Today

My Family on a Small Town Nebraska Saturday:
(after they got over their morning fighting and grumpiness)

Dad to the rescue! A 2 block drive in the back of the pickup, and then going to check the pivot are usually always a win for the kids.
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Lunch at the town convenience store helped matters too, especially when friends showed up and joined us.

Brad was glad to haul one of his treasures into town so he could put it under cover. Being out in the weather has already caused it some difficulty.

old john deere tractor

Get this – I happily when to the nearest grocery store to get some groceries. I read about the benefits to the community of shopping locally, and I’m trying to do my part a little more. One step at a time. Plus we were completely out of milk and that will only make for more kid grumpiness, which I cannot handle.

Liza got to play at “Daddy’s shop,” which is a highlight for her. Check out her cute dirty face after the fun. (The fat lip is from a yesterday incident, and she’s taking a momentary break from shucking corn to see who happened to be driving by.) IMG_0363She takes her corn shucking seriously.

What I’ve Been Thinking and Learning:
Mark 4:18-20
18 And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”

And a here is a good read for all farm moms and wives as harvest is approaching.

 

Fair – 5 years later

I didn’t think I had anything worthy of posting this week, then this happened –IMG_0294 Wyatt and I were on the other side of the Ferris wheel seat but didn’t get our picture taken.😦IMG_0296You have to check the post from 5 years ago and you’ll know more about what we were up to and see how much we’ve aged. If me saying you have to doesn’t convince you then maybe this screenshot of the post will.

Screen Shot 2016-08-20 at 10.44.08 PMFive years later, I didn’t even think once about whether we should drive an hour for fun or not.

Good Bye Summer!

Farm Education:
This poor calf apparently hasn’t learned that he only eats plants. I thought he would spit it out but he got the whole thing in his mouth. I meant to ask Brad when I got home from my walk if we should contact it’s owner and let them know their calf ate a big piece of plastic, but I forgot. It wasn’t lying there dead when I went past today.

Don't Litter! Would you like a huge plastic bag on your plate?

Don’t Litter! Would you like a huge plastic bag on your plate?

 

What I’m Thinking:
Maybe my attitude would’ve been better this summer if I would’ve read this excellent post at the beginning of it. I had high hopes going into the season of reading, getting the house organized, enjoying being home, you know, all those things you hope going into the summer when you’re an educator. I have adjusted expectations for next summer and a good reminder that I just need to do what I can to enjoy the current season.

That said, I’m one burned out mother at the moment and am looking forward to working again this coming school year. I can’t wait to be able to have a list of things to do that I can actually accomplish in a reasonable amount of time.

Books:A Dolphin WishThe little reading I did get done this summer was this book because I had requested it from Booklook Bloggers and needed to review it like I said I would. I requested A Dolphin Wish by Natalie Grant (yes, the singer) because I thought Elliana might like to read it. She started it and didn’t finish, so much for her reviewing it for me! At halfway through the book, I didn’t really want to finish it either. At this stage in my life if I’m going to be reading it’s going to have to be worth my time. I haven’t read a lot of young girl chapter books, but this didn’t move fast enough for me. I can understand why Elliana got stalled out reading it too.

A Dolphin Wish is a mystery and is about a family on vacation in California. The family is one a lot like Natalie Grant’s – three girls, two of which are twins, and the mom is a famous singer. The majority of the story tells about their time at an amusement park. At the middle of the book you know what the mystery is that they’re trying to solve but you don’t have much of an idea as to how they’re going to go about solving the mystery.

Grant writes very descriptively and gives a lot of details about each activity the family is doing. Positive Christian ideals, such as praying and being kind to your siblings, are naturally built in to the story. Grant also uses some words that would be good vocabulary builders for children, like bungalow and porthole.

Thank you to Booklook Bloggers for sending me this book to review for free. I’m sorry it took me so long to get a review posted!

