Harvest Wife


I am changing my title, because I was made aware that my title may be hurtful for those truly in the trenches of being a widow. I truly apologize for that!

It’s Saturday night, 9:34 pm. I sit here typing, the children are watching “The Skit Guys”, but are headed to bed soon! One of them was up before 4 am, another up before 5:30 am, and the other was on baby brother duty since 4 am. Which means interrupted sleep πŸ˜‰Β  The tractor and manure spreader keep buzzing by the house, and will stop sometime before midnight, or when the farmer gets too tired πŸ™‚

I’ve milked twice today, did laundry, cleaned the living room, settled fights, took a power nap while getting baby and his bigger sis down for a nap, washed my kitchen floor, baked cookies, lost my temper, listened to motivational speakers, folded laundry. Don’t you love all those details I just listed? πŸ™‚ Really, what is the deal? We all did stuff today, but didn’t have to tell everyone. Right???Β  But I felt like it, and it’s my blog, so there you go! Chuckle, chuckle πŸ™‚

Ok sorry friends! I may have been feeling a tad snarky. I was baking cookies after 8pm on a Saturday night, and wondering what all the fun, exciting people were doing πŸ™‚

Honestly, I don’t mind being home on a Saturday night! But right now, I refer to myself as the “Harvest widow” (will be more careful with my words, and from now on, say “Harvest wife”), and I am so ready to have a day of rest tomorrow!!

Harvest is in full swing, and with the hubby being gone with the custom crew every day, sometimes half the night, my hands are full πŸ™‚

I decided to share a few photos of harvest 2017!!This was a day I ran lunch to my man, and took a quick ride with him πŸ™‚ This church was right beside a field the crew was in, one night when I ran supper to him . I loved how peaceful it looked!Stopping for a quick bite!The little stinker πŸ™‚I am always glad when this time of year is over! So much equipment, and tired men, often in a hurry.

I pray for safety for all!! This year the crop is bountiful, and we are thankful for that!! I hope you all have a good ending to your weekend!! πŸ™‚

For the love of sunsets

If you followed me awhile now, you know I love a good sunset to capture some silhouette shots πŸ™‚

Sharing a few with you today!

First, a winter sunset …Jenna and her baby brother…Tristan with an injured pigeon he found πŸ™‚

Jenna and the doggies..A favorite of mine! I won a contest with this one πŸ™‚Devan is still on crutches. He will be so happy to see them go, as will I! πŸ˜‰The little bike that cause those crutches to happen πŸ™‚ Another fave of mine!And last of all, be JOYFUL! Happy Monday!!Next post…some info on my fave productsΒ and a giveaway!! πŸ™‚

Baby On Our Mind

My stomach looks like a small Mt. Everest, and it goes up and down, like an ocean wave. I readjust my position on the recliner, trying to breathe better. Kicks and tumbles, and all sorts ofΒ flips are going on in my womb πŸ™‚ Seriously, we may possibly have a future gymnast in there πŸ™‚

Last week I had my ultrasound and was so happy! Our prayer was that my placenta would move, soΒ I wouldn’t have to have a C-section, and it did! Baby was looking good, and a healthy weight.

We still have not hardly discussed names. I have no idea why. In fact, we never were like this with the others. Last night sent me into a bit of a panic, because I was having pretty strong contractions, and wasn’t feeling well, and I’m thinking “Oh no, the baby will come, we have no name for him or her,the car seat isn’t washed, etc. etc.

I did not have a good night, and this morning after a call to my midwife, I was put on bedrest. So, I’m currently pretty stuck to the recliner, and we will go in for a checkup tomorrow, and then go from there. Baby is not relaxing. Hardly stops moving. Does that mean sleepless nights coming up?? πŸ™‚

At any rate, we are super anxious to meet our sweet baby, and see this busy little person! I’m definitely being taught a lesson in patience πŸ™‚

Until then, we will do our best to stay healthy πŸ™‚

And here are a few pictures to close this post…

Can you spot the babies?IMG_5782 IMG_578520160310_160447Farmer boy…IMG_5637IMG_5789Be blessed!

