Monday, June 29, 2009

Chicken Adoption

When one of my friends heard we were down 6 chickens she made a suggestion...if we would bring over a bag of chicken food we could have 6 of her chickens. She was looking to down size her flock and we were looking to grow ours! Now we are back up to 15 chickens! What a blessing!

The girls are still stuck hanging out in their coop or their chicken yard. EJ is making plans to expand their yard so they will have more room to run. It was so nice when they could just wander all over the yard. We never did figure out what got them. What a bummer!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Moving Pop

Clothes...check. Tools...check. Kitchen sink...check. Just kidding, we aren't moving a kitchen sink but we can't even see out the back window of the car! We are headed to Kansas with grateful hearts...grateful to God for the privilege of moving to Four Sisters Farm to be near all our family and many friends...grateful to have had the opportunity to live in Charleston for a while so Pop (and Grammy too) could work in the best ever environment with some of the most awesome people we know...grateful for what has been accomplished and excited about what will come. God is good.

There remain some loose ends that need to be tied up - we need to sell the Charleston house and move Grammy back home soon. We are trusting God with this and resting in the fact that He has a plan that is for our good. It will be worth waiting for.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Grumpy Cat

You remember Coal the cat. He is our most grumpy resident at the Farm. Even though he doesn't like children he insists on hanging out on the front porch (their play area). When friends are over we remind them not to pet the "grumpy cat."

Yesterday, I was on the front porch hanging out with the cowboys. Bubba went to pet Coal (who was already starting to growl...yes this cat growls) when I reminded him not to mess with the grumpy kitty.

Bubba said, "Mom, coal just needs his Pop."
"Do you think so?" I said.
Bubba said, "Yes, and he misses his Grammy too."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Life as a Rock Star

by Melinda Coats (found this in my MOPS magazine)

"I live the life of a rock star. It's true! I have wild hair and make-up with frequent costume changes.

Everywhere I go I have and entourage. People are constantly yelling my name. I look out into the crowd and they're actually crying for me, reaching for me.

I have no privacy. I'm watched when I shower, when I'm cooking, even when I use the restroom...for my own protection, I'm sure.

When I go places I must do so quickly before my fans get out of control and start a riot. Every night a different guy wants to sleep with me. Each of them seems genuinely hurt when I turn him away.

Occasionally I get dirty undergarments whirled at me with a whoop and a smile. It's even hard sometimes to walk through my own home without someone spotting me and trying to grab my legs or my clothing.

Oh and don't forget about the stalkers! You know those crazed fans that follow you everywhere? Why, I can't even talk on the phone in the pantry without an eye or two peeping in at me.

Yes it's true - I live the life of a rock star!"

I know I'm not the only one who can relate to this! :)

The First Cherry Tomato!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Four Sisters

I've never been so excited to see walls in my life.

This is the view when you first step into the "apartment."
Here is the north wall of the kitchenette area.
This is another shot of the kitchenette area.

The bedroom.

The closet in the bedroom

In the bedroom looking into the kitchenette and bathroom.

The Bathroom

Looking into the main area from the bathroom.

The south wall - in the living room area.

The stairway in the living room.

The west wall in the main living area. You can see the doorway to the 2nd bedroom (which will be phase 2 of the remodel).

What do you think, Pop and Grammy? Pretty exciting to see walls, isn't it!!! It looks completely different down there.

Snap Peas

I am getting about this many snap peas every other day! Life is getting exciting around here. DW and Lou Lou helped me pick these peas! They also helped me weed, weed, weed the garden.

We discovered an interesting bug on our dill plants. DW, you will have to do a post with the pics you have!

Thanks for the help chicks!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Garage Sale Victory!

The boys and I went hunting for treasures last Thursday. We found several "little" treasures that thrilled them beyond belief. We also found a fantastic buy that thrilled their Mommy! Check out all these mason jars... I paid $12 for this whole lot. There are 77 jars. EJ figures I got them for about 80% off retail price. We still need plenty more...we are hopeful we will have lots of salsa, spaghetti sauce, pickles, etc to put up.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ode to Dad

(Written by all of your daugthers)

If there ever were a Dad who deserved some praise
It would be our Dad who had four girls to raise.
He was always outnumbered by the X chromosome
The only other male was the cat in our home.

When we were little girls and on a long car ride
Dad probably wished we would potty on the road side.
Not his little princesses, no we are not heathens
We would hold it until he found a place within reason.

Dad had a song for everything in life
Most came from country music to the dismay of his wife.
We swore he made up crazy lyrics all the time
But He and Mom would come up with proof of their rhyme.

He taught us about safety and checking the door lock
I’m pretty sure he paroled the house with his glock.
He has keen intuition and he’s handy with a gun
But that’s what you’d expect from a sheriff’s son.

With strong muscles and stern looks, he can be intimidating
Especially to our guys when we first started dating.
We know that he’s a softy but we didn’t want to make him mad,
We knew when we should hush up, “Be still and know that I am dad.”

When disappointment makes us feel all alone
Dad is quick to remind us God’s still on the throne.
He lifts us up with promises from above
And always ends with “know that you are loved.”

Our Dad, he is wicked at the art of the shot
And some of us have had the privilege of personally being taught.
He walks 10 feet tall in his 5.11 pants
And shows all his students the correct firing stance.

