Feeling Content

9 May

May 9, 2013

Yesterday marked a week as a full-time farm wife. To say it’s been a good week would be a bit of an understatement. In an e-mail to my friend Angela, I said, “So far I just wake up every day thinking, ‘Is this really my life?’ and then I want to squeal and kick my feet like a little kid on Christmas morning.”

Malt barley growing on the right, field ready for planting on the left

I feel so spoiled. I get to wake up every day to take care of my husband and my home and contribute toward our farm. At home I’ve been able to bake, clean, organize, catch up on errands, make lists of the ‘to-do’ projects I’ve left slide, start a blog…I’m in domestic heaven. I’ve also given the office a complete overhaul. You can find stuff. You can see the floor. It’s great.

Discing

I fill my purpose on the farm by giving Tyler rides from field to field, bringing meals and water to the tractor and taking photos. When I print my business cards up I think I’ll list my job title as “go-fer”.

I’ve also found that I’m pretty exceptional at handing tools to him while he works on equipment. I think I owe it to years of training with my dad. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dad for sharing his wisdom with me all those years. It wasn’t until now I realized how beneficial it would be to know the difference between a Flathead and a Philips head, a socket and a crescent, a hammer and pliers. Dad, you really showed me the nuts and bolts of things. Ha! Get it? Hello? Is this thing on?
 

Putting up a center pivot

I also can’t neglect to mention what foresight my dad has. All those years of working with him on projects and experiencing the yelling and swearing…that was him preparing me for working with my husband later in life. You prepared me well, Dad, and for that I will always be grateful.

Planting sugar beets

Someone asked me if I felt lost without a job to go to every day. The answer is, I feel more content than I have since we got married two years ago. I feel very purposeful and I’m excited to learn more and continue to find my place. I know there will be good seasons and bad seasons, elation and disappointment, growth and setbacks. 

Winter Wheat


But I also know, without a doubt, that together with Christ, we can do it.

And a little humor won’t hurt things either.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,
Liz

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:12-13 NIV

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