Sunday, June 30, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019
This past week we had week #1 of ballet camps for Abigail. She'll do one more week next week as well. She and her friend Sarai are the youngest at the camp, and it is incredibly challenging for her. But she loves it, and I so enjoy getting to watch her dance.
Her cousin Gabe helped with some basic partnering skills this week that they did. That was really fun as well!
And I love that I married a man who can cook.
Tonight he made a meal for us and these ingredients came from right outside our door:
Heritage Pork Tenderloins
Homemade Chicken Stock
Homemade Turkey Stock
Red French Shallots
Friday, June 28, 2019
Flashback: I’m twenty-one and in my first semester of teaching high school English. I show my mentor teacher my senior English roster, and she scrunches up her nose and takes a deep breath before telling me this is the most incomprehensible combination of students she’s ever seen. “If I had to pick twenty of the most difficult seniors from the two hundred or so we have at this school,” she said, “you’d have them all in this one room.”
These students were single moms and dads, drug addicts, criminals, and drop-outs who were returning to give education one more chance, and I was only a year or two older than many of them. But I came up with a plan:
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Thursday, June 27, 2019
I mean, I never formally thought about it. But I'd never had them. You couldn't see the bugs. I'd never seen the product of what the bug did either. So maybe I figured, it's just one of these words country-folks say that really isn't a word at all.
(Like when they use "whelp" to indicate a red mark on their leg when they mean "welt" or when they call a bedroom "suite" a "suit." Those are my two top-level frustrations.)
But I was wrong. About the chiggers at least. They are real. VERY REAL.
Isaac got a nasty case of them after blackberry picking with his cousin Ana. She got a nasty case too. Frustrates me so much because Isaac, by nature, doesn't always embrace the outdoors. And yet the things he loves (like picking berries) always seem to conspire against him. Why can't the darned bugs just leave us all alone and let us enjoy God's beautiful Earth!?!?
These little invisible creatures climb under your clothes. In Isaac's case, they bit him all over where boxer shorts would cover. Poor little guy. Ana, too, got hammered!
Chiggers. Real word. Nasty bug. Them and ticks. In heaven, I'm gonna ask God why he made them. And roaches. Those too,
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
“It’s never the way you think it’ll be .... not as perfect as you hope or as scary as you fear. A man we know bought up a big piece of good land nearby, a second home, and once, at a dinner, I heard him say, ‘In my retirement, I just want to be a simple farmer. I want ... tranquility.’ What you really want is a garden, I thought to myself. A very, very small one. In my experience, tranquil and simple are two things farming is not. Nor is it lucrative, stable, safe, or easy. Sometimes the work is enough to make you weep. But most days I wake up grateful that I found it — tripped over it, really — and that I’m married to someone who feels the same way.” — The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
Man this book. This gal writes out all of my emotions about this life we live so perfectly.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Isaac took these pics at church last Sunday in their "photo booth." I love that they got him to take photos. (He's usually not into those.) And that they managed to capture him. These pics are so Isaac. I love him so much. I love being his mom. I can't imagine my life without him. I can't even fathom that we waited ten years to be HIS mother. He's such a cool kid. Love him to pieces.
Monday, June 24, 2019
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Saturday, June 22, 2019
We now have three of our doggies sold and one "probably" sold. So half sold within the first week! I had about that many "interested" before they were born. But you never know who will back out or make the jump. A puppy is not a little choice.
Right now, Arabelle is still with the puppies nearly non-stop nursing and keeping them warm. They are still little blobs of fluff with no real distinctions in their personality.
We look forward to spending the next eight weeks help preparing them for their forever families!!
Friday, June 21, 2019
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Today is our 21st anniversary. I asked JB not to buy me flowers but to collect flowers that were growing ON our farm. This is what he brought me (with the help of Abigail.) Aren't they great?
Twenty-one years ago today we were married in Bowling Green, Kentucky by our Pastor: Mike Wilson. I've been keeping track of our anniversaries ever since I started this Blog back in 2005. Here are the past posts:
- 2 girl black tri: these will look like Arabelle!
- 2 boy red merle: these will look like Ritter!
- 2 boy blue merle: these will be beautiful just like Finn from the last litter.
- 2 girl liver/red-tri: these will look like Meli or Ruby from last litter.
I never thought a TOOL could excite me so much. One "little thing" can make work on the farm soooo much easier. We purchased this cart to pull behind the four-wheeler. This means we can load up many bales of hay to go to the garden. The garden is inaccessible via truck so usually we have to walk things down with a wheelbarrow. This would mean that seven bales of hay would take SEVEN trips. This time we were able to carry seven bales at one time!
I was giddy as Jacob and I used it for the first time. Who knew a four-wheeler cart could make me this happy,
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
While I still don't understand gardening much at all, and I'm still fairly lame in the kitchen, I love the challenge of trying to use everything that comes off of our land positively.
We had to harvest a TON of basil this morning. It had gone a little too far and needed to be thinned. Jacob taught me and the kids how to:
- Harvest the basil
- Wash the basil
- Sort the basil
Monday, June 17, 2019
|Ritter giving Anni some levin' while she braids Abigail's hair and Arabelle waits nearby.|
We are anxiously awaiting for the arrival of Arabelle's puppies. She is due anytime now. We officially put the due date on June 20th. We'll keep you posted. And if you are interested in a pure bread Australian Shepherd, we still have a few for sale!!!
Sunday, June 16, 2019
I put Anni and the girls in charge of cleaning out grain barrels today. I am not sure if they got any work done at all, but they sure had a "barrel of fun."
That pun is in honor of my father on Father's Day today.
And to my husband who had to sleep all day to prepare to work tonight, thanks for being the best daddy farmer we ever did have. I love you JB,
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Our family of six drove to Charlotte yesterday for a 21 Pilots concert. I stayed at the hotel with little Hannah. But JB and the oldest three went to the concert a few blocks away from the hotel. They had a BLAST and didn't return to the hotel until 11pm!
Hannah and I had a good time too. We stopped at Amelie's French Bakery & Cafe' to pick up some fun dessert, and then we watched the movie Bedtime Stories (with Adam Sandler). It's on Netflix and was mostly clean and just a lot of fun. We both had a good time watching it.
|We stopped at our friends: The Kramers on the way to the concert. She recommended I stop at this bakery which was right by our hotel. So I did!|
|Hannah got a chocolate eclair with chocolate filling. I got a chocolate mousse with a chocolate strawberry and chocolate container to eat too!|
And we had a GREAT time as a family. It was a quick 24-hours trip, but it's always good to get away and regroup together. As I mentioned above, we stopped at the Kramer home -- they live about an hour from Charlotte. We were bringing them lamb meat, and we had so much fun meeting their new puppy and touring the amazing 100+ year old home they are renovating.
We also got to see a "coffin piano" for the first time. These are very unusual and weren't made for very long. They also didn't have the best sound. However, they've had it restored, and Isaac jumped on for a quick song: