My name is Emily Henrichs and I am mom to 5 little girls ranging from almost 12 years old to 3.5 years old. In addition to keeping my tiny humans alive, I work as a pediatric RN in Dialysis/Pheresis (please sign up to be an organ donor & donate blood 😀) at St. Louis Children's Hospital, co-leader of the local 4-H club, President of the School Board, actively volunteer for school events, and enjoy running when I can. We stay pretty busy. I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and a mother, but the dairy farming life just came along with meeting my soulmate. My husband Bryan, his brother, and parents own/operate our dairy farm outside St. Rose, Illinois. There is only 1 hired hand on our farm who isn't a blood relative, with 2 nephews and a niece all helping getting the chores done. The farm also does custom planting, combining, and some chopping. Along with Dairy farming, my husband started a custom silage chopping business about 10 years ago and has since brought on a business partner which has expanded our coverage area significantly over the last 2 years. He is gone chopping pretty much from August through October daily from about after the morning milking till about 11:30 pm. That time of year is when motherhood gets especially stressful.
Prior to having children, I used to help my husband Bryan on the farm quite a bit, but now I play more of a supportive role as motherhood, cooking/cleaning, work, school, sports, extra-curriculars, and volunteering has taken over most of my free time. The kids go outside and help when they can. I even make it out there when needed. We are busiest in the Spring and Fall which is also when the farm is busiest. During the crazy busy fieldwork, I make sure there are meals prepared and delivered if needed all while running between sports and kid events. I loved having picnics with my grandpa in the field as a kid, so I make sure my girls all experience that with their daddy during the really busy months. Plus, that is the main way they get to see their daddy. On average it's 20-30 minutes a day during the peak chopping season.
We love to promote dairy consumption and help people see what dairy life is really about. Annually our 4-H club hosts a Dairy Day event, but due to the current situation, we had to cancel this year. My husband and all of the other dairy farmers are working hard to continue bringing dairy products to your table, no matter what is happening in the world. This pandemic has changed things in our kids' lives as they aren't in school or sports, but I am still going to work juggling all of the daily tasks in addition to remote learning. Our jobs are essential, but the most important job is mothering my babies, and that has to happen no matter what's going on in our world. I am so blessed to have this life, no matter how crazy it gets at times. God gave me a wonderful husband, 5 beautiful little girls, and our health. There's not a thing I would change.