Dairy farming is in my blood. My grandparents operated their dairy a mile from the acreage where I grew up, west of Norfolk, Nebraska. While I was still in grade school, I helped my family bottle-feed the baby calves at our place. After attending Northeast Community College and working as an auction clerk at the Norfolk Livestock Market, I began employment on a friend’s family dairy farm north of Wayne, Nebraska. Through this mutual friend, I met my husband, Tim, a dairyman from northwest Iowa. Currently, we both live and work on the 750-cow dairy by Wayne. Tim helps with overseeing the cows and crops. I work with the calves (newborn to 9 weeks old), feeding them and taking care of their health. The cows are milked three times per day, and the milk is hauled to Sanborn, Iowa, where it is made into cheese. Most of the feed is grown on the dairy’s 1,000 acres of farm ground. We utilize cover crops and fertilize the fields with manure from the cows. When I’m not doing chores, I may be found teaching piano lessons, gardening or crafting. Tim and I are both very involved in our church, teaching Sunday school, attending small group Bible studies and playing the trumpet or piano during the services.