Teaching our children by example and showing them what work is, is the #1 way to their success. They love to help and letting them do so will help them learn skills that will be so valuable for the rest of their lives. Sometimes it takes longer and is harder but it will be worth it in the long run.
Life is hard and beautiful and wonderful. I need guidance to help me through it all. As a woman in the world today, a wife, a best friend, a mother, a daughter and a sister, I want to know how I can be strengthened and inspired to do the right thing. Here is a link to a place I go to listen to talks that give me the inspiration I need to get through the every day. They are organized by topic so you can go where you feel you need it most. I am grateful for others who can help me by sharing their life experiences and their testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ.
This year has been a learning curve that has never been so fun. We started goats in December 2015 and kidded out just after the new year, memorial day and Labor day. I guess our goats like celebrating the holidays with some kids. Here is a sample of the cuteness we have had this year. We are loving our goats!
Labor Day Babies
Spring and Summer Babies
It was an awesome day in Historic Roseberry for their Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social. We set up a petting zoo with 4 of our 41 goats. The first Saturday of September, Labor day weekend, is the special time to get the family out for a fun filled day of Free ice cream, historical buildings, quilt show, live music, classic car viewing, wiener roast, kids activities and fun. We plan on being back every year with more animals and hopefully in the next couple of years we will even add Reindeer to the petting zoo. We really enjoyed getting to know more people in the community and the weekend vacationers. We had a blast. See you all next year!
Long post but a year in one post is a lot :)
First six months with our gilts
In August 2015 we decided to get us some wiener pigs. No that doesn't mean they are related to the dog, it means they have been weened from their moms and are ready for raising.
We got 3 piglets and had them in a temporary pen till we could make one of our horse pens pig proof by putting panels vertically all around it to keep them in. While that was going on one of our piglets got loose and we never saw it after that.
You could come up with a cool story that there is now a wild pig running around in the Payette National forest and it is strong and big being able to battle the forest alone but in reality a bald eagle or a coyote probably ate it...(this is where I think of the saying from 'finding Nemo', fish gotta swim birds gotta eat)
So with our now 2 girl pigs or gilts we set to raise them up enjoying their fun personalities. We found out very fast after getting them that they love water and love to dig in the mud. A favorite pastime I know. So we finally dug a hole for a 5 gallon bucket to fit into and that is how we give them drinking water. Then we spray down the dirt in part of their pen for some good muddying around.
The kids enjoyed playing with them till they got big and scary. Well bigger and made more noises and started trying to bite you. Yeah I think it was a little scary too. But nothing we couldn't handle. They would even start foaming at the mouth whenever we would feed them. We could just shake the bucket of their feed and Que the saliva forming drool. Lovely :). All in all it was almost shocking to watch these girls grow. If you missed a few days looking in on them you could see the difference.
Tribute to our Beautiful Mare, Haidas
This last year has brought a lot with it. Over last winter our beautiful mare was becoming very ill and would not eat and we came to find out that she tore her ACL and was suffering from chronic pain so much that she was slowly starving. With our vets advice we had to put her down. She was a big loss to us and her filly. We will Miss Haidas Smart Chick and the sweetheart that she was.Training HorsesWe picked up a few new horses this last spring and trained them and sold them. One of our horses was sold back to its Original owner from 18 years ago. What are the odds? It was a fun reunion for them.
Just a year ago we were in Wyoming. Our horse and new filly gave us the work we craved and a hobby to share together as a family. I just had a new baby and we loved spending nice days playing out with the horse. Wonderful memories of our last months in Wyoming. I am grateful we had the horse while we lived there. We loved the work, the time together as a family and meeting some amazing friends there in the windy city of Cheyenne.
We hooked up a water pump up to a generator and then hooked up some garden hoses to a water pump so we could water parts of the pasture where we were camping. We also cut (wind rows) of grass and baled them up into hay bales for our horses for over the winter, fixed fence with Grandpa, played in the pasture and planted trees.
