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Since I was talking about farming yesterday, I had to share this awesome video with you! Our friend, Derek Lowrey, rode with Joel during harvest and shot some video footage on his drone. I love seeing harvest from this perspective and thought you might like a peek into what wheat harvest looks like here in Kansas. You’ll even get to see an old favorite pic of my boys (they were just babies!) during wheat harvest at the end. So fun! Thanks, Derek. You are super talented!

So God Made a Farmer from Derek Lowrey on Vimeo.

Excerpts from a poem by Paul Harvey, “So God Made a Farmer” delivered November 1978 to the F.F.A., Kansas City, MO. Shot on a DJI Inspire 1.

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  • Mary Ann - Oh my….what a wonderful video. I love Paul Harvey…he says stuff about a topic that is just spot on. Your boys will always look up to their dad and whether or not they become farmers too, they will always treasure the moments they have with their daddy.ReplyCancel

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  • MurdocksMama - So I never comment, but this video is too awesome! Derek needs to connect with the Marketing Department at John Deere {I used to work there – I’m from Waterloo, IA}ReplyCancel

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  • Emily - Love this video! Farmers are special people. So are their families. :)ReplyCancel

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  • Kim - That is awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • Molly - this is just awesome!! I grew up on a family farm and while the memories are strong I love looking at pictures and would love to have a video keepsake like this of my dad and uncle farming. Love it!!ReplyCancel

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  • Deborah Martin - Amazing. Touching. Moving. I absolutely adore this mini-film.ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle from Australia - Two thumbs up from this City Chick. How marvellous!ReplyCancel

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  • April - Oh my goodness, love this! I teared up at the end when I saw the pics of Joel and the boys. Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Liz Lowrey - Didn’t he do a great job! I think it turned out great! Gave me goosebumps the first time I watched it! He had the most fun out with Joel that day. So glad he made this! Thanks for posting it jess!!!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Meggie - I love this! So thankful for farmers and their families!!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Roseberry - Love it!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa Joy - Oh Jess, I love that.ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :0) - Super awesome video!! I’m always so thankful for our farmers in this country. Hardest job ever and Joel always has a smile on his face, prolly where Baby Tiny gets his whole face smile from….his incredible Daddy. Thank you Joel for all you and your family do, our country never appreciates our farmers enough but I know I sure do! God bless you all! xoReplyCancel

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  • Kristy - What an awesome treasure to have! And I love the audio of Paul Harvey which accompanies the video so beautifully. Great job Derek!ReplyCancel

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  • Lacie Hutchins - That was fantastic! My granpa was a farmer. My husband’ grandpa wasa farmer. It’s in our blood, but we are city slickers. It still feels like home and something we identify with when we see the wavy golden wheat each summer. Thank you for sharing! This is great!ReplyCancel

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  • Loretta wiebe - Awesome! Think I can ride in that combine. Beautiful ly done.i miss listening to Paul Harvey .i loved hearing his voice again.ReplyCancel

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Since Jake has arrived I feel like I can barely keep up with my boys. Don’t get my wrong, it is the best kind of busy I could dream up. I love it. Then spring came and life on the farm started getting busy too. Between farming and the boys, life is full. Really full. I am so tired some days but so is everyone else in the world, right?! Anyway, I thought it was time for a little farm update. Since I am obviously not keeping up with this blog either. And who doesn’t want to see pics of little boys with their daddy on the farm?

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Back in March Joel brought the four wheeler over to our house one evening to spread grass seed around our yard. The boys had an excuse to ride the four wheeler and they thought spreading grass seed was awesome. They are trying to convince their daddy that we need a four wheeler to live permanently at our house. I am okay with that not happening for awhile.;)

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Jake talked his brothers into getting off for a minute so that he could have a turn too. Which translates to, he sat in the grass and cried because he was getting left out again. The tears worked. It was his first four wheeler ride. I love how he is looking at his daddy.

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Don’t worry they are going verrrrry slow.

