Archive for February, 2009

24
Feb
09

Our celebrity sheep…

So everyone remembers our little crooked neck baby from 2007, right?

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Well, the little missy has done it again.  For the second year in a row she has kicked out twins (all by herself I might add).  A boy and a girl.

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In this picture she is loaded in the trailer.  Dad moved her, her babies, and another mama and baby up to Grandma’s to a pen where she wouldn’t get confused with all the other mamas and babies.  Since she can’t look to her left Dad worries about other lambs nursing her or her babies getting lost in the mix.  So, she will be in a semi-private pen where she won’t be stressed.  She’s such a diva!

Have a great day!

24
Feb
09

Our celebrity sheep…

So everyone remembers our little crooked neck baby from 2007, right?

Well, the little missy has done it again.  For the second year in a row she has kicked out twins (all by herself I might add).

A boy and a girl.  In this picture she is loaded in the trailer.  Dad moved her, her babies, and another mama and baby up to Grandma’s to a pen where she wouldn’t get confused with all the other mamas and babies.  Since she can’t look to her left, Dad worries about other lambs nursing her or her babies getting lost in the mix.  So, she will be in a semi-private pen where she won’t be stressed.  She’s such a diva!

Have a great day!

04
Feb
09

On Hold…

We have notified our agency we will be putting our adoption on hold.  It was already on hold for the most part due to the long wait the country was imposing.  Now, however, it is official.  We will tie up loose strings as far as our paper work is concerned and our file will be put on hold until further notice (or expiration) with the agency.

This was a VERY difficult decision to make.  This morning Randy called to let me know another major aircraft company in our area would be laying off 2,300 people Friday (plus 4,000 who were laid off at a different company last Friday).  This reassured us we were making the right decision and the email to the agency was sent.

We will see what happens in the months to come.

04
Feb
09

January-February update…

Okay, I haven’t posted in a long time.  So sorry.  Things are busy as usual at our home.  We now have a total of eleven bottle lambs acquired from Dad’s farm.  They are babies who were either abandoned by their mom, a triplet, or some other reason.  We have battles sickness (even though they received colostrum) and now have a cute little group of multi-colored ewes and rams.  We also located a fresh seafood (never frozen) shop nearby and stocked up on oysters, mussels, crab cakes, and tuna steaks.  We have also implemented liver, wild game, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables into our diet.  Our food bill has increased, but our visits to the kinesiologist have decreased. 

I also made a really good smoothie this morning for breakfast:

½ c. kefir

2 T. flax seed oil

2 t. coconut oil

1 handful organic blueberries

1 handful strawberries

1 banana

6 ice cubes

1/8 t. stevia (powder)

Blend and enjoy!

*I put three drops of liquid kelp in mine.

I also purchased some tea from Harney & Sons.  Their Hot Cinnamon Spice is the best.  I also purchased a Valentine’s Day surprise and will hopefully remember to post about it after Valentine’s Day. 

Tonight’s dinner will be liver and onions with mushrooms.  Tomorrow we have our annual eye appointments in the evening, so I have beef stew already made up for a quick dinner once we get home. 

Aviation is a very scary industry to be in right now.  Randy is fortunate to work for a good company who rarely has layoffs.  However, we are still playing it safe, putting back a little extra just incase and will hopefully be restocking our pantry with dried goods soon.  Our supply has gotten really low, so this just needs to be done anyway. 

I promise to try to get pictures of our herd of bottle lambs soon.  We should have 13 more chickens (give or take a rooster or two) start laying in the next month or so.  We have way more demand than supply in the egg department. 

We also hope to get a second coop set up soon to accommodate broilers this spring.  Lambing should be underway come mid-March, so we will have preparations for that as well.  

Spring is already in the air on our homestead.  Friday I planted 2 pecan trees, 6 blueberry bushes, and 3 raspberry vines.  I should have another batch of fruit bushes arriving soon.  Now to keep them watered, mulched, and fertilized properly. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

04
Feb
09

January-February Update…

Okay, I haven’t posted in a long time.  So sorry.  Things are busy as usual at our home.  We now have a total of eleven bottle lambs acquired from Dad’s farm.  They are babies who were either abandoned by their mom, a triplet, or some other reason.  We have battles sickness (even though they received colostrum) and now have a cute little group of multi-colored ewes and rams.

We also located a fresh seafood (never frozen) shop nearby and stocked up on oysters, mussels, crab cakes, and tuna steaks.  We have also implemented liver, wild game, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables into our diet.  Our food bill has increased, but our visits to the kinesiologist have decreased.

I also made a really good smoothie this morning for breakfast:

½ c. kefir

2 T. flax seed oil

2 t. coconut oil

1 handful organic blueberries

1 handful strawberries

1 banana

6 ice cubes

1/8 t. stevia (powder)

Blend and enjoy!

*I put three drops of liquid kelp in mine.

