Farming:corn header maintainenceThis morning I helped Brad finish getting the header ready for the field.

grease holeI stood on the header and watched carefully to announce that I saw grease move in the hole, while Brad squeezed grease in from below. We repeated this eight different times.

greasing a headerHe worked up a sweat. I tried to stay warm and not miss the moment I could announce, “It moved!” corn headerThis thing was short on grease. Brad squeezed a whole tube of grease into one spot. The kids played in the shop while Brad worked and I watched. Liza only once felt a little lonely.
IMG_0044I bet Brad will drive the combine to the field this week.

What I’m Thinking and Learning:
Carrot FlowerI recently read a post about how pollinators love blooming carrots. I hadn’t even realized that carrots bloom before reading that. Duh! Well I must have not picked some carrots that were ready to be picked, and all of a sudden I had blooming carrots in my garden! They’re beautiful! It’s the white flowers in the picture. The pink are zinnias, and they’re a new favorite too.

I read these words this week and thought they were exactly what I needed

Psalm 131:2 
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul…


Harvest Has Begun

Did you know corn prices are low? One day this week was rainy (FINALLY!), which happened to be the same day as a big equipment sale; so Brad was able to go check it out. Based on that sale, newer combines and tractors are selling for $70,000 to $100,000 less than last year! Might not have wanted to be standing next to one of the farmers who bought last year!

Do you see this on your main street much?

New John Deere TractorNew John Deere CombineHow about a semi pulling up to the end of your driveway?
grain trailer See any partly picked soybean fields when you’re out on a walk?
beautiful fall Nebraska dayThe number of semi with grain trailers on the road seems to have quadrupled overnight. My sister-in-law lives on a main road and said she counted one every minute for ten minutes.

The kittens at our child-sitter’s house just let Liza walk up to them and pick them up. She loves them, and it brings a smile to any face nearby! 

What I’m Learning:
Good tasting cantaloupe grows in Nebraska gardens! I didn’t think that was possible.
CantaloupeThis one came from a plant that Elliana started in a garden in a glove project at a summer camp. It’s the only plant out of five that lived, but it lived and produced! 

pyrex on a hot burnerEvery forget to turn off a burner and then put a pyrex dish on it? Very, very, very bad! Especially when you’re in the middle of canning salsa. I now can’t quit wondering if I will ever get a bite of glass from this event in my food. Shutter!

Have a good week!

Kid Books

I have to apologize. I had the perfect opportunity to get a picture of a combine with it’s augers laying on the ground and a pile of corn underneath it (That’s a bad day at work!), and I didn’t pause to get the picture. I’ll try to make it up to you somehow.

Things are on the verge of extra hectic again in the farming world. It’s the time of year where wheat drilling and harvesting of wet corn for feed lots collide. Brad’s about done with what he needs to drill and will start hauling corn for harvest next week. It’s harvest season until all the corn is cut.

I almost thought Brad actually read my blog last Saturday. On Sunday, he just started unpacking suitcases and trying to help me figure out where our bedroom floor went. Whoop! Thank you for praying. :)

Kid Books:

Stupendous VacationI am reading Biff and Becka’s Studpendous Vacation by Elaine Beachy to Elliana and Wyatt. They ask for me to read it and seem to really like it and pay attention well. It might help that listening to me read is the step before going to bed or and we’re reading an electronic book. An iPad makes a lot of things more interesting.

The book is about a family of rabbits who have to have a staycation instead of a vacation because they had to do what they could afford. The author does some cute things with the rabbits, like they ate a barbecued mushroom sub, but most of the time my mind just thinks of them as human children. Beachy puts in quality and educational information into her story. She addresses bullying, sneaks in some history and science facts, and adds solid Biblical content.

“Sin blackens everyone’s lives, and no matter how hard we try to clean ourselves up and snip out the black parts and try to do better, we can never be truly clean by trying to be perfect. The only way for God to count us as perfect is for our sins to be washed away by putting our faith in Jesus. He took God’s punishment for our sins on Himself…” (chapter 5, page 85-86 on my electronic copy)

I’m not overly impressed with the plot as it mainly talks about what they did on their vacation. The rise and fall of the conflict is a very small hill. The last few chapters are more exciting than the first half of the book. We haven’t read a lot of chapter books yet, so maybe that’s true of a lot of children’s literature. It does have discussion questions at the end, which are good for starting some meaningful conversations with your kids. My children are glad that I was able to get this book for free from BookLook Bloggers so I could review it for you.

I look forward to reading more chapter books to my school aged kids. We were given Honey for a Child’s Heart, which is a fabulous resource that suggests quality books to read to your kids. I will use it to find our next book to read, but I’d still love to hear what books you’ve enjoyed reading to your kids.

