Thirteen!

IMG_0266October brought some unexpected issues to the Sweeten Family.  Jeremy had to hurry up and finish up the hay season so he could have eye surgery.  He had a detached retina due to being born premature. We worried about what lifestyle changes he would have to make.  However, the doctor has assured that despite needing a second surgery 3 weeks later and 1-2 more in the future, that he should continue being as active as ever.  IMG_0264

IMG_0273We traveled to the Michigan Upper Peninsula for Fall break and saw some gorgeous autumn color.  We also did a lot of driving and enjoyed seeing how they farm.  It was a good distraction from doctor visits and surgeries!

So why the title “Thirteen”?  Ruth has been struggling with counting to 20.  Jeremy and I sat down with her and realized she could not pronounce 13.  She could say, Thursday, Thirsty, and so on but not Thirteen.  So we kept encouraging her and wondered about speech class. Last Saturday she came home from Grandpa’s proudly saying “Thirteen!”  Now it’s not perfect every time, she still substitutes fourteen on occasion. What a lesson this has been to me!  Did she cry and want to give up?  Yes she did!  Very loudly in fact.  Did it take sometime?  Yes much more than I expected.  However she didn’t give up!  God doesn’t give up on us either, even when we think he isn’t listening or can’t hear us.  His plan and timing is so better than ours!  To Him be the Glory!IMG_0317

Summer….is Here!

IMG_3616I mean nearly gone, though hot weather has finally arrived.   Kids are back to school.  We had a full summer of swimming, vbs, zoo trip, and helping in the garden.  Amy is adjusting to Ruth being in school and Ruth adores kindergarten.IMG_3643  Paul is doing very well and we had fun celebrating his 8th Birthday!  All the kids have gained inches. Henry is crawling and finally getting teeth!  We are looking forward to celebrating his first birthday next month. He is adored by all and spends a ton of time on my back.

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I just completed the summer’s corn & bean scouting.  Lots of weed escapes this year due to early wet, and later dry weather.  Otherwise disease and insect issues have been minimal.  We had one of the coldest July’s on record.

IMG_4064   Farmwise hay making is stop/start with more stop than start.  It has been a huge challenge to put up any dry hay.  The big heifers left to go start their lives on a dairy and the 2 lonely steers will go to butcher soon. IMG_4081 We did plant a trial of summer annuals for a field day and they grew very well.  Now if only we could get a few days dry weather to get them harvested.

Spring is Here!

IMG_3407After a winter that broke all records, spring has finally arrived to northern Indiana.  The woodstove is still in use, however the spring flowers are blooming and Jeremy is planting hay fields.  Amy and I even found a newly hatched turtle.IMG_3513

The old minivan found a new home.  We decided we didn’t ask enough for it, as it sold 4 hours after I posted it.  However I fell confident it will be a help to the family we sold it to.     We replaced it with a new to us suburban.  Maybe having a 4×4 will jinx us into having a milder winter next year.

IMG_3508All seven of the mature steers have been sold and we have 9 heifers and 2 steers ready to hit this years’ pasture. We have been really pleased with the meat from these animals.

After such a winter we needed some sun!  We spent a wonderfully warm week in Florida for spring break.  The kids are expanded their swimming skills.  We visited the Tampa Aquarium, toured the American Victory Ship, and the Homosassa Springs Wildlife park.  We enjoyed the extra room in the suburban, but still managed to fill it up!  Paul and Jeremy spent one day hunting boars, so we had to allocate the room for the meat.IMG_3510

I did finally put away the winter coats and boots; however we are still awaiting warmer days.  Both Paul and Ruth have lost teeth, Paul’s was ready, Ruth’s wasn’t.  Planting has begun and Jeremy has multiple fields in various stages of readiness.  The garden is even partially tilled.  Hopefully this year my potatoes and onions make it into the ground!  I am planning on continuing my scouting service and have enjoyed scouting some wheat already.IMG_3519

Snowed in again…..

