Where do you live? Do you live in a city or a small town? Do you live down a gravel road or near a major interstate? Do you live close to where you work or far away ?
Today’s Farm Picture Friday might tell you more about where we live. (I know, not my usual FPF, but I promise you I am going somewhere with this, trust me.) We live where we work and where we play. Huh? Yes, we as family farmers Live, Work, Play all at the same place.
Take the above collage of pictures. These pictures were actually taken all on the same day in June on our farm in north central Missouri. It was a typical Saturday morning. We had things to get done and family was visiting. When cousins come to the farm they know that they are going to help with something. On this day we had gravel that needing spreading and the bean platform (combine header) needed worked on so it would be ready for wheat harvest. The garden needed checked and weeded and the little pedal tractor and wagon of course had to be played with. Gpa needed lots of good helpers to help him with his chores and Seth needed little ones to tease. Live. Work. Play.
Live. We built our home five years ago on part of my family’s farm. The cattle walk by multiple times a day for water and here soon we will be seeing new baby calves by their sides. We live close enough to my parents that we can be there in a flash if we are needed or something is forgotten at one place or another. There are pastures on three sides and across the gravel road that runs in front of the house there is a bean field. Closest neighbor is a mile and the mailman is most consistent and sometimes the only daily traffic on our road. We have fresh air to breath and the beauty of God’s creation to look at every day.
Work. When you care for the land and animals you need to be available for whatever may come up. Be it working in the garden so that fresh vegetables and fruit can be on the table, assisting the cow that is having trouble giving birth, or making that late day delivery of seed, we are ready for work at a moments notice. Seth’s job as a Sale Manager for Burrus Hybrids allows him to work on/from the farm. His main office is here out of the house. It offers him flexibility and access to those who he serves. Being a Sales Manger for a seed company is not a nine to five kind of job. Days can be long, so being able to have an office in the home is necessary and a true blessing when you are the seed guy.
Play. We do take time to play, but when we do it is usually here on the farm with family or friends. Be it building a fire in the fire pit to roast hot dogs and marshmallows, or lighting fire works on the 4th, it all takes place right here on the farm. The kids enjoy being outside and love to have friends (and cousins) come for a visit. Their friends love coming to the farm. Where else do you get to climb on hay bales, pick sweet corn or take muddy adventures? Not anywhere else I know of then the family farm. Now we do take vacations, but like they say, “There is no place like home” and “Home is where the heart is”.
This week’s Farm Picture Friday is just the start of more blog posts regarding Live. Work. Play. Until then, tell us about where you live, work or play.
Blessings to you and all who live, work and play on family farms,
Laurie – Country Link