Healing for Foster Kids Found on the Farm

Can Your Farm Help?

The past year will be cemented in our memories for many reasons; 2019 was a difficult one, marred with the challenges of extreme temperatures, late season blizzards, spring and fall flooding, ongoing trade wars, market uncertainties and the highest rates of farm bankruptcies on record in the last decade.

This year will also be remembered as the time when my open letter to Ellen DeGeneres went viral, prompting a media storm that kept me busy sharing the truth about cattle and climate change and debunking those pesky rumors about cow farts destroying the planet.

The last 12 months are also notable as I released my second children’s book, “Can-Do Cowkids,” and am deep in the process of penning two more titles to release in 2020.

We’ll also remember 2019 as the year we drove across the state in a record-breaking cold spell to take bulls to the Black Hills Stock Show. We’ll remember the long detours we had to take to get to town to get around the flooded river roads. And we’ll remember the mud; oh my, there’s been mud! If there was an Olympic sport in running through mud, I would be a gold medalist, of that I’m sure!

But perhaps what we’ll remember most about 2019 is how we are growing our family through foster care. My husband, Tyler, and I did our 30 hours of training last spring; completed a home study in July; and were officially licensed as foster parents by Aug. 1, 2019. By Aug. 2, we had our first sibling set to come stay with us, and in 2019, we welcomed seven kids into our home and our hearts.

Let me be frank. I don’t share this news to be self-righteous or to somehow earn praise and glory with readers or my followers on social media. I share this because I feel there is a great need in this arena, and by highlighting how we have gotten involved in foster care, it will hopefully spur others to think about filling the void in ….

Perhaps most surprising of all is how foster care hasn’t just provided a safe haven for these kids, but it has taught me about what’s most important of all — family, farming, faith, love and grace…


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