The beginnings of Farm Life

Howdy folks! Trust me when I say you would probably never hear those words utter across my lips in real life but whatevs! 😉 Today I have a pretty fun link to share. After swapping silly videos with my mom, to which she then shared with maybe even some of you via Facebook, I decided to put together this cute video of our family doing what we do around the property. (This one is different! I revised it and added different shots. I’m getting better at this whole movie making thing, lol!)

We are such baby farmers you guys, so just “oooo” and “awww” over how cute and ignorant we are in these beginning years.

“Bless their heart!” 😉

I truly had to call Jason the other day for step by step directions on how to work our old John Deere. That’s when my tractor tutorial came on the scene. Hey I totally could have used one! 😉

I hope you can tell that we are completely enjoying all that God has given us in this home. It really is a lot of hard work but its producing such wonderful disciplines in us all. I have been blown away over the responsibility it’s developing in our kids and I know Jason has been blown away over the sweat that’s been produced on my part. Haha! After putting together these clips I wished I had taken video of some of the more back breaking labor that took place several months ago. The gorgeous fence that surrounds our property was built post by post, board by board, by Jason and his dad. And then took several months to paint. Many hands, hours, sweat and tears went into that fence but can we say “wow!” It’s a thing of beauty. And hopefully one day it will hold a large animal. The cute little shed barn was built by Jason and I do believe his cousin helped put up the framework. And believe it or not I helped build the pen/petting zoo. Like a hammer, tool belt and everything. I have been so proud of Jason’s craftsmen ship. He is so gifted, patient, and persistent with his work. And to think, God just recently placed him in the car biz!

Oh my goodness I am hopping all over the place in this post. All I was planning to do was share a link. This seems to happen with me…..

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video. If you dislike country music like some of my sweetest friends I do hope you’ll bare bear? hang in there with it.

And as a side note I have had a ton on my heart lately, specific people, situations and topics, been praying a lot (especially while mowing!) I have read like 4 books recently that I want to share about in more detail in case any one needs a good read. 😉 I have been wanting to come write but can’t seem to get a clear vision on what to write. So I just will wait till the Spirit helps me discern all that. I always appreciate those of you who read here, your comments and texts encourage me. It’s just always so awesome to see how God uses his people to make HIS glory known. Anyway, sorry to, again, be jumping all over the place! Love to you all!

Have a giggle! Farm Life Video!

Birth/death day

I don’t think it was coincidence that yesterday on Ryann’s birthday her beloved yellow Bantam chicken, Chippy died. Now before you start feeling really awful over this just don’t. At least not for Ryann. Feel bad for me, I was more broken up over the whole thing than anyone! But that’s not the point of this post.

Micaila usually feeds the chickens and goats every morning but yesterday, I can’t even remember why, she asked me “mommy can you feed the chickens today.” So after we got them off to school Caleb and I went down to discover the loss. Chippy hadn’t been acting like her normal lively self so it wasn’t a total surprise. We just really hoped she was going to pull through. We didn’t know why she was acting sickly, all the others chickens were fine. But these things happen and I knew it was going to be an opportunity to teach the children about life and death and the glory of God.

We have never shielded our children from the reality of death. We’ve had grandparents pass and family friends pass and we’ve experienced the loss of animals. Death is apart of life and I always thought it would be counter productive to tip toe around it. There are a few things that come to mind for me regarding what I want my children to understand about death.

One thing that I reminded the girls yesterday on the way to school, before I had found Chippy, was that Chippy was the Lords. God created Chippy, and just as God gave her to us, like anything in life God can choose to take it away. Everything belongs to God to give and take as he sees fit.

The LORD gives both death and life; he brings some down to the grave but raises others up……….For all the earth is the LORD’s, and he has set the world in order. 1 Samuel‬ ‭2‬:‭6a and 8b‬

He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will return there. The LORD gives, and the LORD takes away. May the name of the LORD be blessed!” Job‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬

When something is taken from us we can glorify God by our response to the loss. We can be thankful for the time with Chippy but life must go on for our hope is not in anything of this world but in Christ alone.

