Sunday, April 28, 2013


Well, I should be at church right now.  I would be, except that one side of my face is swollen up like a balloon.  One my honey bees decided to fly under my sunglasses and sting me right beneath the eye on Thursday.  By the next day, my face was so swollen I couldn't hardly see out of one eye.  Today, it is a little better, but still bad.  It's not fun :-( 
So, I'm sitting here, doing a much-needed update on the blog with an ice pack held to my cheek. :-)
The lambs are getting so big! 

Timmy and Joe spent last Tuesday with me!
We went on a hike, had a picnic lunch, and hunted bugs. 
And of course we had a photo shoot :-)
This is the road up to the grassy field where we had our lunch.
It sure is beautiful up there!

Joe was drinking homemade root beer and burping while he talked.
This is the boy's idea of "look cool!" 

Oh, and before I forget, could you all please pray for this Wednesday's appointment in Seattle?  They will do more blood work and talk with us about the results.  Please pray that God's will would be done and that Richie and I will have peace whatever the outcome.  Thank you!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I sure love all of my cute little brothers.  They came to visit and play games with me last week!
Joe wanted to help me gather some rhubarb for pies, which is funny, because he doesn't even like rhubarb pie.  Kind of reverse of the little red hen story, huh?
Only boys would figure out how to crack open walnut shells by throwing them on the floor.
Uh oh.  Somehow Benny bear found some money.  "What do you have Benjamin?"  I asked
"Dolla bill?!  Dolla bill!!!!"
Everyone forgot coats that day, and Benjamin didn't want to wear one anyway.  His sleeper worked as a coat when we went to feed the chickens. 
The rhubarb collector!

Benjamin happily eating blueberries and milk.
Joe mixing up the blueberry pie filling.  Notice the blue around his lips ;-)
Timmy assured me that he had used a knife before.  I allowed him to cut up the rhubarb.  He did an excellent job!
Joe showed me his hurt lip.
Benjamin filling up a measuring cup with water for me.  Only problem with this method was that by the time the measuring cup got into my hands, most of the water had spilled :-)
Benjamin shed pieces of clothing throughout the day. 
A beautiful blueberry pie with a J for Joe!
And a Rhubarb pie with a T for Timmy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Disappointments and Heartache

The last few days have been rather discouraging ones.  Sometimes it seems like one thing after another, and you wonder…when will this ever end?  Everyone has experienced this at some point in their lives, no?  I have been enjoying listening to CSN continually on my little ipod during my daily chores and farm duties.  What an encouragement that has been!  I especially enjoy it when Richie hears the same sermons before/after or during his work day and we get to discuss them together. 

I had to put down one of my favorite (they’re all my favorite!) ewes yesterday.  She had been very   sick since Thursday.  I spent most of last weekend down there in the barn trying to save little June and her unborn lambs...I assume it was pregnancy toxemia that got her.  It’s awful to see animals suffer.  The stress of round-the-clock care and wondering whether she would be dead next time I checked on her was hard on me and all the people here on the farm!  Sweet little June was always quiet and shy.  I loved her.  It sure would be easier not to have any animals at all!  But honestly I don’t think I’d be able to stand being sheep-less for more than a day.  I’m totally addicted!

Last night we got an email from Richie’s medical team.  They want Richie to come in early (May 1st instead of June) for a blood test and meeting with his doctor.  One of his cancer markers is up, and they are concerned that something is trying to grow again. 

Why is it that when it rains it pours?  Sometimes we wonder when God will say “enough!”  A person gets so tired of sickness, and pain and death.  When the weight of these worldly struggles is hard to bear, I remember that this is nothing compared to what the martyrs and those who were tortured for their faith endured.  Paul was stoned almost to death for the gospel, yet he grew ever more faithful and vigilant.  I am reminded that the Lord is with us every step of the way.  I remember that this is a battle, and that we must be active in fighting it or we will fall.  I remember that to fear is to doubt God’s sovereignty.  I remember that before too long,  we will have a life of rejoicing and praising God...with no suffering or pain, sickness or death.  If God is for us, who can be against us?  That alone is a reason to be JOYFUL!!!
Ephesians 6:10

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the fill armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  Fort our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm.”    

Lastly, I must say that I am so proud of my husband.  He just has a way of being strong when I am not, and reminding me of the spiritual battle we are fighting.  Sometimes he is afraid, just as I am.  We are afraid of having to go though the awful chemo again.  But he never fails to see these troubles from a different perspective, and to ask the Lord to calm our anxious thoughts.  Richie helps me remember that God is our healer, helper, and strength.  And no matter what we must go through, everything will be ok because He will care for us!

