10-24-17

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

10-23-17

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

10-22-17

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

10-21-17

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

12-20-17

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

10-19-17

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!

 

Mama of many

I have been blessed by Charlotte. I mentioned to her that I would love a neckalce with all the kids’ initials stamped in metal. And Voila! I absolutely love it.It is everything I wanted. It’s beautiful and delicate, but strong.  I love every detail about it. And I love her heart in making it for me! 20157263_309026699558048_4726096687180782400_o

In the kitchen

IMG_7264Remember those days when you’re littles wanted to “help” you cook in the kitchen? Everything would take twice as long and be twice as messy! But it pays off in the long run. I’m blessed to watch my older daughters become efficient and proficient in the kitchen.IMG_6575 And I’m blessed to watch them patiently take the time to teach their younger sister. I made a cake with Ruthie the other day and homemade ice cream with Jack, and it took more patience than I expected.IMG_6589 Mia is much better at including the little ones and letting them get their hands messy than I am. But I like to think that she learned to be that way when I was younger and  teaching her!IMG_6572

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