I also purchased some tea from Harney & Sons.  Their Hot Cinnamon Spice is the best.  I also purchased a Valentine’s Day surprise and will hopefully remember to post about it after Valentine’s Day.

Tonight’s dinner will be liver and onions with mushrooms.  Tomorrow we have our annual eye appointments in the evening, so I have beef stew already made up for a quick dinner once we get home.

Aviation is a very scary industry to be in right now.  Randy is fortunate to work for a good company who rarely has layoffs.  However, we are still playing it safe, putting back a little extra just incase and will hopefully be restocking our pantry with dried goods soon.  Our supply has gotten really low, so this just needs to be done anyway.

I promise to try to get pictures of our herd of bottle lambs soon.  We should have 13 more chickens (give or take a rooster or two) start laying in the next month or so.  We have way more demand than supply in the egg department.  We also hope to get a second coop set up soon to accommodate broilers this spring.  Lambing should be underway come mid-March, so we will have preparations for that as well.

Spring is already in the air on our homestead.  Friday I planted 2 pecan trees, 6 blueberry bushes, and 3 raspberry vines.  I should have another batch of fruit bushes arriving soon.  Now to keep them watered, mulched, and fertilized properly.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

03
Feb
09

Second thoughts…

Randy and I had a moment of truth Thursday evening.  Long story short our I-600A had been sent to the wrong office so two weeks later we received it back (minus the $830 check) with the correct address to send it to.  Friday I called the bank and $25 later a stop payment was put on the check.  I believe in “signs,” things that are supposed to hint to you you may not be heading in the right direction in your life. 

Signs:

Nepal regulates number of adoptions to 10 per agency per year.  We are pushed back to 2010 at the earliest.

Nepal changes expiration dates increasing our expenses in the thousands.

Immigration paper work is returned to us, check is lost, delayed two weeks.

Missing paper work. 

Miscommunication.

Our health insurance changed from 80/20 to 50/50.

The economy is terrible.  Four thousand (plus) people were laid off from Cessna in Wichita Friday.  Four thousand people may be without and income, insurance, and even hope as of January 30.  Aviation is a scary industry to rely on and rely on it we do.

My job is contract with no promises of a permanent position in site. 

Parents are indifferent to the idea of adoption (or acquiring grandchildren in general).

My point is we have a lot of reasons to question our desire to adopt a child(ren).  As the expenses keep growing, the wait continues to increase, and the job market becomes even more unstable; we question our decision to start a family. 

We love the life we have.  We love each other and the time we spend together.  We love our animals and our little farm.  We don’t love our jobs and have always had dreams of retiring early and living off of what we could provide for ourselves or sell off of our farm. 

We have come to the conclusion we should appreciate what we have.  Enjoy each day and not try to plan our lives to the very end.  Our adoption is now on hold (so to speak) so we can have some time to reevaluate what we really want out of life. 

Our dreams involve traveling the world, retiring early, saving abandoned animals, taking care of our parents as they age, and taking care of each other.  We are not so sure we are willing to change all of those dreams just yet.  Selfish, maybe, but the world is a scary place right now.  We have always said we don’t want to bring a child into this world and now aren’t so sure we would like to raise one in it either.  We may change our minds later in life, but for now we just aren’t ready. 

Another thing we discussed last night is the idea of adoption as, “giving a child a better life.”  Okay, probably, but what about the fact they are stripped of their culture, their homeland, and their familiar surroundings.  Who are we as Americans to think this life if better than that of another countries.  Randy and I dream of a simple life which is the farthest thing from the reality of life in America where taxes (income, property, and otherwise) rule your life. 

To us, to live in a place without electricity means no electric bills.  To live in a place where there is not a Walmart on every corner means we can grow our own food in our garden and raise our own animals for dairy, meat, and eggs.  To live in a place where handmade goods are sold at markets means people still have skills and talents passed down from generation to generation.  Meals are prepared and eaten together as a family (did you know there are three of them). 

We dream of a life like this.  Americans tend to believe we are at the top of the food chain, pecking order, ladder, and every other proverbial list known to man.  If we take a step back we might just see our lack of life skills, dwindling family values, negligible respect for nature, discontentment about being “stuck” at home, our love affair with the ol’ mighty dollar, consumerism, and the list goes on and on.  It doesn’t make us the Land of the “Free.”  It makes us the land of the stressed, over worked, over taxed, never home, and stuck on a financial treadmill that beats the happiness right out of us. 

For now, we have decided to be free.  To attempt to live the life we always dreamed of, just the two of us (plus a small pack of dogs).  We hope to make plans to travel within our own borders and beyond.  We plan to hike through nature and mingle in the cities.  We plan to spend money and save money.  To pay off debt, save for early retirement, and become more self-sufficient and self-reliant. 

Most importantly, we plan to enjoy our lives while we are here on this Earth.




Adopting one child won't change the world; but for that child, the world will change.

I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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