Kristy Misener – Misener Family Harvesters
What can I say? All harvesters relate to early up, quick eat, get on the road. Wheat needs cutting! Where’s lunches? Water jug? Hat? Gloves and sunglasses? What’s the lineup on the road? Do you have your radio to channel one or two? Finally at the field. Hook up heads and cut a place for the grain trucks, service truck, and for granny in the pickup. Get a sample, take it to the elevator for “official” word. A cautionary okay, “It’s 13.2 moisture, 54 pounds test weight. Don’t get a whole semi full of wet, green wheat, so watch it carefully”.
“How’s the sample look to you?”, he asks. “I think the kernels are very small. Not big plump kernels like we’d really like”. My eyes are itchy, too. Gotta get back in the groove!
Lauren (10) wants so badly to be the grain cart driver again this year. Martha (9) just wants to ride with Uncle Dan. And Leslie (8) thinks he can handle the combining!! How awesome it is to witness the enthusiasm of my grandchildren. They are simply marvelous. Leslie is wondering when Emma will get here to drive her combine and why is Dan driving number one? Emma always drives that one. Emma…sweet Emma, is on to new horizons working with Alzheimer’s patients in Kansas and isn’t planning on coming to harvest. “Well,” he says, ” that’s just dumb!” Bet she is missing it a bit. Can’t get the harvest out of the girl even if the girl is out of harvest! And Leslie knows what to do while waiting his turn.
Rana Zeller – Zeller Harvesting Co.
“And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. 45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”
As I began this morning to meditate on what to write for my overdue HarvestHER update, God placed this passage of scripture on my heart. It says so much about our lives, as a whole. I think of the many responsibilities I have been blessed with and how I cannot compromise to see them accomplished. God has blessed me with the task of reaching those who do not know Him. Also, being a peer for those who do, yet need some direction. To always be an example of Christ to those around you, without compromise. To take seriously the responsibility of what marriage is and what being a help mate to my wonderful husband is. Ever working to ensure my children grow up to complete the call on their lives and making it possible for them. Always making the best business decisions for our wonderful business we have been blessed with, through hard work. Ensuring the Zeller Harvesting Co. name is never tarnished by doing our best, always. To ever be a blessing to those we have been blessed to employ. Taking care of our immediate family and extended family members. Ensuring I am doing my best with other tasks and responsibilities I have volunteered my time and promised to do. I am so thankful for all of these responsibilities, and could not imagine life without them.
Kimberly Neumiller – Neumiller Harvesting
We started cutting yesterday!
Mychal, the kids and I came down a day after the rest of the crew, because we attended my cousins graduation!
We arrived in Enid, Oklahoma on Sunday evening with our camper and met up with our crew! We started setting my camper up and then we realized I needed the extension cord to plug-in. We put the surge protector on the pole and it was good, so we plugged it in! Well, Mychal went in the camper and smoke was rolling out of my TV receiver! Oh no, not again, was my thoughts! Thankfully, it was just the receiver and my DVD player! Two years ago, I ended up frying the microwave, receiver, fireplace and dryer!
Nancy Eberts – Eberts Harvesting Inc.
Last week, I took one of our hired men to Glendive, Montana to the airport as he was flying home for some appointments. Glendive is not that far from the farm really, 100 miles or so, and just a matter of getting on the interstate and heading west. I enjoyed the drive both to and from, especially because you travel right through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is a beautiful backyard for all of us here in southwestern North Dakota and I realized I sometimes forget how lucky I am.
The summer of my sophomore year in high school (like what?! almost 40 years ago) I was a part of the YCC…Youth Conservation Corp. and rode a bus everyday from South Heart to Medora to work in the park and did fencing and other odd jobs. Our biggest accomplishment was the buffalo fence at Painted Canyon.
Stephanie Hansen – J&H Harvesting
Happy Memorial Day HarvestHERs!
Hope everyone is having a great harvest so far this year or safe travels for those that are just making the trek south! We have been in Texas for a little over two weeks now and finally finished with our cutting jobs! Never seems to fail, we get down here and ready to work, work, work and the weather decides to rain, rain, rain! We ended up sitting for a about a week after the rains until it was dry enough for the farmer to let us cut. We decided to put our rain days to good use and clean up the lot we park on. For years, we have talked about hauling in gravel and leveling out our dirt lot. So, one morning we sent off a couple of truckers to pick up a few loads of gravel and we leveled out and spread three truckloads of gravel with hard-working men and shovels!! I would say the boys earned their keep!