Faith Family and Feathers

Fun on the farm with faith and family

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There’s No Place Like Home.

Well we made it back from our trip to visit family in Colorado.  I really thought I’d have plenty of time to post a few blogs along the way but I was busy visiting with family every waking moment.  I’m not complaining at all.  Some of these relatives I only get to see once a year so I enjoy taking every available minute to visit with them. 

We didn’t do anything terribly exciting, mostly we just hung around mom’s house and visited, played games, cooked, ate and watched movies.  But we did take some time to visit a museum and the Denver Zoo.  Here’s a few random pictures from the zoo.  Our week in Colorado flew by and it was soon time to head home.  The route we chose to drive home took us right into Hot Springs SD.  This is a town in the Black Hills of SD where a hot spring runs through.  The water is literally in the 90 degrees year round!  Anyway, in Hot Springs is the mammoth Site.  In the late 1970’s excavators uncovered some old bones.  They stopped their worked until the bones could be identified and they turned out to be prehistoric mammoth bones.  Since then they have built a building over the site and every year they excavate more and more mammoth bones and give tours to the public. To date they figure the have found the remains of over 50 mammoths!  Quite amazing!  After viewing the site my son has aspirations of digging with their crew one day.  Here are a few random pictures we took at this site. 

The mountains of Colorado are breathtaking, and the company is amazing,  but there really is “no pace like home”.  It’s good to be back.


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I won’t be posting a menu for the next few weeks because I’ll be out-of-town on a bit of a vacation!  I’m quite excited about it!  It’s not like were going to Disney World or Hawaii or anything like that but it will be a fun trip none the less.

My mother lives 12 hours away in Colorado and once a year in the summer me and the kids (DH stays home to build roads) make the journey to see her.  She also comes here once or twice a year so we do get to see each other some but not as much as we’d like.  We don’t really have the money to fly there so we make due with the drive and just plan on staying at least a week.  

Keeping two kids occupied on a boring 12 hour drive can be a challenge but we’ve done it so much we’ve learned a few things to keep us occupied.  We play hangman, the ABC game, and a few other topical games and   listen to books on tape (the Hardy boys or Nancy Drew).

I’ve  given up on packing lunches to eat.  I still pack some munchies but the fact is it is a nice break to pull off the road and stop for a few minutes to have a bite to eat.  Everyone can stretch their legs and go potty too.  We just try to make the drive fun and this year we got a new car with a DVD player built right in!  Now the only argument left will be which movie they will watch.

The long drive is so worth it.  It’s so good to see my mom and my step dad.  I love them and miss the a lot.

Look out mom and  Doug here we come!


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Lord, help me to trust you when I don’t understand.

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.  Deuteronomy 29:29

Junker car

My 18 yr old son has 2 vehicles.  One is a pick up that is currently torn apart because he has a plan of fixing it up and painting it really fancy.  The other one is a real “junker” just an old Honda that he bought cheap for the low gas mileage.  Yesterday his  “junker” decided it didn’t have another trip in it.  It died on his way to work and he needed to call for a ride the rest of the way.  His pickup is in pieces and undriveable until he has some time and money to put it back together.  So he asked if we’d cosign a loan for him to get a different vehicle.  Since he moved out as soon as he turned 18 and his taking care of himself, he really doesn’t have room for another payment, (he’s still paying on the pickup he already has, the one that’s not driveable) so we refused.  He looked defeated. We could so easily have said yes and made his problems go away.  We could have said “don’t worry son, here’s the money, go get what you need”  And don’t kid yourself, I WANTED TO!  It’s just so hard to watch your kids struggle.  But what will they learn if you fix their problems for them?  Will they ever be able to manage their own finances if we’re always “kicking” in? Ever so reluctantly, he agreed that the best course of action was to get his current pick up put back together (maybe not fancy) so that he can at least have some wheels.  Then once he gets his tools paid off (he’s a mechanic and has gotten in deep to the Snap-on tool guy) or his current pick up paid off then he can look into something else.  I know he doesn’t understand why we don’t fix this for him.  I know he thinks we’re being mean and thinks we’re trying to punish him for something.  But someday he will see that this was the best decision.

Don’t we sometimes feel this way when God doesn’t answer our requests with a resounding “YES”.  Do we feel that he is punishing us for something? That He is being “mean”? God tells us “no” or “not yet” because there is something greater going on that we can’t see.  In the same way, when we tell our children “no” or “not yet”, there is a greater reason than they can understand right now.

LORD, help me to trust you more and to understand that when you tell me “no” or “not yet” it is because there is a bigger better plan in action.

