We have been village dwelling for 7 years now. – We no longer show up to events and feel like everyone is staring at the new people. It’s great to be well past that point. – We also are now greatly annoyed by having to stop at more than two stop lights if we’re in a town. – I’m no longer depressed when Saturday is just another day to get work done and when going out to eat on Friday is just not feasible or worth it because we’re an hour from a restaurant that has food I really want to go out to eat. – I can now accept the benefits that my children have growing up in this community; however, I would still argue that city dwelling children have many great benefits too. – We have friends that feel like family and family that feel like friends. – I can accept that God knew what He was doing when he moved us here. – So many things…
So what interesting small town activities have we been up to recently?
Elliana got to help her cousin move their cattle and to ride in a parade on her cousin’s pony cart. She wishes she had a horse and we’re just glad she can go enjoy the relatives’ horses.
William has been enjoying the caterpillars we’ve been finding in the garden. He is happy to sit and play on the porch with his bug friends. I’m not sure the bugs are as amused.
Wyatt and Brad took time to go fishing at Brad’s cousin’s pond, which formerly was his grandparents’ pond.
Liza’s activities are more 4-year-old activities and not related to being in a small town – things like cutting her hair a week and a half before we have pictures taken. (Where was I? I was out watering flowers.) Apparently, William did it. He (or she?) cut some of his own hair too, but nothing as bad as his Liza’s. Brad doesn’t want her hair short for the pictures. I’m not sure I can handle this look for a week and a half. We’re going to have to find some sort of compromise.
She’s also back to preschool and may need some art lessons.
I’ve been garden harvesting. I have a compelling need to not let things in my little garden go to waste. It just means the housekeeping struggles, but we have yummy salsa to eat! Somehow [by staying up too late too many nights in a row] I also managed to read Francine River’s The Masterpiece. You can’t go wrong with Francine Rivers.
Brad’s been working on getting wheat drilled for himself and another farmer that has this cool old truck. Here the truck has seed wheat in it, and they are loading the seed in the the drill.
We’re also gearing up for the biggest harvest we’ve had yet. It hasn’t even started and I’ve been wondering for weeks about how it’s all going to go or if I’m ever going to have significant time at home to get things done and see my kids. Another day’s worry. Another day’s worry.
So that’s a little, brief, random, long overdue update. I’m guessing my next post will be pictures from a combine.
Speaking of harvest, if you farm families have little kids coming to help you harvest, you may need to get them a Harvest Crew shirt. So cute!