For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-14


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Life...just keeps happening!

Good morning! I know, it's been a long time since I posted anything on my blog. Life just keeps happening and time seems to be in short supply these days. Must mean spring is on it's way to our neck of the woods. :)

We've had a very buys couple of weeks, but much of it has just been day to day life. Nothing noteworthy really. Our second oldest son, Brandon, took the entrance exam for the local community college a couple of weeks ago. THAT was noteworthy for sure! Here, the school district or the state will pay for juniors and seniors in high school to attend classes at the college to earn their Associates Degree upon graduation. The program is called "Running Start". Thankfully, he passed the test and will be taking classes there in the fall! SO exciting for him. Not sure what he'll go for as far as a focus for his degree, but we'll narrow that down in the weeks to come. So proud of him!

On the homesteading front, we were blessed with our first kidding of the season. Tinkerbel, my Nubian doe with an enormous attitude and personality had a doe and a buck, all on her own (I'll share pictures later, haven't had a chance to get any really good ones yet). When Brandon went down to the barn to do chores, he found the two little ones standing with their mama. Amazing! They are so sweet and she is being a really good mama. Have to admit that I was a bit nervous about her abilities, we've never let her raise her own kids. We've always bottle fed, but this year our life just begged for them to be raised by the mama. So far, she's doing better than I expected. YAY! After our horrors of last years kidding season, this was a HUGE uneventful delivery. Thank you Jesus!

Our garden is taking shape. No, haven't planted anything besides peas yet in the main garden, and they have not sprouted as of yesterday. Still too cold I think. That crop may have to be replanted, sadly. We did get another grape this last weekend and got it planted. I also picked up 24 more strawberry starts to add to our planters. This time around I got a variety that will produce a big crop all at once. All of my other berries are the kind that produce a few berries all season long. Makes it hard to get enough for jam, but good for just eating. We'll see how they do.

Everything around here is sprouting, getting leaves, growing and looking more like winter is over. We've seen days and days of rain. The weather report this AM said that we've had 21 days of rain this month....not the best start to our spring, but I guess we need it. I sure would love to see some days of sunshine though. My clothes line is begging to be used!

In a day or two, I'll try to post some pictures of our newest goat babies and maybe of our spring colors. No flowers here yet, but everything is getting fresh green leaves. :) After a long winter, it's a welcomed site!


momoflots said...

I can't wait to see your new baby goats!!! I bet they are adorable!! I hope they end up without mama's attitude though :)!! I have yet to plant my peas - hubby is helping me make a new pea trellis and we are working on adding some good stuff to our soil this year - I need to do what ever I can to make our harvest as productive as possible!! I have two new bluberry bushes to plant and a big new rhubarb crown to get into the ground also!! Hoping to plant some strawberries this year as well!! My pie cherry tree is not doing to well so Iam going to do a ig prune on it very soon as well - hopefully that will help - but it does mean a smaller harvest - but still it needs some TLC! Still waiting for green leaves on the trees - this time of year I get itchy for the fresh green leaves on the trees!!! I can't wait for warmer weather to see all the yummy things start sprouting!!

Congrats on the Running Start!! My oldest did that as well and found it beneficial - although the very liberal bent of our local CC was difficult for all of us to get used to - inspired some really intersting discussions at home :)!! Hope you are getting some sunshine!!


Mountain Home Quilts said...

It sounds like you guys have been busy with life! Isn't it a blessing? :)
Congrats to Brandon and to your family on your newest kids (goat's that is!)
We have had a really wet March so far too. April is supposed to let up (on average) but we'll see what this next month holds.

Cinnamon said...

Green must look awfully nice right about now :-)

I'd love to have berries. I saw them on sale at Walmart. Blueberries....yummy!!

How good of God to give you an uneventful birth with your goats! Praise the Lord.

Looking forward to pictures~ Cinnamon

momoflots said...

Hi Valerie,

Thinking about you today - hoping for some sunshine this week - as I am sure you are too!!! Prayin for Spring blessings for you this week!!!

Your Washington Blogging friend

Camille said...

Oh how I understand the *lots happening* comment you made at the beginning of your post! (And I am not even homesteading...LOL!) Congratulations to your son...wonderful! And Yaaay for spring! How fun that you have baby goats at your children would love that. :)

Many blessings,

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