Monday, July 27, 2015

Beautiful, Abundant Life!

This summer the farm as been as active and busy as a beehive!  

In the last couple of months we were surprised with two lamb births, 
which is such a blessing AND a first, for us.

We are so very thankful to have all of our hay put away for the year!  750 bales should get us through nicely!  

Sorry to bore you people with garden photos, but it is certainly looking to be an EXCITING growing year, with 800` rows of corn, 400` beans, nearly 100' of zucchini, pumpkins, cucumbers, kale, tomatoes, chili, jalapeno, and orange bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, brussells, carrots, and squash! Thanks to my dear Father for this bounty...and to Janet for trying to help me stay on top of the copious weeds.

George, the sole surviving turkey.  Affectionately named after my adorable sister Valerie's very first dear-but-homely pet "George" the turkey.

 "DUCK season!" ~Buggs Bunny

Sweet Rosie is due in just a couple of weeks!  Can't wait!

 "Wabbit Theson!" ~Daffy Duck

 I think we accomplished just want we had hoped with our experimental cross of Black Copper Marans and Legghorn chickens.  An attractive, productive laying hen that produces nice, brown eggs!

Hank has no idea how lucky he is. After a near re-homing early in the month, (because of numerous "strike 3's" such as biting a ewe and killing chickens) he has found his home on a zip-line beside our little house. When it came right down to it, we couldn't bear to see him go! We do get very attached to our animals here on the farm.

 My name is Penny Pig, and I am a beautiful young Duroc in search of an eligible mate. Preferably brown, with brown eyes and nice chubby hams would be nice, but not essential. Someone who loves to wallow in mud and enjoys eating. Please call my humans if you think you are the boar for me.

Everybody say "CHEESE!!!!!"


  1. Oh my goodness:) I just loved seeing all the pictures of your beautiful farm. You are amazing at being able to manage all that each day. I'd love to know what a typical day looks like for you. You must rise quite early. I dream of having a farm like yours someday, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed with just chickens and dogs.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind encouraging words Elanee! You are right, we do have rather early mornings around here and some very late nights! But it is such a blessing and a privilege to live on this farm, and it it totally worth the hard work and (sometimes) stress of keeping everyone alive and healthy. I know how very easy it is to become overwhelmed, even with only a couple of species to care for. But a good and faithful animal caretaker, (like you!) will always be concerned for her critters and that they are getting all of their needs met, no matter how many or how few you have. And that is a very good thing! :-) Caring for animals is a job that always needs to be done every day, and usually more than once! But it is the most wonderful kind of job, and very rewarding, as I am sure you can relate!

  2. Ditto on Elanee's sweet and encouraging comments! We LOVE seeing all your fun and beautiful photos. You ARE truly amazing with all that you accomplish each day to keep everything and everyone happy and healthy on the farm. You are so faithful in all the little things that God has given you to tend to, and that all adds up to A LOT!! In the midst of caring for so much on the farm, you are also so such a blessing with how you give your time to love and serve others. We don't know how you do it all, but know that the Lord is your strength, and He blesses all the work of your hands! You (and Richie!) are such a blessing to all of us!!!
    We love you!
    Mommy, for all of us!

    1. Thank you Mommy! I do so love to share the "fun" of the farm with you all whenever possible,and am always so very blessed and encouraged by YOUR encouragement and how you are constantly "cheering us on" in all of our endevors! And I am thankful that you are not far away when I need a little break from my demanding, screaming sheep, bellowing cow, and barking dog! The Lord is most certainly our strength and our peace day in and day out, and I am so thankful for the people like you that he has put into our lives to keep us going on the difficult days!