Wednesday, February 23, 2011


The month is flying by and I realize my blogging has been few and far between.  The goats are doing great, they have such personalities!  Claire has become a favorite even to Hubby who goes out to hang out with them daily.  I am looking forward to the warmer weather and getting their permanent shelter and fencing done.  I haven't had any luck with the last 3 angoras that I bred.  I tried again though and we will see in the next couple of weeks if we shall have any spring babies.  It is cold here in Michigan again and we were hit with another huge storm this week.  I am ready for the snow to be gone permanently, but am always reminded of the verse in Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven." and I know that applies to the snow too. 

We had two big birthdays this month our youngest daughter turned twelve.  This was a big birthday for her since this was the year that we set for the to be able to get their ears pierced.  She has waited patiently for two years since her sister had them done and now it was her turn.  I turned 40 last week.  I was reminded by one of my sisters that I had a hard time turning 25 and she wanted to know if this was as bad.  It just has become another year and that old saying of "your only as old as you feel" takes on a new meaning.  I received an awesome present from Hubby.  We will be staying at the off-grid cottage at Maple Valley Farm you can check out Matt and Angie and the rest of their clan here:
They are about 45 minutes north of us.  I had the opportunity to go and meet them and take a couple of classes there this fall and just fell in love with this place.  They live off-grid, no electricity, and we are really looking forward to enjoying a trip there.

Continue to pray for Rob and Terri they will be celebrating their son, Trent's life tomorrow.  I have had the chorus of the Casting Crowns song "Praise you in this Storm" running through my head the last couple of days, and this is exactly what they are doing.

Tiger is still trying to get used to us, he isn't so sure..

 Claire is always right in the middle of things!
 Winter is back with a vengeance this week, Hubby took it on!
 Becka's Birthday celebration, we found the "Narnia" type dress at Goodwill that day for $4.99!!  She had cake balls for the party (I will have to post the recipe here soon)
 Youngest is taking on winter too!
 Robin is getting a little closer to us.

 Our temporary stalls, Hubby and sons did a great job.

 More snow!!
 Our first load from the total house de-junking
 Our heritage breed turkeys are doing well still, aren't they pretty?
 Our two youngest still enjoying the snow!
 More goaties, aren't they sweet?
 The side of our house and one of our BIG willow trees.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Update from Terri

Terri from has updated her blog.  Her exploding faith during this tragedy continues to amaze and inspire me.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blogger Friends

I read on facebook this morning that one of my dear blogger friends lost her son on Friday.  I have never met Terri in person and probably never will, but her and I would hit it off if we were to meet.  She and I share a lot of the same things, 5 kids, 2 by adoption, homeschoolers, love the Lord, have goats, and many more I am sure.  We have emailed, and blogged back and forth.

This morning I am saddened by her loss and can't imagine how hard it is.  Their family is in our prayers as they go through this difficult time, knowing that God has a plan in store for it all!

Please keep this family in your prayers.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Purging and Winter Storm

I woke up this morning with the intentions of staying in my PJ's all day and maybe tomorrow.  Let me explain, I usually would NEVER do this, but the last few weeks we have been in constant motion.  The "sickness" bug has hit us again and now we have strep throat in the house.  I have boasted about how healthy all five of our kids have been in the past.  Not this year, it has been the worst.  We cancelled our usual church meeting for Sunday morning due to illness in hopes of purging all of it.

I went to the basement this morning to look for Canadian bacon in our chest freezer and found out that our freezer wasn't working.  So there goes the great dream of sitting and correcting school work to whatever PBS had on.  Hubby and Eldest went to purchase a new freezer (an upright one at my request) and the Next and I spent the morning "purging" the basement.  This is something I truly admire in my second oldest, he does NOT like clutter at all, even if it means him working by himself to take care of it.

We decided since we had to make a path for the old to go out and the new to come in, we might as well get rid of all the stuff in the way.  I am so ashamed at how much we truly have, and got rid of.  We are so blessed and are truly lacking for nothing, so my only hope is that someone will be blessed by all the stuff we are getting rid of.

I can't tell you how freeing it is.  Even though the basement still needs to be finished and our garage is FULL of stuff to go to Goodwill, the house feels clean.

I can't wait to finish it out and get all the stuff out of the garage, but for now this is really all I needed to get out of my funk.

I haven't showered today, the  kids have been watching videos all evening, and I didn't even fix a real dinner tonight (just popcorn and ice cream:)) but I realize it is all okay and I can let go and realize what a great day it has been.

It has been very spring like and beautiful this week in Michigan, of course in February that is very short lived.  They are predicting 6-8 inches of snow to start tomorrow...we can't win on everything!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


It is 6:21 p.m. and it is still light outside.  It is the little things in my life right now that make me happy.  It is COLD outside.  They say it is the coldest we have had this winter.  We survived the big blizzard last week.  The goats did great.  Hubby and I didn't get much sleep that night.  I got to experience what I like to call my "Laura Ingalls Wilder" experience.  We went out to check all the animals in the midst of it all and it was BAD!  We couldn't see anything in front of us.  The last storm like it, was back in the 70's here in Michigan when I was about 7.

The goats are warming up to us.  Claire "the older one" of the group is making the way for the other two who are only a couple months old.  Hubby has found himself enjoying them as much as I do (I think:))  I have grand plans for our "fiber farm" here, but not sure all of them will ever pan out.  I have considered getting out of the angora rabbit arena, but I just don't think I can.  I love those little creatures too much, and I have been doing some research for the Michigan area and it seems people are actually getting out of the business this year, so I think this is the time to stick with it.

I spent the day at my sister's and brother in law's house today taking care of my niece.  I had so much fun.  She is 2.  That pretty much tells you what kind of day I had.  I took my two younger ones with me so we could do school and it was a nice break from the norm.  I so much miss the little ones around here.  Our youngest turns 10 this year.  My niece thinks the sun rises and sets on my youngest son.  She thinks he is the "cat's meow" we just had a blast.

I leave you with a picture of Claire