Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired; that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."

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Blessings – Unbelievable

I really don’t try to stay away for so long, it just kind of happens.  It’s this strange thing going on called LIFE.

After we found about the team, I did some searching for the money to pay for it and told Kristen the cold, hard truth might be that we have to wait until next year to join the team.  It was hard to say and hard for her to hear.  I did some praying and reminded God that this girl is a tither.  He woke me up in the middle of the night and showed me some money I didn’t know we had!  It covered her IEA registration, her team fees, chaps and hat.  She offered to pay for the show shirt she’ll need, she contacted her trainer and asked to work off the extra lesson, and I knew I would still have the added fee of her team jacket.  But God went to work.

The girls helped set up at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and God took care of the team jacket.  Her trainer and his wife GAVE her a show hat that their family no longer needed – cleaned it and had it reshaped for Kristen.  We got to go to the Congress this past Wednesday with our beloved friends J & D and we found Kristen’s chaps and bought a can for her hat (I don’t know why they call it a can, it’s a plastic hat box) – and all was covered by the money that God showed me.

And while we were all talking they asked if I needed any straw because J knows someone with a landscaping business and they needed straw for a client but didn’t know what to do with it afterward and hated to just take it in to be mulched.  O MY GOODNESS!  I need straw for a thick layer in the new chicken coop and we’ll need it for lambing next March.  And it wouldn’t hurt to insulate around the rabbit cages in the barn.  I’ll get twice as many bales as I was planning to buy – and all for free!

God has blessed us amazingly!  It’s just been so special to watch God bring the riding team to pass for Kristen.  We’ll have entrance fees for each show and I looked at her and said, “What hasn’t God provided for this?”  He is truly amazing.

On Thursday I went to see my doctor and she says I probably have a pinched nerve in my back that is making my leg ache.  Off I go to the chiropractor, do da, do da!  On Friday I finally painted the barn doors, oh to do da day – My aching self!!!!  Reach up, bend down, reach up, bend down.  Climb the ladder, tense the legs, paint and climb down.  How many more times do I have to go up this ladder?  I swear the new, bigger door went faster because I wanted off that ladder so badly.  In the end it took 5 hours to do the background boards on both doors.  After dropping my tools while on the ladder (but catching them before they hit the dirt!) my gloves were covered with paint and the brush handles were sticking to me terribly.  I got paint on both sides of my edging tool, so I have some paint on the cross boards and will probably have  quite a few irritated words to say to myself when I paint those cross boards next weekend.

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I got a picture of Sugar coming in to the barn and sniffing the newly painted door – phewee it stinks cause she pulled away from the door right away.  The camera didn’t reset in time to get Libby sniffing the other door.  I honestly haven’t been out to look at them since Friday.  It’s been rainy and I spent yesterday canning applesauce and baking cookies and doggie treats.  I’ll run out once today to check.

The new chickens are kicking into production.  We got 2 dozen eggs last week.  I found 5 in the boxes when we got home from church today.  I’m up to my eyeballs in eggs and will be giving them away at Life Group this Tuesday.  I don’t know how long they’ll be in good production ahead of winter or I’d start taking orders.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Homestead.

Hello August!

I thought I should welcome the month before it disappears like July did.  I can’t even say that time is flying because we’re having fun – it’s just flying!!!

I know I promised the picture of the rainbow and I think I have a couple of others that need to be shared, but we’ve exceeded our Excede for the month and we’re on slow internet.  I’ve been up since before 5am this morning and could have loaded the pictures – except I discovered after turning the lights on and talking to the dogs and starting the coffee pot that the nephews were sleeping in the living room instead of upstairs like I thought. – Grrr.

So, I turned the lights off and tried to keep Lexi quiet, an impossible task.  She goes outside and announces to the world, ok, the neighborhood, that she’s up and going potty now.  Then she has to talk to her echo – carrying on a conversation with herself, just like a woman 🙂  And then she has to find a bone and play with it on the linoleum (I HATE that stuff by the way) thud, thunk, thud, thunk.  Come on, Lexi, it’s 5:30 in the morning and the boys are TIRED!!!

