South Dakota summer night

I noticed last night as my husband ran and I followed on bike just how beautiful everything looks right now. Cane and corn are growing strong here (many crops were knocked out by storms this summer). But we have been fortunate.

South Dakota cane

South Dakota cane under South Dakota skies

Then the storm came. So I grabbed my Canon PowerShot and we drove around, taking pictures.

Sometimes it is these simple adventures, or ideas, that remind me why I fell in love with my husband almost seven years ago.

September commemorates when we began dating (after a football game at the college I attended), and a few years later when he proposed.

One of the reasons we were attracted to each other is our mutual competitive nature. Not in all things, but often anything athletic.

South Dakota bales

South Dakota bales bring back memories

I remember the first time we parked next to a line of bales, and he challenged me to a race across them.

I knew I couldn’t make the jumps across the bales or run as fast as he, so on the other side of the stacked bales, I jumped off and ran on the ground.

When he got to the end and saw me there, his eyes lit up like Christmas morning. He couldn’t believe I beat him.


It’s these stormy summer nights I love my husband very much. I love what he does, I love he is a country man, I love that God created him this way.

Until We Have Faces (image from Amazon)

Till We Have Faces (image from Amazon)

While driving around, I shared with him the storyline of the book Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.

In the book, the beautiful sister, Psyche, shares a secret with her older, ugly sister Orual.

Her secret is: “I have always – at least, ever since I can remember – had a longing for death.” (The sister looks at her, appalled.)

Psyche continues, “No, no, not that kind of longing. It was when I was happiest that I longed most. It was on happy days when we were up there on the hills, with the wind and the sunshine … the color and the smell … And because it was so beautiful, it set me longing, always longing. Somewhere else there must be more of it.”

There must be more
Have you ever had that feeling, of realizing there is something, Someone, so much bigger than you in this world? It overwhelms your heart. It almost hurts. I know it is possible anywhere, because joy and love like this, the type that overflows the heart, is not limited to the country life. But perhaps the country offers the quiet stillness to notice.

I asked him when he gets this feeling. He just smiled.

South Dakota bales, South Dakota skies

A typical sight on a South Dakota night


31 thoughts on “South Dakota summer night

  1. Very beautiful observation. Live, listen & learn. It’s one of the most humbling things we as humans can ever do. It’s not always about us but the wonderful things life encompasses. Be easy & continue to live:)

  2. Beautiful post, and amazing pictures. I live in New Brunswick, Canada, and I’ve never been further south than Portland Maine, but always wished I could. I’ve been to Africa however, and would love to go back.

    God created such beautiful things and I never get tired of looking at (and thanking Him for) His creation. I walk by a field on my way to work, and it smells so nice with the flowers and all. Next to that field is a brook. Often, there’s a crane at the edge of the broook. God never ceases to amaze me.

    As I write this, the window is opened and I can hear the crickets sing. I love that sound. It’s a beautiful world.

    Thanks for sharing part of your world. ๐Ÿ™‚



  3. You have such a beautiful way with words. I love this post. I too grew up in the country, not on a farm, but surrounded by them. Now I live by the beach, and being in nature every day gives me a grounding that I crave if I am away from it. I feel it opens me up to everything around me. As for the overflowing heart, well my 10 month old daughter has brought me that ten fold. It makes me wish I’d had her when I was younger, just to have felt that within myself throughout my 20’s.

  4. I love your blog.
    Have you ever read any of the writings of Kathleen Norris ?

    You have a terrific writing style. I hope you will continue to write and eventually publish some of your work.

  5. You have caught some *beautiful* stormy skies with your pictures, they are wonderful!! …were there spiders in those rolls of hay you were racing on? just wondering…

  6. i was born in the heart of a city and the only other place i’ve ever lived is the suburbs…
    spacious they may be–certainly not as oppresive as the city–but my dream is to be in the country.
    “Have you ever had that feeling, of realizing there is something, Someone, so much bigger than you in this world? It overwhelms your heart. It almost hurts. I know it is possible anywhere, because joy and love like this, the type that overflows the heart, is not limited to the country life. But perhaps the country offers the quiet stillness to notice.”
    expresses the exact sentiment i feel. not that i’ve ever lived in the country or worked in a ranch or farm or country-land at all–
    but what could stifle dreams and visions without smoggy ceilings and paved-road floors.

  7. Your writing has a way of making people want to stay and linger a while on the words. Lots of good thoughts went through my mind, but good writing always makes me think. I know the way your husband felt when he looked at you. I feel the same way when my wife beats me with her cheating antics. Surprised, delighted, humbled, and more in love than ever.

  8. Goodness, a C S Lewis book I’ve never even heard about! Great author, He certainly uses the written word to reveal an incredible God….and he wrote “Heavy” stuff you can get your teeth into, lighter stuff (my level) Narnia stories, “Dark” stuff The Pelandra SciFi series.

    I love your witty logo by the way….

  9. So awesome! I totally know that feeling. Many times I wish I could just fly and see all the beauty on earth. Then, after seeing all what is good, I’d just fly to Heaven! Perhaps come back later to share the good news. But I don’t think I’d ever want to come back after visiting Heaven…

  10. beautiful pics. looks so serene and tranquil… i love the country side – away from the hustle and bustle of the city. although, i am a city girl, i love the quietness of the country.

  11. Hi, I just spent some time reading some of your blog entries, and I find that we have a lot in common. In location, maybe not- I am living in Boston and my first year of marriage has been spent in the city. But I love your taste in literature and movies- ‘Til We Have Faces is definitely one of my favorites, as well as Legends of the Fall. Before I met my husband, I had a theory that all men were one of the three brothers (Tristan, Alfred, or Samuel). Thanks for your blog, I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed it and the more I read it the more I felt that you and I could be friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. I liked your post. I have heard that people commonly experience God in three places, ritual, the arts and nature. My guess is you have a lot of God experiences living your beautiful country life.

  14. Your thoughts feel sincere, and make me long for more nature-time. And impatient for the weather to finally change to spring so I can spend the time outside planting and growing, and watch the geese and ducks crash-land on the water beyond my yard. All of this puts your mind and feelings on a different plane.

  15. I love your blogs!! I grew up on a ranch in west river South Dakota and your pictures tug on my heart strings. I still go back for the important things… brandings, hunting seasons, holidays. I’m curious, if you don’t mind sharing, what part of South Dakota you’re in.

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  17. Hi Country wife, Wonderful blog. I was also a country girl before I became a backpacker. I was from Two Dot, Montana, and now I roam the world teaching and traveling. Very different lives, but both wonderful.
    Please keep writing because you have the gift. You may want to give my book Big Backpack–Little World a look, it is on Amazon and it is packed with fun, laughter, and crazy adventures of a sixty plus woman.

  18. This post is overwhelmingly beautiful. There is so much of this world that we are unable to comprehend, and yet, joy is tucked away round every corner.
    Regards from a little mountain in India,

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