Accepting with humbleness

Friends! Hello!! It’s been over a month since I posted. What!! In that month I’ve been swimming through laundry, diaper changes, sibling rivalry, a husband that is often workingΒ away withΒ a custom crew, paying bills, growing my business, some canning,Β and trying to play catch up with farm records. I know I’m not alone πŸ™‚ A lady at the park asked me how I do it with 5. I said “with God’s grace”. And I meant every word! Whether you have none, one or two, or 11, relying on God is key to living life!

Some photos…img_6052 Building a pen for chickens.Β img_6122 Preparing “Ole Reddy” for the fair. There was lots of interestingΒ sprints and strength training exercise she gave the men around here πŸ™‚img_6135My sweet girl has really been testing me lately! I think it may have to do with a certain new someone πŸ™‚Β img_6143I can’t believe how Darian looks here! Just a few short weeks ago, and now he is so chunky!!Β img_6156The cats stayed around, which speaks greatly about their resilience πŸ˜‰ Their 9 lives may have been reduced to a lower number. Hahaha!img_6163InΒ his Daddy’s arms.Β img_6166Would you look at him!? Honestly, I already forget how tiny he was!! And the days of running him to get his bilirubin checked seem like a lifetime away. He doesn’t sleep nearly as much, and loves to be held, but he is, and I say this quietly lest I change things :), my best nighttime sleeper!!img_6167Sweet babes of mine ❀img_6168She loves him dearly, just not always in the nicest of ways πŸ™‚img_6192These 2! Cute like their daddy πŸ˜‰

Back again, after writing the above part weeks ago.It’s high time to finish it! πŸ™‚

img_6251 img_6256A few pictures from one of our corn days. And crazy Jenna πŸ™‚

So are you wondering about my title? Accepting with humbleness.. It’s something I’ve had good practice doing lately. And it’s not always the easiest thing for me either.

I post this not for pity, for we all have our struggles. But this summer was not the easiest. After my hospital stay and Darian’s birth, the bills started rolling in. Rather large ones.Β And we had previously dropped our insurance, andΒ we wereΒ soon expecting , so even if we had signed up with someone, because I was already pregnant, I wasn’t able to get coverage.

We accepted responsibility for this, but it did not make it any easier, when you see those big bills. I will be completely transparent, and tell you that sometimes I’d sit down to pay bills, see the balance in the checkbook, and end up in tears. Added to the stress was the very low milk price, that every dairy farmer will understand. When you are working hard, and can barely cover the feed bills, etc., sometimes you wonder why you do what you do?

God was teaching me something through it all. For when we are weak, He is strong! I realized that I relied entirely too much on the money in the bank. On being at a comfortable place in life. And just when I’d think, How is this going to work,God showed up. He showed up inΒ the blessingΒ ofΒ  meals, babysitting, etc. He showed up in monetary gifts from family and friends, so much more than we deserved!! He showed up when I went to the mailbox, and discovered an envelope with a $100 bill and no name. I still don’t know who gave it, but if they only knew how it touched our hearts!! He showed up when I started sharing about some amazing supplements we are taking, and I was able to earn some money on the side. Sometimes just when I felt soΒ discouraged, He sent someone my way. They helped me, andΒ I could help them. How wonderful is that?!Β I am so grateful for answered prayers! I write this in tears, because in a matter of a few months, we were able to pay off allΒ our hospital bills, because of God’s grace, and the help of those who cared about us. Friends, God cares! I can not emphasize that enough! If you are walking through a valley, give it to Him! And do your best, the best you can do, and wait on Him! I know so many that have been in the valley, and still are, and I can’t begin to understand. But if I can say one thing, it is that if you ask Him, He will walk through it with you!

I was at a seminar last Saturday, and the speaker encouraged us to wake up each day with a question. “Who can I add value to today?” Friends, that is powerful and amazing!! Do it! Even when you don’t want to! Because when we look outside of ourself, outside of our struggles, God can use us in amazing ways!!

BE blessed, Be humble, Be kind, Be amazing!img_6246

Spring shots

april 2015 011_edited-1Riding in the barn. april 2015 014 april 2015 015Love those quiet moments of just getting along, no fighting. πŸ™‚ april 2015 017Attic and window light ❀md and misc april 2015 001 This guy loves to mow.md and misc april 2015 016_edited-1 md and misc april 2015 019_edited-1 md and misc april 2015 022_edited-1 md and misc april 2015 026md and misc april 2015 032_edited-1In April, Dale and I, and Jenna & Tristan went down to Md. for the day to see our friends, Harlan and Regina Good. Dale helped Harlan get bedding down for the chickens that were coming. Regina and I scrapbooked, and visited, and took care of our children πŸ™‚ It was a long day, but a good day!misc. april 2015 005Mt. pies over the fire..misc. april 2015 006 misc. april 2015 007Of course you should drink your hot chocolate out of a cow mug! πŸ˜‰misc. april 2015 008 misc. april 2015 010 misc. april 2015 011Playing…misc. april 2015 013This girl! I can feel the gray hairs coming πŸ˜‰

Have a wonderful weekend!

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 abcmouse.com. He really loves it and it’s teaching him alot!

