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Emma: Precarious Livelihood

Precarious livelihood.

Those are the two words I would use to describe my life as a custom harvester. This year has been so full of twists and turns. I never know what to expect next, or what will be thrown in our direction. I wrote in a previous post that I took a trip to a good friend’s wedding. Dan and Mom met me there before we headed south again for another check-up with my doctor.

My plans were cut short while at home. My fun-loving, and wisdom-filled Grandma Alda passed away. We had grabbed our bags as fast as we could when word came that she wasn’t doing well at all. We left late at night and drove miles and miles and 14 hours to be with family, but unfortunately too late to see Grandma. I can be thankful for the time I had spent with her and the opportunity I had to see her on the Fourth of July. I had mentioned before that we hadn’t ever been in South Dakota on the Fourth, but this year we were. God must know what he’s doing.

I’m thankful that God has given me the ability to recognize how fortunate my family is and how fortunate I am to have known her. Grandma’s wisdom has passed down through her examples and stories. I can only hope and pray that I might be as wise as her someday. I can now have peace knowing that both Dad and Grandma are watching over us, and that they are together again.

Grandma Alda’s funeral was Saturday, and the next three days we’ll spend with family. I am so thankful for our farmers in Gregory, South Dakota. We have a hundred acres left, and there was never a question as to where we needed to be. We’ll get through the next few days before heading back to finish the harvest. We’ll not only put a period on the Gregory harvest, but our 2012 wheat harvest.

After that, well, I guess we’ll go where the wind blows us. After all, we have quite the precarious livelihood.

My Grandma Alda and my Dad
This picture was taken in 2006, and it is by far my favorite. This picture describes the personality of them both so clearly: loving, caring, and enjoying life to it’s fullest.

Please be safe and God bless!

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Emma Misener can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com


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