See, I am cumbered, Lord,
With serving, and with small vexa-
Upstairs, and down, my feet
Must hasten, sure and fleet.
So weary that I cannot heed Thy word;
So tired, I cannot now mount up with
I wrestle — how I wrestle! — through the
Nay, not with principalities, nor powers —
Dark spiritual foes of God’s and man’s —
But with antagonistic pots and pans:
With footmarks in the hall,
With smears upon the wall,
With doubtful ears, and small unwashen
And with a babe’s innumerable demands.
I toil with feverish haste, while tear-drops
(O, child of mine, be still. And listen —
At last, I laid aside
Important work, no other hands could do
So well (I thought), no skill contrive so
And with my heart’s door open — open
With leisured feet, and idle hands, I sat.
I, foolish, fussy, blind as any bat,
Sat down to listen, and to learn. And lo,
My thousand tasks were done the better so.
I start to love this time of year when lambs fleeces are growing long and wavy. They’ve been nourished all season long on mother’s milk and tender sweet grasses, and are headed into fall looking beautiful.
A variety of color...
A black grey ram and black badgerface ram in the background...
What happens when your sister chases you with a fiberglass bike flagpole? Ask Garrett!
Big scratch on the eye, ouch!
Doesn't he look about pathetic?
The eye doctor said his eye was going to be just fine and that it would just look bad for a couple of weeks. And it hasn’t slowed him down any! ;0) Garrett seems to be our most accident prone boy and kid in general. He did this earlier this year and had to have stitches twice last year, has broken his arm and the list goes on! Do you have an accident prone child?
We have been having problems with a couple of sheep being renegades and crawling through the portable fence. So this week Sawyer and I brought back all the sheep and sorted out all the trouble makers. They then ended up staying in the main pasture for a couple of days due to being busy haying and then yesterday the kids and Iwere able to get them pushed back over to the portable fencing where there is more grass. So last night Mark went over to check the voltage on the wires and to check on what it would take to put a perment fence in over there. There is already a fence in place that looks pretty good, with the exception of the east side that is almost completly down but still has all the posts and most of the wire. For the rest of the pasture it looks like we’ll just need to put in a couple of new post, insulators and one more round of wire to keep them in. We then could do some rotational grazing, and then if someone popped through the temporary fence we wouldn’t have to worry so much about them getting into the neighbors yards as all of them seem to respect the main fence (with 7000+ volts) running through it. Mark also GPS’ed the garden and found out it was 4/10ths of an acre.
So last night I was able to ride the property lines with Mark as he checked on the fencing situation and GPS’ed the whole thing. When we got back to the house the littlest boys where wanting a ride so off they went with Mark. Zayne was too cute, his little eyes would get real big and he would smile and then wave. When it was all done he got so mad to have to get off. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing! (Him being so little and already thinking the 4-wheeler is so fun!)
It’s hard to believe that summer is leaving us fast behind. With fall just around the corner the guys here have been busy hauling hay for all the various creatures here to sustain them through the winter.
Finally home well after the sun had gone down...
Sawyer bucking bales...
The barn with hay again...
Stack of hay...
This is what every farm needs or maybe it’s what every 16 year old boy needs to do? ;0)
What would haying be without a little hay ride?
Their only about half way done and we need about another 6 tons, but their getting closer. The hay is absolutely beautiful, a nice alfalfa grass mix that’s very leafy and I’m sure the sheep will do very well on it this winter. Tori also was able to help by driving the pickup while the guys threw hay into the back, she did a good job. She was even able to throw her dad off the trailer while going down one of the hills on the bumpy field when she got going a bit too fast and helped redistribute the hay a bit on the trailer… But hey that’s what learning all about right? ;0)
Thanks to CJ for all your help the other night-you definitely saved Mark’s shoulder by volunteering to help us and to the Krantz’s for their wonderful help too. Thanks to the Vo-Ag Center for the beautiful hay.
After such a long, long, long, week at the fair we were so incredibly glad to make it to Family Camp on Saturday after the sale at the fairgrounds. It was so very needed and came at a wonderful time for us. We were incredibly blessed with beautiful weather and location, wonderful fellowship, and we were able to get to know some of the families a bit better.
We enjoyed a great and refreshing weekend and felt so blessed to have taken part of it. Thanks so much Grace Church!