Sunday, February 26, 2017

Early Spring

We've had a very mild winter with temperatures steadily in the 50's, 60's and even 70's.  I took a picture of  the daffodils in front of our church Sunday.  Many of our Bradford Pear trees are in bloom and it's still February.  This winter is one for the record books.  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Future Sight of Pond

Randy has an idea for a large pond in our back field so we headed out back this morning. Scott drove the backhoe while Randy watched. Trust me... Randy is waiting patiently for his turn with the backhoe.  Scott drove the backhoe all the way to our back field, digging out the hillside in areas to make the road flat. I was the prayer warrior, praying for safety along the way and holding my breath at times.  Randy showed Scott the site he had in mind and plans began to be formed for our future pond.  The opportunities with our new backhoe are unlimited and it's pretty exciting for us.  Scott and Randy also checked out our back pond that is years over grown. I left them both with chain saws in hand, trimming trees, in preparation of getting the backhoe to the pond.  PS. You'll notice our two cows in the field that keep getting out....the grass is greener on the other side. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Snowmobiling in Vermont

Scott and his friend, Charles, had a great time in New York. They spent a couple days with the Littles and then headed up to St. Johnsbury, VT for a couple days of snowmobiling.  As you can see, they had their fill of snow.  Scott took pictures of his trip, though no pictures of him. The top picture shows Scott's truck in the snow loving man planned the snowmobile trip perfectly! Great pictures.  Scott hauled our trailer up with him and brought back a press frame for the farm.  A big thanks to Dad for my whiskey barrel too. I'll treasure it always.  We send our love to you mom and dad and miss you greatly♥  Thank you Lord for a safe trip and your gift of snow. 

Miracle: Got Milk?

Miracle is 12 weeks old and absolutely loves her formula.  We are still feeding her 4 cups  in the morning and evening. I've been meaning to take her picture as I'm always reminded of the advertisement "Got Milk" when she eats. She hungrily laps her formula, looking up, with milk dripping from her chin!  Perfect...Got Milk♥ 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Randy Moving Rocks

While Scott was away in NY, Randy showed up on Friday, spending the weekend with me and I was delighted. Because we are both project oriented, we spent Saturday working around the farm. Randy gladly hopped in the backhoe, bringing the load of rocks to the front, placing them in my planter. It now has three layers of rock and looks so good. One more load to go. We also gave the apple trees a good trimming, dragging the cut limbs to the burn pile.  Randy sure loved the back hoe and I can see his mind just a twirling on all the things he could dig... like a big pond!    

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Visit With Carolyn

What a blessed Valentines Day♥  My dear friend Carolyn, from our Methodist Church family, was recently home from the hospital and she's been in my heart and prayers. After stopping by the store to pick up flowers, I headed to Carolyn's house for a nice visit.  We hugged and chatted the morning away, catching up on each other's lives. She's been like a mother to me... giving me guidance and unconditional love. Gosh I love her! I'm so glad the Holy Spirit prompted me to visit, as Carolyn told me she was leaving on Friday to live with her daughter in Atlanta. We prayed together and  hugged for what may be that last time on this earth but, because of God's grace, we'll get to spend eternity with one another! 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Scott off to NY

Scott is off to NY to see his folks, get some snowmobiling in and pick up a press for the farm. A buddy of his is going with him. I know they'll have an  awesome time, especially with that recent storm that dumped a fresh 18" of snow!  Praying blessings on your trip babe. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Scott Leading Finance Class

Our church is offering several special Sunday School classes right now: Grief Sharing, Herbs For Life and Managing Our Finances God's Way.  Scott was asked to teach the finance class and I'm his number one supporter.  Everything we have is a gift from God and His word gives us so much guidance on how to handle our finances. We discussed the blessing of giving back to God through our tithes and generous giving, living within our budget and developing a spending plan, and saving/investing. Retirement comes upon you before you know it... which Scott and I can testify to. We talked about becoming debt free with practical tips on how to get out of debt and stay out of debt. Dave Ramsey has been a big influence on how we've handled our finances through the years and this course gives similar guidance. I highly recommend this small group study- no matter what phase of life you're in.  We've learned so much and we pray those taking the class feel equally blessed.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Randy Roasting Coffee

Our Randy is a man who finds pleasure in the simple things, like a cup of good coffee. There's no better way to start his morning than with  a cup of coffee and a bible, enjoying his quiet time with the Lord. Randy ordered raw coffee beans online from Mr Green Bean and tonight he spent the evening roasting some of the beans. The process is actually pretty simple: He poured 1/2 cup of the raw beans into a tin can that was inserted into the popper. After two minutes of roasting, the chaff  of the coffee bean came off and the beans started cracking, making a popping sound...and they were ready. After the beans were cooled, Randy put them in little brown gift bags to pass out to his neighbors in his apartment complex. What a great way to meet his neighbors!   PS. Guess what Randy is having in the morning? You got it...fresh ground coffee and the house smells heavenly.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Father Son Trip to Chattanooga

After church today Scott received a text from Randy about taking a trip down to Chattanooga to look at an old truck. I helped Scott hook up the goose-neck trailer and off he drove to help Randy out. He stopped in Knoxville, picking Randy up and they both headed to Chattanooga. I called the guys and Randy mentioned he ended up not getting the was in pretty rough shape.  There'll be another one soon enough.  I told Randy he had a pretty good Dad that would always be there for him and he agreed♥

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Trying Out the Backhoe

Before Scott went to Mexico, he made this To Do list and accomplished most of the items except the "Dig Something." Today, he finally got to check that item off his list. He was able to use the backhoe for the first time, moving a stump on the land down the road that he grows alfalfa on. He also came back with a load of rock for landscaping.  

Playful Elk

It was a beautiful day today and while Scott was plowing our garden, I was filming our elk.  They were in a playful mood. We cut off Gideon's antlers earlier in the season so he was no match for Samson. I'm sure he's wishing he had some antlers about now.