Be Blessed Today

A song that is so uplifting. I hope today if you are going through a tough time or just need encouragement, you will listen and be strengthened for your day.

I am packing, cleaning, washing, and adding a bit of worry to the mix πŸ™‚ Trying to tie up loose ends. Haiti, here we come πŸ™‚ I’m gonna miss my people!

Is it bad that I have to go back Β 1 1/2 yrs. to find a decent photo of hubby and I?? πŸ™‚022july 2014 060_edited-120150125_164459Her cousin combed her. I could just squish her and her little pigtails πŸ™‚20150127_090108These dear little feet. So many things they get into πŸ™‚20150125_192832Devan with my new nephew. He may get held alot πŸ™‚

My family, God’s gift to me. I am indeed blessed!!

I pray you will have a great weekend!

Winter Scenes

Because there is beauty in every season…20150123_081915Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 036What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. ~ Author unknownTristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 049_edited-1Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 053_edited-1Winter giveth the fields, and the trees so old, Their beards of icicles and snow… ~ Charles duc d’Orleans, translated by Henry Wadsworth LongfellowTristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 059_edited-1Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 064_edited-1Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 058_edited-1I didn’t want to scare this fish crane, so I zoomed in on him. I love to watch them come in for a landing at our pond.Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 057Tristan's bday and winter Jan. 2015 055_edited-1Winter came down to our home one night Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow, And we, we were children once again. ~ Bill Morgan, Jr.

And, ” You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;” Hebrews 1:10

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the snow πŸ™‚

Ramblings & Musings, with a side of Venting

This is a hodgepodge of what’s been running through my head lately. Brace yourself πŸ™‚ Or you may choose to exit the blog πŸ™‚ Here goes….

So everyone has been doing New Year’s Resolutions, or one word for 2015. That’s fine and all, but I’m not always good with stuff like that. There is one thing I decided that I’d really like to do, and that’s to start my day with prayer. I do not always remember to do that, and I think my day would go much better if I would do that. I’m not talking about a huge amount of time. Just some time to pause before my Father, and ask for his help to get me through the day. Sometimes that may be kneeling beside my bed, other times that may be when I’m milking cows, or snuggling a child. God doesn’t care. He hears us whenever, wherever. Maybe that is sort of a resolution? πŸ™‚

Next topic. What is it about the morning routine, that leaves me feeling frazzled and short-tempered? I wish I could figure out a way to magically make my children crawl out of bed with a smile on their faces, and hit the ground running. No fighting, no talking back, just calm, cool, and collected. Let me know if you have tips. My problem is not really with the 2 youngest. They are generally happy when they get up. The others, well, they need to work on it πŸ™‚ God often hears me begging Him for patience. I need it in high quantities πŸ™‚

So I wrote the above paragraphs last evening. Now I have a few moments before they are all awake. The calm before the storm πŸ™‚ This morning happened to be a morning I went out to milk. The first stall I entered, the cow plastered me in the face with the tail she had been soaking in the gutter. All I could think as I wiped the urine and manure off my face, was that it was good I remembered to pray this morning. It helped me remain strangely calm πŸ™‚ And I also thought that cow must not have read my letter πŸ™‚

Since when is a 9 yr. old smarter than a 32 yr. old?!? My 9 yr. old thinks he is πŸ™‚ The road we travel to school was closed yesterday, so I needed to take a different route. As I’m driving, Devan told me I should have went the other way. And he said it in his IThinkIknowEverything voice. I asked him exactly what way I should have gone, and he proceeded to tell me the most out around way to go πŸ™‚ I told him that way would have been 5 minutes longer than the way I was taking. What did I get? An eye roll. My children have perfected the art of them πŸ™‚ I tell him what my mom used to tell me. Someday, your eyes might stay that way. And I get another eye roll. Sigh. What do I know anyway?? I’m only the mom.

I’m starting to count down the days till I head down to Haiti to see my sis and her family! I know me, I’ll be all stressed out next week trying to pack and organize and schedule. This will be my first time in the air, folks. This farm gal didn’t get out much πŸ˜‰ It’s also the first time I’m leaving my hubby and children for 4 days. That doesn’t come easy for me. I definitely like when I get to take a break from the needs of my family, but usually it’s a shorter break. Yes, I know they’ll survive πŸ™‚ Hopefully I do πŸ™‚ Ok, I may be a wee bit scared of flying. If you think of it, say a little prayer for me πŸ™‚ I am very excited to experience Haiti and see my sis. You can expect picture overload when I return. If I return πŸ˜‰

After seeing a sky like this, how can you not believe there is a God?

