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A Couple More

A Couple More

We always have to have a goal. One that both Jim and I shoot for when we’re making our preparations to leave home. I can just about guarantee that if he says a particular day, we really won’t get out of here until the next day. This time, though, I’ve had a couple more. A couple more hugs from Eli and Nora. A couple more days of playing at the playground. A couple more family gatherings. A couple more “I love you’s.” A couple more of what I’m going to miss. 

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Eli and Nora love to make the trek to the park in what used to be the school playground.

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“Ready Ga”? That’s what the kids call me…rhymes with Pa.


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Eli LOVES to help. He helped me do last minute garden clean-up.

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Our Memorial Day last-minute supper gathering.

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I had so many more places to put my “stuff” this year. A friend told me to be careful…that space could get filled with extra parts. I think she’s probably right!

It usually takes me two full days to pack the Cottage on Wheels. This year…less. I had less to pack. Less food, less toiletries, less everything since the kids aren’t coming along with us. It seemed to go pretty fast. Besides not having near as much to pack, Jamie, Curt and the kids were moving into the house as I was moving out.

Curt and Jamie are in the process of building a home in the country. It just happened to work perfectly for both of us. I didn’t have to clean out all my cupboards and clean the house and they had a place to call home for a couple of months. A win-win for both of us!

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Jamie walking around the foundation of their new home in January.


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While the studs were still exposed, Jamie walked throughout the house and wrote verses on what would later be walls of their new home. Looking for them was like a treasure hunt.


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After loading the Beast, we met Jamie and Curt at their new house. The next time we see it, they’ll have moved in. So exciting!


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Eli and Nora playing in pile of sand left after the well was dug.

So, since my work was done on Monday, I’ve had a couple extra days to do things I wouldn’t normally get to do with the family.

That’s all over. Now…it’s time to get on down the road and focus on what we’re supposed to be doing. Although we know it’s raining in Texas and the wheat probably isn’t quite ripe enough to cut, the harvester is feeling the need to leave. So, that’s just what we’ll be doing. It’ll take us a couple of days to reach our destination. Once we arrive, we’ll set up camp and figure out our new surroundings. It’ll be good to be in place when it’s finally time to cut wheat. 

I pray for safe travels, I pray for the kids while we are so many miles apart, I pray for a good harvest and I pray for a little less rain at harvest time!

Be on the lookout for the Z Crew as we make our way south. If you do see us and recognize us, won’t ya give us a little wave?

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Loading the Beast for the 2016 harvest journey.


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 My combine selfie.

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Ready to hit the road!


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The corn in eastern Nebraska is thriving with all the rain we’ve received.

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Russell, Jim and Jim saying their goodbyes. This is the farmer and his son-in-law whom Jim works for in the fall (corn & soybeans).


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Our final gathering included tacos for supper.



All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. The Z Crew can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.

10 Comments
  • Ed Schloz
    Posted at 12:25h, 03 June

    Love the idea of writing on the rafters etc when building a house!

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 13:08h, 06 June

      It was a fun surprise to me when I walked through the house. It was literally like the game hide and seek.

  • Clark Straka
    Posted at 19:01h, 03 June

    Travel safely! Look forward to your comments and pictures this summer.

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 13:08h, 06 June

      Thank you, Clark!

  • Doug Lafuze
    Posted at 19:33h, 03 June

    Be safe out there! I’ve already seen a few crews headed south through North Platte in the past few weeks and it’s awakened a few old urges. ☺ I hope you have a successful run this summer and I can’t wait to read about it!

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 13:10h, 06 June

      I understand the urge! I’ve been there. Hope you enjoy the journey, Doug!

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 21:25h, 03 June

    We see that you have your Nebraska Wheatie 2016 Hair doo !!! Looking forward to the Z Crews Harvest run ,May God bless with no big break downs,good cutt’n and a slim count on raincations

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 13:11h, 06 June

      Yep, when I went in to get my hair cut, I told her just cut it short. Who knows when I’ll be able to get it cut again. Thanks for noticing! Hoping we can get something started by the end of the week.

  • Erica Brown
    Posted at 07:43h, 05 June

    Precious memories! Love the verses on the studs!

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 13:12h, 06 June

      If there were a “heart” emoji on here, I would have put that as my reply.
      Thanks, Erica!