Snow days…

We had more snow today… got a couple of more inches…Snow field

it sure was coming down hard at one point…Barn snow

We had been keeping the chickens in their run…Coop snow

But once the snow let up a little I opened the door and they still would only come to the door… but that’s okay.Chicken snow

Chase is loving the snow and spending time with me outside doing chores 🙂  Chase face

Snow Chickens…

Long week… short post…. Ending the week of the value Love…

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Love for my chickens checking out the snow from their warm coop. Dug them a path today, but we are expecting more snow tomorrow… Happy Friday 🙂

Snow Tree and Snow Paws…

A little tired tonight, been at the vet with Chase this morning and Doctor with my Grandma all after noon. Thought I would share another snow photos from our place…Snow Tree

 

Love after Christmas…

Our Christmas is over, but the snow still has lingered. I just love snow (especially when I don’t have to be out driving in it 😉 I took the pups out for a while to play… I just love the photos I got of my Chase in the snow…Chase

Baxter was a little under the weather so he came in, stayed in most of the day, and slept a lot. I know how much I love my pups and it reminds me that dog spelled backwards is God. And the ultimate Love was shown to us a Christmas Eve long ago…Angel 2

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you great tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. ”  ~Luke 2:10-11

Merry White Christmas!

Christmas Eve my wish came true.. it snowed and snowed… it snowed until late in the night…Snow

It was a great way to bring in our saviors birthday…Manger Scene

The dogs enjoyed playing in the snow and even let me snap a photo under a tree while they caught their breath…Bax n chaser

Some of our chickens came out and others hid from the snow…Chicks n snow

It was a festive day… hope you had a blessed and Merry Christmas 🙂

 

 

Family Focus… White Christmas

Yesterday was WINDY… so much so we have had to take down some of our Christmas decorations outside and our table on the back porch almost flew off. The chickens are not allowed out as it would appear they may blow off. That put a little damper on yesterday as last night we had surprised my Grandmother and took her my mom and step-father to see White Christmas at the Kennedy Center.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It was also a little more difficult as Friday my Grandmother fell out in front of the house and fractured her pelvis and sprained her shoulder so we were in the hospital most of the day. She is doing okay despite the injuries and using a walker to get around.  We have been planning this show for a long time so we just made the best of it 🙂 When things seem to get in the way… we just changed our plans to make the best of it. Things often don’t go as planed when more then two people are involved (or even just two), but when you focus on the family aspect. you can figure out how to make it work so the overall goal is obtained.

This weeks topic is LOVE 🙂

Family focus on a busy day…

I thought during focus on the family week I would share some things hubby and I do when things are busy to get family time in. Whether you have kids or not family time is important for families and mariages 🙂 Hands

A few things we do when busy to keep up with family time:

1. Family dinners- almost every night we sit down together (some nights its in the car) and talk as we eat.

Easter Dinner

2. Bible study- we try to read a short bible study and out of the Bible nightly before we go to sleep. (image credit google images)Bible rings

3. Play with the dogs before dinner- each day we try to make sure to give the dogs a little love before bed whether that be a 2 minute belly rub or short game of indoor fetch down the hallway. Dogs

4. Cooking together- we try to share cooking and clean up duty- you are doing something, but can also talk and communicate.

5. When we have kidos over we try to keep the TV off and let them help us with cooking, cleaning, etc and make sure if they are staying with us for the night that they always get a bed time story.Micah

6. Dream-  It may seem wierd but we try to do something like look for properties (land) online we would like to have as or farm and talk about what we would do with that land.

Any things you do as a family to keep up with family time when things get busy?

Focus on the Family…

In light of recent events I have changed this weeks value of Christmas to Focusing on our Families…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis year has been an unusual year for holidays for many reasons and no particular reason at all… Now with recent events it has placed a dark shadow over many people’s holiday season. The only thing I can think of is for us to focus on what we do have… our family, whether that be our family of birth or our family of creation (friends, distant relatives, spouses family, ect).

