Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday on the Farm

Hopefully now that I'm back in blogger land this will be more of a regular occurrence. I love looking at old photos as I sit here to share today's with you. I see how much my kiddos have grown, how the farm has morphed, and all those great memories we sometimes forget about on a daily basis.  Getting ready for our second sons open house this last spring was especially difficult for me, again one of the season things. I kept thinking back to all the things I didn't do with the kids when they were younger.  Hubby's tradition has been making awesome photo videos to go along with vacations, end of the years and kids graduations. He did that for this son also. We were watching the finished project before the open house and I was simply amazed and my spirit entirely lifted by just watching that video. It was a reminder to me of all the things we did accomplish in his 18 years, and were there ever a ton of things we did.  Spend time today enjoying those memories of seasons past.

Two children's books are written, now to figure out what to do with them~

Yarn that has been created this week

Jewelry that has been created

New baby English angora bunnies

Mama and her babies

A necklace for the shop

New pendant for the shop

New English/German angora rabbit that came to the farm this week

Princess Fiona looking for food

New German Angora picked up this week. She is HUGE!

Malachi and his usual happy self....

Another garden year behind us

Mammoth sunflowers 

Lettuce and spinach in the greenhouse for fall

Tomato plant in the greenhouse

Greenhouse ready for winter

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Season

As we are quickly transitioning into a new season here in the middle of the Michigan mitt, life continues to quickly change also. As I look back over the last 3 years or so we have had 2 kids graduate and one move to college.The third child turned 18 and started a college class to finish out her final year of homeschool. The next daughter is going to be turning 16 soon and our "baby" is almost as tall as his dad and turned 13 this past summer. All of them in high school. I feel as if I blinked and the five kids that were ages 7 down to newborn, morphed into what they are today. In that time we spent almost two years in the foster care system and had four children ages 2 and under come into our home for some amount of time. We are so thankful for that time and those kids (not all of them were good experiences for our family). One in particular has become a "grandson" to us and even though he went home after 10 months here with us, we still see him weekly and are able to get him on weekends. As with all seasons though, foster care too has come to an end for us and now we anxiously await grand God's timing. I have learned a lot the last three years. I have learned that baby's grow quickly, the terrible two's end, kids don't take blankies to college with them and they all end up sleeping through the night quicker than you think.

Our oldest will turn 21 in November and the only thing I can see in my mind, is this tiny little guy holding my hand with his backpack full of "guys" that we took every where for him to play with. Now I am looking up to him (a little:)) and realize his is the same age Hubby and I were when we got married, which makes me the same age my mom was when I got married. Crazy. Time passes quickly enjoy every moment you have.

Hubby had his 25th year anniversary at his job last week. To me that is amazing in today's day and age. It hasn't always been easy, and not what he dreamed of doing for the last 25 years, but I am thankful for his diligence.

I am continuing to raise the fiber animals for now, although that too could come to an end eventually. I hope not, because I love our little farm, and even though it is often more work for Hubby, I know he enjoys it almost as much as I do. I am in the process of marketing my angora line of jewelry and products that are produced right here on the farm. This blog is being updated as we speak to a new website, which will be easy to purchase our products from.

I hope to do more blogging, farming, and creating, Lord willing, but we will see what season God has in store for us next.

Blessings from Tail Spin Farm

Family 2003
Family 2014