Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Farm Wife Duties

Living on a working farm has been a huge blessing to me. I feel so needed ALL THE TIME! I have MANY duties as a farm wife other than my normal motherly duties like homeschooling, cooking, cleaning and breaking up fights.

I'm not the most mechanically inclined gal out there so I know when The Captain calls for my help, its serious OR he's desperate. The Captain called & I could hear tension in his voice. The grain truck had stopped running on the side of the road a few miles from the house. I shoved 6 popsicles at the 6 littles and had them play outside and OFF I WENT.... There the grain truck was OUT STANDING IN THE FIELD.I parked the 4 wheeler next to the grain truck and remained silent (that's what I knew I had to do-ANY EQUIPMENT BREAK DOWNS during harvest are sure to get any farmers blood boiling.)Being the dweeb that I am, I couldn't resist bringing my camera and taking a picture of this Milo as it clicked in the breeze. Isn't it lovely?
Then I got in the truck and turned it over and tried to start it while The Captain worked with some starter fluid and trying to unplug the gas line.
DANG I'M GOOD! Next thing I knew he was OFF to the elevator with his load of beans.
Living on the farm-I've learned how to drive lots of stuff. Today we "MOVED FARMS." We are all done cutting soybeans and planting wheat on our home place so it was time to move all our equipment to our other farm 9.1 miles away. I loaded the littles & a Dora video in the DVD player in the bus & started the big kids off on their homeschool math and headed out.

We moved the grain truck first. I follow The Captain while he takes each piece of equipment to our new farm all the while the 2 boys are SCREAMING their brains out that they want to be with him-OH JOY!Next was the tractor and grain cart which takes a while following at 20mph. The last thing to go was the combine & since it's last, I dont have to follow. I peeled the boys off The Captains legs gave him his carefully packed lunch with a LOVE NOTE INSIDE and came in to get started with the rest of my day. I won't see him until late but I do love harvest time and all the buzz around the community.I put the kids initials in their pot pies last night-they thought that was just the most awesome thing-another farm wife duty-THINKING UP BIZARRE STUFF TO DO WITH the 6 littles food so they will eat!I'm hoping and praying that as the 6 littles see The Captain and I working together as a team on the farm-they will learn how important it is to help when needed. I already have one little sweet one "in training" that always volunteers her help.
Thank you Lord for trusting us with these sweet ones & helping us "HARVEST THESE SWEET LITTLE HEARTS!"


quilt-n-mama said...

I love the harvest pictures, growing up on a farm, I remember many LONG HOURS of harvest but some of the best family memories.

Ashley Jo Anglin said...

Pics are so pretty....:)
And LOL you crack me up. But in all seriousness youre a pretty amazing woman!!! The potpie thing...cute!!

I hope your hubby enjoyed his little love note. :)

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Love seeing your farm pics- I grew up on a farm in IA. Since we live at camp it is like being on a farm, without the fun harvest times. I really loved the memories of driving with daddy in the tractors though!!! The tire swing, playing with the kittens in the big red barn, etc.

Mandi said...

You are such a good helper for your husband. And I love the initials in the pot pies. :)

Adeye said...

My goodness, you are a Jill of all trades :) Amazing woman you are, sweet friend. Your family is so blessed to have YOU!

Andrea said...

Love the pics ;o) What a great example you are to your family! ;o) Great idea on the pot

Tam said...

Great Pictures and great POST!

Shanna said...

I am uber jealous of your farm life! Awesome post!

Jamie said...

I can't remember the name of the movie/musical, but it has Judy Garland and I think Gene Kelly in it and she has this great happy song she sings; "Howdy Neighbor!! Happy Harvest!!" Totally thought of it as you were talking about the buzz of harvest time! Good luck with everything. You are a fabulous Mommy and Role Model!

Sarah Dawn said...

I love getting my littles to help as well! And sweet one, I would absolutely no idea what to do on a farm.

Blessings to you,
Sarah Dawn

Mom Of Many said...

Love the pictures...oh how I longed to be a farmer's wife when I was young! Thanx for letting your bloggy friends see what it's like...still hasn't changed my mind. =)

Thank you also for all your hard work that you and your hubby put into our country. Dw and I were commenting as we drove down the road on this RV (or not!) we appreciate the farmers of our land and how underappreciated they must be. So thank you from us!! xo
PS Share the pot pie recipe, okay?