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Continuing Forward with Gardening

May 27, 2014
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Continuing Forward with Gardening

So we’ve been a bit busy.  Now that the long, cold winter is over…. …and then spring time was welcomed with much joy even with some storm damage and flooding. Now summer time is getting started with all hands on deck doing much needed garden work.  Last year, our garden was practically non-existent due to…

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The Daily Milk Cow

May 10, 2014
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The Daily Milk Cow

Morning after morning, day after day…..we milk a large Guernsey dairy cow named Dixie!  And when cousins come to visit the farm….they learn to milk a cow! 

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Lambs

January 3, 2014
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Lambs

New lambs for Christmas…. The shepherd boy caught one of his baby lambs and brought it up to the house for everyone to ooohhh and ahhh over.  Newborn lambs are so sweet!

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Christmas Lambs

December 27, 2013
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Christmas Lambs

We switched out our ram at the beginning of the year.  Our new ram looks nice enough but as we approached the end of the year, we were really wondering if he worked or not.  Our worries were relieved when we found 3 new baby lambs in the field the day after Christmas.  We are…

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October Life

October 21, 2013
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October Life

The autumn season is upon us and, like every year, I stand and marvel at the beauty surrounding me.  Crisp air, leaves dancing about, the rustic smell of bonfires scattered about the valley and the thunk of the walnuts falling from the trees let us know October is in full swing. This year there is…

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Growing Wheat

July 11, 2013
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Growing Wheat

Our little growing wheat experiment was fun.  Last Fall, the guys planted wheat in our newly reshaped rocky field patch.  By springtime, we had bright green wheat grass everywhere!  It was a beautiful ground cover when everything else was still winterized. It rapidly grew and we diligently watched over it as to not trample it…

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Homeschooling Journal Entry 3: Buying Curriculum Off Ebay

July 10, 2013
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Homeschooling Journal Entry 3:  Buying Curriculum Off Ebay

Before each homeschooling year, I make a curriculum list for the coming year. With 10 children, I am a frugal homeschooling mom who tries to stretch my dollars when it comes to buying curriculum. Over the years, I have been stocking my bookshelves with books and curriculum that passes down from one child to the…

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What’s Growing In The Garden?

July 10, 2013
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What’s Growing In The Garden?

What’s growing in the garden?  Well, I am not exactly sure. I haven’t been out there to check on it in weeks. I have been busy with a 3 month old baby and redoing a room in our house for a school room. With having a baby this spring, not much was done in the…

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Raising a Hog

June 18, 2013
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Raising a Hog

For several years now, we have been raising our own meat.  It may sound hard and complicated but it really isn’t that hard.  My men and boys around here may have just laughed at me for saying that since basically my contribution in the meat raising department is just about nothing.  I mean, I do…

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Coming Home with Chicks

June 3, 2013
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Coming Home with Chicks

Last week when my son saw the sign on the Amish farm, “Chicks For Sale”, I had a soft moment for some reason and stopped to let him look.  He was so excited. He had been wanting to get a few chicks since we didn’t hatch any this year due to being roosterless.   They…

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Follow Our Blog

May 30, 2013
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Just a reminder… You can follow our blog by clicking the FOLLOW button in the lower right hand corner.  It will notify you via email when we post on Vaughnshire.  After a long break, I am picking back up writing about farm life and will be blogging a homeschooling journal for the coming school year. …

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Homeschooling Journal Entry 2: Great Expectations and Perfect Progress

May 30, 2013
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Homeschooling Journal Entry 2:  Great Expectations and Perfect Progress

The end of one school year has me already planning for the next.  I have great expectations for this coming school year!  …Not perfect expectations but adventurous expectations that I will consider a live experiment of sorts and hopefully remember to laugh when I feel like crying. As the end of our school year comes…

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Why it is so hard to get farm eggs?

May 29, 2013
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Why it is so hard to get farm eggs?

It may not seem like a difficult task but we sometimes experience difficulty in getting the eggs from the farm safely into the house.  Sometimes it is due to weather conditions…not enough sunlight hours to promote good laying. Sometimes we have plenty of eggs but the kid carrying in the basket trips over the goat…

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Starting a Homeschooling Journal: Entry 1

May 24, 2013
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Starting a Homeschooling Journal:   Entry 1

I have been a homeschooling my children since the very beginning. I have been stretched and challenged in the past many years and have had to learn how to adapt our home education efforts and goals to accommodate our large family. Far from perfect– it is a imperfect work in progress. When I am tempted…

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Taking Time to Enjoy

May 11, 2013
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Taking Time to Enjoy

The children were anxiously awaiting spring after a long winter and cold start to spring.  They dreamed of playing outside and now that it is here it is hard to stay focused on a schedule when the weather is so inviting.  Warm weather also invites all manner of bugs to come out and begin their…

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