Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thankfulness Thursday---The Here and Now

As I sat supervising kids while they worked on assignments today while subbing at school, one of the things I do is brainstorm for blog ideas. I thought of so many things that I could write about, as we seem to perpetually be busy with a million things going on, so inspiration for postings, aren't too hard to come up with. I thought about today's writing prompt, thankfulness. I think about how quickly life passes us by, and then its just over and we think where did the time go? So I will attempt to ramble on and bring it all together. Here goes:

Thankful for this kid (and my other 3) on the eve of some many endings, there are new beginnings for him and us, as parents we are about there with this one, soon we will move from management to consultant, looking forward to see what this one finds out in the world and how quickly he conquers it! BTW, that's his prom tux, we were seeing if it fit last night, they are ordering smaller pants, my Twig is a skinny one!

One look and you have to wonder has she lost her da@# mind? Where's the thankfulness here? Well, this is about the view I have out my back window, this shed is less than 500 feet from my house and my house is untouched, we were blessed last week, it could have been so much worse. Also thought I would show that in between everything else they do, The Farmer and Uncle Honey are slowly but surely, getting it cleaned up. :)

Bless to be a momma to farm kids. Where else in the world is a piece bale wrap and a puppy an afternoon's entertainment? Well here on the farm it can be. I worry sometimes that we maybe haven't given all we could have to our kids, but a free puppy, acres and acres to play on aren't the worst things that they could grow up with.

Always thankful for COWS! Who would have thunk it, granted Sturgeon isn't 'big city' but I was a town kid, almost a quarter century ago, I probably didn't have cows on my thankfulness list. All these years later, I do, everyday. They are very much a part of our life. They provide income, diversity in our farming operation and many life lessons for our children, both happy and sad ones. Yeap the cows make my list!

Hunter has figured out how to escape Macy! Thankful that he reminds me how we always adapt and evolve, regardless of the situation. When I think of the changes over the years, wow! Wouldn't do anything differently and have no interest in wishing away a single minute, so glad to be right where I am today and everyday.
 I hope my slightly random list offered a little insight to the feeling of blessedness that our family and farm bring to my soul everyday. With so many people in this world hurting, I feel blessed that today I wasn't one of them and I pray that their future hurts be few and hope that they can see the blessings and are thankful for the here and now.

Remembering my Aunt who taught me a lot about life and knowing she's celebrating her first birthday in Heaven today,

From Tulip~



Monday, April 22, 2013

Mondays in Missouri--Tornado Clean-up

As they held up sections to pull things out, and worked their way from one end to the other,  the roof tipped  farther and farther over.

Our good friend, Tim Lewis, brought this machine (of course I don't know what its called) to help.  Thanx Buddy! 

With the two machines lifting the trusses, slowly the equipment could be pulled out. 

This was an important thing to get out. Hooked onto the tractor is our feed grinder and we generally grind about a weeks' worth at a time, so that was going to be a needed item SOON! 

Brother in law 'scooped' the glass out of the seat before sitting down and driving the tractor out. 

Two guys in 'tractors' and another important set of eyes watching. The man pictured is The Farmer's 'second' dad. A close neighbor and friend, who was the Farmer's dads best friend. Advice from those with more experience, is a blessing when trying to figure out how get this job accomplished. We love Bill Harris!

Aaron Kroeger  literally rode on the back of the grinder, holding things out of the way as my brother in law slowly drove it from under the building. 

The Big Steiger has a exhaust pipe that will need to be replaced, to start with, the guys will go over all the equipment and figure out what repairs are needed. Not the job that they wanted to do, days before planting begins, but some of the equipment is needed for field work, so there's no other choice. 

The beginnings of a 'wood pile'. Can't imagine how large that will get before this project is complete. 
Here are some of the beginnings of the clean-up of our shed that was destroyed in the tornado last week. I am sure that many more posts will be shared before this project is complete. Just wanted to share a few.

Blessed to  have great neighbors and friends who have shown up to help with this big project,
From Tulip~