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the little trickster

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last night, adam played some sort of cruel joke on me. and then on kenny. and then on both of us the entire night. kenny had bible study last night, so i put the boys to bed all by myself (which is a great feat, in and of itself. because rowan and sawyer seem to unload all of their bottled-up energy that they didn’t have at dinner time and will not simmer down until their head hits the pillow. and even then it takes some settling down for them. and…read more

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stop unwanted junkmail!

Posted by in earthkeeping, organize

I never have anything to contribute to the weekly “Works for me Wednesday” over at Rocks in my Dryer, although i do always get some pretty good tips there.  But this week, I have a great little tip to share with all of you. The best part is…it’s environtmentally sound! There are several organizations that you can sign up with to get rid of your junk mail. You’ve all heard of the “Do Not Call” list?  There is a “Do Not Send” list as well, and here is where you…read more

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earth day

Posted by in farm, health, homekeeping, organize

The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.Psalm 24:1-2 we finally enjoyed a full day of sunshine and warmth today. what a way to celebrate earth day this weekend! before you go snickering about how earth day is just a way for tree-huggers to get their own (recycled-only, please) hallmark holiday, i’d like to point out that there is a lot of good that comes out of observing…read more

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hammer time

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during snack time this morning, rowan looked at me and said, “are you hammered, mommy?” all i could do was laugh. when mama laughs, everyone laughs (which is probably why when mama is cranky, everyone is cranky!). and then after about 2 minutes of hearty laughter, rowan asked, “why did you laugh, mommy?” back up a few hours when i was getting the boys dressed this morning. i was leaning over our bed, dressing adam when rowan started walking around the bed hammering imaginary nails with an imaginary hammer into…read more

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chickens, day two

Posted by in family fun, farm, food

it was FREEZING yesterday. add to the cold, it was WINDY. when we ordered our chicks back in early march, it was 60 degrees. i imagined us picking up our chicks donning shorts and t-shirts, sunshiny day and all. the sun met us in ohio, but pennsylvania was hidden under stormy clouds all day long (and we were in ohio all but one hour). so it didn’t REALLY take 10 hours. but we left at 10, met kenny at 12:15, and were on the road by 12:30. it took us…read more

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ex.haus.ted. (chickens, part 4)

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what a day. i have NO energy to blog about our 10-hour trip to ohio…but my goodness, are these chicks freakin’ adorable. seriously, it’s like the energy and exhaustion right after giving birth. i’m off to bed, but here is a few pictures of our baby egg-layers.

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chickens, part 3

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tomorrow (monday) is the day! our 15 little chicks are still growing in their shells in the hatchery somewhere in ohio. they will be “induced” early tomorrow morning, and fully hatched by mid-morning. we pick them up in the afternoon and drive them home to their new brooder which has a fresh layer of pine shavings, a nifty new lamp to warm them at 90 degrees farenheit, and eager little boys who can’t wait to smother them with love all over them. pictures will follow once the excitement has died…read more

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the sweeter side of boys

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on the other hand…i get tulips, hyacinth, dandelions, and little purple flowers picked just for me each and every day. straight out of our flower beds. and the boys, with a little help from daddy, bought me an easter lily last week. so there is definitely sweetness, and not all potty humor, in raising boys.

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more potty talk. the other kind.

Posted by in family, family fun

what is it with boys? for the past few days, i think i’ve heard the words that describe bodily functions or body parts more times than i care to hear outloud. even if they are coming from my innocent children’s mouths. and not once or twice a day…more like 3 or 4 times an hour. i am told everytime they toot. today, as rowan sat on my lap while we were driving the tractor around the yard he told me “i tooted on your leg!” followed by an, “is that…read more

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what’s your cure…

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…for the wintertime blues? ours? one part gin to two-and-a-half parts tonic and a slice-o-lime. on ice. with dinner. it’s only the classic summer drink, and if it doesn’t feel like summer outside, we can make it taste like one inside! is anyone else suffering from “this-winter-is-getting-OLD” syndrome?

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