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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wringer Wash Day

It's back...



The time of year that clothes can be done in open air.



I love using my wringer washer.

A gift from my good friend, Ellen.

One I treasure.



I love watching it, hearing it, and being part of the process.

From start to finish.



Topping it off with fresh dried clothes on the line, 
suspended by wooden clothespins. 

(Today I did two loads.)



One of summer's many sweet gifts.

Until tomorrow, God willing.


Friday, April 29, 2011

An Ordinary Boy

Imagine...
 
A 12-year old that is happy to be without TV,
a fancy phone, video games and other gizmos.

A boy who loves the woods.


Outdoors more than in...and enjoying the gift of observation and tracking.



Listening to his mentor.



A boy who knows the sheer exhilaration of freedom.



Free from society's demands and distractions.



Loving the land, the animals, the farm, and all it teaches.



It's an awesome ride.



One journey we are willing to partake.




Thursday, April 28, 2011

Old Glory

"I pledge allegiance to the flag




of the United States of America,




and to the republic for which it stands,




one nation under God,




indivisible,




with liberty




and justice



for all."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

3 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days and 3 in the Morning

According to an old farmer's adage, that is the gestation rule of thumb for pigs.



Our gal, Sookie, delivered Monday night...after almost 4 months of waiting.



It's a small, but mighty litter.  Her first.

And she's a good Mama...

The papa, Jackson, is now a "proven" boar.



And happy about his role in life.



Soon, they will be reunited again, and the circle of life will continue.

Jackson is a good boar, gentle and kind.



"Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength."


Ralph W. Sockman





Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Simple Moments

Come from the heart.



We love our simple moments.



"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever."

Isaiah 40:8

Monday, April 25, 2011

Give Us This Day...

It's Maple syrup Monday.



Pancakes adorned with our berries from last season.



And our homegrown Maple bacon.



A good jump start for the day, for young Jordan and Russ.




Saturday, April 23, 2011

Trail Cam

Today, Russ and I set up our new Trail Cam.

To video...



Who knows, we may get a shot of a little fella like the masked bandit above.

Half the fun will be the 3 mile walk on our trails each day to see who has been by for a visit.

While setting up the Cam today, we saw lots of activity. 

Deer.


And we interrupted a coyote who had made a kill,
 and had a quick dinner ~ a beautiful Blue Bird.

I'm excited to see what the Trail Cam picks up, situated on a tree,
back by our Bear's Den cabin. 

I can't help but feel a party goes on at night, under the cover of darkness.

Now, we'll know...

Until tomorrow, God willing.




Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Eggs

God's special coloring.



Sure makes it easy on Easter egg prep work.

Thank you, sweet hens of ours.

Until tomorrow ~ God willing.


Facebook

It was time...to follow the scripture that has graced our Website for years.

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12



But please folks, contact us if you wish to connect. 

We would love to hear from you.

By email, Blog comment, or smoke signal.



I may be back on Facebook, as many friends are just a click away.

But sometimes easy isn't always the answer. 

"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself--anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face...; was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime..."
- George Orwell, 1984

Until tomorrow, God willing.

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo

 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered,
"this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."



Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him:

"Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times."



And he broke down and wept.



Mark 14:72
Matthew 26:34





Thursday, April 21, 2011

It Ain't about the Bunny

Although adorable...



I hope folks focus on more than just the bunny this coming Good Friday/Easter weekend.



It's my prayer that people are called to Christ.



And don't turn their back on Him.

As our Wee House worship leader, John, notes, Jesus is a gentleman. 

He will knock on the door. 
He won't kick it in.
He won't bang on it with his fists until you respond.

He will knock.



Will you answer?

John 3:16

Until tomorrow, God willing, following the path of the cross.



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Salt and Light

Who will you reach out to today?



There's so many folks who would love to feel your kind touch on their lives.



Even if you only touch one life...



That's enough. 



You hold that power in your hand. 

In your heart.



Don't let time slip away before you make your move. 

For the Bridegroom cometh...and until that glorious day, we are the salt and the light.

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:13-16

Until tomorrow, God willing.





Monday, April 18, 2011

Perfect Timing

We are welcoming Traveler back into the fold again, after being gone 3+ years.



It appears his mission in life is to be best friends to young boys who love to ride.

So suffice to say, we are excited about him rejoining our herd.

Russ enjoys a ride back in 2007, testing him among mares, post-gelding procedure.



Traveler's timing to return is perfect,
as you will also be seeing Jordan hanging around more too.



We love having him visit, and enjoy his boyish ways.



And have grown fond of his heart-warming smile.



He enjoys his time with Russ, learning how to navigate the waters of life.



And learning the skills to slow down,
 to hear the tiniest drip from the paddle...
and see the world come alive before him, as an extraordinary young man.



There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3

Lord, we thank you for your perfect timing...always.

Until tomorrow, God willing.