Good bye city life! Our family designed and built an industrial but old fashioned farmhouse on nine acres. Now we are building our homestead ~ or is it building us? Grab your boots and join us on our journey to country living.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Queen of the Coop


Lizzie, dear Lizzie.  
She been here from the very beginning ~ 
from my very first flock of chickens over five years ago. 
 She's an Americana and an old girl now.  
Her pretty blue eggs are a thing of the past 
but she's still spry and spoiled.


Everyday she hops over the fence and 
free ranges where ever she chooses.  
We don't stop her because she's too special for that!  
The other chickens line up along their fence 
and wonder how she got out.  
I think she does it just to remind them that she may be old 
but she's still queen of the coop.


More about why Lizzie is special:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Times are Changing


 In 2016, we will go from a full nest to one chick.  Our feathers are a little ruffled because of it. The boys are becoming men and moving out to make lives of their own.  It's exciting to see but frightening for us as parents too. Just last week, our middle son jumped out of the nest and flew 1500 miles away. He has accepted an internship at an prominent english equestrian barn in Nevada.  It was a big leap but he was ready.


 Later this year our oldest has plans of moving out as he finishes his pre-med bachelor's degree and prepares to attend medical school. That will leave our youngest and it probably won't be long til he follows his brothers down the road and away from everyday farm life.

It's time for us as a couple to decide where to focus our time and attention on the farm.  Since moving here, so much of what we have done was for the boys ~ animals they wanted to raise or projects they wanted to try.   Times are changing in the little red farmhouse and we must change with them.


So, we find ourselves dreaming and redesigning this little farm into something that we can maintain and manage on our own. We're tossing around ideas because we really aren't sure yet what WE want to do. We DO know we needed something just for fun on the farm ~ a place for pure rest and enjoyment after a day of work. We made a huge step toward that! Our 2015 project will be unveiled soon but here is a sneak peek.



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Boots by the Stove on Christmas Eve


The boots and the times are changing 
at the Little Red Farmhouse
but the tradition of putting the boots
by the stove on Christmas Eve still stands.


From our home to yours,
Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:11
Today in the town of David 
a Savior has been born to you;
He is the Messiah, the Lord.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Buddy the Elf Teen Christmas Party

Son of a Nutcracker,
 an Elf Christmas Party ~
It was a sleigh-full of fun!


For the tablescape,
we had Chex mix & nuts
by the nutcracker,


Spagetti Cupcakes,


Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn
& Syrup,


Cookie Dough Dip with Pretzel Sticks,


Beef & Cheddar Melt Mini Sandwiches,


Cotton Ball Shaped Cotton Candy
(made with a little cotton candy machine)
so fun,


Milk bottles with 
strawberry, chocolate, and caramel
syrup.
"Is there sugar in syrup?"

Also on the table but not photographed
was a Kringle 3000 sleigh filled with Little Smokie Cresent Rolls.


The guests were all from our homeschool co-op.
(Who says homeschool kids aren't social?!)

They had a Dirty Santa gift exchange of Christmas socks and hats,


 and a Dance Party dance off.


A few brave ones dared to do a 2 liter coke chugging contest.


We just love this group.  All of them different and all include each other joyfully.
That's what made the party great really.
That and the Buddy photo bomb that just happened while we were taking a group pic!
Love it!


Everyone took home wishes of a Merry Christmas
and a glass bottle Coke dressed up like an elf!

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer
is singing loud for all to hear!"

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