July 24, 2014


Back to Reality


Hello everyone!  I have missed being in this space and reading others blogs!  We have been on the road visiting family in Michigan.  It was quite the adventure, and there are so many stories to tell.  But laundry must be done, and all the business of being home after a trip must be sorted.  I will be back tomorrow to tell about our trip out to Michigan.  Let’s just say it was interesting, but definitely memorable!

Looking forward to catching up with all of you!



July 7, 2014


Pictures of our Small Homestead


My son took the camera again the other day while I was gardening.  I think he may have a calling/passion that I want to help cultivate.  As you can see, our garden is growing well, and we are enjoying it immensely.  I am seriously looking forward to having fresh tomatoes on my fresh salad!  But I must wait.

Our bees are doing really well this year! This week, I will be checking them, and hopefully, the inside looks as healthy as seeing them fly around all day!

I will be harvesting my first batch of raspberries.  We have been eating them off our bush all week, and still have so many.  Love raspberries!

I think the only thing left out are the chickens.  They are doing well, and we are getting four to six eggs a day, so all the people at church are being supplied with fresh eggs as are we.

This summer has been great for our small homestead, if you can even call it that.  In the evenings, our family comes together and gardens, walks and plays.  I love summer!

I hope you all are having a great time this summer and your gardens are growing well!



July 2, 2014


Wednesday Weekly-Garden Overflow and A Cake

Joining Heather from Beauty that Moves
This past week in my kitchen has been so busy!  Since Oldest Bit and Mr. Bit were getting prepared for Scout Camp, I had to do a great deal of cooking preparations for them.  Because Oldest Bit has such severe nut allergies, he cannot eat the food the camp provides, so the rest of the troop made the decision to make their own food preparations so he would not feel left out.  Very sweet of them, but that means they came up with a menu, and I agreed to prep most of it.  Small price for a great troop.  They love biscuits, so many were made!

My garden is overflowing with greens.  Kale, Swiss chard, spinach and lettuce.  Busy making kale chips and freezing the others, except for the lettuce.  Trying to eat as much as I can and have given some to friends as well.

Finally, Little Bit took a cake decorating class with a friend of hers the other day, and had an amazing time.  You can tell she enjoyed decorating the cake as well as eating it!

Hope you all have had a great time in the kitchen as well!  Can’t wait to see what you have been up to!



July 1, 2014


A Story About a Horse


On Thursday of last week, our neighbors asked my son to babysit their animals for two days.  They have a cute dog, some baby chicks and a couple of horses.  The horses were placed in the back pasture, so we thought there was not going to be much work.  The pasture has plenty of tall grass, and plenty of water. So horses were the least of our concern, or so we thought.

That night, some storms moved through.  We were so excited to open our windows and listen to the much needed rain as well as feel the cool breeze.  At around 1030pm, the horses started neighing for loudly and nervously.  My husband and I walked to the back pasture to see if there was a wild animal that might be making them nervous. There was no animal, but they were pacing, so we thought the storm may have disturbed them.  We went back inside and fell asleep.

Next morning at around 600am, we looked outside to find the female horse no longer in the field, but in the pin. We wondered if the neighbor who owns the field put her in there because she was nervous.  At 600am, she was all by herself.  An hour later, another storm moved through, and I looked outside to find a new colt next to the female.  I will not go into detail, but it was obvious it just happened.

I walked over to the neighbors house who owns the field, and asked about how the horse got into the pin.  He said he found the mare eating his garden in the morning because she had somehow gotten out of the field.  I told them there was now a baby in the pin, and his jaw dropped!  He said, there was no baby when he walked into the pin!  Come to find out this little miracle was a month early, and My kids and I were the first to see her.  What an amazing experience this was for us.

But it also was a lesson in nature because there were many things my kids had never seen, and I had to explain.  I could see their faces turn green as I explained what was happening, and for a moment I thought they might lose their breakfast.  But they stayed strong, and checked on the mom and the baby every moment they could.

Nature never ceases to amaze me.  Truly a miracle.

Have a great day everyone!


June 30, 2014


Off on an Adeventure


My two men are off on an adventure for a week.  They left at 4 am this morning, but before they left I made them a huge breakfast and took pictures. I get so excited for their Boy Scout trips together. This is a time when they get to hang out with one another, get to know each other more and bond.  The camp is not in our home state this year, but instead in Wyoming near the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.  Absolutely beautiful and the perfect place to experience just the two of them.  I cannot wait to hear their stories when they return.  Will they see a grizzly bear?  Will Oldest Bit learn more about bravery and courage from his dad?  Will they have stories that only they can know?  I hope for all these things, but I will miss them desperately.

Middle and Little Bits are staying with me this week, and we will have stories to tell all our own.  I am excited to have this opportunity too.  Excited to make our own camp out in our house.  To experience the outdoors on the local level. To have secret stories that we can look back on and laugh about.

I hope all of you are creating wonderful stories with your families this summer.  Enjoying every minute together.

Have a wonderful day everyone!




June 23, 2014


Glimpses of Yosemite


We have been out of town the past week or so.  We had a wonderful trip to California to see a dear friend get married.  On the way back home, we decided that going through Yosemite would be a great way to start the summer and end our trip.  I am so happy we did.  It has been years since I have been there, and even longer for my husband, so we had a great time looking at the amazing beauty with the kids.  I will tell you more about our trip all week, but here are some glimpses of the beauty we experienced.

Truly, the pictures do not do this park justice.  You must see on your own.

Hope you all are having an amazing summer!




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