So There I Was…

Brad and his sidekick Wyatt have started picking corn. I texted once to see how it was going and Brad actually put the word “Awesome!” in a text. That’s saying a lot people.

Right before he started picking corn, my help was needed. Liza and I went over really early in the morning for our first job of helping to get something put back together on the feeder house.

IMG_1654Then later that day, right as I was about ready to make dough for some runzas, we were needed again. This big thing below, which I think he calls the feeder house, needed to get back onto the combine.

Feeder HouseAfter Brad reminded me how to start the combine, I drove so he could line things up and get it put back in place.

This was my view.

IMG_1660Part of the time Brad stood where I could see him and told me what to do. The thought crossed my mind that I never once imagined this scenario happening when I married him over a decade ago.IMG_1661 Some of the time when I was moving this machine forward, I couldn’t see him at all and could’ve been about ready to run over him for all I knew. Clearly, that didn’t happen since I told you he’s out picking corn.

So after that job was successfully completed, the runzas waited for another day, and I fed my family popcorn for supper. I never imagined I’d do that either!



I took these great before and after pictures of my sink and toilet on my phone. I cleaned off the hard water build up that had been there for over three years with Blue Monster’s Open Mesh Abrasive Cloth. WOW! Slick and not that hard! My water dispenser on my refrigerator even looks like new because of it. Sadly, Wyatt was being helpful and deleted the pictures of the “toilet and sink water” because he didn’t see why I would want them on my phone. You’ll just have to take my word for it.   Did you know there’s a recently deleted album? The lost is found.

This is after I had cleaned the right side. It all looked like the left side before I started. Half Clean SinkAfter:
Sink Cleaning Tip I learned about that trick at a Norwex party. I am on the verge of becoming a Norwex believer. It’s like magic.

Now if you’re starting to think about Christmas I have two books you might want to consider.

The Christmas Story For Children

The Christmas Story For Children by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill is a solid, Biblical telling of the Christmas story. It starts with a brief description of the Jews waiting for their Promised One, includes Jesus’ birth (obviously!), and goes on to tell about His baptism and the start of His ministry. It reads like a story for school age children, yet feels like it is taken right out of the Bible. The cover picture above gives a good idea of what the illustrations are like throughout the book. Children could gain many great truths from this book, and you can get the book for $5 to $7 depending on where you look! That’s a great gift idea if you ask me. Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. We will read it many, many times.

Your family in pictures

Your Family In Pictures by Me Ra Koh could be another great Christmas gift idea for the photographer wanna be on your Christmas list. It is the third photography book written by Me Ra Koh, but it could easily stand alone as a helpful photography guide. She lists simple to understand yet very helpful ideas in bullet points and includes a lot of pictures to get ideas from and as examples. I think the best part of the book, which is actually about two thirds of it, is how she organizes her ideas and thoughts into categories like daily events, holidays, individuals (i.e., mom, dad, tweens, etc.), portraits, and vacations. In the specific sections of each category she has a how to guide with these bullet points – When, Prep, For P&S Users, For DSLR Users, Compose and Capture. For example, in the Everyday Life Chapter, she has eight different everyday events (Saturday mornings, Mealtime, Heart of the Home, Video Games, Backyard Fun, Outdoor Sports, Out and About, and Bedtime Rituals). For each of those events she has the specific easy to refer to guide. Extremely handy and helpful for learning! I hope I will be able to use it and that something from it will stick in my brain. Thank you to Blogging for Books for this review copy.



Back Pain

I was called upon to help put that shiny cylinder thing back into the feeder house of the combine. As you can see, we were successful.Feeder House It was a challenging task and at the end of it this is what I saw of Brad. IMG_1604I promise you he did not pose for that and may not even know I took the picture.

So if a farmer ever tells you they have back pain…

Checking the Drill

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Before Wyatt left the field this day, Brad had told him he could help check the wheat.

air drillApparently, checking the wheat included tasting it. tasting wheatSomething was fishy. father son farming

One of the rows wasn’t putting out the right amount of seed. We tried to help with the investigation, but were not overly useful. After we left, Brad found the problem – a dead mouse was in the place where seed was supposed to be flowing. Somehow he fished it out and continued on his merry way.

And just so the girls don’t feel left out…

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