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Many of us are blessed with a big family… One where you almost feel suffocated when you get together as there are so many people (hubby’s family)… but other families like mine are so small you may only have one or two people to call “family”. So I focus on who I have now in my family of birth and creation including my family of birth (Dad, Mom, step-father, Grandmother, Uncle, and Great aunt) as well as all the family hubby has brought into my life. Coming from a small family and being an only child had its lonely moments, but I usually filled them with friends or imagination. Hubby on the other hand is happy to have a moment’s peace as he didn’t get that being the middle of 5.

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Now that hubby and I are trying to start a family of our own things have changed. I have always planed for the day we would have kids, but since starting this process… that plan was ramped up. Now due to our fertility issues I have had to put on the breaks and focus on what I do have. I have to be grateful I have two great dogs that I can love, dote on, and care for. I have hubby who keeps me plenty busy with things he needs. I have my father living with us and if you have ever had to care for an aging or disable parent, you know how busy and sometimes frustrating that is, but rewarding. I have my mom a few hours away that I get to see every couple of months or monthly if we can find a weekend I am not swamped with things to do. My grandmother who will be here in a couple short days and I get to relive some of my favorite childhood memories with her- baking cookies, playing eye-spy, playing cards, etc. Camer Phone 100

I guess what I am trying to say is… when loss occurs it is easy to shut others out, but knowing I have people who love and care about me allows me to stay open to the gifts God has for me… and hopefully one day soon that gift will be a child of my own to worry about in this getting worse by the moment world. And hopefully I will find the kindness and gratitude in the world to share with them. I pray all of you have someone to hug tonight and know during this seasons we all need to focus our time and energy on our families 🙂

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in the manger because there was no room for them in the in.” Luke 2:6-7

Our prayers are still with those affected in Newtown…

Kindness from others….

So this past week I was nominated for two new awards… I have been slow in accepting as things have gotten away from me. Yet through showing kindness to other this week it has been shown back to me 🙂

I would like to thank The Meandering Matriarch~ AKA:  Suellen Carey-Clarke for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I have received this one once before, but wanted to mention it again as this as I do not like to ignore a nomination and feel blessed to be nominated again. 🙂

I also was given the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award from Correans Thoughts at http://correnadotme.wordpress.com . She has had a great count down to Christmas post daily.

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The only rule I saw was to nominate 14 other people for this award… so I will pass this along to…

Feed Yard Foodie at http://feedyardfoodie.wordpress.com/

Gullringstorp at http://gullringstorpgoatsblog.wordpress.com/

Shelly at http://sssorem.wordpress.com/

Jennifer at http://jenbeads.wordpress.com/

P.C. Zick at http://pczick.wordpress.com/

Sagescenery at  http://godssceneryandpromises.wordpress.com/

Rejoice For The Day at http://rejoicefortheday.com/

Margaret at http://ministryinwords.wordpress.com/

Ingrid  at http://nowathomemom.com/

Littlepoppits at littlepoppits

Newsferret at http://newsferret.wordpress.com/

Eleenie at http://denobears.wordpress.com/

Animalcouriers at http://animalcouriers.wordpress.com/

Country Girl at http://countrygirllifeonthefarm.com/

Happy to know all of you follow, like, and comment regularly 🙂

Sadness in the week of kindness…

So this week was supposed to be about kindness and what we can do to show kindness…. But tonight I am full of sadness after the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT shooting. My mind is spinning once again and I am moved to tears after hearing all of those little kids and teachers who lost their lives at the hands of a young 20 year-old person who for an unknown reason took other’s lives in his own hands and felt he had the right to do what he did. I feel sad for the families who lost their child or children. After going through all we have and not being blessed with a child yet, I can not imagine loosing my child… thinking of it makes me cry more. If you know anyone affected by this you are in my prayers and so are the families of those 600-some kids and the staff of that school.

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Still as I watch the news and all the special reports on this tragedy… I see kindness in the way people support each other, the way the first responders act/speak/lead… God bless.

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