Year-End Review 2017

2017 has been a monumental year for our family and while it has taken me almost a month to get this done, I am glad I finally prioritized sitting down to type this.

2017 we started the year preparing to move our oldest out of the house. Frantically planning for a graduation, settling on a college choice and getting scholarship applications completed were a definite priority. Nate settled on Northwest Missouri State and we settled into the New Year planning a year of “lasts” as a family of 5 all living at home. A sad time for this mom.

We spent the New Year 2017 itself ringing in the new year with family and friends dancing the night away at my nephew Alex and his wife Danielle’s wedding on New Year’s Eve. It was a beautiful wedding and we spent New Year’s weekend with family at a hotel in Carroll wishing the newlyweds blessings on their marriage.

February brought Nate wrestling with his team in the state duals in Wells Fargo in Des Moines and we were able to go to state wrestling and watch him wrestle a couple matches. They lost in first round, but what a fun experience for him.

March brought Tyler playing at the state basketball tournament in Des. Moines with his basketball team. It was fun to watch the boys play in the “Well” . An experience of a lifetime, especially for a freshman. We lost in the first round but it was a fun experience for our boys and for my son.

March brought our annual Spring Break trip and we headed to Colorado to tackle Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains. After a stop in Nebraska for family member, Cynthia and Chad’s wedding we had a great time but will forever be remembered as the trip where all THREE of my children got sick. Addie came down with altitude sickness day 1, Nate food poisoning on day 4 and Tyler motion sickness on the Royal Gorge gondola on day 6. The trip took us to Estes Park, Great Smoky Mountains, and Royal Gorge with a stop at Dodge City, Kansas on the way home so Clint could take in the Gunsmoke Museum. We had a great time despite illness.

April brought state track for Tyler and we were able to watch him run in two events as a freshman at state track at Drake. He was able to only high jump to 5’10” before having knee issues, but running was not affected and he ran 2 state events, which was fun to watch.

May brought graduation, graduation party for Nate and two cousins at the feedlot and the end of having 2 teenagers in high school. The month really was a whirlwind as we had senior mass at church, senior dinners, prom which we chaired for the senior class, baccalaureate, awards night, and finally graduation and the kids party in which we had the beef producers grill over 400 burgers for the crowd of well-wishers. It was a fantastic way to end his senior year.

June brought the start of travel basketball but not after a quick trip to Atlanta for Addie and I to meet my newest niece, Rylan. We flew down on Friday and back on Sunday- a quick trip for us.

Once we returned… it was dance recital time and we watched Addie dance in tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling. It was fun watching all of her hard work come to fruition!

July brought a family camping week for our whole family on the Shirbroun side at Little Wall Lake and the kids and I spent a week in the camper in the intense heat of the Iowa summers. We were able to get away to a water park in Storm Lake though and enjoyed having so much time with the entire Shirbroun side for the first time in 9 years.

August brought the much-anticipated move to college for Nate and the start of his new life as an adult college student at Northwest Missouri state University majoring in Ag/Animal Science. The much dreaded drop off was painful for this mom, but watching him soar and be so excited about this new step has been exciting for me and I am happy to see him so successful as a college student. I decorated his dorm and made sure he had all the necessities before we pulled away, and admittedly it took me over 3 months to finally stop texting him every single night to say goodnight and love you…. I still do it at least once a week even now though….

September brought the start of football and back to routine. I started another college class toward my Bachelor’s in nursing and delved into Music Appreciation. Addie started 4th grade at a new school where I am not located and finally branched off on her own a little more. More pain on this mom’s heart.

October brought family back to Iowa and all of my siblings together again at my mom’s for a family weekend. More time with nieces and nephews and time together with my kids all home.

November and December brought the holidays and a torn pectoral muscle and surgery for Clint as he separated the pectoral muscle wrestling a steer while working cattle. He had surgery and has been recovering since that time. Therapy is now done, but healing can take up to a year. December 13th brought a possible meniscus tear in basketball for Tyler and a first, then second opinion on what was going on with his left knee. Turns out it was a hardened cyst that needed to be removed and he had surgery on January 9, 2018. As I type this he remains out of sports and attending therapy re-strengthening the knee to prepare for track this spring.

2017 was the year of sports for sure for us! And… a year of transition into the new world of having adult children. We continue to be blessed and thank God for all blessings in our lives. As we continue in to this new phase in life we continue to ask Him for strength, praying for good decisions from our adult children and safety for all of us in the New Year.

Thanks for checking in with us, and here is to a happy and HEALTHY 2018!

