Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stormy or Peaceful

We all have good intentions.  We wake up ready to start a wonderful day that God has laid before us.  Many duties call our name, and we prepare to get much accomplished and make many memories.  But, then, something disrupts us.  It may be that the breakfast pancakes somehow burn.  Or shoes that can't be found because they weren't put away.  Or we feel a headache coming on.  Whatever it is, something small and minor creeps in, and before we know it we I say it?....grumpy.  Oh I hate that word!  But, it does happen.  And when it does, the attitude of grumpiness catches like wildfire and before we know it everyone is unhappy and complaining.

"For I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you."

As I read this verse in Jonah 1:12, I thought about how we can be like that.  What was going on in Jonah's heart, something no one else could see, had an effect on those around him.  It made the surroundings stormy and tempestous.  It brought turmoil to everyone in the ship.  Just like Jonah, when we have a heart full of turmoil (whether the aggravating factor was big or small) we can bring a stormy, cold atmosphere to the very place we are trying to bless and build.  When our spirit is not right, it quickly spreads to our homes and those loved ones in it.

Am I being a Jonah in my home?

A quick test to find out is to ask, "Are the fruits of the Spirit evident in my home?"

Love-True love gives.  Is selfishness prevailing? Or a heart to give?
Joy-Look in the eyes of your kiddos.  Is real joy seen in them?
Peace-Or is it contention?
Long-suffering- Or quick tempered?
Faith-Are we ready to trust God with the unknown, or clamour about trying to fix it ourselves.
Temperance-Are emotions out of control like we are on a rollercoaster?

Today I choose to set a right temperature in my home.  My family deserves my best!  I want to build a peaceful, calm setting that draws my family close to our heavenly father.  It's a joy to serve Jesus!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Saying 'bye' to Peggy

 I posted about a month ago about our Momma goat, Peggy, not wanting to nurse her babies.  It was sad to see Paddington and Suzy try to nurse and her not wanting them to.  That's when we decided to start bottle feeding them.  That was an experience.  We were diligent and it took a lot of effort.  We noticed by day 5 of still trying to give them a bottle that something strange happened....Peggy started letting them nurse again! We kept with the bottles a couple of more days, but they were clearly getting enough from their Momma.  Whew!   We were glad for that! :o)

As the babies grew and grew, we knew it was almost time for us to start milking Peggy.  Silas has been so excited to learn how to milk a goat!  I was excited with all the possibilities of what we could do with goats's milk....cheese, butter, ice cream!  I even was wanting to try making some soap and beauty products.  Fun!  Well, after buying all the supplies, having my sweet hubby build a milking stand, and watching tons of videos on how to milk a goat, we were ready!

...but our Peggy was not.  We had noticed that over the past week she was growing weaker and weaker.  We asked for advice and followed it to a 't'.  We dewormed her, gave her sugar, helped her get up, made sure she had plenty of hay, greens, name it, we did it.  It was evident the morning of milking that Peggy was not going to make it.  My poor Silas.  This is the hard part for him.  He really does love his goats and enjoys taking care of them. 
All the signs were true and Peggy died about noon.

So, what do we do with our baby goats?  From what we've read, they usually wean between 6-8 weeks.  They were only 5 weeks old.  We started bottles again, but they were strongly rejected.  We knew they were drinking water from a bowl, so I started mixing milk powder and giving it to them in a bowl twice a day.  They love it!  They are eating plenty of hay, grass and grain.  They seem to be doing well!

My Silas is learning much about this goat farming adventure.  I'm thankful to see his tender heart through it all.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Meat in the Freezer

 I sure do love this hubby of mine.  He says that he likes to put meat in the freezer for us.  I personally know he just loves to hunt.  But, having a freezer full of meat is a blessing! 

 This year I decided to get a meat grinder attachment for our kitchen aid so that I could grind some of the venison.

It was very easy to attach and did a great job grinding up the meat.  It was very easy to clean too!  That's a bonus!

The end result was many pounds of ground venison (with some beef added to it for fat), Venison roasts and Venison steaks.  Yay!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Rechecking Micah

It has been over a month since my Micah Roo had his tonsils and adenoids removed.  The Doctor was right.  The first 10 days were absolutely horrible for him.  He laid around and whimpered for almost the whole 10 days.  It seemed like days 7-10 were the worst and he took up permanent residence on the recliner.  He would snooze on and off throughout the day and cry as soon as he woke up.  His throat hurt so bad and we had to force him to eat or drink.  It was so sad!    But, right on time, (and right before this Momma's heart broke completely in two) day 11 came and it was like night and day.  He wanted to play outside and jump around and EAT!  It was amazing and I was so thankful!
So, last week it was time for a recheck to see how his throat was healing.  I told him to pack a bag because there might be a wait.  On the way to the doctor I asked Micah what he packed in his backpack.  He said, "I packed a rock and I'm going to look at it!"  Sure enough, that's what he packed!

