Huge snowflakes falling, a brisk wind blowing, and although the sun maybe diffused it's still blinding as it reflects off the bright white snow. My dad, in the midst of calving season, is like a new mother. With his ears and senses all tuned into what maybe happening outside his window down at the barn. He's up a few times a night, checking video monitors and when in doubt grabbing something warm, throwing on his boots and trudging in the deep snow to check on his 'loved ones'.
It always amazes me how day or night he keeps going. He never really says how many times he has been up or the lack of sleep he has had, rather that he saved a calf or helped a cow move into the barn so she would be safe to deliver.
Heidi always takes to 'Papa', interested in all he has going on and she was rather smitten with this calf, only one day old that my dad saved the night before.
Eva is a bit more interested in what Grandma has going on...cooking and baking and crafts galore.
The Dodge commercial that aired during Superbowl really hit home to me. That's pretty much how I grew up...so it inspired me to capture a few more pictures of the farm and appreciate all that I maybe didn't love as a teenager! I love that my girls get to experience the cultural difference at least once a year! This photo of my dad says so much to me...He's the stong, silent type...with a brightness behind his eyes...but then again somedays a picture of Jerry from Tom & Jerry comes to mind as my dad is little but mighty and can still run super fast!