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  • (DTN photo courtesy of Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell questions what is the threshold of traits that make a person a full-fledged farmer?

  • (DTN photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet has changed her perspective by making a conscious effort to notice how often people seem to be living 'have to lives' instead of 'get to lives.'

  • Wearing the blue and gold jackets are part of the FFA magic experienced by generations of Katie Pratt's family. (DTN photo by Katie Pratt)

    Having taken part in FFA as a teenager, this blogger is experiencing another facet of FFA, this time as a parent seeing her children making their own memories.

  • There is so much more that can be accomplished outside of a confined space, according to blogger Meredith Bernard. (DTN photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Meredith Bernard says there's a certain amount of comfort and safety doing the things you are used to doing, but the only way to real growth is opening the proverbial gate and exploring the world on the other side.

  • Blogger Jennifer Campbell and her husband, Chris, farm together in Indiana and still like each other after 30 years of marriage. (DTN photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell says a marriage of 30 years is bound to have plenty of ups and downs, but being best friends brings the fortune of tempering the bad times with the good and making through happily together.

  • 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.