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    Blessed to be a mother to half a dozen girls. Wife of an undertaker.
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Someone turned four this weekend!
{This is my husband’s favorite age grouping as it now goes in the girls ages! Makes it easier to remember!}

Lovelyn Angelica Joy turned four this Thanksgiving Day. She loved her special birthday and kept walking around saying, in her cute way, “It’s my bud-day…!”

These are the things I want to remember about Lovie in this stage right now:


1. She loves her daddy! Every night, she wakes up, walks into our room at about 2 a.m. and ends up sleeping with daddy.
2. She’s a patient, loving sister, especially to Leia, who often is hard to get along with (toddlerhood!).
3. She loves Snowflake, her  big white Muscovy duck. And when we had him all crated to give away to a local farmer after finding out she was a he, Lovelyn’s pitiful cries made us keep the silly drake, even if we now have too many male ducks in the farmyard.


4. She loves candies – especially black jelly beans!
5. She loves to sit in front of the woodstove, watching the fire burn, and rock in her rocking chair like a little, old lady. It’s too cute.
6. She adores her big 14 year old cousin, Rowan. He gave her flowers for her birthday. She told me she loves him more now.


7. Her beautiful hair is her crowning glory after a journey with anemia which results in major hair loss. Thankfully, it has grown in lovely and full – she says she loves the way it ‘flies’ behind her when she runs …:)
8. Every morning, she asks daddy to make her duck eggs for breakfast. It’s her personal favorite!


Lovie, we adore you and are so glad God gave us the joy of raising you!





October 17, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Heidi Siegel - Happy happy birthday to your little sweetheart!! When I first looked at the picture I thought I was looking at a little Lacey :) :)

October 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

Brenda (Gillian's Mom) - So sweet! Now I want to see a picture of her in the rocking chair. :)

October 15, 2014 - 9:07 pm

tawnia - Happy Birthday Lovelyn!! Hope that you enjoyed your special day!!

October 15, 2014 - 1:25 am

Katrina - She is such a little darling. Happy birthday to Lovelyn!

How a Rooster Can Teach Patience.

“If you are irritated by every rub,
how will you be polished?”




How did you spend your day?


Well, let’s just say, I’m pretty sure I’m the only momma out there that had to chase a incredibly-fast, hyper-charged teenage rooster through a rolling field of soy beans.
In my rubber boots.
In a skirt.


Yes, rooster feathers a’flying, our newly adopted Man-chicken managed to sneak out between Lyla’s legs one morning, just as we were going to leave for an appointment in town. What else we were supposed to do but chase him down?
{And that is when, yes, I realize we do not need phys-ed for our home school. You try chasing a rooster through knee-high fields of beans … }


{Introducing Samson, a French Faverolle – he was a present to us last week. We think he’ll make super pretty babies.}



Now, I must shamefully admit, I did not react well when my daughters came screaming up to the house, just as we were about to leave for the day, and informed me the rooster had escaped and they couldn’t catch him and “Mommmeeeee, you have to come help us!!!!!!!!!!!”

In fact, I was very impatient.
Probably even rude about it.
Angry, perhaps?

It had been a long week … I was tired … *really* tired – that tiredness that hits you like a brick wall when you’ve been getting up at night with the baby for five months …my  husband had been working late all week which meant single-parenting it for a week straight, homeschooling seemed hard, toddlers were being naughty and it was just a tough slew of days …  on this day, we had just spent the morning trying to get the house cleaned, the chore list was long,  there were rooms to clean, laundry to put away, floors to mop, vehicles to clean, and no one seemed to be doing their  assigned tasks at all …. and now a rooster to catch!! – and we were already 15 minutes late in leaving the house!

After we somehow managed to catch said rooster who was streaking through the fields in a blur of feathers (mostly done by my eight year old, as she is the quickest catcher-of-animals so far), I shook off the collected soybeans that were clinging to my skirt, pushed the loose bobby pins back into my nest of hair and promptly gave myself a lecture.

That was enough. Life is life. It’s gonna happen.
Things will upset the cart, children will need reminding to do chores, toddlers *will* have tantrums when tired, husband will have to work late -  deal with it, girl. 
And if you have 30 something chickens, one of them is bound to escape now and then. In this situation where the girls didn’t mean to let the rooster escape, I could have – and I knew I should have – handled the situation much more gracefully.

It was time for my own attitude to change.
Later, I received an email from a friend … it surprised me when she  said she actually {sort of} envied my stage of life …



{Lacey’s new fancy hen – a Gold Laced Wynadotte}


With my crazy, hectic daily routine? Diapers? Math grading? No down time? No bubble baths … no me-time …  drinking cold coffee because I forget where I put my cup and barely getting a shower … constantly cleaning and making meals, trying to figure out a lunch menu for five hungry girls? And even breathlessly chasing lost chickens in random fields?


{Lucia’s new chicken- we do not know what breed this chicken is! Does anyone else have any suggestions or ideas? }

But her comment struck me.  I knew it was time to look at my long week differently. I had six beautiful children to raise and show love – they are children – just like adults, they make mistakes and need fresh starts every now and then. Lord, help me stop complaining!  I have a baby … a beautiful precious baby that needs me and loves me and yes, I know some women whose hearts ache to hold a baby … I have a home to clean, thank you Lord! Laundry? Alive, healthy children. Dirt tracked into the house by curious, happy children who love to be outdoors …! A husband working … thank you God for his job!

Time to start counting blessings and showing grace and mercy when my children made mistakes. Mistakes, just like their momma. Time to stop complaining.

They say if you complain about the little things, what will you do when the big things come along in life?

