October 3, 2011

Tracy / October 4, 2011

To tell the truth, we’ve not felt so well the last week. I hate to see them not feeling well, but I think it’s just part of life this time of year. I’m always glad to see everyone on the mend, but this does give us a chance to pause and see them all back to health. Please keep my…

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Tracy / September 24, 2011

It seems so long since I’ve updated this site. Dial-up is another world when you are used to high-speed internet. I can’t tell you how difficult it is do accomplish simple tasks…things like banking, using the library or just checking store hours. Websites just aren’t being made to use dial-up anymore. If you are trying to blog, or use fb,…

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Potato Harvest

We’re finally finding time to harvest our potatoes. We probably would have left them in the beds a little longer, but the last round of storms brought down several big branches that killed the vines. We harvested a ton of potatoes. This one was Ben’s favorite! He found his own letter “T”. 🙂

1st Potato

This is our 1st “found” potato. It wasn’t exactly meant to be pulled. We had sent the little boys to weed one of the garden beds. Their instructions didn’t exactly match their actions. Thankfully, we caught them before any more were dug up…. In any case, we’re proud. Hopefully, we’ll be pulling up many more soon!!

Gardening Projects

Last year, when we were in the midst of our very first spring in this new home, I decided to plant our first garden boxes. Between chickens, and really being too busy, things just didn’t click. This year, Joshua has been busy building more garden boxes. We still have a few left to plant, but so far, so good. We’ve…

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April 7, 2011

What a full day! I’m so thankful to the Lord for days when we feel like we’ve accomplished our goals. More importantly, I’m thankful when we feel like we’ve accomplished HIS goals. I hope we have- I think He continually shows me places where I need to focus. It has been an absolutely beautiful day at our home. We’re expecting…

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On a Cold Day…

It’s nice to remember we had a little taste of Spring! We’ve been re-planting, and splitting plants, preparing garden beds, and thinking towards Spring (though we’re shivering on this March morning!). Mint growing in a pot on the front porch Preparing Pansies Mom’s ferns (split from plants we had last year and planted in brand new baskets! Ferns after being…

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Compost and Gardening

Tracy / January 18, 2011

It’s that time of year! We’re planning to expand our garden again this year. What are your plans for the coming season? Compost bins Joshua made for our family last year. These were built from pallets given by family friends. The new issue of Hobby Farm Home arrives!! Hurray!! Do you think the chickens know they will be getting new…

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August Thoughts

Tracy / August 12, 2010

Our 1st Cucumber- Butternut Squash just picked from the yard- Courtney studies for the last leg of highschool- Joshua doing the same- Can you believe we have TWO children graduating this year? Where did the time go? It only feels like a dream when I remember holding Joshua in my arms each morning. His little eyes would look so sleepy…

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4 Moms, 35 Kids

When Kimberly, over at Life in a Shoe mentioned that they were hosting a linky today to show how big families live, I thought “this would be fun!”….and I was hoping that some of you ladies might have some suggestions on decorating/organizing things here. We’re a family of twelve (my husband Paul and I have six sons and four daughters).…

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We’re Blooming!

The homestead is growing…plants and blooms are all over the yard. It’s beginning to really feel like home. Here are a few quick pics from around the yard: Tomatoes!! Pear Tomatoes Flower Blooming- What exactly is this?? Anyone?? Figs Pears

Famiy Projects

A few things we’ve done over the last few weeks: A new tetherball set for the kiddos- Courtney votes for the FIRST time (and is now, a sitting, elected official in our county!!)- A new, simple quilt for Meredith’s first birthday- “Chia Paul”…a result of a gardening project I did with the children-