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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

An Inch of Ice

It's a winter wonderland outside.
3/4 to 1 inch of ice covered the farm last night.

The newly hung Christmas lights and greenery
are covered with icicles making their lights twinkle even brighter.

This storm came in fast
freezing the fall blooms.

Some of our trees fared better than others.

Some have lost branches

while others are bent over from the weight of the ice.

The animals are fine.  They have been putting on thick coats.
I guess they knew it was coming.

Part of keeping them happy is to keep their water thawed.
Installing electrical outlets and frost free faucets at
every pen and pasture was one of the best things we have done on the farm.

Having extra heaters on hand is helpful too.
Tractor Supply always runs out when the weather is bad.

The llama, alpaca and sheep aren't normally this cozy.
Today they are gathering for warmth while sharing dry hay.

Rivie has an extra warm blanket.

We are staying inside by the wood burning stove
as much as possible.

Isaiah 55:10
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there without watering the earth
and making it bear and sprout,
and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

S'more Love

Creative gift boxes or gift baskets 
are some of my favorite things to give.

And what could be better in the fall
than sending "S'more love"
with a box of smores.

When a favorite aunt said she wanted smores for her birthday
because she had never had them, I had to find a way to make that happen.
I mean, who doesn't love smores?!  And how could it be that she never had one?

A cupcake box from the craft store, 
some colorful craft paper, 
a little ribbon, and the smore ingredients...
Put them all together and 
you have a cute way to send 
s'more love to someone you love.  
All they need to add is the campfire (or the microwave)!

1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift,
use it to serve one another, 
as good stewards of God's varied grace:

Friday, November 6, 2015

New Rams

 Our new rams have arrived on the farm 
all the way from West Virginia.

6 month old Jacob Sheep Ram -
Painted Rock Storm

They both came from Painted Rock Farm.
This one is Storm.  He has four beautifully shaped horns that hopefully will grow into the classic rainbow shape.

6 month old Jacob Sheep Ram -
Painted Rock Shawn

Shawn (yes, Shawn the sheep) also has four horn genetics but his are fully fused making his horns thicker and wider.  They both have excellent bloodlines, fleece and conformation.  Since they are only six months old, we will wait until next year to breed them with any of our ewes.  For now they are in quarantine. In a few weeks we will introduce our wether to them and then they will join the flock.

We are really excited about adding these new rams!

Ezekiel 34:11
I myself will search for my sheep
and look after them.


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