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.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tornado Alley

One little red farmhouse for sale.
Will trade for a little farmhouse of another color
not located in Tornado Alley!

Just kidding.
But seriously,
we've had enough tornados for one season.
And yes, we are safe and sound.
Please pray for those who are not.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Garden Revived

I never would have believed that the gardens could bounce back after the terrible hail a few weeks ago.  They now look like nothing ever happened except that the birdhouse got a fresh coat of purple paint.


Even the irises whose leaves were ripped to shreds, 
put on a spectacular show.
This is one of the last of the season.


Now the daylilies and roses are starting to bloom along with new annuals, ready for the hot summer sun.


Speaking of hot, this is one of my new favorites.
Red Hot Poker ~ I just love it!


The vegetable garden revived too.


To our surprise, the dashed onions stood back up.
 Turnips and beets and potatoes are also doing nicely.
Tomatoes are planted and starting to bloom.  For now they are protected from the wind by the bottomless buckets.  

We harvested a nice crop of broccoli & califlower


and even a few english peas.


The garden is in transition now.
The last of the lettuce let us know spring is coming to a close


and summer is starting with green beans sprouting.


It's been wonderful to see how life can be renewed even when we think there is little hope.

Revelations 21:5
Behold, I make all things new.



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pure Milk

Over a year ago, I started having issues with drinking store bought cow's milk.  After much reading, I came to realize I was having problems digesting the protiens in dairy.  
So I went without ~
without my 2 glasses a day.
without ice cream.
without cheese on my burgers.

Raw cow's milk from the Stewart Dairy

Over the months we discussed dairy goats (again) and even a family cow.
But first I needed to find out if I could handle raw milk.  

A few weeks ago, I tried some goat's milk.  I thought it was wonderful but it got mixed reviews from the other members of our family ~ everything from preferring it over cow's milk to refusing to even try it.

Even with that, we decided to go look at some goats.  But while we were there, Wayne kept looking at the cow dairy next door.  He was thinking... I could tell.

Upon leaving, he suggested we go meet the people, see the cows, and try some milk.

We were delighted with what we found ~
Friendly family
Gentle cows (we were welcomed with licks)
& Sweet milk
all at the Stewart Dairy

Brown Swiss Cow (photo credit ~ Stewart Dairy Farm)

We took a gallon home.
This week we went back for 6 more gallons, plus cream for coffee, cream cheese for bagels, and even a block of jalepeno cheese.

It's wonderful, I tell you.  I've never tasted milk so good!
The best part is that it doesn't hurt my stomach. :)

If you are local, make the drive to Blanchard, Oklahoma to buy raw milk at the Stewart Dairy Farm.  You will be glad you did.


Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word,
so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.
1 Peter 2:2




Monday, May 20, 2013

May 20th Tornado

I started getting emails about the tornado that just ripped through South Oklahoma City.  It was south of us and our family and our farm are safe.  Please pray for those affected.  Total devastation.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lamb Update

Our lambs are getting big.
Already a month old.


Time to move to the front pasture
to join the other sheep.


This is Dazs' & Callie's little ewe.
She's tempting me to keep her.




Daz & Ralene gave us this gorgeous lilac guy.
He knows he's pretty.




Auburn & Flora's ram is really nice with very dark black.


Those two are best buddies!




Hawthorn & Twinkle's ram will be a wonderful fiber pet.
He's super friendly.


His little twin sister is precious.
She is reserved already for a new fiber flock in TX.


In a few weeks, more lambs are expected and three ewes will move to the lambing area.
For now, it is nice to see them all together
and fun to see cars stop in front of the farm to watch the little ones bounce around.


You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.
Acts 2:28


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Brownie

Our kind-hearted college boy
brought home another animal today ~
a sweet solid brown Boer goat.

Brownie

He's been working this semester at the AG school goat facility and just came to love this little girl.  He wasn't happy ending the semester and not knowing what would become of her 
so of course he brought her home to live on the farm.



You may remember that last semester he worked at 
the horse barn and brought home a barn cat.


We are limiting him to one adoption per semester. ;)

Blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
Proverbs 14:21



Thursday, May 2, 2013

Field Trip on the Farm


This week we hosted our first
Field Trip
for a homeschool group.
They drove an hour and a half to get here.


Fifteen kids ages three to nine
for three hours.


They toured all the animals
and hopefully learned some new things about them,


gathered the eggs,
rode a horse,

had a picnic lunch,
played on the tractor and gator,


planted flower seeds to take home,
watched a spinning demonstration,
and made little felted wool balls.

It was a whirlwind
but oh, so, fun!
Wish I had been able to take more pictures
but I was a little busy. ;)


We feel so blessed to be able to share our farm with others because God allows us to enjoy it everyday.

The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
Psalm 126:3


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