Farm work..

February 18, 2010|4:05 pm

I have been doing some interesting reading regarding family work verses chores and chore lists. It is fun to do major projects as a family and chores get done much more  smoothly if they are a group effort. Today we had a major family project.. unloading about 200 bales of hay even though we cannot access our hay loft and can’t get to the sheds because…

1. It is too snowy.

2. It has been over a month since the back hoe has broken.

So my children had to use good old fashioned ingenuity and elbow grease to get the job done :>)

Jay..unloading the wagon

Jay..unloading the wagon

Jay can’t lift the bales but he can roll them off the wagon!

The girls using a stack and pull technique

The girls using a stack and pull technique

Ben uses a wheelbarrow while the girls use twine and themselves as horses.

Ben uses a wheelbarrow while the girls use twine and themselves as horses.

Ben is behind that pile!

Ben is behind that pile!

Watching Ben balance the hay and avoid the ice while doing so was quite a show.

February curl and hay 118

Bethany pushes...

Bethany pushes...

February curl and hay 110

Jeff is so warm blooded. It is only about 28 out but after a few minutes of hard labor he is shedding cloths fast.

Busy and wild everyday life.

February 17, 2010|8:36 pm

Lately life has gotten a bit out of control. We have had a great time with the busy..ordinary.. day to day life that has happened.. a visit to friends to go on a homeschool ski day.. we were gone three days.Then a few days later back to the Cities for a Valentine’s day party for one daughter and a weekend of Curling tournament for another couple of children. Some of the family went and some stayed at home. Hubby has painted the walls in the dining room and in  a never ending project has started on the cupboards.

The house has gotten out of control, so we are attempting to tame that monster. Our co-op has gotten out of control, with mini crisis and relationship issues, and I have been attempting to tame that. A friend and I were discussing the fact that God keeps allowing you to experience situations until you learn the lesson He has for you. I am trying to learn, but all I can do is my best, and pray He will allow it to be good enough. Another friend and I had a conversation regarding people pleasers and how that the sheer act of trying to please everyone often back fires when you are in a position of leadership or has the effect of manipulating people. BUT I am here to tell you that sometimes the act of doing the right thing instead of being a people pleaser can leave you feeling very open and vulnerable even if there is peace at doing God’s will. Ok so that was a long unintelligible rant and I seriously considered deleting it. But since it is truth and only a couple of you will recognize yourself and the influence you have on my life I’ll leave it.

I think I’ll end this with a new prayer.. after an interesting  discussion regarding blogs and bible studies.. (weird combo I know but both can really speak into our lives can’t they?)  I have decide to quit asking God to  to help me know His will and to instead help me to know Him more. Isn’t it easier to know what Someone wants and desires when we know that person?

Blessings

Julie

Monday musings

February 1, 2010|10:49 pm

I have failed miserably not yet succeeded at getting to my blog and and doing the gratitude post on Monday’s.

I am so grateful for many things right now and they seem to come to mind easiest in the middle of the night and wee small hours of the morning. I’ll see how many of them I can remember tonight.

I am blessed by chickens who provide wholesome eggs for our family:

new layers.. you never know what size you'll get.

new layers.. you never know what size you'll get.

January pics inc livingroom 072

I am grateful for time spent with my children. Especially when they now live far away. Matt is stationed in Germany but had to be at a training for computers in Dallas, TX. I was in Texas with my dad as he had been scheduled for surgery. The surgery was canceled while dad was on the table being prepped for surgery. The reason: someone misread the test results. I am so happy they caught it before he went through another surgery!

Matt a bit jet lagged but so much fun.

Matt a bit jet lagged but so much fun.

Dad and his friend Grace

Dad and his friend Grace

Last but definitely not least I am so grateful for new life. Nick and Camilla gave birth on January 15th to Joseph James. He is gorgeous! We found out a few days later that Matt and Monica are expecting this fall. This will make 6 grandchildren for Pat and I. God is so good!