More in 2017

2017 feels like it needs to be the year of “more” for us.

We know it will be the year of more farming. God has provided Brad with more land to rent. It is all unirrigated, which is positive in that he doesn’t have the daily work of pivot checking in the middle of the summer; but it means will be praying more for rain and for the price of corn to increase.

Brad also has more opportunities for spraying. That means when April hits I plan to be on my own with the kids at home. I’m thinking I’m going to need more help – mental help, physical help, personal chef help, spiritual help – you name it, I think I’ll need it. I either need to chill out and let go of expectations more or actually get help; or maybe what I’m anticipating won’t be that bad. Time will tell. Actually if you could pray about that for me and let me know what help for me is actually supposed to look like, I’d be appreciative.

While you’re at it if you could pray and let me know how we should go about getting more living space, I’d appreciate that too. We waffle between thinking we need to be content with what we have and thinking we are so crammed we can’t take it anymore! Today, I’m feeling we’re at the packed like sardines point and could get really excited if 2017 was the year we figured out what more living space is supposed to look like for us.

I’d like to say that 2017 means I will blog more, but if I have any more mental blocks like I just had for the last month I promise I won’t waste your time on posting just to post. I’d like to read more in 2017 and spend more time with friends, but I see I can’t let those things to trump my need to love my family more.

I definitely know I need 2017 to be more about worshipping our mighty God. I want to be intentional about living for Him more and less for myself. As a friend recently posted, “John 10:10. “Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but I [Jesus] have come to give you abundant life! Life to the full.” If I need anything in 2017, I need more abundant life.

How about you?

One of the Few

Books:
In honor of Veteran’s Day and the Marine Corps birthday this week, I have a book you may want to consider reading. one-of-the-fewThe author, Jason B. Ladd, asked me way back in August if I would review it for you. Reading has been very hard for me to squeeze in these days, so I haven’t been able to get it read. I do think One of the Few looks like a good book. I say this because it is Christian non-fiction and more of the autobiography type of non-fiction. It isn’t all about fighting in a war, which I would be afraid to read, but about many aspects of life. One of the Few has an average rating between 4 and 5 on a 5 point scale on both Amazon and Good Reads. If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought; and if you haven’t read it already, let me know if you decide to. I hope to get to read it someday.

A big thank you to all who serve and have served in our military. We have no idea how our lives would be different without their service.

Small Town Nebraska/My Family:
Brad decided this morning to go deer hunting. When you have family with land and live right by it, you can make last minute decisions to go hunting. Wyatt was very excited to go hunting for the first time with Brad, even though he’s too young to actually hunt and probably didn’t have a clue what he was going to be doing.  img_0450Brad got a deer, which means I have one less thing to worry about hitting when driving. Wyatt thought the best part of it was getting to touch the deer, and his second favorite part was helping Brad to gut it. Now we better start making room in our freezer.

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Isaiah 61:1-2
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn…

Fall 2016

My Family:
Elliana and I thought it would be fun to recreate our fall picture from two years ago.

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2014

We should’ve waited for the sun to be in a different spot. :/

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2016

Here are some other cute pictures to make up for that sad one.

Farm Education (Garden Style):
I told you I was excelling at raising root vegetables this year. Here’s more proof. That is a regular size football and some huge carrots! (Yes, they’re supposed to be white.) I guess even though I’m not paying any attention to the garden, the carrots are still growing. I thought maybe they’d just be dormant and stay the same size until I picked/dug them.
HUGE CarrotsWhat I’ve Been Thinking:
I’ve been having to fight to not be anxious about Tuesday. (DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW!) It has sure motivated me pray for the spiritual state of our country. I did get my ballot mailed in and for some reason that made me feel better. It was a good year to request an absentee ballot because it took me a long time to figure out how to vote for all the things I didn’t know would be on the ballot until I saw it.

3 food for thought links on the topic for you-

Janet Parshall Commentary – Rights and Responsibilities

An encouraging prayer based on Daniel

The Political Gospel

Funny thing – we have 7 people vying for 3 spots on our town board. I’m not even sure we have 30 registered voters. It’s a hot political climate around here.

No matter the results of the election, I have this truth:

Psalm 34:7-10
Taste and see that the LORD is good;

blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
The lions may grow week and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

 

2016 Harvest in the Books

combine to grain cart to semiBrad finished harvesting his corn today. He’ll still be helping another farmer with harvest, but his corn is out of the field.

The big highlight of this harvest was Elliana learning to drive the grain cart. Brad started showing her the ropes Sunday afternoon.
7250 TractorAunt Renae rode along with her yesterday, but Elliana just didn’t feel like she could go by herself yet. 2016 Corn Harvest img_0350Today she and Brad went out to finish the last 100 rows. He thought the way things were set up would be perfect for her to drive by herself, and she did. Don’t worry about her being overworked. She’s been SO EXCITED all week about driving the grain cart!

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Looking for corn that the combine missed

Another highlight was getting quality, one-on-one time in the combine with the big kids. If you want to see how your kids are different, just spend a few hours with each of them in a combine.

img_0351Wyatt and Liza rode with me for a short bit and were more than happy when a better option came up for them. Three people in that small space isn’t ideal for long periods of time.
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Now we’re praising God that a safe and happy harvest is complete!

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.

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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