Wheat Harvest Pictures 2016

Brad’s wheat harvest was finished over two weeks ago. I had technical difficulties, so pretend this post is two weeks ago. This was the first year that Brad was able to harvest his own wheat with all his own equipment, since he now owns a wheat header for his combine. I never made it to the field while he was harvesting; it was a short harvest. That means no pictures, but it looks about the same as wheat harvest in years past, except Brad didn’t have enough wheat to warrant driving a tractor and grain cart to the field. He just unloaded the combine into the semi.

I did make a trip to the field after harvest was over so we could get the annual wheat harvest picture. The first year we did this was 2011! Look how they’ve grown!

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In last year’s post, I was nice enough to put all the past wheat harvest pictures. You won’t be disappointed if you go check them out.

Here are the 2016 wheat harvest pictures. We opted for taking them in the fallow ground because the wheat stubble (see 3rd picture below) would’ve come all the way up to Liza’s shoulders.

Wheat Harvest Picture 2016

Wheat Harvest Picture 2016

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Pivot Checking at Sunset

My Family/Farm Education:
Brad is pumping on fertilizer his corn with the water from the pivot so he needed to go check to make sure it was going on at the right rate. It seemed like a good Friday evening family outing. While Brad and the big kids walked to the pivot point, Liza and I stayed and played in the short end rows.

It was a beautiful, July evening that started with the sun behind the clouds until it popped out as it was setting. I’m sorry I don’t know how to best photograph a sunset.

Farm Education:
Let’s discuss some of the many hindrances to growing food.

1. Rabbits!
Elliana and I put a little fence around as many of these beans as we could after we saw this damage, but who knows if they’ll decide to get real jumpy and hop over it.
Beans vs rabbits2. Volunteer Corn
It doesn’t produce anything and just sucks up moisture from the ground.

volunteer corn3. Sprayer Error
In the distance of this picture you can see where the corner of dry land corn stopped and irrigated corn (taller) starts. You can also see that it looks like Brad is standing in a spot of very short corn.
IMG_0274Back in March he was working on his sprayer in that spot and cleaning it out. All he can figure is that the windshield washer fluid (I think he puts this in it for winter storage.) he was spraying through the machine sterilized the ground so seed couldn’t grow. sterilized groundThe two lanes of no corn are right under where nozzles of the sprayer were when he drove it forward a few yards. He’s just glad he didn’t figure this out on someone else’s field, that it’s not even a full acre, and that it’s not on irrigated ground.

4. Then you have my depressing tomatoes. 
If you could just tell me what is causing the leaves to be all curled up and what to do about it, that would save me the energy of trying to figure it out. I don’t think it’s a bug because Sevin dust didn’t help. sick tomato plant

Bearded Brad

My Family:
Farmer Beard
Yes, that’s my husband. Even close family members don’t recognize him at first glance with that stuff on his face and in this picture even Liza looks scared of him. I blame it on his good friend Billy, who would actually tell Brad his beard needs to be trimmed based on how he keeps his facial hair. smiling farmersBrad said he actually likes it [because he doesn’t have to take time to shave] and that he doesn’t even really notice it. (Insert wide eyed emoticon here.) If that isn’t a great word picture to make you hunt for the log in your own eye before you go poking at someone else’s issues, I don’t know what is. At the same time, I’m glad I forget what’s on my face too or else I’d be more self conscious all day with the mess that my skin is.

Brad thinks his spraying marathon is over. I’m happy for him. Getting only six hours of sleep and only two meals a day sounds more like a punishment instead of a job you enjoy, but he does enjoy it believe it or not. I’m just wondering when my marathon will ever feel like it’s over.

Eternal perspective needed, right? A good nap won’t hurt either, and I do really love them.

Small Town Nebraska:
The ball diamond in our village, where Brad played as a kid, hasn’t been used for a real team or game in a long time, but the kids in town have taken an interest in playing there this year. Brad went with them today, you know, since his marathon is over. They did some snooping around and found a box of balls and the pitching machine from back in the day. It still worked! Talk about three excited kids. img_0262

Nehemiah 4:14a
When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid, remember the Lord who is great and awesome…”