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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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Pondering 2009

December 26, 2009
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Pondering 2009

…pondering 2009 while sitting on a carpet of bright green moss overlooking the wintry pass in the deep woods of Tennessee on this blustery day…

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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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Somebody Turned Off Summer

August 31, 2009
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We really enjoy the changing seasons.  Last week our oldest son came in the house from evening chores and commented on how amazing it was that you could smell Fall in the air.  The nights have been cooling off rather nice.  Fall is in the air…in August.  It has been a very mild summer.  This…

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Homeschool Science Lessons from Junk Birds

May 28, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from Junk Birds

I am not quite sure how long the moniker “Junk Birds” has been around in our family.  Maybe after we dealt with bird mites invading our house one Spring.  I’m trying to forget that experience.  We don’t hate all birds.  We enjoy watching many kinds of birds.  My kids know how to identify a large amount of birds…hawks…vultures…and…

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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Frog

May 25, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Frog

The frogs and toads are out in full force.  Night time is a symphony of sound.  I love leaving the windows open and listening to the night sounds…that is until I am reminded we live on a farm with renegade roosters who know where my bedroom window is.  Our science lessons are all around us…outside. …

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Teaching Children Responsibility and Work Ethic

May 5, 2009
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One fact that we quickly learned after we moved to the farm is that children can do more work than what you think.  It’s amazing how helpful they can be…when required to.  Our children are full of energy.  The trick is to harness that energy and point it in the right direction.  Children left to themselves,…

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Calf Chasing

April 1, 2009
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Calf Chasing

We have a new exercise…it’s called calf chasing.  You can join us every morning and evening if you like.  It’s what you do when you buy a bull calf that does not like you. This only looks like a leisurely morning walk.  The boys are chasing the calf around the pasture so that they can force feed him his…

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Gardening Roots

March 24, 2009
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Gardening Roots

I use to think our garden spot was a big garden spot.  However, after seeing some of the gardens around here and realizing the reality of what it actually takes to produce enough food for a family..our garden spot is a measly science experiment.  However, it is a good size for us to get busy on. …

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The Country Snowman

March 18, 2009
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The Country Snowman

Before spring time arrives in full swing, I forgot to mention the great snowman the kids created a few weeks ago.  They rolled the bottom ball, then the middle ball.  They had to build a snow ramp to roll the middle ball into place. They added some finishing touches to his face.  A carrot for his nose, two…

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Romanticizing Farm Life

January 9, 2009
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Romanticizing Farm Life

I could paint you a romanticized picture of farm life, but then I would feel guilty for leading you astray.  While farm life has it’s moments of sheer, picture perfect perfection, it is usually only  a brief frame in time before you see reality.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love farm life.  Real farm life, however,…

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Do you ever have one of those days…

December 2, 2008
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Do you ever have one of those days…

…one of those days were nothing goes right in the kitchen.  We had a baking day last week before Thanksgiving.  To keep the little girls occupied I gave them a bowl with some flour and water in it and told them to make some dough.  Easy, cheap and kept them entertained for a very long…

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You know it’s time to check on the children when…

October 22, 2008
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You know it’s time to check on the children when…

You know it’s time to go check on the children when the 7 year old comes in the house and says, “I need two tablespoons of lighter fluid and a match.”  In all seriousness as if I would ever hand over such ingredients to a 7 year old boy–  I ventured outside to find a…

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Raising Ready Writers

October 1, 2008
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The use of the pen can be a powerful weapon.   We place a high priority on learning the art and skill of the pen.  Writing is an absolute must do in this family.  While we do have structured how to lessons on writing here and there, the majority of our writing consists of letters they write to…

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Busy Week

September 20, 2008
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We have been swamped this week.  One day this week the boys took care of a rooster problem we were having.  When roosters interfere with the humans getting sleep around here…they are out of here fast.  Last time it was Craig’s List… this time the freezer.  The great thing about this chicken processing day was…

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