Archive for June, 2009


Winter Feed…

Here are the oats bales Dad has for himself to use and for us to buy from him to use this winter for hay.



Oats for feed.



Randy and I were laughing at how funny this had to look to folks passing by.  He is mowing our pasture while our sheep graze in our backyard.




The pasture we use to run our sheep is in pretty rough shape.  Now that we have a new fence and fence posts around it we are working to improve the quality of grass.  We missed burning in the spring because it was always too windy on the weekends, and we were at work during the week when we would have a nice day to burn here and there.  So, we are having to mow it again to try to get it under control so our sheep have enough grass until fall.

**Please excuse the dirty glass door I took these pictures through.  Kind of hard to keep glass clean when you have 3 dogs and nearly 100 sheep nosing it.


See that wood floor?  Yep, that is our back deck.  The shade trees apparently weren’t good enough for these spoiled girls.  They were so hot (100+ degrees), how could you say no?


Here are more of them tucked under the dog house trying to stay cool. 

We spent the weekend mowing the front yard and pasture, separating and weaning our ram lambs to take to the sale in two weeks, and moving panels around to get our sheep to weedy areas to clean up and the backyard.  The backyard was decided because the bermuda is so thick and such good grass compared to their pature.  It’s a huge area, so we are going to try to keep them on it Friday-Sunday to stretch their pasture as far as possible in hopes of not having to buy hay too early in the season.

Hope you enjoyed a weekend on our (little bit hillbilly farm).  Have a great day! 


Adoption Update…

Holt has received the last of our paper work we needed to make corrections to.  Now we wait.  The adoptions in process this year are moving along smoothly.  We can only hope the 2010 adoptions (that’s us) go the same way.

 I plan to order a 2010 planner soon, so I can make a note of the dates different pieces of paper work expire and also make a note 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months prior to the expiration date, so I can make absolutely sure we stay on top of renewing everything necessary.

I’m still in search of a water filter that meets the CDC’s requirements, specifically for cryptosporidium.  I did get a nice response from NSF International saying they have no recommendations for a travel filter only large water filtration systems.  I will leave whatever I have to behind to ensure we have a good water filter while we are in Nepal.  Again, once some families return this year from their adoptions we will know the availability of bottled water, sicknesses to prepare for, etc.  Until then I will just freak out and way over plan for the big event.  We may just have to resort to boiling water to be safe since even bottled water can contain cryptosporidium.

This is the latest in adoption news!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday.


Our World…Top Ten…

THIS article is so good if you want to read it in it’s entirety.  In the meantime, here are

The Ten “Big Duh” Realizations about Our World That Need to be Stated:

1:  Pharmaceuticals don’t work

2:  You can’t raise healthy children on garbage food

3:  Modern society is not sustainable

4:  the American Empire is bankrupt

5:  The health care crisis cannot be solved unless we focus on health

6:  You cannot “screen” your way to good health

7:  Carbon emissions do impact the environment

8:  Animals have consciousness

9:  All the medicine we need already exists in plants

10:  Humankind has learned nothing from the “advancement” of technology

So what do you do…..use herbs to treat sickness, eat and feed your children organic, non-processed food, stop being “consumers” and buying stuff you don’t really need, buy fuel efficient cars, but more importantly quit driving so much, and buy humanely raised meats and dairy products preferably from a local farm.

The article is a smidge on the political side which was not my intent on this blog, but the points he makes are worth reading. 


Harvest and Summer on the Farm…

 Here is Friday in the wheat field:Sunflower_01_compressed



Dad and Craig are moving to a new field.  Randy and I are stuck behind custom cutters emptying their grain cart into their semi.  So I snapped a photo while we waited.

 Yesterday evening in the field:







Sorry some of the photos are kind of blury.  Not sure if it is me or the camera.  I’m saving my pennies for a new one before we travel to Nepal (even though this one is only a year or two old and fairly expensive, I’m not bitter).

I planted so many new trees, fruit bushes, and flowers around our house this spring I am about to kill myself keeping it watered in this heat.  We have had triple digits here off and on the past two weeks.  The heat index for this week has been anywhere from 105-110 degrees. 

My evenings (after we come home from the wheat field, usually around 8:30) consist of me and my water can or a garden hose cruising around watering everything.  Randy and I can also be found replenishing the many water tanks for our animals, feeding the chickens, collecting eggs, tending to our dogs and cat, and doctoring and checking in on the sheep throughout our evenings. 

Gone are the days of killing time shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria Secret then having lunch and a beer at California Pizza at The Summit, but this is my life.  I couldn’t be happier!

This evening will be the same as yesterday.  Randy and I will get home from work.  Do the chores that are pressing (water, eggs, etc.) and head to the field.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!


Federal Adoption Tax Credit…

I have just posted a widget on my sidebar to support H.R. 213:  The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009.  This bill would prevent the 2001 Adoption Tax Credit from expiring in 2010.

Without this tax credit being renewed/extended, Randy and I will most likely not be able to adopt internationally again.  To my knowledge we will not even receive this credit for our current adoption if it expires in 2010.  International adoption is VERY expensive.  For average Joes like us, the cost isn’t feasible without this tax credit.

This is a much needed credit to families who are adopting.  Without this credit the number of orphans is likely to grow as people are forced to give up on adoption due to financial restraints. 

Please help support H.R. 213:  The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009

Write Your U.S. Representative

Write Your U.S. Senator

I have done both!!! 

Please help orphans and adoptive parents by showing your support.


Wheat harvest and rain…

Well we did it.  We finally turned our a/c on.  With the weather forecasting 3 days in a row of triple digits and a predicted heat index of 106 we caved.  Those $60 electric bills are out the window from here on out.

I was sick Friday, but still managed to last all afternoon and night in the wheat field while they cut wheat.  Friday night and all day Saturday (it rained all day, so no wheat harvest going on) I felt terrible.  I (self-prescribed) echinacea, vitamin c, and truck loads of garlic.  By Sunday I felt well enough to hop on mom and dad’s 4-wheeler and mow a portion of the pasture.  Randy was on their zero-turn and mowed our east pasture and the south ¼ of the north pasture we use for our sheep.

I am now VERY sunburned, but feeling better than I did Friday and Saturday. 

Now it’s back to another week of work.  I had a Sunday evening of dreading going back to work.  I haven’t had one of those in awhile.  It is such an awful feeling.  My job really isn’t that bad.  I would just rather be home.

I forgot my camera at home, so will post harvest pictures another time.  We should be back in the field today.


Storms and No Power…

We had storms with high winds last night. Our power flickered off and on throughout the evening and eventually went off for good some time in the night.  Luckily, we have a weather radio Randy’s Dad and Brenda bought for us that has an alarm on it so we still made it to work on time.

The forecast from here on out is hot and dry with highs in the 100s.  Wheat harvest will be just around the corner with temperatures like that.  I’m going to do a little experiment this year.  I am going to fill a 2 quart jars with wheat and use two different preservation methods and see what works best.  Hopefully by next harvest we will have invested in a grain mill and can swipe a couple buckets of wheat from Dad to grind for bread.  This way I will know what works best and not risk wasting a large quantity of wheat to weavils.  Randy is currently reading Small-Scale Grain Raising so we can use it as a reference this harvest.

I didn’t water last night because there were huge storms coming our way.  Of course, we got more wind than rain so I will be watering heavily tonight (assuming we will have power by then).

Have a great Tuesday!

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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