By the Numbers

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  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet let her children take to Facebook to sell candy for a school fundraiser for some sweet results. (DTN photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet cringes when it is time for the school fundraiser. But selling one candy bar at a time can offer life lessons.

  • Blogger Tiffany says spring's mud was a challenge for her siblings and her when they did chores. (DTN photo by Greg Horstmeier)

    Blogger Katie Pratt says during the rainy part of the spring season, boots inevitably succumb to mud.

  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet shares some of the signs of hope she sees around her. (Photo by Pamela Smith, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet says if there is one thing farmers and ranchers must do well, it's hope.

  • Blogger Meredith Bernard shares what it's like to love a farm. (DTN photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard asks how can one possibly love a farm? Because a farm gives so much more than it takes.

  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet shares how she is grateful for open hearts, bigger prayers and growing faith. (DTN photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Farm deaths of loved ones or fond animals can open hearts instead of hardening them.

  • Blogger Katie Pratt shares that she is wishing for the moments yet to come. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Blogger Katie Pratt says try to live each day at hand, and don't let the dreary or messy weather of each season get you down.

  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet shares there are few things she likes more than breaking a sweat running down an old dirt road. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet says fitness and mental health go hand in hand.

  • Blogger Katie Pratt shares what it means to have a tradition of getting together with friends for three generations at an annual farm party. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Katie Pratt)

    Blogger Katie Pratt says farms are places where the cyclic nature of life occurs daily. Gathering there for reunions helps us remember the past and prepare for the future.

  • Blogger Meredith Bernard enjoys the season's crisp mornings and cooler days, along with the farm turning from green to gold with changing leaves. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard asks what if enjoying the best parts of our life is a matter of stopping, recognizing and savoring simple moments for what they simply are?

  • Blogger Katie Pratt says as her gardening skills have grown, so has her growing success. Last summer, she opened her porch pantry to begin sharing with others. Especially if anyone wants zucchini. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Katie Pratt)

    Blogger Katie Pratt uses her porch to share her overabundance of garden vegetables with neighbors.

  • Blogger Jennifer Campbell thinks it is highly possible she was a long-haul trucker in a past life. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell says long before cell phones or flashing beacons on full combines, two-way radios were the party line of farm communications.

  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet got to watch her children play on the sandy beaches of Lake Tahoe and for the first time ever to sink their toes into the warm sand of a beach. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet sees the ever-present joy in life through the day-to-day experiences of her children.

  • Blogger Meredith Bernard says her four-legged friends are one consistent source of companionship, love and joy, which makes them worth their weight in gold. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    The dog days of summer are here, but every day is a dog day for blogger Meredith Bernard and her family.

  • Blogger Jennifer Campbell says sitting in her porch swing at the Johnson County (Indiana) Fair was a highlight of her summer in the past. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell's family completed 17 consecutive years of 4-H club work.

  • One of the welcome signs of summer is sweet tea from a mason jar. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard says far from the fury of winter giving way to spring, summer quietly pulls spring to a close, and with it come some favorite memory-making days.

  • Blogger Katie Pratt had mixed feelings when her son turned 16 and she was no longer needed as a chauffeur. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Katie Pratt)

    Blogger Katie Pratt says when a teenager drives to school for the first time, it's a bittersweet rite of passage for the parents.