Archive for July, 2009

31
Jul
09

Adoption Delays…

The latest information we have on the Nepal adoptions currently underway for 2009 is that they are on hold.  No word on how long these families will have to wait.  Some already have referrals and will be forced to wait indefinitely to travel to bring their children home.

Nepal is in a very transitional state right now politically leaving government run programs unpredictable in their affairs.  Positions are changing hands or temporarily empty while looking for a replacement and this only leads to delays and changes.

Please pray not only for us, but for the families currently waiting on their approval to travel.  These familie have a photo of their child, medical information, and anything else available on their child.  How heartbreaking for them to be waiting indefinitely.  Randy and I pray these delays will be resolved (with no more to follow) by the time our dossier is sent to Nepal (January 2010).  We are so ready to travel to Nepal to bring our daughter home.  The closer we get the harder it will be to be patient and wait.

We did touch-ups to the baby’s room over the weekend.  Randy patched some holes in the wall, I sanded and removed more wall paper.  We also took down some trim and have decided to paint the remaining trim on the walls.  It is too hard to take it off the wall, and since it is a small room, I will just take my time and paint it on the walls.

We aren’t working too quickly on the room.  To have it all finished and ready and waiting would just be too much on us emotionally.  We will work on it little by little until it is finished. 

23
Jul
09

Just a Summer Farm Update…

The latest joke amongst our circle of friends is my/our “organic/green” lifestyle.  Well, here is an example of things we do that make passersby do a double take.

We like to think of them as “All-Natural Weed-Eaters and Fertilizers.”  Other people just think we are weird.

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After all that grazing the girls were thirsty and stopped for a drink before heading out to pasture to find their mamas.

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Look at the one taking a drink (0906).  She is really thirsty!

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We actually let these two little girls out because they are smaller than everyone else and get pushed out of the grain feeder.  They get an ice cream bucket of grain and all the grass and fallen leaves they can handle. 

The smallest of the two was really sick as a baby and will most likely never reach full-size or be bred.  On a regular farm this little gal would have either a) not made it as far as she has because a real “rancher” would have just let her go or put her down or b) sent her to the sale barn.  On our farm she was doctored, medicated, bottle fed every hour, and is the cutest “little” thing you will ever see.  We never named her because we never thought she would make it as long as she has.  So she is referred to by her tag number 905 and comes when you call out her number.

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Randy has been cruising around on his Honda Express and Cooter wanted to try it out.  R

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Randy never had the tires moving with the little guy in the basket, but Cooter really didn’t freak out when I stuck him in the basket.  He’s not your average, run-of-the-mill cat.

 Below are just a few pictures from a hot, dry, windy, summer day in Kansas. 

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Here are the girls chewing their cud in the shade.

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Here are the banties stealing a drink from the sheep’s stock tank. 

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We have lost many a bantam to the stock tank.  If the water level gets too low they will jump onto the side to lean in for a drink.  Then they fall in and then they drowned.  Not the brightest creatures to roam the earth, but they are good scavengers and lay really yummy eggs.

That’s it….that is our life from our little chunk of Earth!  Have a great day!

01
Jul
09

What we are eating…

They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.              Isaiah 49:10

We were fortunate enough to be given elk (steaks, burger, and sausage) from my cousin’s husband, Rob.  We made good use of some of it over the weekend and the past couple days.

Friday was elk burgers for dinner.

Saturday we had elk burgers and steaks for a late lunch served with tortilla chips and homemade salsa.  We ate Hebrew Nation hotdogs for dinner.

Sunday we had deer steaks and farmer’s market red potatoes fried in coconut oil and butter in a cast iron skillet.  They were the best potatoes ever (if I do say so myself)!

Monday we had elk sausage patties on the grill with farmer’s market red potatoes fried in coconut oil and butter in a cast iron skillet.  I also cooked some cabbage in the skillet after the potatoes were done.  It was ready in time for dinner, but was added to the leftovers for lunch today.

Tuesday, we totally cheated and grabbed fast food.  We had to sort sheep last night after work and just caved.  I bet I only eat fast food about 6-8 times a year (including pizza), so I don’t think that’s too bad.  Just defending myself!  *However today I feel awful and regret eating out last night.  Ugh!

Wednesday, we are having liver, onions, and mushrooms.  We were supposed to have rice, but just remembered as I’m typing this I forgot to soak the rice this morning.  Luckily mom sent home a box of summer squash and zucchini someone gave to her, so we will have lots of veggies tonight.

As hot as it has been, as much as we have to do in the evenings, and as tired as we are, I believe next weeks menu will consist of egg sandwiches and grilled cheese.  I’m not even kidding.  Last night (fast food night) was nice because we got chores done early and had time to do other projects (vacuum the pool, put away solar pool cover, and tend to the garden a bit).

I pulled a package of grass-fed steaks and another package of deer steaks out of the freezer for this weekend.  I’m also headed to the farmer’s market today for more yummy potatoes and anything else I can get my hands on.

*I soak all my meat (not including burger/sausage) in apple cider vinegar and water.  I use approximately 1 tablespoon per steak and cover with water while it thaws in the refrigerator.  The liver is soaking in lemon water. 

Last night we sorted off ewes to “dry off” (their milk supply).  Removed the bale feed from the ram lambs hay.  The little guys would not eat the hay with the feeder on it.  The minute Randy and I pulled the feed down they were all over it.  We have a ram lamb acting puny, so we will keep a close eye on him tonight and possibly try to doctor him if he can give us any sign of what is wrong other than just being lethargic.  Everyone else seems to be doing well, eating well, and growing okay. 

We finally have some takers for lamb if we decide to grow some to butcher weight next year.  We thought we would do it this year, but it is just mot going to work this year.  We also thought we would breed some of our Dorper ewes to one of Dad’s Dorper bucks for December lambing, but I don’t believe that will happen this year either.  It won’t happen next year because we will hopefully be thinking Nepal travel, maybe the following year.

We just ran an ad in the High Plains Journal to sell some of our ewe lambs and ram lambs.  Pray we are able to sell a few to help pay for our feed this winter.  We have too many sheep for the size of pasture we have for them.  We continue to look for land, but with the economy and jobs the way they are we still aren’t comfortable taking that leap.  If real estate was better, and we thought we could sell our house if we got in a bind it would be different.  Gone are the days of flipping houses!  Eventually we will have to get brave and expand.  Hopefully when that time comes the economy has recovered a bit and jobs are more secure.

Have a great day!




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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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