Sorry and yet not sorry.

Yep, I did it again. I took way to long to post. To say that our lives have been busy is a complete understatement. I am sorry that this is not always a priority but at the same time I have made a summer with my daughter a priority that has take most of my days time. This has been a summer of memories that I will cherish for years to come.
We have spent our days in the pool, working in the garden, and playing hide and seek with every moment we can spare. We camped in the hottest part of the summer and enjoyed the rains on the porch on the coolest days. We added too many ducks to our flock and, if that wasn’t enough, added the funniest turkey, Leroy.

This has been a summer filled with lots of love and laughter that I have needed more than anything. I still miss my granny more than I can even talk about, and with missing her I miss all the ones that have gone home before her. I love that the Bible reminds us that we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, so that I know they are just in another place waiting and watching.

Our household has experienced a few changes over the months. We recently started having a weekly bible study with two of my aunts. This has been a huge blessing in our lives and we look forward to every week. I can say with certainty that I know more about the book of Daniel than I did last year. The Lord has also moved us in churches. We have started attending a new church that we have been enjoying. It is still early but we are excited about where we are headed in God.

This week I have been super busy working on all the preparations for school to start back. I will be attending online classes and my daughter will start her homeschooling. She is only doing preschool but we will have a few hours every day that will direct her learning. She is exceptionally smart and I really look forward to watching her learn.

Well, I just wanted to post a quick update andĀ IĀ promise that I will be posting much more in the weeks to come!

I pray that your week is filled to overflowing with God’s love, grace, and provision!

Birthday Week

This has been an eventful week. I celebrated a birthday yesterday and believe me it was always the same as every other year. It always seems to be a day that some type of weather happens. One year there was a tornado and two different years there was an ice storm. This year was no exception, so there was a scare for a moderate ice storm. Thankfully, there was little ice and damage so we will survive another birthday.

I have ordered and received my early crops for the garden but just about the time I start to till the garden area there is a cold snap and I have to wait a few days. Hopefully, I will be able to get the ground ready and the seeds planted by this weekend. I have my work cut out for me. This has been a fun time of planning for this years garden. I also appear to be on track with the planting schedule if I am planting with the almanac.

I have also been hard at work getting my daughter started on preschool homeschool work. I am hoping to have her started next week on a schedule that will happen every day. We have a really good schedule that she has adapted to very well and one that I am comfortable with. This is just going to be an addition to what she already has everyday.

I am working on my last semester at a 2 year university to get ready for the next step at a 4 year university before completing my masters degree later on. I pray that this will help me to be the stay-at-home mom that I so desperately want to be. This is not just a past time but rather a passion that I have always had. I love living and working on a farm and I believe that i am doing what I need to be for my family.

We have also started having a weekly bible study at our home with two of my aunts on monday nights. I love the fellowship that I have with them and the time spent reading, discussing, and absorbing the living Word of God. I would encourage everyone to find this type of fellowship and embrace this time of learning the Word.

That’s all for this week! I look forward to the update that I will have on the preschool work and on the garden. I hope to have some pictures to show and have something else to add to the week!

Mourning or Morning

This has been a rough few months. Classes started back this week and I can already see the major changes that have happened in our families lives. I drove to my only on-campus class today and, for the first time in my life, I did not visit my Granny’s. When I say that our family has been going through a rough few month, I did not exaggerate. On the first day of 2018 I buried my best friend. My Granny was not just someone that made me cookies and was fun to visit on occasion, she was someone that I did almost everything with. She was the couch I rested on when I was going to the doctor 3 times a week while I was carrying my daughter. She was the person that I wanted to call any time something happened that we had shared.

On the first day of what should be a fresh new year, I was saying a final goodbye to my Granny. Now, my Granny was a God fearing and God loving woman. So on that final goodbye day, I am so thankful that it was, instead of goodbye, a “see you later.”

That has been what has carried me through these hard days of missing her. The days that I find the thing on sale that she had been looking for. The days I pick up the phone to call her. I know I will see her again and that she is at complete peace with Jesus.

So, this year I am planting my garden in her honor. I am adding bird feeders to constantly remind me of her and her love of bird watching. I will enjoy my family for her. And I will live every moment in such a way that I will see her again. That is the hope that I have in Jesus.

I feel like 2018 kinda started badly. However, I look at all the moments that I had been blessed with and all the memories that I have and I see the sunrise to give me a fresh morning. The bible tells me that my sorrows will last for the night but joy will come in the morning, so I have embraced the new morning that God has given me.

 

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!

Setting Hens

Well, we now have a new hen that has been added to the flock. I would like to introduce you to Matilda. She was a hen that my in-laws had and they no longer wanted her so she came to be a part of our hen house! She was very timid and shy at first but I think she has settled in quite nicely!

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We also have two hens that have decided to brood (raise a baby) and we have them sitting on one egg each until we figure out if they will hatch an egg or not. They are Bertha and Martha, the last two of the bantams. We just love these two and wish them the best of luck with their babies!

Now, the family is on a very heavy health food diet because we are all needing to shed some holiday pounds. My mother and I have been cooking very healthy meals and in a week and a half have dropped 5 pounds each! The latest food that we have made is some awesome granola for our homemade parfaits.

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We are already getting geared up for our garden and thankfully we had the one snow so far that we desperately needed for the garden soil. Unfortunately, there was a cold in the house and no one got to go play in the snow (bummer). We are hoping to visit some family up north and play in the snow later on this winter.

We are also looking for new ideas for ways to do both an indoor and an outdoor herb garden. I have been using fresh herbs in my infused water and I would like to not have to buy the herbs but grow them myself. The same goes for compost. I want to do better about the waste that we have after we prepare meals and I am on the hunt for a good way to compost.

Keep watching for updates on the great hatching of the chicks and hopefully we will have some little ones soon!