Children

The crew.

The boys.

The girls.

Sawyer and Sammy.

Emma

Zayne

Teigen

Hayden

Garrett

Tori and Maddie

Sawyer

Emma and mama.

Emma and Daddy

Sweetness!

Silliness ahead!

egg-cited!

Super hero!

Bulls-eye!

The crew again!

Our Easter was wonderful.  We spent the morning in fellowship and the afternoon we spent with family.  A very needed relaxed day.  🙂

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Easter Lily…

I decided to treat myself to this…

Easter Lily

I can’t wait for warmer weather to finally be here so I can enjoy the flowers in my own garden.

Close-up

So this will have to do for now.   🙂

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Macro Monday.

<3 (a bit late!)

We’ve been a bit busy this week but we hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Here are some “naturally” occurring hearts for all of you…

Heart snowflake...

 

Hayden's rock heart...

Even in patterns on lambs!

A Valentine's Sunset!

Even a recent sunset all decked out in Valentine colors!  😉

 

And the reason I love my Valentine?

Mark tagging my ewes so I can see what going on as we get closer to lambing!

The roses and night out without any kids was pretty nice too though!

 

Happy 4th

Remembering that we are allowed to have a happy and fun filled 4th because of the sacrifices others have made…

 
Ed in Vietnam

 

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze;
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform,
So young, so tall, so proud;
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought… how many men like him
Had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?

How many pilots’ planes shot down
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves
No, Freedom is not Free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still;
I listened to the bugler play,
And felt a sudden chill;

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend;

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands.
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No. Freedom is not Free!

©Copyright 1981 by Kelly Strong

 

Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!

Christmas Eve…

(Isa 9:6 ESV) – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

We would like to wish you a quite and relaxing Christmas away from the hub-bub and busyness of life, which always seem so hard to grasp ahold of this time of year.  We are blessed to have the majority of our family here in the valley and are looking forward to spending some time with them and will miss those who can’t be here this season.  This evening we are also looking forward to the Christmas Eve service at church and then heading out to my folks’ house for supper.  Tomorrow we  have breakfast here then head over and visit Mark’s family for the afternoon and then back to my family’s house for the evening.  We are all usually worn out by the time Christmas is over but we hope to relax a bit this year and not have to  race throughout the day!   We are trying to keep on minds and hearts focused more on scripture, like the verse above and the blessings of being with family.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Eve!

Thankful Thanksgiving…

Frosty grass this morning...

There are so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving:

  • Healthy, happy children…
  • that have full bellies.
  • Time spent with family.
  • Great food!
  • A roof over our heads…
  • with warm wood heat and snuggly blankets on cold nights.
  • A wonderful, handsome husband.
  • Family far and near.
  • The freedoms of this country.
  • A merciful God and Savior who died for me…

(Psa 100:1 ESV) – A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord , all the earth!

(Psa 100:2 ESV) – Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

(Psa 100:3 ESV) – Know that the Lord , he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

(Psa 100:4 ESV) – Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

(Psa 100:5 ESV) – For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

This little turkey is thankful not to be on the menu this afternoon!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Knee High on the 4th of July…

The corn is knee high...

The corn is knee high...

It’s hard to believe the 4th of July is already upon us, but here it is none the less!  The corn made it to knee high heighth today on my 6 foot tall husband.  It’s way past my knees!

A better look ;0)

A better look ;0)

And the firework’s are already off to a booming start this morning…

An army man firework stuck in the peas...

An army man firework stuck in the peas...

 

Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

American Flag at sunset...

American Flag at sunset...

~*~

The American Flag with Icelandic Flag at the VAI course for Icelandic sheep

The American Flag with Icelandic Flag

Sticks and Stones and didn’t break his bones…

but trying to catch a lamb tore the ACL in his shoulder.  :0(  Saturday morning the sheep were needing to be  moved across the road to their new pasture.  After Mark and Sawyer had the paddock all set up they started to move sheep.  The move involved going through the main gate into the pasture and into the driveway where they can mow down the ditches.  The gate was removed but the sheep remembered that that area was hot, so they were a little reluctant to move through it.  Eventually though all the sheep found their way to greener pasture with the exception for Esja and her new lamb.  Everytime they were even close to the gate she would veer off and run away.  So in the process of pushing them toward the gate, the lamb ran into a corner and Mark decided to try and catch the little lass with the thought that if he had the lamb, mom would follow.  So he ran…and reached…and the little lamb was in his hand but catching speed so he dove for her and piled up on his shoulder.  All he could do was hold his shoulder and I see he was in a lot of pain.  All his little helpers came running up all wide eyed asking if he was ok.  Being the tough daddy that he is he rubbed it off, smiled and said yep!  A few minutes later he was on the 4-wheeler turned a corner and we all watched his ride go forward while he fell to the ground.  He didn’t have any strength in his arm and wasn’t able to stay aboard when he took the corner. 

The sheep all moved...

The sheep all moved...

One of Mark’s previous students was getting married that night and Mark did not want to miss it despite being in a lot of pain.  He didn’t want to go to the emergency room and be told nothing was wrong and miss the ceremony.  The wedding was so very beautiful and the rain even held off despite the dark clouds that loomed all day.  The bride and groom held a sand ceremony, where three viles of sand where mixed into one.  One represented by the bride, the groom and God.  When they were mixed together the pastor told us that this is the way God sees our marriage,  it would be impossible to sort out those individual pieces of sand and now the three were now joined together forever.  It was very sweet.

We only stayed at the wedding for just a little while and eventually headed up to the emergency room.  He ended up having some x-rays done that determined there were no broken bones and that he had torn his ACL.  He was sent home with some pain meds and a sling and has to make an appointment with the orthopedic doctor this week to see what the extent of the damage is.

Mark lying low...

Mark lying low...

  He spent most of Father’s being pretty still and that about drove him crazy.  Mark is not one for sitting around when there is alot to do…he tried to go out and weed some strawberries and soon found out he couldn’t do much of that without his shoulder hurting.  We did have a nice day though, we had Mark’s dad and brother over for lunch and my brother with his boys and my folks came over for supper after my dad was off of work.

Showing my dad his bees...

Showing my dad his bees...

The kids were too cute pampering and wating on their dad, so even though Mark didn’t get his strawberries weeded he did get some much needed rest.

The crew pampered their dad all day...

The crew pampered their dad all day...

My Everything…

I have truely been blessed...

I have truly been blessed...

 

Psa 127:3 ESV – Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord , the fruit of the womb a reward.
Psa 127:4 ESV – Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
Psa 127:5 ESV – Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Hope you all are having  as wonderful of a Father’s Day as we are!