A Giveaway…

In honor of Spring, and all things blooming, I’ve decided to do a giveaway. I justΒ ordered these cards from Artifact Uprising, and I love the quality of them! Most of the photos on the cards were taken from my flowerbeds or around the farm.2016-04-28 17.23.46You will receive a pack of 10 cards, along with envelopes. The cards are blank inside, so you can use them for a variety of occasions.2016-04-28 17.23.07Cards are smaller in size than they look here πŸ™‚

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment saying what you love most about Spring, along with your email address. It’s that easy πŸ™‚

A name will be chosen on Monday, May 2, and the winner will be announced. Happy Entering πŸ™‚

More photos

I’m a bit on behind here, and right now I just don’t have any words of wisdom to share with you, so we have more pictures πŸ˜‰jenna 001_edited-1Hanging out with me while I bake. I love this girl! phone feb and march 2015 054I ❀ silhouettes!phone feb and march 2015 261I just love window shots!phone feb and march 2015 278Have we got style or what?? πŸ™‚cabin and misc. march 2015 033 cabin and misc. march 2015 039Time at the cabin with family. A fort the boys made.cabin and misc. march 2015 037cabin and misc. march 2015 019Such pretty scenery at the cabin!jenna misc march 2015 002 My crazy girl and her crazy hair..jenna misc march 2015 005 jenna misc march 2015 006 jenna misc march 2015 007I just loved watching her eat that orange in the pretty light! jenna misc march 2015 008And to end the post, a quilt from my Grandma, line drying! Spring is here, and I am thankful!!!

The forecast for the weekend sounds lovely! Hope you have a wonderful one!

Picture overload

I think it’s been awhile since I posted pictures of normal, everyday life here… jenna and kinsley 015 jenna and kinsley 016 phone feb and march 2015 068jenna and kinsley 019Sunday night soft pretzel making. Sorry about the yellow pictures! I tried changing my white balance, but it doesn’t seem to help much, and I need my lights on when it’s dark outside πŸ™‚ Any tips from those of you that know more than I? Please share! πŸ™‚megan and misc 002_edited-1I know it’s spring, but this winter photo is so pretty! What a great God we serve!megan and misc 005That is a “I’m eating a donut, and my life is good” face πŸ˜‰ The one behind, I do not understand that look πŸ™‚megan and misc 007_edited-1I know, I know, another winter image. But it was a beautiful sunrise. 002Two stinkers found my phone πŸ™‚jenna out and about 004Play doh fun.jenna out and about 006_edited-1phone feb and march 2015 324Chalk fun.. jenna out and about 009_edited-1 jenna out and about 020 jenna out and about 028_edited-1 jenna out and about 031 jenna out and about 033_edited-1Exploring…phone feb and march 2015 002Peering out the office window. phone feb and march 2015 031Lunch at Wendy’s. Grandma treated πŸ™‚phone feb and march 2015 026 phone feb and march 2015 029Jenna and I enjoying my great niece.phone feb and march 2015 049Playing around with my chalkboard wall. – Valentines week.phone feb and march 2015 057Delicious meal at the sweetheart supper!phone feb and march 2015 113A quick meal, English muffin pizzas. My favorite, ranch dressing and bacon bits.jenna out and about 012_edited-1Pretty birds. jenna out and about 023_edited-1The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees,Β  the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Joseph B. Wirthlin

I hope that each of you don’t take for granted the things and people you’ve been blessed with. I find I do way too often. I hope you find the beauty in each day, for it is there. Some days we just may have to look for it harder than other days πŸ™‚

Have a super weekend!

Snow Days

Yes, we have had plenty of those^. And this is especially for you, Harold and Sherita, in case you forgot what snow looks like πŸ˜‰misc. Feb and March 004There was ice skating on the driveway.

misc. Feb and March 012_edited-1There was snow to be tasted.20150226_101150There was photos to take.20150302_083530There was driveways to scrape. With little people, of course πŸ™‚misc. Feb and March 017_edited-1There was exploring to do.20150301_161620There was calves to chase back in pens. (This was after we had them in the pen, and Tristan was guarding them till we found a bolt to keep the gate shut.)misc. Feb and March 025_edited-1 misc. Feb and March 027_edited-1There was gates to climb.misc. Feb and March 030_edited-1 misc. Feb and March 031_edited-1 misc. Feb and March 032_edited-1There was walls to clean off.misc. Feb and March 033There was lots and lots of snow flakes.20150227_175406And there was beautiful sunsets.

And I’m thinking Spring is just around the corner πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend!

More of Haiti

I’m telling you folks, it is winter for real around here! Winds, snow, cold, cold, cold. But I’m cozy right now, and I’m thinking about that time we went to Haiti πŸ™‚ If only I could have brought that weather home! Church was cancelled today. So we are spending time at home. This morning, I put pictures in photo albums. Now, it’s the middle of the afternoon, had a 1/2 hr. snooze, and I’m blogging πŸ™‚

Are you up for round #2 on Haiti? Here goes….

I believe the last post ended on our Sat. morning there. We ate our breakfast, and readied for our trip to the beach. It was not a super sunny day, but nice and warm. Our drive took us an hour and a half. The back was where I rode. We stood the whole time, and it didn’t even seem long πŸ™‚ Too much to see!

Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 171_edited-1A Haitian man showed us this fellow. Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 173So much beauty! It was hard to believe how beautiful this beach was, and then to see the filth elsewhere.Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 180Yes, flipflops all weekend. Now, its long johns πŸ™‚Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 170_edited-1This trampoline was put to good use while we were there πŸ™‚ I was only on it for a bit. I’m too much of a klutz to stay upright too long, but it was fun πŸ™‚Hati, Owen, Misc 040 Hati, Owen, Misc 044 Hati, Owen, Misc 046So much cuteness!Hati, Owen, Misc 050Hati, Owen, Misc 035_edited-1Only the Creator could make something so beautiful!Hati, Owen, Misc 049 Hati, Owen, Misc 052_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 058_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 060The flowers were like therapy for my eyes πŸ™‚ Just stunning!!Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 172 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 178Have I made you sufficiently jealous?? πŸ˜‰ Yes, our time there went too fast. I just couldn’t believe I was on the beach in another country, while my people back home were trying to stay warm.

All too soon it was time to pack up. and head back to the mission. We wanted to go out for supper, and Harold doesn’t like to be out on the roads after dark too much, so we headed for “home”.

Ok, back after a little break to help hubby milk, make supper, and bathe little miss.

It was neat eating out at a restaurant in Haiti. The food took maybe a little longer to come out, but it was presented very nicely, and the waitstaff was great!Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 189_edited-1 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 190_edited-1Trying to occupy little Owen.Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 191My salad. It was beautiful and yummy. But I do not like tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, or quite that much cabbage, so it was passed around and the plate was cleaned up πŸ™‚ I just realized I sound kind of picky πŸ™‚Hati, Owen, Misc 063Sunday morning before church, burning off some energy πŸ™‚Hati, Owen, Misc 071So much cuteness!Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 194Dealing with a drunk man at the gate. He was crying and saying “I love you” πŸ™‚ He was hungry he said, so they offered mangoes. “No, no!” He didn’t want that. Harold decided he was not hungry πŸ™‚ Hati, Owen, Misc 081In the afternoon, we went to visit the little twins and there sick mama. I really could have brought them home! They were such dolls!Hati, Owen, Misc 090_edited-1Everyone wanted to hold them πŸ™‚Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 196 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 197 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 200Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 204Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 205Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 202 The mother was skin and bones. Her face looked healthy though, and she was beautiful. But she is too weak to take care of her babies, so her mother and sisters help. You can see their home. Simple block walls. Dirt floor. 2 rooms. I was astounded. We have so much in America. Too much. But they hung curtains at the window. The beds looked clean. Her mother (the twins Grandma), was washing clothes when we came. And she may have been using a dishpan and scrubbing by hand, but the clothes hanging on the line were clean! You could tell she worked hard. Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 207Some of her wash line was barbed wire. Really, it made my heart break seeing their poverty. Hati, Owen, Misc 080 These girls. Beautiful! The one in the white dress told Sherita she was thirsty. She said she had nothing to drink. So sad! Hati, Owen, Misc 085Beautiful child. I gave them smarties. I think they liked that πŸ™‚Hati, Owen, Misc 087_edited-1We couldn’t understand each other, but I motioned if I could take her picture, and she nodded and gave me this lovely smile. If only she grows up to follow Jesus. She is just precious!Hati, Owen, Misc 091_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 092_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 093This was their “yard”. They had 2 pigs. Hati, Owen, Misc 097_edited-1 Hati, Owen, Misc 098_edited-1This was where they cooked. Just totally opened my eyes. You can read about it. You can picture it. But until you are there, you just don’t really see how some people have to live. And to them it’s probably all they knew. I had to think, why did I grow up where there was always plenty? Why do they have to struggle? So many things go through your mind. You just feel like giving all your money away to them. The Grandmother said they were hungry. They had used the last of the rice. Do any of us have any idea what that would be like?! To not know when you can eat again. We did give her something then to help, but this is not just their family. So many more! I know it’s something Harold doesn’t always know how to handle. When so many have need, but you have to watch how much you give as well. There is always those that will take advantage.

I must close this post. I still have more pictures, but we shall have to do a 3d post πŸ™‚ I best get to bed. Tomorrow morning I’m milking, and that alarm goes pretty early πŸ™‚ It is supposed to be below zero, and windy 😦 Ahh, the perks of farming πŸ™‚

Home again!

Yes indeed, we survived the flight πŸ™‚ Some of you are patiently waiting for a Haiti post. I’m getting there 😊 This is the longest break I’ve ever taken from blogging πŸ™‚ Guess I needed time since we came home, and it’s been a bit busy. I often do my blogging at night after the children are in bed, but for some reason, I just felt like sleeping instead. That warm Haitian weather definitely left you feeling more motivated than this arctic blast around here πŸ™‚

So I’m doing at least 2 posts on Haiti, Β because you know me, I took LOTS of pictures!

