Merriest Christmas Wishes!

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John 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome.  9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Perk Benefits…

My husband has a very demanding job that leaves him on the road a vast majority of the time.  He works as an agronomist and is a agronomic adviser.  It is hard for both of us for him to be gone so much and spread so thin, especially with a full-time job of raising sheep, and having eight kids.  Occasionally though, there are some perk benefits to his job.  Over Thanksgiving week, my beloved had to attend a conference in Canada and I was able to go with.  My parents watched the kids, our oldest son watched the farm and we headed off.  The conference was in Banff National Park.  I was pretty excited to get to see some new country and just hang out with my hubby.  When we arrived at our motel, I think my jaw hit the ground…

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Umm, ya!  My first stay in a castle!  Fairmont Banff Hot Spring.  The first day I thoroughly enjoyed exploring around outside the castle and taking a few pictures (of course)!

I hiked down to the frozen falls…

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The view from our room!

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My husband had meeting all day long, so the second day, I slept in late, had a wonderful lunch, enjoyed my first massage and hung out in the mineral pools and spa!

The evenings we spent wining and dining.

Our last morning there, which happened to be Thanksgiving morning we awoke to a wonderful sunrise and headed for home…

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It was a beautiful day for traveling, cold but plenty of sunshine!

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A couple of pictures I took with my phone…969420_10201129498585023_996771449_n (1) 1455921_10201129560826579_885656005_n

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We made good time home.  I really had to just appreciate the scenery and bite my tongue to not stop at every beautiful spot!  We will have to go back again when we have a bit more time.  But we did make it home for Thanksgiving dinner with the family…
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Weekly Top Shot #113

Falling…

Everyone seems to be enjoying the snowy weather we’ve had.

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The sheep and dogs seem to do better in the cold than in the heat, which especially make sense with our Icelandic sheep.

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Tori walking back to the house from feeding and watering her horse.

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Kletta, Tori’s Icelandic Sheepdog really enjoys the snow.

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Hazel.

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Part of the flock…

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Despite having a nice warm, straw lined barn to snuggle in, Dugur prefers to hang out with the sheep.

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Snow kisses anyone?

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Audrad and Aubrey bedded down in the snow…

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Gunnar, our other Icelandic Sheepdog hanging out in the snow…

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White on white…

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Breakfast!

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Same thing with Thor, he found out in the pasture rather than in the straw filled sheds he shares with the rams.

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Whatcha looking for Kletta?

Whatcha looking for Kletta?

We are suppose to be getting more snow later on this week!  We shall see.

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A Morning Camping…

While camping in Grand Tetons, we were able to see this mighty Bull Moose, I’ve posted other pics of him here…

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Before spotting him though, Mark and I were outside, blissfully enjoying our first cup of hot coffee for the morning,  It was one of the more cool mornings we had at Gros Ventre campground.  A car stopped beside our trailer and parked on the road.  It was a bit strange because the road was closed just a bit down the road.  The guy finally got out with his camera and gear, which perked my interest!  We grabbed our camera’s and woke up our oldest and let her know we were going on a walk.  In just a couple of steps up and out of campsite and to the other side of the road we could see what made the other guy stop…

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What we thought were two mule deer bucks, ended up being three!

1We hung out for a while there and noticed another guy walking right past the deer, with a huge camera.  We decided to follow him just a little ways which led to…

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This is what we came back to at the campsite…

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The kids roasting mini-marshmallows around the fire…  🙂IMG_5259

What a wonderful way to start the day!

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Meeting Clara…

 

Our kids were able to visit their brand-new cousin the other day.  They were so totally excited to finally get to meet this little baby…

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Little miss Clara…

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Love those teeny tiny toes!

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Garrett, so excited!

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Teigen loving on her…IMG_7434

Baby Clara!IMG_7469

 

Me getting my baby fix…IMG_7488

Cousins…

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My hubby with Emma and his new niece…

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Zayne giving her a squeeze…

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Maddie checking her out!

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Tori gets to have her baby fix too!IMG_74591

Victoria showing the other kids…

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Hayden giving a little love…

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Emma and ClaraP1090167Sawyer and Sammy with their new cousin!

What a wonderful blessing babies are!  I feel particularly blessed to have been able to help (I hope) my beautiful sister-in-law through their birth process and take pictures of this wonderful and exciting time.  It really has helped to heal my heart!

  Little by Little   Thursday Favorite Things

 

Yellowstone Grizzly…

 

On our 10 day camping trip to Yellowstone Park and Grand Tetons, we managed to see just about everything except for a grizzly bear.  At dusk, on the last day of our trip we spotted this beautiful bear…

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And the kids viewing from the top of the van…

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Spring Time Treasures in the Fall…

 

Thursday, we continued right along with winter-like weather pattern (and have actually all weekend!)….

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It was just another typical day on the farm… even if  Darla was hanging out on the top van!  Actually, she was trying to get away from one of the dogs trying to herd her back to the chicken coop.

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It continued to snow all day and around 4, I sent Hayden out to take the garbage out to the dumpster.  He started out across the yard and then dropped the garbage sack and started to run way out in the yard.  He came running back in to the house with something in his hands…

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 A nearly half-frozen baby chick!  Well, that got the household into a frenzy of kids trying to  find coats, gloves and hats and hustling out the door to see if they could find more…

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After scouring the yard and pastures they found two more half-froze babies!  We thought for sure one was going to pass on.  Tori took some warm water and started to syringe feed a bit of that to the baby while holding it next to the wood stove.  Amazingly, it came around and has been a happy camper all weekend!  We never did find a hidden nest anywhere but the kids found a the naughty Red Star that decided to go broody in the middle of October with the other two chicks.  Seriously?!  Doesn’t she know we live in MT and it gets cold in November!  For now everyone is locked up in the fruit room, cozy and warm.P1080571

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