IMG_3266The winter of 2014 will be remembered at our house for many years!  We have snow and the extremely low temperature is making it very “squeaky” to walk outside on the snow.  Paul has had school cancelled more days than he has gone this year.  We have been able to send the kids out at least once a day to “blow the stink off” Ruth has gone from saying, “Daddy, I don’t stink” to asking, “Daddy do I smell?” IMG_3300

 

Of course with the cold temperatures come many other issues.  Our dishwasher has froze up twice.  Which is minor compared to reports from others of toilets, to whole houses.  We only had a few days this month above 25 degrees F. 

 

Our outside hydrant became an all day repair for Jeremy.  The young heifers needed water!  Yes they can eat snow, but with the cold weather it is much better for them to have fresh water. 

 

IMG_3287The minivan has been kicked out of  the garage so the skid loader could have its’ spot.  Not that we are going many places anyway.   

 

We cannot see the road from our house.  So it has been fun connecting with the neighbors to determine if we have been plowed, if we will be IMG_3306plowed, and who is stuck!  One big difference from this storm and past ones…. the internet and cell phones!  Apparently a lot of cooking and baking has been going in the area as well!  I know we have been eating well.  The break from going anywhere has allowed us to spend a lot of time together and even get the farm finances ready for tax season. IMG_3309

Hope everyone is keeping safe and warm! Rumors are that we may have another system later this week!  How do you keep busy when being snowed in?

 

  

 

 

Blizzard 2014

IMG_3233After a good snow last week and a blizzard this week,  we are up to 14 inches of blowing snow!  So far the critters are fine and no one has gone completely stir crazy!  Though we have been close!  We made it to church but had some trouble getting home.  Jeremy had to get out the skid loader to get the van up to the house. All the kids were able to play outside yesterday. They had a blast, but today the temperatures IMG_3245have been about -12 degrees F.   We let Paul go out for a while, but once was enough for him!  I’m hoping it warms up tomorrow!

IMG_3235Jeremy has been trying to plow out ourselves and the neighbors as well.  Life is never boring and I’ve been working on my patience by letting the kids make cookies.  Henry is growing out of his clothes so I have been sorting those.  He is a good baby and sleeps well at night.  IMG_3258

They have already closed school for tomorrow, so we get at least one more day to sleep in!  If you call 7:15 sleeping in!  We prepped for the storm by buying a new VCR to watch the 3 boxes of VHS tapes my cousin gave us!  It’s been fun sharing old shows with the kids!  I feel very blessed that I am home fulltime now and Jeremy works from the home office.  No wondering if we need to get out in the weather!  Our only concern is if Jeremy has a fire or medical run.  So far everything is ok.  It will be a few days before things are running normally, the snow is predicted to thaw this weekend.

Goodbye 2013!

IMG_3117The Holiday and Birthday season is over and we are looking forwards to a warm winter next to the woodstove.  Amy and Ruth are now three and five.  Both ready to start school!  Not sure how Amy will deal with being left behind next fall.  My favorite Holiday memory is being asked to give the Advent reading during our Christmas Eve Service at church.  It was a bit daunting to have all four kids up front!

Paul is enjoying his Christmas Break.  IMG_3182Hard to believe he is half way done with the 1st Grade.  He is reading chapter books now, though reading now has to compete with his favorite Christmas gift, his DS (game system).

 

IMG_3171Ruth and Amy received lots of accessories for their dolls, some movies, and other toys.  Both seem happy and with the cold we have watched the movies over and over!

We have adjusted to becoming a family of six.  Henry didn’t get much for Christmas this year.  However, he has become quiet adapt at giving smiles and a few giggles.  We have discovered that he adores his baths!IMG_3168

Things are pretty quiet on the farm.  Jeremy is selling baleage and hay.  The market is full this year, so we’ve been seeking new buyers.  The cold weather has been helping.  We have nine heifer and two steer calves who have added to daily chores.  Two grown steers are gone, and five more will be gone in three weeks.  Jeremy shot two deer this fall and the freezers are full!

2013 Forage Harvest is Complete, On to New Adventures!

We have an overabundance of white “marshmallow” bales and quite a few other types in the barn as well.  Jeremy is slowly getting equipment home and winterized.  Beans should all be harvested soon and then the only thing left to bale is corn stalks.  However, Jeremy hasn’t slowed down, he is back up to full time for his agronomist position and is out hunting when time and weather permits.  Paul is especially enjoying hunting this year.  One group of steers are nearly ready to be butchered, and we now have a second group of heifers for 2014 meat.  We are out of hamburger, so I’m back to being more creative with our meals. We still have four steers available as freezer beef!

