Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday: I sure hope that's my husband!

During harvest, every night, and sometimes in the wee hours of the morning, this dark figure appears in my bedroom long after I finally call it a day. He stumbles in all grubby, smelling of grease, fuel, dirt soil and whatever else he's had a run-in with that day. (Hopefully, not a skunk).  I would request that he shower, but I know he is so tired that he is capable of falling asleep standing up at this point. 

I do his laundry, so even in the dark, I know that he probably looks like he rolled around on the floor of the farm shop or was dragged behind a truck and that his pants may very well stand up on their own from being caked with mud. I also know I could likely plant a few acres with the soybeans, corn kernels, or grains of wheat that have accumulated in his pockets. Cleaning the lint filter in our clothes dryer is always interesting.

I have gotten used to this nightly routine, out of necessity.  You see, an infant will wake me long before dawn.  Soon thereafter the wee Wilson gals will stumble out of their bunk beds and expect "bekfest".  I have to try to force my brain to turn off and get some shut eye, or I will be Zombie Mama the next day, and believe me, she is NOT pretty.

As I'm lying in bed and this nearly unidentifiable creature enters my room, practically falls into bed, and puts a rough, calloused hand on my shoulder, the only thing that goes through my mind is, "I sure hope that's my husband!" :-)

After I put my hand on his, confirming that it is indeed my dear Jeremy, I say a little prayer that goes something like this: "Lord, I thank you for giving me a husband who works so hard to provide for my little family. I am so grateful you got him home safe and sound. In Jesus' name. Amen."

When harvest is complete, Jeremy and I will get a babysitter, go out to dinner, give ourselves a few hours to celebrate that another year of feeding families around the world is behind us, relish the fact that we have a lot to look forward to, and we will fall in love all over again :)


  1. This post is adorable. I love it. Safe and happy harvest to your family, and here's hoping for a year with minimal breakdowns and maximum yield!

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  3. Reposting because of a typo! :)

    Well said, Sarah! These are the kinds of things more people need to understand about farmers and ranchers, and the dedication they have to what they do. (Not to mention the wives who support them and work with them!)

  4. He sounds like my farmer!! I am also grateful when he comes home safe and sound.

  5. Thanks Kelly! "Minimal breakdowns and maximum yield"- I love it!

  6. Thanks Dawn (My two acres)! Couldn't agree more! I actually think we have it easy. Life on a dairy farm, or any other type of farm where animals are raised, is A LOT more work!

  7. VaLois- I figured you might understand where I was coming from :)