Friday, May 19, 2006

Dear Lord, it's over

So yes, I should have taken pictures of Arick and Cliff baling the orchard grass in big bales all by themselives; they did it alone, Cliff driving and Arick hopping on and off and doing the "grunt" work.  I was such a nervous wreck, knowing Cliff was out there in the sun, first on the little John Deere, then on Big Ugly (the David Brown)... figuring I'd have to call an ambulance any minute, and just praying. 

I can't say enough good things about Arick, our oldest grandson.  If he thought Cliff was doing too much, he'd come to me and say, "Grandma, he won't listen to me; you come out and watch.  He'll do what you tell him."

That wasn't true all the time, but it helped.  And Cliff survived a full day of being on tractors (at least eight hours) after the doctors telling him NOT to drive a tractor for five months; it's been only 30 days since his surgery.

The neighborhood boys showed up in time to help with the small alfalfa bales, and later, so did our son-in-law, and Cliff's sister and her husband on their Harley.  The hay is out of the field, and only one wagon-load needs to be put in the barn tomorrow.

Cliff is happy, and life is good.

19 comments:

ora4uk said...

Mosie...they say that "the Lord watches over children and fools"...not saying which Cliff is....but I do believe Cliff is a smart man..knows his limitations...and is not willing to go thru what he has already again any time soon....so you pray...and Arick is observant....and the Lord will watch.....Hugs and love...Ora of KY

firestormkids04 said...

That's really awesome!  I imagine Cliff is plenty tired.  I will pray for him to have a nice couple of days rest now.  Blessings, Penny

bhbner2him said...

What can you do with a stubborn man, 'cept to pray for him and love him?!!  I know having the hay in is a load off his mind....and having him in is a load off of yours.  Enjoy the weekend.  ;o)  -  Barbara

am4039 said...

your grandson is such a doll.

bnanajm said...

You can't know how much, in my mind's eye, I can see the whole thing.  Smell the grass, hear the machinery and feel the sun.  

I am so glad that it's done and bless all who have helped.  I know Cliff must be relieved.  I am.

Hope you have a nice weekend and can spend some good time with friends and family.

XXXOOO

mutualaide said...

Well, the work is done and the Lord is looking out for Cliff!  The pictures are great.  

mastersblynn said...

I think since all the work is done it could be time for a party!  Barbara

csandhollow said...

I know that your heart had to pounding in your chest the whole time. Thank the Lord he was being watched out for.

csandhollow said...

I know that your heart had to pounding in your chest the whole time. Thank the Lord he was being watched out for.

madcobug said...

I know you were sitting on pins and needles worrying about Cliff. Prayers were answered for getting the haying done before it rained. It won't be many years until Rachel will be driving that tractor for Cliff. Glad they got it all in. You have a great family and neighbors to help out like that. Helen

mumma4evr said...

whew!!! all done!
Becky

chat2missie said...

Cliff reminds me so much of my grandfather.  I know for my grandfather, it would have been so hard for him to not do the hard work himself.  I can tell Cliff is the same wayby your entries. Glad that job is over.  Relax the rest of the weekend.  You guys deserve it.
Missie

bookncoffee said...

Glad Arick was out there with Cliff and I'd be worried too.  Glad they got it all done.  Miss you.  Busy over here in Nashville.  Poppin' in to say hi.
Sonya

marainey1 said...

Amen and thank the good Lord !  I know this must be a relief to you both.  'On Ya' - ma

lanurseprn said...

What great pictures!!  I felt like I was there!  God Bless your helpers!  What a blessing for you and Cliff.  Cliff sure looks good...you'd never know he'd just had surgery.  I suspect the exercise he gets out in that field is way more then he'd get in Cardiac Rehab on a treadmill.  Enjoy your Sunday.
Pamela

onemoretina said...

    My gosh, that sounds like alot of work.  How nice to know that it is done, and behind you.  Now you can kick back and relax .... for a while ! lol      Tina

siennastarr said...

You can't keep a good man down, Donna.. no matter how hard you try.  Cliff has always done these things on his own, and he is certainly not a watcher.. he is a doer.  I know it's hard for you, because your first instinct is to protect him, and you have been doing a fantastic job of that.   Thankfully he was no worse for the wear!  Hopefully he knows his body well enough to know when he has had enough.

So glad he still moving forward and healing rapidly!

Hugs,
Jackie

naturegirlfromny said...

Wow, I am all hot and sweaty just from watching all that hard work.  Do the boys get paid or is it all volunteer work?  Good, hard, character building work too!  Wish i could send my boy down there to learn some of that.  Linda

grahamfarmga said...

Thats hard work! I'm glad the boys are willing to work hard and get it done. I enjoyed the pictures!
Terrie