The Passage of time…

I know my posts on here have been sparse…life has been really busy!  Be sure to check out my other blog..

As we have gotten our lives back on track, we have been blessed.  A lovely farm, goats, pigs, dogs, guinea pigs, cats…  A dream come true!  It’s been a long road to recovery from that tornado..but recover we did.  We are a stronger family for it, even though we have had several life changing events (moving from our hometown to another state, new jobs, college, so many things).  Sometimes, we don’t recognize a blessing in a tragedy.  It takes a while to see them…but for us, there was a blessing…it just took a while to realize it!

Our homeschool journey is almost over.  I’ve been homeschooling for 16 yrs.  The youngest (our son) is finishing up and testing out soon.  The oldest (our daughter) just completed her sophomore year in college.  I couldn’t be more proud of either of them.  Hubby and I work for a wonderful company that has made our lives so much better..not just financially, but because it’s a small owned…family friendly.  Wonderful owners and wonderful people.  These things are blessings.

The farm…I didn’t know if we would ever get to the point we could own our own property again.  Finally we reached that only took us about 6 yrs.  It seemed like forever.

All is good.  The point to my post?  An update of sorts on us, a sharing of the farm blog and a reminder to always look for the silver lining behind the storm!  Good can come out of anything!  One must always have faith!



Time Travels

Time Travels by, in the blink of an eye.  The kids are almost grown, one off at college, living on her own, the other learning to drive, soon to follow his sister.

I look back at the last few years and it seems that as the kids have gotten older, the time has passed by faster.  There were times when they were babies, crying all night, throwing up and cranky, it seemed they would never grow up.  Now I look at this young lady and young man and wonder where the time went, why they aren’t still little anymore.

Today our son took his sisters old truck, popped the hood, changed plug wires, cleaned out rats nests (it had sit undriven all winter), added some trany fluid, checked the oil, aired the tires and started that sucker up and is testing it out down the dirt roads with his dad.  Dad provided a little guidance, but he did all the work himself.

He is my baby boy.  A tiny little thing for so many years, now he’s a strapping young man, almost as tall as his dad.

But the time doesn’t just apply to the kids growing up.  Our friends are far and near, time gets away, we don’t always keep in touch like we should.  Some dear friends have passed over the years and they will always be missed.  I wish more had been said, more had been communicated to let them know how special they were.

Time passing brings regrets.  I know I have some.  I think everyone does.  Life gets in the way.  Things get busy, kids grow up, friends move away.  I try to live each day to the fullest, but sometimes, it feels like no matter how hard we try, it’s not enough.  Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

I think everyone has these moments.  It’s one of life’s challenges I suppose.  Paths not taken, choices not made.

The saying says “Don’t cry over spilled milk”.  It’s true.  You can’t live in the past.  You can’t really change the things done.  You can make amends, try harder, say I love you more or I’m sorry.  But what’s done is done and tomorrow is a new day.

So wake up in the morning, if you are so blessed.  Thank God for the day the Lord has made and rejoice.  Make the best of that day, for it will never come again.  The kids will grow up, friends will pass, friends will move on.  Family will pass, hurt you, love you, hate you.  It’s all part of the circle I think.  Each day you wake up is one more day you have to make your world right, one more day to brighten someone else’s.  Each day is one to cherish, for each moment is unique and special.  Time travels, it stops for no man.

God Bless!  🙂

Hillbilly Update!

Time flies doesn’t it? It’s coming up 3 years since we moved to Oklahoma. It’s been great! Oldest is about to start her sophomore year at college. Youngest is into all sorts of projects..some that make a momma cringe! (Think Fire, metal, welding, sharp objects, more fire, explosions, you name it. ) He plans on pursuing a degree in engineering. I think it will be a good fit!

My blogging has taken a backseat to life. Sorry about that! Some days it seems like the day just doesn’t have enough hours in it.

I’m still sewing. Trying to get inventory to restock my Etsy store. I also manage all the office stuff for DH’s work. I have the farm. 25 goats now. See my farm blog for more on that and pictures.

Grasshoppers ate my garden….again. *sigh*. Hubby says I should quit. I keep trying. One year, the grasshoppers won’t come. I truly believe that! LOL!

More exciting news to come, but can’t tell you yet. Still have details to finalize and such, but this is big! 🙂 It’s going to be great!

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 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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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!