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our own.

Posted by in farm

not exactly the healthiest way to eat them…but look at that gorgeous orange yolk! our first eggs. many more to come (i promise not to post pictures of every egg dish prepared by our girls’ eggs). 6 eggs this morning! what will we do when all 15 of the hens are laying? free brown and turquoise eggs, anyone?

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the apiarist

Posted by in earthkeeping, family, farm, homekeeping

back in july, i wrote about our day at the beekeepers association annual picnic. while we were there, we met a couple who we discovered were our neighbors (meaning: they live 4.5 miles from us). Buzz and Aleda keep several hives in their back yard – their house is near a busier intersection, so this proves that if you have a little bit of land, keeping bees isn’t all that difficult. they gave us their card (they sell their award-winning “BuzzAleda Honey”) and told us to come over anytime we…read more

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the littlest feet

Posted by in faith, family

isn’t it amazing that the littlest feet in the family are the busiest ones? the ones that keep the mama bigger feet busier than ever? i snapped a few photos lately of adam’s feet because i recently came across his newborn footprints. babies have long, skinny feet when they’re born, and padded and rounded when they’re about to walk or crawl. of course, my favorite in the bunch are of me holding his feet (trying to keep them still, perhaps?). or maybe i’m trying to keep them small. adam is…read more

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as summer winds down…

Posted by in family fun

this weekend our beloved pool closed. we hadn’t been in over a month due to traveling and cold days, so we spent a good two hours there on friday evening soaking up that 90-degree weather and sunshine. today, we met friends at the local lake beach for picnicing and swimming. the air was comfortable when the sun went behind the clouds, hot when the clouds disappeared, but perfect for sitting in the sand with toddlers and babies. kenny always swims with the older two while i frolic with adam in…read more

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well looky what we’ve got here…

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those are 14 lovely brown eggs inside our not-so-lovely window well on the west side of the house.  i’m so proud of our little layers! the good news is that it’s relatively cool in the window well. the bad news is, these eggs could be about 2 weeks old. the other bad news is, there’s a possibility that there are nests with 10-14 eggs in them all over our yard. 6 acres of yard. so. we headed out to lowe’s this afternoon, picked up some chicken wire fencing, netting, and…read more

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hoping it wouldn’t come down to this…

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it looks as though the rebellious age is spreading throughout our chicken brood. we have 15 chickens. last night, kenny found their hiding place: roosting in branches about 15-20 feet above the coop. we realize our roost in the coop isn’t adequate for them, and we realize these chickens need to roost at night. it’s in their chicken blood. but what will they do when the branches are ice-covered? or snow-covered? or there is a windy storm overnight? tonight, we only counted 10 chickens in the coop…which means another chicken…read more

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dreams

Posted by in family, general

you know how some dreams stick with you for hours after waking, and it feels as though they were so very real? last night, i dreamt that kenny and i were tight friends with the steelers head coach mike tomlin and his wife. we were so close, in fact, that we had their teenage daughter babysit for us while we attended the first steeler home game on their invitation. this morning, i feel like calling them up and telling them we had a great time at the game, and their…read more

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monday morning.

Posted by in family fun

our drive out was a little long, yet uneventful. except for passing up this truck which kept the boys laughing for a long time: chickens on the way to the slaughter. i’m sure they’re frozen by now. the highlight of the trip for me was seeing my grandparents. they made us lunch, gave the boys coloring books, and took us to a merry-go-round. it’s so great seeing your kids with your very own grandparents (grammy, i’ll print these pictures for you!) the last day of our trip, adam came down…read more

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back!

Posted by in family, family fun

we’re back from a short trip out east where we had hoped to visit a few more people, but couldn’t since: a/ traveling in the car for more than an hour and a half at a time doesn’t make three boys very happy.b/ traveling in the car with a very sick little baby doesn’t do a mama’s nerves good. we did, however, get to visit with kenny’s parents, sail on their sailboat, visit with my grandparents, and ride a merry-go-round (which always makes the boys HAPPY!). and adam is feeling…read more

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where there used to be trees…

Posted by in earthkeeping, family

dirt and clay, all dug away. last night, after all the digging and excavating and grading and loud trucks left, we walked over to “nana and pop-pop’s house.” rowan and sawyer decided to help dig…with their own hands (this is the basement): dad, kenny, and i were talking last night about planting trees in our yard and around the permiter of their yard to make up for some of the healthy trees we had cut down yesterday. you see, we’re kind of a tree-hugging family. and all those trees getting…read more

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