Jesus Calling

BookLook Bloggers also sent me a copy of Jesus Calling for Little Ones by Sarah Young. We have the sturdy, 26 page boardbook, but you can also get it as an ebook. This could be a great book to use if you’re wanting to start some sort of devotion routine with your toddler. It’s not a storybook. Just like the adult Jesus Calling, it has a theme for each day/page with a verse and narrative where Jesus tells you about himself. The book for little ones only has three to four sentences for each day but good truths for little people to begin to learn. I would suggest prefacing each reading with “Jesus says,”

“I care about everything that happens to you. Do not worry. I will take care of you.”

Don’t forget it!

Thanks for reading,


Losing Control

I thought I was going to lose it this morning. I OFTEN thing I’m going to lose it.
kid dresserEverywhere I go in my house I see something I haven’t done.

Who makes their bed?

Who makes their bed?

Something I need to do.




If you give them a table or counter, they will put their stuff on it.

Some things I bet I’ve walked by over 100 times.

I see them and think, “Why can’t you get your act together?”IMG_0025

of “WHEN am I going to get that done?”

Quit growing out of clothes already!

Quit growing out of clothes already!

Not to mention the things that I don’t walk by everyday, like poor Liza’s baby book or blogging (I’m writing so I can get this ‘to do’ off my mental nag list and it’s something I can do while watching the Huskers.) or making granola or sending that package… I must stop listing it all. I’m starting to stress.

Here’s proof that God’s lovingkindness reaches to the heavens. I didn’t lose it today. I was reminded of the good we’ve been accomplishing.

Tomato season. Raspberry season. Liza loves raspberry picking/eating!

Quality time with friends and relatives in Texas.

Meeting new friends. Investing in current friends. Skiing!

Playing. Reading to my kids. Starting school. Teaching.


I’m so tempted to hunker down until I don’t have piles of things in my house that make me think I’m failing and just need to sleep less. I’m seriously tempted to never travel anywhere again and to never have anyone over to our humble abode. I’m afraid that I will always be a person with messes all over my house. At the same time, God is nudging me to remember that He needs to be in control of me. That if He wants me to go somewhere or invest my time in people instead of piles, then that is what I need to do.

Perhaps my messy piles are the result of Him giving me to the grace to do something that matters more.

God, may I accomplish each day what You want me to accomplish and could You help me to get all my messes cleaned up and to not determine my value by their existence or lack thereof.


Now back to folding.

Psalm 36

I’ve found this Psalm to be very encouraging lately.

Psalm 36

Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart;
There is no fear of God before his eyes.
For it flatters him in his own eyes
Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it.
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit;
He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
He plans wickedness upon his bed;
He sets himself on a path that is not good;
He does not despise evil.

Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
Your judgments are like a great deep.
O Lord, You preserve man and beast.
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.

10 O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride come upon me,
And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the doers of iniquity have fallen;
They have been thrust down and cannot rise.

How has your heart been encouraged lately?

May you rest in His lovingkindness and faithfulness this week.


Wedding Pictures

I only have some random pictures from the wedding. It was hard to get pictures of everything I would’ve liked, while trying not to lose my 18 month old. I’ll share some of the interesting ones I have.

A family picture! Brad must have been trying not to think about his upcoming solo.

The horse drawn carts to bring people from their parking place to the wedding and then to the reception was a great touch.
horse drawn trolleyThe wedding was beautiful.Wedding at HaythornsBrad did an excellent singerWyatt took the camera and made sure to document Brad and my attendance at the wedding as well as the groom’s cake. IMG_9558IMG_9588IMG_9590lego cake topperIf you ever need a cake cutting crew for your reception, my sisters-in-law and I have some experience. We cut our finger linger down considerably from our last wedding cake cutting. cake cuttersThen ALL enjoyed a fun dance!

That’s the best pictures summary I have to offer.

Anyone know the name of this wildflower? Nebraska WildflowerBooks:

tank mans sonThis book has very little to do with weddings, although you do read about a couple in the book; but it is a very good book and I have taken too long to tell you about it. I can easily agree that The Tank Man’s Son could be the most unforgettable memoir you read this year. Mark Bouman‘s childhood is full of bizarre, happy, and tragic memories; and he writes about them in a way that leaves a lasting image in your mind – from the sickness of child abuse to the love of a pet to the bang of a blown up tree stump falling through the house.

The best part of the book is how it shows the power of God to redeem and restore. One couldn’t live through what Mark did and forgive on their own power. If you’re can handle reading about the terribleness of child abuse, you will be blessed to read about how God is greater.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book to read and review.


While vacationing with our friends this week, we were taught that a herd of horses is called a remuda. Made me feel so much smarter. I was reminded of that new knowledge tonight while we were at Brad’s sister’s wedding rehearsal. A remuda came running by right on the other side of the road.
remudaThey were grazing on the other side of this white fence.
auto gateIf you’ve never been to cattle country, you may not have ever seen the gate that is keeping those horses from coming to graze where the wedding will be tomorrow.

auto gateIt sure beats opening a gate for all the guests that will be coming.
remudaThat little vacation I mentioned and this wedding mean I lied last week when I said I’d tell you about the book I read. Sorry. How about some pretty sunflower center pieces instead?

Hope you feel smarter,