Archive for May, 2009


Walking the Dogs…

We finally took the dogs for a walk the other evening.  It was a nice cool evening, so we put leashes on Thai and Koal and let Ash go on her own.  For anyone who knows Ash or has heard stories about Ash, this will seem shocking to not have her on a very short leash.  However, this is her (possibly only) area of expertise.  She trotted along about 5-10 feet in front of us the entire time.


Thai has some listening issues we are still working on, and Koal is a cold-blooded killer that would have been shoulder deep in every hole/den we passed had it not been for Randy keeping him above ground.

It was a peaceful night at our house since everyone was worn out from the walk.

Have a wonderful day!


A Long Holiday Weekend…

We have had a busy couple of weeks.  My Dad and two other guys have been working to rebuild the roof over our front entry and porch.  It leaked really badly due to it being a more-or-less flat roof.  So the guys built it up so the water will run off better.






 Daily messes we got to clean up when we got home from work.


You can see here how much the roof was built up over the existing roof.

My order came in from Abundant Acres so I had tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and wolf berries to plant.  I wasn’t all that impressed with my order from them.  The plants were really over grown, and I’ve had to really work to keep them alive.  They yellow when I got them which I related to being shipped in a pitch black box.  Hopefully they will come around.  The rest of my tomatoes from Mom’s store are doing really well.  I also got soaker hoses ran throughout the entire garden on Friday.


Here you can see how gangly my heirloom tomatoes were when they arrived.



Compost Bin

 Randy was so good to help me Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning in the garden.  We mulched the entire thing with leftover hay from the sheep’s pen.  It’s a shame they waste (expensive) hay, but at least it was put to good use in the garden.


We missed the majority of the Memorial Day activities, but our garden looks great, our pool is open for business (once it warms up), and Randy had some time to work on his pickup engine while I did housework and cooked.

We had a really productive weekend!


Happy Memorial Day….

Happy Memorial Day!



I Saw What I Saw….

Sara Groves-I Saw What I Saw


Dossier is Sent…

I just sent our dossier via UPS to Holt. 

With every step we take, our excitement builds for the day we will bring our little girl home.  This was a major step in our adoption process.

Let the wait begin!


A Weekend Update…

Friday was spent doing the normal chores around the house.  I did get all our bushes and trees mulched.  I also made potato salad (first time) that turned out really well and a strawberry-rhubarb pie (Randy’s favorite) that turned out not-so-well.  Randy was a good sport, thanked me, complemented me, and ate the whole thing.

Randy came home early to go to the doctor.  Still not sure what is wrong with him, so I am going to try to get him in with our Kinesiologist today if at all possible.  He was bitten by a tick right before he traveled to Ohio for classes and hasn’t felt well since. 

Randy worked on putting the engine together for his pickup Saturday morning while I did laundry and some work in the garden.  We sheared at Dad’s and finished up the few who were missed due to rain.  A friend of Randy’s also brought over his nine sheep to shear.

We have decided to make a conscious effort to make our Sundays a day of “rest.”  We will hopefully use this day for relaxation, fun, or at least some of our easier projects.  However, we spent the early part of this Sunday morning rolling barbed-wire balls into the back of the pickup and picking up old wooden hedge posts all around the pasture to take to the dump.  It was not exactly easy or fun or relaxing, but it is done and the pasture looks so much nicer now.  Randy continued working on his engine while I finished up laundry.  I also hilled and mulched our potato plants in hopes we will get a good crop of potatoes this year. 

Sunday afternoon we got cleaned up and headed to town.  We met at our friend’s, Josh and Angie’s, house to meet Angie’s mom, Nancy, so she could notarize the last of our adoption papers.  Her and her husband drove up on their Harley.  She is too cute, and we so appreciated her meeting us and helping us complete our paper work. 

We attended two graduation parties and saw lots of friends I hadn’t seen in a long time.  We had a great time, stayed too late, and had to hurry through chores before getting to bed.  Today I am sleepy and ready for an early night. 

Dinner is baked spaghetti I pulled out of the freezer this morning.  It is one I already made up and is ready to bake.  I also pulled a baggie of homemade mozzarella to sprinkle on top of it.  No garlic bread though.  We at an entire loaf of bread this weekend, and I only made one.  So it will be a bread-less week until I can make more again on Friday.

Hope everyone is having a nice Monday!


I am reading a great book or two…

Mitten Strings for God:  Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry By Katrina Kenison

This is a great book for any mother or mother-to-be.  She writes beautifully about slowing down and simplifying your life and your family’s life.

I’m also reading a few devotions a night from:

The Simple Life:  Devotional thoughts from Amish Country by Wanda E. Brunstetter

It is also a great book about with scripture and short stories relating to Amish life.

The DVDs, Fireproof and Amazing Grace, I had requested at the library have finally come in.  Hopefully we will get a chance to watch these over the weekend.

I also picked up and have been reading a lot of articles about asthma.  Right now I am skimming through:

Easy Breathing:  Natural Treatments for Asthma, Colds, Flu, Coughs, Allergies, Sinusitis By David Hoffman

I’m in hopes we can get Randy is top-notch shape with his asthma before we travel to Nepal (one of the worst countries for air-quality in the world).  It’s never to early to start building up your immune system. 

I have a stack of books to start after I have finished up these and will let you know what and how they are as I go.

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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