Mental Health

The World and Everything in It had a segment on the mental health struggles of farmers recently. I really think they should have also focused on the mental health of the mothers with young children at home during the busy seasons and how about the mental health of the children putting up with that mother.Do they look like children whose dad has been working easily 70+ hours a week for the last eight weeks? Here’s a closer view. This irrigated field and the one pictured below were planted one day apart eight weeks ago. The fact that these fields and the non-irrigated fields have actually had rain on them this month has helped our mental health. That didn’t happen at all last year in June!

We were by the above field visiting a friend, so I asked Brad if he wanted me to take pictures of anything in the field for him. He said just the kids, so we did. That might be the extent of his Father’s Day gift. By the way, if you’re still looking for gift ideas for the father in your life, Emdesign put together some great gift ideas for farmers. They could work even if your dad isn’t a farmer.

Press on my fellow farmer’s wives. You are not alone.

Psalm 34:10 Those who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.


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

Perfect Day on the Prairie

Brad offered to take the kids to the building with him so I could go on a walk.

photo 4What a great idea. It was the perfect spring day for a morning walk.
The pastures are green, since we’ve actually had rain. I don’t have to walk with brown all around and feel the need to pray for rain every 30 seconds, every 30 minutes on a walk seems sufficient now.

If only you could hear the peaceful sounds that go along with these pictures.

June Wheat

Wheat changes fast, so if you feel like all I do is show you pictures of wheat it’s only because I don’t want you to miss out. To understand how it’s changing, just click on that red link to see pictures of May wheat.

Nebraska WheatSee the sky in these? Some place in the west was getting rain.

June WheatAll these pictures were taken within minutes of each other. The sky in the east was completely opposite of the sky in the west.

Turning Wheat HeadsJune WheatOne more picture just because I think he’s so cute.

Autumn River Run

SkinnyRunner isn’t probably going to review this race, so I figure I better.

It’s a true small town Nebraska run. Less than 100 people ran the half marathon, and I knew four of them. One of those four was Shauna. The lonely clock on the bare wall shows the time we left for the race.

If she wouldn’t have signed up, I might not have either. I’m glad we did.

The weather was perfect. The scenery was quite beautiful as far as beautiful Nebraska scenery is concerned. We certainly didn’t have to slow down because of too many people.

Here’s proof: scenic and spacious

We only paid $25 for the race and got a moisture control long sleeve tshirt. I’m sure the cost of the race was low partly because they didn’t have to worry about any traffic control or crowd control. We just ran down the road and moved over if a car came.

As for the crowd along the race, it was our cheering section and one other lady. That’s about it.

Our cheering section included the kids (see the right side of the road in the above picture), our husbands, who didn’t take pictures of themselves, and our friends Christopher and Ashley, who got up early enough to beat our families to the start of the race!

It would’ve been slightly boring without our cheering section. The race route allowed them to stand in one spot where we saw them four times plus the two times they drove past us. I looked forward to every single time.

By the looks of us at the finish, I think you can tell we had a good run.

We didn’t finish in our best times, but we blame that on the altitude difference between Eastern and Western Nebraska. It is different and does make a difference in how fast you can run. At least that’s what I’ve convinced myself.

It is also worth noting that the bathroom we used before the race had no door and no doors on the stalls. Talk about bonding with your fellow runners. It was a women’s bathroom with two toilets and one urinal, but we certainly didn’t have to wait in a long line before the race. It wouldn’t have been a problem if there was a line because they made sure everyone was out of the bathroom before they started the race.

Now I can’t wait until the Lincoln half!  I’m slightly addicted to half marathons.