Howdy, folks. Every thing's okay. We are just busy living life. My dear husband devotes most of his day hovered over a computer translating Turkish documents so that we can enjoy our lovely little farm. Meanwhile, much of the home and farm maintenance falls on the kids and myself. I teach my six year old in the mornings while the other children work on their lessons. Then I usually go outside and work in the garden, repair fences, or take care of animals. The flower beds were getting to be too much for me so I gave each child her own to weed and beautify. Whenever I get a chance, I cook and freeze a few more pumpkins and butternut squash. The children are a great help with the housework now and take turns cooking the meals with or without me. Here's a few of October's highs and lows:
We celebrated our dear son's 6th birthday.
Watched the birth of four baby goats.
The kids learned how to castrate/band a goat : 0
We lost five chickens to hungry, bad, bad dogs.
One of our cows died from an illness or a rattlesnake.
We butchered six feisty roosters. That was a hoot!
I got poison ivy for the third time this summer from touching our dogs.
We met some wonderful homeschooling families and have begun meeting together for the purpose of encouragement around God's word.
We lost our winter garden to rabbits and a sudden early frost. My husband turned into Mr. McGregor complete with hat and gun. Watch out, Peter!
We bought a guard dog for our goats. He's still an adorable puppy but when he grows up he is supposed to turn into every coyote's worst nightmare. We shall see.
Hosted a scavenger hunt and hot dog roast for home schooled teens at our farm.
The kids entered a spelling bee on a whim and every one of them came in 1st or 2nd place for their age group, thanks to Charlotte Mason's dictation methods and excellent literature.
We lost a baby goat one night and thought for sure the coyotes would eat her. The children cried. We found her the following day weak but alive. Oh, the elation! For the first time we understood what it means to 'leave the ninety-nine to look for the one' and what JOY is experienced in finding the one lost lamb/kid. (Luke 15:1-9)
What have you been up to?