Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 was simply magical.  We spent time at Mim and Papa's, at Grandmomma & Granddaddy's, and then ended with a night of swimming and Low Country Boil at Uncle Charlie & Aunt Kristi's house!  No political discussions (almost none... thanks Jeff), happy children, smiling faces, and very full tummies!

We have so very much to be thankful for.  Last year, we thought we were a path... and that path has changed completely.  I am so thankful that God has kicked us in the rear and pointed us in a different direction.  2016 brought us a new location for our home, a new pasture for our animals, a new job, a new teaching location, and we just couldn't have imagined when we began this journey all those years ago that it would have taken this turn.  We are truly blessed with family, friends, love, freedom, and hope.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Footings & Bent #4

Well, the fourth bend is now completed!  Honestly, these guys have been working on cutting, chiseling, jointing, fitting, and marking bents for so long, I'm not quite sure what's next! 

The footings are poured, and they will be working on pouring the basement walls (again) this week!  It hasn't rained is so long none of us can even remember what rain is like.  It's been awful for the animals, and now there are fires scattered all over North Georgia.  On Monday, the smoke was so thick here that we had to stay indoors!  Although the drought is horrible, it has been good for construction projects.  It's my hope that we can actually erect the skeleton of this timber frame monster in early spring!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Animals and Such

Fall is here... and the turkeys are struttin' their stuff.

Working on math while we wait for Addison...

A guinea keet was lost in the house... and we found him trying to act like a statue.

New "teaching pigs"!  Sprinkle & Sprite

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016!

 Halloween 2016 has come and gone!  These kids absolutely love Halloween, and who can blame 'em?  We kick it old school... complete with a ride up the street in the back of the truck to Trick-or-Treat at Uncle Andy's house and a ride down to the farm on the 4-wheeler for all the fun festivities!

This year, the kids gave me a break on the costumes.  We had a no-stress holiday, which is fantastic!  Olive and Ivey wanted to be matching cats, so all they needed were masks and tails.  The boys dug up costumes from the attic... DONE!  Of course, each year Ivey has to change her mind.  On the morning of Halloween, Ivey emerged from her room not as a cat but in a Ivey-created Harley Quinn costume.  She only knows the Harley Quinn from the cartoon, of course, and I loved at her hodge-podge representation!  Most importantly, I love that she did it all by her self and with no drama.