17 Aug Blessing in Disguise
Elk City, Ok — Being at home here in Elk City when we could be harvesting on the road somewhere, can kind of take a toll on us. You get to thinking you’re a failure because you cannot find work or you begin to doubt yourself. But as I wrote in my last post, it is all in the way you look at things. Your perspective means everything. Yes it is hard not knowing where we will be next, if we will have enough work to get us by for the year, or if we are gonna make it. But, I also know that trusting in God to know where we are at this very moment, is where we are suppose to be and we need to learn from it. This past month has been very stressful but it has also been rewarding. We have been able to get our inspections and repairs done for next year’s harvest, so in a way we are ahead of schedule! We have been able to spend more time with family. We don’t normally get to do the summer things ‘normal people’ get to do. Go to the lake or be able to go to adoration at church in the middle of the week, because our schedule allows it now. Our work is not as time sensitive like it is while harvesting. The other day I got to take a day and spend it with my goddaughter Martha. I needed that day with her. She reminded me that its OK to forget your problems for a day and just enjoy each others company. We took a drive around town, went to the lake and dipped our feet in, went to a 3D movie and finished up making spaghetti together for supper. Sounds pretty ordinary, but rather, it was extraordinary. I would not have normally done that if we had not been home.
My sister and I have tried to start a business of our own, Simply Sentimental, making things out of reclaimed barn wood. The other day we made a cribbage board. No ordinary cribbage board let me tell you! It took about 10-15 hours to make from start to finish, but it was worth the smile on my brother-in-laws face. Plus it was a good time with my three siblings (Dan, Liz, and Katie) in making the table itself. I think he liked his birthday present!
This past month has been stressful but I have to remember that all of these things are a blessing in disguise, and it is all in the way that I look at it. We will continue to do our best and trust that God will do the rest.
Be safe and God bless!
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.