Monday, April 27, 2009
We want to congratulate Tisha and her family on receiving a referral today for TWIN girls. Tisha and her husband home school their 3 boys in the Indy area, and God led them to adopt siblings from Ethiopia through the same agency we used. Today they got to see their two year old girls' faces for the first time! How awesome is that!?
On the home front, I was having one of those "down" days. One of those days where I had to remind myself constantly that these children are BLESSINGS from God. All you moms know the feeling. As usual though, Sam kept me laughing. Its hard to be serious around that little guy.
We always buy whole milk, which Sam refers to as red because of the cap. Someone recently gave us a gallon of 2%, which Sam refers to as blue. He must have overheard our conversation about types of milk because after downing a cup of blue milk he said, "Mom this is my favorite now. It doesn't have ANY holes in it."
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. Psalm 127:3
Thank you Lord for the joy our children bring to us. Thank you also for Tisha's family opening their hearts to your children in Ethiopia. We ask that you prepare the family and the children's hearts for each other. Amen.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
- The number one use is for good land management. They collect water from the hay fields and pastures so the fields drain well and produce better. They also prevent too much runoff and soil erosion.
- Three of the ponds are set up as back up water supply for livestock (hogs, turkeys, and cattle). We used them last summer when our rural water lines were maxed out.
- Also, one of them provides all the water for outside hydrants so we use pond water on our flowers and washing equipment.
- One pond is also equipped to fill our rural fire department tanker truck if there is ever a need in our area.
- Best of all, for the kids, one of the ponds is our beach! We can't wait for June:) I grew up swimming in the pond, and still love it. (I know some of you are cringing, but imagine no chlorine smell or burning eyes...just don't imagine snakes and turtles.)
We stock our ponds with fish to keep them clean. We have bass, blue gill, and crappie. Each pond changes yearly. The pond with the best fishing last year, may be the worst this year. We usually have at least one good spring fish fry, before it gets too hot for us and the fish.
There are also LOTS of turtles and frogs. In fact, Josh got a big bullfrog to take his worm Saturday, so we had two frog legs to eat also. Sam has been keeping a pet baby snapping turtle, until today we found out he had escaped...or had mom and dad let him go?
We went mushroom hunting Saturday evening too. We didn't have much luck, but it was fun to get in the woods. The kids really enjoyed playing in the creek. Josh got wet too because he had Eli on his back and he got into thickets where the only way out was the creek. When it gets warmer we'll take the kids to wade/swim in the creek before it dries up for the summer.
I enjoy sharing farm life on our blog, hope you enjoy reading!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Ø Warning: May cause extreme drowsiness while keeping you awake at night.
Ø Permitting this child in your house will result in stained carpet, stinky bathrooms, and clutter.
Ø This child is capable of pulling hair, scratching face, and biting in one swift movement.
Ø Be advised: This child can melt your insides, steal your heart, and fry your brain.
Ø Loving this child will change your life.
Of course, even though we know all this, Josh has already asked when we can start the adoption process again. Although I gave him a rather cold look at the time, I’m sure it will happen. Besides with three little ones already, what’s another?!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Also today, Sam got his kindergarten shots and Eli got his first immunizations. They both did great. We were actually given a shot record for Eli, but our pediatrician and the international doctor suggested starting over since the record was partly in Amharic and based on another calendar. Also, they may have been different doses and/or expired.
Other happenings on the farm today...Sam found a bird egg and sat it, because he wanted to hatch it of course. Cora pulled her pants down and peed standing up in the yard...doesn't work as well for her as her brothers. Eli ate his first scrambled eggs and loved them, but did spit up on me. Can you see a theme here....LAUNDRY!!!!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
"I'll have the turkey please."
"And my brothers adore me!"
Thank you, Lord, for these blessings!