IMG_20170926_183708490Susie, Charlotte and I were blessed to be part of a mission project that was right up our alley. Sewing cloth pads for women in third world countries. I’ve done this as a business in the past and the girls are quick with scissors and machines!IMG_20170926_183720223 As a group we did over 300, even though our goal was 1000. It was a fun night with a great group of ladies and gents. Everyone found a job they could do and it was assembly line fashion. Super effecient, super quick and I hope they will be a blessing to the women they will be sent to. IMG_20170926_183741544


IMG_20171004_143357403_HDR100+ broilers have arrived. Actually, they came on Oct 13. So I’m a few days behind, updating. We lost a few the first couple days, but Murray McMurray hatchery is sending a refund check. 20171013_080637I’ve also ordered a few laying hen chicks of a certain breed. Silver laced Wyandotte, Cuckoo Maran and a couple Buff Os. They are not nearly so aggressive when it comes time to feed, as the Cornish Cross. I’ve picked up #1000 pounds of organic, soy-free feed from the Amish Mill in Guthrie. We are blessed to live within driving distance of this mill, so we don’t have to order cross-country and get a ton as a time!20171013_080728


IMG_20171003_180444610Collecting hay. We have so many big workers, now. It seems I’ve worked myself out of a job. Except that of photographer! Works for me. But it is fun to toss bales and stack bales. IMG_20171003_180331795_HDREven the kids enjoy it. If it’s not too hot, that is. Hay is awfully sticky, when it’s hot. We only got 100 square bales this time, so it was a small enough job to still be fun.IMG_20171003_180248366_HDR And the kids even had the energy for shenanigans at the end. Good think Daddy didn’t see! IMG_20171003_180633064


IMG_20170930_160133682_HDRGrow tables! And self-watering too! We found directions for these self-watering grow tables on instructables.com. Jeremie, Susie and Tommy put them together with materials from Lowes and our own stash. IMG_20170930_160137008The white baskets will hold the water, when surrounded by the soil. The skinny pvc, out the side, will be the overflow valve. I’ll fill them by the 2″ pvc sticking out the top. Roger, Jeremie’s dad, blessed us with bags and bags of soil, humus, vermiculite, compost, and more, so I didn’t even have to buy any.IMG_20170930_175251152_HDR I hope to grow greens all winter long, in the greenhouse. I may even attempt a cucumber or tomato plant!  I have 6 bins altogether.IMG_20170930_180008392_HDR


IMG_6726Just a few hours late, lol! So today’s update in about Gloria. She has crossed the threshold from baby to toddler and is now completely weaned. She is 22 months old. She had only been nursing twice a day, and whenever I travelled overnight, she always did fine with milk from a sippy cup.IMG_20170918_104110224_TOP It’s been a hard journey, because she is not a snuggler and nursing was the only time she will let me quietly hold her. And she would climb up in my bed and beg to “deesh”. But, Jeremie felt very strongly this was a good time to quit, since I’m now in my second trimester. He was really good to step in and take her for Daddy time, when she would cry and cry and pull on me. Broke my heart to tell her no, but the rough part is over and she hasn’t asked to nurse for days. She still is not a big cuddler, so I miss that. She is squirmy, busy and kind of a fusser. But, oh so precious and full of personality! IMG_20170920_153504246


Today we are headed to UT, Martin to a livestock judging clinic. The kids competed at a national competition last month, in Harrisburg, PA. They have been learning such valuable information about livestock and learning great leadership skills as well. Henry county has a great 4H program and the kids have a fabulous mentor in Melinda Perkins, who travels all the way back from Knoxville, Tn quite often to teach and coach them. IMG_20171008_092506466 IMG_20171007_073044244


I’m back!!!

In an effort to catch up on this blog, because I love this space, I give myself a challenge to post every day for 30 days. The news may be stale, but hopefully it will keep you entertained. So, no facebook until a blog post has been written!


More stitching

When my girls were younger I liked to always have them working on some sort of handicraft. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, or something silimar. Now they are all accomplished seamstresses, knitters and more. Ruthie has always watched them work and is now getting big enough for her own projects. She stitched this heart all by herself. Saying “up” and “down” to herself. I would often have to use my finger to guide her needle, but she’ll be churning out hand stitched items by herself in no time! And she’s so proud of herself!IMG_7232

ICHE 2017

IMG_20170531_123602528_HDRWhat a refreshing time! I took the older girls up to the homeschool convention in Naperville, Il. Last year, Jeremie took them and I stayed home with the little ones. Gloria was at a bad age to travel last year. She still needed to nurse, but she was old enough to be wiggly and loud during the speaking sessions. This year, she is 18 months, so I thought she was old enough to leave for a couple days. Jeremie was so kind as to wean her in my absence. Even though he knew I would continue nursing when I returned home if Gloria desired to. I had missed being at convention more than I realized! To have your vision renewed and affirmed is huge, when you and your family are walking a different path than mainstream America. And it was so good to re-connect with long distance friends. There were not enough lunch hours to visit with everyone! But I spent the weekend soaking up wisdom, advice and encouragement from some of the best speakers in the country. And I spent a lot of time connecting with my big girls. The ones who carry a lot of responsibility in the house. The ones who maybe sometimes get crowded out by the persistent needs of the little ones. I’m so thankful we can enjoy a “girls weekend” full of chatting, laughter, jokes and food. They still delight to hear my thoughts, which is something I treasure. And I had time to really listen and focus on their thoughts about life. I missed the kids back home terribly, but I’m so thankful for the opportunity to escape for a time of refreshment with the Lord and His word!