IMG_2965We are all adjusting to having a newborn in the house.  We are finding a routine and even get to town at least once a week.  Some days go better than others!  However, we are focusing on enjoying each day as it comes.  Henry is growing well and becoming more alert.  I so enjoy snuggling with him and reflecting how much I have learned since Paul was born seven years ago!  God has been so good to provide a way for me to be home with the kids and I am extremely grateful to not have to be preparing for the end of maternity leave!

We picked apples last week!  Henry was snuggled in my wrap and barely knew he was out of his carseat!  So far we’ve put 5 quarts of apples in the freezer, made one batch of dehydrated apples, and 1 cream cheese apple crisp.  We still have plenty to peel, core, and slice.  Paul is learning to play basketball and the girls are learning to put shoes on to go outside! Life is never dull at our house!

God’s Blessings!

IMG_2714We are enjoying the blessing of a new son!  On Wednesday September 18, 2013, Henry Keith, was born at 7:43 in the morning via C-section as planned.  He was 6 lbs. 15 ozs., and 20 1/2 inches long.  Despite wanting a girl, Amy & Ruth are as taken with him as we all are.  Amy is quite proud and invites everyone to meet “my baby”.  Ruth wants to hold him and ignores him the rest of the time.  At the hospital once that was done she wanted to go home! IMG_2709 I think Paul was a little surprised to get his desired brother but also very happy.  Henry is healthy and growing well!  I am pretty sore, but healing and have been blessed by a lot of help from friends and family.

IMG_2691It was an incredible week with wonderful care at the hospital and so many times we can look back on when we felt God’s presence so very close.  It even rained a lot so Jeremy wasn’t tempted to be in the fields!

This week Jeremy is hitting it hard trying to get one more cutting in most of our hayfields as well as help a neighbor mow his hay.  It makes life a bit hectic!  However we trust God will see us to the end of this season just as he has the past ones!

End of Season & New Baby Preparations!

I am feeling very blessed that hot the weather has cooled off!  We finally had some more rain so should get one more cutting of hay in most of the fields and the soybeans should be bigger we hope!  That will have to wait a bit longer though since the forecast is calling for more rain and we will also be welcoming our 4th child!

Jeremy and Paul have been squirrel hunting quite a bit, but so far have only gotten one.  Both are ready to deer hunt this fall!  The girls have asked to go as well.  We will see if Daddy, gives in!

IMG_2658It has been very enjoyable to have the kids old enough to understand we are getting a new baby.  They’ve been pestering me for a week now to just go to the doctor to get him or her!  Overall I think we are ready.  Little clothes and cloth diapers are washed and put away.  Sitters are lined up.  The IMG_2657pantry and fridge are stocked up as much as possible.  Our church will be helping with meals, so that alleviates a lot of the stress.  My bags are mostly packed.  While a planned C-section certainly isn’t the ideal way for a baby to come, it does has its perks and I try to focus on them.

Here Comes September!

IMG_2507IMG_2500August was super busy this year.  The kids, Grandpa and I, did make it to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.  It was definitely the coolest August trip we will take.  The kids had a blast, especially playing in the fountains!

Jeremy made it to Ohio for his shooting matches and had a great time.  He has been making lots of hay.  Mostly big square bales finally the barns are getting filled!  Most of the rain has missed us, but stress levels have still been high.

We enjoyed participating in Denver Days.  IMG_2601Jeremy took a tractor for the antique pull, Paul took his bike for the bike rodeo.  IMG_2590The kids also were able to ride in the fire truck during the parade. Jeremy is briefly caught up.  So he and Paul have been enjoying the woods hunting for squirrels.

IMG_2617Tomatoes are going crazy and I’ve put up salsa and plain tomatoes.  We also froze some peaches and defrosted both freezers.  Paul is back in school and everything seems to be going well there.  The bikes have been repaired and all 3 kids are enjoying them.  Ruth cut her hair.  Not what I wanted but turned out ok.  IMG_2620

We are down to just over 2 weeks until our 4th child arrives.  While I’ve reorganized some of the kid clothes. I still have a lot to do!  Jeremy reminded me this morning that despite it being “Labor Day” I’m not allowed to go into labor.