Strangely enough, from that moment on, my week seemed … happier … my mood changed … my spirits lifted … I thanked God for the day, the tasks, the life set out before me – and yet, the children were still the same children, still forgetting to put their booots on the boot mat, needing prodding to get chores done before school in the morning and yes, my husband was still working late … but my perspective had changed.

After all, if I’m irritated by every rub, how will I ever be polished?







October 15, 2014 - 9:40 pm

admin - Maike – she’s a Gold Laced Wynadotte. :}

October 15, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Kelsey - You are so inspiring :)

October 14, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Maike - Can you tell me what the orange chicken is for a race? It looks very pretty and I have never seen this type of color before.

October 13, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - You are already shining, my darling daughter xo

The Heavens Above

To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: The sun to rule by day,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting, The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalms 136:7-9



Never would I have thought that, as an adult and mother, I would spend my evenings laying out school work, searching for worksheets online, planning science related crafts, relearning details and dates throughout history and printing out star charts.


But that’s exactly what I do most nights. And it’s fantastic! Right now, I’m listening to an {amazing} audio production on Galileo – which will go hand in hand with our Science unity study – this year, we are, as a family, studying the heavens and the skies.

It’s amazing, spectacular and absolutely intriguing.  Every night since the end of September, the girls have been going outside after the sun has set, sketching the night sky and drawing the phases of the moon as it happens in the dark Autumn sky.

Do you want to gasp at the magnificence and awesome power of the amazing Creator?

Stare up the dark, starry mid October sky…


{the moon on October 7, 2014}

The inky blackness is filled with scattered sparkling stars, a beautiful moon and if you are lucky enough, you may even spot a planet. Last month, the girls and I even found Mars in the sky – it was splendid and exciting! They have learned how to find the North Star and various constellations (although there are so many – there is so much still to discover!). Tomorrow, we are climbing out of bed, sleepy but hopefully wide-eyed, to behold the amazing lunar eclipse – what some would call a Blood Moon.


There is so much to go with our unity study on the Heavens and the Skies. I have created a pinterest board with ideas, if you are interested. Tomorrow, I will feature a book we are using to teach the moon phases and will be giving away a copy of such book to one reader.

Even the littlest girls are spotting the moon and running with excitement to report what they see in the sky!

  {the moon phases – with Oreos! Snack and school all in one!}

{Moon sand for the little ones –
Folks, this was messy but fun! It is just flour and oil mixed together. All the girls loved this fun time!}



There is something so truly fascinating when you begin to turn your eyes towards the Heavens and study such beautiful sight. I’m grateful for this chance to teach my daughters about such an amazing Creator and His delightful starry skies.

October 8, 2014 - 11:23 pm

channon - What a wonderful post! My little ones get excited to report their moon sightings, as well. My seven year old daughter just told me the other day that when her sisters go to sleep she likes to raise the screen and stick her head out to look at the stars :) Love the Oreos!

October 8, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Courtney - We were up in the wee hours of the morning to see it but the cloud cover was terrible where we are. I heard it was quite beautiful though!

October 8, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Elisha Wolter - This is very encouraging and inspiring. I meant to look at the blood moon last night, then I forgot! Bother. My eldest son in particular enjoys stargazing … I think I will do it more often and read scriptures to my kids about God’s amazing creation. Thanks for the inspiration!

October 8, 2014 - 3:34 pm

jenn - Aiden woke up to see the Blood moon with daddy this morning too!

October 7, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Kristina - I love your Oreo moons! I did astronomy with F. a couple of years ago, and I just loved it. I learned as much as he did for sure.

I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the <a href="; One Lovely Blog award.

{Five Months}


It is hard to believe five months has passed since Lavender Kate Delight  was welcomed into our family … it’s nearly impossible to describe how much love can grow within your heart with each precious child the Lord gives to you …


I love everything about this little angel baby.

I love her squishy cheeks and kissable lips.
I love her dark, wispy hair and pale, pink skin.
I love her chunky roles and finger dimples.
I love her little smile and her open-mouth kisses.I love waking up to her, cuddled in the crook of my arm.
I love to how she adores her sisters and delights in watching the daily activities at home.
I love her big round eyes and little button nose.
And I love that the Lord blessed us with yet another daughter.
I would have never dreamed I would have six maidens to raise for God! It is a blessing, honor and delight!






October 8, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Elisha Wolter - Such a little sweetheart! Motherhood is the most beautiful blessing of all! X

October 4, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Erin Lynn - She is gorgeous! What a blessing of Lord! I love that you have all girls, such beautiful little ladies!!!

October 3, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Brenda (Gigi's Mom) - WOW!! 5 months already …. can’t believe it either! God is good and it’s amazing that He has blessed you with SIX little girls!! Btw, I think Lavender looks like Joyce, in this picture. xoxo

Bri & Flicka {Mini Horse Love}


“All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a girl…”




Spending the evening with a beautiful young lady and her precious {miniature} horse was truly delightful …   sometimes, I do think, in this world of digital and technology and screens and rushing to and fro, we raise children who have lost touch with so many skills, children who do not know how to work {diligently} towards a true goal and then sacrifice leisure time and weekends and week nights to take care and learn what responsibility looks and feels like … young Bri worked hard to earn her horse, Flicka, and was surprised by her parents at Christmas time when they purchased her mini horse of her dreams – but only after she worked long and hard towards her goal and showed maturity and responsibility.


Bri, it was a pleasure to work with you! You are a beautiful girl, inside and out.










October 2, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Claire - Hi Tawnia! What beautiful pictures of Brianna and her horse!

October 1, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Tawnia Christos - Oh Gillian you have outdone yourself….you are so incredibly talented and totally captured the love Bri has for her horse..these pictures are beautiful!!.we have been very blessed to have Flicka in our life and these pictures will be treasured forever…thank you so very much!!!!