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P.O. Box 903
Mancelona, MI 49659

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Simple Travel by Dogs

This time of year,
as winter comes to a close,



we work on training new leaders,
such as youngster "Knik" (white AKC Siberian),
being trained by "Windows", (experienced, sage Alaskan). 



Stay tuned as we show you how.

Until then, dear friends, God willing.

Sherry
Gas prices just jumped to $3.79 per gallon here in our small town.  Dog travel is preferred...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What a Catch~!

Over the last decade, I've delighted in the fact that all my clothes,
coats,
{everything},
comes from resale shops. 

You can count on one hand, the number of items that haven't.

So you can imagine my delight when I found an interesting t-shirt this past week.

It was one of about 15 items,
all for $1,
that fit in a paper bag at our local resale shop.

If you know me, you know I love "Possum Living".

Dolly Freed, at age 18, tapped into this frugal way of living.

I've written about it before.


Anyway, I digress...

I love this shirt.


Made by:


Hilbilly Trading Co.

I love it...can't wait for the warmer weather to show it off.

Until tomorrow, {enjoy those resale "gems" folks} God willing.

Sherry
P.S.  And thanks for sticking with me as I learn to Blog from "town"...
I've got them stacked up...I can't get to them fast enough!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prayer in the Dog Yard

This last weekend was no different. 

It was time for another dogsledding tour...


The dogs always know. 

They can tell our movements are different on this day. 

More focused perhaps, as we set up equipment and scurry about awaiting our visitors.


Our trio of visitors came, and enjoyed the dogs...



and the dogs smiled back.




And all was well...

until...


Our youngest dog,




our newest dog, "Skunk"
long after the run was through and we were ready to call it a day...
after only running miles that you can count on one hand.

had a seizure.

Not just a seizure, but the King of All Seizures.

It was nasty. 

It was scary.

And there wasn't a thing we could do.

Except...

Pray.

And pray we did. 
For when it happened, I didn't reach for a fancy phone to call the vet (or 911).
God is who I reached out to, without hesitation, without deliberation. 
I simply called to God to "...please help us God...please help us God."

Our tour guests looked on. 
I worried about the adorable 7th grader 
(who wanted to be a "vet" when she grew up)
viewing such an anomaly.

But soon, it was over...and our dog was slowly recovering. 

I whispered "Thank you God", to which our tour guest, Steve, replied..."Amen...".

God was with us, it was certain.

And in retrospect,
I can't imagine not having my Heavenly Father to turn to in times of trouble.

Both hubby, Russ, and I turn to Him daily, for our every need.

In good times and bad. 


And He is always, and I mean ALWAYS, there for us. 

Even in the dog yard...

Until tomorrow, {always}God willing.

Sherry
(And yes, our dog "Skunk"  is doing very well.  We are hoping it was a "fluke" and will not resurface...  The good news is... she was made into a house dog before this happened, and now we can keep a good eye on her 24/7/365.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My New Normal

I'm here...


It's a struggle to communicate from "town", but I'm finally getting it right.

I'm not a whiz on these things...
computers, getting photos on other computers, and all that entails.

But that being said...
stay tuned...
I'll be sharing what it's like to live on our "40 acres" without
Internet, or TV, or a fancy phone.

Ironically, the silence brings out more than you can ever imagine...

Until then,
I miss each and every one of you.

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing;
but I have called you friends,
for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” 
 John 15:12-15

Until tomorrow dear friends, God willing.

Sherry

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

40-Watt Cabin

Boy, it hasn't even been a week, and I've already missed my Blogger friends and all the wonderful smiles/laughs/sighs I get from seeing what folks are up to on here.

However, it's truly a "different world" living on our 40 acres without Internet. We rely on our radio station (WLJN) for all our "input". (No TV.) And it's a common sight to walk in the cabin and see Hubby "Russ" sitting on a wood stump (yes, in our cabin) reading the Bible, hovered under our single light source, a 40-watt bulb. (Yes, only one light in our entire cabin.)

We had the most amazing tour with our sled dogs last Saturday (yes, we are blessed with snow), and expect to do the same this Saturday (yes, still blessed with snow). Life is good.

One of our older Siberians (Dee Dee) went to be a "house" dog, joining a wonderful family (of 5) and their family dog. What a blessing. We are looking for more wonderful families, if you are out there and interested. Beautiful dogs, with beautiful hearts and an amazing capacity for love. It is our desire to have some experience what it would be like to have an "indoor" home, their final years of life.

Tax preps are done for me. And word has it, it should be near 40 tomorrow. I, for one, am loving this.  OH, and SAP is flowing like crazy!  Maple trees are adorned with buckets. 

Until I check in next time,  (And Happy Birthday to my dear friend, Dort...today...)

Blessings,

Sherry

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pulling off the Trail

After much decision, I've decided I must take a break.


It's not desired, by any means, but it is necessary.

I won't be having Internet on our "40" for the next few weeks, 
{it's becoming lower and lower on the "priority" scale...}
and because it is difficult {ok, impossible} to continue posts
on public {our local library} computers,
I must take a break.

But soon, I will return.


With many tales from the trails...

And will start my look back on our life over the last decade,
and see how we morphed into this role of God-sufficient living.

"Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, 
so that whether I come and see you or am absent, 
I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, 
with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 
and not frightened in anything by your opponents. 
This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, 
but of your salvation, and that from God."

Philippians 1:27-28

Until then, dear friends, God willing.