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 (-:

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Our honeybees getting a sip of water

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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 (-:

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

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

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The yaks in the zoo outside the Ark.

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

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Petting the goats in the petting zoo

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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

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Homegrown cabbage

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We harvested the violet potatoes too,

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they make lovely mashed potatoes!

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

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

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

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Playing a water relay game with friends.

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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.

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“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.

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Mommy’s garden

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Father and son (-:

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Rainbow over our orchard.

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Exploring not long after the flood

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And playing in the creek

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

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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).

~Lily

Floods and Busy Bees

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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.

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

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Assembling frames for our bee boxes…

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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.

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The potter at his wheel.

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

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Setting up our beehives

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The much anticipated honeybee packages finally arrived! (-:

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

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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.

~Skye

End-of-Winter Thoughts

By Lily

I was having trouble coming up with a name for this post, so the title is courtesy of Skye (-:

Well, it seems like Spring may be just around the corner here in Missouri! The weather is rather crazy here; this Winter we got very little snow )-: (maybe two inches the entire season!) but we did have an ice storm in January- raining, freezing, ice all over. Just a few days ago, it was nice and warm… so warm that the frogs came out and sang in the evenings! Then it got cold; it was 18 degrees Fahrenheit when I checked the temperature in the morning (no snow though). Today it is supposed to be warm again – like 70 F. No wonder there are thunderstorms and tornadoes here!

I will say that I am looking forward to Springtime. The cold weather helps me to be thankful for green grass, warm days, fresh produce from the garden, and lots of other things. On the other hand, Summer – especially the hot, humid days that may be described as swelteringly stifling – help me to be thankful for ice, cold, and the days that one has to bundle up to be comfortable outside… and air conditioning! Our first Summer in Missouri, we learned the hard way that in places where high humidity is a problem, and you don’t use the AC (or a dehumidifier), you may get mold growing all over your house!

Isn’t it wonderful that God made different seasons, so that it isn’t Winter (or Summer!) all the time here?

” He has made everything beautiful in its time…” Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Some of the little bit of snow we had this winter

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Currently, our farm animals include: three cows (one in milk, the other two heifers), two ponies, a flock of laying hens and a rooster, some guinea fowl, turkeys, geese, and cats. We are blessed!

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This is the milking shelter/animal shed we built. Daddy even put electricity out there for us! Some of the pieces were given to us by neighbors, from a nativity scene- hence, the camels painted on (-:

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The ice storm we had in January covered everything in ice. It was beautiful, although it did make travel hazardous!

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Daddy recently got internet for us, which is really nice. It made uploading these pictures way easier than it had been before. When Ruby saw him digging the trench, she said something like “Whatcha makin’ Dadda? Ken I help?” (-:

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Ezra is such a happy baby boy! He’s not so little anymore, though.

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Expedition in the Ozarks

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Ezra the explorer! (-:

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A neat old mill building

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The porch was slanted for some reason, probably to let water drain off.

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The mill stones

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The mill was powered by water, when it was in use many years ago.

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