This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!
~~~o0o~~~

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Planting trees

 My husband, Eric, planted trees on the east side of our property. If you look close, you can see where he staked the property line east of the white fence.
 This grassy knoll once had big trees on it, but they were cut down and the owners never replanted.
 Right now the area is covered in wild blackberries which will end up taking over the entire space. Eric  ordered 100 Doug Fir trees to plant here in hopes that when the trees grow up they will shade out the blackberries and we will not have a problem anymore. Plus, it will be so beautiful to see a forest growing on that part of our property.
 The little seedlings are about 2 feet long and come in these big parchment bags.
 My husband started his career in forestry as a tree planter, so he knows what he's doing!
 Blondie is always nearby wanting to be near her owners!
 The first thing Eric does is dig a hole about 8 to 10 inches deep.
 He pulls back the soil with the shovel and slips the seedling in the hole.
 Then he covers up the roots with soil.
 The final step is to pack down the soil around the tree.
 Then he moves on to the next spot.
 We are hoping these little guys will take root and one day in about 5 years we will see them from the driveway and in 10 years see a small forest!
 No, Blondie, we don't have time to play with you right now! haha
 My job was to give each tree a good soak after he planted them. It was a fun day working with my hubby.
This grassy knoll will one day be a wooded forest. I love this picture of Queen Blondie looking down on her kingdom!

"He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:3 

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lately.....

Hi everyone! I can't believe it's been a month since I've posted!
Lots of things have been going on around here and I thought I'd give you an update and show you pictures of spring on the farm at the same time!
After our bitter cold winter, spring was a welcomed treat!
Seeing new life everywhere was such a blessing!
Right after I took these pictures my camera broke. :(
The lens would not retract and I could not fix it.
It has really bummed me out because I love to take photos.
Thankfully in February I got a new phone with a good camera and I'm still taking photos,
but the bummer is my phone is not compatible with my Apple computer, so I can't download them.
Ugh! I'm trying to get it all figured out and also replace my camera.
I am surprised at how much this has effected my desire to blog.
Anyway, just wanted to give you a little update with what's going on around here lately.
Life is super busy, but very blessed.
My little grandson, Ridley is 7 months old already!
He is so adorable and the delight of my life.
Mackenzie and Brittany are such excellent parents and Ridley is just thriving!
Brittany is still breastfeeding and also giving him solids that she blends up herself.
He is a super happy baby who smiles all the time.
I love seeing my son being a Daddy, it's very rewarding!
Mackenzie got a new fabulous job that he absolutely loves! God is sooo good! Over 100 people applied and my son got it! He is a graphic designer for an up and coming company that is growing and doing fabulous. He is very happy!
Cameron and Megan are busy planning for their wedding that is only 3 months away!
Megan got accepted to the English Grad Program which was a very big deal! We are so excited and happy for her!
Grayson and Rachelle are both very busy! He is working full-time and has started a side business of building/welding bumpers, which is actually doing very well!
Rachelle is still going to college and will get a degree in Education. She's also working two part-time jobs.
Hayden is doing great too. He got clarity for his college/career path! He is going to be a forester.
He's going to school full-time and working on the road crew for a land and timber company, which will turn into a forester internship this summer!
He is planning on moving out in about a month, which has actually hit me a bit hard.
I thought I was ready for this, with him moving out for college last year, but this time when he moves out, he will not be coming back home and our nest really will be empty.
I know it is all good and I am so very proud of all of my sons, but I do get waves of sadness and miss the days when I had four little boys living under my roof.
My husband has been busy working at his job as a timber faller as well as doing so many projects around our property.
We are both so thrilled with our new home and have so many fun plans including an outdoor kitchen area, a big vegetable garden, more fruit trees and a chicken coop!
 We also will be hosting Cameron and Megan's rehearsal dinner here, so we are starting to get some ideas together. I am thinking it would be really special and fun to have it in our barn! I would love to have a big long table out there with a burlap tablecloth and hay bales for the seats and hang ball jars around with candles in them. I will be searching Pinterest for more ideas for sure!
Oh, I should mention that this neat creek is actually the property right behind our house. We are friends with the land owner and he said we can walk back here any time we would like.
I was so thrilled when I walked back there and discovered this neat magical place! It will be fun to have a picnic back here someday with my grandkids!
My parents and Eric's parents are still plugging along. We are so thankful they are still with us, although it has been difficult to see them have difficulties with aging. We are so blessed by them.
Well, I've updated you on everybody but me and in a few days I will fill you in with my good news! I hope all of you are doing great and enjoying springtime!

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

Hugs, Sharon

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