June 14, 2019
The Lifelong Job
Chris Lopez is no stranger to working long, unusual hours and getting little sleep since he’s been farming for over 15 years. So when he and his wife, Allison, learned they would be having a son, Chris was ready.
“Allison and I have wanted to be parents since the day we got married, September 11, 2010. It took nine years, but Maverick was well worth the wait, and it has been the most amazing feeling in the world,” Chris said.
Chris was born and raised in Texas where he met his wife in the second grade, and it’s the same place where he discovered his passion for farming through the help of his father.
“I got into farming through my dad, Thomas Adams, who adopted me when I was 16. He grew up wanting to be a farmer his entire life, and he’s been one of my biggest inspirations and supporters through thick and thin. I don't know what I'd do without him. He's taught me, and still teaches me, everything I know about farming,” Chris said.
Farming was nothing new to Chris’ family. Both of his grandfathers were farmers, but he won’t pressure his son to follow in his footsteps.
“When Maverick grows up, I want him to do what makes him happy and do something he enjoys,” said Chris. “I would love for him to take after my dad and me with the farming, but it's not for everyone and I get that."
When Maverick was born in February of 2019, Chris discovered a new love, one that he had never experienced before.
“After Maverick was born, he had meconium in his lungs, so he spent a week in the NICU. The first time I actually got to hold him was two days after being born, and there are no words to explain the love I felt in that moment — it was unreal! I never could have imagined loving another human being as much as I love him.”
Chris has found that his new role as a father has a lot of similarities with his other love, farming, and he’s also discovered the challenges that come with both.
“Both definitely require love, attention to detail and long days/nights, but they both leave you feeling very rewarded,” Chris said. “Luckily, Maverick was born during our off-season, so my dad took care of the farming while I stayed home with my wife. Now that wheat harvest has started and the new season is beginning, it feels weird not being with Maverick all day and just being with him and experiencing every new sound and expression he makes throughout the day.”
Though Maverick is just 4 months old, there have been milestones Chris has already missed out on and knows there will be more in the future. He also knows that every time he is out in the field, it’s for a bigger purpose.
“I know everything I do is for my wife and son, to provide for them and keep food on the table and clothes on their backs,” Chris said. “I do think about the things I may miss while out on the tractor 12 hours a day, six days a week for seven to eight months out of the year, and it breaks my heart. His first steps, first word or his first anything for that matter. I know it's just part of life. I might not be able to catch every moment because life is just that way. It makes me feel good knowing my dad and I are building something together that Maverick will have one day to do what he wants with, so I definitely have no regrets.”