Family Life

Mother’s Day Thoughts

May 13, 2013
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Mother’s Day Thoughts

Until I became a mother, I didn’t really (I mean REALLY) realize how much work, effort and sacrifice the noble calling of motherhood required.  It’s nice to have one day a year that the tireless sacrifice that motherhood requires be highlighted by our children through cute cards, gifts, flowers, acts of kindness, ….and the “cute” bug they found outside they…

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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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Christmas Thoughts

December 26, 2012
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Christmas Thoughts

It’s been a beautiful day.  One of those cold, winter, overcast days where you can stand outside and smell the fresh air and then get whiffs of the fireplace smoke.  Smells and feels like winter is finally here!  Inside it is warm.  The fire has been going and filled the house with a deep warmth…

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Homeschool Moment – Cereal Connection?

May 11, 2012
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Homeschool Moment – Cereal Connection?

Homeschooling provides special moments I like to equate with the “perfect golf shot”.  It only takes one moment like this to make you come back for the next round.  During our dinner discussion tonight we were discussing the setup of our new solar powered device.  I was explaining to the family the difference between serial connections and parallel connections when…

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Giving Up On the Garden ?

June 20, 2011
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Giving Up On the Garden ?

We came home to a scary overgrown jungle in the garden after being gone for a week.  I stood at the garden fence looking in at the wild jungle that had tripled in size in just a week.   I grow great super weeds and rocks. I stood gazing at the garden in a cloud of despair.  I…

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Mercy is Here!!!

September 23, 2010
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Mercy is Here!!!

We’ve been busy with our newest little arrival who made her presence known on Saturday, Sept. 18th.  We have a strong and healthy little girl, weighing 8 lbs 8 oz and 22 in. long, who has captured our hearts with all her newborn sweetness.  We are so thankful to the Lord for her safe arrival and…

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Four Ways to Tell if Your Children are Farm Kids

February 6, 2010
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Four Ways to Tell if Your Children are Farm Kids

Your children might be farm kids if you over hear your young sons talking and one says, “Well, my doe is still not accepting service” and your other son responds, “hmmm, maybe we should make sure it isn’t a buck.” Your children might be farm kids if your 6 year old announces to visitors that the cow isn’t a bull any…

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Ice Weather

January 12, 2010
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Ice Weather

We are very thankful the temperatures are supposed to be pulling up into the 40’s tomorrow!!!   We’re wondering if that is going to happen! We’ve enjoyed the winter wonderland.  We had 3 days of snow falling from the sky last week…not accumulating much on the ground…but definitely beautiful!  We’ve had I’ve-lost-count-how-many days of below freeeeezing weather. …

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Avoiding Pre-Packaged Fast-Food Schooling

December 30, 2009
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We have been busily preparing our year end goals and accomplishments for a celebration party the last day of the year.  In preparation, the children (and adults) have been filling in our reading lists for the year as a guideline to keep us on track.   In some of my reading in my preparation for guiding the…

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Winter Thoughts

December 27, 2009
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Winter Thoughts

My, how quickly late fall turned into the full force winter we are in right now.  I took this picture about 7 weeks ago…when we had some fall color left and short green grass.  Here’s our milk cow, May, with her calf, Luther, who was born on October 31st…Reformation Day.  Now, we bundle up for winter…

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Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009
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Thanksgiving

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I thought I would post a few thoughts on the subject.  Thanksgiving is a special time around our house.  As we ready preparations for special times of fellowship with family and friends, we remember that Thanksgiving is distinctly Christian and give thanks to God, our Creator, for his manifold lovingkindness…

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Conversations with Our Children

November 10, 2009
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Conversations with Our Children

It’s a busy time…farming and home schooling and livin’ life.  We’ve had a full Fall already with difficult funerals and happy weddings.  We’ve tried to slow down.  I’m beginning to think that is not possible. So we’ve been hitting life full speed ahead and making progress some days…and other days not so much. As the day…

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Autumn 2009: The Burning Bush

October 29, 2009
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Autumn 2009:  The Burning Bush

Autumn is in full swing here.  We are having a hard time believing that winter is fast approaching.  We are not ready.    We’re still learning all the important seasonal things your supposed to do when living in the country.  One of the big important ones is gathering wood well before winter arrives.  We didn’t chop enough firewood…

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Upcoming Fall Ramblings

September 17, 2009
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Ever feel like you fell off the wagon 3 miles back and have been running behind its dust trail trying to catch back up with it?  Or feel like the mound of laundry grows to monster size proportions in seconds and you’re under it? If you can’t multi-task in the midst of a sand storm…

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The cat who pulled feathers…

September 2, 2009
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The cat who pulled feathers…

Evidently, the farm boy knows more about his barn cat than we thought!  After breakfast, the little farm boy noticed the barn cat meowing at the back door.  He went out, picked her up and said, “Yep…she had babies…somewhere…I bet they’re in the barn loft!”  He put her down and he followed her to the barn. …

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