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Thankful 30: Day 13–Harvest Finale

I have joined Emily’s* 30 Day Challenge:

I’m challenging myself to post a picture every day during the month of November (30 Days To Be Thankful For) and to add a caption as to why I am thankful. — Emily

Day 13, November 13

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I am thankful today that the harvest is done

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–the final acres of corn were combined last night.

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The corn yielded better than expected, considering how little rain we had in late summer.

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For those unfamiliar with farming, here’s what happens on our farm during harvest:

The combine harvests six rows of corn at once and removes the kernels from the cob.  When the hopper of the combine is full, the corn is augered into a “wagon” (the auger box)  that a tractor hauls to the grain bins.

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The rhythm of transfer was repeated–combine, auger box, bin; combine, auger box, bin–until

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the last acre of corn was combined as the sun dropped low in the west, and the moon rose in the east.

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Shadows stretched long across the hay ground

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and across the buzz-cut fields where corn and soybeans had grown.

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The darkening gravel road leads back to the bins, where the last auger boxful was emptied.

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The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.

Psalm 67:6  NIV

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See Thankful 30 page for every day’s entry.

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Thankful 30: Day 12–She’s a Winner

I have joined Emily’s* 30 Day Challenge:

I’m challenging myself to post a picture every day during the month of November (30 Days To Be Thankful For) and to add a caption as to why I am thankful. — Emily

Day 12, November 12

I am grateful for Barb’s gift of photography.  Many of the photos in my posts are hers, including the beautiful sunflowers in the background.

Today I learned that she has won second place in a national photo contest:  Capture the Heart of America–Celebrations of Agriculture category (SilosandSmokestacks.org).

Here is her winning photo.

In Exodus 31 the Lord is talking to Moses about Bezalel, a craftsman he’s chosen to make the Tent of Meeting and the objects in it.  God explains that the artistry is a gift from the Lord.

I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs . . .  Exodus 31:3,4

Barb’s gift, her skill in photography is from God, too.

Here are a few more of her photos.  Enjoy.

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photo by Barb Briggs

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photo by Barb Briggs

barbs bee and round sunflower

photo by Barb Briggs

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photo by Barb Briggs

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photo by Barb Briggs

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Art is born when the temporary touches the eternal.G.K. Chesterton

See Thankful 30 page for every day’s entry.

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