Puppies, Christmas cookies, and musings

Hello once again! I have not blogged in awhile, but today I decided to share another post with you all πŸ™‚

We’ve had a puppy explosion over here, and it’s fun watching them grow. And a little stressful πŸ™‚ They are ready to go to new homes, and I find myself torn between happiness about that, and also feeling a little sad. These are theΒ  mini labradoodles, and they get played with the most, because they have taken up residence in the garage πŸ™‚ I will miss my welcome committee every time I come home πŸ˜‰

There are 5 in the litter, but “George” is my favorite!There is lots of chaos here πŸ™‚We also have a litter of mini golden doodles. They are so sweet and cuddly.

This is “Rosie”This one is “Oreo”And this is “Joe”We have more, but this post might get too long πŸ™‚ It will be nice for the children to be home from school this week to help more with them.

We had cookie exchange here with my mom and sisters, and made some candy. It was a full day, but went too fast πŸ™‚These oreo truffles are a favorite here!

Then we had the “helpers”And the snitchers πŸ™‚His face when we slide the goodies out of reach πŸ˜‰Cousins..So many yummy treats! The chocolate are a favorite at our house!! Here is the recipe!

Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

  • 1 3/4 flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 24 large marshmallows, halved

Glaze..

  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tblsp. hot, strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Combine flour, soda, salt,& cocoa. Cream shortening and sugar, beat in egg. Add flour alternately with milk, beating well. Add vanilla. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 350* for 8 min. Top each cookie with a marshmallow half, pressing gently onto partially baked cookie. Bake 2 min. more. Cool and Glaze. Yields 4 doz. cookies.

And the taste testers πŸ™‚I think it’s safe to say they were quite tasty πŸ™‚It is nice to have a big selection to hand out cookie plates! So glad we do this every year!

Now for the musings part πŸ™‚

My children came home from school the last day before ChristmasΒ  vacation, with reports of all the school festivities, and who all was going to Florida over vacation. I could see the jealousy in their eyes, and I admit I joined them in their jealousy for a bit πŸ™‚ Somewhere warm and sunny sounded quite divine, and we have never gone on any big family vacation. My mind went to how hard we work at farming, the low milk prices the past while, and how it seemed unfair that we can’t do more “fun” things πŸ™‚

But my mind didn’t stay there long, as I thought of ALL my blessings!! Good health, my family, plenty of food, a home, a farm that we are working on buying, my home business, and so many more things that I can take for granted!! Life shouldn’t be all comfort and ease, should it? Because worthwhile things take hard work, and faith, and patience. Ahh, that last one is something I lack πŸ˜‰

I admit to being extra stressed in December, allowing the STUFF to get the best of me at times. I think it was last Saturday night, after another round of cookies were being finished, and I was cleaning up yet another mess, the children heard me say, ” Well heaven is looking sweeter all the time!” πŸ™‚ As it should be, right?

It is far too often I allow the daily things to weigh me down, and let that spirit of discontent in.

Friends, I challenge you to count your blessings this Christmas season! And share a bit of that Christmas joy with others!! Blessings, Jo

#Momlife

Can we just have a moment of silence for all the AMAZING moms out there!!?

If you are a mom,Β  go ahead and pat yourself on the back!!! πŸ™‚

Me. I have had to look at myself lately, and see that I need to improve in so many ways!

You know, I realized something tonight as it neared the end of the day. I sadly did a whole lot of hollering at my kiddos lately 😦 You know, you tell them to do something, they ignore, you repeat, still act like they did not hear. And then the temperature rises in me. So I realize that this is partly my fault. They should be trained so well, they immediately listen to me the 1st time I talk. But this is something I struggle to nail down. Do you all have tips?

At the end of the day, I just want them to GO.TO.BED!!!!!! To hear the sweet sound of nothing but a running brook, courtesy of our noise machine πŸ™‚

I should probably master the art of counting to 10 πŸ™‚ Taking a few breaths.

What do you find that helps you remain calm as a mom? I would love to hear from you! When I was younger, I thought everyone at the age I am now, had life figured out, and knew all the ropes of parenting πŸ™‚ I know, too funny πŸ™‚

This mom gig is the hardest thing ever. Most rewarding, but still hard!

Now, I am going to bed to sleep like a baby πŸ˜‰ Well, if my baby allows that πŸ™‚

Summertime…

You have gone way too fast! Some quick photos of sweet summertime ..This boy is a joy and delight to us!! Even if he sleeps like a… well, not even sure what description to use πŸ™‚ Good thing he is so cute, lol! In all honesty though, I am blessed at how good one can feel on little sleep!! Supplementation can make a HUGE difference, and I see it so much during this sleep regression and busy summer!!

This picture just gives me all the feels πŸ™‚ She sticks out her hip, and plunks him on it, and is his little mother πŸ™‚A corn day..And having cousins here to helpΒ makes it so much more fun πŸ™‚

Sunsets are my fave!!Backyard fun…And I could have added so many more photos, but I will stop here πŸ™‚

My chunk and pretty light! Yes please πŸ™‚

Have an amazing week!

For the love of sunsets

If you followed me awhile now, you know I love a good sunset to capture some silhouette shots πŸ™‚

Sharing a few with you today!

