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Friday, May 20, 2011

A Constant Gamble...

He just takes the tractor another round....
 And pulls the plow across the ground...
 And sends up another prayer.
He says, "Lord, I never complain.  I never ask why."....
 "Please don't let my dreams run dry....
 underneath this Amarillo sky."
Yes, I know that is a planter and not a plow.  My original goal was to actually snap a few pix of Brad plowing, but we don't plow much anymore so capturing that is few and far between.  I think he plowed for one day and I wasn't able to get any pictures of it.  So, after watching the Jason Aldean video, I thought a planter would suffice.  I don't think there is a single plow in that video.  Although, I could be mistaken.

I currently have this song set as my ringtone for Brad.  I seriously get chills every time I hear it.  I even watched the video a few minutes ago and that doubled my chill level.  This song is so true.

Farming is a constant gamble.  Brad has said before, "I don't have to go to the casino to gamble.   I gamble every day."

Farmers gamble with the livestock market.
They gamble with the grain market.
Most importantly, they gamble with the weather.

Last summer was VERY dry here in Indiana which resulted in an early harvest.
This year it has been the complete opposite.  We are experiencing a VERY late spring as a result of all the rain we have been having.

I know a lot of farmers are becoming frustrated and impatient.  I was at a meeting recently and someone asked everyone to "please pray for her to have patience".
 Another lady said, "You shouldn't pray for patience because you won't like how God will answer that prayer.  Trust me.  I have prayed for patience and he just added more things to my plate until I learned to be patient."  
 Brad said that farmers experienced similar springs in 1981 and 1983, however Brad wasn't old enough to experience and I, well, I wasn't even born yet.  So when all the crops are finally in the ground, I'm sure a lot of farmers will sleep much better and Brad and I can add this to the list of gambles that we have won.

Best of luck to all the farmers out there!  You can view the Jason Aldean video "Amarillo Sky" by clicking here.


  1. We are getting a down pour here today. Poor farmers are really pulling their hair out this year. I believe my dad prayed for this rain with all the problems they have encountered already. He's ready to throw in the towel this year and call it a terrible year. But I know my dad, and he will keep on plowin' through it. These are the struggles and gambles our lives consist of. And you are right, we gamble everyday!

  2. I love how farmers can remember which years were wet and which were dry, but can't always remember birthdays or what they had for dinner on Sunday! I'm kidding of course. :) Praying for the weather to cooperate from here on out!

  3. mark is frustrated because its too wet to do anything at home. but his planting crew for work is at 25% done. and we still dont have our hay field in and our herd doubled this year! have a great weekend.

  4. My best friend married a farmer, and neither of us really understood what life was like for farming families. She has learnt so much in the last 7 years. I'm not sure I could do it! I'm glad to have stumbled across your blog, and will be interested to follow your journey, Jane:)

  5. Hi Sarah!
    Well i thought i found you true Heather but it seems i was allready following you! So i just refound you! haha great isn't it!

    My dad always told me, you need to gamble in the casino not on your farm, but sometimes it feels we don't have much choice...

    Thanks for the great post

  6. Chris says that all the time too! "Why would I go to a casino when I gamble for a living!" Awesome pics, love that song too and glad you are getting some work done!

  7. prayers for all the farmers and ranchers that they have a good year...we are learning with our garden...it definately has it's ups and downs...

  8. It really is a gamble. We are in severe drought here, however, we are still praying for that rain! There's always next year....

  9. Hey Sarah, I passed the Versatile Blogger award to you!
    here's the post http://mymoderncountry.blogspot.com/

    Have a great day!

  10. I admire anyone who can grow anything.....I can't...not at all.....I would make a horrible farmer,lol!

  11. Just came across your blog... LOVE that song:) Praying for your farmer and all the other hard working farmers!

    Loving your blog!

  12. true about farmers being gamblers. it's a hard life. growing up in wisconsin, the 2 topics of conversation were always the weather and the price of gas. that was it. everything else formed around those 2 things...

    thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment! God bless you in your effors to get the crops in this year! SO many areas hard hit by flooding and storms. and Texas needs more rain...

  13. Absolutely farmers are the biggest gamblers around and they are dependent on mother nature to WIN big. Great post.

  14. I love that song! It just played on the radio while I was feeding the boys lunch... so true it is. Ahh, the farming life.

    Thank You So Much for the nomination! I really enjoy following you and am looking forward to checking out some of the other blogs you noted! :)

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