Enjoying Summer….. or Maybe I should say Surviving!

IMG_2379While our garden is still waiting for us to finish planting, we have enjoyed some banana peppers and should be getting tomatoes soon.  Hopefully the potatoes, onions, and beans will be in the ground soon now that we have some clear days.  My sprinkler died last year and has not had to be replaced yet.  At this point I’m planning on waiting until the end of season sales!IMG_2387

Yes, after the drought of 2012, we have had more rainy days this summer than dry.  Jeremy is having one of his most challenging years yet.  Mid-June a 10 day predicted dry stretch unexpectedly turned into only 4 days.  We are still working on getting some of that hay up.  Thankfully we have found buyers. In the middle of all the rain the brand new hay rake has broken IMG_2391twice.  It should be up and running again soon.  We rarely buy new equipment, and this has been more than frustrating!  Wheat harvest has also commenced and we have quite a few acres of straw to bale. Praying this dry stretch lasts and Jeremy can catch up a little!

The kids and I went to a local u-pick blueberry patch this morning.  It was challenging keeping Amy & Ruth on task. However, Paul did a lot of picking, and with some help from some friends, we came home with just under 15 pounds!  I can’t wait to try some new recipes and know they will taste extra good this winter! We may even go and get some more! Ok so Mommy might find a sitter for the girls IMG_2364first…..

Ready to get some more garden produce in the freezer and cupboards before the baby gets here.  The countdown has begun!

The kids are enjoying the outdoor creatures, so we set up an old aquarium for some baby toads!  They are enjoying catching crickets and other insects to see what they will eat!  And Mommy is happy that they don’t bite, scratch, or smell!

 

 

Farming Season is Here and Paul turns 7!!!

037While it seemed forever at the time, it didn't take too long for spring to finally arrive to northern Indiana.  For a while it felt like things were moving in slow motion.  However time keeps moving.  The lilacs are blooming, weevils are eating the alfalfa, and Paul celebrated his 7th Birthday.       I've enjoyed being able to hang out the laundry and being outside!

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094As I write this 2 fields have been successfully harvested and the upcoming possibility of rain has slowed progress as it normally does in May.  One hay mower made it's way to a new home in Iowa and has been replaced by a newer semi truck and hay rake.  It is still debatable whether or not the old hay rake will stick around or not.  Corn and bean fields have been planted all around us.  Hopefully our beans will be planted sometime in the next week.  Jeremy is learning the ins and outs of juggling a regular job and farming.  Thankfully it is a slow time for his job.

Paul and I are counting down the few days left of school.  We've enjoyed celebrating his 7th Birthday despite the hectic time of year.  The school even planned their field trip to the zoo on his Birthday!  Next week he graduates from Kindergarten.  He's not sure how he feels about that yet.  He is very comfortable where he is.  Many of the fields I will be scouting have been planted and will be emerging soon.

Birthday Cakes

A late frost last Monday made me glad the garden wasn't planted.  But now I am anxious to get the tilling done and get the plants in the ground. Next year I am definitely learning towards a No-till garden.  However this year we've been adding some gypsum and

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Florida via Two Lane Roads

074It wasn’t really planned that way…..but then what trip goes as planned?  We left for our Florida spring break vacation on Good Friday.  We didn’t leave until 9:30, but with 3 kids knew it would take a while anyway.  When it    took over 4 hours to get to Elizabethtown, KY we gave up on the interstate. We saw some beautiful Kentucky and Tennessee country.  Three miles from our selected hotel Amy threw up, the hotel should be happy, we wouldn’t have stayed there otherwise.  Saturday started out pretty good, then we started seeing more taillights in Alabama.  So once again we took off from the beaten path.

We saw some beautiful hills, pecan groves, cattle pastures, and parks we would like to visit some day.  Finally about 11:15 that evening we found our destination in Tampa, Florida.

