Summer news and potty training blues

We have had a very busy summer that has included camping, swimming, school breaks, gardens, and the dreaded start to potty training. 

We did camp this year before our big family camp trip so we were moderately prepared for the whole trip. However, we were not ready for the change of venue. We have always camped on the same creek for the last 84 years and this year we had to break tradition and moved to a public camping area in the national forest. It was sad to see the tradition change, but the current up holders of the tradition were glad for the change. 

This was the first year in a couple of years that we decided to have a pool in the yard. The funniest part is that it has been a little on the cold side for the months of May and June so we didn’t swim till July. My daughter did swim in her play area a great deal. 

The garden was late this year going in the ground so we are just now reaping the harvest of our plants. There is nothing better than fresh veggies from your own garden. 

But the hardest part of the summer has been the animals. We have had a hard time dealing with the loss of our beloved kitty, Wonka. He was a constant in our crazy, mixed up world and we are all pretty lost without him. We thank the Lord each day for the gift of the love of good pets. We also lost our male duck and I truly have been the saddest about his loss from our flock. 

We have had a hard summer of heartache and, I for one, am just ready for the Fall!

There has also been the beginning of potty training for the little one. She is so smart and she just almost has it. I am hoping to have this down by the fall.

So that is a catch-up of all the goings on with our household this summer! 

I hope that there will be way less time in between this update and the next. I hope you will pray for our family during all these happenings!

Chickens

Well this is all the chickens that we have now! Hopefully we will add some in the spring but these are the whole flock! They have been dealing with the colder weather changes this week so we had to purchase a new red bulb and heating lamp to keep them warm this winter. They also got new feed and they love meal worms! That is the snack they are having in these pictures. We are hoping to get more eggs than we have been but we are averaging 2-3 eggs a day.

We also were able to enjoy some wonderful deer meat for supper the other night. My husband killed 2 deer and we had them locally processed, which was such a blessing! We love the meat and just in case you were wondering, deer meat is extremely healthy for you! This was our plate of food from dinner!

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Now you will notice my cup sitting there and I am wondering if anyone can tell me where the photo on my cup is from? Have fun!