In 1974, my grandma asked me if I’d like to go along on harvest with her and grandpa. I would be her helper. Helper for meal preparations, laundry, grocery shopping and visiting with other harvesters. I thought, “wow, this sounds like it could be a lot of fun”. I remember thinking how much fun it would be to keep the floor of the trailer house clean. Silly thought, huh! Little did I know that decision would lead me on my life adventure! My husband was one of grandpa’s hired men – 1975 and 1976. We married in 1982. Jim was an electrician when we got married and had no thought of becoming a custom harvester. However, I believe God had a different plan for our lives. The fall of 1982, Jim spent his entire life savings on a combine. The rest is history! He went along with my Dad and Grandpa for several years without me. We had our first daughter, Jamie, in December 1985. Jenna was born in April 1988. I remained home with the kids secretly wishing I could be on the harvest route and craving that way of life, as well. That wish came true the summer of 1990. At that time, Jim and I made the decision to go on harvest with our one combine. Dad had decided he needed to go back to his old job to be eligible for retirement funds. Grandpa and Grandma were getting old enough that they were staying home. We bit the bullet and headed out on our own. We have been on the road every summer since. Our girls have grown up on the harvest trail – not knowing what it’s like to be home during the summer months. Jamie got married in April 2011 to Curt and they now have a little boy, Eli. Jenna continues to work in the Ag world – she works for CLAAS of North America. Taylor and Callie are still a part of our harvest crew. Recently we were fortunate to have been involved in a documentary (produced by Conrad Weaver) explaining what the custom harvester is and what we do. Check out the trailer – The Great American Wheat Harvest.