Friday, May 18, 2012

Farm Update....

Lots happening here!  Couldn't decide which topic to post about so I'll just give a quick update on it all....
We got the garden planted outdoors a few weeks ago.  Jason found some wood boxes from an old cotton mill that we planted everything in.  We had some soil delivered to fill them with, and our compost that we started back in October was perfect!  We filled the boxes halfway with dirt then added the compost and mixed it together.  All the veggies seem to be slow growing, but they're all growing nontheless!

Grama Jo and Aunt Michele and Cousin Hudson flew in for a surprise for my birthday!  It was exciting to have them here for the weekend!  This was Michele and Hudson's first time to our home in SC.  The kids had a blast showing them all our animals.
Megan turned 15 this week!!  She also made it all the way to state for pole volting...she finished second overall, and set some new records for Southside!...that's our girl!  We are very proud of her accomplishment!  My camera was not working at her competition...sorry for the lack of pictures :(  But here she is with our traditional homemade ice cream cake for breakfast!
Caitlin and Nathan's rabbits had bunnies on May 1st!  There were 5 to begin with, but sadly, we lost 3 of them.  This was our first time as well as the mother rabbit's first time caring for newborn bunnies...we did not know she needed a seperate space to nest them in.  One was trampled to death :( and the others died because we did not realize until too late that she was not nursing them.  Once we caught on, we began force feeding the last 2 by holding her down and letting them nurse to their heart's content.  The 2 that survived are adorable!  Nate and Cait decided together to give one to Megan for her birthday.  It has fondly been named Cayla ;)  The other is being shared by Ben and Christian to help those two rascals learn some more responsibility.  It's name is Spring.  Here they are the day they were born and exactly 2 weeks later with their eyes finally opening.

The kids and I found a great strawberry patch right down the road that we spent an afternoon at.  We came home with over 17 pounds of strawberries!!  We dehydrated a bunch, which I think was everyone's favorite because they were gone so quick...we froze some for our afternoon shakes...we made some strawberry shortcakes...and we made a bunch of jars of jam!!

Today the kids and I were cleaning out the barn...things pile up, get messy.  Anyway, Christian and I were raking and shoveling out wet hay.  It's pretty gross and heavy when it's other words, it's hard work!  Christian says, "Wow mom, this is like working on a farm!"  Yes!!...we have accomplished part of our goal of moving here (at least with one child)  He is learning some hard work ethic while caring for God's creatures!  That boy brings joy to me every day :)  I love them ALL and I'm so grateful to be at home with them all day, every day.

Psalm 127:3 Children ARE a BLESSING!!

1 comment:

  1. Sad about the baby bunnies. :( how did the Momma do holding her down to let her babies nurse?

    Septtro would love to have a farm someday. He already has a name for our "farm" - Hunter's Valley. :) Somebody was going to give us a goat recently but I just don't wanna have to find someone to milk her every day when we leave town. Finding a place for our dog and someone to look after the chickens and garden is hard enough! :)