Joyful Noise

So…it has been a while since I’ve set my fingers to typing a blog post. However, I’ve been keeping notes of my thoughts on different posting ideas for the past year. With a baby on the way, my job, a few outdoor adventures, having said baby who keeps us very busy and moving to the farm all on our plates, I haven’t taken time to sit down and dedicate the time needed to sharing my thoughts. But now that I think I can maybe spare a few minutes here and there of my early morning and late evening time, you’ll be hearing from me off and on. And while you may not hear from me as often as I previously posted, I will do my best to have a new post regularly. That being said, here’s my first post back from a year hiatus.

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Joyful Noise…sounds like the beginning of a post about Christmastime doesn’t it?!? Well, it is actually the beginning of a post about introducing a young man to the big green machines on the farm! Let me tell you how it all went down…

Some good friends of ours blessed us with a visit to our farm and it was such a joy to have them to our new home. While we do not live close to them like we used to, I am so thankful that my good friend and I still have a close friendship…I always say she is the sister I never had! Her, her husband and their energetic young man, Parker, (who also REALLY loves strawberries I might add!) spent the weekend exploring equipment, playing with our little man and conquering the farm.

Along our 4-wheeler ride, which he LOVED, we made a stop at the family farm to check out the inside of the bins (where we store grain) and climb into some equipment. On the walk from the bin to the shed, Parker was looking around and taking in the size of the bins he had just climbed. As his eyes feasted on the surroundings, my husband was opening the shed door to reveal the next portion of our tour.

“TRACTOR!!” yelled Parker as he took off sprinting for the open door. He had just turned to get a view of a half of the combine facing out the open door. I have never heard someone so excited just to finally see farm equipment. I mean, I have been on farm tours with people from other countries as they explored Minnesota farms and are so excited to get a glimpse into U.S. agriculture. But none of them have even come close to this type of excitement. It was so joyful and encouraging to hear a voice dripping with excitement over something on our farm we are so used to seeing and is a regular tool of our trade (a very expensive and necessary one at that).

After sitting in his first combine, pretending to drive (he was a really good driver!) and taking tons of photos with a big grin on his face, he decided he was ready to explore the rest of the machines in the building. We proceeded to go from truck to tractor to tractor and back to truck until we had covered every piece of machinery he could sit in and pretend to drive. And as we walked out of the last building, he ran to the back and told his mom he wanted to sit in the big one. It took a little convincing to remind him that he had been in it already; he wanted to badly to make sure he sat in each and every one.

It was not only extremely fun to show him around and be part of his awe and exploratory spirit, but it was a good reminder to look for joy in the simple things of life. Parker has always loved tractors and equipment since he was really little, so to get up close and touch them in actual size was beyond thrilling. Before he left, he even got to drive the combine and ride in the semi.

He gave us an encouraging reminder to be looking for the joy of this life God has given us no matter if we’ve been looking at the same surroundings or new ones. We should be making joyful noises like his more often! Thank you Parker for a fun weekend and for sharing your joyful heart. We will always remember that moment you took off running for the combine!

And for those of you wondering, yes, by the time they drove off for home, Parker had learned the difference between a combine and a tractor. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter. He has plenty of time to learn the difference. What matters is the joy in his heart and excitement in new experiences! A great reminder for us all to look for the joy in life.

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faiththfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5

 

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