Saturday, June 28, 2014

Good Days

 This week has been an interesting one!  We had two sick ones in the family...Richie had a stomach bug (the same that went through the family a few weeks ago) and he took a couple days off work to recover.  He's doing much better now, praise the Lord!  The other was this friendly-looking Labrador...she tricked her family into taking her to the vet when really, she just wanted special attention, treats, and a free pass to stay inside for a bit.  :-)  But, she WAS sore and needed dog ibuprofen since being a 3-legged dog does a number on one's hips! 

 Rosie's due-date is July 7th.  We're so excited!!!

The sunsets display God's handwork every evening.  I can see why this place we live on was once called "Sunset Ranch."  The sunsets are spectacular down here! 

 This morning I had the privilege of witnessing the first crows from our layer roosters.  Our five or six roosters were having quite a competition, which was hilarious since they all sounded a bit like 
chorusing squeaky-toys.  Can't wait to hear them again tomorrow ;-) 

Lucy trying to figure out why I was so interested in photographing this flower.

 A couple cuties I get to babysit :-)

 Some of my projects lately :-)  

More photo cards!

Mossyrock Blueberry Sheep Milk Soap!

This is one of my first typography projects.  Well, maybe you can't quite call it typography, but I did try to be creative with my fonts :-)  I ordered some 5X7s and plan on matting and framing them for sale.  We'll see how that goes!  At any rate, I do look forward to hanging one in our house.  
What do you think?  Any suggestions?  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Not Our Home

 Over the weekend we lost a little baby lamb that was especially special to us.  It was unexpected, and we still don't really know what caused her to get so sick so fast.  A bit of a back-story for those who don't know--When Sweet Pea was just a few days old, we brought her into the house and she lived happily indoors for couple weeks before going to live with her sheep family.  I continued to bottle feed her until weaning a few weeks ago.  She brought us a lot of joy and laughter!  

Losing sweet little animals never gets any easier, no matter how many times it happens or how "old" and tough you think you are.  Farm life is so glorious...but it can also be quite discouraging and painful!  
Yet, at the same time, we take special comfort in this: Our forever home is not in this sin-stained earth.  Because the farm seems so close to perfect, my eternal perspective is often somewhat fuzzy. Sickness, death, (stinkin' weeds and blackberry bushes) and pain aid in reminding me that we are citizens of a different place...a perfect, beautiful, painless and tearless place.  

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” ~Rev. 21:3-5

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!!!

 Daddy taught me so much about life.  He has always been a hard worker...

But he also spent a lot of time playing and going on "adventures" with us.

 He and Mommy both took the time and incredible effort to train us kids to heed instruction and to love the Lord and eachother!

 And most importantly...he pounded engrained into our minds the catchy family slogan... 
..."Sharing time's a happy time!"
(You know, 'cuz that's important in a big family :-)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bales from Ailes

 Steve Ailes brought us his wonderful haylege bails this week!

The animals all gathered round expectantly as they bales were unloaded one by one.  

Whatsa' matter Lilly?  Can't you reach the rabbit's alfalfa pellets? 
She was pretty upset when I realized why that rabbit was going through her pellets so fast.

 Rose is growing and getting sweeter every day!  I am so thankful that after a series of events, the Lord allowed us to keep her on the farm rather than  sell her like the rest of our spring lambs.

 This is Ellie, who is the only girl out of Ollie and Ellen's litter.  I plan to keep her for breeding.  
Such a cutie!