Friday, February 16, 2018

Almost ready to fill!

I sure do have some smart friends! :o)  You are right, we are building a raised garden bed in hopes that our garden adventure will actually turn out this time.  We're halfway done filling it up and hope to be planting soon!  Pics to come....of course! :o)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A New Project


So, I dropped a hint to my husband a couple of days ago.  Dropping a hint goes something like this:

"Oh sweetie, have you heard about....."
"I think it would be great if we tried to get...."
Then, I print info up about the new idea and leave it where he can see it
Then, I look up sites with the info and when he opens his computer it is still open
Then, I take a nice romantic walk with coffee in hand around our property and say, "Oh this would be such a great place for...."

And, what do you know, that afternoon he heads to Lowe's and buys the supplies! ;o)

Now, don't worry, sometimes I come right out and say, "Honey can we....?" 

Sure do love this sweetie of mine!

Any ideas of what he is building for me?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Lots more greens!


My hardworking boys just finished the new Paddock for our goats!


The area they enclosed has lots of different vegetation for our little goat herd to munch on.  (We still only have 2 goats, I just think it's neat to call them our herd. :o) )


These two have been happily munching away at all the new treats!


They have a covered shelter that was given to us as well.  They love it!  So, now....we feel the itch to get some more goats.  And we have an empty paddock awaiting another animal.  We're trying to decide what to get that would be enjoyable, and a wise investment.  We went to our local livestock auction last week.  We learned so much!

~Large goats actually bring in a lot of money!
~Pigs stink.  bad.
~Goat babies are adorable.
~Sheep are pretty neat too.
~Cows are rather large.  Larger than maybe we want to have....
~There is a demand for goats in our area.

So, we are absorbing lots of information and praying about what to do.  We're also rethinking trying our hand at gardening again.  We said we would never try again, but....it's a new year!!   Lots of spring pictures are hopefully in the future!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Expansion for our goats


Over the past 3 years, I have realized something more and more....maybe I am more of a city girl than I realized!  I jokingly call our property our "little family farm" because I love farm life and want to be a good steward of this great land that God has given us.  I have so much to learn!  And I need so much more energy to do it!  I feel like all of our adventures have been trial and error.  Sadly, we are down to 2 goats.  Silas sure does love them and it has been a hard lesson in learning that sometimes animals just die.  He's doing well though and is being a great caretaker of his goat herd!

Spring is closing in and we are starting to feel the itch to get things more orderly around here.  Our kiddos have loved playing outside in the cold temps.  But, this winter the chill has kept me inside with socks on my feet and a blanket close by.  Brr!  It's been cold!  But now it's warming up and my mind is whirling with ideas for our property.


Someone recently gave us a bunch of fencing and goat supplies!  So, Patrick has been working to enclose an area that he would like cleared.  Our goats eat so much, so he would like to let them help clear a portion of our property.



Putting up fencing is hard work.  But, my guys are always up for a challenge!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Blue Springs...Florida's Newest State Park




We are loving visiting our Florida State Parks!  After school Friday, we decided to visit a new one...Blue Springs State Park.  It used to be privately owned, but the state recently bought it.

 

A sign we have seen at every state park so far!


We could tell that the state had recently bought the park.  They didn't even have maps printed yet!  And there were a few things that needed fixing that I know they will get to soon!

The springs were absolutely gorgeous!  So deep and such a beautiful color!

It was quite chilly that day and very overcast.  The kids were comfy in their short sleeves, but the girls and I kept on a sweater.


 After a great, busy week of school, the park is the perfect place to go!

The park is so beautiful!  Even in our brownish, winter time, it has so much Florida beauty!








 We even saw some turtles in the springs!



Then, it was time for a hike.  I love this part! They didn't have a map for the trails and they weren't marked very well.  So, it was quite an adventure figuring out where to go.  We hiked for about an hour and ended up where we started.






We saw so many things that led to lots of science review.  Homeschooling at its finest!!


There were many smaller springs along the way.

We found this huge Cypress Tree.  You can see where the flooding marks are from our recent storms and hurricane Irma.  This area was quite flooded!



