May 12, 2016

As Time Goes By | February - March 2016

Hello!  With everything that's been going on around here - lambing, taking care of Ivy, cleaning, cooking, gardening, sheep shearing, etc. - it's been hard to find time for a blog update.  But here it is, at last!  This post will cover February - March.

Reading the Word with Daddy.

We put in new flooring!  I am so, so, SO excited about this!  Let's face it, that linoleum looked terrible.  Now, it looks amazing!  Like hardwood flooring, but not.  So easy to keep clean.

My goodness - Ivy looked so tiny 3 months ago!

Her Grandpa (my dad) gave her this pacifier. :grin:

Freshly laundered diapers.  Really loving this cloth diapering thing.  Only a few extra loads of laundry a week...and so much cuter than disposables, plus less expensive in the long run!

I love these pictures from Valentine's Day so much.  What a cutie!

My two favorite people in the world.

See that awesome floor?!

Going shearing with Daddy for the first time!
He sheared several sheep as part of a demonstration for some 3rd and 4th graders.

We got to watch someone shear a sheep the old-fashioned way, with hand powered clippers/shearers.
It took her about 20 min. to do one sheep.  For contrast, it takes Hank about 6 min. on average per sheep.

Watching "My Fair Lady".  She was captivated by the singing. :)

So, making paper pinwheels is addicting!  I had fun making these for my sister-in-law's baby shower!

It was Winnie the Pooh themed, and I love how everything turned out.

I wish I could take credit for the cupcakes, but I can't. Sarah's talented sister created these, and they were works of art!

One of Hank's shearing customers gave him some lovely yarn from her Etsy shop for Ivy.  I'm knitting a darling sweater for her.  Love working with this yarn!

I laughed so hard when I went to get Ivy up from her nap. :grin:

We have pigs again this year.  Six this time.  And they are so much bigger now.  It's crazy how fast they grow!

And even crazier how fast this little girl is growing!

Dancing with Daddy.

Holding my nephew Alexander for the first time!  He was born early at 32 wks, but after being the hospital for a long time, he came home the day before my birthday.  Best present ever!

My bro is an awesome daddy.

My parents are loving this grandparent thing so much!

And a picture of the two cousins for an adorable ending. :)


Whew, it's good to have that monkey off my back!  It sure does take a lot of time to put a blog post together these days.

There have been a lot of new additions to the farm since I shared the photos of Ivy and I bottle feeding the lamb.  Our lamb total for this year is 28, and not one of them died!  Out of 15 ewes, that isn't bad at all!  The Lord has done great things for us.

In addition to the lambs and pigs, we've added 19 chickens and a rooster, a Nubian milk goat named "Princess Hyacinth", a Saanen goat buck named "Prince Udo of Araby" (Once on a Time, anyone?), and someone named "Gus" who will be a big part of our lives for many years.

As I scroll through this post before sharing, I'm overwhelmed by all that the Lord has done in my life.  Husband, baby,'s everything I ever wished for and more.  It's certainly not picture perfect, and some days are down right difficult, but it is the best.  And I do not deserve it.  But I am thankful - so, so thankful.

One thing I've learned over the last 6 months, is that no matter how much the other moms seem to have it all together, I know I'm not the only one who has days were nothing gets done. No laundry, dishes covering every inch of counter (I do not exaggerate), the floor needs sweeping.  But if all I end up doing is holding and entertaining my little girl when she's having a fussy day, I have accomplished much more.  I've invested in her life.  Whether you're a mom or not, just savor the little things.  Making memories with those we love is not wasted time.

Care to guess what type of animal Gus is? :smile:
What has filled your days lately?
Do you enjoy gardening?
I want to know!


  1. Such a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing all these photos! It's a beautiful life, and God is always so good!

  2. Love this post dearie!!! Wow...Alexander was so little!! *sniff... ;/ I miss him being so tiny! I loved my baby all did such a beautiful job! And now all those decorations give great enjoyment to Alexander in the nursery!!! Yep...Alex is an awesome dad.

    Gus....a puppy? ;) hehe I can SO relate about how somedays the most important thing is just snuggling that baby! Who cares about housework?? Well, we do, but, our little ones are more important... And they grow so fast!
    What a beautiful journey we're on, and I'm sooooo BLESSED to call you my sister!! <3 <3

  3. What a cutie pie! Glad to see you all are doing well.

    I'm guessing Gus is a livestock guardian dog.
    I have been trying to catch up on gardening (the weeds are taking over), rabbit projects, butchering, working on fences, and I still need to tackle shearing the rest of our sheep. I have only done the ram so far.
    Most of the time I enjoy gardening, but when it gets to 100-115 degrees I start hating it.


  4. Hi Tasha-- your little Ivy is getting so big! Thanks for all the great photos of home and family. We are currently winding our way along the rivers of Getmany en route to Austria and finally Prague. It is beautiful here and so beautiful with 12 century castles and charming half timbered homes. What a wonderful country Germany is! And that apple strudel??? Well is is better than I ever imagined it could be! Guess what I have been sampling lately in every bakery I get a a chance???! ***grin***!!!!!!!

  5. Lovely post, and delightful pictures! It's hard to believe how big Ivy is! Oh! Did you find a livestock guardian dog??

    Miss you!

  6. What a busy year you've had, m'dear!

    Ivy is the spitting image of her daddy, and my! what a head of hair she's growing. :-) Love her pacifier, LOL.

    I'm guessing Gus is a mule...but my mom thinks maybe a sheepdog of some kind? Do tell us soon; the suspense is killing us!!! ;-)

    May God continue to bless your lives as the years go by.

  7. Hello! Greetings from Sweden! Such a lovely blog and such a lovely family!
    I´m a wife, mother and grandmother and I don´t know how I find your blog, but
    so glad I did!God bless you! / Ingrid

  8. Your little Ivy is growing so fast! She is beautiful! Little girls are such fun. : ) I am sure she enjoys seeing the sheep. What a beautiful life for your little one!


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