Wednesday, August 31, 2011
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is near.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky,
As we go, this we know:
God is near.
It was a good day. We accomplished some paperwork that needed doing; Dad and Andrew went to Bismarck as they had a long list of things to do; I worked in town; Mother had 2 new clients come to the farm; I talked to Grandma and got her cake order for Sunday; and it was lovely outside. It is now feeling very much like rain again though....
I realized tonight that I hadn't drawn names yet for the winners of my "1,000th post" giveaway. I will put the names in a hat tomorrow and have one of my brothers draw for me. :)
Remember, God is near. What a wonderful thought!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
by Barry Lanier
The cricket's ballad sets the sun,
Bidding farewell, the day is done.
While twilight ushers in the dew,
Welcoming chirps, that bid adieu....
...Hark! O'er the valley, and the dell,
His ballad echoes, all is well.
The cricket's ballad sets the sun,
Bids farewell, the day is done.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Our dad cleaned grain all day again and finished up that job. Andrew worked on one of the combines most of the day and then drove it home this evening. Jacob cut down more wheat. Mother and I worked on laundry; dishes; cooking; chores; she did a session for a client who came to the farm; and I sewed a bit. It was a good day. I'm feeling better too, (praises to the Lord!) so felt a little more like doing things around the place.
I'll leave you with something to ponder, something a friend just shared with me:
"You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future!"
"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
~ Matthew 6:34
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I did want to post some pictures though of the past few days, so they are below.
We had an early lunch today, then the boys took one of the 9030s and the white truck (with a loader bucket on it) over to the land up North. Mom and I followed a little later, bringing the old pickup and another vehicle so we could leave the pickup there for them and then return home ourselves. While waiting for Jacob to come with the tractor, the rest of us took some pictures. (Dad was gone all day cleaning grain and will be gone all day tomorrow too, doing the same.)
I climbed up on the baler to get some pictures of the hay and also took this one of Mom, Andrew and Hristiyan visiting...
The Lord has blessed us abundantly with hay this year (and last, as some of these bales are still from last year.) Another great blessing is the interest of the hay buyer (from Texas) in our hay!
I asked Mom if she'd take a picture of Hristiyan and I together, as I didn't have a single one yet with both of us on it! Andrew had a great idea for a place to pose, but had to give us a lift to get us there!
Andrew had to show off his muscles too of course, and "Lifted" Hristiyan and a hay bale at the same time. :)
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The rest of the day was spent in playing games (indoor and out); listening to a Dr. Davis message; singing; some of us went for a drive in Andrew's car that he bought reasonably and fixed up; and we watched a movie tonight. No, we did not go to the zoo. Everyone was just too tired, I guess.
I have some pictures to post of our campfire, but they're still on my camera and I don't feel like loading them right now. Maybe tomorrow.....
Oh, Kristi, just so you know, Hristiyan still is not very fond of pickles. :) He was a good sport and did try one, when Andrew put it on his plate. We're enjoying his visit a lot!
Until tomorrow then,
Friday, August 26, 2011
Jacob and Hristiyan got home around chores time and got Sally in so I could milk her and they then did the goat chores. They had a little time to play farming on the computers while waiting for Dad and Andrew to arrive home. I guess they didn't get enough real farming time in or something?
I had a sudden cold come on today and so rested a while as I was feeling pretty miserable. Some of us still really want to go to the zoo tomorrow though, so we'll see what happens.
I'd best get some sleep. Good night~
Thursday, August 25, 2011
And now, let me show you some pictures that tell part of the story of this day.
Mother snapped this one of the monkeys, ooops, I mean boys, "Enjoying" their breakfast this morning. :) The picture where they were all smiling unfortunately turned out too dark to post...
Mother headed for Bismarck this morning to do several sessions for her clients and was gone until late this evening.
After chores were done this morning, the guys headed down to Kintyre to load up the grain cleaner they'd bought. (The elevator is going to be torn down now that it's had so much damage done on it from the wild winds of this Summer.)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I realized today that I didn't set a date that I would do my drawing on! I guess I'll do it this coming Tuesday so everyone has a weeks time that they can enter in if they so desire. :)
All went well at work tonight, but I'm still pretty tired, so I'm heading for bed right away.
