Update on Us!

I haven’t posted much lately…well, not at all. A lot has changed for our little family over the last couple of years.
We moved to Oklahoma, following work with my DH. Started over, after the tornado, the failed restaurant venture, the foreclosure, the lack of work, we were all ready for a fresh start.

We found it.

It’s taken a few years to get all settled, but this move has brought big changes.
10933918_10205621211826614_3704809369478580999_nFirst of all, my littles are no longer little! Gone of the days of alphabets and coloring books! We now have a freshman in college and a sophomore in high school (still homeschooling him by the way). They both have jobs at a wonderful family restaurant. I miss them being little sometimes, but we are so very proud of the young adults they have become!

10391446_10205796579370693_6318045205797799740_nWe have settled on a small farm, where I am slowly working my way toward the goal of being as self-sufficient as possible. We bought 5 nanny goats, then brought in two more nannies and a buck. One of those nannies just had twins..to that brings our total up to 10 goats! We have one more due any day! I’m impatiently waiting! LOL! Love them!

Of course, we still have our menagerie of rescue animals.
At the moment, we have 6 dogs, 6 cats, 7 guinea pigs (that started out as two rescue females that were BOTH preggo, unbeknownst to DD who took them in), 7 turtles and a betta fish.

10428567_10205752562270293_2032608291408908449_nWe have made some dietary changes, as DH was diagnosed with diabetes last spring.  We decided to control it with diet instead of meds and I’m happy to say that his numbers are normal now and while he lost some weight (about 30lbs) I was the big winner there with 65lbs!  DS also lost some weight and has shot up tall and slim!  Turning into a handsome young man!
10460408_10204394565881232_3915147272110240153_nBoth kids took up archery through 4-H when we moved, and it has turned into a lifestyle for them.  Some of you are soccer moms, basketball, etc.  I’m an archery mom!  :-) They compete both in and out of 4-H.  DD is also competing on the collegiate level.  They are good, improving daily and very dedicated to their sport.  If you aren’t really familiar with archery…it’s not easy..and takes many hours of practice..and lots of road time..and money…and many “mom, can you drive me to the indoor range? Can I shoot league? I need new arrows!” ….the list goes on, but it’s ok!  It’s good for them.

Gardening hasn’t been lost, except to the grasshoppers!  The last few years up here have been awful, with huge infestations of grassshoppers.  I try again every year…plants are started in the basement, under grow lights, with the hopes that we wont’ have grasshoppers this year.

Chickens are on the list for spring, as well as some guineas I believe.  Hopefully more babies will be due in the early summer, May or June I’m guessing.  Goats will be for sale, once we have some old enough.  Guinea Pigs are for sale..just the babies.

I’ll try to stay on top of the blog, now that I’m settled and back in the swing of things.  We don’t have internet at home, so blog time is limited to when I have time to sit in the library! LOL!

Love to all!

 

 

 

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Baby Vegetables

Baby Vegetables.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!  I hope that those around you surround you with love today!

I always try to remember all the aunts and godmothers too..regardless of whether they are “moms” or not!  They do many of the same things and deserve the love as well!  My best friend is my daughter’s Godmother…she is the best!  Always encouraging her creativity and always, ALWAYS loving her!  :-)  I have some fantastic aunts as well…one isn’t a mom..but she should have been..she would have been an AWESOME mom!  She is an AWESOME aunt!  :-)  I have one that is more like a sister, we are so close in age (she was only 10 when I was born) that we really were more like sisters!  I love her more than I could ever tell her!  :-)

Now don’t get me wrong..there are loads more…my point is to remember all of those wonderful ladies that make an impact on your life!  Moms or not!

Have a Blessed one!  Love you all!

Why I stay at home!

Making new friends...learning new things! Intro to pigs 101

How many times have I (or you) heard the question: “what do you do all day?” or the statement: “I’d go crazy if I had to stay home all day with my kids!”

Yeah, a thousand times..right? I put together a few pictures to show why I stay at home….and love it!

 12th Birthday..the Chocolate Fountain! :-)
Science Fair…we do that too! Got Gas? told people about the natural gas industry..where her dad works!
Fire Pit time…perfect way to end a Fall day!

Freedom to pursue her dreams! Our future Chef!

Why yes, we do have a "prom" Its a Masquarade Ball with our homeschool families!

Easter...Celebrated with love and family and God! and of course...gotta have Easter eggs! YUM!

First Barn Dance with our Homeschool group!The Horse Races....

Birthdays are celebrated with all our homeschool family!

Ahhh..how plans change! God is still in control!

Well, we are still not on the road, in fact, my dear husband is home with us right now..nursing an injury. Not long before we were to go on the road with him, he got his thumb caught between a t-post and the driver..multiple stitches and a skin graft, restricted one hand duty and he’s still under dr care, but it is improving and hopefully by the first of the year (or there abouts) we will be ready to go back to work! He is ready! :-)
Life keeps throwing us challenges..God lifts us up and gets us through them.

The Hillbilly’s are on the road…

Well, almost!  :-)  We are hitting the road in Nov.  Those of you that have followed my blog know that the last few years have really been rough.  To wrap them up…tornado..new house..new business venture, bad economy, failed business venture, repossession of new house…yep, that about sums it up.  Now, my dear husband is working on the natural gas pipeline and we (me and the kids) will take to the road with him in Nov.

separation of the family stinks..big time!  :-(  It doesn’t work for us…so since we home school, the kids and I will be going with him.

For me, I’m excited..I’ve always wanted to travel out of our podunk little town..see the world so to speak…

For the kids, they are a little apprehensive…leaving what’s familiar..their friends, etc.  It’s a little rough..but they miss their daddy something terrible..so they are for it…just having a bit of trouble overcoming their anxieties!

Hubby?  He can’t wait..he’s lonely…and doesn’t like doing all the things I do..cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc.  LOL!

So, it’s off on a new adventure..with God by our sides..who knows what we will discover!

Looking back over the last few years, I can see places where I stumbled..felt that there was NO way we’d overcome this obstacle..but now, I can see where God lifted us up…and helped us through..so many answered prayers..not always the way we wanted..but answered all the same.

Faith..it’s a wonderful and mystical thing…and I’m blessed by it everyday!  Are you?

 

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