Missouri Monsoon

It seems that our rainy season has started. At least since we’ve lived here, we’ve had drier Winters with little snow, and then very, very wet Springs (the kind where it rains hard for hours… and days). Despite the watery -and therefore muddy- conditions, it is wonderful to see the grass turning green again!

I went outside and took some pictures a few days ago while it was raining but not a torrential downpour (-:


This is our backyard


And water was running over the driveway


The water on the left side of the driveway was several inches deep


Mind you, we live on top of a knoll. I wonder how wet it was for our neighbors down in the valleys (!)


“Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
    he supplies the earth with rain
    and makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle
    and for the young ravens when they call.”

Psalm 147:7-9



Hello friends! After a short Winter, it seems that Spring has nearly arrived here in the Ozarks! I wanted to share some pictures from the past few months before the time gets away…


Here is the frame of our barn which we had built last fall (October/November)


When it was finished, we all had to go take a look.


Needless to say, the barn has been extremely useful! We are so thankful to have a dry, sheltered place to do the milking and store hay.



One balmy afternoon (early December, I think), our family got to go hiking at a beautiful recreation area near here. We took the puppies (Lena and Lacy are their names) with us.




This was the cave/natural bridge formation we saw on our hike.


Laurel’s birthday!


Some of the few inches of snow we got this winter. We don’t get very much snow here, disappointingly )-:


Here is Chloe’s calf, whom Daddy named ‘Baxter’ (-:


We went roller skating for the first time in about ten years on the 19th. While we were skating, Skye fell and – catching herself – broke her arm. Thankfully it was her left arm! She can’t milk for a while (at least 6 weeks recovery), but it isn’t keeping her from doing the dishes one-handed or making bread.


And Ezra is glad to help (-:


“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” ~Psalm 107:1

Lily’s Baptism


December 3rd, AD 2017

“Although I cannot pinpoint the exact time I was saved, God has been working on me since I was young. Proverbs 1:7 says that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…”, and even though many of my childhood fears were misplaced (just ask my family!), I think it was the beginning of His work in my life. I realized that I was a sinner in danger of God’s righteous judgment, and I could not make myself good. This drove me to Christ. I have struggled with fear and doubt, but I recognize God’s work in my life and I am so grateful for His mercy. I’d like to share 1 Peter 2:9-10:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
To God alone be the glory! Amen.”


Living Life

I know it has been awhile since I (Skye) posted much on our blog, but I thought I would just share a few recent pictures. It has frosted here now, so our zinnias are no longer blooming, but some of them were vibrant until just about two weeks or so ago. And now our yard is covered in leaves. The air was crisp and clear most of today – a beautiful day for being outside.







My sister Ruby and her doll, enjoying the leaves several days ago.























































This little guy was born last night.








“Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up  for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” Ps. 31:19









Lily, my dear friend and oldest little sister.















“But I trust in  you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!” Ps. 31:14-15





Happy Reformation Day!

Celebrating 500 years since that momentous day Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg.


A Mighty Fortress

Text and Music by Martin Luther, translated by Frederick H. Hedge

A mighty Fortress is our God,
A Bulwark never failing;
Our Helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever.


Solar Eclipse 2017

We got to see the total solar eclipse on the 21st. It was quite an experience!

We left our home around 9:30 am, wanting to miss the anticipated traffic as we drove to where the eclipse would be total (we weren’t quite in the path of totality). We didn’t actually have a plan for where exactly we would watch the eclipse, but in God’s providence, it worked out pretty well. Some friends of ours had invited us to come up to their friends’ farm to watch the eclipse, though we didn’t immediately take them up on their offer. While we were driving through town, we drove past some other friends. Mom called them up and asked where they were headed. Like us, they were just planning to head to the Cuba area.

Well, we ended up going to our friends’ friends’ place, with our friends, and their friends. When we got there, there was even more people 🙂 Our hosts were very gracious, and we were so thankful that God provided such a nice place to watch the eclipse – it was much, much better than going to some city park.


We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lawn as the eclipse was just starting. You couldn’t tell that anything was happening unless you looked at the sun with your eclipse-glasses. As the moon covered more and more of the sun, the lighting gradually became very odd. But without looking through eclipse-glasses, you couldn’t really tell that the moon was going in front of the sun. It was amazing how much light even just a sliver of sun gives. And the difference between a partial and total solar eclipse is, truly, the difference between day and night.

As the moon covered the very last sliver of sun, it got dark very fast. When the eclipse was total, it was dark as night. And you could definitely tell, without eclipse-glasses, that the moon was in front of the sun. It was awe-inspiring!

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8:3-4


Wow! How great is our God!


This is minutes after totality, when just a sliver of sun is not covered by the moon.

We took route 66 on our way back home, as there was lots of traffic on the interstate.


To top off the day, our friends invited us to this lake. It was really nice – no one else was there, and the water was almost warm! We enjoyed an evening of swimming, boating, and tubing, then pizza at their house.