Sunday, November 29, 2015

Family Photo

After church, we took one last photo before Randy and Ethan left back for Cookeville.  We sure miss Charles and are waiting for his return...  We love you men and pray for you daily Bud!

Trimming The Tree

I spent the day decorating the house and trimmming our tree. Our home smells so good with the scent of pine filling the air. I look forward to that smell each year...and as I hung each ornament and set out my nativity, sweet memories filled me with joy.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Tree Time

This year we decided on a Frazier Fur Christmas tree instead of a white pine from our farm.  As the saying goes, we killed two birds with one stone, heading to Lowes for both a drill bit and a tree. We checked the trees outside, then found the perfect one inside the garden area.  Lowes trimmed and bagged the tree and Randy carried it to his truck. It's home and in the stand and we'll let the branches settle down overnight before decorating it. I did miss our tradition of chopping down a tree from our farm, but on the other hand, I had forgotten the heavenly smell of a Frazier Fur filling the room! 

Barn Roof Repairs

It always makes me a little nervous having the men on the barn roof.  Scott and Randy replaced several sheets of steel  and our friend Charles, came over to lend a helping hand.  They finished the job just as it began sprinking. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Chelsea's Family Comes for a Visit

We were so delighted to meet Chelsea's parents, Lannis and Leann, today...and you won't believe it, but their last name is Little!  Randy has been dating Chelsea for several months now and we all wanted to meet each other.  After we made introductions and hugged each other, I saw their smiles and warm hearts, and  thanked the Lord for always caring for us.  They couldn't wait to see the elk and were so tickled feeding Samson chestnuts.  I'm pretty sure it was their first time feeding elk! They stayed for lunch, with us all visiting around the table for several hours, laughing and telling stories. I felt so comfortable with them.  We sure look forward  to knowing them more and thank them already for the wonderful daughter they've raised. We sent them home with honey to enjoy and ended our visit like it began....with hugs.       

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!  Psalm 118:1

Happy Thanksgiving to our family and friends; we send our love through the miles.  We have so much to be thankful for and we give all praise and glory to our Lord as all blessings flow through Him!   We had a special day with Nana, Steve and Steve's son, Japhy. It was Japhy's first time to the farm and he loved the elk. Our dear friends, Frank and Susan and their son, Daniel, were also able to join us with Kenny and Lea Beth stopping by later that evening for dessert. It's a tradition for us all to gather around the table and the only one missing this year was our Charles.  We missed him greatly, however my heart was full of joy knowing he was with my sister, Brenda, and her family in Utah!   

I got so tickled with this picture. Nana and Steve wanted their dog, Gibbs, to have some play time with Bear. We put them in the dog kennel, forcing them to play with one another and as you can see, it worked...not!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cedar Log for Randy's Canoe

Randy cut the cedar log for his canoe today, 20 feet long. It was one of those aromatic cedars that smelled just heavenly when it was cut.  I had Randy cut a slice as a center piece for our table, but it started sapping and we had to take it outside for now.  Scott, Randy and Ethan headed to the sawmill with the log and brought back several cut boards that will be used in the canoe. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Shoe Boxes for Samaritan's Purse

After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan's Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.

Each year our church participates in Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse. Look at all our shoe boxes, packed and ready to be taken to the distribution center. We personally do several boxes each year and usually pack our boxes for the boys age group 10-14.  After raising three boys, I know what they like and this year packed their box with a deflated soccer ball and pump. We are praying over them already, praying that God will choose the perfect child to receive them and that they'll see the love of God through their box. This is a wonderful ministry and if you'd like more information, click on the link above. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Soffit and Seamless Guttering

After putting our metal roof on, it was time for the final touches. This past week, Rogersville Seamless Guttering has been working on our house putting on the soffit and gutters and they did a great job. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of work. We also had them cover our front and back porches.  It looks so much nicer and cleaner. My first project this coming summer will be giving the lattice on our porch a much needed coat of paint. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Randy and Chelsea Come For A Visit

Randy brought Chelsea for her first visit to the farm and we so enjoyed having her come. It was a beautiful day and Randy showed her all around.  Scott had planned to clean out the cow and elk stalls  and Randy pitched right in...any day on a tractor is a good day for Randy. Chelsea got a little taste of farm life and really loved it! For dinner I made one of Randy's favorite meals- cube steak and mashed potatoes with sour dough bread and a peach cobbler for dessert.  It was a wonderful day getting to know Chelsea more and we pray blessings upon you both as you begin your relationship♥