Author Archives: Sharon

Imperfect Love

In January of 2014, Grant and I were well into our walk in the deep woods when I began to realize that the tears I was shedding seemed to be a bit never-ending~~in my opinion. I commented to him one afternoon that … Continue reading

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Are We There Yet?

(Originally published in February of 2014) About six weeks before he left us, it occurred to me that Grant and I must sometimes look a bit like those kids tucked into the back seat of the family car heading out to … Continue reading

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Hospice Came Today

(First published in January of 2014) Hospice came today. And they came yesterday. Today we met our nurse who will be walking with us. She left with a bag of homemade cookies and a couple of big hugs after 75 minutes … Continue reading

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Dance With Us!

(This was originally published in November of 2013) On October 18, 2013, Grant had a routine hernia repair. For several weeks following that in-and-out surgery we were on what sometimes looked like a wild goose chase. I imagine that some days we have … Continue reading

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Spurgeon’s Sermon on Isaiah 26:3

Truth is not time sensitive. Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon 130 years ago that is still fully applicable to our concerns and our needs.   This is only a short excerpt from it (the whole thing is twelve pages when printed out). A … Continue reading

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It’s all good: A Hard Freeze

Among the nuances that govern daily life in cold country during October and November is the distinction between a freeze and a hard freeze. A freeze simply means the temperature was at 32 degrees Fahrenheit for thirty minutes or an hour. … Continue reading

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Just Before Christmas – in 1941

Ten days before Christmas in 1941, Dad paid $2 for two tons of coal for the furnace. He also spent 19 cents for food – perhaps a bag of his favorite lemon drops – on his way to the coal mine south … Continue reading

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Cowboy Poems and Christmas Dawn

There is fierce language regarding any reproduction – so – http://www.cowboypoetry.com/christmas07one.htm Empty Saddles at Christmas speaks of cowboys off to war. I like the line describing a white Christmas that shows up at dawn.        

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A Quote About Farming

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, … Continue reading

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Cows and Plumb Lines

Our older son called me just before Father’s Day last spring to tell me of a gift he wants to give me in appreciation of my efforts to preserve the mailboxes and old barns of my life. He recently bought a new camera with … Continue reading

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Dots and Panoramas, Calderas and Fractals

Ninety years ago my Dad and five other farmers went together to buy a seeder, each of them contributing $9 to its purchase. They shared the costs of equipment for seeding  in spring and threshing costs in the fall. When summer … Continue reading

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What Gets Worked In Gets Worked Out

My grandparents and thousands of others just like them left Denmark in the 1890s, having served and worked, walked and loved. They had learned lessons around kitchen tables, kilns, and fishing boats. Many were fishermen and tradesmen leaving home because … Continue reading

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What Does God Remember?

Psalm 103:11-13 ends with this – “He knows our frame. He remembers that we are dust.” How astounding is it that “He remembers.….”! Why on EARTH should He “remember” anything about our predicaments??? That’s a CHOICE on His part. He chooses … Continue reading

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It Has Been Measured

When Thomas Jefferson was asked to write the Declaration of Independence in late June 1776, he did so in just a few days. The document we know isn’t terribly long, but the draft he delivered to the Second Continental Congress … Continue reading

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Ditches, One Car Accidents, and The One Hoss Shay

Our summers were usually dry and seldom offered enough rain to keep things green beyond July 1. There was one–just one summer in which there was enough rain that the water did stand deep enough and long enough in the roadside ditches to support a … Continue reading

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Lumber for Buildings on a Treeless Prairie

Terry, Montana is 160 miles south of where our farm was. The site where Terry is located was first called Joubert’s Landing, in recognition of the man who built a supply point along the Yellowstone River for freighters traveling from Bismarck, Dakota Territory, to Miles City, Montana … Continue reading

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Letters to Rosebud: Mar 31, 1926

Mar 31 – 1926 Dear Edith. Here we are at the last evening in this month. Tomorrow it is April 1 and I am going to be real careful that nobody fools me. I expect a letter from you, and … Continue reading

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Letter to Rosebud: March 28, 1926

Sunday Mar 28 Dear Rosebud, Today I just beat it right home, because I wanted to spend this Sunday afternoon all alone. I guess it is good to be alone and do a little thinking sometimes. Have just had my … Continue reading

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Letters to Rosebud – March 24, 1926

March 24—1926 Dear Edith. Well I just wrote a letter to Sidney so you better get yours while I am warmed up. I have been busy in the house all day. Finished painting and got the rug down in the … Continue reading

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Letters to Rosebud: March 23, 1926

Mar 23–1926 I’ll try to scribble a few lines so you won’t be disappointed tomorrow. Got home all O.K. at 2:30 yesterday. The road was fine from Plentywood but there were quite a few mud holes before I got there. … Continue reading

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