Monthly Archives: September 2014

18 years together

Had to start milking extra early today so we could make it out in time for Michael’s double header. ⚾️

I will never grow tired of sunrises… ❤️






Looking back toward the girls…


Now I’m back at the milkhouse, looking up toward where the girls were…




And then I glance toward Mike in the barn and I do a double take…


I LOVE THIS MAN. ❤️ I love that he sees beauty where I see beauty. I love that I just caught him taking a picture of it like I was. 😍 I love that the Lord has blessed us with 18 years of marriage together. 💏


And I love that he txted me this picture after he took it. That he knew I’d love it. And I do. 💗


We love because He first loved us. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭19‬)

Farmily fun with Flat Stanley

Got a fun assignment from Arizona last week… 🌵


I decided to turn it into a blog post for a couple reasons. First, because I am THE WORST at being prompt at mailing packages out. [Like birthdays, for example. I still have my mom’s August 25th b-day gift sitting on a table waiting to go to the post office. I mean, the gift is DONE and ready…all I need to do is mail it! 😔] And second, I am THE WORST at getting pictures printed… We don’t have a color printer, so the procedure to get a picture printed is just more than I can handle, lol… Especially when the printer at our local Rite Aid doesn’t seem to ever be able to read our travel drives! 😡

Soooo, to my brother, Mark: Hope this post can count as completing Abbi’s assignment – and if you want to print any of these pictures out, you’ll get them quicker than any I’d send from here! 😬I’ll place Flat Stanley and his new wardrobe in mom’s package and try to get it shipped tomorrow… 👍

Now: on to our adventure! 😊

First thing we had to do was prepare Flat Stanley with proper “farm” attire… Custom-made a pair of muck boots for him and introduced him to the dairy girls during the morning’s milking. 🐮Here he is with the boys and ScotchTape:


Next he helped me hand milkers to the boys…👏


Then he “hung” with me in the milkhouse… 🙈


And he helped me bottle the milk. He MAY have taste-tested the milk when I wasn’t looking…not sure how else he may have gotten a milk mustache… 😧


He liked our cats, too. Though they weren’t interested in sharing their milk with him…😼


He wanted to get an up-close look at the calves, so we brought him to see them… 😎


He chose the wrong wire to hold onto and was a little “shocked”… [It was a “hair-raising” experience! 😉]


Then he almost turned into a snack, but Uncle Mike saved him… 😱


Didn’t take long and everybody just went back to business… ☺️


Then he helped me frost Uncle Mike’s birthday brownies… 🍫


And posed for a selfie with Michael… 😏


He fit perfectly in Uncle Mike’s phone pocket on the 4-wheeler, so he was ready for a ride with the boys…🌞


They took him to see the dairy girls grazing in their field…🐄


Fixed him up with a Terriers shirt to root for Michael’s baseball team, and then he partied with us as we shared a dessert celebration for Uncle Mike after the rainy game. Even Aunt Jenny got in on the fun! 🎉


That’s it! Some farm, some family, and some fun. Thanks for sending Flat Stanley to us, Abbi! 💌

Aunt Dawn, Uncle Mike, Michael, & Paul



Tractor tugboat…

So funny. Couldn’t help snap these pictures this week. Our lawn tractor stop moving forward while Michael was mowing. My 3 “mechanics” needed to get it next door to the big barn where all their tools are. Paul went and got the 4-wheeler and a chain, so he could tug Michael up the hill next door. Mission successful! 👍

Funny, our school year has started a little differently than planned. Lifeschooling: Mechanics 101 actually began a couple weeks ago with our “farmily” (no, that’s not a typo) truck. Boys got to learn how to replace brake pads, emergency brake cable, and water pump. And this week it’s all about replacing mower belts and patching tractor tire inner tubes. Perhaps next week will be oil changes, fixing muffler holes, and door handles… Ahh, vehicles – such a love/hate relationship! 😬 Truthfully, we ARE very thankful for them, but it seems they are most often used as vehicles to grow our patience. 😉 And that is most definitely A GOOD THING. 👍

So here’s Michael coasting down our hill to hook up to Paul.



All hooked up…


And away they go!