The Macs

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

a little more farming

As of this past weekend, wheat harvest is done and the beans are planted. Two checks off our summer list. We made many more trips out to the field after our little family date in the combine.

Some of our trips were to drop off a certain little boy who wanted to ride along and some where to drop off food for a certain hungry farmer. Levi liked to help me pack the lunches. And he really liked to help when it meant packing his lunch too. He loved the days he got to be dropped off and eat lunch with daddy. Some families around here make hot meals and bring them out to the field. It still blows me away how those wives manage to get a delicious hot meal out to the field. Maybe I will really be a "real farmwife" when I can do that. We are more of a cold meal kind of sandwiches, chips, fruit...just think school sack lunch.

After we delivered Joel's lunch we hung out with him for awhile waiting for the combine to come back around. Levi was in distress because he wanted to be out in the middle of the field like his mama.

It is getting so hard to take a picture of both boys together. By the time I finally get Griffin to smile, Levi has usually come up with a better plan than smiling for a picture. This time he was trying to get his brother to drink some milk. I think they both thought it was a pretty good idea.

Good thing they are still cute even when they don't smile. Their daddy is cute too. Thanks for smiling for my picture, babe!

The combine finally made it back to us and Levi was super excited. He has already mastered his farmer wave.

Joel said that this is the best wheat harvest that the farm has ever had. Definitely something to be thankful for!

The combine dumped the wheat into the grain cart and then the grain cart dumped into the truck. Levi had to get into the tractor to help and then he even got to ride along in the truck with Joel. He doesn't like to miss out on any of the action. He even prefers to ride in the blue semi truck instead of the white one...and he make his preferences known! So funny.

At the end of wheat harvest we celebrated by having a little picnic with some of Joel's family.

We ended the night by eating huge bowls of homemade ice cream.
A great wheat harvest and homemade ice cream. It doesn't get much better than that.

Now we are ready to slow down a little around least until corn harvest!


Blogger Auntie EM said...

Congrats on the great harvest. City girl here would be as fascinated with all the going's on and the big equipment as your Levi. Hope you get to check off lots of summer things off your list and have a summer full of wonderful memories.

June 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I want to hear your love story... reading your last couple posts I find myself wondering, how did the "city girl" become the farmer's wife? Maybe it's already here on the blog, you can just direct me, but I am so curious about it. I've followed your blog since Cora was sick, and I feel like I know your children and you as a mom, but what about the couple? The wife? I'd love to hear that if you're willing to share. :)

June 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
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June 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'm an farm girl stuck in a city and I love that you share your farm life. Thank you!

June 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Love reading about farm life. We are Kansans (Inman) transplanted to NM, and though we are still involved in Ag, it's a whole other world here in the land of irrigation. I feel like I'm at home when I read these posts. And like Diana asked, want to share the love story? ;)

June 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Lauri said...

I wan to hear your story too. Very jealous of your laid back lifestyle.

June 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

I hope that Levi never outgrows crossing his feet when he sits down:)!

June 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

Great photos documenting your wonderful harvest! It makes it very real for we city folks! Love your three handsome men! Such a precious family! Blessings!

June 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Evan and Nicole said...

I love love love your blog. Always have. I've been a follower since Cora's passing. I feel like I know you... :) and that we could go get coffee together! Thank you for all that you share! -- Your heart is precious!

Love From Texas,
The Gooch Family

June 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations on a great harvest! That is fantastic

June 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Beth Ann said...

Glad for your plentiful wheat harvest. That homemade ice cream looks SO delicious. Oh...and I'm thinking cold meals are better on hot days anyway, right? If you filled his belly with warm food he'd just be hot and tired after. ;) Great pictures of your adorable boys!

June 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Kenzie44 said...

The wheat fields in Kansas this year were just a gift from God. The farmers have needed a good year and I think they got it. So happy for your family. The fields were such an amazing golden this year that I found myself wanting to just wander around in the fields and I love this time of year in Kansas. Thanks for sharing your family from so many different angles. You are allowing God to use you in terrific ways. God Bless.

June 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Briony said...

That looks like so much fun! Wheat harvesting, homemade ice-cream, picnics by a lake. OOoh! I am jealous. :)

June 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE your all your new posts. Your boys are precious. I have two boys...they would love to go to the farm, too!

I was on Pinterest and a pic of your boys in the football uniform and football came up! Caught my eye! :)

June 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

How fun! I just showed my 3 biggest boys (6, 4, and 2.5) your farming pictures. They were SO excited...."Oh my gosh, that is SO COOL!"
I can only imagine how awesome it is for little boys (and big boys too, ha) in real life.

June 13, 2012 at 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Lesley said...

I grew up in Wichita and my folks would drive me out to our wheat farm in Cheney every summer to watch the harvest. I'm now living in DC with my hubby (a farm boy from TN), and our new little man, and your posts are really reminding me of how much I loved those trips to Cheney. In a few years when our guy knows what's what, I cannot wait to give him the full wheat harvest treatment! Thank you so much for sharing your harvest with all of us and reminding me how much I love and miss my home in KS.

June 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Creole Wisdom said...

That first photo made my heart pitter patter. How beautiful! Nice work Jess.

I'm so glad your harvest has been plentiful this year. Praise God!

June 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fell in love with your growing family when Cora was just a baby. While we've never met, I love that blogging has brought you into my life! You have adorable kids and your husband is HOT! (Coming from a Mom who thinks her own is hot too, so it's meant as a compliment and nothing more :)

I'd love to hear more of your days as a city girl and some of the changes you've made since moving to the country!

June 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Kiley said...

Just curious if you have ever used a crockpot? This invention is FANTASTIC. Put a bunch of things together in the morning. Set it. Forget it. You could start something before bed and have it ready for the morning/afternoon for lunch. Its a great way to have a hot lunch ready without worrying about the hassle of actually finding time to cook it. We do that a lot in this part of the woods (RI) in the winter time. With 5 kids and one on the way. It saves me so much time!!

Good luck!!


June 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

I totally thought wheat was taller. LOL

June 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Sara, NV said...

Your posts make me want to pack up and move to a farm! My dad grew up on a farm, and I always imagined it was just like your pictures. What an amazing way to grow up for two little boys.

June 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Miss G said...

Jess, We had a huge hail storm a couple of weeks ago and our garden got smashed flat. It was so sad. I couldn't help but think of the farmers and specifically y'all (you're the only farmers I really "know") though and hope that you were not hit with anything similar and be thankful that ours was just a little garden not necessary for our livelihood. I am so glad that your harvest was so great! What a blessing from our good Lord.

Also, just wanted to update on the 30 days challenge. I am hanging in there! I have had prayer and time in the Word everyday since I joined although it has taken different forms some days (naptime instead of first thing, praying in my mind rather than journaling, etc.) due to traveling, some busy days, etc. but I am proud to be persevering! Thanks so much for the challenge!

One day you just may take a hot lunch out to the field but don't let Satan for a second tell you that you are anything less than a wonderful wife to your Joel no matter what kind of lunch you take. This coming from someone who recently found myself thinking that I didn't "deserve" to have nice things like pine nuts if I was just going to burn them while toasting them. urgg . . . he throws fiery darts of lies that are not worth a second of our time, energy or emotion.

off to clean up the garage a bit! Kelly

June 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

That is so great you had a good wheat harvest! My husband and I farm and own a grain cart dealership and you are the first farmers from TX to northern KS that have said that they have had a good year. We haven't heard of anyone with yields above 50 and test weights have been in the mid-50s. So happy for your family!!!

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