Skip to main content

Working Momma

I was entered into a position that I was entirely unprepared for when I married the hubs. I became the chief secretary, executive financial analyst, accountant, payroller, organizational guru, marketing specialist and the business partner of a large farm/ranch operation.

Simply put I became the keeper of all things paperwork.

I very naively offered to take this on myself. In fact, I think I even smiled and said it was something I would 'like' to do.

Oh, silly, naive, young me...

I had zero first hand knowledge of how to run the financial side of an operation of this size. Although I grew up on a farm, I was more experienced with driving a tractor and fixing fence than I was with any of the financial aspects.

My Mom taught me how to balance a check book, and that was the extent of my financial training.

I currently handle all the day to day bills, as well as managing the paperwork for our large feedlot and custom silage cutting business.

My business partner is, of course, the hubs and for us life and work is intertwined. Our brainstorming and business sessions happen around the dinner table or late at night before we fall asleep.

I love the hubs. I see him when I wake up and throughout the day and when I fall asleep at night. We spend far more time together than the average couple would with separate jobs.

Sometimes I need room to grow and learn on my own, and I would definitely benefit from some business training.

So I am very excited about a new program that I'm going to be involved in this year. It's sponsored through First Dakota National Bank and there will be several meetings throughout the year that are geared towards expanding knowledge on the complex workings of farm operations.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to gain more insight on how to better manage my side of our family business. I'm also excited to get to network outside of the house for a change. It will be nice to get some hands on training for my job.

The first meeting is later this month. I plan on sharing some of the information with you as I go. I'm participating in a phone conference later today and I'll get more details then. I'll keep you posted.

Were you prepared for the job you've found yourself in or have you had to learn as you go? I love hearing from you.

Stay warm and have a lovely day.


Popular posts from this blog


I was cleaning today, which gave me time to think, and thinking always leads me here. The house is 'weekend messy', so decided to clean my floors, because The Nester says if your floors are clean the rest of the house feels clean too, even if it isn’t.  I have found that it is pretty good advice, so when everything else feels chaotic, I clean the floors. Of course for me, cleaning the floors also means picking up the toys, shoes, clothes, etc. so that I can even begin to vacuum, which naturally leads to a cleaner home as well.  While cleaning up I began to think about how this blog has evolved over the years, from a desire to write like The Nester about home, into what it is now.  I started writing this blog when I was dreaming of building a new home. Then plans changed, life took turns, and we ended up in a home so different than I expected and so perfect for our family. Somewhere along the way I realized that home wasn’t in the walls that went up or in the co

A Year End Photo Review

I have been catching up on the blogs that I follow and I see so many end of the year round ups. I am not that organized, nor am I anywhere near having before and afters of the work on the Lucky house  all tied up in a pretty bow. What I do have though, are before and in-progress photos. I will let the pictures do most of the talking, but here is a little recap of where we started and where we are now! The journey to finding our home was a bit of a surprise and definitely a whirlwind of the best kind. In May of 2013, I got a message from a neighbor asking if we would be interested in buying their farmhouse. You can read all about it, here , here ,  here  and here ! So we bought a house, poured the foundation and moved the ninety year old house approximately two miles. We then jumped into renovations, additions and remodeling. We moved into Lucky in February 2014. Since then projects largely stalled, while I awaited the arrival of our third baby! It has been a crazy year and

How to Brighten Up a Friday!

What's a girl to do when the babies are driving her crazy on a Friday and she's in the middle of an existential crisis ? Go shopping of course, then out to lunch with her brother and a good friend! I couldn't help myself today when I found this bright turquoise chair at a local store and the star strainer was just what I needed to brighten up another gray skied day. Have a beautiful Friday! P.S. A blog I follow just released a fabulous app for pictures! I used it on the photo above!   Posted with Blogsy