Friday, December 28, 2007

Farm Update through pictures

I haven't posted much about the farm lately.

Things are still growing and Jason is still working tremendously hard. The rye and clover grasses that he planted in October are starting to come up. Our pastures are getting greener and greener as the seeds make their way up into a full blown blade of grass. In a month or so, our pastures will be picturesque.

The cows are being rotated throughout the fields in small 1-2 acres pads. They usually stay on the pads about a day and then move on to the next. The point of rotating is so that the cows focus in on one small area and eat it all down before they get moved. The manure in such a small area is pushed and shoved back into the earth which fertilizes and puts all kinds of good stuff into the dirt. We are up to 36 total cows right now with more to come in January. Jason thinks the cows will be ready in the Spring.

We've lost a lot of chickens to a hawk. But, have no fear. Jason is here! He caught that hawk and had to teach him a lesson. We haven't lost any since then to hawks. We are up to about a dozen of eggs a day.

The 2 older sows are getting more and more beautiful- if that's possible for a pig to be beautiful. We've decided to keep the two bigger ones and breed them for more piglets. They are really show quality and have taken a liking to their daily belly rubs by none other than farmer Jason. We are in the process of getting an enormous boar for breeding. Hopefully we will have Spring piglets.

We've learned a lot through this entire farming adventure. But, the biggest thing we've learned is that there is a season for everything. Things don't just happen overnight. It is a patient process that requires planning and performance and lots of prayer. I am reminded of the scripture in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Here are some recent pictures of what is going on around here.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Farmhouse Facelift Finale, Part 1

We couldn't be more thrilled and thankful about our house. It is perfect. I have finally successfully taken and posted pictures of the house. The pictures really don't do it justice. You need to come out and see it in real life (hint, hint:). We can't wait to have sweet family and friends come out to visit us (hint, hint:).

We love that this is the original farmhouse out here on the property and tried our darnedest to keep with the farmhouse style. It is unreal to think that this is the same exact house with just a different use of square footage. We didn't add any additions- just reconfigured the space and made it more user friendly for our family. The house went from 2 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms to 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

There is so much room! I haven't even filled up the closets or bathroom drawers and shelves....which will come in handy raising girls in this house.

This is part one of two parts. I will post pictures of our bedroom, Laney Rae's room, and the exterior later. But, there were SOOOOO many pictures of just these rooms.

Our Living Room

And what is behind those doors......but an office of course. A messy one! We used our old doors to make a partition.

The girl's bathroom!

The favorite room and where I spend most of my time! It is so fun being in this kitchen.

Farmhouse sink.

Butcher Block counter tops with a beaded board back splash.

Our Kitchen Island and where we eat most of our meals.

Dining Room

KK's room....schoolhouse-themed (duh, ya think????)

KK's Reading Wagon

Our Christmas Tree and Decor

More pictures to come later of the rest of the house!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Family Pics

Here are the latest pictures of our family. Since Laney Rae has been on this earth, there is only ONE picture of all 4 of us together. That picture was taken in the creativity inspiring location of my hospital bed 5 hours after delivering Laney Rae. I look pretty awesome in them.

Needless to say, it was time for an update.

My sister was nice enough and patient enough to snap some of us together. I, of course, couldn't resist taking a few of my own of my sweet little girls and cute hubby.

These will be donning a New Year's photo card near you since Christmas is...oh, I don't know......9 days away.

And I promise pictures of the house are coming soon! We are all settled in and even have our Christmas tree up. Every time I think about taking pictures it is dark outside which since we live in the country means it is dark EVERYWHERE. No street lights here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A man of faith

If you are wanting to know where every presidential candidate stands for the upcoming 2008 election, you can check this website out. It is There is direct quotes and their voting record during their political careers. I found it very interesting to look at.