Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Spring on the farm... Here I am!



our pond and barn in the background... This is one reason we moved here!



I have wanted to say hello for quite some time (I cannot believe it has almost been a month) ... BUT, with 1300 strawberries planted, the big garden in, taking inventory of about 300 new chickens, heifers ready to freshen, a goat ready to freshen, starting to hay possibly, the victory garden in, a 5 week adorable chubby little blessing, nursing, 6 children, 1 husband, meals for an army, diapers, our first spring on the farm, planted 20 Honey Crisp Apple Trees, a new hitching post, a singing, church services, a new ride, pruned apple and pear and grape trees, clean up around the sawmill, found burdock on our land and learned how to use it on burns, thankful for wonderful friends that care so much, sewing and mending, cleaning up the wash house, laundry on the line, mending fences, lots of prayer, heifers loose, lawn mowing, finding new perennials, reading out loud a story or two to the children, learning some Pennsylvania German, sitting by the pond, riding belgians, trusting God for the impossible, a new announcement real soon, some with the mild flu, laryngitis, breathing fresh lilacs daily, raking the driveway, wondering what ever happened to the Yip-Yip Aliens on Sesame Street , sleeping on lined dried sheets each night, talks by oil light, spinach and radish salad fresh from the garden, a minor horse accident (not on the belgians but on an evil pony named Roger), a trip to the post office, homemade cranked ice cream from our own fresh raw milk each night, visits from friends, fishing for perch and bluegill in our pond, eating HUGE perch and bluegill from our pond, children growing way too fast, sleep deprivation with a newborn, yellow and purple orchids, rhubarb, farming out my kinner to help a new mom with 3 other littles, lawn mowing, lovin' on everyone, some times frustrated but ever so grateful, cleaning out the cottage, receiving our Johnny Seed order, planning a short get away, finding people from the community to do our chores, a very cold spring, planting 150 tomato plants (heirloom), discovering and planting ground cherry plants, longing for Leelanau, pressure canning ground beef and bacon, snuggling my little girl with bare feet up against my belly at night, loving that man of mine, eating supper at 10 pm after choring, bottle feeding two fawns that must have lost their mother, praying for some hard situations, walking the property, digging deep into the WORD, baking bread, forgetting we live without electricity and have for 8 months already, having 100% peace from God, making shoo-fly pie again on the recipe my momma made me growing up, shooting raccoons by the hen house, using an outhouse, wanting God's perfect will, wringer wash, wishing I had some more energy, laughing hysterically, gathering Bourbon Red Turkey eggs, saying goodbye to more conveniences, thinking of lots to tell you and finally writing on this blog today, I have been quite busy...

What have you been up to?

39 comments:

SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

lol. Well next to you....nothing!!! I always smile when I read your blog. My heart says your home is a safe haven. Your children will never ever forget this. wow how busy you are. I am so glad that you sound as if you are enjoying all of it.

Happy Days said...

Holy Cow...yeah, you've been busy all right! Have missed your posts and am glad to hear from you. The photos are lovely! What a beautiful farm you both(all)have. It would be fun to wake up and realize that all that beautiful land and pond belongs to you!!Can't be that!! Hope we will be hearing more from you. We are going on our first road trip of the year - to North Carolina to visit with our dear friends for 4 days. Can't wait to leave in the morning!! Glad your back...debbie

Colleen said...

Wow... I'd love to see the person who could top that list!!! I'm glad you're "blessedly busy" and enjoying it!!!

Sharon said...

Wow! Now I feel really lazy!

Kelle said...

Well, I can honestly say I can relate to 85% to 90% of your list. We don't have little ones anymore, we are on grid,don't use an outhouse, etc.... *wink*

Hey from a home school mom's point of view, that's one LOOOOOONNNGG run on sentence! *double wink*

Laura Jane said...

Hardly anything, in comparison!

It all sounds very absorbing, even the headlines.

Great to think of you all there experiencing LIFE!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Nothing,I been doing nothing!
I thought I had been doing something But No,Ah after reading that Mammoth list,I have done Nothing!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

Sounds great to me!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

I have just left a comment on you notional anthem and returned to dashboard to discover this amazing post! Wow Ang! You have accomplished so much in such a short time but I guess that is one of the advantages of not having electronic distractions! We have been rendering our natural swimming pool and waterfall.. it is enormous. I cooked a meal for 18 hungry men from our church who came to help on the concrete pour. I will email you a photo if that's ok. I'm now learning as much as I can about water plants ready for the big planting time in spring!

Huskerbabe said...

I bet nobody has a hard time falling asleep at night at your house. :)
But now I feel a little bit lazy...

Lisa said...

And I thought we were busy! You win girl. Enjoy it all. I must go now and get busy or busier; not sure. Or lay down after reading your list! :)
It is all worth it.

Lisa Q

A Country Homemaker said...

Oh God bless your precious heart! Oh we are such Kindreds at heart! I would absolutely love to meet you and your family. I pray daily for the opportunity to go OFF GRID!

In Christ's Precious Love,
Carrie @ Tiny Creek

Rina the Mama Bear said...

I just wanted to say that this was a fantastic post! Loved it - and wow, busy busy!!

Renata said...

I feel so lazy - you've exhausted me just reading your list! You're doing so well - what a fantastic place you have there! The pictures are absolutely breathtaking - thanks for sharing them! Looking forward to your big announcement...