His appointment went great and I was able to brag that my boy is not snoring anymore and he sleeps more and more with his mouth closed.  Huge strides!  So thankful that my boy is doing better!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Welcome Shower for Liberty Anne

Time is getting closer for our little Liberty Anne to arrive!  Early on in the pregnancy, Beth told me that she's claiming doing Tabitha's shower.  She planned and planned and scoured Pinterest for ideas.  She went with a floral theme and it turned out so beautiful!

We had fun rearranging our furniture so that we could accomodate 30 dinner guests.  There were flowers and pink everywhere! 

 Brenna took the maternity photos for Tabitha and Josh.  She put them on a slide show and played them (along with Erin Paynes Lullaby CD) for the entire shower.  It was adorable!

 Beth also planned a cute diaper game/ guest book.

 The sign says:

Words for the Wee Hours
A word of encouragement, a chuckle or two, give the new mom a note just from you.  
Pick up a diaper and write on the booty.  Something to take her mind off the Doody!

So adorable!  I love the words of advice, encouragement, and silliness that the ladies wrote on there!

 We also had a sweet time of prayer for Tabitha and for Liberty.  It's such a blessing to hear ladies pray!

Beth also planned the "Dirty Diaper Game"  This is where she melted a different candy bar in three different diapers.  The ladies had to figure out which candy bar was in there.  It was quite hilarious!

 So thankful that my Aunt Florence could come for the shower!  I love any time that I get to catch up with her!

 I was so thankful that my friend Sarah was able to come all the way from Ocala.  Now, this girl isn't exactly an Eagles fan.  She's a fan for an enemy team.  You know you have a real friend when they buy what you want! :o)

 Sure do love the Fisher family and so thankful that the Lord has brought our families together!

 Me and my girls.  Can't wait for another Gimenez girl to be added to the picture soon!  I am loving this season of life!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Faith is the Victory Mission's Conference

 We love Mission's Conference!  We plan for it all year and are so excited to see what God is going to do!
This year we decided to feature 4 of our missionaries that we already support and have a table with their info and a dessert from their country.

Brenna was appointed to do Belarus.  Our missionaries, the Rene family, sent a recipe for a Napolean Cake.  It was a 14 layer cake with custard between each layer.  Brenna made it exactly as written and  it was amazing!  So delicious!  So, for the conference, she decided to make a bunch of little Napolean Cakes.   It was a lot of work, but they turned out adorable for her table!

 (Each of the layers had to be seperately baked)

 My Sunday School class adopted Canada.  They loved helping me to make the Canadian flag by using tiny pieces of construction paper.  It turned out great!

 The desserts turned out great and it was so fun sampling flavors from around the world!

 So....under the foil is Brenna's Mini Napolean Cakes.  Can you believe I didn't get a photo of the final product!! Ugh!!

 We had Bro. Bob Parker and his wife, Janice, come for the Conference.  They were such a blessing to us!  The preaching was exactly what we all needed!  Then, we had them come back to our place for Sunday lunch.  We had a good time "picking their brain" on many topics, especially child training.  All 5 of their adult daughters are serving God in church and several are full time ministry.  What a great example!

Then, it was time to announce what the people of VSIBC have purposed in their hearts, by faith, to give to missions this year.  We were so excited to announce that the Faith Promise commitment has increased over $400 per month compared to last year's goal!  Glory to God!
What a great Conference!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Happy Fall Y'All!

 It's that time of year favorite season!
So many wonderful things this time of year...the air turns a little cooler and crisper, football, beautiful colors, pumpkin everything.Christmas around the corner....I LOVE Fall!
 We love to decorate around our home and add touches of orange any place we can.

 The kids really get into it and I love that!

And I love our thankful tree!  We hang a paper tree and cut out leaves.  Each day we write something we are thankful for.  Our tree quickly fills up.  God has been so good to us!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Feeding them from a Coke Bottle!

 Our baby kids, Paddington and Suzy are growing and bouncing around and are now about 2 weeks old.  But being new to this we saw something we were concerned about.  Peggy (the Momma doe) would not be still and let the babes nurse.  We watched and watched.  Finally on day 2 of seeing the little ones follow her around, but not nurse we decided to start giving Peggy feed and keep a firm grip on her while they nursed.  This worked...for a minute or two. She did not like that.  We watched for a couple of more days and researched and finally decided we would need to supplement the milk they are getting.  Not our first choice of how we wanted to raise them, but we were getting concerned they weren't getting enough.

 Silas and I went to the store and got the necesarry supplies.  The cheapest way to feed them is to use a soda pop bottle.  Pretty neat, huh?

 It was quite an experience, that's for sure!  We read that it would be tough to get them to take the bottle.  Boy, is it ever!  By the second day they were starting to drink a little bit of milk.  But, really not that much.  They teethe on it more than anything.

We are now on day 3 with 3 feedings a day.  Wow, that takes some time!  But, my kiddos are loving it.  We're starting school 45 minutes later than normal, but they are learning so much!!  I love life on our little farm!