He likes sugar babies and vanilla ice cream.
He has bought a farm with land to fulfill a life long dream.
And on this land, oh how his family will grow
So much love, compassion, and grace we will all get to show!

He is Dad to us, but “Pop” to the grands
Off on adventures, holding little hands,
Down to the pond at the bottom of the hill,
With promises of camping trips, oh what a thrill.

Pop told us “we could do whatever we want down at the farm”,
Is said with a smug smile but we know he means no harm.
Open spaces for crazy kiddos a big part of the plan,
Letting them run wild, tasting freedom when they can

He held our little hands when taking our first strides,
Held our bikes from the back when taking our first rides,
Held our arms and lovingly walked us down the aisle,
He held our tiny babies with a teary glowing smile!

So this Father’s Day when we are still so far apart
We wanted him to know he’s always in our heart.
During all the important times in life he’s there to help us through it
Sometimes we say to ourselves, “Dad, how do you do it?”

Love you Dad!
Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Drywall has begun!

The basement is taking shape! Here is a photo of what you see when you first enter the "apartment." Check out all that drywall ready to be hung. Whoo Hoo!!!

This is the bedroom. The purple stuff on the ceiling is some kind of sound proofing drywall.

This is the bathroom.

The South Wall - no drywall yet but it looks like wiring is in the works.
It's coming along but not without plenty of blood sweat and tears...
"Hallelujah! Holy (bleep)! Where's the Tylenol???!!!" - Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation

Thursday, June 18, 2009

CSI: Four Sisters Farm Edition

***Important News Update***

A crime has been committed at Four Sisters Farm. There were feathers everywhere. It was a horrific scene. The cats were bewildered, the dogs were confused, and we were aghast! Not sure who the culprit was. All I'm going to say is this, if you are the wild animal who got 6 of our chickens, look out. EJ is going hunting tonight.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Other Daddy

At the breakfast table this morning.

B: "Daddy are you going with us to swim in our friend's pool?"
EJ: "No, I have to go to work."
B: "Are you working in the basement?"
EJ: "No, not today. I'm working at my office."
B: "Are you working in the basement at your office?"
EJ: "No, my basement at the office doesn't need work."

EJ leaves to take a shower. B thinks for a while then says, "Mommy, my other Daddy doesn't want to work in his basement."


I think he meant that his Daddy doesn't want to work in the other basement (the one at the office).

B, to my knowledge you have only ever had one Daddy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Putting Up" The Green Onions

Isn't that what country folk say? "Putting up the garden" Check out all our green onions!I washed them, dried them, chopped them up and then bagged them. The smell of that many green onions was stout! I was crying and they weren't tears of joy.Ready for the freezer! It's hard work being a farm wife....but who can come complain with such fantastic and happy help!

Monday, June 15, 2009

7 years of wedded bliss! :)

EJ and I were married 7 years ago today. We recorded our love story during the week of Valentine's Day. It's been a wonderful, exciting, challenging, and fulfilling ride so far.

One of the biggest blessings to come from our marriage are the little boys who ride in the back seat of the mini-van. As much as we enjoy the cowboys we also enjoy a night away! Step one in celebrating our anniversary. Take the cowboys to Grandpa and Grandma's house for the night!Grandpa surprised the boys with new fishing poles! They were so excited! They kept saying, "Bye Mommy, Bye Daddy." I'm pretty sure they meant... "Get out of here! We have some fishing to do!"Then we were foot loose and fancy free! We headed out to dinner followed by a night at Music Theatre. We realized that we are out of practice taking our own photo!

That's better!

We are privileged to have one another! I love celebrating our anniversary. Each one marks an important milestone in our lives. I am so thankful to have his hand to hold. I look forward to many more years to come! Thank you God for another year of marriage!
I love you Honey!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Farm Life

The farmers who harvest our hay came out today. You should have seen the look on the boys' faces when they asked if the boys wanted a ride. Both Bubba and Wubba got to ride along with Daddy. What an amazing day!
EJ and I worked in the garden while the cowboys kept busy swimming in their little pool.

EJ thinned the carrots and did all kinds of weeding and mulching.
We decided to harvest some new potatoes. It's kind of like opening a present when you dig up the plant and find all those little beauties. We still have a TON of potatoes left to harvest.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Work Party

On Monday night, PhoJo, Romeo and EJ went to work putting up insulation in the basement. They could only put it in the master bedroom and the bathroom because we are waiting for more electrical work to be done in the other areas.

We would have snagged Doc for this work night too but he, DW and all the kiddos had just returned from a LONG car trip.

Rock Star, Pretty Princess and I hung out upstairs with the cowboys and superheroes. It is always nice to get cousins together!

Thanks guys for all your work!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pop's Right Hand Man

My husband has been a real trooper! He and Pop have worked lots of hours on the basement. I am so thankful that I have a man who loves my family so much!

This picture was taken on Pop's last day here. He went home to be with Grammy and get back to his job there. We miss him and can't wait for he and Grammy to move to the Farm!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Pics for Grammy...get your thinking cap on!

It's Coming Along!

Looking at the bathroom from the bedroom.

Looking at the 2nd Bedroom.

The closet for the master and the stairs.

Kitchen to the left. Door way to the bathroom. Door way to the master bedroom.

As Pop says, "We are going to mess around here and build an apartment!"