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

Friends

This world just wouldn’t be right without good friends! I was privileged to take these photos of our friends! Meet Jason and Karolyn and their beautiful girls.k Karla and Karolyn 009_edited-1They are just lovely πŸ™‚ And there is another baby due in February. I think I have that right? πŸ™‚ Too many people having babies to keep track of πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what they are having!Karla and Karolyn 128_edited-1 Karla and Karolyn 140_edited-1We took these at Karolyn’s sisters home. I took their pictures as well, and those pictures will be on the next post. Anyway, Karolyn and her sister Karla treated us to a very yummy snack after pictures and visiting together. I should have taken pictures of that πŸ™‚ A great way to end the evening!!karo;yn 1One of the cards I had fun making. The more I learn how to do things with my editing, the more I love it. It’s so fun to play around with different designs, and I probably only know half of how to use it πŸ™‚

Best friends make the good times better and the hard times easier.

Crafting with friends

A few weeks ago, my friends and I got together for the day, and did some stenciling. We did tea towels and 1 of them did a pillow cover. I really enjoyed it! And I am not a crafty gal πŸ™‚ Now my friends, on the other hand, are super creative. And it wasn’t about having the perfect piece, but being together and having fun. misc. nov. 2014 024 misc. nov. 2014 025_edited-1This was the pillow cover, done with a toilet paper tube. It was gorgeous! misc. nov. 2014 027Janelle and her CUTE little sidekick.misc. nov. 2014 026_edited-1misc. nov. 2014 028I found this stencil at Hobby Lobby. I liked how it turned out. As you can see, we were professional here. Didn’t get stencil adhesive, so washi tape to the rescue πŸ™‚ It actually worked pretty good!misc. nov. 2014 029 misc. nov. 2014 030 Love everything about this stand. My friend Kendra hosted, and her home is just lovely. She could be an interior designer. For real.misc. nov. 2014 031_edited-1Jenna having fun.misc. nov. 2014 032_edited-1Two little cuties. And naughty as well πŸ™‚misc. nov. 2014 033_edited-1One of Janelle’s pieces. She is just one crafty gal! I wish I would have taken more of our finished products.20141203_133822A quick snapshot of one I did. This one was my favorite. Don’t look to closely, you’ll see my messups πŸ˜‰

Be blessed!

Friends

I posted a few weeks ago on our trip to see friends in Maryland. While we were there, I took a few photos of them so they could send out some cards. Meet Harlan and Regina Good & family. misc, maryland trip 084_edited-1misc, maryland trip 086_edited-1 misc, maryland trip 091_edited-1We are blessed to have them as friends!misc, maryland trip 102_edited-1 misc, maryland trip 113_edited-1 Their cards…card regina Untitled-1_edited-1Thanks Harlan and Regina, for giving me the privilege of taking pictures of your family! You guys are great πŸ™‚

Weekend away

 

About 2 wks. ago, we headed down to Maryland to see some friends of ours, and visit our outreach church. We really enjoyed it, except for the driving with our children. I’m being honest here :). Thought I’d share a few highlights of our trip.20140718_182029Not much relaxing and eating with this girl! Some trips outside. Sigh πŸ˜‰20140718_182156Dale trying to occupy little lady. It may have lasted a minute πŸ™‚20140718_181727 20140718_183102Some pics from supper at Lonestar. I’ m getting hungry looking at my food again πŸ™‚20140719_080329 This is how bad a bathroom can look πŸ™‚20140719_084255A quick pic at our motel in Dover. Friendly staff there!misc, maryland trip 041_edited-1 They enjoyed the motel pool, even if it was 8:00 at night πŸ™‚ I’m pretty sure everyone knew when we came and when we left πŸ˜‰ This is the 1st time we took our family to a motel ( we are dairy farmers ;)). Anyways, our children acted like it was their 1st time too. We tried to keep them calm and quiet, but that wasn’t too successful. They were tired and excited, so combine the two, and you know how that works πŸ™‚misc, maryland trip 054_edited-1I love this one of Jenna! Sleepy bed head.misc, maryland trip 061_edited-1Sand crabs they dug up at Cape Henlopen. They filled a bucket with them. Ick!misc, maryland trip 065This was Jenna’s 1st time at the oceanmisc, maryland trip 142_edited-1Our friends, Harlan and Regina’s lovely home. We slept in the camper Sat. night.misc, maryland trip 073_edited-1 misc, maryland trip 074The children had great fun together! Little Dakota loved the boys! So cute!misc, maryland trip 153_edited-120140719_175250Tristan was practically in heaven with all the farm toys πŸ˜‰misc, maryland trip 127Down at their pondmisc, maryland trip 137_edited-1Jenna loved the playset!20140719_175457Regina’s pretty flowersmisc, maryland trip 154Sunday morning breakfast. We were quite blessed with Harlan and Regina’s hospitality! We felt so at home πŸ™‚20140719_175322Kirsten combing Kierra misc, maryland trip 155 misc, maryland trip 156_edited-1Smithson chapel. Cutest little chapel I’ve seen!misc, maryland trip 158_edited-1 misc, maryland trip 159_edited-1We had the privilege of hearing our deacon from home bring the message. Was nice to see them and their family! And we enjoyed a meal after the service. Was so nice to see them all again!misc, maryland trip 162_edited-1The big irrigation systems we seen. Pretty neat! misc, maryland trip 164I took these on our way home. It was near the home of Doug and Bev Brubaker, our minister before they moved to serve in Md. We made a quick stop to see their place before heading home. They have such a neat home!20140720_171148The ride home was much more pleasant due to extremely tired children πŸ™‚

Our weekend went too fast, but there is no place in the world like home! Even if that means heading out to milk those cows πŸ™‚