Saturday, January 28, 2017


Madeline's first published article came out a couple of weeks ago.  Her grandpa (also a writer) was so proud of her!  He kept saying, "I've always hoped one of my grandchildren would be a writer. I'm so proud of you.  Your writing is so professional." :)

                                           She wrote the article and did the photography for this one.

It has been a really neat opportunity for her!  We are all pretty proud of her!  Her next article came out this weekend!  We just haven't had a chance to go pick up copies yet!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday ramblings...

This morning much of my family scattered.  Matthew had to work and Marc had to go to the office to prepare for some big things coming up at work.  Malachi and Myles went with Marc with hopes of me being able to get some things done around the house!  Rainy Saturdays are hard when you have little boys! :) 
Madeline was working on her school work and had just taken a break to go outside with Mariah.  I was busy in the house when I heard the warning siren go off! 

                                                         "Weather watching"

Severe storms and tornadoes all around us, but thankful we only had strong winds and rain.  Another storm is supposed to come through during the night tonight.  I guess we will be securing the animals this evening, and I probably won't get much sleep! From what I've seen on the internet there has been some damage in our state.  Praying tonight's storm doesn't bring more!

~Until next time

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Myles and Pooh

 “Some people care too much. I think it's called love.”  
    A.A. Milne-- Winnie-the-Pooh

I cherish the time I spend reading to my children.  One of my very favorites is Winnie-the-Pooh.  I usually read it to them by themselves when they are in kindergarten-first grade.  Myles got his very own hard back copy of it for Christmas.

“If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever.”


Sunday, January 15, 2017

This and that...

 We are well into the new year!  We, as a family, always sit down and write out our goals.  We usually have an evening during our family worship time that we share with each other so that we can hold each other accountable.  I've never liked the word "resolution".  It just seems like I'm doomed to  fail if I call them my "resolutions". :)  I like "goals" better.  Seems more attainable.  I guess I'm just mental that way.  A few of my personal goals were to eat healthier, cut out sugar and to drink more water!  I don't have a hard time eating healthy, but I just like to have sugar too! :)  One of the easiest things that we do every day is to drink a smoothie.  It is so easy to get things in that way!  My little guys even love their smoothies!  (Vitamix is a must have!   It makes it so much more palatable!)

Exercise is the easiest part for me.  I've been a pretty serious runner for over two decades now.  This year I want to try to mix in something different.  We are blessed to live out in the country, so I have beautiful views while I run!

This is a front porch view one evening at our house.


These sweet little babies were born election night.  We will keep the girl on the right, but getting ready to sell the little male on the left.  We have to come up with a name for her so we can register her.  Our dairy goats always have a plant/flower/herb name.  Suggestions?  Her mother's name is "Pollard's Plantation Poppy".  The baby takes on the name of the farm they are born on, so her name will be "Pecan Pastures......"  We just need a third name for her.  It will be what she is called.  Feel free to leave a comment and help us name her! :)

This little angel spent several days with us while her daddy was traveling this week!  He has to work out of town again this week, but she and her mommy will travel with him.  We are going to miss her!

Well, another one of my goals was to start getting in the bed at a decent time!  I guess I should head that way!

~Until next time.....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mariah Noel!

Happy Birthday to our New Year's baby!  Fourteen years ago today, on a very cold wintery night we drove 45 minutes in the rain to the hospital to meet my midwife.  I had been laboring all day at home determined to stay with Matthew on his birthday.  As things progressed that evening, I tucked them into bed and left them with my mom.  Mariah didn't make it before midnight to share a birthday with her brother, but was determined to have her own! :)  She was the first baby born at our hospital and the second in the county!

Mariah is my high energy, "get it done" girl!  As she gets older, she is becoming such a help to me! She sees things like I do.  We both share a "minimalist" personality, and like to clean up and throw out! :)

Her birthday fell on a Sunday, so it wasn't a typical birthday.  It was a yucky rainy day, and we spent the better part of it at church.  When we got home that evening I fixed her an Oreo milkshake! (She is like her mama in that regard too!)

Matthew and Madeline gave her some new boots, and we gave her a video camera.  She has wanted one forever!  McKenzie stopped by that evening to give her a present.  Us girls are planning a girls' night out next week to celebrate her birthday.!  I love that all of my girls enjoy spending time together.  I've always told them when you have each other, you have built in best friends!

I love you "Lou"! I pray that this is a year of much spiritual growth and blessing in your life!
"Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper."
Psalm 1:1-3