003Unfortunately the girls did not sleep in much Easter morning or any morning for that matter!  We had brought a ham with us and put it in the crockpot so we could have an Easter Dinner with all the family.  We spent the week enjoying the pool, visiting with family, and at the beach.  The kids did very well and took turns sleeping in the big bed or sleeping bag.  Even Amy, who had been in a crib up to that point! The weather was very nice!  We visited some new places and re-visited some older ones. 079

We headed north on the following Friday. Traffic wasn’t too bad until we got to Birmingham.  We made it through finally and stayed at a slightly better hotel in northern Alabama.

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ways with my Dad and traveled to Columbia, TN for Mule Days!  Paul had to get a cowboy hat!  He looks great in it!  We really enjoyed watching the National Pulling Mule competition and seeing the WIDE variety of mules ready for almost anything from riding to working to driving.  They were all sizes and colors.  We stayed several hours.  I would love to get a few more long ears and visit again once the kids are riding better!  Overall it was a very awesome restful trip!  We made it home late Saturday night.

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It is hard to say when we will get to take another vacation or where we will end up!  But this one worked out great with the kids!  I’m very thankful to have some giving relatives who opened up their house to us!

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Winter is not forever…….

Even though time has flown since my last post, our winter has been hanging on this year. We had more snow days in March than in the previous whole year at school. While we had several 80+ degree days in March 2012, this year our winter coats are still out and we have only enjoyed a few days over 50 degrees! Makes me realize that it truly is the extremes that are added to together to make the averages and the nearly nonexistent “normal”.

2013 has brought as many if not more changes than the previous years have

to the Sweeten Family. In January, Jeremy accepted a job as an agronomist for a forage and cover crop company. While he wasn’t looking for a job, we felt it was an opportunity he shouldn’t turn down. It has been a challenge to sync his new schedule which now requires some travel, with his fire fighter’s class and my school schedule. The job brings a long the perk of enabling us to pay off debt and he will get summers off to farm!

It was about that same time in January, that we discovered that our fourth child is on his/her way! While I have had a few early ultrasounds, the baby is doing well and is due September 25th.

The kids are growing fast and are looking forwards to having a new baby. They are divided as to whether they want a boy or girl. They have really enjoyed playing in the snow! Paul of course is convince a brother will be 10 times better than his current sisters.

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While gearing up for the summer scouting season, I am also preparing for leaving my teaching position. I have been treated very well my first year back into teaching. It has been a very tough decision. Jeremy’s job

has really changed a lot of things. However I have always wanted to be a stay at home Mom. We’ve gone over finances and prayed a lot.

We ordered soybeans for several fields this year, and Jeremy has taken a lot of forage crop seed orders. I will be scouting at least as much as I did last year. We also sold the extra hay mower and are making plans to buy a new rake. So even with the snow still melting, we will be ready for the 2013 farming season. It will be here before we know it!

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Online Christmas Card

046Somehow this year, I’ve missed making my Christmas card and letter!  In some ways this blog has replaced that, though I know I will have to print it for a few non-internet friends.  The years go faster each year and we seem to be busier as well.  Our church not only left our denomination, but we also changed the church’s name.

We continue to grow both spiritually and in numbers.  So this year it was decided to do a picture directory!  I thought our picture came out well!

Jeremy had his longest hay season ever.  It began in mid-March with planting some annuals, and finally ended about December 8 with a broken tractor and a broken baler.  So Jeremy will have plenty to do this winter!  It was without a doubt our most challenging year, with the early start, drought, new big square baler, fencing building, and no heifers!  We do have a few steers that will be ready to butcher next year as well as Barney and Rusty.  So Jeremy has still had a few daily chores. We continue to learn to trust God to show us where he wants the farm to go.

My job with Ivy Tech ended in July.  It was looking pretty bleak at that time for the farming year.  So I scrambled to get my teaching license renewed and was rewarded with my first Agriculture teaching position!  Paul and I started school on the same day! He loves school and is doing well as a kindergartner. I am doing well also.  It has been nice to be on the school schedule and the girls enjoy going to the sitters on a regular schedule. We were all ready for Chrismas Break!

Paul is reading many sight words. He can count over 100 and loves to play games on PBS kids. He seems to have outgrown his love of Thomas train, but is still a big fan of Cars. He changed his favorite color to Green this summer. He loves recess and lunch. The only issue his teacher has had is he wants to rush through his assignments. He is nearly to my shoulder!

