Finding the Silver Lining in Each Cloud

This past week has been very emotionally draining. Turning a year older at this age should be a good thing, right? Sending your daughter half way around the world to China is a good thing, right? Not having your crops planted by June 4 is… a real downer!

It’s easy to let all of this dreary, wet and cold weather dampen one’s spirits. That’s why I’m making a conscious effort to look on the bright side of things:

  • Turning a year older is, of course, a good thing. I don’t like the idea of getting older, but it sure beats the alternative!
  • Sara’s trip to China to finish her schooling is really pretty cool! It’s a great opportunity for her to practice Mandarin and experience the culture.
  • As for the crops, I carry insurance and that should be enough to keep me farming another year. A year without crops is like going a year without a paycheck, so that’s why crop insurance is so important.

Rewerts Family Reunion

When I was younger, I didn’t always take time to think about the good times. The pressure of raising a family and trying to give them everything they want can be tough. Looking back, spending more time with them would have been nice. We did survive. Some scars, some great times. And we continue to get together and share the good and the bad, but I do enjoy time much more than I did!

Over the weekend, my wife and I attended the Rewert family reunion. Good food, good times! Instead of focusing on how much we all missed my father-in-law, we reflected on all the good times we had and shared fun memories!

There will certainly be more good times in the days and weeks ahead. I’m looking forward to attending World Pork Expo this week. Our grandkids, who are still young enough to attend Vacation Bible School, will stay next week with us. We always look forward to making good memories and enjoying family time. And, yes, I’m still hoping we’ll get seed in the ground this week.

Hope you’re all looking on the bright side this week!