Sunday, October 31, 2010
Once the cows were locked in the proper place and fed some hay bales, we all ate a quick lunch of pancakes with whipped cream and peach sauce, and then I headed for town. I just got home after a VERY busy night--it was extra busy because we were short-staffed and we had to work around the hallways-full of Trick or Treaters. But, we managed. It was fun to see 2 of our neighbor families, so that was the bonus of working today. :) I so very much dislike what Halloween stands for though that it was not very pleasant being around "Witches" and "Goblins" and etc, etc.... I'm glad that's behind us for another year!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
How blessed we are here in America!! What freedom we have! May we fight to keep that freedom each and every day--the freedom to pray; the freedom to worship the Lord when and wherever we choose; the freedom to have our voices be heard in the voters' booths.... Many of these freedoms are even now limited... May we stand firm for the Lords' truths while showing His love to the world.~
Friday, October 29, 2010
I made some whole wheat tortillas for our Chicken Enchiladas:
...butter, for the white sauce, for the enchiladas:
I made 2 Sour Cream Raisin pies:
Finished up the salsa I'd started on yesterday and got it canned:
My dad had a surprise tonight while driving home from the North! He was a couple miles up the road yet when a large animal ran across the road and out into a field. It was----a female moose!!!!! I wonder what she's doing in this part of the world?
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
As it was cold and snowy this morning, Jacob and I decided it was time to move my 10 not-so-little chicks into the barn for the Winter. (They were still in the stock-tank ring where they could eat grass, as long as there was grass to eat...) When we let them out, it was amazing to see how much they've grown, and yet how much they still have to grow when compared to the 6 others that I raised in the first batch! :)
My dad decided not to go trucking today, so instead, he started designing a logo for our farm, "Seeds of Honor". I'm not sure how far he got with it, as I had to leave and almost everyone was in bed already when I got home....
And that----was my day.
"God will take care of yoooouuuuuu, God will take care of you."
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We spent a good portion of our day on Jacob's schoolwork, first cleaning out his desk and organizing things. We found this little windmill (from our grandparents house-cleaning project) in the process, so as part of Jacob's patience lesson for the day, he worked on assembling the windmill tower, which has a lot of teeny tiny screws...
This afternoon, I tried a new recipe and made Pumpkin Butter. Here it is right after I added the spices. It tastes very delicious and the only bad part about it is that it can not be canned, so we'll either have to freeze it or eat a lot of it in the following weeks!
Monday, October 25, 2010
I just got home from working at the nursing home and am trying to wind down for the night. Sometimes I'm really tired after getting home from 8 hours of constant walking, pushing, pulling, twisting, turning, etc..., but tonight I'm wide awake. Oh dear!
I found the following poem about October and wanted to pass it on. Enjoy the Autumn while it lasts. :)
"October's the month
When the smallest breeze
Gives us a shower
Of autumn leaves.
Bonfires and pumpkins,
Leaves sailing down -
October is red
And golden and brown."
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Dad and Andrew worked on fixing some things on Dad's semi truck.
Mother spent the day up in Bismarck doing 6 sessions.
Jacob and I did dishes, made apple juice and sauce, he worked on schoolwork, and I gave him a haircut. Then we both went out and joined Dad and Andrew on top of the building for a couple hours of pounding, pounding, pounding nails into the flooring.
And---that was our day. :)
"Thank God for regular days, for there are far too few of them..."
Saturday, October 23, 2010
"Company--at this time of night?" I thought.
Welllllll, RubyAnn S. was on her way home for the weekend from college and was nearing Linton when her car started making dreadful noises. :( She limped into town and made it to a gas station, where a couple of mechanics "happened" to stop and give her their opinion on the car, saying that it was definitely not a good idea to drive it any farther. Sooooo, what was she to do?
Thankfully, she thought of us and called my dad, who said we'd pick her up wherever she was. As the mechanics were kind of headed our way, she rode with them a little ways and we met at a farm about 15 miles South of our place and picked up RubyAnn.
What fun to have a sister to talk with for an hour (or so...) before drifting off to sleep!
(I couldn't decide which of these pictures to post, as the top one is clearer but the bottom one we look more happy in, so I decided to share them both. :) )
Then this morning, we detained our friend as long as possible, as she'd never been to our farm before and of course we had to show her everything, and look at pictures, and pet the animals, and swing on the big swing-set, and share favorite piano pieces, and etc....
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
One of the neatest parts of my parent's visit there (outside of a man playing a special song on the grand piano in the ball-room just for them--in honor of their anniversary!) was that their tour guides' name was Robert Martin! (Did anyone else think of Emma Woodhouse right now? :) ) How fun!
I just got home from working in town and want very much to crawl under my comfy covers, so I shall wish you all a good night and a good Friday tomorrow and slip into bed.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
My brothers and I, lined up for a photo similar to one that we took 5 years ago. (I'll try to find that one and post it so you can see the difference 5 years makes!)
Our building has a stair-way now! This picture was taken yesterday and the guys have made more progress on it today (see pictures on Andrew's blog.)
Dad and his palm trees...
Mother and the Golden Gate bridge... (which they crossed several times on their journeys.)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Today was another busy day, with the guys working on the building; Mom doing sessions with clients in Bismarck most of the day; and myself washing, drying, and folding/hanging up Dad and Mom's clothing that they wore while on their vacation. Plus, I ground up (then froze) the batch of tomato sauce the boys and I had cooked yesterday and then worked on a skirt alteration project... I'm feeling a little better today thankfully, but am glad I have one more day to recuperate before heading back into town for work at the nursing home!