Joel’s brother came down with his boys yesterday and they took all of the kids “kayiyaking” and then all of them except Kristen went to see “Guardians of the Galaxy”.  Kris and I stayed home and watched “The Avengers” for the umpteenth time.  So, the majority of the people around here are worn out from fresh air and exercise.  Me?  I couldn’t sleep because of my back.

Why does my back hurt?  Well . . . . I’m not sure initially.  It was a little sore and I thought oh, I’ve tweaked a muscle, what’s new.  Then on Wednesday (or was it Tuesday) Kristen and I cleaned out the workshop of all of the spoiled, wet, wasted  hay and the lambing jug mess and moved the jug over into the new barn.  As I’m playing She-Rah and hauling the stall mat – those things weight a TON, ok, 80 lbs – I got it outside of the workshop and tripped, landing straight down on my knees on a chain lying in the grass.  (Kristen very courteously did NOT laugh out loud until later in the evening when we were talking about it).  Now, my knees are currently a beautiful shade of black and yellow and still sore to the touch, but I think hauling the 80 lb. mat might not have been so good for my back.  Then on Wednesday we put together the wood table that we got 2 years ago from some friends (it’s been lying in the basement and then I used it for the garage sale and then it sat in the garage for 6 weeks and it’s been lying back in the basement in pieces for 2 weeks).  We pushed and struggled to get the slightly damp pieces in place and Kristen screwed them together – she did all of the hard work, but MY back still felt a little sore.  AND yesterday while the family went kayiyaking I mopped the floor and cleaned my bathroom (pick yourselves up off of the floor), went grocery shopping (THE NEW MEIJER OPENED ON THURSDAY AND I AM SO EXCITED!) and lifted softner salt bags into the van, hauled groceries, unloaded the salt from the van and the groceries and put them away and walked the dogs – that counts since Luke is a leash puller.  Every time I rolled over last night I could feel my back, so I got up early only to discover the nephews sleeping in the living room.

On the bright side, the lambing jug looks great in the barn, Kristen hung my This Barn is Blessed sign that she made for me for Christmas (on the side of Joshua’s stall and I can see it from the house), we got the table put together and the bunnies moved out to the barn.  I scared the daylights out of Champ when I waltzed in to let the sheep out yesterday; the poor little guy knocked his feed container right off the cage he was so scared.  I did feel bad.  I have 10 loaves of zucchini bread in the freezer (not all from this week) and I made pickle relish for the first time – nobody told me to drain the stuff first so there’s a lot of liquid in the jar.  I figure that will help improve the taste and we can drain it when we open the jar – IF Joel will even eat.   AND I have Karra’s Official High School Transcript completed and all of the class descriptions typed except for 3 that I remembered in the middle of the night Thursday.  We’re off to visit another college on Monday. Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s off to colleges we go!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.

Don’t Turn Your Back

Over and over I’ve reminded Kristen not to turn her back on Joshua because there is something very inviting to a ram about a human behind.  I’m not sure I want to know what, so if you know, DON’T TELL ME!

Last night I went out to lock up the chickens and Sugar was standing at the gate yelling her head off (okay, she mooed once – loudly).  I checked the hay rack and it was empty so I grabbed more hay for her and Libby and tossed it in.  I knew it was “supposed” to snow over night and the sheep were in the pen so I wanted to get them into the stall even though they break out in 3 seconds flat.  Oh well, good intentions.

I got the door open enough for skinny, pregnant Daisy to go in but Joshua is just too wide in the male midsection.  So I climbed into the pen and kicked the hay away from the door and turned to yank it open for him and KAPLOW!  The door and I both went flying forward.  “You rotten, butthead (our new favorite insult picked up from the horse trainer at the barn)!!  NO!!  NO!! You don’t do that!!”   He backed up and stared up at me for all the world like, “You had a problem with that?”  Grrrrrr!!  I bottle-fed that little tyrant.  That ungrateful male beast!

This morning my butt hurts, my knee is skinned up, and my neck and shoulder are sore because I was pulling the stall door this way when Joshua sent us both that way.  And it’s all my own dumb fault.  I turned my back on the ram!  Maybe I need a great BIG sign to hang in the hallway to remind MYSELF not to turn my back on the ram.

I almost called this post ‘Ram Butt’ which is what the ram did to mine!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm

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