Rain on the fields

Things have slowed down around here, as the rain came down and the clouds darkened, allowing men to take a short reprieve from the fields and the wives from their lonely nights.

It was a gift, and for most, was received with thanksgiving.

South Dakota finch

Yellow finch on red bush in window view

Something this country living, this farmer’s wife life has shown me, is just how much of a thankless person I was (am). How I often allowed myself to think I was in a constant state of living in a thick wooded land, sight blinded by heavy sticks and thorns in my way. If only… then life would be as it should.

I was facing backwards. With eyes wide open, I’ve been overwhelmed many days with the beauty everywhere. The sky full of color… my husband’s strong jawline forming into a smile… the yellow finch dancing outside my window… pups who play-growl around the living room, only to stop suddenly and stare at me, hoping I am adoring them.

Yesterday it was the rain bringing my husband home to me before sunset. Today, it is the smell of a candy tulip on my dining room table, the grass green and lilacs on the verge of bloom.

Yes, I am thankful. It’s another day.

South Dakota finch

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27 thoughts on “Rain on the fields

  1. Yes, that’s my philosophy as well. Live every moment, love every moment. There’s beauty all around us, if only we choose to see it.

    Love the last photo of the finch! 🙂

  2. my mom is obsessed w/ attracting finches to the house. She gets really stressed out when she runs out of finch food. They’re so pretty!

  3. Beautiful pictures and thoughts. One of my other farm wife friends commented that her husband finished planting corn about 2 a.m to wake up at 6 a.m. to the sound of rain. She said he had a huge smile on his face and went back to sleep for about an hour! Blessings all around us! Thanks for pointing them out today.

  4. Beauty is all around us, and I am also guilty of failing to see it. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our lives, so thank you for the reminder to take the time to notice the little things. I love the colors in those pictures, the yellow bird, red bush and green grass behind it – a very cheerful combination!

  5. Lovely post, thanks for the reminder to always be thankful and notice all the simple beauty that surrounds us.

  6. Life is not a flat image but your exquisite pictures capture colour and movement and joy. Your life lessons are universal – the frame in this instance is the farm and your lessons and years. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. It is easy to focus on the grey skies and the mud that is EVERYWHERE – but then the green, green grass and the leaves on the trees catch my attention and I am reminded of the benefits of the rain.

  8. Such lovely photos! The little finch really stands out against the tree.l
    Thanks for the much needed reminder to stop and smell the roses.

  9. Sometimes the lonely evenings with the men in the fields are the best time to reflect on the beauty around us. Looks like you captured a moment with the finch. Love the pictures. Rain brought home my man too. Looking forward to more beauty in the coming posts.

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