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,


Niobrara River

We took in the northern part of Nebraska this week by camping and tubing along the lovely Niobrara. Niobrara Camping Niobrara RiverThe tallest waterfall in Nebraska, Smith Falls, is very cold and very close to the river.Smith FallsFloating down the river is very scenic and relaxing. Brad and I even saw a bald eagle. Even though I don’t know if I slept 4 hours in that thing called a tent, I sure hope we do it all again next year.

I got some good reading done while driving to and from there, so be ready for a book report next week.

Did you know a western Nebraska farming family is featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History?

Brad bought a different corn header. He said it’s to make my life better during corn harvest. He got a good deal but is having to put some time and parts into it.

new chain (?) installednew header chain

fuzzy picture of old chain
old header chainThanks for reading,


Yellow sunflower

Fair Time

Two posts in one week since I skipped out on you last week! Our county fair was this week, and we decided to take a new step in supporting the fair by entering things into it. IMG_2359As 4-H Clover Kids you can only get participation ribbons. Elliana entered a grain collage and Wyatt entered a snack mix he made and they both entered pictures they colored. I think it was obvious on the crafts that their parents did not assist.

My chocolate chip cookies got a purple and that sunflower got a blue. That was the only sunflower entered and there was only one other set of chocolate chip cookies. I’m going to start telling whoever will listen to enter things into the fair. I see it as a positive community event to support.

In open class, Wyatt entered a LEGO fork lift he built and got a purple. We think it helped that when he turned it in it dropped and broke, and he put it back together in front of the judge.

I’m just telling you all this because my mom and sister asked.

In the floral division, I entered this gorgeous sunflower because everyone needs a chance to see God’s creation when it looks like this. It got a purple. How could it not? Soon you may see a lot of sunflower pictures because we have a lot of pretty ones!gorgeous sunflowerAs far as the other fair events we took in, I spent so many words on explaining what we took to the fair, I’ll just show you the most interesting pictures and give them some captions.

Wheat Leftovers

Farm Education:
Let me tell you about a challenge you may face if you’re a farmer. You’re done harvesting your field and you have to decide if the grain you have left will all fit on your semi trailer or not. When you’re experiencing this challenge, your semi will look about this full. Then when you get it this full, you hope you don’t get stopped by the Nebraska Department of Roads. As we have recently learned, that can be a $,$$$ experience!truck load of wheat Some close up pictures of a stripper header for you:
stripper wheat header stripper header If you’re wondering about the difference between a stripper header and the other kind of header, the stripper header sucks off the wheat berries and leaves longer wheat stubble, which means you retain more moisture due to more shade and catching more snow. You also may have more hassle when it comes to corn planting, especially if you have a wet spring like this one; but I think the benefits outweigh the cost in that regard.

The farmer across the road from Brad’s wheat decided to spray his wheat to kill it instead of harvesting it. See the golden rows of wheat still standing? They must have been having technical difficulties with their sprayer.
sprayed wheat