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Toddler Cole Reskovac standing between rows of corn
WHAT REALLY COUNTS: The simplest most ordinary moments are some of the best memories for Mike, Sheilah and son Cole.

Making good memories out of farming’s challenges

2 Hearts, 1 Harvest: Headed for their ‘big 5’ anniversary, the Reskovacs reflect on their best memories.

Time flies once harvest starts. Before we know it, it’s Thanksgiving and time for Mike to spend a few days hunting. Then in a blink of an eye, Christmas and New Year’s will be here and gone. This year, one more thing will be added to the mix — our anniversary. November 30 will mark the “big five” for us.

We’ve learned a lot: How stressful planting and harvest can be; how to fold each other’s socks, and how to be parents — to name a few. Here are some favorite “his,” “her” and our memories:

Sheilah: In 2014, a friend was getting married in North Dakota in the middle of June. We tentatively planned to go. But that spring was cold, wet and late. We didn’t think we’d be able to go.

Then the weather turned around. Mike got everything planted in just a few days. Finishing the day before we were to leave, he came home and told me to start packing. We pulled out at 4 a.m. the next morning and headed to North Dakota. We spent the next 10 days driving around the Midwest taking in the beautiful country.

Mike: When our combine burned last year, we weren’t sure what we were going to do at first. But we formulated a plan and went in search of a new one. Even though it was a stressful time, we were able to spend time together as a family — even spent a couple hours at the beach. It was nice to make something positive out of a negative experience.

The simplest, most ordinary moments are probably some of the best though. Just checking crops and watching our little guy run through the fields brightens our day.

I also love it when Sheilah brings me meals to the fields. It breaks up my day, puts a good meal in my stomach and a smile on my face. Somehow, she always knows what to say to make a stressful day better.

Sheilah: Of course, we’ve had moments of being unhappy with each other and heated discussions. Somedays, I’m sure Mike doesn’t listen to a word I say or just does something to provoke me. I can’t say I’m not guilty of the same though.

Mike: We don’t have any plans as of yet to celebrate our anniversary. I guess I better start working on that!

Sheilah and Mike Reskovac farm near Uniontown, Pa. Catch all their "Two Hearts, One Harvest" blogs at AmericanAgriculturist.com.

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