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.



August Adventures

We went to Ohio and Kentucky last week for the Noah Conference. I say Ohio and Kentucky because we were staying in Ohio, but the conference was in Florence, Kentucky – we had to drive about an hour each way. But it really was worth it; good speakers and enjoyable fellowship. In case you haven’t heard, they’re having another Noah Conference in Ocean Shores, WA this October…

Afterwards, we visited to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY. I’ll share some of the pictures below, but first a few shots of things at home (-:


Our honeybees getting a sip of water


Aunt D. came for a visit from Boise, and also stayed with Grandma while we went on our trip. That was a big blessing, and we’re really grateful to the Lord that He worked out the details so we could go. In these pictures, we were on a walk down the road. We had a nice break from the Summertime heat… it was cool, in fact!



And we also got to take Aunt D. to Meramec Spring Park. It’s a beautiful place in these ‘hills and hollers’.



And then our family was off to Ohio and Kentucky! The great big tree stump behind us is the remainder of Indiana’s Constitution Elm. When the courthouse that the framers of the state’s constitution were in became too hot, they moved outside under the shade of this once-thriving tree.


We also visited the site of the battle of Corydon. The forest around this cabin was rather junglish – we wondered how people could have fought in it.


I know it’s hard too tell in a picture, but that chain was pretty big and heavy.




Some of the girls said that one of their favorite parts about the Ark Encounter was getting to ride the bus from the parking lot to the Ark (-:




You really have to see it with your own eyes to understand how huge the Ark is!




Skye said she liked the kitchen area in the Ark (-:


The yaks in the zoo outside the Ark.


Laurel and Ruby got to ride the camel, ‘Luke’, with Mommy (-:


Petting the goats in the petting zoo


One of the zookeepers took us behind the scenes into the barn, and we were able to see and pet some other creatures… we didn’t pet the porcupine though!


Can you tell that the sun has gone down? We spent several hours at the Ark Encounter and used up both mine and Skye’s camera batteries, taking hundreds of pictures (-: Just keep that in mind if you ever visit the Ark… and hopefully you will!


As we were getting ready to leave, the Ark was being lit up by the rainbow colors – a lovely reminder of God’s promise in Genesis 9:

“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.””

(Genesis 9:12-16)

Busy Summer


We did Farmers’ Market several times this Summer. We may do it more, but it does take a lot of time and effort. Meeting people and making a bit of profit is good, though.







We are getting lots of cucumbers again this year (-:


Homegrown cabbage


We harvested the violet potatoes too,


they make lovely mashed potatoes!


I think this was the best picture of our 4th of July fireworks :-/






Poor bees, they are hot these days. At least their homes are equipped with thousands and thousands of fans! 😉


Someone made a scene out of the cicada shells: two of them are talking, and the other two are fighting!


Playing a water relay game with friends.



Ezra is growing up! He crawls and tries to walk and talk. He figured out that the door to our basement has a little cat-door in it that fits balls… (-:

As some of you may know, our Grandma Leslie was not doing so well recently. She was in the hospital for a couple weeks. We praise God that she is now doing better and was able to come home. Please keep her in your prayers.


“But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:21-23

Recent Doings ~

Yesterday morning, while Skye and I were finishing up milking, Heather came and told us that there was an “orange snake” on the manure pile. We hurried to go look. There it was, a copperhead – a venomous sort of snake that is not uncommon here in the Ozarks. Not the type of critter you want slithering around in your calf pasture, or by your milking shed.

So, Heather went to the house to inform Dad of the intruder.

And brought back the shotgun for Skye.

Ready, aim… BANG!

The snake is dead (-: Skye blew its head off.



Mommy’s garden



Father and son (-:




Rainbow over our orchard.


Exploring not long after the flood



And playing in the creek


Ruby’s birthday cake. Pearl made it and Mom decorated it.


I know it’s not officially summertime yet, but when it is 80 or 90 degrees and high humidity… / -;

This is how cattle in Missouri cool down (although the pond might be warm anyway).


Floods and Busy Bees


We had 500 year flooding (again!) this Spring. This is after it had receded a bit, but the river was covering the road and low water crossing ahead.



The flooding pushed that picnic table into the bridge )-: The water was much higher before this picture was taken.


Assembling frames for our bee boxes…


We went to a ‘Historic Skills Day’ at a state park. Lots of interesting vendors; woodcarvers, basket weavers, soap making, seamstresses, paper making, even a handmade gun manufacturer.


The potter at his wheel.



Inside the old mill building (I posted some pictures of the outside in February).



Setting up our beehives


The much anticipated honeybee packages finally arrived! (-:



Skye and I installed the two colonies, one in each beehive.


Spring Days

Scrunched! Ruby and Ezra in the (single passenger) stroller.



Workin’ with Mama



Our friend,  Mrs. E. at a Passover Dinner that they hosted.


Cheese curds.


Pearl, feeding her new Brown Swiss heifer.


Heather, caring for her heifer.


Ezra and I.



Mmm, green grass.


Putting the tent away.