Good night everyone.~
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."
One of my blogging friends suggested that I tell you all 10 random facts about myself that you may, or may not already know. I thought this sounded like a fun idea, so the facts are typed out below:
- My favorite color of cows is red. I own mostly black cows (their calves sell better around these parts) but do own most of the red/tan cows in our herd.
- I do not like eating tomatoes plain! I will eat them in a sandwich, but do not enjoy it. It has something to do with the texture, as I'm not a picky eater, but tomatoes that way just are not appealing to me!
- I love poetry! I like to try my hand at writing poetry every once in a while, but especially love reading it. Isn't it fun to read a story in rhyme?
- I'm shy.... Too shy, sometimes, especially when it comes to talking to young men. God has helped me to work through some of this though since I began working at the nursing home, as I HAVE to talk to the residents (which I enjoy!) and to their family members/company (which is a little harder, as they're complete strangers sometimes), and to my coworkers.... :) There's even a young man CNA working there now which means that I HAVE to talk to him when I work with him, which is a good thing--a growing experience.
- I/we don't observe Christmas and Easter (and definitely not Halloween), as we've researched the roots of these holidays and don't believe in keeping them the way most people do. We do thank the Lord for His coming to earth and dying for us and rising again, and sing songs about that, but don't believe that he was even born in December....
- I love playing music on my piano! Classical; Marty Goetz or Lorie Lines music; and pretty hymns are my favorite, although hymns seem harder to play (mechanically speaking) than others, even though most people say hymns are easy to play. Hmmm.... I also own a violin and an accordion, both of which I know how to play a little.
- I love growing things! You probably know that already though. I have a Rubber plant (that I started from a snip from our big plant) and a Hops vine slip that I'm trying to grow in my room currently...
- My favorite color is green, a rich, dark green.
- I'm still working on my one and only quilt. It will be King sized when it's finished. It will be very colorful and has many pansies strewn amongst the hearts... :)
- I've learned a few German words since working at the nursing home and hope to learn more. It seems hard for the residents to translate the words over into English, so I haven't gotten too far with that. One really good word to know though is "Shlofa"--meaning "Sleep"!
So, now you know. :)
I was thinking of having a giveaway in honor of my 1,000th post, and my family was giving me suggestions tonight for what I could do. I've decided to take part of one of their suggestions, so my giveaway is as follows:
I will be choosing 2 winners.
If you leave me a comment on this post, your name will be entered in the hat for the chance to win your choice of 1 of the following things:
#1. A gift of 1,000 pennies--(perhaps all put together into one $10 bill for shipping convenience!) :)
#2. I will attempt to write a poem about you--if I know you well, it will be all the easier, but if I don't, it will be a fun challenge! This poem will be published here and/or sent to you as soon as it's finished, depending on how it turns out! ;)
I would love to hear from you!
~Thank you again to all of you who have come to be good friends through blogging or who have stayed in touch better because of it. You are a blessing from above! May the Lord bless you abundantly in return!
And now, "Shlofa gut!" I'd say, "Sleep REAL good", if I only knew how to say "Real" in German........ :) Does anyone know?
Monday, August 22, 2011
I worked in town again today. The boys cut down some hay and now it's thundering and looking like rain again. Hmmmm....
Be looking for a special post tomorrow (although I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do yet!) It will be my 1,000th post. :)
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I spent the afternoon/evening working in town, which went well, but is especially exhausting while not eating....
The boys mowed the lawn today, as it was too wet to work on hay. They talked to our parents who decided to drive part of the way home and then spend the night in a hotel somewhere along the way. I guess they'll be getting home tomorrow afternoon sometime. :)
Have a good night everyone!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I'm pretty sure I've shared a different version of this song on my blog some time ago, but it is a continual blessing to me and I wanted to share it again. It is one of my absolute favorites!