We found this attached to a tree.  Any idea what it is?  It was about the size of a nickel.



Silas was wondering what animal makes its home in there.









Another spring found along the way.

 We all loved this park!  They had several sand volleyball courts and lots of picnic tables.  I know this place is very packed in the summer with swimmers.  We visited at a great, quiet time and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors of the state of Florida!  Lovin' where we live!!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Warm...for a moment


This has been quite a cold winter for us!  We've had many nights in the 20s, which is quite cold for this Florida girl!  We've started getting back to some warmer weather and the kids are enjoying it.  Although at the moment we have the fireplace going and my socked feet are still cold!


While enjoying a little warm up after school, the kiddos called and said I had to "come see this!"  There was so much static electricity that Callie's hair was standing up.  Silas's hair was standing up, too!  You couldn't really tell with Micah's since he had a recent buzz cut after deciding to trim his own bangs one night.  Never a dull moment around here!


There was so much laughter!  I love it!


On a side note....a sad side note...my Canon Rebel that I bought years ago in St. Martin isn't shooting the same.  The shots just aren't as crisp as they used to be.   I have decided to stretch myself and try to learn manual mode.  It's like another language and to be honest I'm just not getting it!  I like the photo above that I got....but it's so white!


I think this one is better, and I absolutely love their expressions...they were having so much fun!


So, hopefully a new camera is in our future, but until then, I'll just keep experimenting and having fun!  Just like these sweet kiddos of mine!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Goal to Saturate


If you know me very well, you know that in January, I love to map out my year and set some goals.  I love to look ahead to the end of the coming year and decide what I would like for myself and my family.  This year was the same.  I set some goals.  They are great goals and I'm so excited about the upcoming year!
I love the accountability I gain from posting on my blog.  So, I thought I would share my plans for 2018.  
This year I want to:

*Visit 20 State Parks-I've mentioned before that I want to visit every state park in Florida by the time my Silas graduates.  It's time to make that start happening!  In fact, we visited a new park yesterday. Oh wow! It was beautiful!  I'll post on that soon!

*Piano lessons for Silas, Callie and Micah (finish book one)- My Brenna has been giving my 3 little ones piano lessons.  She does a great job. But, I need to do my part as the parent and make sure they practice.  They're doing great!

*Encouragement-God has given me so many people to encourage me throughout my life.  I want to do the same.  I have some ideas of how to make this happen and what to do.  I'm excited about it!

*Train Peaches-Oh my sweet dog...she needs to be trained.  And she needs to be trained where she should spend her time during the day.  So, it's my goal to get this puppy of mine trained!

*Read/Study/Write the Epistles-So, this is the goal I am most excited about.  As I prayed at the end of the year about how God would have me study His Word in the coming year, I kept thinking of the Letters that Paul wrote (Epistles)  I just kept coming back to that idea.  So, instead of reading my Bible completely through this year, I'm going read the Epistles.  But, I'm not just going to read through and be done, I want to saturate myself with them!  So, I've divided them up according to month:
January-Romans
February- 1 Corinthians
March- 2 Corinthians
April-Galatians
May-Ephesians
June-Philippians
July-Colossians
August-1 Thessalonians
September-2 Thessalonians
October-1Timothy
November-2 Timothy
December-Titus & Philemon

Each month I will read and read and read the book for the month.  I will also listen to it.  And I would like to write it as well.  A couple of years ago my friend Jessi mentioned about how she and her husband write out Scripture.  I hadn't been able to forget that.  And then, last year I read Deuteronomy 17:18-19.   It talks of of a king writing out God's Word so he may learn to fear the LORD his God and keep the Words.  I'm enjoying so much writing out what I'm reading.  I do find it sticks in my brain more and gives me more understanding.

It sure is going to be a great year!

Friday, January 26, 2018

One Month Already!


Little Liberty Anne has turned a month old and time is flying!
To say she has captured the hearts of our family is an understatement.  She is very loved!



And she's just so beautiful I can hardly stand it!


Being a "Lolli" is amazing!