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.
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.