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Jake smiles with his whole face. I think he liked his ride.:)

And a few more farm pics from Instagram…

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feeding cattle – “driving” the four wheeler

hanging out in the feed mill – working cattle

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baby corn plant – planting corn

working on the planter – digging for corn seeds

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These were all from corn planting this past spring. The boys always love when the action starts back up on the farm in the spring.

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And then we all look forward to the fun of wheat harvest in June. Except this year we all got the flu during harvest. The boys each managed to feel better for long enough to have a turn riding in the truck. But that was the extent of our harvest fun this year. Such a bummer. Thankfully Joel was the last one to get the flu, the last day of harvest. It’s about as bad when a farmer gets sick as when a mom gets sick. There is just no time for that.;)

I am @jessmcclenahan on Instagram if you want to follow along!

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  • Brady W. - We LOVE harvest! We aren’t fortunate enough to get to participate in it, but we have some land in the middle of a bunch of fields and my kiddos love to watch it! We just got a few 4-wheelers at our house and they are SO fun. Looks like your boys are living the ‘boy’ dream!ReplyCancel

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  • andrea - love the new blog look!!ReplyCancel

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  • Kathy - Your boys are precious and you take the most beautiful pics.ReplyCancel

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  • Melanie Martini - Jess, I love your blog. Thank you so much for ‘bringing us along’ on your adventures and keeping us updated on your beautiful family. <3ReplyCancel

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  • Mary Ann - I always look forward to your updates so yes I love seeing photos of your family. The farm photos are so interesting and amazing. I live where there are farms but they are not too close to the city. Our view is always of our big huge mountains in SLC Utah. Yup..Jake smiles with his whole entire face. Your boys are really beautiful and I can only imagine how tiring it is for you. My grandson is 5 and he wears me out and I only have to tend him or take him “fun” places (as he calls it) once in a while and there is only one of him!! By the way, I love the look and feel of your blog. Nice changes to the header.ReplyCancel

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  • kimberly oyler - jess, i have been sooooo out of the blog loop lately, so i am just now seeing your new blog design. it. is. gorgeous.!!ReplyCancel

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  • Laurie - Love your new look on the blog! I’m wondering how Griffin is doing with his seizure control. Still praying!ReplyCancel

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  • Stefanie (@LexieLooDylan2) - Your boys are adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - Farm life is so much fun! We’re bailing hay in Ohio….a favorite with our kids! Thanks for sharing a view of farm life with your family. Wonderful blessings!!ReplyCancel

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Trying to catch up again…Jake at 11 months.

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I had a hard time getting him to sit in my arms this time. He is so big and wiggly that I could hardly hold onto him.

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But then his daddy made him laugh and I managed to hang onto him for a few seconds. Good thing we are almost done with these photos, Baby Tiny!

Jake,

Your little personality is starting to shine through. You are content and laid back most of the time but then I see this side of you that is determined and feisty at other times too. You love just hanging out with your brothers and are happy as long as your belly is full. But if your brothers get to go outside and you don’t, you definitely let me know how unfair it is! You also can put up quite the protest in the middle of the night! Mostly you are just super sweet, very cuddly and your wrinkly-nose smile makes everyone else smile too.

You took your first steps on Memorial Day and are slowly trying to walk more and more. I bet you will be walking by your first birthday for sure! You finally said “mama” and I just love hearing those sweet words coming out of your mouth. You wave at everyone, you are eating all table food, you have two top teeth (which made for lots of sleepless nights for both of us!), you learned how to crawl up the stairs which you think is really awesome, and you love to read books now. Everyday you are seeming more and more like one of the big boys.

It’s hard to believe you are almost one. Where did the past year go?! I love you so much, sweet boy!

Mama

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  • Julia - I love how much he looks like his big sister!ReplyCancel

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  • Melinda - He is absolutely adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • EricaG - Hi! Jake is such a cutie. I love the new look of your blog. I use the anchor as a personal symbol of my faith, and I was excited to see it here.ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa - Oh my goodness, what a sweet, sweet boy!!! :-)ReplyCancel

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Trying to play catch-up again. So, here is ten months…even though he is really eleven months…almost ONE!

