I can’t believe I didn’t already mention this on the blog earlier but Harvest 2021 wrapped up last Saturday! We are so thankful, it was a LONG harvest complicated by more than usual rainfall but they finished a full week before Thanksgiving so all is well. They’ve still got some hay bale collecting and chisel plowing to get wrapped up but he is home at a decent time most nights. He’s still EXHAUSTED and is catching up on R&R. It’s always a little awkward when he’s FINALLY home after harvest – it’s like he doesn’t know what our routine is since he’s been gone for so long.
This year Craig made it through harvest with only ONE emergency medical issue which was his root canal! There seems to be something every year that comes up at the most inconvenient time. The first year Craig severely sprained his ankle and was on crutches for a few weeks. He reinjured it again last harvest. With Craig you can pretty much guarantee an ankle issue or a tooth issue about every 6 months.
The first thing we did when he got out of the field was CUT HIS HAIR! Check out the difference! It’s like I found a whole new husband hiding under there! He likes to let it grow out during harvest so when he’s finished there’s a big reveal, a physical transformation to go with the closing of a chapter.
If you’ve been following my car drama, we finally picked up the new Toyota Rav4 last night! It’s beautiful and we are so thankful to have been able to find a car in our price range (car inventory is a nightmare right now). We went out to eat afterwards, then we did a little Christmas shopping before I went to work.
I took a selfie with Craig because we just had an awesome time hanging out, getting the car, going out to eat, and doing some Christmas shopping for the boys. I went to work and Craig went home!
To summarize, we are super grateful to have Craig home again. I used to get mad because I had to take all of the chores over for him during harvest and it was “such a burden” but this harvest I learned that it wasn’t all the chores that he did or the garbage he took out that I missed. I missed him existing in the same space as us. Even if he’s doing his own thing and I’m doing my own thing, there’s a completeness when he’s around and his absence is felt deeply when he’s in the field – not just because of the housework. I think that realization came with a dose of maturity and growing up but also because the boys aren’t as needy as they have been in previous years either as they get older so there isn’t as much on our plate to begin with.
Anywho, we are super thankful for our village who stepped up to fill in Craig’s shoes over the past few months, my mom, our favorite friends Kelli, Sofia, and Raquel who spent some late nights with the boys, Craig’s parents helped out a ton on the weekends, Craig’s Grandma Dee is always willing to help out too. We are so blessed!