So much was packed into this last week, it felt like a month!
I don't have much of anything to report about my house, but Bryan (age 18) participated in a "house-raising" for a sweet young couple in our church. He's never done any framing work before, but wonderful men from our church were willing to train any and all interested workers, so he learned some good skills that he will absolutely need as a farmer! (He won't have enough money to "call someone to fix it/build it!") He has the opportunity to continue helping build this house, so we are praying he will find lots of time in his schedule!
Thursday was, of course, Thanksgiving...Friday we put up all the outdoor Christmas decorations (an evergreen swag over the front porch, wreaths on the porch and garage lights, and a "Merry Christmas" sign on the front door.
|(The tree is just getting started, there are lots more decorations to go!)|
|6 good buddies (my 2 boys and Christine's 4)|
|Bryan and Nathan hunting for just the right one...|
|This is it! Nathan's cutting this year; Dad gives suggestions of where to start.|
|It only took about 1 minute...maybe less...Nathan's cut a lot of trees at Kline Creek Farm, so he's fast!|
|It's nice having teenagers...Dad gets to stand back and enjoy the view!|
|Nathan enjoying the job...|
|Pretending to be tired...|
|Bryan trimming the low branches off...|
|Securing it to the car roof...and this is Christine's youngest, Thomas, in the foreground.|
1) We had decided, with Christine's family, to go to Cracker Barrel for dinner on the way home (when we've gone in the past, we just got fast-food), and we knew it would be too cold to leave Sunny in the car for an hour or more).
2) On Wednesday evening (the day before Thanksgiving), I had to take Sunny to the vet as she was holding up her front paw and crying a lot, and wouldn't raise her head. I am SO glad they were still open at 5:30pm! The doctor did a really thorough exam, and, in the end, said she was pretty sure it was arthritis in her spine and neck, and probably a bad disc and/or pinched nerve. She gave me some Rimadyl (doggy pain pills with anti-inflammatory), suggested we get her a raised doggy dish set so she wouldn't put stress on her neck and spine while eating, which we did...
SO...we now have our tree in the family room, and it is "half-dressed" at this point. Lights, tinsel-garland, and glass beads are on...the most "labor-intensive" part! It's late, and we're all tired from hiking around the zoo today (see "Talkin' About Teenagers" below for details), so we'll finish it tomorrow, and you'll see it in next week's WWU!
Talkin' About Teenagers...
Wow, time is just rocketing by. Bryan is just under one month away from graduating from our homeschool high school! The graduation announcements have been mailed, and the New Year's Day graduation party plans are kicking into high gear!
|Front Yard Sign...all the public school kids have these for their sports team and at graduation, so we got one for Bryan!|
One of his college classes (Animal Science) required a trip to the zoo as part of their brief "nod" to the animal rights folks (this is a class for future farmers, btw, so they are raising our food). It's an "animal happiness" survey...we think it's pretty funny and silly, but it was a beautiful day in northern Illinois today, so why not have fun at the zoo? We used to go all the time when the boys were little...it was a sweet trip down memory lane for us all. We got there at about 2pm and stayed until about 4:30 or so.
Both Bryan and Nathan have enjoyed this long weekend with no school (though Bryan's doing the high school work even during vacation breaks). Nathan pushed so hard all summer with his 2 college classes, he's pretty burned out. So this 5 day weekend was JUST the ticket for him! He's pretty tired, I'm glad he could rest some.
Both boys are registered at the colleges for next semester's classes. Final exams at both colleges begin December 13th, and I think they're both done by the 16th. Then they have about a month off before the next semester begins, PTL! Our homeschool classes may work on a slightly different plan, but the heavy workloads of the college will be on winter break, at least. WE CAN'T WAIT!!!
My Creative Side...
Creating Bryan's grad announcements and invitations; giving my blog its winter-outfit (what do you think of it? I don't usually do blue...but this was really fun to do!); and now decorating for Christmas has consumed my creative energies. Next I will be using my new rubber stamps to create a Christmas card...Christine and our dear, dear friend, Nan, have been teaching me stamping! I still want to knit a pair of fingerless gloves...and I still think I'll get to them, I'm not giving up on the idea!
Christine and I did something fun, and it "arrived" on Tuesday. (Are you getting an idea yet of what awesome great friends she and I are, LOL?!?) We have another mutual dear friend, Karen. Karen and her family live on a farmette about 2 hours from us, and this year they raised some Piedmontese beef cattle...all natural (organic, but didn't pay to get it certified), grass fed and fully grass finished, so it's really healthy for us. They offered some to us, so our two families bought and split a side of beef! I had NO IDEA how much meat that was! My quarter side totally filled my freezer chest, I don't think I'll have to buy beef for another year, LOL!
|Freezer Meal Starter Packets|
Shani's Crock-Pot Bean and Veggie Soup...click link for recipe
(The garden is now closed for the season!)
Where the Lord and I Walked This Week...
This week I've had some really good times of personal prayer and intercessory prayer for friends, as well. God has laid some things on my heart that I've been pondering for some time now, and He has brought clarity to me on some issues, for which I am thankful. This Proverb...
is on my heart an awful lot lately. I've written so much in this WWU already, I think I'll hold off on expounding upon where the Lord is taking me in terms of "looking well to the ways of my household" for a couple more weeks, while I get my mind wrapped around what I have been learning and where I believe He wants me to go with it. I will call it a night for now, since it's 11:45pm here, and I am so tired!