"So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, 'For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.' " Genesis 26:22b

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Always Busy

Hi Everybody,

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 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!!

We survived the Jungle Run!! Life action camp 2015.

Our cat Sally, nursing her 6 kittens. There names are, Nameless #12345 and 6.:)

Our cat Sally, nursing her 6 kittens. Their names are, Nameless #12345 and 6.:)

A beautiful rainbow brightens the dark sky.

A beautiful rainbow brightens the dark sky.

Fairy tale clouds over the woods.

Fairy tale clouds over the woods.

The garden is definitely producing this year!

The garden is definitely producing this year! Mom with a bucket full of collards.

Newest additions to the farm.

Newest additions to the farm. Adorable little ducklings. 

Samuel tubing with our camp family assistant. We had SO much fun!

Samuel tubing with our camp family assistant. We had SO much fun!

God is good!! I’ll post again soon. -GMA:)

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On Farming

To those considering farming or just wondering why we want to do what we do…this post is for you.

Just like any other job – and really anything in life – there are pros and cons to it. You are probably thinking the obvious – “Farmers are at the mercy of the weather.” While that is most certainly true, there is so much more to farming than just that.

Farmers get pooped on.

Farmers get peed on.

Farmers also deal with vomit and other bodily fluids on almost a daily basis.

They get up with the sun but don’t normally get to go to bed with the sun. Why? A lamb isn’t eating well. The pigs escaped. There are 40-some chicks coming in the morning and there isn’t a spot ready for them. The trees need to be planted before the next storm hits, even if it means staying up ’till midnight.

They also deal with death on a regular basis.

In the 12 months we’ve lived on this farm we’ve lost nearly two dozen chickens and the ram we had bottle-fed since he was less than a day old.

They also deal with the death of trees, crops, fruits, and vegetables.

They spend more money on gas than most of you can even imagine.

Frustration is a frequent visitor to the farm. Tractors, trucks, and vehicles break down. Tools break, go missing, or stop working altogether. The ground can be too wet, too dry, too acidic, or too rocky. Some months find you with a shortage of water for crops or hay for animals. Other months hit you with storm after storm. Even other times you are faced with unpredictable weather. One day it’s 85 degrees and sunny and the next day it’s 38 degrees and storming.

They break their backs planting seed, only to have a torrential rain fall wash it all away.

They miss events that they were looking forward to because an animal is sick or needs attention. When farming is your livelihood, you can’t just take a break whenever you like.

Farming is hard on everyone and everything.

But.

Besides being a mother or father, Farming is one of the most rewarding jobs ever.

The wonder of seeing your siblings (or children’s) faces light up with joy when they get to drive the tractor for the first time.

Looking out the window and being able to say that everything you can see is yours. The sheep grazing on the spring grass. The lambs playing leapfrog in the field. The pigs running in circles when they’re excited. The crazy, hilarious, unpredictable behaviour of the chickens.

All the babies! Lambs, puppies, and piglets just enjoying being alive. Chicks, ducklings, and guinea Keats all scratching in the grass for bugs. All these bring laughter to your life, and remind you of the miracle that life truly is.

The sound of rain on the roof or the sound of a child laughing as he runs through the field.

The delight in the face of a little person when they hold a chick for the first time.

Seeing the green of new life in the spring after a long winter.

The taste of home-grown bacon. That’s a good enough reason to farm in of itself.

The amazement you feel when you step outside at night and see millions of twinkling stars.

The relief of having neighbors that truly care for and about you.

The feeling of satisfaction when you set a meal on your table that wholly consists of things you and your family grew or raised.

The friendly competition that develops between siblings, whether that’s who can grow the biggest watermelon, or who can harvest the most radishes.

And think about it… Farming is necessary! If there were no farmers, there would be no food.

So, to those considering farming or a self-sustaining lifestyle, I have two words.

Do it.

It will be THE hardest thing you’ve ever done. But it is worth it, Every minute of it.

~ Amy

p.s. Thanks to C. A. of inskirtsandwellies for your inspiration for this post!!

Barn part 1

Our barn site is officially excavated. It is behind and to the left of our house.
I would post an aerial photo but, as we haven’t sold enough eggs to pay for a helicopter, we don’t have one.

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Prior to excavation…The gravel you see in the picture is the top of our driveway.

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During excavation

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Finished excavation…Complete with drainage swale. (A special formation of the dirt to direct rain water away from the barn.)

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Dumping gravel…We got 6 dump truck loads of rock total.

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Finished dumping gravel…The white spot near the top of the picture is the barn foundation, made from very fine rock. (Called screenings)…And isn’t the sky lovely!?

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Breathtaking sunset!

And so my post has people pictures in it, here’s a recent shot of Samuel and Daddy driving our tractor:

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Check back soon for a post regarding the newest inhabitants of Rehoboth Ranch!

~Amy

Daffodils

What else have we been doing?
Well, we planted 180 daffodil bunches!
Some friends of ours had an overabundance of daffodil plants on their property,  and as one of them is highly allergic to daffodils, they were eager to get rid of them. We were more than happy to take them off their hands!

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Everyone had fun helping to put them in the ground!

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We put some on either side of our driveway entrance and the rest up at the top of the drive.

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The rocks were Josh’s idea. It does look lovely don’t you think?

I am so thankful that God made such pretty flowers!

~Amy

Snow!?

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Well… It’s supposed to be spring here. Despite that fact, we got about a foot of snow over the past couple of days. No matter what season it is, the snow is a terrific representation of how Christ’s death on the cross washed our sin stains as white as snow. What a wonderful reminder as we approach Good Friday, a time when we remember Christ’s death to pay for our sins. And even more glorious, Easter, when we celebrate His glorious resurrection! I pray that He will show Himself to you in an whole new way this Easter season! ~Amy

Water!

We hired a local drilling company to drill our water well and our HVAC wells. Overall, we were very happy with their work!

The drilling rig and pipe truck.

Drilling (The gray sludge is silt)

River of sludge (yuck!)

When he was done drilling the well he took the cap off causing the built up pressure to release creating a geyser.

The water pressure was amazing!

Sunshine!

Telephone poles and a lovely sunset on the way home

 

~ Amy

Drywall Part 2

After all the drywall went up we hired a mudder to finish the walls and get them ready for paint.

The boys’ room all mudded

Another view of the boys’ room (The silver pipe is the chimney pipe from our wood stove. There will be a drywalled box around it eventually.)

The boys’ bathroom drywalled and mudded (The drywall in the bathrooms was green because it is a water-resistant drywall.)

The main dormer all mudded

Another view

Getting ready to mud the girls’ room. (The black things in the window are the mudders stilts. He mudded around the top of each room first wearing his stilts to avoid the need for a ladder.)

The outside wall of the girls’ room

Another breathtaking sunset!

Each day I am awed by God’s majesty as displayed in a microcosm thru the phenomenal sunsets every evening!

(A panoramic view)

~ Amy