Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Tale of Two Trophies


Two trophies. One of them actually belongs to me. One belongs to Emily. Mine was getting dusty and old in our storage and Emily decided to rescue it. DH says that when he told her it was mine, she wanted to bring it inside the house.

How did I get mine? I won at State while participating in DECA under the "full service restaurant management" category. Went all the way to Nationals. I was pretty proud of myself, back then.

How did Emily get hers? Photography contest. She's seen me snap pictures of just about everything and really wanted to try her hand at it. She won 2nd place in the "pee-wee" category. Blows my trophy out of the water.

I'm glad my rickety old trophy, has hers to keep it company. I hope they become great friends and share many adventures together.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Our Chickens... and Roosters.

Boy, our chickies have grown! Remember when they looked like this...


Well, those tiny little fluff balls are long gone and have been replaced by these beauties...


*This post was just interrupted by Emily's screaming. I ran outside to see what was wrong and lo and behold Sunflower (a rooster, she named him) was chasing her about the property. According to her she wanted to PET it and he pecked hand and then proceeded to chase her. Bad rooster!*

It's hard to get a decent picture of them, since they seem to crowd around me thinking that I've walked out to feed them. Sunflower is especially guilty of tripping me and pecking my boots. That little rooster sure does have a lot of spunk for being the runt of the litter. The name Sunflower is a whole 'nother story. Emily named him this when they were still chicks and we couldn't distinguish between male and female. Turns out, he was a male. LOL

Since the beginning of this adventure we've lost THREE chickens. Two of them at the hands of our own puppies, and the other we're still not sure WHAT took it. We also added THREE chickens... so we're pretty much where we started. In total we have FOUR roosters and SIX chickens. The chickens are nice and fat... er, plump. Their offspring will make great meat chickens. The roosters... well, they're a pain in the butt to deal with. We'll have to get more chickens because they don't seem to want to be nice and share. Men... can't live with them, and can't live without them. Right? Right.

Just this past weekend we found an EGG! Our very first!


We then debated on whether we should eat it, or build a homemade incubator. Turns out making an incubator is rather easy, but the chances of one egg making it to the other side... well, that's not so easy. We'll have to keep our eyes open and see if they keep laying more eggs and where it is they do. If we can get a decent amount of eggs, we might try our hand at incubating them.

It's turning out to be a fun experience for ALL of us. I can't wait for Spring to get here so that I can take pictures of the chickens with their baby chicks. *squee*




Monday, January 18, 2010

These are our sheep...


We have TWO sheep once again. It is our hope that they will mature and eventually mate, producing more baby sheepy for us to, um... play with. Right now they are mostly kept so they can eat all the green stuff in the back. This keeps us from having to mow, saving us time and money. Eventually, we'll try and get a few more females and breed them for meat and/or milk/cheese.

In my mind we're slowly working towards becoming self-sufficient. We have the chickens for eggs and meat, the sheep and with time we'll work in some goats. I have to start planning how or what I'm gonna garden and look into canning/jarring/preserving whatever fruits and vegetables we're able to harvest. We didn't set out to be farmers/ranchers/crazies... but it's been a fun ride getting to where we are now. Let's hope the rest of it is just as enjoyable. Remind me I said that when I step into a pile of chicken crap for the umpteenth time.

Will be back with pictures of my chickies! I can't believe they are laying eggs! It seems like yesterday they were tiny little chicks that I had to check their butt to make sure their poop hole wasn't caked with feces. FUN TIMES! FUN TIMES!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Answers...

That's really all we wanted. And we got them.

I gotta learn to turn to God for everything in my life. It makes it so much more easier.

A silent prayer of "thanks" was offered to Him.

Thanks to those who said a prayer...

❝We all need sheltering trees
Friends in our lives who'll get down on their knees
Lift us up before the King of kings
We all need sheltering trees❞

-Newsong

Thanks.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Remember...

What's the title of this blog? Paz en la Tormenta. Peace in the Storm in English. Throughout the years when things don't go as I want them to or how we planned for them to go, I remind myself that in the midst of the storm the Lord is with us. I remind myself that I need to let go of my troubles, my worries and let Him take control of the situation. It's hard to remember those things.

This week has been a hard one. It seems that our year hasn't started off as we would have liked it. There are a lot of things that are up in the air, and waiting to see or hear how things will turn out is making us a little antsy. Part of me tells me that maybe this is just a test of unwavering faith. That when a door closes, God opens another. Gotta keep moving forward, gotta place our trust in Him, gotta look at the big picture... It's hard.

But on days like today, I come sit at the computer ready to forget my sorrows by logging on to facebook, reading blogs or the news or anything else that might be entertaining on the internet and the title of this blog catches me.

"HE REPLIED, "YOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID?" THEN HE GOT UP AND REBUKED THE WINDS AND THE WAVES, AND IT WAS COMPLETELY CALM."

Peace, in the storm.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Nothing too hard...

I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.
Is anything too hard for me?
Jeremiah 32:27

Monday, January 04, 2010

Fresh Start

Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past...
I, even I, am he who blots
out your transgressions,
for my own sake, and remembers
your sins no more.

Isaiah 43:18,25