No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth….

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pardtx0tx959tx1918tx2877tx3836tx4795tx5754tx6713tx7672tx8631f1fs20 I will just let you know, I have not dropped off the face of the earth, I have just been so occupied lately, I have had no computer time. Now, its time to play catch up and fill you all in. Got some tea or coffee handy? I have traded my morning coffee in now for a mason jar full of ice cold tea..by the time you get outside and do chores and come back in the house I am wringing wet with sweat. Its nothing unusual to find me walking around with an ice cold glass of tea, I even take some to the ball games with me.. It has just gotten extremely hot here in TN. We went from winter and some how skipped spring. Our so called spring was tornado weather and floods. par
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We could finish putting our garden out til the weather subsided and calmed down some. I was afraid it would wash downhill and flood everything. But we have gotten everything planted and in the ground and things are coming up everywhere. I had to move my green bean fencing from the old garden to the new one, that took me most of one day to do that. But the boys have been a great help. This is what it looked like a few weeks ago.par
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This is what it looks like now:PhotobucketPhotobucketpar
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This is the other part of my Mothers Day, I so love it. I use the tilling method because it helps arriate the soil for better root development.Photobucketpar
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If I can grow it and well eat it, I have planted it. I may not be able to catch up but Ill do what I can when I can and the boys will help. I told the boys they will not be sitting inside all summer playing xbox and watching tv. They will help. I have also been using Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) to sprinkle on the plants to kill bugs naturally. This is new to me this year so well see how well it does. You can also put some in a gallon sprayer with water and use as a sprayer. I am going to do the barn and chicken coop as well. Everyday when I clean the barn, I sprinkle it on the barn floor to help cut down on flies. They are bad this year. I will probably still be gardening when school starts back since we got a late start. But thats ok, I want to have plenty of food put up. We have set up a sprinkler system and it works great.par
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I am really excited about having a big eyesore of a burn pile gotten rid of in my pasture. We have been working on this for a few years and got it burned down as far as we could go. But weather and wind kept interfering for us to get rid of it completely, so solution, have a big guy with a big bull dozer come and dig about a 100 ft deep trench and push that stuff over in there and cover it up. Problem solved.PhotobucketNow it looks like this and my girls have more room to roam, I will go over the dirt and sew some more clover:PhotobucketI love how it looks now. This has been a real blessing in itself. After he took care of that we had him push up somemore burn piles for us down the gulley and clear some more land for us. I forgot to take a pic, but it looks really nice. We will do this a little at a time when money allows. Eventually all 22 acres will look nice and cleaned up. We will have to get him back over here when we get our storm shelter built. We need a whole cut in to the side of the hill where it will be going. We have been shopping around and found a good place and reasonable price. David had been working on the tractor alot bush hogging. Yes I think his tractors sexy!!!!! Sorry, I just couldnt resist:PhotobucketThis is one thing on the farm he will not let me drive. It slips gears and will throw you out of the seat, he is so use to it he knows how to handle it, He made me promise him that I would never try to even get on it. He doesnt have to worry.par
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David had a chance to take the boys fishing and they started keeping some this year. Last year they were too small to keep. So they brought some home and he was teaching them to clean them. Good lesson learned. You go Daddy!PhotobucketPhotobucketpar
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That same evening we let Dakota do a little grilling. Hes gonna take after Daddy doing that.PhotobucketPhotobucketpar
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Susie came back home and she just got a little bigger not much with her pregnancy. Daddy and Dakota got busy building her whelping box. Geometry came in handy. Daddy was letting Dakota do some measuring and cutting the boards. It was a good project for them to work on together.PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketHe made it to where it was collapsable and we can store it for when we breed Dixie. This is her new ribbons on her wall. She now is a Grand Champion Hunting and Retrieving Lab.PhotobucketDaddy has to show Susie her new box and how to get in and out of it. ha!PhotobucketTo my surprise on morning, I go to the kennel and Susie never got up and came to the gate. I got scared. I go in and look what I found:PhotobucketPhotobucketShe had 8 little pups. She had been giving birth most of the morning and we didnt know it, and she wasnt finished. I thought she was finished, so I started getting her some fresh water and while I was gone she pushed out the 8th one. I waited to see if she was going to go anymore. The vet said he saw 7 or 8 so thats what we could expect. We are so proud of her. There is 5 boys and 3 girls. One little boys is a mommas boy and you can hear him a mile away. We had them appraised and they are worth $800 to $1,000 a piece because of their blood lines. We are keeping one female from her.PhotobucketPhotobucketpar
