Before I married a farmer,
a rain gauge was just one of those free items you received from
the local bank or insurance company.
My how time and experience change
what we think and what we value.
We no longer seem to be offered the free rain gauge
but the rain gauge has become an important and valued tool in my
farm wife toolbox.
Emptying the rain gauge during a drought
has become my favorite job!
It's one of those happy heart moments
down on the dairy farm.
I'm thankful for the two inch rain we received this past week,
for the fact that the rain allowed time in the shop for machinery repair,
for the slightly cooler temperatures for our cows to enjoy
even though it was a brief cool-down,
for refreshing our thirsty land and farmer souls.