Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for:
*Halters that fit (finally)!!
*Second Chances
*Christian friends
*Yesterday's gorgeous temps ... relief from heat!
*A husband that loves me in spite of my faults.
*Goats, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats :)
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" Psalm 107:1

Get a Life: Debunking Six Myths in the Quest for Contentment by Vicki Courtney

I loved this Bible Study!! No videos needed and it was just spot on!  I've had it for awhile and kept passing it over.  I guess I was saving it for when I needed it.  
Myth 1: If I follow Christ, my life will be trouble free.
Myth 2: A man will make me happy.
Myth 3: A busy life = An abundant life
Myth 4: Material possessions will lead to peace and purpose.
Myth 5: It's all about me.
Myth 6: I can have it all.

Summary from
There are misguided concepts in our culture that can drive women-even those who know Christ-toward a less-than-abundant life. Myths such as "If I follow Christ, my life will be trouble-free" and "If I could just meet the right guy, I would be happy." And although women may know that fulfillment is not found in a remodeled kitchen or new pair of shoes, these false ideals may still impact them more than they realize or care to admit.
���To counteract these untruths, this new study confronts the worldly perception of what it really means to live "an abundant life"-and shows how women can find true abundance. Vicki Courtney's signature high-energy, engaging style makes this resource ideal for women of all ages, even collegians. Text includes leader notes in back.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


These two...well, we have discovered what it means when people call you an ass!  They are a handful.  They can be very sweet when they want to be...they can also be terrors!   Lately, they have really been wrecking the peace on the farm.  They are chasing the baby goats (Tater and Tot), chasing the cat, went after the dog.  So, we started putting out some word among farm friends that we needed a new home for them.  Someone who knew how to properly care for them and train them.  One day last week, I got the number of someone who might be interested.  WHY did it take me ALL day to call?  WHY was I sick to my stomach over this decision?  I had what I thought I wanted...someone to give the donkeys a proper home.  She had donkeys already.  She knew what she was doing.  I could do this right?  It's best for the donkeys and everyone.
My husband finally convinced me to just call.  If it worked out, it was meant to be.  If it didn't, we would get serious about halter training.  He was also lost on how to train them but didn't really want them to leave either.  Well, I called and she was interested in Elly May but not Jethro.  I cannot, will not separate them.  They are 4 years old and have been together since birth.  Jethro would be LOST without her.  So, decision made.  I needed to put my cowgirl pants on and listen to my mom's advice (again...momma knows best!)
We moved them to the backyard...our smallest fenced space.  And, I got the halter on Elly May that first night.  It is a little big, but every other halter I've bought over the years has been too small (and we have bought a ton of halters trying to find one to fit!!!)  So, I made her wear it for a day and then got a hole punch to try and make the part around her nose smaller.  Today I will try to get it back on her.  Neither of them are fond of it.  Yet! :)
The next night I got Jethro's on.  His fits.  He looks so handsome...and mad! Ha!
I thought they would be mad to be locked in the backyard, but they were as happy as two pigs in mud!  I think most of our behavior problems are coming from the fact that we have locked them over in the pasture and taken away their "free roaming" of the entire property.  We blocked them from the yard and they haven't gotten as much attention.  I truly think they just missed us and showed out to get attention.  They have been so good since I put them in the yard.  So, I made an executive decision that when I'm home and outside to supervise them (so they stay off the porch and away from the bushes we just planted), I will let them out again.  Gotta keep the peace! :)
Next step...we will drag lead ropes and then try to lead them.  Then, we will work on feet!

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

I give this one a 3.5 out of 5.  It got a little too detailed in some of the poker/card playing parts.  I don't know gambling or want to.  But, the story line was good, I just felt it was a little lacking.  It could've gone a little deeper.  I needed just a bit more.

Summary from
Everyone says the Elders family are nothing but cheats, thieves, and convicts―a fact nineteen-year old Jamie Elders has been trying desperately to escape. She may have the natural talent of a poker savant, but her dreams of going pro and getting the hell out of the tiny town of Blind River, New York are going nowhere fast. Especially once she lands in a huge pile of debt to her uncle Loyal. 

At Loyal’s beck and call until her debt is repaid, Jamie can’t easily walk away―not with her younger brother Toby left at his mercy. So when Loyal demands Jamie’s help cleaning up a mess late one night, she has no choice but to agree. But disposing of a dead man and covering up his connection to the town’s most powerful judge goes beyond family duty. When it comes out that the victim was a beloved athlete and Loyal pins the murder on Toby, only Jamie can save him. But with a dogged detective on her trail and her own future at stake, she’ll have to decide: embrace her inner criminal, or defy it―and face the consequences.

Friday, July 13, 2018

It's all about the ducks....

This morning we moved OUT of the chicken nursery in the HOT barn and OUTSIDE to our new duck area!!  Fresh air!!  Woohoo!!
(Although, we weren't too sure about Kix)
This is my first ever go with ducks/ducklings.  I truly can't believe how FAST they grow!!  They won't even be 3 weeks old until Monday!  Look how big they are!
They are loving the grass and all the water bowls I set out for them.  I imagine even with the 105 degree temps today, they won't get AS HOT not being in that barn.  I swear it is even 10 degrees hotter in there.  My fan broke that was in there at least circulating some air.
So, this is their finished area.  It is sandwiched between the chickens and goats.  And the turkeys have been "cooping up" on that top board behind the duck house. Tonight should be interesting trying to get them all in their house! Ha!

It will be kind of sad when the 6 boys are big enough to go to Mom's pond.  Look how they all huddle together.  They are SO cute!!

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

This one is a winner!  Go ahead and add it to your "to read" list!  Especially if you love historical fiction like I do!  This one manages to be set after WWII but has flashbacks to WWI.  It was so good!!  I love it when I learn something true about history without having to read a boring textbook! :-)

Summary from
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.
Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the matter where it leads.

Tired Campers :)

We decided on a last minute camping trip and left Sunday afternoon and headed to our favorite campground, Shouse Ford on Lake DeGray to stay for 2 nights.
Clearly, we needed a break because we got there (after driving through nerve wrecking storms), and after we ate, we promptly crashed.  We were asleep BEFORE it was dark outside! You can't do that at home because the chickens haven't cooped up yet! LOL!
This was the "trip of rest" because we slept 11 hours straight and then turned around and took a 2 1/2 hour nap the following day!!  Can you say TIRED? :)
We took Stella girl, because well, she is our best camping dog.  Technically, she is supposed to be a leash at all times but with her, you don't need to worry about a leash or lead in the camp.  She minds!  A concept that doesn't work with the boxers! LOL!
And, our little grey faced girl LOVES to swim!!  Plus she's the only one who can!!  LOL!  
So, she got her swimming time in and her alone one-on-one time with mommy and daddy.  
Shouse Ford site 17
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