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wheat harvest 2013

The boys were so excited about harvest this year. Every morning Levi would want to know what daddy was doing and when he could go help him. He would get his “work boots” on and Griffin would be right behind him getting his boots on too.

Joel is the best daddy and always lets the boys come along if he can. They will have so many great memories spending time with daddy at work.

This year most of that time was spent hauling wheat to Wichita in the semi. Levi loved it. He used the CB radio as his microphone and sang to Joel most of the way. 🙂

This is how Griffin felt when we dropped Levi off and he had to come back home with me. He wasn’t a fan. We quickly realized that this year we would need to figure out a way to juggle the riding time between both of the boys.

Later that day Griffin finally got his turn. His first ride in the semi.

Bye-bye mama!

He was so excited when he actually got to get out of the van and we started buckling him into the carseat in the semi. ‘Truck’ is one of the few words Griffin says. He didn’t sing to Joel like Levi did, but he pointed out every truck along the way. Joel was pretty sure he said ‘truck’ about 300 times. The boys have a very patient daddy!

One harvest day Joel was running the combine. We dropped Levi off around lunch and he stayed with Joel all afternoon. In the early evening I brought out dinner for the guys and found Levi in the combine like this. He must have been working too hard!

Griffin got to stay and ride with Levi for a few rounds. ‘Tractor’ is one of his other favorite words. 😉

Levi brought home baggies of wheat for each of them. He was so proud.

You would think we live in the middle of nowhere…but it’s just Kansas. We go to great lengths to get our texts to send around here. If anyone out there works for at&t we would love for you to put a cell phone tower in one of our fields! 😉

Friday was the last day of harvest for us. Joel was driving the combine again so we went out one last time.

We all rode along this time. It was a little claustrophic for me but I am so thankful for the time spent squeezed in with my little family. Such sweet memories these will be. Oh, and I think we had one of our best wheat crops ever! We are praising God for His provision and a great harvest…and the boys already can’t wait until corn harvest!

  • Mary Ann - The pictures are interesting (of the equipment doing their thing) and of the boys….but that last one….it is so cute and took my breathe away. Darling family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - I love the pictures….the ones of the equipment are interesting and the other ones of the boys are so cute….but that last one, an adorable and special family.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - Thank you so much for posting this. I grew up in Wichita and my family has wheat fields in Cheney. Every summer we’d drive out there and I’d ride the combine for a day during harvest. It is still among my favorite summer memories.

    I live in DC now and I miss it so much. I got the call last week that our harvest was in and it was great! Yay! I can’t wait to bring my toddler son out there someday so he can make a few memories of his own.

    I love seeing your boys so excited about the harvest and they’re so lucky to be so included! I know they will cherish those memories just like I do mine.ReplyCancel

  • Aimee - These pictures are great! I love their boots and the photo at the end of all four of you. What a great prize after a hard days work!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Moorman - Your boys are just the sweetest! Been following for over a year now and I still LOVE your posts!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Guthrie - This makes me really happy.ReplyCancel

  • Debby - We really miss harvest time! Many sweet memories of going out to the farm with Al’s parents when the kids were little.ReplyCancel

  • chrissi - cute boys in trucks. made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - Love the Kansas wheat harvest! Have to know where you got your chevron rug in your entryway in the first picture 🙂ReplyCancel

  • gin - such a cute post with those cute boysReplyCancel

  • Angie - This is such a sweet and fun post! Great pictures too. Have your boys read the Otis books by Loren Long? We found them at our library a couple of weeks ago and my two year old loves them!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - It looks like your boys have SO much fun! The first picture and the last picture are my favorites!ReplyCancel

  • creole wisdom - This is so neat to see. The city girl in me is just amazed at how big that farm equit. is! Wow!

    And that wheat? Beautiful.


  • Patricia - What a lovely and fascinating post ! I enjoy the pics of the boys so much – they are just adorable, and sometimes they make me laugh out loud – they are just so sweet !!

    The pictures of the machinery you use are fascinating ! I just have to ask – do you have to buy that huge super wide machine (the one with Levi standing in the window ) I can’t imagine what something like that would cost – do farmers ‘rent’ them , or share them between many farmers ? It is so interesting, and I know nothing about it !ReplyCancel

  • Anita - What a wonderful memory you are making. I have watched your boys grow on this blog and have enjoyed each post. I have not missed a post since Cora went to be with jesus. Thank you for sharing your lives with us you bring such happiness into our day!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah@ This Farm Family's Life - Raising kids on a farm is wonderful!!! Loved all your pictures and am so glad to hear that the wheat harvest was great. After the drought last year, we could all use some relief! It has been raining a few times a week here in Indiana and for that we are thankful. Some people are complaining about all the rain. How soon they forget what things were like a year ago.ReplyCancel

  • Deb - Love the pictures… especially the one of all four of you in the cab. What a great way to spend the day!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - This is so fun, Jess. It is so sweet how much those boys love their daddy… And how much he loves them! My husband is a very active daddy as well, and it is such a blessing!! Those are two of the CUTEST little guys I’ve ever seen. You have such a beautiful family – a gift from God.ReplyCancel