Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oh That Wonderful( Cough Choke Gag) Aroma.......

..........Coming from the goat pen... Yep, Its that time of year.. Breeding season has commenced..
                                              Dexter.... Meet all 12 goat ladies...
 All 12 goat ladies meet Dexter......

Looks like the first kids will be due around January 15th if all goes according to plan.. In the mean time.. My barn smells very very very strong.. I mean Very strong of Bucky Odor...... Very... Did I say Very??? Haha

Friday, August 8, 2014

Local Milk Inspectors.....

ST is a Pro at catching the milk stream.....

He is usually first in line every morning.. 

However momma cat beats him sometime.. She is quite talented..

Poor Cheezit.. Not so talented.. 
He spends more time seeing where the milk went then where it is coming from! 

Green Apple Cucumbers! 

 Garden is in full swing.. I have monster zucchini because I am not picking everyday!.. Those things really take off! But we are down to our last jar of relish so they will come in handy for that. I have about a million little tiny Cukes.. I don't think I am over exaggerating on that number by much either! :) The garden is a Jungle this year! We have had plenty of rain I have barely had to water this year. Thank you Jesus!
 Kyla and Kara are finishing their last week of internship at Terrell Creek Farm. I will be so happy that they are home full time! I have been overwhelmed occasionally this summer try to keep up with everything. And quite frankly I haven't done a very good job of it. 10 weeks was a long time! But I survived! Hopefully they learned a few things too. I now have a list of things that need done inside and out..
 Candice is enjoying her job at the dairy.. She has now brought home 2 calves.. One is a steer and the other is a little heifer. I will get pictures soon.. Promise.. They are sweet and bottle babies so they are easier to handle. Elsa is the heifer she is a Brown Swiss/Jersey cross.. Spitfire is the steer that is Milking Shorthorn/Brown Swiss cross. We will be investing in a milk machine between a cow and 13 goats freshening... That is a lot of milk.. Of course it will be 2 years before Elsa freshens. But the 13 goats will start freshening 150 days from August 15th!
  
 We also have Lots of Muscovy ducks now! The two mommas hatched out 24 babies between them. This is Daisy and her brood of 16.. They are now much bigger than the picture. Some have went to new homes and some are destined for the freezer. Any females we will keep. Duck eggs are awesome for baking! These guys are also keeping the fly population WAY down compared to other years. They have ate all the squash bugs and other pest.. They also like Cucumber leaves.. but we can't figure out if it's the actual leaf or the bugs on the leaf.. And the leaf just got in the way?... They didn't hurt it much as the Cucumbers have taken over the watermelons and are creeping into the goat pen. Not to mention the Pumpkins! Good Golly they are EVERY where!!!
 We added one other animal species this year... A Potbelly pig... Her name is Petunia AKA Squealer.. I tried regular sized hogs a couple of years ago. While they were tasty, they were also stressful. So our current experiment is raising larger Potbelly pigs for meat. Petunia will be bred for babies next year hopefully. I think a smaller pig is more sustainable especially on a small farm like ours.  So we will see!
 we have also sold off a lot of chickens. My chicken girl wants certain breeds. She is working on getting others. We kept a few back for eggs and her banties. But the chicken house is so empty. However the rooster is gone and the hens that are left go back to the chicken house at night. He kept leading them back to the yard to fight with the little cochin rooster through the cage.. Actually they couldn't reach each other so it was a lot of talk/crowing and that was it..
 I am going to try and blog more regular now.. I know promises..... promises.. We will be starting back to school in about a month. One was suppose to graduate in September but things happened and That is not happening for a while now. But it will happen when its suppose too.
 I think that is all that is going on now.. I hope everyone has a Blessed day!

 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
 Proverbs 22:9-12

Thursday, August 7, 2014

For This Child I Have Prayed....

  For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 1 Samuel 1:27
    

 My oldest daughter is almost 18.. In a few weeks she will legally be considered an adult. Over 19 years ago My husband and I was struggling to conceive.. I was only 20 and couldn't understand why I couldn't get pregnant.. I prayed a lot and cried a lot.. Finally went to the doctor for answers. Turned out to be a simple fix.. With in 3 months I was pregnant with my first baby.. I knew from the start it was a girl.
 From the time I was little I knew I wanted to a be a momma.. I mothered my baby dolls, my younger brother, my cousins, and animals.. When I was 18 I met my husband.. We married a little over a year later. Not seeing any reason to wait on babies we didn't try to prevent them.
   It was a rough pregnancy from the start with a couple of scares that I was losing her.. But God was Merciful.. She was born 5 days before her actual Due date. Healthy and screaming..
 For this child I prayed..... She was beautiful... and an answer to a mother's prayer..

With the difficulty  I had getting pregnant the 1st time. We saw no need to try and prevent pregnancy after she was born.. 12 months 3 weeks and 3 days later we were blessed with her twin sisters.. a few weeks early but healthy anyway. And I prayed for them also.. 


We felt like this is what God wanted for us and we stopped at 3 Beautiful baby girls.

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There have been many ups and downs over the years. God, Extended family, Situations, finances and different things have all played a part in sculpting who we are as a family. We have made big and little mistakes. Many of them..We are human.. We have learned together..


As I was praying for my girls yet again this morning.. God gave me this scripture.. For this Child I have Prayed.. It was from Hannah when she prayed to have a child and God blessed her with Samuel. She had taken him back to the Tabernacle to give him back to God as she promised. After this stuck in my head this morning I went back to the prayer she prayed after having had Samuel and God opening her womb to conceive more children.  A few scriptures stood out to me..
 You see in the last few months we have been having a few difficulties. For the most part its the half way point of being almost an adult but not quite there yet issues.. There have been other things added to make for difficult situations. When God spoke to me this morning.. It melted my heart, gave me peace about my girls.. Because For these Children I have prayed.. Maybe not always when I should have but I have learned when to hear God.. When to pray... What to pray... and when to give them and the situation to Him completely. When to lay my burdens before my God to fix the things I cannot make sense of.

   When the enemy of this world threatens to take my children I have scriptures to stand on.. To cling to as a momma. When I see my daughters making choices that we have taught them better and they  have to learn there are consequences... I will reach for my God and hold to His Word.
  He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. 1 Samuel 2:9


When they are headstrong and trying to bend things to their will rather than to God's will.I will hold Fast and Prove God is stronger but also a gentle God. He will mend broken hearts and spirits.
 There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for theLord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:2-3


When they succeed at something in this life. I will praise God for directing us where we need to go. I will be Grateful for all his blessings and rejoice..
 
And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. 1 Samuel 2:1

When they are not sure what to do in this life.. Not sure how to act or where to turn too. I will turn to God to direct them and keep them in the path HE would have them to go.. That they would put their faith and trust in Him.
  
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.1 Samuel 2:10


 When the evil in this world comes against them to destroy them.. Then I will lift up a standard and let the Enemy know.. Not My children!.. I have Prayed for Them..
  So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19

I have given them to God. He has made promises. His Promises will not fail... 


 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. 
Isaiah 43:5-7
 
 So while Satan may be trying to bring my family down... I will stand.. When I have done all I know to do.. I will stand.. I will stand for God, for my family, for Truth, for Salvation,For the Word of God. Ephesians 6:13-20
 Because For These Children I have Prayed..