Farm life

house,farm, misc 011_edited-1 house,farm, misc 015_edited-1 house,farm, misc 016This mother calved early with twins. Tristan helped me bring the 1st calf in from the meadow. The 2nd one was born later and was brought in in the morning.house,farm, misc 086_edited-1 house,farm, misc 087Taking calves to the calf barn. This one thought a run was a good idea šŸ™‚003_edited-1This is her thinking face šŸ™‚006_edited-1 007We had to go see the coyote pop-pop shot on the farm.009_edited-1010_edited-1My little miss tomboy šŸ˜‰blacknwhitemostly kirsten 011_edited-1Thus ends the mishmash of photos šŸ™‚ Just random shots taken around the farm that I decided to share.

Enjoy the fall weather while we have it šŸ™‚

For the cupcake lovers

cupcakesCake part : 1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup oil

1 cup water

Mix together dry ingredients, and then add the rest. Fill cups 1/2 full of batter.

Filling : 8 oz. cream cheese

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

dash salt

6 oz. chocolate chips ( I like semi-sweet )

Soften cream cheese and beat well before adding the rest of the ingredients. Put 1 tbsp. filling on top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min.

A tip for a moist cupcake – Do NOT overbake šŸ™‚ I always set my timer for 14 min. and then check them. If I think the center isn’t quite set, I will do them 1 min. longer, but that’s it. Then I let them sit a bit in the cupcake pans after they are out of the oven. I think they may bake a little bit more just sitting in the pans.house,farm, misc 038I often get compliments on these when I make them šŸ™‚ Hopefully you enjoy them as well!

More of Jenna…

 

… because I can’t help myself šŸ˜‰house,farm, misc 018_edited-1 house,farm, misc 017 I seriously can’t believe everything our dog puts up with šŸ™‚ But Zoey loves Jenna, despite her rough and tumble ways šŸ™‚

 

Ā I love this shot because it’s so her being in control šŸ™‚house,farm, misc 022 house,farm, misc 019 house,farm, misc 020_edited-1 house,farm, misc 021_edited-1house,farm, misc 023_edited-1 house,farm, misc 024_edited-1 IĀ  went camera crazy, because, can she be any cuter?? šŸ™‚house,farm, misc 025_edited-1 house,farm, misc 026_edited-1This is “shake a paw”. And I mean really shake that paw! house,farm, misc 029_edited-1Moving on… house,farm, misc 030Playing by the window.house,farm, misc 035My sweets in a rare moment of being still! Life is not dull šŸ™‚house,farm, misc 049 house,farm, misc 050Playing with her polly pockets. I never get tired of watching and listening to her play doll. Just is so different again after 2 boys!house,farm, misc 061 house,farm, misc 062 house,farm, misc 063Lovin’ the trampoline Aunt Diana bought. Many minutes spent on it. Also many squabbles. The joys of motherhood are many šŸ™‚house,farm, misc 081 house,farm, misc 082And that’s all for today šŸ™‚

Be blessed!

Cultivating a grateful heart

This week I had the privilege of attending a womens’ seminar. I really enjoyed all the topics and the good food! One of the topics really challenged me. She began with a question (and I may not have it word for word), “What if you woke up today with what you thanked God for yesterday?” Hmmm. Pretty sure I didn’t thank Him for nearly enough! 014

It’s easy to be grateful when life is going well. Not so much when it isn’t. But if we can look beyond ourselves and our circumstances, we are a blessed people! Can we be thankful for the times when things go wrong? When we are discouraged? I know I can complain too much.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses,for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I’m definitely gonna have to work on that šŸ™‚

Can I be thankful for the huge, gigantic laundry pile? It means we have clothes to wear. And plenty of them!

What about that person that is driving EXTREMELY slow in front of me? At least I have a vehicle and can drive šŸ™‚015

That cow that swats you in the face with her tail, every.single.time? She gives us milk, and that milk check is good šŸ˜‰

What about that sink full of dishes? That means we had food to eat.

That dear child that knows just how to push your buttons? Maybe God is teaching you patience šŸ™‚016

There IS a positive side to things. This list of things I thought of would seem trivial to some people. Those that are dealing with cancer, with a death, with pain every day, etc. But I believe that God blesses us when we praise Him in spite of whatever.

This is something that I need to really work on! And I’m determined to do better at having a grateful spirit!

So if you happen to hear me complaining, remind me that I should be grateful šŸ˜‰018

Enjoy this chilly, fall weekend!

Curiosity

Children are curious. Some more so than others. Sometimes you get tired of the questions. But it’s how they learn. I’ve got a few curious children šŸ™‚ house,farm, misc 055_edited-1Jenna was fascinated with these earthworms. She is my little tomboy šŸ™‚house,farm, misc 057_edited-1 house,farm, misc 058I declare she’d pick up a snake if she’d see one. Bugs, bees,toads, she’s not afraid of much šŸ™‚ Except mean big brothers that say “Bear!” and shout “GRRR!” Poor child. Hope their is no lasting trauma šŸ™‚house,farm, misc 059_edited-1 Tristan found this dead pigeon. Had to carry it around for awhile. He’s curious too. Mostly about cows šŸ™‚house,farm, misc 091 house,farm, misc 093_edited-1I get curious when all the children are outside and I don’t hear anything. So I go spy with camera in hand. And sometimes, I repeat SOMETIMES, I am pleasantly surprised at how nice they are playing together šŸ™‚house,farm, misc 094_edited-1 house,farm, misc 095 house,farm, misc 096_edited-1 house,farm, misc 097 house,farm, misc 099_edited-1 house,farm, misc 100_edited-1 house,farm, misc 101 house,farm, misc 102Tristan was tickled to find this little guy!

And if you are curious about why there is all sorts of things spread around on the ground, and what are these children doing?? :), I’m not sure myself šŸ™‚ But they call this area their playhouse. And it’s behind the barn. So we let them be creative. And try to ignore the mess šŸ˜‰

Today, I’m thankful for…

house,farm, misc 008_edited-1New siding that is now done. Out with that ugly yellow, in with lovely neutral šŸ™‚20141008_140909My sweet girl, all cuddly and fast asleephouse,farm, misc 046_edited-1Children that play and laugh together. Sometimes šŸ˜‰ house,farm, misc 066 house,farm, misc 070 house,farm, misc 071_edited-1 house,farm, misc 073A bountiful corn crop and full siloshouse,farm, misc 065Tractors with cabs so I can send Jenna along with somebody šŸ™‚ This time it was with her Uncle Daryl.house,farm, misc 075A girl full of spunk šŸ˜‰house,farm, misc 089Clean kitchen floors. However long they may stay that way šŸ™‚

There is so much more I’m thankful for – a warm blanket I’m snuggled in as I type, a husband that works hard, 4 full of life children, a roof over my head, freezers full of food (including pork, remember those pigs? :)), some quiet time to myself,and the list could go on and on.

God is good šŸ™‚