Sunday, January 31, 2010
You can view the website HERE.
I'd love to know what you think of it,
and would love even more if you could join us at the Dagleys'
farm this year for Prairie Days fun, June 18th, 19th & 20th!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Mrs. Bartlett sent 2 plates full of delicious muffins and some oranges along with us for our return-home journey. Only 2 muffins made it back to our farm. :) (Thanks again, Mrs. Bartlett!!!)
I'm hoping Andrew is taking lots of pictures of his time there so he can share them with you when he's home again. (*hint, hint Andrew*)
Oh how sweet--my puppy fell asleep on the little bed I made for her. (She recently turned 1, but she still acts like a puppy!) She had so much fun exploring the farmyard this morning, although I kept her on her leash the whole time so she wouldn't run off and get lost. Our other dog, Millie is still trying to decide what to think of this new addition to our farm family. :)
Time to eat.... I'll write more later!
Friday, January 29, 2010
I am so tired from our long day and have so much to write about, so pictures will have to suffice for tonight...
I'd best put my puppy to bed! She is excitedly finding where her boundaries are in my room...
Thursday, January 28, 2010
watching Millie play in the snow;
turned into a very, very exciting day!!!
I need to get to bed very soon, as we're getting up early in the morning to get our chores done so we can head North, but I just had to write something tonight... There are 2 especially special reasons why this day turned out so special, but I'll only tell you of Andrew's joy for today and leave mine to write about until tomorrow night--when I, hopefully, have pictures and have more time to write. :)
And now, about Andrew's excitement: He and my dad went into town today to talk to our banker about the possibility of Andrew getting financing to buy a grain cleaning unit that the guys have found up by Bottineau. By the time they were done discussing the matter, the banker gave his approval of the project, so tomorrow we're going to go look at it for the first time, to see what kind of shape the machine is in and what the guys would all have to do to get it ready to go. This business expansion venture has been in the works for a while now, so it was soooooo exciting to get the go-ahead finally!
To celebrate, Andrew bought some ice cream and root-beer and brought it home so we could all celebrate with root-beer floats. :) I just have to tell you about his buying the ice cream, as it was neat how it seemed like the Lord was celebrating with us...
The ice cream "Just happened" to be on sale, so Andrew picked up a pail of it. Then, he and Dad went around the corner and the root-beer "Just happened" to be on sale too! He also bought some chocolate syrup--which, yes, was on sale. Then, when he was checking out, the total price of the bill equaled about the same amount that the ice cream was said to be for, so Andrew asked the check-out lady if she was sure that was right, as the ice cream sign had said it was on sale for $7. She checked her screen again and then said that the ice cream was on sale for $4. Andrew told her that the sale sign had read $7, so she told him she'd check into it, but that it was his lucky day and she was only going to charge him $4. What a good deal! :)
If you would pray for wisdom as the fellas look over the grain cleaner tomorrow, that would be much appreciated!!!
Mother has a meeting to attend tomorrow afternoon, so won't be able to ride along this time. At first, I wasn't thinking of going along either, but now, the other extreme happiness on my part (a dream come true) will be something we hope to pick up on the way, so I'm definitely going along too!!! (This way, I can take pictures of them with the cleaner too...) That's a long story though, so it will have to wait until tomorrow night...
We also plan to visit our friends, the Bartletts, who live close by where the cleaner is, so I'm so excited now with all that's going on that I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep! I'd best try though, so I'll post this and be off.~
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I thought I'd give you a clue to maybe make it a little easier. (If you are a die-hard, don't read any further than this. :) )
Ready? OK, here's your clue:
~I took this picture in our kitchen around 11:45 AM.~
We have many women friends who wear pants once in a while or all the time and I do not wish to make you feel like I'm judging you in any way because of it. My mom and I really enjoy the feminine feeling of dresses and I know a lot of my on-line friends do as well, so I thought some of you would really like this poem consequently...
