Hope and Sunshine

| 6/21/2010 3:19:00 PM

Tags: Hope, Sunshine, Farm, Ethan,

A Sell Family PortraitI was driving to Omro around noon today in order to make a deposit from our weekly earnings. We are down to about $25 in both our personal and business accounts as we approach the part of the month where all our bills show up in the mail.

Ethan was sitting in his carseat munching on a cucumber. He and I went alone while Andy and Elly stayed home to work on lunch (sushi!!). As we buckled up, it occured to me that I was actually warm today.

I know. That sounds a little bit odd to say. But you need to understand: today is the first day since Memorial Day that we've seen sustained sunshine. 12 of the last 16 days have had rain. Of the days where the rain held off, we were encased in abysmal clouds. Half a month of dark, cold, rainy weather. Our garden is a mud hole. We have a few hundred plants sitting on our patio waiting to be planted. The hay is overgrown and worthless. The hay that was cut but not able to be harvested is a matted pile of debris. We'll still harvest it, but it won't be the wonderful hay that first crop is supposed to be.

On a personal level, Andy and I have been struggling with family relations as we strive to make this farm transition work for both parties. It's a process that no one should go into lightly. We had no idea it would be this emotionally taxing, for both sides. And we know that both sides want to be done. Now.

Couple this with the sudden death of one of Andy's close, personal heros and we have been pretty down. The kids have picked up on it with cabin fever and strep throat, teething and all around crankiness.

But this post is not about all that. I was merely giving you a background of our situation in order that you might fully understand the significance of a single day of sun.

Nebraska Dave
6/22/2010 5:33:11 PM

Becky, I think we all are really tired of the Spring rainy season that now has creeped into the Summer. We were all tired of the long snowy Winter. Although the goofy weather patterns are continuing through out the country, I’m glad to hear that hope is restored into your lives. Prayer always restores hope. When hope is restored, then faith is restored. When faith is restored, then joy of the heart returns. The circumstances many times don’t change but they seem less when there’s joy and hope restored to our hearts. I’ve had some pretty dismal times in my life and have always clung to prayer and worship to restore my soul. Believe me I know from experience that if you hang in there things will get better. Here in Nebraska we have had over 11 inches of rain just this month with another rain this morning. We normally get about 15 inches a year. The ground is saturated as you have indicated about your garden. My garden seems to be surviving only because I built it in raised beds with 8 inches of compost to absorb the extra rain. So far when I’ve checked the ground isn’t soggy but very moist. I guess it was a good thing I built them the way I did. I hope that all your plants get planted and produce a great harvest inspite of the late start.

Brent _1
6/22/2010 2:46:04 PM

What an awesome and encouraging post! Glad to hear things have brightened up for you guys!

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