So God Made a Farmer’s Wife.

Everyone probably remembers last year Ram Truck Super Bowl commercial, ‘Year of the Farmer’. It featured Paul Harvey’s 1978 speech at the FFA Convention. This was the first commercial to really put farmers and agriculture in the spotlight, especially since it was aired during the Super Bowl. It’s nice to see commercials like this since so many are negative or misleading towards farmers. Paul Harvey’s speech inspired me to write my own version. I decided to share it today, Super Bowl Sunday, one year since the commercial aired.

So God Made a Farmer’s Wife.

And on the 9th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “The farmer needs a caretaker”. So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, feed the farmer, work all day in town, come home to work alongside her farmer, make supper, and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board”. So God made a farmer’s wife.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to keep up with the farmer yet gentle enough to cuddle a newborn baby. Somebody to run for parts, help in the fields, move trucks, deliver meals, look the farmer in the eyes and tell him ‘I love you and the life we’ve built’ – and mean it”. So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with their newborn baby. And raise him right. I need somebody who can use a wrench and know where to find it, doesn’t mind getting dirty, who can remove stains, and keep a house clean. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish her forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain’n from her town job, taking care of the kids, and fieldwork, put in another seventy-two hours”. So God made a farmer’s wife.

God had to have somebody willing to cancel appointments and change plans and be ready in a minutes notice and yet will never stop and complain about this way of life. So God made a farmer’s wife.

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clean out bins and throw bales, yet gentle enough to raise kids and bottle feed calves and tend to the house, who will drive the tractor and pray to God about the weather. It had to be somebody who’d be able to handle the house and field work and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and wash and dry and cook and clean and remember scheduled events and feed the farmer and stock the cupboards and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church.

“Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds 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 wife’s.

This is dedicated to all farm wives, fiancees, girlfriends – to all farm women.


Disclosure: This was inspired by Paul Harvey’s speech, some wording is the same.

41 thoughts on “So God Made a Farmer’s Wife.

  1. So true! No one understands the struggles of an ag wife like other ag wives! I am a stock show widow right now… a very lonely time for me. I enjoyed reading this poem, Brandi. It made me feel better!

  2. Love this! As a mom of 6, and a farmers wife, lots of these lines pertain to me and my life. Some days I feel like I am missing something by not working in town, but this made me see, that I am doing what I was “made” to do.

  3. My daughter-in-law sent this to me. It brought tears!!! She is an awesome “Farmer’s Wife” also!!! Love her like my own!!!

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  5. I feel so blessed to be a Farmers Wife and still live in a nice home that has been in the family for 3 generations. I was raised on a farm close by and now I am a widow with 3 great children that are such a blessing even with 6 inches of snow and frozen ground to kill all the bad things in the soil to make planting better in the spring and our church is just 2 miles away where we were married. A Farmers Wife is the best profession in the world. I just wish this was in print so that I could copy it and put it in a frame in our home.

  6. My close friend passed away February 2, 2014. She was a perfect example of a Farmers Wife. Thank you for sharing this. RIP Maribeth “Beth” Litwiller … you were a perfect Farmers Wife.

  7. To all of the farmer’s wives out there. You are the reason for the season!!! You ring in the spring, take the bummer out of summer, you cushion the fall, and keep us warm in the winter. The woman for ALL seasons. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!

  8. This was a great post and hit the nail right on the head. I am sure we can all add more, my additions would be….
    Can troubleshoot the autosteer, navigate waterways, give directions to children, employees and sales reps from the the cab of the combine.

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  10. I so loved this post, it really hits home I have been a farm wife for 35 happy years !!
    I only wish everyone could understand this.

  11. This is just so good and true. Thanks for writing and sharing it with all of us who appreciate it. My farmer husband died in his sleep very peacefully of heart failure last summer. We have 11 kids, and he joined our baby in Heaven. One of my grown sons now runs our farm and helps me raise the 5 kids still at home. I miss him so, but he gave us such a wonderful life here – I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Most Americans today don’t appreciate hard work; we do, and our kids do too. There is a certain joy that comes from working hard and falling in bed at night knowing what you do brings glory to God on His earth, and with the kids He has blessed you with.

  12. My daughter is the 5th generation of women working our land and milking cows. We know a thing or two about this!! I remember hearing the commercial last year. Hopefully we have many more generations of farmer’s wives on our land!!!!

  13. My daughter sent me this on facebook this morning, the more I read the more I cried.
    It just felt good knowing someone understood my life;) It just feel different to see what I live, in writing. Seven months of the year I am the hired man, because we can’t hire anyone willing work from 4am to 10pm without a day off! Thank you Bradi for your wonderful description:)

  14. Hi, I work for a small hometown newspaper in Michigan and we are doing a farm section for Thanksgiving, thanking area farmers. I would love to be able to use your poem, with your permission. Please let me know if it would be okay.

  15. Hi Brandy,
    I wonder if you would be able to help me. I belong to a small women organisation and we are looking for a farmer family (who are doing it tough) in the country whom we could spoil with a small donation or some goodies. In the past we have send it to organisations only to find it did not go where we had specified our intentions. This time we thought a more personal approach might suit us a bit better. Would you be able to direct me onto the right path please?
    Many thanks

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