Andrew and I did something during evening chores that really brought back memories for me... He sat on one side of his milk cow, Sally, and milked while I sat on the other side and milked--resulting in getting done in half the time that it normally takes to milk her. Sally held her milk up at first, but then got used to us quickly, relaxed, and began eating her grain. :) My mom and I used to milk our first 2 milk cows, Sadie and Clara, that way all the time, so it was fun to do that again with someone...
Off to rest~
Monday, October 18, 2010
It is soooooooooo nice to all be together again!!! Dad and Mom are very happy to be back too (although they say they had a wonderful, wonderful time) and are so glad to be able to sleep in their own bed once more and drink their own water and eat their own, healthy food. Hooray for ND farm living!!!!!!
(Pictures to come tomorrow. For now, I need to get some good healthy sleep.)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Due to some low lying clouds slowing down progress at the San Francisco airport this morning, the flights got delayed and our parents ended up leaving SF this afternoon instead of this morning, which meant they wouldn't catch their next flight in time. They ended up staying in a hotel in Salt Lake City Utah, and hopefully will be home again tomorrow afternoon. I truly don't understand God's timing on things... But, God has a plan. I just wish I could be at home when they get here. :(
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future..."
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Tomorrow, our parents will not even need to look at a map to find the airport, so they tell us! They're flying home and should be here in the late evening. :) It will be so nice to all be together again and to hear pictures of their travels and see stories--or the other way around... I've planned a nice meal and the boys have helped me with doing a couple small things to welcome them back home. In fact, I've taken pictures, but I won't post them until perhaps tomorrow night, for obvious reasons. :)
The boys and I had a delightful day of doing nearly nothing. We listened to a Dr. S. M. Davis message on the 3 different kinds of leadership which was very good, as usual. My grandma called tonight and I visited with her a while and told her about Dad and Mom's vacation and that, right at this moment, they should be sitting in the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, listening to (and watching) "The Marriage of Figaro"--a good, romantic sounding opera... (I'll let you know later if they liked it or not! )
Well, I feel refreshed and ready for another busy week---after a good nights' sleep, that is....
Please join me in praying for safe travels once more for our parents as they fly back home---and that it won't take too many days for them to come back down to earth again after their 2nd honeymoon, as they call it. :)
Friday, October 15, 2010
I must tell you a little something though, or I'll burst, so here it is: They had fun with a balloon, beans and science. That tells you a lot, I know. :) Tomorrow they're out to spot some large fish.....
I'm off to dream-land. Good night~
Thursday, October 14, 2010
#1. My dad and mom had another wonderful day in CA, visiting 3 different places (of which I won't post about yet, as Mom may wish to do so first?)
#2. My mom posted 2 interesting, picture-ful posts this morning on her blog (A Ray of Hope)!
#3. Andrew's able to drive the semi around to pull the grain cleaner--and has another day of cleaning tomorrow.
#4. There's just one more day of work before Sabbath comes!
But probably the biggest reason is:
#5. I was supposed to work in town on Sunday, but hoped to use a vacation day so I can be home when my parents fly in and drive home Sunday evening. I hope to make a nice supper and have the house cleaned nicely, etc....... BUT, almost everyone I've asked has had plans for Sunday already and couldn't work for me, and I was really thinking it wasn't going to work out--until today--when God heard and answered my/our prayers! One of the 3 other PM ladies I worked with tonight said that she'll work for me and we signed the shift-switch form and everything so that it's all set up. HOORAY! What a kind Father we serve and love.~
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I realize now that I didn't say where they went yesterday and Mother hasn't had time to write about it yet, so just in case you're curious, they went to the "Organic Pastures Dairy" for a tour and to buy some raw milk products! It was quite a drive for them, but they got to get out in the country that way...
Around home, things are going smoothly. Andrew went out grain cleaning all day, which meant that I got to/had to milk his cow, Sally both times today. She's not used to me I guess, as she just stood there like a statue the whole time, not even bothering to eat the corn I'd dumped on top of the grain in her trough. Perhaps she ate too much alfalfa hay to be hungry, I don't know.
Jacob and I worked on homey things (made more ice cream!) and on a surprise for Dad and Mom for when they get home. (I'm not going to post about that though, as they read my blog, I know!)
And once again, it is the end of a busy day and time for sleep, so I shall bid you a good night.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I worked in town; the boys worked at home; and both Mom and Andrew posted updates on their blogs (and Mom's has lots of great pictures too!)
Oh yes, I'm also tired again, so I'll say "Good night" to whomever happens to be reading my blog this late in the day and "Good morning" to those of you who will be reading this after the sun rises in the sky again.
"Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"
A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the
"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.
"You know - Our Father, whose art's in Heaven..."
Monday, October 11, 2010
And next on the agenda for the day: Get some sleep! Hooray (for the third time...)
The Dentist's hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns
The Weatherman's hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
The Contractor's hymn: The Church's One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn: There Is a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn: Standing on the Promises
The Optometrist's Hymn: Open My Eyes that I May See
The IRS Agent's Hymn: I Surrender All
The Gossip's Hymn: Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn: Send the Light
The Shopper's Hymn: Sweet By and By
Sunday, October 10, 2010
(My mom was my age in this picture. :) )
"Happy anniversary, Dad and Mom!!!"
~Like a rugged lighthouse on the rocks
Withstanding stormy weather,
Your love has shone throughout the years--
Stronger now than ever....
Keep on keeping on! Love you lots...
Well, they made it, safe and sound! Praise the Lord... They're tired, and they got a little lost once, but they're getting settled in their hotel and are eating cheesecake and smelling lovely flowers that they bought each other. :)
I have a few pictures to share from today, the first two I took this morning at 3:15 or so...
"Check in" luggage...