The second lesson to take from this situation is to remind our kids that life is fragile. People and animals get sick and die, sometimes slowly and sometimes suddenly. We can’t control this, we just have to trust the Sovereignty of God.

I also don’t want my children to fear death. They are in the beginning stages of learning about God, who he is, how he loves us, how he sent his Son, Jesus, to die in our place and that Jesus has given us hope. There are a lot of things wrong with the world. There is a lot of pain, brokenness, and loss MUCH greater than losing a chicken. We can not promise our children that nothing bad will ever happen to them. If a tragic accident were to take my life tomorrow I would want my kids to know that:

1. I believe in Gods power to use pain and loss to draw us into him. (Matthew 5 The Beatitudes)

2. I didn’t fear death because I knew this was not my home. That we are just passing through.

Dear friends, you are foreigners and strangers on this earth. 1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭11‬a

So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭6‬

The frailty of life is also the reason we should be bold in our faith. We don’t know what tomorrow holds and we should be faithful and obedient to loving those around us, being a light to the darkness, acting when the Holy Spirit prompts us, living out the the Gospel every day, not perfectly but passionately and unswervingly.

If we put off with the teaching through the “small” things I believe it will be more difficult for them to handle the bigger things. Our hope is the driving force in our pursuit of the Kingdom of God. Not only the hope of eternal life but hope for redemption of all that’s broken. If we had no faith in the promises from scripture we would be totally hopeless. These moments are opportunities to instill in our children (and remind ourselves!! 🙂 ) that we trust God completely. We believe what he has told us about eternal life. We know that our purpose here is to point others to Him and sometimes we have to exercise that in the midst of loss. I want my kids to begin learning that we don’t have to be afraid of death when we are surrendered to Christ and have put all our faith and trust in him.

I know this is all very deep in regards to the death of a chicken but they are 6 and 7, you have to start somewhere. And we did! 🙂 We talked, we prayed, and we had a funeral ceremony.

Rest in peace Chippy. The sweetest little chicken we’ve ever met!

20140815-094331-35011203.jpgChippy and Peck

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Ryann is 6 :)

20140814-090841-32921814.jpgToday is Ryanns birthday and she is now 6 years old.

Ryann you have always been our smiley girl. You were graced with an extra amount of sweetness and charm. Those qualities were also a blessing to me and made transitioning to 2 children a little bit smoother. Since you and your sister were only 18 months apart, you developed a “go with the flow” personality pretty early on. Example: your ability to sleep anywhere, anytime, any cock eyed position, has been a defining quality of yours that we still smile about to this day. Weening your big sis off her paci required we take yours as well. It was no big deal to you, that just meant you could smile more and talk sooner! Which neither of these two have you stopped doing since. Talking, smiling, SINGING, and giggling. You are such a silly girl! Sometimes I have to be intentional at enjoying your silly-ness. Often I have to pause the serious tone I tend to take on life and just get silly. This is such a good thing and I am so glad you bring me to silly places with you. You love to draw. Have for awhile now. And you are getting so good at it too! You love all our new animals including and especially your little hen Chippy. You are a wonderful and thoughtful sister. When we are out just the two of us you always are considerate of Micaila and bringing her home something special. During the summer time you would wake up before everyone and go get Caleb out of bed. Then you would come down and make the two of you toaster waffles with out any help from anyone. You are (not perfectly) but usually very patient with Caleb, playing with him, helping him, and teaching him new things. I admire both you and your big sisters’ responsibility so much. On the other hand it is crazy how mature you are becoming. I am so grateful for every year God has given us with you. I pray that all these sweet qualities you possess would flourish as you grow and I pray you would learn early that God wants to use both your strengths and weaknesses to bring you close to him. Ryann I hope you will channel all the unique God given traits of yours into places and purposes that honor Him. I hope you will always remain true to how God designed you, his will for you, and that your deepest desire would be to know God, to love him, and glorify Him with your whole life.

I started singing this song to you before bed and it’s become a favorite. I hope you will cling to these scripture inspired lyrics through out your life.

We set our hope on You
we set our hope on Your love
we set our hope on the One
Who is the everlasting God
You are the everlasting God

We love you so much! Happy 6th Birthday Ryann!