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
We spent our day doing various odd jobs around the place. Probably the most adventurous part of the day was when my dad went outside to start the water running in the stock cows' tank and he found a calf stuck in the tank... Dad got our lariat and made a halter for the calf and, after some effort, pulled the calf out. Since there's been so much snow lately, the fluffy stuff has piled up around the tank and, consequently, the sides of the tank have sunk lower and lower into the snowbank--allowing the calves to be able to crawl in, obviously. My dad got the tractor out after rescuing the stuck baby and pushed a lot of snow away from the tank. He then moved the tank to higher ground, so now the calves will just be able to drink the water--without crawling in for a swim. :)
I'll post the guesses and the answer tomorrow night.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
- singing hymns;
- reading in the book we're studying together;
- and watching the newest version (which is now my favorite version!) of Emma...
Emma makes so much trouble for herself, but how delightful it is when everything comes out right in the end. :)
I am reminded now of the verse in the Bible where it says:
Friday, January 22, 2010
Today, my parents had a "Date". They went to Bismarck first to get some farm supplies and then went on from there to my dad's uncles' funeral in Center. You may remember me talking about my dad's cousin, Jerome helping us with our cattle working... Well, this uncle was Jerome's dad. After the funeral, my folks visited with relatives a long time and then they took Jerome and his daughter, Betsy out to eat, as it happened to be Jerome's birthday today as well! Can you imagine burying your father on the same day that you were born? That must have been so hard for him...
We children had stayed home in order to do chores so that Dad & Mom could stay as long as they wished. They didn't get home until nearly midnight and said they were happy for the break.
While they were gone, we did household chores; Andrew & I helped Jacob with some of his schoolwork (and Andrew helped me with some of my paperwork...); I made a batch of cheese; we watched a couple movies; played games; and of course, did the barn chores too. I don't think I ever mentioned that we let my 3 calves (and their mothers) out of the barn and put them in with the milk cows when the weather turned warmer. The calves have very much been enjoying their freedom! It is so fun to watch them romp in the snow... Also, our little goat kid, Cosette is a joy to behold as she does her fancy jumping and twists around in the air! Babies are so sweet, aren't they?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Mother had sessions to do at her office (she shares an office with 4 other ladies) all morning/afternoon.
The guys went to an all-day meeting on Soil Health Management. They came back with new ideas to talk and think about. They were also happy to have seen some unexpected friends, such as the Stiegelmeiers, Stegmans and a Stover--plus many others!
Meanwhile, here at home, I baked a fresh batch of bread (and crust for a pizza)...
After I had the bread rising, I went outside to start the water hose running into the stock cow tank, and to get the mail. There was a package in our mailbox that we've been looking for--the business cards (promoting Prairie Days) that the Dagleys had helped to design on VistaPrint while they were at our house a while back. Now they/we can start handing them out to people wherever we go... :)
I spent a good deal of time working on paperwork again--trying to figure out what my plans are (for my cattle) for this year. Thankfully, I have hopes that I'm nearing the end of all the empty boxes that need filling...
When my head was reeling from dealing with numbers, I took an enjoyable and lengthy break at the piano. It's so fun to be able to play without the soft-petal being pushed down!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
At 9:00, I met with Mr. Hansen in Napoleon to go over some paperwork for my Farm Business Management training. I've been working with him for 2 years now and have just one more meeting to go before I (hopefully) get my certificate of completion!
Then, at 10:00, I went to Helens' Daycare to help her with the children until a quarter after 4. I really enjoy working with her and the sweet children! During previous nap-times, Helen's asked if I brought any reading material along, and today I finally had, so I sat in the rocking chair and read from "Daughters of Eve, Daughters of God" while keeping an eye out for little ones who thought they could sneak over and play with toys instead of sleeping on their blankets... It feels strange to be getting paid for such enjoyment!
When I returned home, I dug out a zucchini (that was still well preserved from our garden) and made some zucchini fritters for supper while Mother cooked some chicken--for the same purpose....
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
My brother, Jacob, found this cartoon in a magazine recently and I just had to share it with you all! :)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
This morning, I was up and about before the others and decided to head outside to take some letters to the mailbox and to get some snow pictures (along with the kid pictures I shared earlier)...
Anybody want to go on the merry-go-round? You'd best bring your tall snow-boots!
Cheerio was ready for her breakfast...