Trevor and snow 014_edited-1Trevor and snow 011_edited-1I took both of these pictures last winter, and I was playing around with making a watermark. So what are your thoughts on watermarking your pictures? I’ve heard one professional say it’s not necessary, but then a lot of people say you should. You’ll notice so far I wasn’t using a watermark. Part of me says, if someone wants to steal my work, that goes with them. The other part might be that I’m too lazy to do it πŸ™‚Β  I know if I ever do use one, it won’t be the above one. Too noticeable πŸ™‚ But please give me your input, if you are a photographer that reads my blog.

Have a great day!


Tristan is 7!

Another birthday has come and gone at our house. Last week Tristan turned 7. And yes, every time my children turn a year older, I do theΒ  “Where has the time gone?” thinking πŸ™‚ I really can’t believe my 2nd from youngest child is 7 yrs. old!

I delivered him on a cold, winter day at 3:25 p.m. He came into the world screaming, and that was a good indication of our days ahead πŸ™‚ I delivered at a midwife, and there was remodeling going on in the next room (my midwife rented the facilities). So the owner of the building, who was doing the remodeling, Β called his wife up, and told her there is a new baby crying, and she came down and brought soup. And she wanted to see Tristan πŸ™‚ Anyways, that soup tasted quite good after all my hard work πŸ™‚

Tristan was definitely a challenge for us! Such sweetness, but so much crying. And the dear boy continues to challenge us πŸ™‚ He is raw energy, goes from morning till night. The sweetest boy ever, and then the most stubborn child ever . In my opinion πŸ™‚

Sometimes I feel like he gets cheated a bit, with his birthday being so soon after Christmas. We didn’t do any big celebration, but I did buy some “icing piled high” cupcakes, and we took him to Infinitos for his birthday meal. His choice of where to go πŸ™‚

We apparently had no computer at the time he was born. Yes, we were and still are a little late to the party πŸ™‚ But I just wanted to show you what a cute baby he was πŸ™‚ So this picture was in my album, and I took a pic of it with my phone. Devan with his new little brother.20150118_193133

I told you he was cute πŸ™‚ Still is πŸ™‚

Another one I love from when he was 3 1/2 yrs. old..Picture 082He just loves life on our farm, loves to be with his Daddy. I decided to take his pictures inside this year. One, because it was cold as could be, and two, because I wanted to see if I could take decent inside pictures with my chalkboard wall πŸ™‚ The year he turned 6, I told him we’ll take some with a calf, and then I thought, “Why did I agree to this?!?” This is what happened.snow, cabin, tristan, misc 120Yup. We had a rodeo πŸ™‚ I left the men do the rounding up πŸ™‚ That calf was fast, let me tell ya. Didn’t make it easy on them πŸ™‚ So yes, this taking his pictures inside was quite nice.misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 094_edited-1 misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 098_edited-1He always does the wide eye look πŸ™‚ This one from when he turned 5 has the same look.005My sweet boy! How I love him!

This one is my favorite, because I got a natural smile..misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 099_edited-1I’ll probably have to chase the girls away in about 9/10 years πŸ˜‰

Happy Monday, lovely people! I hope your week goes well, and that you will be blessed by the One who loves us!

Simple Things

I’ve been thinking lately of being happy and content with the simple things. For myself, sometimes I feel pretty content, and then the next time I’m thinking “boy, it would be nice to have that, look like her,have money like them,be as good a mom as she is,be creative like her,ect. ect. So being content is something I need to work at. I think we all do. And really, we are so blessed. I think sometimes if we’d have less, we would be more content. Why is it, that when we have so much already, we desire more? Perhaps our sinful nature.

