We are so blessed God led our family to Tyler Baptist Church! Don has been the pastor there for almost 3 years now, and we love our church family! Recently they threw a shower for our little Stella, followed by a fellowship meal. These are a few pictures from the afternoon…
Stella is our “Best” gift!
Proud Daddy holding his littlest girl.
I think Stella racked up! Thanks again to the Ladies at Tyler Baptist Church for the lovely shower!
Happy Birthday to the best man in the world, the best husband and best friend a girl could have, not to mention the best daddy! We are so blessed to have you in our lives! I thank God for you every day and I hope all your dreams have come true…because mine sure have!
O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. Psalm 84:12
And blessed are everyone around you…just because you were born. We hope you have a Happy Birthday sweetheart! We love you more than you’ll ever know!
We are so blessed to have such great homeschooling friends to get together with! This Valentines Day, Stacy invited the Mashburn family and our family over for a party. I have very fond memories as a child making my Valentine Box and picking out little cards and treats to carry to school. Just because you homeschool doesn’t mean you have to miss out! These are a few of our homemade creations…
After we swapped our valentines with our kids at home, we headed out to the Witcher’s house. The kids jumped right in and started playing with all their friends, they had a lot of catching up to do, and so did the mommas! It was sweet having two little babies there. Stella has a new little friend, Felicity, who is just a few weeks younger. I’m sure they will be great friends one day! After a wonderful lunch, we passed out our goodies and Valentines. Next year I’m going to be smart like Stacy and only fill in the FROM: and not the TO: ! It took me forever to “deliver” all the Valentines!!!! It didn’t help that we only have 2 readers in our family!
Happy Valentines Day 2014!
Valentines Day is a fun time to show your kids just how loved they are! We always get them a little box of candy and a small “lovie”. This year we added a card for each child in which we both wrote them a letter. These letter’s, believe it or not, were our big kids favorite thing! Kids love to hear you say how precious they are to you. In a family, big or small, we need to take time to let them know every day just how important they are to us and how much they are loved! A good rule of thumb is to praise them 10x more than you correct. Some days this is harder to do than others, be diligent! You may have to praise something that seems so small, but in the end you will have the heart of the child and they will smile ear to ear for that “little thing” you noticed!
Cupcakes for breakfast isn’t such a bad idea either!
Valentines Day is all about LOVE and when our family thinks about “love” we think about Jesus! What better way to show the world where our heart is on Valentines Day than making and wearing our John 3:16 shirts! The kids had a ball painting their hands and deciding how they wanted to make their heart shirts.
The little ones did a more simplified version.
Clara just did her feet. She wouldn’t open her fist for me to paint her little hands!!!
I think they turned out really well! We received lots of compliments on Valentines Day!
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
As we shared yesterday we have recently expanded our farm! Chickens and Rabbits, Oh, my! Like I said we were going to wait on meat rabbits until we had a barn, but as I was searching Craigslist for chickens, I ran across a rabbit listing that was too good to pass up. It included a New Zealand buck, New Zealand doe, 3 Flemish Does, and 17 of their babies (who were a week away from butchering). Also, 3 hutches, all their feeders, and nesting boxes, heat lamps, and whatever feed they had left, and at a price we couldn’t refuse!
The people we bought these from had raised the bunnies and then couldn’t kill them. Their loss was our gain. Here is our current line up…
“Big Momma” Who has since had us a litter.
“Big Momma 2″
This is a picture of the 8 weekers who currently reside in my freezer.
We sold 3 rabbits to a friend for meat breeding purposes. and butchered the rest. The kids even helped skin them. We saved the skins so we could learn how to tan hides, when it gets a little warmer, of course! We are looking forward to many more litters, an many more yummy meals, and hopefully a great learning experience for the kids.
The fruits of our labour!
Our little farm has grown recently, an I’m not talking about our newest addition Stella. I’m speaking of an addition of the furry and feathery sort! We have always wanted chickens and eventually planned on adding meat rabbits and other animals once we got in a permanent location and got a barn built. Well, the barn isn’t built yet, but we found a deal we couldn’t refuse on Craigslist.
Above: Speck and the girls in their first night home. Below: is a picture of a few of the hens.
We researched chicken breeds and chose Silver Laced Wyandotte’s and luckily found a breeder pretty close. We had to wait 2 weeks for pickup, due to weather. It seemed like an eternity, but we had plenty to do! We had our cool coop delivered and we built our fence, gathered all supplied and feed we needed, and then waited! We highly recommend Dragonfly Farms! We picked up our 7 ladies and we chose a very curious looking “Speck” for our rooster. He is 1/2 Wyandotte and 1/2 Ameruchana. He is a sweetheart! We let the kids choose which was their favorite and he was it! He actually lets them pet him and eat grain out of their hands. I think they were excited at the prospect of green eggs as well. You see, since Speck has the “blue egg” gene, any chicks he fathers will lay green colored eggs. This spring we are planning on incubating some eggs and see what we come up with. Next year, we might just invite you over for green eggs and ham! Ha Ha!
Here is “Specks” baby book…
His awkward teen years…
More about rabbits…TOMORROW!
Can you tell how behind I am? Stella is really 9 weeks old! Here’s her one month report anyway:
Stella is such a good baby! She is more alert than ever now! She loves for people to talk to her and she smiles all the time. She adores her brothers and sisters!
Stella is a happy baby and although she hasn’t laughed at us while awake, we catch her laughing in her sleep all the time! Her hair is getting curlier and at our last midwife check up she weighed in at 12 pounds 8 oz.
She has started telling us she’s “good” and she seems to be a night person. She really gets stirred up talking before bed. She loves to snuggle with her mommy in bed in the morning, and her mommy loves it too! We thank God for our precious little Stella and cant wait to see what a fine lady she will one day be.
Its hard to believe how fast our little “Stella Bella” has grown! She is now 7 weeks old! These pictures are a flashback when she was only a week old. I still feel like she is tiny, but I forgot just how small she was until I was looking through pictures. She is the best baby! Every one asks “So this is the Last one right?” I always say that Stella has been the easiest baby yet, so why stop now!
At one week old she only nursed 2 times in the night. Every one always comments on how alert she is. She always seems to have her eyes open for pictures and she loves to stare and smile at her brothers and sisters. Apparently the “new” has already worn off of Stella, because her brothers and sisters are already talking about the “next” baby!