Blessed and Busy

We are very blessed and busy! Mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, caring for the numerous chickens, goslings and guineas that we’ve acquired, sewing, organizing, building, and a number of other things. I tried to upload more photos, but the bluetooth network connection isn’t working very well, so I only managed to get a few of them  up today.

Here is a quick rundown of some of our recent activities:

In April, our Grandparents came and visited us. We enjoyed our visit together and even went to the St. Louis zoo (which is still free, by the way, and a nice zoo, too.)

In early May, we decided that we should find a way to keep the notoriously-cucumber eating box turtles out of our garden – plus the squirrels, rabbits, deer, and lettuce-eating armadillos, if there is such a thing. So, we carefully fenced a section of beautiful soil out near the garden house and discovered that it took us much longer than we initially had thought, although Dad was available to help with some of the more difficult details on the weekend. I think it was worth it, though. It is so nice to have a fenced place to grow things and it gives us extra incentive to keep the weeds out!

A couple of days after completing this project, we headed up to the St. Louis metro area to attend a homeschool conference. We enjoyed meeting other homeschooling families and some of the speakers.  Lily and I had our copy of “It’s (not that) Complicated” signed by the Botkin sisters and also had fun helping out with the silent auction and things a bit. Also, we picked up quite a few books and other materials from the venders. One thing I gleaned from some of the messages we heard was the importance of investing our time wisely while we are young. Instead of  viewing our time as slots to fill and days to be distracted, we need to really be thinking about what we should be doing to prepare ourselves for the work ahead. I think that two of the most important (and probably neglected) things for a young lady to learn while she is still young are unselfishness and respect for authority. I know that I have struggled with both of these sins throughout the years and it is always good to be reminded to work on them.

We arrived home in time to receive Heather’s new Toulouse goslings in the mail. A family from church blessed us with their egg turner and incubator, and so far 10 new have guineas have  hatched out, with more eggs in the incubator now.

Between the end of May and now, Mom attended 3 births. I had the privilege of going along to one of these and being of some assistance:) These Amish ladies can progress quickly from the time their husbands call you until the time you actually arrive! They were definitely some special births.

The lawn is growing at a rather fast rate: in fact, I feel rather guilty just sitting here writing this rather than taking advantage of that wonderful invention called a riding lawnmower. We still have the one that friends back in Eastern Washington blessed us with.

There are some interesting plants and animals around here. One night one of my sisters caught a firefly, put it in a jar and covered the jar with aluminum foil. Then, they put the jar in our bedroom. When we were all probably just about asleep, someone noticed a green glowing light floating around in the dark! We had a runaway glowbug in our room:-) Dad has also had some merciless experiences with poison ivy. Yikes! Thankfully, I caught mine quickly enough to apply some mint mouthwash, and it went away  after itching just a bit for a couple of days. I wish we had some good pictures of the birds that live in the woods. There are so many, and they sound so lovely! The Mark Twain National Forest we are surrounded by looks like a jungle right now.

Dad is planning on working close to home for a bit, instead of at the Fort. We’re looking forward to him being home more and being able to spend more time working on things with him.  We are INCREDIBLY blessed and have so much to be thankful for. I think Grandma is really enjoying it here.

“What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD, I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence all his people.” – Psalm 116:12-14









Heather caught this 26 in” catfish from our pond!






Lily and Heather, building a chicken yard.








In this picture, Dad is examining a frog. Notice the bandage covering the poison ivy rash on his arm.






Ruby is slathered in birthday muffin. She’s toddling around now!
















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