My Dad drives the combine while my Mom drives the semi to haul the grain. Yep, you read that right, my Mom drives a semi. My Mom is pretty awesome! I enjoy riding with both my Dad and Mom during harvest. I also used to frequently ride in the tractor with my Grandpa Harold (one of Levi's namesakes) before he passed away. I remember being picked up from the bus stop after school by either my Mom or Grandpa in a tractor. How many kids get to say that!?!
Levi won't grow up on a farm like I did, but I definitely want him to get the farming experience because it was so instrumental in my growing up. I want him to love riding the combine with Grandpa and the semi with Grandma. I want him to sit in the combine with my awesome Dad and listen to him talk not only about farming but life and living with integrity. I desire for him to ride with my wonderful Mom and see her love for people and the Lord as she interacts with them while dumping grain into the massive grain bens. I know he will also just love being around all the huge farm equipment. You can't help but be amazed at how big a combine tire is when you are standing in front of it.
Because of my desire for Levi to love and appreciate farming, he had his first ride in both the combine and the semi this past week. It was so much fun! He loved it all. He wasn't bothered by the loud noises (farming is noisy) and wasn't intimidated by the size of the equipment. He liked to watch my Mom as she drove the semi and loved the bouncing around on the long road back to the farm. He sat in the combine for about 30 minutes with my Dad. And if you know Levi at all, he doesn't sit for more than 5 minutes unless he is eating or sleepy. He also walked around the combine cab and enjoyed putting my Dad's bowl for soy bean and corn samples on his head. My Dad got a kick out of that one.
I took a ton of pictures and want to share them with you. Even though he enjoyed it, he looked so serious in most of the pictures. I think it is just because he was taking it all in. I hope you enjoy the pictures: