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.

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“I’m on a Team!”

“I’m on a team!  I’m on a a team!”  I heard it a thousand times yesterday.  A thousand and one.  A thousand and two.  A thousand and three. . . . . .

Remember how the girls bopped home from the barn last week with news about the Inter-Scholastic Riding team?  Well, things started to move rather quickly.  Monday after I got the information and the costs, I just didn’t know how I was going to pay the fees and buy Kristen the clothes she’ll need.  Karra decided not to do the team since it’s her senior year and she’s not as into horses as she was as a Freshman.  She has a lot on her plate right now and I think it was a wise decision.  She still likes to ride, but the competing isn’t as a big a deal as it would have been three years ago.

Kristen was in real, live tears at the mere thought that she would have to wait until next year to be able to ride.  It broke my heart to see her dream right there at her feet and we weren’t in a good position to pick it up for her.  So we prayed.  I reminded God of His promise to meet all of our needs – and this was a need for her future – and His promise to meet our wants as well.  The very first miracle in the Bible is for a want, not a need.  I reminded Him that Kristen is a tither, a sower, a giver, a server.  And she’s His child.  Didn’t He promise good things to His children?  I tried to leave it right there at His feet, but I know Kristen was struggling.  She told me later she did what I tend to do:  she went out to the barn and had some things to say (and some tears to shed).

Tuesday morning I woke up at 2am.  I was wide awake and couldn’t  go back to sleep.  I went downstairs to do paperwork while the house was quiet.  I thought I’d balance the checkbook and record receipts and then I’d be tired and go back to bed.  One thing led to another and I decided to go ahead and pay the bill I had sitting there.  Then I looked at the savings account several times.  I started doing math (not always the wisest thing to do at 4am!) and when I compared what I said I had in the savings with what the bank said I had in the savings there was over $300 dollars in difference!  What is this?????  I did math, math, and more math.  I added, subtracted, subtracted and added again.  Sure enough, the bank was right.  OMGosh!!!!  God, it’s been here the whole time!!!  Enough to pay Kristen’s fees and buy her chaps with money to spare!  I could NOT wait to tell her.  (So I emailed my friend H at 4:30 in the morning).

Needless to say, Kristen was beside herself when I told her in the morning.  She couldn’t stop laughing and crying and saying “I’m on the team!” all day long!  I was texting with the team coordinator at the barn and told her that I was about ready to duct tape Kristen to her chair!  She was floating on air when we went to the barn yesterday to turn in her paperwork.  And while we were there their trainer asked if the girls would like to help set up their stalls at the Quarter Horse Congress on Friday and help bring the horses over.  A whole day to hang out behind the scenes with the horse people at Congress!

God is so so good!  When I got up yesterday (I went back to bed at 5:30) I kept hearing this song from my childhood running through my head “God is so good.  God is so good. He’s so good to me.  He answers prayer.  He answers prayer.  He’s so good to me.”

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

Puppy Selfie Day – and a new rooster

We had quite a busy week – including my very first riding lesson at the barn (I’m still a tiny bit sore, but much better than Saturday when I had to hike across university campus again).  Kristen’s reining lesson got cancelled on Tuesday due to a misunderstanding, so she was a little bit bummed out.  We went to JoAnn’s and returned my patterns that didn’t sell and bought some of the paint for the new mural in the pantry and then went to Michael’s to find the rest of the paint.  We also stopped by Hobby Lobby just for the fun of it.  They had their Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff out!!!  I know they do the Christmas in July sale, but it isn’t even the 4TH of July yet!!!!  Quit rushing me I’m enjoying my summer.

My riding lesson on Thursday was fun.  Everyone was so encouraging and one of the just-out-of-college helpers (who boards her horse there) gave my lesson.  She was fantastic.  All I did was walk around on Kurt’s “Yee Hah!” horse, but by Friday night I was sore and Saturday when we picked up Karra I was really sore.  Sore and stiff when we dropped her off (from eating bad for me foods for a week) and sore and stiff when we picked her up from having a horsey ride 🙂  She had fun at the camp and made friends and designed a really neat outdoor eating pavillion for their project.  She said the people on her team were really hard to work with and couldn’t make up their minds.  Working with people can be a real drawback.  I encouraged her that not every team she works on is going to be full of difficult people.

On Friday Kristen was getting a little bored so she took puppy selfies.

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Here she is with Lexi (and Dad’s shoes photobombing the background!).  Noticed the one folded over ear on our “German Shepherd”.  Silly puppy.

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And here she is with Luke (I cropped out the messy blanket on the couch – aren’t I good?).  She had a hard time getting Luke to look up until I stood over them.

And also on Friday we got a rooster for our baby chick chicks.

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He’s a black silkie (just what I wanted) and is 5  months older than the baby girls.  A big difference now, but it won’t matter much in a couple of months.  For now he’s living in the little dog crate inside the coop.  When the girls came to inspect him one of the barred rocks pecked him in the face!  Bad little girl.

We had planned to name him Little Joe because Kristen really likes to watch Bonanza, but on the way home he kept saying,  “Brik, Brik, Brik” and I (having an Ah Ha moment) said we should name him Emmett from the Lego Movie because he keeps saying “brick, brick”.  She didn’t like that at all and we had a real back and forth about it.  When we asked the rooster he just kept saying, “Brik, Brik, Brik”.  We finally settled on Little Joe Emmett and Kristen said we’ll end up giving him a nickname anyway.  I said  how about Jemit!?  NO NO NO NO!!!  And so we decided to just name the rooster – Brik.

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Isn’t he purty?  He has the prettiest irridescent green on his tail and some pretty orange around his neck.  He is really calm and has the prettiets “Hello, world.” crow in the morning.  When all of the girls go out of the coop in the morning he always calls someone back to keep him company.  We’re really hoping that he will be a good protector for Lady Grace.

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

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