35:01
August 12, 2019
Ep 3- The one where we get back up again..and again.
Today we discuss letting go on the things we cant control, and leaning into the things we can! Enjoy!
40:10
July 29, 2019
Ep 1- The one where you get to meet us.
Midwest Farm Wive- Just two seasonal single moms aka Farm Wives from Kansas and Missouri on an optimistic real and raw journey to survive farm life motherhood and so much more! (The one where you get to meet us!)
27:23
July 2, 2019