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So God Made A Farmer's Wife

Published on Thursday, May 8, 2014

Do you remember Paul Harvey’s “So God Made A Farmer” speech? Well, a young woman by the name of Sierra Shea wrote a similar poem in recognition of the farmer’s wife. In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to post her poem. And don’t forget that this Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day.


So God Made a Farmer's Wife by Sierra Shea

And on the 9th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “Oh dear, the farmer is going to need help.” So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody who will get up before dawn, make breakfast, work all day in the kitchen, bank, school or alongside her farmer and then come home to fix supper and wash up the dishes.” So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with their newborn son. And watch him grow. Then pray each morning and teach her children to say ‘please and thank you.’ I need somebody who can make a fried-egg sandwich, stretch a paycheck or thicken soup, who can clean her house with vinegar, baking soda and hot water. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish her forty-hour work week on Friday, then, join her farmer in the field for another two days, six meals and five loads of laundry.” So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to plant trees and heave bales, to co-sign a loan for half a million with steady hands, yet gentle enough to tame show lambs and raise kids and calm the farmer when he’s upset over higher rent or lower corn, who will stop her work for an hour to talk on the phone to her neighbor who just found out her mother is sick. Somebody who could cook and clean and not cut corners. Somebody to wash, dry, iron, tidy, feed, rake, water, drive, check the homework and pack the lunch bags and remember the basketball schedule and replenish the refrigerator and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile ride to church.

“Somebody who’d sew a family together with a soft strong stitches of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh and then reply, with smiling eyes, when her daughter says she wants to spend her life “doing what mom does.” So God made a farmer's wife.


Happy Mother's Day to the woman who has taught me to stand on my own two feet, never give up, laugh at my mistakes, eat healthy (she's a health teacher), and to always smile. She's the mom who traveled a thousand miles to help me move to Texas, then traveled those same miles to help me move to Wisconsin. She waters my plants when I'm gone, spoils my dog, and sends flowers at work for my birthday. She's not just a great mom, but a great farm mom.

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2 comments on article "Why I Farm: Behind the Movement"

Sierra Shea

5/9/2014 8:47 AM

Hello! Thanks for sharing the link to my poem :) -- Sierra


6/12/2014 9:51 AM

This is the most heart warming and meaningful poem I read in years!!! Thank you Ashley for saying is so beautifully.

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