About Molly

Hey! Welcome to our little homestead in Tn. Join us as we daily try to seek the Lord’s face and raise up the next generation of His warriors. There’s always something crazy going on here and we hope to bring a chuckle to your day or evoke an “amen, sister, I’ve been there!”

Water

I never take my running water for granted. I never take hot water for granted. Because I have been without it. Not very long, mind you. But, I’m weak. A couple days without water turns me stark raving mad. A few weeks without hot water makes me crabby. And we have been having even more water issues lately. Sputtering. No pressure. Clunking noises. IMG_7526Thinking there was a hold in the well pipe, Jeremie and the boys pulled up all 100+ feet of pipe and yes, there was a leak. So they fixed that one. And the one that happened accidentally while it was laying on the ground, and we’ve been enjoying warm, if not hot, running water for days now. Hurray!IMG_7528

Lamb and goat season 2017

IMG_20170701_135956065These girls never cease to amaze me with their hard work, ingenuity, determination and dedication. We’ve never been to so many shows in a season. And at each one, they’ve learned something different. Been encouraged or challenged in some way. Love these life lessons they are learning. IMG_7578Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose. But they are always gracious, always looking to improve, always encouraging to others. IMG_7565Lately, Charlotte’s lamb is a looking a little overconditioned. That’s a showmanship way of saying it’s fat! TEalier in the season, she and Katie bought a treadmill of of Craigslist for $50.IMG_20170713_145119257_HDR This weekend Jeremie helped them build a cage around it, so they could exercise their animals. IMG_20170713_134557546_HDRHaha! We will see if it works. Seems like a good idea, though! Just a couple more shows  until we close out the 2017 season!IMG_20170717_205726823_TOP

Redemption

Even though the first hog for our hog roast didn’t turn out as planned, Jeremie was ready for another go at it. All his brothers were here, so it was a much easier task of lifting the carcass into the scalder.IMG_7437 All the cousins were interested to see how it was done. Our young nephew, Matthew , even tried to stick the pig himeslf. It was a little to hard, though. And our neice, Autumn, took part in the eviscerating commenting, “if I’m going ot eat it, I’d better help out with this part, too!” It was a great learning experience for the city folk, lol! And sweet success! It tasted wonderful.IMG_7442 Jeremie did have to trouble shoot a few things because the carcass was much too large for our smoke pit. It almost caught fire again, but Jeremie’s quick thinking took care of the problem. He will have to adapt our pit for next time. All the aunts helped to shred the pork.IMG_7445 Perhaps they thought Jeremie needed some new tools because a few days later a package arrived in the mail. It was addressed to “Pigslayer Schultz” and inside were some BBQing gloves and claws for shredding the meat. Thank you to the anonymous sender! Jeremie can’t wait to try them out! IMG_20170714_122415685

Garden goodness

IMG_5999My garden is a veritable jungle! We’ve had so much rain, and I’ve been so inattentive and absent that the weeds got a little agressive.IMG_6550 But, I’m still getting a lot of produce out of it and that’s what matters! I’ll deal with the weeds another time. After all, tomorrow is another day! IMG_6006Tomatoes are just starting to come in! Whatever the hornworms leave for me, anyway! IMG_7010This first batch will be for salsa! Too bad I forgot to grow cilantro..again. I don’t think it would like this heat, anyway. IMG_7520Lots of cucumbers for pickles and snacks. I’m happy to share some with Jeremie’s mom. She is sick, and this is one thing she can enjoy still!IMG_5790 This is the first time I’ve grown purple hull peas. I though they would climb the trellis, but it turns out they only grow to be about 18″-2′ high. Makes for easy picking!IMG_7519 And it’s so much fun to shell them! We’ve been canning a lot of green beans. All the kids like to have canned green beans in the winter time. IMG_5909And, Oh! These sunflowers! They make my heart happy! So tall and bright and cheery.  IMG_7279

Another project in the works

IMG_7346Putting up this extremely tall pole had this mama worried. I had visions of it going up then falling over and dooowwwn onto Tommy who was pulling it with straps from the other side. The reason I was worried is because it wasn’t quite in the hole, Jeremie was expecting it to slide into the hole, once it got more upright. What is this huge post for? What are your guesses?IMG_20170703_162327786

Volleyball

IMG_7477The kids have a volleyball net set up in the front yard and boy, it’s seen some use this summer! It’s a great game for all the kids to play, no matter how good or short or aggressive or tall or fast or slow they are. IMG_7485It’s not to strenuous, and it’s especially fun in the cool of the evenings. I’ve captured some fun action shots of previous games.IMG_7474

Come take a walk

Come take a walk with me around the farm!

Benja loves to pick cukes!

Benja loves to pick cukes!

Those are some monster onions, Jack!

Those are some monster onions, Jack!

Sweet flowers, sweeter girl!

Sweet flowers, sweeter girl!

Gloria loves to throw corn to the chickens!

Gloria loves to throw corn to the chickens!

Picking the last of the strawberries. Popping them in their mouths!

Picking the last of the strawberries. Popping them in their mouths!

Feeding mama's baby Americauna chicks. They should be laying soon!

Feeding mama’s baby Americauna chicks. They should be laying soon!

Sunflowers for my boy with a sunny disposition.

Sunflowers for my boy with a sunny disposition.