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This is them today:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketpar
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David thought I was funny and crazy for going all goo goo for all my babies that my girls had, Oh, you should see him, SEE!!!!! Hes going all goo goo and has gotten mooshy on me. He talks to them and holds them and loves on them too. Hes such a softie. Hes trying to pick out one, but is having a hard time.par
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Dixie on the other hand, we had to go back and pick up, she is not training so well. She is too old for the required training and set in her ways. She is also skittish of everything, the whole litter was that way. The trainer said she will not do anything. We will just have her bred with a high quality Grand Champion male and just sell the pups. But she is still a good girl and loving. She has been a good aunt to the babies. Our new trainer is really honest with us and tells us like it is, he has been training labs for 20 0r 3o yrs. Dixie should have already had her titles, but when they get a certain age its harder for them to train. You have to start them out as pups. We will have the pup we keep trained ASAP.par
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We also got busy in sports. In the mornings Dakota would have football camp and then in the evenings he would have baseball games, some times we would play two games back to back. He was wore out but enjoyed it. Iwas wore out tooPhotobucketPhotobucketpar
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Baseball is almost over and he wants to go spend time with my parents in MS. Dallas has already gone, I took him Memorial Day, he said he thinks he’ll stay for 3 weeks. I told Dallas just because brother couldnt go yet because of baseball commitments, doesnt mean he had to wait. So I took him and Dakota has been miserable without him here. He is too funny. I think he put a guilt trip on him, cause Dallas will be coming back Friday. I told Dakota he should be ashamed. In a few weeks they will get to go back after my mother has gone to a few drs. appts.par
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I am kind of upset with my mother because my daddy found out she had a stress test scheduled and he questioned her bout it. Well she fessed up to having some pains in her chest and never told any one, so when I saw her I gave her a swift kick in the rear end for not telling us and letting us know something. She now calls me and tells me what the drs. say.par
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We had VBS at churh every morning. This yrs theme was Hometown Nazereth. It was aimed at teaching kids how Jesus grew up in Nazereth. We had a Market Place with the food shop, tinmakers shop, wood cutting shop, bead shop, culinary shop and yours truly the stable. For two mornings I brought Patience and Miracle and a few chicks for the children to pet. We had a rabbit and somemore chickens. Dakota was helping with games. Here are the photos:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketYes we did wear costumes and we did burn up!!!!! After a few days Patience and Miracle was getting stressed from being away from momma so I had to do something else the rest of the week, so I ran the culinary shop. We made a hand scrub that they made in Bible times. It is so simple. You take a tbsp of Olive oil pour it into a container with a removable lid(medicine bottles work fine), a tsp. of table salt, and a dried scented herb of your choice and put them in the container and shake. Use this on hands or feet( I love using it on my feet at night before bed). You put some on, rub it in (the salt is the exfoliater) and wipe it off with a soft cloth. Wholah!!!! It makes your heels so soft and they smell good too. David made me do his feet one night. Ha!! We smelled like lavender. Here I recruited some boys to mashing up the herbs for me:PhotobucketPhotobucketIn the life center we had the Holy of Holies on display. The Monorah, the Ark of the Covenant, the Laden, etc. Then the tabernacle. Our pastor was dressed as the High Priest and explained everything.PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketpar
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Right now were just enjoying our summer break and hanging out with the boyz!PhotobucketI took them swimming one day after we spent a few days thoroughly cleaning the house.par
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PhotobucketIt was so tempting to just push him off there, but I resisted the temptation. DARN!!!!!par
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Dakota got his report card in the mail and he did great. I scared him though and pulled a prank on him. I told him there was a note attached to the card and said he has to go to summer school over his Geography grade. I thought the boy was going to break down and cry. I just busted out laughing and he could have killed me. Ha! That temptation I couldnt resist.par