First, a winter sunset …Jenna and her baby brother…Tristan with an injured pigeon he found πŸ™‚

Jenna and the doggies..A favorite of mine! I won a contest with this one πŸ™‚Devan is still on crutches. He will be so happy to see them go, as will I! πŸ˜‰The little bike that cause those crutches to happen πŸ™‚ Another fave of mine!And last of all, be JOYFUL! Happy Monday!!Next post…some info on my fave productsΒ and a giveaway!! πŸ™‚

Valentines Supper

I don’t always do this for Valentines Day, but this year I felt like it πŸ™‚ So I pulled out the china, and the glasses that were collecting dust, and tried to make my valentines feel a bit special! I had fun snapping pictures too πŸ™‚img_20170214_151403_370 img_6899_edited-1The centerpiece was cranberries and greens…Β  Β  img_6885The food….img_6903A little snitch πŸ™‚Β img_6904_edited-1 img_6905_edited-1A candle lit view…img_6896_edited-1img_6901_edited-1img_6900I spoiled them with cranberry ginger ale and everyone got a chocolate rose.img_6902_edited-1My happy crew. And real life!Β We did not get dressed up πŸ™‚ Hubby was at his side job, and after milking, I came in from the barn to his phone call. “Sorry, but I won’t be home till after 7:30. So we ate without him πŸ™‚ Well, life doesn’t always go exactly how we planned, does it? But by the looks of it, it was a pretty big hit all around πŸ™‚img_6906_edited-1Happy Monday , friends!!

Last post of the year! :)

I missed posting this at Christmas, so here is our family,lovely self timer shot and all πŸ™‚ Really, it involved a lot of exercise for the mom, as I ran back and forth so many times, the children were done,Β and finally said “Ok, that’s a wrap!”, and we get what we get πŸ™‚ So maybe next year I should hire someone πŸ™‚img_6651_edited-1As I shared before, this year was tough, and yet full of blessings, and we grow more when we have to struggle, do we not? I am looking to the new year, new goals, and I’m excited for what God has in store!! One of my goals is to do something nice for somebody every day. Whether it involves something big or little. I can tell you that God has been working on me, to nudge me to do more, because I have so much. To be honest, some days I feel like I don’t have much. But that is the devil’s tactics. And how can I learn contentment if I always look at those that seem to have it better?Β  I’m a work in progress, and still fail miserably some days! πŸ™‚

Our oldest is 14! She enjoys school, her friends,Β holding her baby brother, and time with her horse. Cleaning and barn chores are not her favorite thing, but sheΒ is a big help to me!!

Our oldest son is 11, and he has been such a great helper lately! He loves to get up at 3:30 a.m.Β to help his dad milk, and we have to limit that to 3 or 4 times a week, because he does need sleep to handle school and it’s challenges! I alsoΒ love how he has been making his bed very neatly each morning without me telling him to πŸ™‚ Of course he is a normal child, thinking he knows pretty much, and fighting his siblings, but we definitely are seeing some positive changes πŸ™‚

Next in line is our “farm boy”. He is 8, 9 next month, and still loves his cows, playing farm, and getting dirty πŸ™‚ He is a strong willed child, and hard to handle sometimes, yet he has a soft heart. We have seen huge improvements in him with school, and he almost made honor roll! We are so grateful for the supplements that we are certain are helping him, and I love listening to him read, and hearing him talk about school!

Next in line is our spitfire πŸ™‚ She turned 5 in Nov., and is full of energy and creativity. She was “the baby” for so long, that she is still a bit jealous of her baby brother, but she sure does love him! Her will is strong, and she is so independent that it drives her momma crazy sometimes, but who likes boredom anyways?? πŸ™‚

And then our newest blessing. He is 6 mo. already! The children still fight over him multiple times a day πŸ™‚Β He is chubby, and full of smiles, and recently started rolling. He has a cheering crew for everything he does πŸ™‚

We are blessed! My prayer for you all is that 2017 is a year of new growth, stronger relationships, and full of blessings from our heavenly Father!!

Thanks to all my followers who check in onΒ my little space here! I appreciate it!

Bring on 2017!! πŸ™‚

From my phone

Because my son has been making the bed like this for at least 2 weeks now. It needs documentation πŸ™‚20161102_105111Sometimes IΒ go away andΒ the house looks like this. Yes, I really do πŸ™‚20161110_091410I love silhouettes!!img_20161028_204101-copy img_20161024_200841-copy img_20161002_205802-copy20161110_172720 img_20161102_203911I loved this training I took in one day from Sonya Dudley! She is so sweet, and I learned so much!20161001_125015A barn party for the youth. It was sooo cold!20161112_194703 20161112_194817 20161112_183859Darian and his cousin Braden are 6 days apart in age.20161023_200405My chunky baby ❀20161005_080338 img_6454This evil looking snake was discovered by our puppy justΒ a few yardsΒ from our front door. It met it’s maker πŸ™‚ 20161020_160239A fire and Mt. Pies for supper…20161012_183305For all you people who love shopping on Black Friday. May I just say God bless you, and my bed will feel quite cozy, haha πŸ˜‰ And if you want to give yourself or someone you know, the gift of better health, now is a great time to try Plexus products!! I love seeing people thriving, andΒ who doesn’t love a deal? πŸ™‚ If you want to contact me, my info is on my About page.fb_img_1479994957058The morning light and her sweet profile…img_20161024_081002-copyThat’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed your day of Thanksgiving!!