I decided to post some simple things that I love and treasure. And in the spirit of simplicity, I chose not to edit any of these photos. I tossed that idea back and forth, just because I can be a bit obsessive compulsive. I think everything needs tweaking πŸ™‚ But, I stuck to the plan. So here’s to the simple things in life…20150109_160300Healthy newborn farm babies. If only they stayed so cute πŸ™‚20150114_143809My sweet little girl. She woke up too soon from her afternoon nap crying for mommy. Needed a cuddle, and back to sleep she went, with a tear still on her cheek. ❀misc. Jan 2015 007misc. Jan 2015 008 misc. Jan 2015 010 20150110_09080820150110_090803misc. Jan 2015 012Healthy children and a pond for them to skate on. This was a very chilly morning, and I was incredibly happy to head back to the house.20150110_091330Watching her enjoy her shadow πŸ™‚20150109_182600A son that asks to wash dishes. Even though this doesn’t happen often πŸ™‚20150113_181820Soup, salad, homemade bread. Yes indeedy!2015-01-09 21.18.45The privilege of living on a farm. This guy would be lost without his precious cows :)*misc. Jan 2015 003 misc. Jan 2015 004 misc. Jan 2015 006Saturday morning pancakes. With chocolate chips, of course πŸ™‚20150110_221421Time to scrapbookmisc. Jan 2015 018 misc. Jan 2015 019A cute little girlie playing on mom and dad’s bedmisc. Jan 2015 022 misc. Jan 2015 023 misc. Jan 2015 025Homemade bread. The smell of it baking, the melt in your mouth taste. There is a reason I don’t bake bread very often πŸ˜‰20150112_124539Cuddles from little peoplemisc. Jan 2015 026Icecream and hot fudge sauce for an afternoon snack. Need I say more? πŸ™‚

Those are just a few things. I could think of so many more! What simple things do you appreciate? Let’s take the time to enjoy them!

* I realized after I was double checking this post that the picture of Tristan and the cows had a filter added to it. (I had taken it with my phone, and was playing around with it). So technically that one was edited πŸ™‚

And I’m trying not to notice all the things that should be cropped, brightened, etc. on the other photos πŸ™‚ Simplicity, I tell myself πŸ™‚

Mishmash Monday

Today was a dreary kind of day. The kind where you lack energy. When a long nap would sound great. If only πŸ™‚

I’m not feeling super today. My back was bugging me more than usual, so I visited the chiropractor this morning. Well, that usually always makes me feel worse before it gets better πŸ™‚ So I’m hoping tomorrow is better. It’s not nearly as bad as it’s been already. Just enough that if I’m on my feet too much I need to take a break. So that is what I’m doing. Taking a break and writing a post. Sometimes God slows us down whether it suits us or not πŸ™‚

Thought I’d share another recipe with you. This is our very favorite soup. Except for Miss Jenna. She likes the broth and ham. Dislikes the potatoes and carrots. So she eats around them, and there is usually someone happy to eat what’s left πŸ™‚blacknwhiterecipeI double this recipe for us. I know it serves 6, but till my family is done with the doubled recipe, there is only a bowl left over πŸ™‚misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 019_edited-1I hope you enjoy this! It’s great on a chilly, winter day.misc. Dec. and Jan. 2014-2015 016And just because she cracks me up, here’s my 3 going on 13 three yr. old..

Please ignore the messy house and bossy mom voice πŸ™‚ These are normal occurrences at our house πŸ™‚

More From My Phone

I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but here it is COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really would just stay at home if I could. But there is school children to take to school, groceries to get, and bible school this evening. But in between that, we will be staying warm in our home.

Time to unload some phone pics once again….20141230_182007 20141230_182328 I don’t make this rollup very often. It has lots of delish chocolate, and is a weakness for me when it’s here πŸ™‚20150102_083049I love watching and listening to her play doll!20150102_084427 20150102_084444Momma/Daughter selfie #that’sactuallythesunshining:)20150101_133848My lunch – love taco salad!20150103_163948More playing doll20150103_084550Our regular Saturday morning breakfast. This is a momma sized pancake πŸ™‚20150105_095008Helping hang the barn wash up on the drying rack before we head out in the wicked weather πŸ™‚20150105_181239One of our favorite meals – mashed potatoes, parmesan chicken, and corn. All I could hear was chewing πŸ™‚ Nice when you make a meal they like so much, they just eat, and don’t complain.IMG_20150104_134250If you’ve never had Longhorn’s chocolate stampede, you are missing an awesome moment if your life πŸ˜‰ However brief that moment may be. It’s good this was shared by 4 people. I looked up the nutrition facts on it. Oh boy! It has a whopping 2,180 calories! Total fat – 131 grams. To burn off the calories? 605 min. of walking, 249 min. of jogging, 181 min. of swimming, or 332 minutes of cycling. Like I said, 4 people shared, but I could easily polish it off by myself. I’d just skip the icecream and eat the chocolate stuff πŸ™‚ I say, worth.every.bite!!20150105_112233Home from BB’S. Unloading the loot.20150105_201119Bedtime snack. Oreos and milk. The 2 empty spots didn’t want their picture taken πŸ™‚20150106_131209Β  Love my hardworking, tired farmer and his sidekick πŸ™‚ 20150106_144857Bad picture of a yummy cupcake. Mother-in-law was baking for something, and didn’t like how they turned out. Lucky us! We get to reap the benefits πŸ™‚20150107_112304 20150107_112830Lunch at Macs with a friend.20150107_112918I had a coupon. Buy one, get one free. Cue the happy dance. Put it in the freezer when I got home. Might share it πŸ˜‰20150107_12263620150107_123201Making an “E” with pasta20150107_123514Dale was discussing with our vet how our little man struggles with school books. His wife works with special needs children, and they were so kind to give us this hooked on phonics set. Tristan is really enjoying it! Another thing they suggested was He really loves it and it’s teaching him alot!

