October Saturday

This is how Brad and I spent this most perfect October day.

Corn Harvest 2016He tried to rig up a bin extension so I could go a little further without needing to unload or spill.Combine Bin I still spilled over the top once and maybe even out the back once. Why did they not make the “bin is full” light a little more dramatic and eye catching?!

My job was a little easier this year because I had a much larger target to hit when dumping into the grain cart. Doesn’t this

blue grain cartlook a lot bigger than our first grain cart? It served us well, but I’m thankful I have more room for error. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but there’s a 225 bushel difference between the two, which is equivalent to one more combine bin.full graincartBrad drove truck for another farmer harvesting for most of this week. They picked an entire pivot in a day. With a fire call delay, slightly slow start, having to drive slow because of the extra tall corn stalks making more work for the combine, and our small two man operation, I think we maybe got 50 acres done today.

I was amused today by texts from other friends in the field. One friend, who is also a country transplant, texted, “Some days it’s like I’ve never filled a truck before!” I know neither of us would’ve expected to send or receive that text five years ago.

Another friend texted me, “The best days in the field are when you can listen to the Huskers!” Husker football on the radio did help the afternoon go by; and whether you’re a Husker fan or not, this article written by a Husker sports writer who visited a Nebraska farm is an delightful read. It sheds light on why Brad couldn’t stand to not be a farmer and will probably make you wish you could do a harvest ride along.


Odd things show up in your yard when you have a crack in the side wall of one of your combine tires. Our friendly tire guy thought the kids might like to bounce on the tube from the old combine tire. Might as well get some entertainment out of the $2000 expense for the new tire.
Combine Tire IntertubeThat’s not the only big thing in our yard. Check out this potato that came out of our garden. It really is about as long as Elliana’s head. It’s enough potato for us for one meal. My garden excelled at root vegetables this year, not so much with anything else. img_0343

“Things of this world all eventually reveal what incapable anchors they really are.” – Lysa TerKeurst, Uninvited


img_0015Elliana was thrilled to spend the day farming with Brad on Saturday, which included harvesting some corn. By the end of the day she was sitting on his lap driving the combine. I am being replaced.

That’s not all bad. I don’t mind my few days in a combine. The job I would be happy to turn over to my children is “moving fields.” I spent an hour and a half Saturday driving and I still didn’t end up anywhere near a Target. I drove from our house to met Brad in the combine for the purpose of me driving ahead of him on a hilly, gravel road to warn any on-coming vehicles that a slow moving, wide load was on the other side of the hill. I didn’t find anyone to warn. They all must have been watching the football game. We met at the field he was moving to, drove to the shop to get a pickup and fuel trailer, met at the same field, drove to get the semi, and then I was done – until he got a flat tire. Having responsible driving teenagers could be so handy.

Thankful Heart

Book: god-gave-us-thankful-heartsThanks to Blogging for Books, I was able to receive a free copy of God Gave Us Thankful Hearts to review. Of all the “God Gave Us…” books by Lisa Tawn Bergren that I’ve read, this one is my favorite so far. It teaches children the important truth of finding ways to be thankful even when something isn’t exactly how you like it to be, and it does so in a way children will easily understand.

Where the other stories I’ve read by Lisa Tawn Bergren have been with Polar Bears, this story is a conversation between a wolf pup and his mama and papa. It has pictures children will like to look at with a variety of other forest animals to look at too. God Gave Us Thankful Hearts has a copyright date of 2016, so if you’re looking for a good children’s book to give as a gift they might not have this one yet!

Farming and My Family:
Liza had a busy week last week. She got to ride in the combine, sprayer and the tractor. She was quite happy about it too as you can see. She rode along with Brad to take the combine to the field and they “filled it up with corn” one time to see how wet it was.
img_0328 img_0327 After they got done with that they rode the sprayer home since it was at the field.

img_0329 Then a few days later, she rode along to take the tractor to a field to drill some wheat. I could’ve brought her home before they got started, but she wanted to keep riding, which also turned into napping.img_0332 When I went to pick her up later, Brad trusted me with hauling this fertilizer trailer back into town to get it filled at the co-op.
img_0334 I asked him if he had any words of wisdom for me before I left. All he said was to not go too slow over the weeds so they wouldn’t catch on fire. (We’re a little dry out here.) img_0333 Nothing started on fire, and we completed the task without complication. Phew!

It’s a tough time of year to be a farm kid in school, but Wyatt was glad to get some tractor time with Brad this weekend. He also made it so Brad didn’t spend most of his birthday alone in the tractor.  img_0335 wheat drillWhat I’ve Been Thinking:
Anyone else fear that pain and suffering might be in your future or you’re tired of the pain and suffering you’re dealing with right now? I’m constantly having to remember to not worry about tomorrow. I listened to this message by Bryan Clark this week and it put my worries into such perspective. It always comes down to the question of “Do I trust God?”

Below is an excerpt from the message, but I would recommend at least downloading the transcript and reading the last few pages or listening to the whole thing if you’d rather.

“There’s nowhere where the Scriptures say, “Let’s make a deal! You be a good preacher and everything will work out. No pain and suffering, everything will make sense.” There has to be an understanding when that’s my theology, I’m not really pursuing God; I’m pursuing the best deal. That’s a very selfish pursuit. We set ourselves up for pain and disappointment when we think I’m being really good; I’m following the rules; I’m doing what I’m supposed to; now God betrayed me; God let me down. We are saying, “God, You didn’t keep Your end of the deal.” And God says, “What deal? I didn’t make that deal.”

Really trusting God is a choice of your will. You decide: I’m going to choose to trust God. I’m going to choose to believe God is who He says He is.

Drilling Time

Brad finally joined the smart phone world this year. Now my man of few words can send me a picture of what he is doing without having to use any words.

2016 wheat drillingThe recommended time for drilling wheat in our area is closer to the end of September. The taller wheat gets before winter, the greater chance you have for winter kill. Brad takes that risk because the ground he is farming is sand, so the risk of his soil blowing away is more of a concern to him.

Husker Harvest Days

Husker Harvest DaysI can now say I have been to Husker Harvest Days. It’s a three day farm show near Grand Island, Nebraska. We were there with thousands of other farmers and their pickups. Wouldn’t want to show up to a farm show in your minivan or Civic.

img_0320We scoped out as many freebies as we could get without being obnoxious, and Brad learned some more about how his sprayer trailer works and how to make it work better. img_0321 Liza and I got tired of waiting for him to get done learning and found two tires to play it. It was a blast and even more fun when a cousin came to play too! img_0323 img_0324

I got to see lots of my favorite people along with a lot of other interesting people, so it was a great experience. My only regret is that I didn’t get a picture of me and my friends by some nice piece of farm machinery.

Sunday at the Nebraska State Fair

Playing some catch up here. I didn’t think I should leave out Sunday at the Nebraska State Fair, since it was just as much fun as Saturday.

A lot of great kid activities –


Wyatt learning about what you can fish for in Nebraska.

The big map of Nebraska was a big hit, so was getting to be with friends.


We learned that the elevation change from eastern Nebraska to western Nebraska is greater than the elevation change from Omaha to the East coast.

I thought this was a big hit too.
philly cheesesteak This event may have been my favorite. We accidentally ran across it, but I’ll make a point to go watch it next time we go. I believe it was called team sorting. Three people on horses had to get 10 calves into the next pin as fast as they could.team sortingsteer coming at you The catch is the cattle were numbered 0-9, and the cowboys had to get them in order starting with a random number they were given right before their time started. cattle sorting competition It was intense, but those horses and riders were skilled and fun to watch.

I’d recommend you check it out at the fair next year.