By the Numbers

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  • 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.

  • Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet and her two pre-schoolers have spent hours walking around the pastures with a rangeland plant identification book in hand, finding all kinds of different forbs and grasses to identify. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet uses on-farm flowers to teach her children about plants and life lessons, and to burn off some pent-up energy.

  • In the muck and mire of winter, it's easy to lose sight of what's just around the corner. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard says mud and the weather that brought it make farmers wonder if the yearly seasonal battle is worth it. But there's always hope around the corner.

  • Blogger Jennifer Campbell says the image in the mirror is hands down her biggest critic. And, it is hardest on her when it should be her biggest cheerleader. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell says the cab mirror brings self-doubt, but it also showcases a life well-lived.

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    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet says from piddling around the back yard to caring for families and animals to volunteering for community involvement, farmers will do just what farmers do.

  • Planting a seed, spying that first sprout and reaping a delicious meal from it is still a miracle to this blogger. (Getty Images photo)

    Blogger Katie Pratt says there is real value in literally growing the food that feeds one's family.

  • Counting the number of pigs in a pen sounds easy enough. But then baby pigs move under and over each other. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell explains there are three basic kinds of pig math she deals with regularly: Baby Pig Counting; Pen Stocking Math; and Loading Out Calculations. But then the pigs start moving.

  • Reality about life and love can be so much better than the movies. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard says being a farm wife has taught this blogger a lot about life and even more about love.

  • Listing three good things can help turn things around. It's not magic but attitude. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell says when life gets you down and things aren't going your way, list three good things to uplift your spirit.

  • Rita the Hay Rake is the best kind of friend. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard says giving names to vehicles and equipment can give great joy.

  • Big candle companies have been missing out for years on the smell of farming. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell encourages people to imagine untraditional scents from a Seasons on the Farm Candle Collection.