Archive for the 'Books, Video, & Music' Category

29
Aug
11

Good shopping and reading…

While we were in Arkansas we found a really neat little store called Christian Book Outlet.  They had all sorts of stuff to look at from home decor and t-shirts to bibles, books, and greeting cards.  Randy and I stopped in the Conway, Arkansas store before heading to Pet Smart to look for a collar, leash, and tote for Ruby Thursday night.

I also finished up A Love That Multiplies by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.  It was an incredible book about a couple who believe in God and live each day according to His word.  This book takes an even closer look than their first book, The Duggars:  20 and Counting, at how they live their lives according to the bible.

We still have the movie Soul Surfer to watch and hope to watch it this week while we are home on vacation.

As I am typing this I am surrounded by four dogs and my husband who are all taking an afternoon nap.  The only sound besides the whirl of the ceiling fan is our chubby little blue heeler, Ash, trying to catch her breath.  They were outside for a few hours before coming in out of the afternoon heat, and she hasn’t quite recovered from the heat yet.

Happy Monday!

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03
May
10

Eric Church…OKC…

Yep, once again we hit the concert scene to see Eric Church.  This would be our third Eric Church concert since fall (Charlotte, NC at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and The Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, KS).  He is just so much fun live.  This time we had Meet & Greet passes, so we got to go backstage before the concert started.

We went to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to the Diamond Ballroom for the big event.

Aw, he is so wonderful!

They it was time for a group shot.

Some wonderful Oklahomans saved our places in the second row so after the meet & greet we were led back down to our places in front of the stage.  (Thank you Amanda and Shannon!)

We finished watching the end of the opening act, the Joel Wilson Band.  They were OKC locals and really good.  Then came the wait.  We had already waited for the long overdue opening act to grace the stage about an hour and 15 minutes late.  Then we waited and waited and waited for Eric Church and his band to take the stage.  We had just seen the guy.  We knew he was ready….not sure what the holdup was, but it was worth the wait.

He put on an amazing show as usual.

And we were surrounded by lots of fun people. 

We headed home early the next morning.  Mom watched our animals for the overnighter so we needed to get home and give her a break.  We took the backroads home rather than the interstate.  It was beautiful country and a fun drive home compared the I-35 route.

25
May
09

Happy Memorial Day….

Happy Memorial Day!

 

21
May
09

I Saw What I Saw….

Sara Groves-I Saw What I Saw

14
May
09

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.

02
Apr
09

Blizzard 2009…

Well, the blizzard hit and it hit hard this past weekend.  We are still lambing, so we were out every three hours to check on the girls and make sure everyone was okay.  They got shut up in our barn and stayed there for 2 days.  Feeders were hauled in to feed and 5-gallon buckets of water were lugged in for drinking.  Not to mention bottle duty.  Everyone did well even at Mom and Dad’s.

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On the right side you can see the chicken coop where the back door of the is buried under snow.

 

The chickens were trapped in their coop for six whole days.  Talk about some major chicken feed consumption and low egg production.  Our second batch of Rhode Islands started laying.  Yea!  So we have some fun little eggs to add to our collection.

 

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Not hanging clothes on the line today.

 

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You can kind of see Hank peaking out of the building.  On the right side you can just barely see the top of our shute which is about 4 feet tall.  Luckily we have roly poly rams or they could have cruised across the snow and right into the pen with the girls.

 

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The girls prefer their hay at room temperature, but a little bit of cabin fever and they will eat it any way it is served.

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Two-thirds of our triplets.

 

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One of our sweet and cuddling lambs.  We renamed her polar bear.

 

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She likes to give kisses.

 

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A really fun project Randy and I took on Friday was peeling wallpaper off our spare bedroom walls.  The first layer of wallpaper was this dark, blackish color.  Don’t forget the paneling.  The paneling is still up until we decide if we are going to paint it (which is what we are leaning towards since we don’t want to have to take down all the trim) or remove it and skim coat the walls.

 

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Underneath the blackish wall paper was this fabulous seventies wallpaper.  One wall had the black, then a green, then this wallpaper.  So fun!

 

My brother is coming over this weekend and while Randy is working on his fishing boat, Craig and I will be contemplating where to go from here.  He will hopefully skim coat the walls this weekend so I can pick out some paint (while it is on sale) and go to town painting.

 

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This is how the dogs spent their days during the blizzard.  They loved the snow once it stopped falling.  They could have easily cleared the fence and escaped if they wanted to.  Standing on the snow drifts they could stretch their little necks and look over the fence.  Good thing they didn’t dare.

