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Confessions of a Farm Wife, Vol. 9

Confessions of a Farm Wife, Vol. 9

We're podcasting again, with a new format and an easier-to-listen app. Today we're talking planting progress, Wall Street Journal and endorsements to make your life easier.

We've taken a bit of a hiatus from podcasting, because here's the thing: everybody's been busy planting corn. And you should see what it's like to coordinate our three schedules, plus the additional schedules of our (combined) seven little people, plus our three husbands. 

From left to right: Emily Webel, DeAnna Thomas and Holly Spangler

But I digress, already. We got together this week, we let the kids play (Emily's are out of school and mine just had Monday off). We even promised them swimming, which we did for 10 whole minutes before it rained. And may I add, it rained at the swimming pool, but not at either Webel or Spangler farms, where we really needed it. As of this writing, we've each gotten a good shower but suffice to say, there were very nearly tears on Monday from the devastation of it all. The kids, too, not just the farmers.

We've been talking a lot lately about our farm wife podcast and what we can do to make it better, more useful, more fun. We have some plans in the works but for now, you'll see shorter and more frequent podcasts, aiming at 20 minutes in length and about one per week. Today's is 23 minutes long because all three of us are strong-willed-children, Type-A people who, when given a demarcation line, will stand with our toes right on it. I like to think our bull-headedness is part of our charm and I'm certain our husbands would agree.

A slight recap of the voices you'll hear:

**DeAnna Thomas: Manito farm wife, recovering farm broadcaster, marketing coordinator for LG Seeds and new blogger! Check out Lessons from the Levee. It's beautiful and DeAnna's is a thoughtful and poignant voice from the farm.

**Emily Webel: Farmington farm wife, mother to four (ish - more on that to come), former teacher and part-time United Way of Peoria employee. Emily has blogged for several years at Confessions of a Farm Wife and is a strong voice for the non-farm crowd.

**Holly Spangler: (That's me!) Marietta farm wife, mother to three, editor at Farm Progress and southern Illinois farming native. I've been blogging here since 2008 and writing for Prairie Farmer since 1998.

Give it a listen, either on the gizmo above or download the SoundCloud app on your phone. We're trying to make it easier for you; let me know what you think!

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