Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Harvest Time!

Blessings to you for putting up with my ineptitude with blogging! I have so many stories to tell - and I could easily blog from my Blackberry - but time just slips away from me!

Taught Sunday school today - 1-5th grade boys and girls - we talked about "God our Rock" and painted rocks that I found here on the farm - some had fossils because I picked up limestone from around the outside of the barn - they loved it! Jaima and I went out to lunch for Chinese at Hyvee after church - and we invited some single elderly folks to sit with us - one woman reminded me so much of Grandma Wagner that I could have talked to her all day!

So, now we are home in our jammies and I am listening to podcasts and blogging and thinking about taking a happy nappy.

Jim got the combine out yesterday and started on the corn to the west of the house - it was AWESOME to see Daddy Don pulling in the drive with the first load of golden corn - we are so blessed to live this life - in good times and in bad - rain put an end to the harvest process - so Cody took me out on a date - we went to HuHot - you fill up a bowl with meat, noodles, veggies and sauce and they grill it Mongolian style right in from of you - yummy! We also went and bought new earrings for each of us - yep, picking our jewelry with my son was fun :) only he calls his gauges or something - if he knew I called them earrings he would roll his eyes! I even listened to his music all the way home - and enjoyed it!

I have been helping out with Junior High youth group on Wednesday nights - a big change from the high school group I'm used to - but I love it - even though Pastor Kent introduces me as "Crazy Carolyn"! I would say exuberant not crazy!

I picked the last of the cherry tomatoes yesterday - I had planted them inside clear back in January - and they just now produced! It was a hard year for gardening - too much rain and then too much heat - my pumpkins and peppers never produced - come to think of it neither did my beets or carrots - and I only got one zuchinni - and I would have had cukes but Jethro, the big dumb dog, dug them up. (He also ate a carseat last night, but we won't go there!)

John had a close call at the landfill this week. He parked his dump truck to empty it and a semi loader parked next to him - Thank You God for John getting out of that truck! - because the semi fell on the cab of the dumptruck - right where John would have been sitting! One blessing out of this? He has a few weeks off because the County is not sure if they will replace it - so he will have plenty of time for the Harvest!

Sleep beckons me - sweet afternoon dreams...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

We are definitely back on our Fall schedule - Sunday School, both girls are in dance, youth group and the girl's Wednesday night activities...

John is finishing up his concrete wall project in the barn. We also poured cement in a few pens in the hoop buildings - with more to come as we find time (and $) to clean out pens and pour the cement. We sure are rich in manure. "Smells like money, honey!"

Today I went to a baby shower for my best girlfriend's (Kim) daughter, Rachael. I took my other best girlfriend Laurie with. When I say best girlfriends I'm talking about junior high and high school - I love Facebook - it's brought us all back together.

Jaima and I are staying up for the third night in a row watching Camp Rock 2 on Disney - I love this movie! but don't tell anyone. k?

Jaima first day of school, Khyle being Khyle, Chloe, Jaiden and "Me cook!"

more pictures - we sure did a lot this summer!

Random pictures

Cody's band Graduating Summer playing at the Bremer County Fair - Cody is on the right (Blue plaid on the hottest night of the year) Rock on!

The girls and I at the Sparrow Family Reunion - picture by Daddy

Jaiden playing in the rain!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Migrating Monarchs

We saw hundreds of monarchs roosting in our locusts trees tonight. It was so beautiful - and awesome to be a part of their journey south to Mexico!

The girls have been running me ragged - with preschool, school, dance, Sunday School, my class, Wednesday night youth group and my house and farm duties I have to be on my toes - and keep a good calendar! We have gotten rid of most of the "stuff" that was taking up space in the house. Too many clothes, toys, gadgets, books, junk, dishes and pans, not to mention furniture - it all got donated to the local thrift store. Less laundry, less mess, less washing up. We also have a pretty strict after school schedule - and the nights I am not here John has a checklist - lol - I have no idea what we are going to do when harvest starts. Cody has class Monday nights. But I will handle that when it comes!

Cody moved out a few weeks ago to an apartment in Waverly. I am still grieving - I had no idea I would feel so empty and wounded with him gone. My Mom says it gets easier and I am trusting that. It's not like he's hundreds of miles away - but the fact that I am no longer his main focus depresses me. Oh, I know I should say that I am proud of a job well done - especially when there were those that said Cody and I would never make it - and I should be proud that he is in college. But it still hurts, and I would love to have him come back home! One positive - it sure is easier to divide my time between two instead of three.

I love fall - and really feel alive this time of the year - will try and post pics soon - but for now I have to go chase Jaiden Ilo who is running through the house naked - she DID have jammies on and was in bed!