Saturday, April 18, 2009

Praise GOD from Whom ALL blessings flow!!

The past couple of days have been quite busy for us around here. I have a wonderful true story of God's provision for us to share with you, when I am not so sleepy and can give it the brain-power it needs. But I will share with you for now just a few nibbles of the sweetness I have felt from Him this week. It just amazes and baffles me why I should even be blessed so enormously. It just swells so big in my heart that I can hardly stand it.

This pretty insect was enjoying a rest on our little raspberry plant. I was somewhat concerned that he might try to munch on it, so I stared at it quite sternly until it flew away. Guess I told him ;)

A porch swing. It might be the old-fashioned country girl in me, but home just doesn't seem right without one of these. We bought it this morning from the Mennonites on Cedar Creek. DH and I have already given it a good "test swing".

And now, I'd like to introduce you to the newest "members" of our family!

This is Hazel, in front, and Hennie (original, I am not!)

And this is Deuce! Isn't he a handsome fella?
His full name is Lonesome Dove II, given him by his previous keeper, but I like things simple ;)

Those big black timbers? Those are the ones I mentioned in my "8's" post.
Not exactly an enjoyable exercise, but maybe after going through all that it'll be worth it.

With dirt! I added a 10-10-10 fertilizer to it this afternoon. It's forecasted to rain tonight, tomorrow and some Monday, so hopefully Tuesday I can start planting! Hopefully that's enough time in between fertilizing...anyone have any idea how long you should wait before planting?

Until next time, I hope everyone has a beautiful and blessed Sunday!


  1. I am so excited about your new garden! I'm sure you'll LOVE the fresh veggies this summer. That Hazel, Hennie and Deuce are some fine looking fowl ... in my opinion, nothing beat fresh yard eggs!

    On a more serious note, if you get rain over the next couple days the 10-10-10 fertilizer should be diluted enough to plant early next week. Also, the insect on your raspberry plant is a shield bug & they love to eat those beautiful green leaves. When outside take a cup of water that has a few drops of dish washing liquid added. If you see these bugs, just pick them off the plant and drop them in the water. The dish soap, being lighter than water, floats on top of the water and prevents the bugs from flying or crawling out - they drown and are then not able to reproduce. You can do the same with any insect eggs you may find on the under side of plant leaves.


  2. Oh your chickies are beautiful! I want some so bad.

    I too am a swing fan. That one looks so nice. I bet it was well worth the test swing!

    Looking forward to seeing the garden updates as you get planting. I am so happy for you both that soon you will be eating the bounty from all of your hard earned efforts.

    Happy Sunday!

  3. I took the flower quiz in your sizebar ... I'm a sunflower!


  4. You are doing a wonderful job with your homestead! Blessings!

  5. Your chickens are simply too cute! You must enjoy having some so very much. Wow - your gardens look so amazing. I can't wait to see the fruit of your labours!

    When you get tired from working outdoors, I suggest that you rest on that gorgeous swing of yours. :)

  6. I just got my first flock. I am so excited! Do you love them?