Planting Happenings

The trash whips were determined to be unnecessary on this field. It had soybeans on it last year, so it wasn’t very trashy. They were back on for this field.
One of my accomplishments today was hauling these cone bottoms and leaving them at the next field. Aren’t cone bottoms the natural thing for a suburban to haul? The process of unhitching and getting the frame resting on the dirt was more complicated than you might think, but the scariest thing was that Brad thought I should back up to get it connected to the hitch initially “incase you need to do it sometime when I’m not here.” Reverse is not my specialty.
Three fields done in three days. Three fields used to take longer than three days, and that was about all there was that had to be planted. This year three fields is just a start, but a good start it has been.

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A New Year #plant18

A new year. Another fresh start. Farming feels kind of like being a school teacher. You get a little break and then get to start over. You have some new strategies you try, all while relying all the things you’ve learned from previous years. You have new hope and anticipation for what the year may bring. We’re praying it brings consistent rain. 

I have some new strategies on the home front too. I hope Brad thinks peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a good meal because that might be the most elaborate meal I take him. Also, if my children are not sure if they want to go ride in the tractor or not, I’m going to help sway their opinion by giving them special drinks and snacks just for the tractor. Liza already loves taking a lunch bag with food and feels a necessity is a cheese stick for her and Daddy.

One day and one field are already in the books!

One Spring Day

It feels like that’s about all we’ve had of Spring – ONE day.

One day where it was nice enough to take the camera outside while the kids were playing on the play set. One day where we weren’t futilely trying to explain to the 1 year old why we didn’t want to take him outside. (The word ‘cold’ doesn’t mean much to him yet.)Today we’re back to hard core winter – cold, power outage, snow, blizzard kind of winter,

but you won’t hear us complaining about the snow. It’s moisture, and we farm in western Nebraska. Complaining about the wind could be another story.

The Push

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of another great book to review for you. The Push by Patrick Gray is a must have for all elementary school libraries. Students in mid to upper elementary would benefit from hearing the message of the story – that we can learn things from people who aren’t just like us. The Push is the story of a friendship between Marcus and John. Marcus is happy helping John, who is wheelchair bound, and John helps Marcus with his math and by making him a stronger person. 

The message of the story is beautiful and the inspiration behind the story and illustrations is endearing as well. The author, Patrick Gray, and one of the illustrators, Justin Skeesuck, are best friends. Justin developed a neuromuscular disease later in life that has left him unable to use his arms and legs. Patrick pushed Justin on a 500 mile journey through Spain, which provided some of ideas for this story. The story behind the illustrations is neat as well. The other illustrator, Matthew Waresak, did the line drawings for The Push, and Gray used a computer program to add the color.

Gray and Skeesuck also wrote another book titled I’ll Push You and have a documentary out about their pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago. It looks interesting to me!

 

Daring To Hope

Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors is a touching, heartfelt recollection of Katie’s struggle to trust God in the dark times of life. She writes,

“Reality would shatter my optimism, but I would realize that it was only a cheap substitute for true hope anyway. The Lord would take the darkness and make it my secret place, the place where I knew Him more intimately and deeply than I had ever fathomed possible.” (page 5)

Reading this book feels a lot like reading a well edited personal journal. You read the true stories with both happy and sad endings of Ugandans she served. At the same time, Katie does a beautiful job of including Scripture and connecting what God was teaching her to those Scriptures. It has so much truth in it that anyone who reads it would find something to inspire them. I would be very interested in reading Katie’s bestselling book from 2012, Kisses From Katie, after reading Daring to Hope.

Here are a few thoughts that I earmarked:

“As I’m tempted to wallow in guilt over all that I am not for my children, gently He reminds me that I was never meant to meet all their needs anyway. It isn’t me who can make up for all their losses and hurts. He reminds me that I cannot be what they need Him to be — Savior.” (page 43)

“To dwell in the place I have been given. To do the things I have been given. To love the people I have been given. This is not mysterious or far reaching, and yet this is the truth of a God-ordained life.” (page 98)

“The pain and the hurt are everywhere. But the joy and the hope that we find in our Savior? They are everywhere, too…. Our pain does not minimize His goodness to us, but in fact allows us to experience it in a whole new way.”  (page 138)

“I desire to enter fully into the joy He places before us and I desire to enter fully into the suffering He places before us because both can be His gifts to us. Both can be made beautiful.” (page 195)

I was encouraged to embrace interruptions in life, to not run away from hard things but to look for God in the middle of them, and to be faithful with what God gives me to do each day.

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with this book for free to read and review.

P.S. If you’re a podcast listener, you can hear Katie on the Family Life Today podcast on December 19-21, 2017. Here’s a link to the December 20 broadcast here.

Sandhill Crane Migration

If you haven’t had a chance to observe the Sandhill Crane migration coming through Nebraska, change that this year – especially if you live in Nebraska. It’s a natural phenomenon that you won’t easily forget. I would recommend going to the Rowe Sanctuary. They have extremely informed volunteers and quality educational materials. If you can’t make it there, you could check out this crane cam or this collection of pictures, but it really won’t beat seeing them in real life.

People seriously come from all over the world to watch these birds migrate. You have from now until the first week in April, so start planning!

While you’re in the area, I would also highly recommend the K Town bakery in downtown Kearney, which happens to be in near other cute shops like The Rustic Patch.

I’ll stop with the recommendations for the moment, but be aware that a book recommendation is coming soon!