Friday, April 12, 2013


These are a few of the projects we've been working on around the farm.
The first one is a newly planted area along our block wall.  We decided to do a hedge of tea trees and blueberry bushes behind the wall.  Wood chips will go over the black landscape fabric. 
Yay!  Time to get the garden started!  I planted rows and rows of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Kohlrabi and Chard so far :-)
Here's what the greenhouse looks like right now. 
As the lambs grow, so do their ears.  Mr. Big has found their ears to be just about the right size for a pacifier.  The last few times I've gone down to feed them, I find their ears are soaked with slobber.  Now how is that happening?  I thought. 
Then as I fed the lambs their bottles I watched as Mr. Big came right up and started sucking on Ginger's ear.  Ginger tried to ignore him.  When he got tired of that ear, he moved on the next lamb.  On and on until he ran out of ears to suck. 
The lambs visiting with their Dad
I thought this picture needed a caption like one of these:
"Did I hear you say mutton?!!!!"
"You ate WHAT for dinner?!!!"
Any better ideas anyone? :-)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Marvelous Shower for a Wonderful Sister!

Yay!  Blogger is finally working again.  I couldn't get my pictures to upload for ANYTHING!  Hopefully it will continue to work...I have so many pictures to share from the last few days!

Us girls had such a wonderful time celebrating the beautiful little pink bundle that the Lord  has dropped into our lives.  It is so amazing to see how excited our whole church family is about this little gal...their generosity was incredible!

                                                                 Two of my sweet sisters!
Sweet little Lena with her cupcake!
My beautiful, very happy, and very blessed mother!

Friday, April 5, 2013


The last few days have been pretty good ones.  Richie had another blood test yesterday, which we are praying will turn out good.  He had one a week ago that was not so of the "tumor marker" numbers was up.  The other number that they watch was negative, which is exactly what it should be.  SO, they are hoping the one higher marker number was caused by something else.

Today I was reading in Romans and came across this passage.  Isn't it funny how you can read though a chapter of the Bible multiple times and still stumble upon hidden gems that you didn't notice before?

Romans 12:10
"Let love be without hypocrisy.  Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor, not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.  Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality."

Now that is a verse that is packed-full of instruction.  I'm going to make this verse my special focus and project for a week at least, knowing that actually I'll be working on all of these things for the rest of my life.  I find it less overwhelming to focus on certain areas of Godly character a little at a time.  Isn't it interesting how God works on us a little at a time as well?  He doesn't convict us of everything that is wrong in our lives all at once, lest we become discouraged and frustrated. 

      Well, better go for now, I can hear Richie's truck coming down the road, back from work.  ;-)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


This first picture is actually outdated :-)  This is what the greenhouse site looked like before Ron came last
Saturday and put in all of the posts with Richie.  It's really coming along!

Got the rabbit hutch painted a few days ago too.  It looks a lot better doesn't it?

Timmy and Joe helped me get all of the lambs fed on Easter.

And then everyone got to watch as I milked Rosie and the sheep.

It was a beautiful day!!!

Monday, April 1, 2013


Happy April first everyone!  And a happy belated
Easter as well.  I don't know about all of you, but Richie and I were blessed to note this Resurrection Sunday as one of the best ever.  Pastor Dean gave a wonderful sermon as usual, in fact, we listened to it again in the evening in order to let the message sink in even more. 

My whole big fun family came to spend the afternoon and evening with us, so as you can imagine, the hill was hoppin'!
 Richie got to work and pressure washed the tractors so we could use them as props to hide eggs for Timmy, Joe, and Benjamin.

If you were to come and visit us on one of these sizzling hot (72+!) evenings, you would find yourself parked in the shade of the barn to visit and enjoy the view. 

Ready for the great hunt!

Clever egg hiding strategy...Victoria's brilliant idea I think.

This one wins the award for the prettiest pictures I took that day! 
My sweet sis Victoria.

I like this picture with the tractors and guys in the background.

Mommy says "Chocolate for me?!"

Sure, he looks sweet an innocent here, but he is the master of
candy snatching before the boys get to the eggs.

Sweet sisters!

Richie fired up each of his "Johnny Poppers"  They sure sound neat!

Notice the gigantic cleats Benjamin has on.  Sometimes little things are able to slip out the door without notice when a big family is getting ready to leave the house.  Benjamin snuck out with two right-foot cleats on that belong to Timmy.  He got away without anyone noticing the unusual size and shape of his feet until the van was almost to our place!


"What are those guys up to?" you ask.  A grand invention. 
Jalapeno slices on a deviled egg. 


Janet and Rich make a very happy picture!


When the sun started to set things quieted down a little.  We sat around and talked, had some wonderful strawberry shortcake, and listened to Pastor Dean's sermon on Richie's laptop.  What a wonderful way to end the day!