Snowbound Farms said...

I can see you've been delightfully busy, and that you and your family are truly blessed. We've been busy here on our farm but not compared with you. We hope to go off the grid in the near future, the next two years or so. I imagine that change will automatically increase my daily work load, but I welcome it as you have. To be living the way the Lord teaches can bring happiness to us all. God Bless.

Ellen said...

Oh wow, what a list, I love it! Great to ´hear´ from you :) and glad to see you're keeping busy. ;)
I have been gardening, enjoying our chickens first eggs, started the canning season with rhubarb jam and elderflower cordial, at this moment smelling freshly baked banana bread, but overall just loving and enjoying God's creation.
blessings, Ellen

gail said...

You're amazing Ang. What more can I say but its so good to have you back.

Blessings Gail

Laurie said...

I need to get to work or else take a nap for you! What memories you are making for your children. I've been checking everyday for a new post.
Many blessings for you and your gang.

Nadine said...

Ok...that blog says it all!!...
I love how you wrote this and put it together....sure shows life on the farm...missed you but so nice to see you on today...
Wow...just to say I was complaining about planting 3000 square feet of garden ...I guess I'll go apologies to hubby now...
Nice see you...I hope you have some more time to post soon...so interesting and inspiring...

Michelle said...

It's good to "hear" from you and nice to know that all is going well.
Such a busy, busy life-but so blessed too!

Kathy said...

Loved this post ! Wow - I need to get busy. Thanks for "letting us into" your amazing life. BTW, you can really sing ! I mean really, really sing - very impressive and creative - Love it.

Susan said...

No wonder at the end of your no no concert the girl says.."you alright?"
I'll be praying for you and your family and those situations.

God Bless.
Susan

Sherry in MI said...

Is that all???? (JUST KIDDING!)

Suzanne said...

I loved those yip, yip aliens on SS. What did happen to them?

Naturalearthfarm said...

Thank you for sharing the bits that make up life. I so enjoy your blog as we also live off grid and are working toward an agrarian, family centered life.
May God continue to bless all of you.
Warm wishes,
Tonya

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Hey girlie!
We need a face-to-face again....real soon, ya hear? I've been missing you.
XOXO

baggywrinkle said...

Dei Boppli iss en arrig feines yung Meedel un Gott iss bei dei Familye

mamapease said...

Well it sounds like so much fun AND an amazing amount of work. I have only been doing a small fraction of that but fun and work just the same. I loved reading your list.

Smiles,
Kyndale
http://earthycrunchy.typepad.com

Jeanna said...

Wow I am tired just reading your list over the last month. You are living my dream. Right now we are kind of stuck on a 3/4 acre lot in town. However we do have a couple of acres of pasture away from the house. I guess the good part is the only thing we are zoned against is Pigs. So we still have chickens, a garden, and I hope real soon some more milking goats.

I have been following your blog long before you went off the grid and I know your kids were very happy at the beginning of your journey. It is still that way now? I bet it is, for I think room to roam, animals to love/take care of and chores to do is all it really takes for a child to be truely happy. Oh, and of course wonderful loving parents.
Anyway I just want to say you really inspire me.

tiffibug said...

Wow, it made me tired just reading that! I can't believe everything you have accomplished what with being pregnant and then having a newborn to deal with. I'm pregnant now with my first and can hardly keep up with the dishes and laundry! I so admire you all.

The Squirrel Family said...

Wow ......what else can i see i feel tired just reding about it!

Sharronxx

Happy Days said...

Angie, I have bestowed you with an award, The Kreativ Blogger Award. I enjoy your blog so very much!!!...debbie

Jeremy said...

I am very proud of you and your family!!!

Cindy said...

Your life sounds very full and very blessed :-) I've enjoyed reading about your journey, and I'm so glad you've taken a moment to post.

We're into the dog days of summer in SW Florida, most garden stuff stops producing, but my tomatoes and peppers are still hanging in there. My urban chickens have finally started laying. I put my "list' on my blog - all the things I want to do or learn to build on my homemaking skills. My hubby and boys are off to youth camp for a few days, so I have the luxury of lots of time to read, study my Bible, and tackle some of the things on my list!

I've been tearing sheets to weave my first complete rag rug, and tonight I'm determined to figure out how to get my Aladdin Lamp going. I'd like to try living with no electric lighting at least one evening a month.

The lifestyle you've chosen is inspiring to me - I am determined to live the simple life as God leads us, not try to copy someone else. Still we can all learn a lot by looking at how others have been led to live.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh My Goodness...not as much as you and I commend you for your efforts! I've done a lot of what you're doing but must say I do enjoy my 'creature comforts'.
God's blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

Aussiemaid said...

Hi I live in Australia and love reading your blog. Your farm is amazing, and all you guys do whilst raising/having children is a wonderful example of family, and of community. Thanks for sharing

Aussiemaid said...

Hi I live in Australia and love reading your blog. Your farm is amazing, and all you guys do whilst raising/having children is a wonderful example of family, and of community. Thanks for sharing

Aussiemaid said...

Hi I live in Australia and love reading your blog. Your farm is amazing, and all you guys do whilst raising/having children is a wonderful example of family, and of community. Thanks for sharing

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