Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July




 


Summer on our mini homestead has been busy. Henry has kept us on our toes in and out of the hospital but between all our medical concerns life keeps trucking along and unfolding before us. The children have been crafting in their free time. Zach has been building a Waldorf village and Austin has been making and selling survival bracelets.  We have had friends up for farm campouts, bon fires, smores, and day trips.   Our days at home are slow and perfectly-paced. Not knowing what is happening from day to day with our wee little man stretches us all and we hold plans loosely in our hands. But here we are - growing alongside each other, trying new things, and falling back into the arms of each other to rejoice in the glory, the mistakes, and mostly, the adventure of it all. A lot of adventure. We continue to dream and plan and do things that are "crazy" in the eyes of the world.  Choosing to stand naked before our sovereign God, stripping off any and all fear and distrust. God's love is bigger than any earthly crisis. His ways are higher than mine so what do I have to fear. I rest knowing he holds every detail of our life in his gigantic loving hand, even though the enemy comes and tries to whisper his lies I breath deep and find my rest in his never-slipping grip. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rhythm







 We are loving these longer days, soaking up as many daylight hours as we can. Our barn project is getting closer and closer to completion. I love the way the boys have worked along side Chris reminds me of how the Amish do it with their children. I am sure lots of precious memories are being built in their minds.  I am enjoying the gentle rhythm of the last couple weeks. After every hospital stay it solidifies how precious time with our children really is.

There is so much negativity all around us lately in the news, so we have decided to have a media free summer. My little guys 9 and under will have no screens at all, while I will allow my older 3 sometime as needed. It's amazing the different rhythm this brings. I'd really like my children to see more of the beauty that is around them and the beauty in people. Protecting little ears from negative talk or coarse joking.

The babies continue to melt us all, I have waited a long time for them to be able to play together. I can't express the joy this bring to us. Our children all reach a place in our hearts but having a child like Henry reaches places you didn't know exist.  I am so in awe that I was chosen to be his Mama.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This Week in the Garden








I made it down to the garden a couple times this week, I must say I am finding it really difficult to stay motivated to get down there with the babies. I want to take advantage of having our nurse snuggle the twins and use that time to get my hands dirty. 
Our beans are coming up nicely but unfortunately either Greta the goat or deer have ate my strawberry plants.  I collected raspberry leaves to dry and my tea again this summer.
Chris and Austin are making progress on the mini barn.  He has done an excellent job with taking down our old barn and salvaging the wood to build our new one. The new one will house the goat, rabbit, and the new baby chicks.
Speaking of the chicks they are growing fast!  They are still in the cute faze but that will quickly change.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bucket List




 I know this summer is going to fly by an I really want to make the most of it. 2014 has already whizzed by and it's time to make some joyful family memories.
So here is our summer bucket list. And friends you are more than welcome to come up for a visit this summer!
  • Kayaking in the evenings
  • Park days with my littles and friends
  • Bon fires
  • Pot lucks and bon fires
  • Beach days
  • Reading on the deck
  • Sun tanning
  • Waterslides
  • Lots of eating on the deck
  • Water balloons
  • Swim
  • Outdoor movie night
  • VBS
  • Paint in the yard
  • Slip & Slide 
  • Homemade popsicles

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Swings





Baby got to try the outside swing today. Ah, he is growing so fast. You can almost here his squeal in the photo's. A few weeks ago it was too cold to do this, very thankful for the warmer temps on the way.  The children have been keeping themselves busy making paper airplanes and boomerangs. We decided to close our books for the summer and focus on natural learning.
This has been such a hectic year for our family I am ready to just be.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Chicken Chat





 Forty-two chicks joined our little homestead this week.  I was away with the babies in Children's hospital when Chris got the call to come pick them up.   I know many think we are nuts, who adds this many birds in the mix of all our crazy?! Well we do. We do because life is going to calm down one day. And we still need to have fun and I can say that we enjoy it so much sharing our days with these little critters, we are grateful to them for the work they do on our land while they are with us. 
 These little ones are visited many times a day, by children eager to feed, water, hold, and watch these little fluff balls. They get taken on 'field trips' and are snuggled up lots even I can't resisted them. :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

 We just spent the last 48hrs inpatient. Henry's vomiting has his team very perplexed and worried.  It's hard.. It's hard being mom and trusting the professionals to figure it out. Did you know a Mama's heart can physically hurt watching your baby?   
There are never words to write about Henry's health, it hurts too much. It's too sacred. 
While we were in the hospital Chris stayed home with the children and got the garden planted!  Oh I love that man. He watched me attempt over and over all week to get it done.