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We got Dallas final report card and he did great too. I am so going to miss homeschooling next yr. Im already trying to prepare myself for being alone this school yr. I want know how to act not grading papers or grading reading. I will however check homework and help when Im needed. I will always be there. I have cleaned out the school drawers and put school books away and packed up things. It looks so different in here now. I have already started encouraging them to go for more accomplishments this year and set goals. I think Dallas will be the learning one and Dakota just wants to be the Jock! Oh, well, Momma tried. Dallas is really excited about going and Im not going to ruin it for him. Ill just have to be brave and strong. Sniff, sniff!!!!!par
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On the farm:par
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Im in the process 0f hatching a third batch of chicks. I hear one peeping now, getting ready to come out. I sold 10 chicks in my 2nd batch. Someone at church wants some of this batch. The momma hen that hatched 6 chicks, is down to 3. Some have gotten accidently stepped on. She is doing real good though. I’ve been letting them out to pasture and she does really good at teaching them.PhotobucketPhotobucketpar
Oatmeal secretly watches them: can you see her?PhotobucketIm still having to keep my eye on the one rooster who likes to attack! I have spared his life so many times, its not even funny. Im saving his reputation with the ladies at the expense of my legs being torn to pcs. I have holes in my legs where he has spurred me. One day he caught me off guard and spurred me and it hurt, I was so mad, before I knew it, I had done had him grabbed up by the neck fixing to wring it real good, when I stopped because I said to myself, If you dont do it right he is just going to lay there and suffer and you will feel really bad. Not to mention you dont know how to cut them up yet. DARN!!!!!!!! I put him back down. He came really close to being on the supper table that day. He can make me so angry. But at least some of my hens have been earning their keep, I have been selling some eggs to some friends at church. It in turn helps buy their feed. My animals are going to have to start putting out around here and earning their keep.par
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All the babies have been tatooed, wormed, vacc., and disbudded. One day all big girls got baths and hooves trimmed. They were loosing their winter coats and few had dandruff, so I gave them a bath and brushed them really good. It is easier to trim hooves when their wet too, so I killed two birds with one stone.par
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I am weaning Patience and Miracle and have got an udder support on Cocoa so they cant nurse, well guess who is pouting at me?PhotobucketPhotobucketpar
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All the babies are still learning from the mommas. Joe Joes babies are learning alot. They have all joined in on getting out in the pasture. Joe Joes babies (Jolly and Tilly) are still a little shy though, see one trying to hide behind the barn door, it doesnt work, you can still see her legs Ha!PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketSocks had to see what was in the bucket too. Gingers babies are still doing fine.PhotobucketEveryone is learning how to eat good. I keep the babies with the mommas at meal time, so they can watch and learn from Momma. Here is a good pic of them all in the pasture.PhotobucketIt so peaceful and serene. I have got to order two more udder supports and wean the rest of the babies. I should have lots of milk then, It is so nice to have fresh milk again. I have got to get Zorro registered and find him a home. I dont want him just stuck in a pasture somewhere. His pedigree is too good and he is worth too much money. He came from a family of star milkers of does and some have been Champions in shows. I have got to start working on my bucky barn for this fall. I will start my breeding plans before long. I helped a lady disbud her baby goat. One of the guys at our local Co-op thought I could help her so he gave me her phone number and I got in touch with her. I went to her house cause it stresses them out too much to move them so much. She was so appreciative. I love to help educate people anytime I can. par
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Now, I have come to the part that I want to talk about that is a burden on my heart. First I have to get this off my chest……IF DAKOTA LIVES TO BE 17 IT WILL BE A MIRACLE CAUSE IM GOING TO KILL HIM!!!!!! Ok, Im just metaphoricaly speaking, just a slang. par
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He is grounded all summer. Yep, all summer. No phone, no computer, no company, he cant go anywhere, unless its with the church youth group. We found out some things he did not long after school started. Just some things he tried to do just to impress people. Personally, I dont know who he was trying to impress. We have hit those beginning of teenage yrs, that magical age of 13. I swear I think the Stupid Fairy came in one night and hit him with her wand and he just went stupid over night. He thinks he knows it all and he is smarter that me and dad and hes out to prove it. Now, those of you who have known me for yrs, knows this isnt working too well, cause he was not raised that way. I have done everything by the book (BIBLE), and I just assumed and took for granted that if you raise them right they will always do right…..NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aliens have came and abducted my child, I want him back. I cant blame it on public school, cause even if he was still home, he would still be 13 and want to try things. We have had to have some personal talks with him. There is still one more “TALK” we have to have with him and daddy is so nervous about this one, you know, the birds and bees…..I guess Im gonna have to break down and do it, but now Im nervous. Hes gonna be embarrassed if I have to do it. David thinks hes too young still for this conversation, but David forgets its not like it was when we were growing up. Hollywood has put so much out there now that we have to have these “Talks” now at an earlier age. Thanks Hollywood. He broke up with the best girlfriend ever just because she was doing things that got on his nerves. Go figure! Now, he wants to go out with a girl that does not have a good reputation already, If you know what I mean. So, yes, its time for that talk too. par
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Dakota is the type of kid that would rather try to work things out and figure things out on his own, rather that ask for advice, even if it means getting in trouble. Ive tried so hard to teach my kids how to make wise decisions and handle things, but now hes at the age where he doesnt want my advice or teaching and that is killing me. I dont want to see my children make mistakes, but I know he will, you just try to protect them from that. Is that so wrong? I wish I would have known about these things that he did, right when he did them, but I didnt. We could have taken care of it then. I know he can make a choice to do good or bad, but you think of all the time and energy I have put into molding and shaping him according to Gods plan he would listen and do right. par
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We have told him, we were close to not letting him go back to public school next yr., but that will cause resentment towards us. So we have decided to let him go back, BUT, if he starts pulling stupid stunts again and gets in the wrong crowd and gets in trouble, he will be pulled out and homeschooled til he graduates. He will not be permitted to return. He has one more chance to prove to us he is responsible and he belongs to God and he needs to act accordingly. He knows we are serious this time. He has to learn their are c0nsequences to his actions and he will be held accountable, but Im just trying to prevent those things. My heart aches for him, I guess as all parents do. You can teach and talk til your blue in the face, but they still have that choice to make and it is heart rending when they make the wrong one. Maybe if he learns these things now the better off hell be. Im trying to let go and let God work in his life, but it is hard to let go. I keep thinking that if he makes mistakes and learns from them that he will have a good testimony to share with others some day. I have to admit, he is following in my footsteps. I pulled some of the same stupid stunts when I was that age. This is why it hurts so bad, I dont want him to go through what I did and have so many regrets. But, I think I am who I am today because of it. Gosh, this is driving me crazy, any comments of encouragement would be great. par
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Dallas and Dakota are like daylight and dark. One is sensitive, one likes to aggravate and so on. I have had to really teach them to pay attention to each others moods and emotions. Some times they do sometimes they dont. They both got their tvs taken from their rooms because of disrespecting each other. My job is to teach, they have trouble listening and start tuning me out. I have selective hearing. Either that or their so much ear wax in their ears they cant hear. Lord, I think I liked it better when they cried and pooped in their diapers. Ha!!! Nobody said raising kids was easy. This too shall pass and we will overcome, I may have a gray head of hair before its over but Im trying, and with Gods help well get through this. par
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Anybody else have these problems? par
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Oh well, I have typed so much my hands hurt. par
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I will try not to wait so long next time. I was just so busy. Next will be harvest time and Ill really be busy canning. par
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So feel free to leave a comment and until I blog again have a blessed day. par
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About 4dfarms

I am a wife to an amazingly dedicated, devoted, and loyal husband whom God sent to me. I am a mother to two wonderful boys to whom I'd give my life for. Around here we have homeschooled, we farm, garden, hunt, fish and anything else we want to do. Although I do have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Sometimes its hard for me to keep up. If it was not for my husband and two boys, I could not do some of what I do. They really do help me alot. We work together as a team in my home. We try our best to train up our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Yea, they slip sometimes and correction has to be made. Thats life. I want so badly to be just like the Proverbs 31 woman. My grandmother did an awesome job of it and Id like to fill her shoes.
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