Have a blessed day! Try to stay warm πŸ™‚

Letter to the cows

I said it before, that when I milk, I do a lot of thinking, praying,writing blog posts in my head.This post happened to come to me one morning while milking, when I may not have been in a I’m so excited to get out of my warm, cozy bed at an early hour to come take care of you mood πŸ™‚ I will say, as far as barn chores, I have it easier now than I did at one time. But that doesn’t change the fact that, as with any job, irritation can occur πŸ™‚

Dear ladies of the barn,

I have a few tips for you, to make the life of the farmer, and his wife of course, a wee bit easier. First, I do want to thank you for all the milk you provide us with. That paycheck comes in quite handy! But seriously, the amount of food you consume is really too much. Our feed bill wouldn’t be nearly so expensive if you’d just cut back a bit. After all, some of you are looking quite ( and I’ll say this nicely) thick. Secondly, when you need to dispose of all that feed you’ve eaten, there is this thing called a gutter. It is wide. Wide enough that you should be able to aim it at the right spot without too much clean up. Just sayin’. Thirdly, since I got up at this EARLY hour to relieve you of your milk, the least you could do is rise and shine. I mean, how tired can you be from eating all day and laying down most of the night. Show some respect,girls. I’m still on a roll here. Fourth on my list. Your tail was given to you to swat flies. Period. Do not, I repeat do NOT, use it to swat anyone in their face! Especially after you soaked it in your pee. That just ruins someones good mood in a hurry. Fifth, could you please stand still when we are trying to wipe you clean. You know the drill. We do this 2x a day. So you know what happens. Dip,wipe,repeat if necessary. Kicking at someone is just not nice. Plus it really hurts sometimes. You may even make them cry. For real. Sixth. My bandanna I wear is to help keep your stinkiness off my hair. It is not there for you to lick, slobber on, or just plain yank off my head. That really gets me, if you know what I mean. Seventh thing, when we need you to move to a new stall, just back out nicely, and go where you are pointed. If there is an empty spot, that’s for you. Not in a stall that already has one of your friends in it. Eighth. The milkers are to relieve you of all that milk. Do not eat them. They are expensive. The 9th thing. If the milker falls off of you, whether by accident, or from the movement of your leg, please don’t stomp on it. They are expensive. Guess I told you that earlier. For # 10. It would be very nice if you just gave more milk. And maybe gave us the weekend off. Hope you’ll think about all this, and take it to heart.

Respectfully yours,

The farmers wife


A recipe from my mom…cookie bake, christmas, etc 021

1 lb. lasagna noodles

1 lb. hamburger

1 qt. spaghetti sauce

1 lb. mozzarella cheese

1 lb. ricotta cheese

2 eggs

Brown hamburger and add spaghetti sauce and any extra seasonings: ( salt, pepper, oregano). Mix cheese and eggs. Cover bottom of a 9×13 pan with meat and sauce. Add a layer of raw noodles. Here is where I change it . I like it better when I cook the noodles first πŸ™‚ Put all the cheese on the noodles. Cover with another layer of noodles. Add rest of sauce and meat mixture. Bake 1 good hour at 350 degrees. Let set 10 minutes before eating.cookie bake, christmas, etc 022I love how quick and easy this is to put together. Plus everyone likes it.cookie bake, christmas, etc 024The evening we had this, Jenna was not into eating. So she had a very small amount, and I did not eat much either. Downsizing my portions and all πŸ™‚ So we ate over half the pan of this cheesy goodness. Sometimes I wonder, is the amount of food we consume normal?? πŸ™‚ I’m just thinking how they will eat when they get a bit older. I find myself telling them sometimes that they’ve had enough to eat. I don’t want to be a dictator about it, but I also want them to learn to slow down and enjoy their food. To learn not to stuff themselves πŸ™‚

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Happy New Year!!