~Laura

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Liebster Award

Welp…my blogging follower immalady has nominated me for a Liebster award (thank you!) and I will eventually nominate some people as well, as soon as I have a chance to read more blogs and follow more. I am still so new to this blogging thing! But I am more than happy to share my questions I was asked and also share what questions I would ask my nominees once I have them. So thank you so much for the nomination and my answers are below. Happy Sunday!!


My 11 Questions from immalady :

  1. What led you to start blogging?

Good question. I think my lack of time I have to scrapbook and my love of memories and passing things on to others. I used to scrapbook all the time, but I do not have a set place to do it, and I thin what I love about blogging is that it is like an “online scrapbook” about me that I can access pretty much anytime and anywhere. I LOVE that!

  1. What is your favorite part about blogging?

The fact that I can blog about ANYTHING I want to! If I have a whim that I want to write about something, then I can sit down and do it. I don’t have to follow any certain theme and that is something that moves me the most- my ability to share my thoughts on anything I choose.

  1. What is your go-to dish to take to a potluck or party?

I think because I live in Iowa, and because I live in the beef capitol of the state, loose meats a big thing for me. Easy, able to be taken in a Crockpot and not often replicated, they are an easy go to for me. Plus we have access to fresh beef straight off the feedlot so they are wayyyy better than store bought beef. I think those and Crockpot corn and noodles with cheese are my 2 favorites. I have teenagers so I cannot get too crazy with what I make.

  1. What is your must have beauty product?

I am trying to think of just one.. so hard! I would have to say in terms of my hair- my straightener…. which is not really a product but a tool! In terms of my face- my argan oil (Josie Maran) or my Younique moisturizer and make up primer. It is so necessary for the touch foundation. I love how little is needed. Definetely makes the face look flawless.

  1. Who is your dream dinner party guest?

Besides Jesus Christ (an easy go to.. who wouldn’t want to meet him??) I would love to have a chance to have dinner with my deceased grandparents as an adult. I would love to have them see where I live, what my children and husband are like, and see me as an adult. I did not appreciate them enough while they were here, so an opportunity to see them again would fill my heart. J

  1. What is one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

Relax, slow down. You have the rest of your life to be an adult. Stop rushing it. I was an RN at 20 working full time, a wife at 22, and a mother at 23. I wish I had enjoyed the road to adulthood a little more and not tried to rush it so much. You have the rest of your life t be an adult. Enjoy the ride and don’t rush.

  1. What is the meaning behind your blog name?

DirtroadNightingale : Dirt road because I live in small town Iowa and have been raised in and lived amongst agriculture my whole life. I LOVE living in an agriculture state, being married to a farm manager and teaching my kids to respect our earth, the creatures on it and where our food comes from. Nightingale- I am a nurse! Wouldn’t have chosen any other career. I love caring for others and this is an ode to our founder, Florence Nightingale.

  1. What is the best blog post you’ve written so far? Share the link!

Uh… not sure? I guess maybe the one on my kids? Click here My sons …I think I would say that because they are my most important topic… but some one else may choose something I have written on fashion, or on something I cooked so I guess this is pretty subjective. I am happy to share though!

  1. Do you prefer to have a plan or be spontaneous?

Plan – always plan. If the plan does not work, make a new plan. But always always always have a plan!

  1. What is your most prized possession?

My children!! (do I possess them? In this case… yes) I am sooo proud of who they are and what they are becoming. I could lose everything else in my life but as long as I can say I have my children then I am okay. They are a little piece of me and I am forever proud of my legacy I leave on this earth through them

  1. What do you feel is most important for your blog readers to takeaway from your blog?

Be yourself! When I turned 40, I wanted a tattoo, so I got one! No regrets. If someone does not like it.. Oh well it’s not for them anyway. Embrace life, enjoy all that is around you, make a bucket list, live life fully and most importantly love yourself.

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What is your favorite place you have travelled to?
  2. If you could meet anyone, living or dead who would it be?
  3. If you have to eat one food daily in one of your meals for the rest of your life, what food would that be? What food do you think you could eat daily?
  4. What is your favorite movie you have watched and why?
  5. What do you want people to take away from your blog? What are you trying to get across to others?
  6. What do you like most about blogging?
  7. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
  8. If you had one full day all to yourself and no one around, how would you spend that day?
  9. What is your favorite blog post you wrote? Share the link…
  10. If you could live in any time period besides the one we are currently in, what time period would that be and why?
  11. What is your favorite season and why?

(some of you may have already been nominated for the Liebster Award or have more than 200 followers but if I follow your blog that is because I truly enjoy reading it!)

Thank you again immalady for noticing my blog and nominating me for this award! Thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, or commented .. I sincerely appreciate it!