Thursday, October 7, 2010

Small Successes, Survival Edition


Until the irrigation water is shut off (October 18th), I'm operating in "survival mode."

Before I married a farmer I had no idea that there was any such thing as an irrigation district, and that they decide when and how much water farmers can have. In our district, farmers are only allowed to have water on their crops from April to October.

Thank the good Lord! If it were any longer I don't know if I could do it. When the water goes off, by and large, the farmer's work hours are greatly shortened.

My own darling farmer is gone before I wake up and often comes home after I go to sleep. Yes, he calls me often during the day to check in and say "hi," but sometimes a whole week goes by where I only see him an hour or two combined from Monday through Saturday. Sometimes I bring him dinner in the field, but it's just to see him for a few minutes before he has to get back to work.

Just 11 more days. I can do it. Just 11 more days, and then I'll have my husband back.

1. Am using the long hours of the afternoons to write Our Love Story. This is actually very helpful to ward off loneliness.

2. I tend not to cook for just myself, and live off of cereal or whatever is in the fridge. It's just no fun to cook without someone else to enjoy it. But last night I made some homemade corn tortillas and chipotle pork. Yes, it would've tasted better with my husband there, but I think this is progress.

3. Last night when the walls were particularly suffocating, I prayed a Rosary for my husband (and for military wives). Our Lady is so dear, and she's excellent company.

Be encouraged. Read others' small successes and share your own at Faith & Family Live.


Sahmatwork said...

I love you writing your love story. I think it's truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing such personal memories with us.

windydays27 said...

Thanks for drawing the similarity between what you're experiencing to the plight of military wives with hubbies on deployment! As a former Army wife who's "been there," I can say it DOES get lonely but praying for your hubby makes it easier to bear.

Erika Marie said...

you are a very inspiring woman. I actually think of you what you teach me when I am NOT online. :)

Maria said...

I am loving your love story! Thank you for sharing it. Extra prayers will be said for you this evening to help you through the next 11 days.

Kimberly said...

You will get through it. Just from reading your blog, I can tell you are a strong woman, who knows that whatever happens she is never truely alone. Even though it may feel that way. You are truely blessed with such a wonderful Hubby, and your faith is truely inspiring. And as all military spouses get through the deployement you will get through your type of "deployment". sorry if that doesn't makes much sense although it does in my head lol

marie said...

It's tough, but you will get through..What does he farm?

Farmer's City Wife said...

Thanks, y'all :).

Marie - hay and cherries. Hay is, by far, the more odious crop.

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