We celebrated Amy & Ruth’s Birthday on December 15th this year.  Ruth turned 4, is completely potty  trained, loves Dora, babies, the color purple.  She knows her colors and can count to 10. She will chatter your ear off about tractors, combines, and kitties.

Amy will be 2 and loves anything the other two love. She is very loving and even lets me rock her on occasion!  She is catching up to Ruth in size, which makes life interesting. Her favorite animal are cats, and she also love to imitate elephants!

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I was able to write my second devotional/planner, and am really happy with the results.  It is amazing what you can get done, with the Holy Spirit whispering in your ear!  Please let me know if you would like one!  I’m hoping to start next years during my summer break!  My Agronomy business is also growing! I picked up some soil sampling, though it was interesting getting samples pulled between school and Jeremy’s busy fall.  I have plans to continue scouting during my summer break.

 

 

Jeremy is really enjoying his time with the local emergency response unit and is taking classes to be on the fire department as a fire fighter as well.  He also has been cutting firewood and is working on wood for the 2013-14 season!

We hope and pray everyone has a wondeful

Christmas season!

 

October sneaks up on us…..

Cutting hay one more time!

order viagra“300” height=”225″ />And we are still attempting to finish the hay season! Jeremy is sneaking out to the woods whenever he can to hunt for deer. Paul has gone with him, and he has promised Ruth she may go as well. It took 12 days to make one field of hay due to the rain, and just bad drying weather. Such is life on a forage farm!

The garden is done for the season and the kids and I cleaned up most

of the outdoor toys. We have been enjoying several weeks of crisp weather outside, and a warm woodstove inside. The fall jackets are out and the winter ones are not far behind. We had Rusty and Barney’s feet trimmed, so they should be good until spring. We have been enjoying harvest parties with

campfires & s’mores. Paul had his first school pictures and they turned out great! Paul's Kindergarten picture

At school we just finished up soils judging and are getting ready for National FFA convention and Forestry judging. For every thing we mark off our lists, two more are added it seems. However we seem to all be adjusted to our new routine, which has been a big blessing.

Paul Soils judging 2012

September Saturday Fun!

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September is here and seems to be in a huge hurry! The kids and I spent the first Saturday of September working on the house. We also made salsa on Labor Day! It was so nice to be able to stay

home and get a few things caught up! I even did some baking and we had muffins for most of the week for breakfast!

Then the second Saturday arrived and with it, the local festival and a parade float for the church. This Saturday wasn’t a complete loss as we didn’t have to be there until 1:30. So the kids and I went and rode on the parade. I think this was our third year! Paul Amy Baden on Parade Float

This third Saturday was my nephew, John’s 4th Birthday. So after sleeping in a bit, we rushed around the house getting a few things done, then heading out to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. It was awesome weather, so the zoo was pretty crowded. Girls and giraffe 2012

 

 

 

But we enjoyed a quick lunch, complete with Birthday cupcakes, and then spent a somewhat crazy afternoon at the zoo. Amy didn’t

want to leave the first few animals we saw, she just wanted to watch! She soon got the idea, something else good was coming! Though I think both she and Ruth would have watched the giraffe eat lettuce all day. 2012 Ft Wayne Zoo Trip

Ruth however did not cooperate for any good pictures for a Christmas card. It was a good day, though and I will have to find other time to work on the house in between FFA responsibilities and lesson plans! I think we will be staying home next weekend, so maybe then!

While we’ve been out having fun, Jeremy has been working in between rains putting up as much hay as possible. Prices continue to be good, but making the hay is challenging due to the fall weather. We also have some oats planted that Jeremy will bale & wrap in the next 4-6 weeks. They are looking very good!

We are also making plans to buy a few beef cows this spring. Then we have some acreage coming out of the CRP program that we are debating whether to go right to a hay crop or do a year of beans in. Add to that some new acres rented, and the 2013 season is sounding better all the time!kids and I spent the first Saturday of September working on the house. We also made salsa on Labor Day! It was so nice to be able to stay home and get a few things caught up! I even did some baking and we had muffins for most of the week for breakfast!

