I am glad to be back in SD after a (very fun) nearly two weeks in Missouri. It is time to plant corn, so it has been crazy busy around here from Tuesday to Saturday. I haven’t even fully unpacked my bags yet. Thursday, it tried to rain most of the afternoon.
However, John was able to keep planting until after dark. Friday night, he planted until 1:30 am before getting rained out.
This is all quite new to me since I grew up a cattleman’s daughter and not a farmer’s daughter! Thursday, I drove nearly 100 miles running parts, more seed corn and lunch to the fields! All that driving was within a ten mile radius, too.
Another time, I hauled 1,000 pounds of seed corn in the back of my car. We put it there in case it started raining.
For the first time, I feel I am living out the lines of the poem I wrote a few weeks ago: “So God Made a Farmer’s Wife.”
Sure, I’ve helped my Dad before – but this is different! When I helped my Dad it was very rarely around large equipment. Mostly, he and I built fence, checked cattle and went to the sale barn to work. Planting corn & the dynamics of a soon-to-be “farm marriage” is way different! Luckily, it hasn’t been all work and no play since I got back.
I took time to plant some flowers in the planters I received as shower gifts in Missouri.
My Mom’s first cousin Robert made the “God Bless Our Home” planter. I just love it! I shared a photo of it yesterday, too.
This is the first time in my life that I have panted flowers with out my Mom or sisters by my side. It was a strange growing-up-rite-of-passage sort of feeling. So, from planing corn & to planting flowers it has been a week of change for me. (The word homesick comes to mind.)
While I was re-potting the flowers I noticed that several of them were “root bound.” Meaning, they had been in too small of a container and the roots didn’t have enough space. Then, I had a sort of deep, profound thought. This usually happens when I am outside, dirty and working.
People can get root bound, too. We all need to be transplanted to a new pot from time to time, or season to season. The new space allows us to grow and change. That’s the stage I am in now. Over time, if those little plants were not moved to new soil…they would have weakened. Plants, and people, need new spaces. It is not just a move from Missouri to South Dakota. In this case, it is more about moving from a single woman to a wife. Or, a college kid into the “workforce.”
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:1-2
Of course, adjusting to new soil & pruning isn’t easy or pleasant. But, it is good. At Christmas, my Dad told me that my first year in South Dakota would be the most exciting. He is right, everything is so new! I am definitely in a season of uprooting and planting at the same time. I am uncomfortable, unsure and unpracticed in this new role and place. Yet, I am happy and content. I still get lost on the gravel roads as I try to find “Jones” or “the west 80 past so & so’s home place” or the “big cottonwood tree.” I still go to the grocery store three times a week instead of one. But, I am learning!
Thanks for reading, Sierra Shea