 

I believe we are up to 44 lambs on our farm.  Everyone is happy and healthy despite the weather and the fact their lots have standing water all over.  The lambs curl up in the feeders which are black, warm, and dry.  I’ve tried to take pictures, but anytime you go near those feeders our ewes think FOOD, start bawling, and the babies scatter.

 

Hay is getting slim and our pasture needs burned and new fencing.  However, between the wind, rain, and snow we are having trouble getting it burned so we can rebuild the fence and get the grass growing.  Hopefully we get a nice calm day so we can drop some matches and let it burn.

 

Randy was off yesterday and cleaned house and did laundry.  My MRH order came in, so with a clean house all I have to do on my Friday off is play.  I hope to make lotion, shampoo, and hopefully a cuticle drop.  I have to keep my nails short incase a lamb need pulled, so with that comes split fingers.  Very painful.

 

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Here is my Mountain Rose Herb order.  I just can’t get enough of that place.  I love it!

 

Hope you all have a wonderful week.  I will be snuggling up with a couple of books from the library:

 

New Women’s Devotional Bible

and

101 Most Powerful Promises in the Bible by Steve Rabey, Lois Rabey, and Marcia Ford

02
Apr
09

Blizzard 2009…

Well, the blizzard hit and it hit hard this past weekend.  We are still lambing, so we were out every three hours to check on the girls and make sure everyone was okay.  They got shut up in our barn and stayed there for 2 days.  Feeders were hauled in to feed and 5-gallon buckets of water were lugged in for drinking.  Not to mention bottle duty.  Everyone did well even at Mom and Dad’s.On the right side you can see the chicken coop where the back door of the is buried under snow.

The chickens were trapped in their coop for six whole days.  Talk about some major chicken feed consumption and low egg production.  Our second batch of Rhode Islands started laying.  Yea!  So we have some fun little eggs to add to our collection.

Not hanging clothes on the line today.

You can kind of see Hank peaking out of the building.  On the right side you can just barely see the top of our shute which is about 4 feet tall.  Luckily we have roly poly rams or they could have cruised across the snow and right into the pen with the girls.

The girls prefer their hay at room temperature, but a little bit of cabin fever and they will eat it any way it is served. 

Two-thirds of our triplets.

One of our sweet and cuddling lambs.  We renamed her polar bear.

 

She likes to give kisses.

A really fun project Randy and I took on Friday was peeling wallpaper off our spare bedroom walls.  The first layer of wallpaper was this dark, blackish color.  Don’t forget the paneling.  The paneling is still up until we decide if we are going to paint it (which is what we are leaning towards since we don’t want to have to take down all the trim) or remove it and skim coat the walls.

Underneath the blackish wall paper was this fabulous seventies wallpaper.  One wall had the black, then a green, then this wallpaper.  So fun!

My brother is coming over this weekend and while Randy is working on his fishing boat, Craig and I will be contemplating where to go from here.  He will hopefully skim coat the walls this weekend so I can pick out some paint (while it is on sale) and go to town painting.

This is how the dogs spent their days during the blizzard.  They loved the snow once it stopped falling.  They could have easily cleared the fence and escaped if they wanted to.  Standing on the snow drifts they could stretch their little necks and look over the fence.  Good thing they didn’t dare.

I believe we are up to 44 lambs on our farm.  Everyone is happy and healthy despite the weather and the fact their lots have standing water all over.  The lambs curl up in the feeders which are black, warm, and dry.  I’ve tried to take pictures, but anytime you go near those feeders our ewes think FOOD, start bawling, and the babies scatter.

Hay is getting slim and our pasture needs burned and new fencing.  However, between the wind, rain, and snow we are having trouble getting it burned so we can rebuild the fence and get the grass growing.  Hopefully we get a nice calm day so we can drop some matches and let it burn.

Randy was off yesterday and cleaned house and did laundry.  My MRH order came in, so with a clean house all I have to do on my Friday off is play.  I hope to make lotion, shampoo, and hopefully a cuticle drop.  I have to keep my nails short incase a lamb need pulled, so with that comes split fingers.  Very painful. 

Here is my Mountain Rose Herb order.  I just can’t get enough of that place.  I love it!

Hope you all have a wonderful week.  I will be snuggling up with a couple of books from the library:

New Women’s Devotional Bible

and

101 Most Powerful Promises in the Bible by Steve Rabey, Lois Rabey, and Marcia Ford




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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