Monday, November 30, 2009
We had nice weather and was able to do some much needed work outside Friday and Saturday. Hedges trimmed, a new gate between pastures that will help us to rotate the horses on the rye grass Bob planted.
Now it's time to look forward to CHRISTMAS!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It should be another beautiful autumn day. We have been blessed this year to actually have the season, it seems to usually go from summer to winter here in central Texas.
We noticed that the people we have been buying hay from in previous years cut their field yesterday so hopefully we can fill the barn with square bales for what might be a real winter.
We should have LOTS of Tunis lambs next spring, Ralph, our ram has been in with 17 ewes the past month.
The miniature horses are putting on their shaggy coats and feeling fiesty in the cool air. Even the draft mares have been bucking and running a bit.
If I ever charge up my camera battery I will take some photos.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , killed by a sword wound
Died in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos . He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
Just The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club. * This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
7 James the Great
Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem . The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian
Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia . He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey . Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras , Greece . After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: 'I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.' He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent
Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles disciples during their times for the sake of the Faith.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:
But he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
We had so much rain in October, I hope that the farms we buy hay from can now get in and bale that last crop. We need to fill the barn!
I had my first one yesterday and it really wasn't bad. Much better than going to the dentist! And my results were better than Bob's, no polyps so I can wait 10 years before having another.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Dancing With God
When I meditated on the word Guidance,
I kept seeing "dance" at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God's will
is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn't flow with the music,
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
both bodies begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back
or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.
It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully.
The dance takes surrender, willingness,
and attentiveness from one person
and gentle guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw "G": I thought of God, followed by "u" and "i".
"God, "u" and "i" dance."
God, you, and I dance.
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
that I would get guidance about my life.
Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God's blessings
and mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God, as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead
and to guide you through each season of your life.
This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.
If God has done anything for you in your life,
please share this message with someone else.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards;
so let's continue to pray for one another.
And I Hope You Dance Through Each New Day!
When I joined FB I thought I wouldn't play any games. Then someone sent me a Hatchling egg and that started me collecting the eggs. Cute little egg graphics that "hatch" into little critters. Then you have to "feed" them. That led to needing to add friends who also played Hatchlings and had "baskets" where I could look for more eggs.
Then my new friends started sending me "gifts" and request to join other games. Like Mafia Wars, Farmtown, Castle Age, Street Racing, Vampires, Yoville, Poker, Cafe World, MyZoo, Farmville and on and on and on. I don't play them all, there isn't enough time in the day. But I do play several with the help of Bob now. ;-) I've met lots of new friends and keep in touch with old friends. Get to see photos of faraway cousins and their kids and grandkids. So that part is GREAT!
And that is why the blog has gone "stale"...
I will try to revive it!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
*** Follow-up*** 11-2-09
Though we really liked the boys, they just did not fit our needs because they would not bond with the sheep. We returned them to the rescue and will search for other forms of predator protection.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.
The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I know that they will enjoy him, he is such a curious guy who has the biggest, most expressive eyes!
Our palomino mare, Locket was bred to him last year and we have a cute little filly we named Dragonfly.
She got to meet her "daddy" for the first time this weekend.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Mr. McPeek had been so impressed by one of our rams, "Bart" on his first visit to the farm, that he asked to purchase him as well. They also bought Purdy, the twins' mother. So they are "in the Tunis business" now too!
We wish their son, Brazos, a very successful show career with the lambs!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Our pastures have turned to dust and broomweeds so we know that we will need a lot of hay stored.
Bob was able to get a load of rounds brought in from east Texas. This was the first time we have ordered a semi truckload. Thankfully, I work for the manufacturer of material handling equipment. My boss let us move a new model out to the farm to lift the hay off the trailer. That is an MLT 735 model and it is specifically built to be an agricultural machine. It has a hay clamp attachment on it, but can also use a bucket, hay spear, silage facer, etc. to do work on dairy farms, feedlots and ranches. If anyone is interested I'd be glad to help you find a dealer in the U.S. (or world)!!!
It made things much easier, lifting two of the big round bales at a time.
Later that day while taking some scrap metal to the recyclers, we found a field of square bales, freshly baled.
Bob was able to get 62 bales on the trailer which we happened to have with us. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. While we were there several other people stopped to inquire about the hay. There will be a shortage this year.
We will need some more, but we feel much better with having this now stored.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I came across this info too, worth a try:
REPEL FLIES WITH PLASTIC BAG, PENNIES, & WATER
Many people swear that a zip-lock bag filled half-way with water and attached over entry-ways will repel flies. No one yet knows how or why it works, but there is speculation that it has something to do with the way the moving water refracts light.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Jenny wrote.. "Thanks so much! They are doing great! The mama is doing a good job of leading our whole group around (most are around 4 months or less, so it's nice for them to have a leader!) We had fun visiting your farm! Thanks again! Jenny"
This is Ruse and Tricky when he was a newborn.
Monday, August 10, 2009
We took time out to go to Jeff and Robin's house warming and wedding reception Saturday. Looks like they are already finding out the joys of home ownership... tree roots in the sewer line backed up the downstairs toilet at peak party time. But everyone seemed to enjoy the party... we took a stab at the Jamaican theme in honor of their honeymoon destination. I spent the day before baking pineapple upside down cupcakes and rum cake. Bob did a great job helping cut up veggies for shish kabobs. There was plenty of food for the big crowds that came buy to welcome them to their new home. Robin's parents brought lots of fresh fruit and deli sandwiches.
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of " Camp Complaining "
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To "thank" is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We'll run the race with gratitude
Xalting God most high
Yes, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but . . .
Zion waits in glory . . . where none are ever sad!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
This is Robin with her mom and grandmother.
The sweet friends of Mrs. Thornton did a wonderful job hosting the shower.
They had a cute "game" where bridal gowns were created from toilet tissue.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The theme this year is Crocodile Dock - Where fearless kids shine God's light. Our sanctuary has been turned into a swamp for the week.
Here are some photos.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Not a lot happening around the farm. I'm still bottle-feeding our last Tunis lamb. His mom just doesn't produce enough milk for him so we supplement him several times a day. We named him... Trouble.But isn't he adorable. It really is nice to have a bottle baby, and since he lives with his mom he isn't totally dependent on us.