Finishing our milking parlor, with lots of hands to help! 🙂
Skye’s heifer, Fern, had a darling little calf at the end of May…
It was a heifer (yay!), and Skye named her Matilda – which means “mighty in battle”; a fitting name for her since she can be stubborn while being halter-trained. You should have seen Ruby tugging on the lead rope and saying, “Come on, Matiladuh! Come on!” 🙂
The almost-finished interior of our milking parlor. It is so much easier to keep clean – we are so thankful!
The garden has grown quite well; we are overflowing with lettuce. Yesterday, though, a storm blew in and knocked over the corn and sunflowers.
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.”
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.
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
“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.”
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
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.