Happy New Year!
2016 was a full year. Life comes with its challenges and joys, and we are thankful for the LORD’s mercy and faithfulness, for His provision and protection!
I wanted to share some things that we’ve been up to this past year. It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so here are some photos –
I think this was our only good snow accumulation last season. As you can see, it was already melting!
Using the microscope. We were trying to stain some of our slides so that we could see the microscopic details better.
Laurel and Ruby helping make bread (-:
Daddy and Ruby playing dollhouse (-:
One of the many big projects this year was remodeling the basement. Pearl is painting the door for Mom’s office in this photo.
In March, we got two bottle heifers to raise as future dairy cows. They were so tiny! We had a bit of a rough time at first, but they are doing well now… they are much bigger than they were 10 months ago!
The corn and squash patch at the beginning of the year.
Throughout the year, we’ve had a lot of fencing to do – a high fence put around the orchard/chicken pasture, a woven wire fence around our back pasture, electric fencing in the big pasture, repairs, etc.
We also painted and put up wallpaper in the girls’ bedroom, to make it brighter (-:
Rose with a little box turtle.
This catalpa tree in our yard looks (and smells) lovely when it is in full bloom!
Celebrating Ruby’s birthday with ice cream cones
We had our field hayed this Summer. Dad’s subaru was our haywagon when it came time to get the hay and stack it! (-:
Pearl and Laurel’s fort. In the background you can see our haystack.
The garden grew (and so did the weeds). On the 4th of July weekend, Dad and Mom surprised us by getting two ponies, which we named Liberty, and Verity. They are in the background of this photo.
We finally ripped down the old shed, except for this corner, which is still in good shape.
In our search for a good milk cow, we went down to Arkansas (our first time in AR!). We made it a 4th of July family road trip, and visited friends on our way back. Thankfully, we didn’t have to haul a cow all the way from AR. God provided a good milk cow much closer to us!
The corn grew very well… by the end of the season it got to 14 feet high!
The milk cow God provided for us. Chloe, with her calf.
Happy birthday Grandma!
Home dairying has been so worthwhile for us, though not without challenges. Besides having the fresh milk, we’ve been able to make yogurt, butter and cheese! In this picture we’re stretching mozzarella cheese.
It was wonderful to have dear friends from Washington visit in August!
Catching tadpoles and playing in a creek –
Some sweet ladies in our neighborhood threw a baby shower for Mom~
We harvested our own corn (over 10 lbs. of kernels)
We were blessed to have lots of dear friends visit in September and October
No, this cute little guy Rose is holding isn’t Ezra. He wasn’t born yet…
But, the next day he was born! Here, Laurel is cutting the cord.
Papa J. and Grandma K. came and visited, and we enjoyed going to this park. The fall colors were pretty.
Mom and us children went to the capitol and toured the museum there. That was neat. In one of the exhibits, I saw an old photo of rice being harvested. Rice can grow in Missouri! (-:
The Ten Commandments outside the Capitol building
Inside the Capitol building
Starting on our milking shelter/animal shed
Skye got to vote in her first election this year!
Thanksgiving dinner 2016. Truly, we have much to be thankful for!
Mom’s birthday! We made her a cranberry cheesecake.
Mom and the girls made several batches of cookies to give away to neighbors and relatives.
Our family – Ezra had not been born when this picture was taken.
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”