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corn planting


I got back from Hope Spoken last Sunday and corn planting started the next day. It’s that time of year again. When planting starts the boys think that their daddy needs their help all. the. time. They don’t know how good they have it because their daddy usually lets them tag along quite a bit. They really love when we bring Joel a meal and they get to pack their own lunch boxes and eat in the tractor too. (Adorable lunch boxes from Sarah + Abraham.)


Griffin was getting a little nervous as the tractor got closer to him. IMG_9852new

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Joel loves his boys so well. I love how you can see it on his face as he gets closer to the boys. And his smile is totally back! We are so grateful. IMG_9859new

The boys are already trying to kick me out of the tractor. Griffin gets a little stressed when I sit in his seat and he has to sit on the floor. IMG_9861new

I have no idea what we are going to do when there are three little ones who want to ride in the tractor??

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My boys eat their best meals in the tractor. Isn’t that crazy? They usually eat about twice the amount of food they eat at home…and sometimes mooch off their daddy too.

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I know I’ve said it before but there are a lot of things about farming that are hard for me to get used to…lots of learning to be flexible. But these days of eating dinner all squished in the tractor cab together are so precious. I am so thankful for my little family of farm-loving boys. I know that these will be some of my favorite memories together.

  • Amber - Love these photos. They are precious! My boys think their Daddy can’t get it done without them too! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • leiah - Maybe you’ll have a little girl who will prefer to have a tea party at home with you instead of lunch in a tractor. Then it will be something special for the boys.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I just love all your pictures. Farming is tough and being a farm wife is even harder, but it is so worth it..especially when you are raising kids on a farm. I don’t think there is a better place to raise a family!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Veer - Hard work makes boys hungry!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole W - So precious. I wonder if they eat so well in the tractor because they know deep down that if they keep eating, they never have to get out and go home. 😉 They want to stretch that time for as long as possible. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Selena Bragg - These memories are precious… And as the daughter of a dairy and row-crop farmer, I remember the occasional frustration from my mother when it came to planning events & the such, as a farmer’s schedule begins early in the morn, (& during both planting & harvesting), may go late into the night, esp if rain is coming… However… I love the faith of the farmer & his family. Fully relying on God, season after season, and praying for specific weather conditions to come to your farm, or miss your farm, as they watch that planted seed grow and yield “food” to help feed the world. So much trust, hope, and love for the farm. Generations of faith and hope passed down. It gives me chills to reflect on my upbringing and the faith of my family with regard to the farm, as well as life. I’m thankful for my farm-raised childhood into adulthood. The countless memories of showing cows, bottle-feeding calves, rounding up cows that got out, watching my dad, uncle, & grandfather pull calves in the middle of the night, helping move equipment to the next field, sandwiches & candy bars in the tractor ;), pallets of bean and corn seed that I was allowed to go pick up once I began driving, “smelling the rain” for which we were so thankful, late nights of hauling hay, riding the spray-coupe with the door open :), riding in the big rig to drop off a load of corn, wheat, or beans, the release of the buddy seat in the combine – sooo comfortable! – And so many more. I now live in the city, & my boys are “city boys” in comparison to my raising. That makes me sad, yet thankful for our life as I know this is where God wants us… I say all that to say – your boys are learning a level of faith from their daddy that few will ever understand, not to mention the memories. At 33 years old, those memories are forever etched in my mind. They will be so thankful for them… Just like me and my sister are for ours. (And over time I’m betting you will love the farm life more and more! ;))

    Thank you for sharing your family, your faith, & your heart. You are beautiful inside and out. Thankful that Joel’s smile is back. 🙂 🙂 Happy planting!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - I love these pictures! What a great day for your beautiful boys!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - These pictures are priceless! I have been following you since Cora’s days. SO very happy to see you are having #3. One quick question: Is your farm certified organic? I am always curious about corn farming…ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - I meant to say baby #4. Hope it is a girl. 🙂ReplyCancel