Monday, July 13, 2015

The Farm Girl Writes...

{photo taken @ a friend's farm in Alberta last week}

I miss my Iowa farm.

I miss the smell of newly baled hay. Of freshly cut grass. Of all sorts of delicious smells from the gardens + flower beds. Of the herbs in my herb garden. Of the ever present aroma of the cows + calves, and even the occasional whiff of the hogs that comes in on a windy day.

I miss the quiet country mornings. My walks with just me and our dog. Sitting on the bridge above the creek in the almost-dusk evenings, with my bare feet dangling over the sides, just being still + contemplating life.

I miss hanging out the laundry in the mornings, and then bringing it all in in the afternoons, when the farm is noisy with the sounds of the milkers clanging, equipment running, silage being mixed for the cow's feed, children laughing + talking as they work, and southern gospel music wafting across the farm from the barn speakers.

I miss the dust from our gravel road. I miss walking barefoot everywhere + anywhere. I miss mowing the lawn. I miss sitting out on the grass in the afternoons while looking through the mail. I miss jumping in the truck to run errands.

Yes, I miss all those farm-life things. But truly the best place to be is the center of God's will. Even when, in my flesh, I'd rather be somewhere else. Keeping perspective is remembering that contentment + happiness does not lie in my circumstances, my surroundings, or my location. Rather, it is found in choosing joy in the moment of where Jesus has me.

Sometimes that moment may not be my favorite. Sometimes that moment may get tiring. Sometimes that moment may be the furthest thing from what I would "wish" I could be doing. But if that moment is centered in Jesus + where He has me, than it is the very best thing for me.

So that moment right now?  It's the best thing, even in spite of my farm girl longings for the dirt roads, animal smells, country breeze, + bare feet freedom.

It's true, though...you can take the girl off the farm, but you just can't take the farm out of the girl.

And there's just a few thoughts from a homesick farm girl tonight. =)
-Chels

17 comments:

  1. love this. when Mom picked me up from the airport the other day and we were driving home on the Iowa highway roads you could smell a skunk, and I was like even that is comforting in a way because its a sign of HOME! :) pigs and skunks, yay Iowa. we really need to make those t-shirts.

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    1. Yes. =) And yes we do! Miss you, friend!

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  2. Yup, totally mutual thoughts!! country/farm girls unite. =) SO GOOD.

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    1. Oh yes! =)
      Can't wait to see you SOON!!

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    2. Yes, yes, so true Chels! I,too, love the sights, sounds, and smells of a farm=) #countryfarmgirlsunite
      And yes, keeping our eyes on Jesus wherever we are is always the most important thing!

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  3. (((Hugs))) I totally get that homesick feeling. I also totally get that mental pep talk you give yourself to remind you that you are where God wants you to be and contentment and fulfilment are a reachable goal, not some far-away aspiration. God is faithful! And speaking of missing...I miss you!

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    1. Thank-you dearie..miss you too! And little jellybean!! =)

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  4. I think of you and your family often when your on tour and keep ya'll in my prayers. And I love that quote - did you come up with it or did you find it somewhere? =) ~ Kara Beth

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    1. I had heard a similar quote and just substituted the "farm girl" for whatever kind of person it was talking about before. =)
      Thanks much for your prayers!

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  5. I hear your heart, Chels. :) What a beautiful post. "Keeping perspective is remembering that contentment + happiness does not lie in my circumstances, my surroundings, or my location. Rather, it is found in choosing joy in the moment of where Jesus has me." Wow, girl, you nailed it! 100%. And hey, only 11 days left now until home... :)

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    1. I love how you know how this works..."the countdown is on"! =) #travelingfamiliesunite
      Thanks for your comment, dear!

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  6. Chels, this is your best post ever!

    Mrs. A

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    1. Thanks so much, Miss Colleen! Miss y'all!

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  7. SO TRUE. ♥ Love the farm girl life ♥ As Paul said rejoice in all things! Rejoicing in the situation God has us in even if it is off the farm for a time.----Missing farm life too---

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  8. I can totally feel you, girl.....but look on the bright side!!! You'll be soon enjoying all these things and as the saying goes, "Distance makes the heart grow fonder" What a great reminder too!!! I totally needed this post tonight:) God bless!!!!

    A Wisconsin farmgirl

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  9. "But truly the best place to be is the center of God's will. Even when, in my flesh, I'd rather be somewhere else. Keeping perspective is remembering that contentment + happiness does not lie in my circumstances, my surroundings, or my location. Rather, it is found in choosing joy in the moment of where Jesus has me." I know it's been a little while since you posted this, Chelsy, but thank you again for sharing this! So applicable whether craving time at home or travel. You are a blessing! Can hardly wait to see you soon!

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