Nebraska Saturday Phone Dump

Please excuse the lack of a post last week. I won’t make a habit of that. It was just a cluttered week. This week it’s all about a couple of April Saturdays in Nebraska.

A week ago Saturday we went to Lincoln to take in the “Spring Game.” We went early to see if we could get Ameer Abdullah’s autograph. Way too many people had that same idea, so a disappointed Wyatt had to settle for just standing near him and looking.

Ameer AbdullahWe joined the over 77,000 to watch a football practice and worked really hard to not pull the plug out of the kid in front of us. (I probably haven’t told you this before, but I can be really good at being critical of others. I only just worry about my glaring issues you’re thinking about. Just tell me to my face. I can deal.)IMG_2075Brad wanted to check out the highest seats in the house. He’s in this picture. Take my word for it. Nebraska Spring GameThis most recent Saturday was adventure on this side of the state.

I saw this.

Cattle DriveThen later that day we drove west on the interstate and saw this.

April HailI promise you, that is NOT snow. It’s hail!

Hail

P.S. We had over an inch of rain! Hallelujah!

I Will Fear No Evil, for YOU are with Me

What I’ve Been Thinking:
The Kara Tippetts story has spent some time consuming my thoughts lately. In her suffering Jesus was her comfort and hope. I’ve recently read in the Bible about God’s presence being such a privilege and joy for the Isrealites, and then verses giving us reason not to fear solely because of his presence have come across my path.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

So I’ve been asking myself, “Is Jesus presence enough for me?” and my truthful answer is that I don’t understand how it can be, but I’m going to trust that it is.

Wyatt has a real fear of tornados now that we are in “tornado season.” I can’t honestly promise that we won’t be hit by a tornado, but I’ve decided I can tell him Jesus will always be with us. I get hit with fears like all mom’s do. What if I have to give up chocolate? What if I live in this house the rest of my life? What if  ____________ (insert terrible, tragic, unspeakable thought). Now, I pray it never happens, and tell myself that Jesus will always be with me. Even though I don’t understand how that can be enough because I don’t know Him well enough, I have found it still brings me peace.

Does it you?

Farming:
Gear BoxesThese pivot gear boxes were out getting warranty work done on them. Brad put them back on this week and some tires too. He also sprayed some wheat with fertilizer and in perfect time. We got moisture the next day! It was in the form of snow, but we don’t care how it comes.

Nebraska:
This was Elliana’s view on our way to school this April morning.

See the deer?

See the deer?

That was the first of four sets of deer I saw along the road today. It’s always so good to see them and to not hit them.

Book Recommendation:
Bearenstain Bears God Made You Special

I can’t compare God Made You Special by Mike Berenstain to other books about children with special needs, but I really like how this book approaches the subject. It starts with talking about how kids hear about God’s love for them and can see it in things around them. Then it makes them think about how that love is for everyone. It never mentions a specific disability or label but still points out that some people are created with very obvious differences. I really appreciate that it points out that those differences are there to teach us something, and I really like the questions at the end of the book. They opened the door for great conversations with my 5 and 7 year old. I’m very thankful BookLook Bloggers sent me a copy of this book to review for you, and they didn’t twist my arm to make me tell you positive things either.

Nebraska Recommendations:
I know these two Nebraska bloggers, and their recent posts make me want to be a better writer and make me think they need to post more. You will be touched and inspired if you take time to read God Moved My Finish Line and Can You Still Feel The Butterflies.

Coming up next weekend!

White Barn Treasures

It was a huge success last fall and is sure to be a bigger success this spring.

My Family:
Ever felt this way? Maybe try taking a nap next time you do.
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What if she doesn’t nap?! Will Jesus be enough for me then?

Spring

Nebraska:
Spring = Daffodils!

Daffodil Row

My Family:

Farming:
You know the song “Rain on Us” – the title comes to my mind often these days.

I heard the price of a bull this week – $7,000 -$9,000! With that price he better get his work done well!

What I’ve Been Thinking:
Brad’s grandma passed away this week. It is sad to not be able to see her on this earth any longer, but it is amazing how the hope of heaven softens that sadness. We’re experiencing the joy of Easter in a fresh new way this week.

I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ presence too. Maybe next week I’ll have more words for that.

Thoughts?

Help:IMG_2040Those bifold doors are going!!!! In their place will go a single normal size door and some drywall. We’re going to replace that window too, but I’d appreciate your thoughts. Leave the window where it is, move the window over, or put in a sliding door. The table has no other place to go and the window is centered on the outside wall. Spew thoughts now.

Farming:
We’re back to begging God for rain. Instead of green wheat starting to grow, a lot of it just looks dead.

Quite a few farmers around here now have brighter shops thanks to Brad installing high bay T5’s. He’s rushing to get all his major electrical projects done so he can do what he moved here to do, farm. He got all of this conduit underground today .

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Small Town Nebraska:
We escaped from the daily grind and went to the REALLY BIG city. It never fails that when you leave for the big city with an empty car, you come back with it packed with everything you found to buy and even then still feel like you need to shop more. That’s how I feel, and I’m not that big of a shopper!

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Nebraska

-Nebraska made it into the Wall Street Journal, “Why Sandhill Cranes Are Worth A Trip To Nebraska.” Better hurry up and get here if you want to see them, their time in Nebraska is peaking right now according to the article. It compares their migration to the wildebeest migration in Kenya. I  need to be making plans to go observe them somewhere!

-Mom! How many times did we say, “Where is that county?” We needed this!  Nebrsaka Counties

-The daffodil and tulip petals are up and maybe even late enough that they won’t be frozen to death before they bloom. We can hope! It is the first day of spring!

70 Years Together

We had the honor and privilege of celebrating my grandparents’ 70th anniversary with them last week. They were married in the home where my grandpa was born. Their wedding was done all in German. They don’t remember what was said at the wedding or if there was music, but they do remember they had minced ham and jello to eat after it. It was negative 31 degrees so their Model A wouldn’t start after the wedding.

They are an example worth following. I am grateful for their wisdom and their faithful prayer for us.LoveI don’t have adequate words to tell you about them.

Still married

Still in love

holding hands

Still able to smile

IMG_2445Still able to laughIMG_2427Still have friends who call them their “best friends”

Still making a difference in the lives of others 

1 and 91

1 and 91

They didn’t get to where they are today by living life their own way. They sought to follow God’s plan and would be happy to tell you that His plan is always the best plan.

Ponder that today.

BIG

What I Am Thinking:
I was thankful for this reminder about the Incomprehensible Hugeness of God. I hope you take a moment to watch this.

Farming:
Can you tell how big these tires are?

size of floater tire

3 hand widths wide and over 6 feet tall

Floater TiresThey are referred to as floater tires because they make it feel like you’re floating across the field in the sprayer. Brad will keep these wide tires on until he has to spray a field with corn growing in it. Then the skinnies will go back on for obvious reasons. Wide tires not only provide a smoother ride, but they are better for the field too because they cause less compaction. I think of them as the “addition” to the “house” that is the sprayer. $$$$$!

Small Town Nebraska:
A small town that Juliet lives near held a benefit for her and her family. Compared to our village this town of 600 seemed like a medium size town. They have a very nice community center and packed it for Juliet. It was overwhelming. You can give to them through her Go Fund Me site if your heart leads.
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Now if my Husker men could figure out how to win. That would be BIG!