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P.O. Box 903
Mancelona, MI 49659

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

What Does Spring Mean to You?

We are down to six hens, after selling off our excess flock.
{Ironically we have 3 roosters...
2 are "free" to farm folks if you are in the neighborhood.}

And have more eggs than we need. 

Less is more.
God is good.

The chickens {and bunnies} are enjoying spring.  

And so am I.

However, with it, brings "wanderlust"...

I get it every Spring, 
after being in a 15 x 20 cabin, 
without TV or Internet over the long winter months.

This year, it's off the charts...

The urge to travel to Amish country is strong.

I can't seem to fight the urge.

But soon, I'll be visiting again.

Picking up piglets.

And lambs. 

I love Amish folks...and how they do business.

Until tomorrow, dear friends, God willing.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

March... the Lamb cometh

 I think my brain is finally catching up with my surroundings.

 March started out like a lion... angry lion.

But now...sultry, summer days have hit our "40".

85 degrees, over and over.

Days of Mustang training in the round pen now. 

I'm enjoying this brief break in the chores.

For soon, it will be a "party of one"...
as hubby Russ and Raz head out on a 3-week trail ride.

I'm excited for them.

And for the opportunity for me to "hold down the fort".

I hope you are enjoying seeing March come to a close,
and summer follow suit.

Until tomorrow, dear friends. God willing.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Day of Spring

Today is the first day of spring.  

So hard to believe, with the temps being in the 80's this past week...

I'm not one to enjoy the heat, but I'm faring well.

My mind is on getting ready for summer.  

And the next season of livestock.

And sheep.

And our upcoming CCW {click here...  (Carry A Concealed Weapon) }
class with brother,
Mike Slomkowski.
Hope to see you there...

And more horse training...

And trips to visit the Amish.

Their auctions...

And their way of life.

So many adventures await.

And Zip and I are ready to explore.

enjoy the quiet pace that only summer can bring.

Blessings to everyone, as you get ready for the next season of your life.

Until tomorrow, dear friends.  God willing...


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Switching Gears

From this...

To this...

Hard to believe mushing season is over...

Until tomorrow, trying to "beat the heat", God willing.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sap Camp

It's truly here...


As evidenced by "sled dog" Skunk enjoying a run on the disappearing snow.

And Skunk and Zip enjoyed walking {and running} through our 40 acres to our "sap camp".

It was the first visit for young Skunk dog.  She enjoyed the sweet smell of sap.

We figured we'd visit, as hubby Russ is practically living near the boiling sap throughout the daylight hours.

One must be ever watchful as it boils into Maple Syrup.

We love feeling the warmth come on to the land. 

And so do the dogs...

Until tomorrow, dear friends, God willing.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Dear Friends ~

I was having Blogger issues the other day, trying to be fancy with a new Blog look, 
and it resulted in problems. 
Hence my reverting back to a simpler "less is more" Blog once again.  

I couldn't get my Blog to open.  
I'm not sure if you could either,

I hope you take the time to check it out, and respond...
I would love to have you entered into the Book Contest.  

And more importantly, 
I would love to chat about our love for Jesus,
led by Terri's inspiring book.

Thank you!

And blessings to you on this beautiful day.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring has Sprung

Hard to believe...

A week ago, we were buried with snow.

And now, spring has sprung.
   I love spring and the new life it brings.   

We have baby bunnies all around our cabin.  

Until tomorrow, dear friends, God willing.

P.S.  I hope you like my simpler Blog.  
I have found that less is truly more, in all things, even Blogs.

Monday, March 12, 2012

How do you share Jesus? (Book contest)

Have you heard?

Only 2% of Christians share Jesus with other folks.
Are you one of those 2%?

Or are you like most folks.  
Content to sit it out, and be a part of the 98%...

I try to be bold.
To step out into the light.

But sometimes I get pushed back.
With fear...

With the inability to find the right words...
{are there any wrong words when speaking of Jesus?}

But I keep striving...
to share the love and joy of knowing my Savior...

For I know the cost is so great.

John 14:6 tells us so:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. 
No one comes to the Father except through me."

So, dear friends, how does your Savior lead you?

I'd love to hear.  

Anyone who leaves a comment will enter a contest to win
a copy of the inspiring new book 
"How My Savior Leads Me" 
written by Terri from Our Crazy Farm.

I will take comments until March 20th.  

Thank you, 
I'm looking forward to reading about your walk with the Lord.


Friday, March 9, 2012

Post Winter Storm

It came...

We coped.

And with the dog's help, we endured.
Skunk, hauling dog food and provisions.  Zip, cheering her on...
And Russ, on snowshoes.

We'll check in more, later.

Until tomorrow, dear friends, God willing.