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Lord, more of you and less of me.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10: 35-36 (NIV)

I love this verse!  I think it’s because I get discouraged very easily and need constant reminding to keep “my chin up”.  We’re not going to succeed in everything we try and we may even mess up on things we’ve succeeded in before.  We’re not perfect and need to allow that reality to soak into our brains.  We are to do our best for God and when we fall we need to get back up and keep trying without mentally beating ourselves up for falling in the first place.  I like to read the In Touch magazine with  Charles Stanley and this month there was a quote in it that I want to always remember.  I hope you find it as enlightening as I do.

“Living in discouragement will divide the mind, making it hard to focus on anything besides our pain.”

No wonder I can’t focus!  My mind is divided.  Lord, help me to focus more on you and less on me. Amen.

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Lily Pads in the Fish Pond (tank)!

I spent the first 13 years of being a mother thinking I’d never experience having a little girl.  I had 3 boys and that was that.  13 years of mud, worms, plastic army men, and race cars.  Not a Barbie doll in sight.  I am a girly girl so this took some time for me to adjust to.  When my oldest son was 13 I discovered I was pregnant with, yes, a GIRL!  I was delighted!  Don’t get me wrong, I love and enjoy each of my boys and wouldn’t trade them (most days, lol) for anything, but girls really add a different dynamic to life (and lots more drama). Those of you who have a boy and a girl know what I’m talking about.  The picture above is just one example.  We’ve had this fish tank and the same two goldfish for almost 10 years.  Yesterday when I walked by it I did a double take!  There were lilies floating on the top!  It was very pretty.  My daughter (now 6) decided that the fish tank needed some pretty lily pads so she picked some from the garden and placed them as she saw fit.  What a nice change from the crawfish my boys used to throw in there!

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I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! Ours was filled with fun and excitement. Almost too filled. It has taken me 3 days to recover from all of the company and activities! We went to our lake cabin (trailer) for the fourth and enjoyed boating, jet skiing, swimming, family and lets not forget the food! I love pot luck type events when I get to experience other people’s cooking and recipes. I always leave with a new favorite. (I’ll soon be posting one very delicious recipe for a broccoli salad that was brought. It was really yummy.)

The cost of fireworks absolutely makes me cringe and I don’t spend a lot of money on fireworks for my kids.  Actually It would be a lot less if was totally my decision but my husband, being a boy at heart, loves to light fireworks too.  Anyway, you can imagine my children’s delight when their aunt showed up at the lake with two huge boxes overflowing with fireworks!  WOW!

The kids love to set up iron pipes and shoot off their bottle rocket over the lake.  I love how the photo captures the path of the rocket.

My favorite part of fireworks is when it gets dark and we can enjoy the light show.

Fireworks are so pretty over the water. 

People all along the lake were celebrating the holiday too.  We were able to enjoy the light show from their display as well. Again, so pretty over the water.

What did you do this holiday weekend?  How did you celebrate the anniversary of our nations freedom?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please leave a comment and let me know.

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Not Again!

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10: 35-36 (NIV)

When I went to the “barn” (really a chicken coop) to milk my goat, Greta, this morning I discovered that the udder cover (click here for more info on the “udder cover”) had slipped off-center and the little milk thief, Star, had taken most of my morning milk.

Here is the little stinker now.  don’t let the picture fool you! She’s a devious, sneaky milk thief!  She is nearly as big as her mother but still feels she needs her mammas milk.

Star - the milk thief

I do love her, she is adorable, affectionate and very friendly. I just wish she would leave her mother’s milk alone already!

I decided to milk Greta anyway and see how much I would get.  I could tell from the size of her udder that it wouldn’t be very much but I wanted to keep the routine up anyway.  Greta kicked and fussed the entire time I was trying to milk and I ended up with only 1 cup of milk when I usually get over 4 cups.

What does this have to do with confidence?  When this happens to me I find myself loosing confidence.  All the neighbors think I am crazy for wanting goats and absolutely off my rocker for milking them.  My daughter refuses to drink the goat milk plain,.(at leat my husband and son will drink it)  It takes me a good half an hour to milk my goat too.  I’m trying to give my family hormone free milk and It seems my efforts are tolerated at best! It just doesn’t seem worth it at times!

Don’t we sometimes feel the same way in our Christian walk.  When we’re kind to someone who constantly is cruel to us.  When we extend a helping hand to a neighbor only to draw back a nub.  It’s hard to keep our confidence going when we are not seeing the fruit of our labor.  We live in such a fast paced society we  mistakenly extend that mind-set into our faith.  Our confidence should be in our God, not our abilities.  Our lives may bear much fruit but it may be fruit that ripens long after our feet leave this earth.  So,Don’t throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. We just don’t know to which side of heaven those rewards will come.