School has Started!

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buying viagraeight=”300″ />We are two weeks into the school year! Life is still on the crazy side, but we are getting into the routine. Paul’s favorite

parts of school are recess, lunch, and the bus ride. However, he appears to be doing well at his studies. So far everything is review and working on staying in the lines, writing better, etc.

We enjoyed going to open house this last week. Paul was our guide, and showed us the library, computer lab, gyms, and lunch room. They served ice cream! Paul @ schoolThe girls really enjoyed seeing the school.

 

 

 

Paul has lots of new friends. Jeremy gets Paul onto the bus then runs the girls to the sitter. Most days Jeremy gets him off the bus. Which is a nice advantage of a farming schedule.

However this last week has been very busy getting 4th cutting and custom work done. Kids at Paul's schoolMy school is 20 miles away, but thankfully I can pretty easily get home before Paul. My classes are going well. I had forgotten how time flies once things get going. Finding time for myself is going to be a challenge. Especially with housework and lesson planning.

While we’ve had rain the last few weeks, the crops have struggled and yields continue to be lower. Jeremy will be baling cornstalks and even some corn for a few farmers.

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We are two weeks into the school year! Life is still on the crazy side, but we are getting into the routine. Paul’s favorite parts of school are recess, lunch, and the bus ride. However, he appears to be doing well at his studies. So far everything is review and working on staying in the lines, writing better, etc.
We enjoyed going to open house this last week. Paul was our guide, and showed us the library, computer lab, gyms, and lunch room. They served ice cream! The girls really enjoyed seeing the school.

Paul has lots of new friends. Jeremy gets Paul onto the bus then runs the girls to the

sitter. Most days Jeremy gets him off the bus. Which is a nice advantage of a farming schedule.
However this last week has been very busy getting 4th cutting and custom work done. My school is 20 miles away, but thankfully I can pretty easily get home before Paul. My classes are going well. I had forgotten how time flies once things get going. Finding time for myself is going to be a challenge. Especially with housework and lesson planning.
While we’ve had rain the last few weeks, the crops have struggled and yields continue to be lower. Jeremy will be baling cornstalks and even some corn for a few farmers.
I think we are all looking forward to getting this season behind us. Though trying to make the best of the situation. God has been watching over us and teaching us new things!
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New Adventures!

Pickles

buy viagra online in canada5″ />We have been very blessed the last few weeks. Not only have I had multiple job interviews, but the garden is producing well! This week the kids and I picked a large sink full of cucumbers. It took a few days, but by following some online instructions (www.simplycanning.com) and my Blue Ball Canning Book, we now have 14 pints of bread and butter pickles and 14 pints of pickle relish!

While I grew up eating home canned produce, I have always opted to freeze what little produce we’ve had in the past. I never really learned. I have several hand-me-down pressure cookers, but they stay unused in my cupboards. I will stick with water bath canning for now.

Canned pickles and relishIt appears to have gone well! All the jars sealed well. I had a little extra relish that we put in the fridge to eat now. I was really glad to see the end of the cucumbers, but they were quickly replaced with green beans!

Instead of using freezer bags, I got out my new still in the box vacuum sealer (from multiple Christmas’s ago). I also had picked up some freeze and steam bags, so the kids and I tried those! We ended up with 6 bags of beans. They look yummy!

Relish and beans waiting to be processed

 

The tomatoes are just beginning to go crazy. I didn’t plant canning tomatoes this year. We have an odd assortment of beefsteak, and some stripys and black heirloom varieties from a friend.

I am hoping that we get to make some salsa, tomato sauce, and maybe some whole tomatoes canned before school starts in just over a week, for both Paul and I!

 

pickles and tomatoesYes both Paul and I are going back to school. Paul to kindergarten, and me to teach 7-12 Agriculture at a local school. It will be a new adventure for all of us. It

is exciting to finally be using my degree for its intended use!

Jeremy has been busy salvaging rained on hay and going to a shooting competition. He really needed the break. The rain is a blessing and we have plans to make a lot more hay this fall. The kids and I have had fun feeding the

steers and even sleeping one night in the tent. But we are ready for his return today!