This is our cozy home--our little house on the prairie!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
My dad hauled 3 loads of hay home from some of our hay land (15 miles away).
Mother sent out our newsletters and taught Jacob his lessons--amongst other things, I'm sure.
Andrew worked on a tractor tire problem for a while.
Jacob did his lessons and worked/played with his snap-circuits set.
My day involved driving to Dawson to pick up the Azure order; then going to Napoleon to put money in the bank; and after that, I went to Helen's to help with her daycare children (she had 11 there today). I helped the children assemble paper snowmen; cuddled the babies when it was nap time; read stories at story time; untangled Jaeda's hair when it got caught in a toy; and helped Helen with whatever she needed help with. When I got home at 4:00, there was still time enough to bake bread and make a pizza for supper. I just love the smell of bread baking, don't you?
It was a busy day, but one well lived!
Monday, January 11, 2010
We're doing two versions--one that we print out and send to friends that sent us letters, and another that we'll send in an e-mail to other friends and acquaintances we'd like to keep in touch with.
I was working on arranging a LOT of pictures in the computer version of the letter (which gets to be a lot longer than the paper version, as we don't have to pay for postage!) When I was finally finished, our newsletter filled 23 pages!!! Sadly, Andrew says we'll have to cut some things out so that it doesn't take forever for our friends to be able to receive it...
If you would like to be one of the receivers of this picture-full family letter, and if you don't mind that it will take a while to come into your inbox (!), you can let me know at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add you to our list. :)
Looking through all those pictures today helped me to realize once again how we truly have a very wonderful and interesting life here in North Dakota! The Lord is so good to us!!!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
in the way that I should go.
Sometimes I really struggle
because I really want to know.
I want God's will, but it is hard
to know what's right for me,
But 'midst these thoughts I firmly feel
--the best is yet to be.
"I know the plans I have for you,"
I hear my Savior say;
"Plans to prosper, not to harm you,
if you willingly obey.
Listen closely, I will tell you,
look around and you will see,
Things look dark for now, I know,
--but the best is yet to be."
This will, this plan, God has for me
may not be what I think.
I can struggle, I can fight it,
from my duty I may shrink.
But no peace will be my pillow,
and my dreams will not be free
'Til I yield my own desirings,
--'cause the best is yet to be.
There is beauty in this trusting,
my life with riches He can fill.
I know the best, God's best for me,
is being in His perfect will.
God's will is the best for now,
but there's a better best for me---
There's a heaven in my vision,
--and the best is yet to be!
~by Jane Eberly
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Or, more commonly known as, a rubber plant! The green in the picture was one of the giant leaves and the red was actually a new leaf, all curled up!
"Ficus elastica, also called the rubber fig, rubber bush, rubber plant, or Indian rubber bush is a species of plant in the fig genus, native to northeast India (Assam), south to Indonesia (Sumatra and Java).
It is a fat bush in the banyan group of figs, growing to 30–40 metres (98–130 ft) (rarely up to 60 metres/200 feet) tall, with a stout trunk up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) diameter. The trunk develops aerial and buttressing roots to anchor it in the soil and help support heavy branches. It has broad shiny oval leaves 10–35 centimetres (3.9–14 in) long and 5–15 centimetres (2.0–5.9 in) broad; leaf size is largest on young plants (occasionally to 45 centimetres/18 inches long), much smaller on old trees (typically 10 centimetres/3.9 inches long). The leaves develop inside a sheath at the apical meristem, which grows larger as the new leaf develops. When it is mature, it unfurls and the sheath drops off the plant. Inside the new leaf, another immature leaf is waiting to develop.
As with other members of the genus Ficus, the flowers require a particular species of fig wasp to pollinate it in a co-evolved relationship. Because of this relationship, the rubber plant does not produce highly colourful or fragrant flowers to attract other pollinators. The fruit is a small yellow-green oval fig 1 centimetre (0.39 in) long, barely edible; it will only contain viable seed where the relevant fig wasp species is present.
In part of India, humans guide the roots of the tree over chasms to eventually form living bridges."
Friday, January 8, 2010
"Thank you, God, for this blessing!!!"