I just want to say a big thanks for all your well wishes and prayers for our trip! I am convinced your prayers brought us back home on time. More on that later, maybe another post πŸ™‚ Right now, Dale and I are sitting in a dr.’s office, waiting to see if Tristan qualifies for vision therapy. We are so hoping they can help our little man! He struggles so much with learning, and we are hoping this helps him out!

OK , back on track here. Photo overload coming up ☺Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 141

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Waiting for takeoff

My alarm went at 12:45 a.m., Friday morning. We took 2 suitcases full of frozen things, so I packed that up, and we were off. We were enroute to JFK by 2:30, if I remember right. Traveling went well, as did our security check in. We boarded the plane on time, but then ended up waiting on the plane for more than an hour, waiting to get de iced. I have to say I loved takeoff! That feeling of power, and then the slight lift. Flying was not my favorite part of the trip, but it sure was pretty up there! And it gave us some time to catch a few much needed winks πŸ˜‰20150130_133932So pretty!Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 151_edited-1Descending into Haiti. And then the chaos πŸ™‚ Lots of offers, let us help with your bags. We turned them down. Uniformed men ushering us through the crowd.Β  We spot Harold and Sherita. Quick hugs and a few tears. I’m thinking, these guys are helpful. And then one grabs my bag. Let me help you. Yes, so kind. And then we get to the truck, and the asking for money begins. So I give the guy a bit. Then the next guy wants some, too. He was carrying another suitcase, not mine. I told him, I paid the one that had my suitcase. He put on his puppy dog face, please some for me. Welcome to Haiti!! πŸ™‚

And then riding on the back of the truck to the mission. I loved it. All the sights, smells. An eye opener. And every now and then, Harold’s driving opened them a bit wider πŸ˜‰ There is no system to the driving there. Well, yes, there is. It’s grab gears and go. It’s fly and be ready to stop quick. It’s each for his own πŸ™‚ Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 163 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 169_edited-1When we ride on the back, we ride in style.20150131_090401Mindy and I. My barn bandanna came in quite handy. Sherita had the nice scarves.Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 159 Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 162We had this terrible joke about the scarves. We called them “The Glittery Jewels”. But we said this in our best dutchy accent. “Glichree Chewels”. Maybe we were tired πŸ™‚ Anyways, I still laugh about those scarves.

When we got back, we were served a Haitian meal that their cook made. I didn’t care for the bean sauce, and the picklies ( I’m sure that’s spelled wrong), but the rice and vegetable sauce were sooo good! Hati, Owen, Misc 022_edited-1I just made myself hungry πŸ™‚ I don’t think I got a picture of the cook. Her name was Milan. That’s probably spelled wrong too πŸ™‚ But she was a sweetheart!

Love these cuties! Little Owen fell asleep on the way back from the airport, so he wasn’t on the picture.Hati, Owen, Misc 012Hati, Owen, Misc 015Brandy: best beggar around πŸ™‚ She loved any table scraps. And when she’s in protective mode, Look out! I heard her run against the gate quite a few times πŸ™‚Hati, Owen, Misc 017Couldn’t get enough of this scenery!Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 224Hati, Owen, Misc 019Picking a flower for his mommy.Hati, Owen, Misc 026_edited-1They loved all the gifts that we brought along!Hati, Owen, Misc 031_edited-1The young guys night for games.Hati, Owen, Misc 032BreakfastMisc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 153So good! I even added their powdered milk to my oatmeal. A little hard for the farmer’s wife πŸ™‚ It wasn’t bad πŸ˜‰Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 158These 2! So stinkin cute! They got lots of kisses whether they wanted them or not πŸ™‚Misc. and Haiti, Jan. 2015 156That is the last one for this post. I knew it would be hard for me to end a post when I started πŸ™‚ I have so many more pictures to share with you. We’ll see when I get that accomplished. Have a great weekend!!

Winter Scenes

Because there is beauty in every season…20150123_081915Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 036What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~ Author unknownTristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 049_edited-1Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 053_edited-1Winter giveth the fields, and the trees so old, Their beards of icicles and snow… ~ Charles duc d’Orleans, translated by Henry Wadsworth LongfellowTristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 059_edited-1Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 064_edited-1Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 058_edited-1I didn’t want to scare this fish crane, so I zoomed in on him. I love to watch them come in for a landing at our pond.Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 057Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 055_edited-1Winter came down to our home one night Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow, And we, we were children once again. ~ Bill Morgan, Jr.

And, ” You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;” Hebrews 1:10

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the snow πŸ™‚