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Dear Jakey,

You are ten months old and with each passing day you are seeming more and more like a little boy and less and less like a baby. You want to do everything your big brothers are doing. You are happiest when you are playing with them. They like you a lot too but they don’t like that you can easily mess up all their stuff now. Sometimes they have to set up a barrier to keep you out and you are not a fan of that. You love to be outside and if they run out the door without you it makes you so sad. Maybe when you stop putting every single rock in your mouth I’ll let you go out more. Haha! Except if mama makes you stay inside or your brothers won’t let you play with them, you are so happy and content most of the time. You have started giving high fives, clapping, and you stand on your own now too. You might end up being my earliest walker! You have started eating table food and you are always up for eating something. Always. I have to work hard to keep you out of the pantry now! I think you are working on some top teeth coming in too. You still aren’t the best sleeper but you are the best snuggler. I’m trying to soak up each moment and remember that these days of baby snuggles will soon pass. I love that I have a house full of boys. And I love that you are one of them. Love you so much, Baby Tiny.

Love, Mama

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  • Toni :0) - I’m not sure he could be ANY cuter!! Happy babies are the best!ReplyCancel

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  • Maria Postma - Love following your blog and watching your little guys growing up. Adorable baby!ReplyCancel

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  • Debby Graber - He is just about to walk isn’t he!! I was in the bunnies room this morning for awhile and then moved to the ladybugs, but watched how he would walk just holding on to Tony’s finger! Tony’s been gone a couple of weeks and he said “Does he walk?” He held onto his finger just in case. Then I got moved to the other room, but it was so neat to see your sweet little guy. Growing soooo big!!ReplyCancel

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  • Lara - He is just the CUTEST thing! Love all his chunk-ness!ReplyCancel

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  • ranee - LOVE the new blog design! Looks so great!!ReplyCancel

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When Levi was a baby I’m pretty sure I posted just about every photo I took of him and documented every milestone. I posted a little less about Griffin, but still documented most things. Then Jake came and…well…I’m sorry, Jake. For some reason (three boys, maybe???) I don’t have much time for blogging and I often forget to even pull out my camera! I don’t want Jake to get a complex when he looks back at this blog and realizes I forgot him. So, let’s go back a few months and pretend like Baby Tiny just started crawling even though he is almost walking (I know!).

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Crawling is fun and he loves cows. So obviously this was the perfect setup to catch a few pics of his newest skill.

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Almost there…

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Yay!!! His brothers were behind me cheering too.

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Not long after the crawling began, he started doing this too.

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Crawling, standing, and even his first steps (more on that later!). He is growing up way too fast.

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  • Mary Ann - I love your updates. Baby Tiny is so darling. The photos of him standing and that look on his face…it’s like he’s saying, “Ha Ha…I can get where ever I need to get..you can’t stop me now.” Jake is so sweet…I’m sure in no time, he will be running to catch up with Levi and Griffin. What precious gifts from God.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy J. - Wow, looks so much like Cora! Oh hey I just realized I think I’ve only posted a comment like once, but have been following your blog since sweet Cora! Continuing to pray for Griffin, hope he’s doing well.ReplyCancel

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  • babykatesmom - Baby Tiny is just so precious! Thank you for the pictures of your sweet boy.ReplyCancel

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  • Toni :0) - He is soooo cute!!! Loved this update!ReplyCancel

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  • Stefanie - he totally looks like his big sister! Every time I see pics of him I smile because that face is too sweet. Yay for crawling!ReplyCancel

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  • Impy - I know everyone’s saying it, but let me join in! All of your boys are so unique and gorgeous, but this little one,,,,,,,he has Cora all over his little face. It’s the most precious thing to realize and see. I just want to wave and say “Hi sweet Cora!”. For all of the loss and heartache, you remain divinely blessed. This for me, is proof of God’s love.ReplyCancel

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