My brothers and I spent the day at home. We watched a wonderful Dr. Davis sermon on the topic of "Integrity"... I love how Dr. Davis teaches! I'm always inspired to do better, to serve the Lord more thoroughly after listening to the truths that the Lord has shown this man of God.
This afternoon, we played a couple games of Monopoly (each of my brothers won one), then we watched a couple movies. In between there somewhere, we did chores and the boys ate. I mixed up another batch of my special drink (aka: Lemonade).
We talked to Dad a while ago and learned that he had a pretty rough day with the ache in his mouth. He actually went to see a dentist there in Missoula and they gave him some antibiotics again to fight the infection. He couldn't talk very well, so our visit was short. Please join us in keeping him in prayer. Thank you!
Here's wishing you all a blessed new week. ~
Friday, August 19, 2011
My day was mainly spent in cleaning the house; cooking; getting a package wrapped up and taken out to the mailbox; and cleaning the terribly smelly mess in the pantry (rotten potatoes that have been hidden from view sure don't smell all that great!)
The boys worked on hay; fence fixing; working on a tractor; Jacob worked on his computer when a part came for it; and other things too to be sure.
We've talked to our parents several times today, once after they'd almost run out of gas due to there being something wrong with the fuel guage; another time when they got a little lost in Missoula; and finally tonight, when they were checked into their hotel room and very much ready for some good sleep. Mom said that Dad has another tooth ache now! It's a tooth on the opposite side of the one he had pulled out just last week. We're praying that the pain just goes away...
That's about all the excitement there was today.
Oh yes, there was one more thing, but I can't write it here yet, as it is a surprise for when Dad and Mom return and we don't want them reading about it here. :)
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
I just got home from work in town a little while ago and am pretty tired, so I'll wish you all a good nights rest and sweet dreams.
Until tomorrow night,
Sunday, August 14, 2011
My dad received a phone call from a trucker yesterday afternoon, a man whose boss in Texas was looking for hay--especially large square bales, which is what we have. I hear there's a terrible drought going on down there and not much is growing... This trucker had driven by our field and saw the square bales and knew what his boss was looking for, so he pulled in at the nearest farmstead and that man gave him our number. My dad told the man he would not be able to sell the hay or load the bales right then (we don't do business on Sabbath), but if he could wait until morning, then Dad would be glad to sell his boss some hay. The trucker asked if he could park his truck in our hayfield for the night and sleep there, which Dad said was fine.
Early this morning, my dad drove a loader tractor over the 20+ miles to the haystacks there. As it was Sunday, my dad and the trucker were faced with a problem: How were they going to know how much the hay weighed, as it was being sold by the ton? Dad then thought of some former neighbors of ours, who now own the Temvik elevator (which we used to own half of when we lived there.) He called this former neighbor and God had everything work out well so that Mr. W. (who lives in Bismarck) was in the area and went over right away and opened the elevator so they could drive in on the scale and weigh the truck and trailer, and later, the whole unit loaded down with hay. The trucker is pretty sure they'll be back for more hay in the near future... This all came at the perfect time too! PTL! We have a big payment coming up soon and needed some money. The Lord always provides one way or another, doesn't He? :)
Saturday, August 13, 2011
While the boys drove their noisy toys this evening (a 4-wheeler and a dirt-bike), my parents and I went for a walk. We went into the corn field a ways and were amazed at how tall it is, especially the part that didn't get hailed on. My dad can not reach the top of the corn stalks, and he's tall!
It was a quite, peaceful day here, and what a lovely rest we had. Mother played the piano for our weekly hymn singing time. Each week, all 5 of us pick a hymn to sing, although occasionally we sing more than that...
Now the crickets are singing. It must be harvest time!
Friday, August 12, 2011
The strawberry plants I transplanted into the "Pyramid" earlier this year are doing quite well! We even got a couple beautiful berries from them this Summer.
There is a bit of Love-in-a-mist in my round garden:
My zucchinis are finally coming along... Pretty soon we can EAT them!
Do you know what that little funny shaped thing is?
Yes, from one of my banana trees!