Yesterday for my Women in Agriculture column I wrote about taking time to appreciate the beauty in the most simple of places… To take the time to stop and soak it all in.
This weekend I did just that… We celebrating my nephew’s first birthday on the farm. Family, delicious food, and many laughs as three children under the age of 3 ran around.
After the festivities wrapped up, we headed out to do one of my favorite things ever. We checked crops. I’ve written before why when the crops are growing we drive around 2-3 times a week to check them.
North Dakota is in it’s prime right now. The grass is green, the crops are growing, the sun shines, the skies are blue, and if you are lucky sometimes the clouds come out and show you what makes North Dakota legendary.
Windows down, hair blowing in the wind, sun on my face. Sitting next to the one I love, camera in my hand. This year I can finally recognize what fields are ours and know the route we normally take to check all the fields.
By the farm first, down the gravel road from the farm, turn around and head South, and finally we head East. Past my favorite old house, turn into the field, down the section line, and then by my second favorite old house. He stops so I can take a photo, right in the perfect spot.
Periodically, he puts the pickup in park. We walk out into the field. We dig up parts of the plants to check roots, we check the leaves for insects or damage, and we look for weeds growing in the field. He talks to me, he shows me what he’s looking at, I listen, I learn.
I soak it all in.
Eventually the sun begins to sink lower and lower into the sky. And that signals it’s time to head for home. As we head East, we watch the sun set slowly in the sky behind us. In the rear view.
I look over at him and smile. He smiles back. My heart feels like it’s about to overflow.
“This is the life” I think to myself. And what a blessed one it is.
Anyone else feel like that when they check crops?
Get out this weekend and just soak it all in. Every minute.
Don’t let the stress of tomorrow or the worries of yesterday cloud your mind. Enjoy today.