I thought since it’s Christmas-time again, I would give y’all a family update.
As many of you all ready know, Josh married Caitlin in September of this year. They are now living in a small house in Troy, about 20 minutes from the Ranch. Josh is doing odds and ends construction, and Caitlin is being a awesome wife and sister in law.
Daniel is living in a nearby fire station and is really enjoying a firefighter’s life. He is also still doing construction.
Amy is working on her last year of high school. And she is learning to play the violin from Caitlin.
I am now in high school with hopes of going to college to become a veterinarian. I am really enjoying helping run the Ranch. And, in case you haven’t guessed my favorite part of farm life is working with the animals. I have also been learning to play the guitar with Daddy and am really enjoying it.
Faith has thrown herself wholeheartedly into farm life. She has her own brood of ducks and loves it.
Abigail and Samuel are simply enjoying the great outdoors. They love being together outside. They have discovered that work is fun when your doing what you love .
Mom and Dad are both doing well. Dad is working hard on the Ranch and helping with the schooling of the 5 of us that are still at home. Mom is kept on her toes with cooking, cleaning, and schooling.
We have been amazingly blessed this year. And we thank God for all He has done in our hearts and lives this year.
Merry Christmas from the Andersons!
I am just doing a quick post today, but I hope you enjoy it. Our summer is rushing by at an alarming speed, we start school next week and I can’t believe that my baby brother is in 4th grade this year! Josh and Caitlin’s wedding is just around the corner, things have been crazy for both families lately. I am including some of my pics from around the farm. I hope you enjoy them.
Looking up the barn.
An angle on the tractor tire makes a cool picture.
Josh and Caitlin. Don’t they make a cute couple?
We didn’t realize until after Josh had us place the crates, that he was making us carry them farther to make a nice picture, Ugh:)
Samuel just came in and said that Socks is having her kittens!! She has been looking like a bowling ball lately so this should be interesting.
All for now, I’ll post again soon.
I am SO sorry that it has been such a long time since I posted!! We have been crazy busy over the last two months. As many of you know, my brother Josh is marrying Caitlin in September, I am crazy excited! So, combine that with a week of camp, hay season, a full garden, animal care, back porch building, Faith’s birthday 2 weeks ago, Daddy’s Birthday Saturday, and My birthday on Monday!!! Put all of that together and you get a VERY busy couple of months, Oh, and one of our trucks is in the shop too. I hope ya’ll enjoy these next few pictures. Oh, by the way I did not take all of these. Enjoy!
Bos’n and Tootles soon became best friends! They are so cute together. Bos’n stretched out on the cool garage floor, Tootles decided it would be the perfect place to catch a nap.
We survived the Jungle Run!! Life action camp 2015.
Our cat Sally, nursing her 6 kittens. Their names are, Nameless #12345 and 6.:)
A beautiful rainbow brightens the dark sky.
Fairy tale clouds over the woods.
The garden is definitely producing this year! Mom with a bucket full of collards.
Newest additions to the farm. Adorable little ducklings.
Samuel tubing with our camp family assistant. We had SO much fun!
God is good!! I’ll post again soon. -GMA:)
Guess what, we have some new animals on the farm. First came kittens, Socks had a litter of 7 kittens pictured below. Last week we got 25 meat birds. Then a few days ago we purchased 2 goats, one female and one male. They are Nigerien Dwarf crossed with Pygmy, so they are pretty small. Last night (or very early this morning) our other cat, Sally had 6 kittens (no pics yet I don’t want to scare her) so we are now up to 17 cats and kittens! And to top it all off we are expecting chicks and turkeys tomorrow or the day after!
The guys building the back porch.
Socks and her new litter of 7 kittens. L to R: Olaf, Bandit, Mittens, Toodles, Chlo, Tom and Pixie.
The grass in the back field is definitely ready for the first haying.
Putting our new goats in their pen (she is heavier than she looks).
Our new goats, Frank and Lucy (the white one is Lucy and the brown one is Frank).
Daniel in his firefighter’s dress uniform.
Socks’ new kittens. I hope you enjoyed this post, Grace.
Easter family picture 2015 – with Caitlin!!
Spring has really come here to the farm. These past two weeks, we’ve begun planting vegetables in our garden, and have 8 new piglets and 7 new kittens!
I don’t have any kitten pictures yet😦 I’ll try to post those next week.
Enjoy these pictures of our piglets!
the Daddy pig – Brat
Some of our new piglets having dinner.
Aren’t they cute?
the little runt
Hi y’all Grace here!
Here are some recent pictures from around the farm. I hope you enjoy them!
I took ’em all, except the first two.
recent family photo in front of the barn
Josh and his new fiance, Caitlin! Isn’t she beautiful!?!
Sailor, our guard dog
Bos’n, Amy’s dog
Socks in a box
Farm fresh eggs, all nice and clean!
creek after rain
rocks in the bottom of the creek
tire tracks in the grass
battens on the barn
~Grace (with a little help from Amy)
I’m dreadfully sorry it has been so very long since my last post. Our life has been quite hectic these last months. But God is faithful!
I’ll give you a quick snapshot of where we’re at right now…
Our animal headcount is:
- 2 dogs – an 18 month old Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd cross guard dog and an 11 month black lab/golden retriever cross, who belongs to me
- 4 cats, one of which is quite pregnant
- 5 Rouen ducks (3 hens and 2 drakes)
- 3 Hampshire pigs, one boar and two pregnant gilts
- 41 laying hens – 22 Rhode Island Reds, 18 Black Ostrolorps, and 1 Grey Leghorn
- 1, six month old Jersey/Angus beef calf
The dogs are primarily mine and Dad’s responsibility. The ducks belong to Faith, the cats to Samuel, the red hens to Grace, and the black ones to Abigail.
The exterior of our barn is nearly done, with just a few more battens to nail up.
Our house continues to be a work in progress, but we are at least making progress
And now about the blog: I’m in my junior year of high school this year and also preparing for a mission trip this summer so am quite busy. Grace has been honing her photography and writing skills and will be taking over the posting here on the blog.
Stay tuned for some awesome photos from Grace and drop us a comment with any questions that I wasn’t able to answer here.