Our little Violet just celebrated her 5th birthday, and is enjoying her second year of preschool. On Monday at school, she received a gallon Ziploc bag with a note inside that said she had to find something that began with the letter “S” and put it in the bag for Show N Tell today.
I am assuming these teachers wanted a bag of silage in their room, because what else would a farm kid bring in September? This is even better — South Dakota silage. That’s two of the letter “S”.
While Violet was pleased that her favorite trucker went with to get the silage sample, it wasn’t easy for everybody else to smile as easily. It’s been a rough start to this harvest.
We made 4th cutting haylage and even chopped some Teff grass that we had planted as a cover crop because of the wet spring we experienced. The Teff grass turned out way better than expected, so that was a bright spot.
Then, we began with some corn silage and it has been rain rain rain, and/or equipment getting stuck or broken since! It is disheartening because this feed is very crucial to have harvested well so our cows can enjoy it all year long.
We could say it is just the weather or just the breakdowns, but the reality is that our community keeps experiencing so many tragedies of lives lost too soon, and it hurts. Are these the last days, or is it that our hearts have grown to hurt more, or is it just a stretch of loss?
I do know this. God uses times of tragedies, times of struggle, times of breaking us down to teach us to look to Him. It is in these times that we realize we are not in control. He is.
What do we do? We just keep marching forward, one step at a time. We choose joy. S is for silage and S is for smiles. God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Find a reason to smile.