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I have lived in the “city” (Mt. Vernon proper) all my life — with the exception of college.

Since my husband and I purchased a farm, I’ve been experiencing a little culture shock. Seems this city girl has a lot to learn!

Farming was never in my mind as a career or pastime or hobby or really anything for that matter. And those who know me, or I guess knew me, cannot believe I live on a small beef farm. The reality of it is laughable to them. Not because it’s a humorous position, but because I, the former Coquette, Show Choir party gal am riding shotgun in a pickup opening gates for my cow-loving husband.

Matt (my husband) has always wanted to be a beef farmer and I guess this life is his wish coming true. We’ve got a small corner of the earth we run some cattle on. And as of now (the farm roster changes almost daily) we’ve got four young kids, a couple dozen cows, a bottle calf named “Lucky Lady Sally,” one dog, one cat, seven chickens, a rooster, a vegetable garden to tend to, fruit trees, and oh yeah, a little mouse I cannot seem to capture, so I guess he should be included on the masthead.

Like everybody else, we’ve got more to do than the day is long, but we’re enjoying all of it.

I hope you keep tuning in every month to see what we’re up to on the Oehlschlager farm — the freshman farm gal/new mom learning the tricks of the trade. My goal is to provide some information to those who haven’t been exposed to this lifestyle, but mostly to provide some comic relief to those who live it day in and day out.

My short time as a cattleman’s wife has given me more respect than I can show for all those making their living working the land. So my brand-new, never been broken into hat is off to you, veteran farmers.

I’ve got a lot to learn!

As seen in the Lawrence County Record

Categories: Life on the farm


My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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