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Fuzzy Fleeces

The alpaca boys, Simon & Garfunkel, are looking pretty fuzzy around the edges.  With shearing only a few weeks away, I'm starting to wonder what I will use there super soft fiber for this year.

I bet I will think of something!
The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. Lamentations 3:24


At 11:59 he slipped into the world without a sound.   He didn't cry at all.  His big brown eyes were busy taking it all in.   He has grown up much like that. 
He is never in the limelight  but always leaves an impression. He is rarely found without a warm smile  or a helping hand. He is a hard worker and loves to work out. He is zealous for the Lord and admires vintage trucks. He is loyal and sentimental, quiet and thoughtful.
He is Jonah  and he is sixteen today.

Happy Birthday to our brown eyed boy!

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8

Spring Garden

Yes, it's time ~ at least in Oklahoma.

We've always done a summer garden and have grown beets, potatoes, & onions a few times. But this is our first attempt to do a full spring planting. This weekend, our family worked together digging in the dirt.

The beds are full of seeds and small plants just waiting to burst forth in the cool weather. At least we hope so!

So what's in the garden? Lettuce ~ 3 varieties Onions ~ Texas Sweet, of course Potatoes ~ red, yukon, & kennebec Swiss Chard ~ red, white, & bright lights Sugar Snap Peas English Peas Turnips Broccoli Califlower Brussel Sprouts (have you tried them roasted?) and my husband's favorite, lots and lots of beets.

We also worked on my cottage flower garden.  Cleaning all the dead stuff away, we found more shoots of green coming up than we thought.  

It's cold out and it seems early but it was fun to dig into the dirt and get ready for spring.
The Lord will guide you always, he will satisfy your needs in a…

Cinnamon Roll Heart

to show your love.

I made this cinnamon bread with my one rise bread recipe. It's such a versatile bread dough.
I thought a heart would be fun to make. Julia from Blissfully Content inspired me with her  Almond Bread Heart. She has the cutest ideas!

One rise bread
mix together: 2 1/2 cups hot tap water 1 T salt 1/3 cup oil 1/3 cup sugar 2 T yeast 1 egg
Now slowly add 6 cups of flour enough to bring the dough away from the sides of the bowl. Keep mixing for 10 minutes. Yeah, it's a long time but it makes the bread so good!

Now for the cinnamon part: cut 2 T butter into 1/2 cup sugar & 1 T cinnamon

Roll out the dough in a large rectangle.

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Add nuts if you want. The guys I love don't care for them ~ so no nuts.

Roll the dough into a log shape. Transfer to a very large greased baking sheet.

Cut lengthwise down the center, cutting all the way through on one end and not at all on the other.  Spread dough out into a heart shape.  (Sorry I didn&#…

Sledding Farmboy Style

in the sheep pasture.

The guys had lots of fun today in the snow!

We find more uses for the Gator than we ever imagined. ;)

Poor pups aren't allowed in the pasture and they were pouting.

The ewes weren't thrilled about the fun either!

Blessings from the farm...

Oklahoma Snow

A thick white blanket of snow has fallen on the farm. The first measurable snow this winter and probably the last too.

All the animals are snug in their shelters ~

except for a few

who need to play in & taste the freshly falling flakes.

Cowboy thinks it's yummy stuff!

The garden was just starting to bud out for spring but the moisture will be good for it.

I love how snow makes everything peaceful and bright.

Tomorrow it will be gone but today I'm enjoying an Oklahoma snow.

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads  to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19

Last year's lambs ~ now & then

2013 lambing is only 8 weeks away. Last year our sheep lambed in February  but it was so cold.  We decided lambs being born on green grass would be better ~ for them and us.
As we look forward to the lambing season, I thought it might be fun to look back and see how last year's lambs have grown up.

Daffodil was the first animal born on our farm. She's grown into a really nice four horn ewe.

Daylily, her twin, looks like a b-i-g girl but she's full of fleece.

Hawthorn has grown quite a set of horns. 

Pistache is a real character but he's lacking a good fleece.

Little Periwinkle just came back to the farm last week.  Boy, has she grown up!  She was the smallest lamb and now she is the biggest.  I've also found it interesting that her horns look the same as her mother's even breaking off the same one. 

Last, but never least, Zinnia, always the first one to the fence when we go out there.

It really has been a learning experience to have lambs and watch them grow o…

A Barn Cat

for a Birthday Boy.

This little kitty was living at the college equestrian barn. Jake kept coming home telling us about him.

We decided he could bring him home for his birthday. So now he is fixed and has a real home.

Simba is a very special cat. Super friendly with people and animals. Horses are his favorite besides Jake, of course!

Simba actually begs to ride horses with whoever is in the saddle. It's so funny!  He and Bobbi have become fast friends.

It's easy to see how he won his way into our hearts and onto our farm, um... make that the rec room.

Yea, he's a barn cat.

Happy Birthday, Jake.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10