My Sister came for a visit and we set out into the woods for some beautiful fall time color in the mountains of Idaho.
So before we finished camping last Summer we decided to build a storage shed to put all of our household items in that we will be not using till we actually build home, With the great advantage of having a log mill on the ranch my cowboy and his dad were able to cut all of their own boards from the trees on the ranch. So this shed which should have cost around $1700 only cost us about $600. We milled all our own timber so in the $ equation was...roofing and flashing, hinges, insulation foam, nails and railroad ties, the windows were second hand and a lot of hard work later we built a shed.
1st Start with a good solid foundation. Level it out. Either pour a cement pad with footings or put rail road ties down. In our county you can build a shed up to 200 sq. feet without a building permit so ours is a 16'x12' which equals 192sq. feet.
2nd Make a floor. We have wood planks.
3rd Once your floor is on then the walls can go up. After each wall is up you brace it with a board so it has something to support it till the other walls go up and you can nail them all together. When the walls are up you can put our windows in. Even with all the walls up you will still need supports on them till the roof is completed.
4th You put the roof on. You can build your own trusses and put either tin sheeting or asphalt shingles up on top. We did trusses, wood panels, tar paper, flashing and then the asphalt shingles.
5th Is your Siding. We decided to use the Japanese method 'Shou-sugi-ban' of burning it to help preserve the wood. We really like how it turned out. We did this with a torch you can buy at a hardware store and a propane tank.
By building a shed we have a place for our storage now which in just one year having our things not in a storage unit in town we saved just over $1000.
We love having people over and playing games, sitting around a campfire and talking. A good yummy snack that can be made on stove top or over the fire is ... Popcorn! While we were camping though we had questions like how did you make popcorn without a microwave. Some things that have been done for many years we have forgotten or never been taught because we have the microwave. So here is a small description to make some yummy popcorn over the stove.
What you will need: A heating source, Oil, popcorn, pot with a lid, and some flavored topping to put on top.. Your heating source can be a stove either electric or gas or go natural and put it over a fire pit. (If you have a gas stove make sure you are in a ventilated area or have the fan turned on.) You will need your choice of oil. This will make the popcorn flavor taste the way you want. Try different ones to see what you like. Such as... Canola, olive, coconut, grape seed or one of your choice. There are many others out there so experiment and see what taste you like. (If you want to use the fire pit wait for your hot fire's flames to be down and have created some very hot coals. Place the pot of popcorn over a wire wrack that sits just above the coals or for a small fire just sit above where the flames are licking.)
Every ranch needs a cattle dog. So we got him this summer. Our pup is a Short haired border Collie. He is sure cute and he has grown a lot. We plan to help develop his skills with cattle and so far he has shown some promising potential with borrowed cows seeming how we don't have any of our own yet.
He' a nut too. He would sleep in the funniest positions for a while!
How we used our 4 tents...
1) A Living room, dining room an kitchen tent...
this tent was a shelter logic car port that was 10X20. It had a dirt floor which was grassy and fine at first but towards the end it was very dusty which i could hardly stand.
This is where we hung out prepared meals and tried to keep cool on hot days... Our tents were the only shade out where we were. Once we put a tarp on top of the already existing tent, it helped drop the temperature inside the tent significantly. Cross breezes were a must too!
2) A dressing room tent...
This was just a regular sized tent that we were able to stand up fully in and get ready for the day. I love the concept of having all the clothes all together in one big 'closet'. It worked well.
3)Our bedroom tent...
This was a two room tent where we had our actual beds, no camping cots here, and slept very well most nights. One room had our bed in it and the 2nd room had our Porta-crib for our baby and a toddler bed for our girl.
4) Our Boys tent...
This is where our boys slept. It was a longer tent with beds on one end and a play area on the other. They didn't play in there much. Too hot during the day and too busy having adventures!
Changes we made as the summer went on
We added tarps to help keep things cooler and water out
We put the boys in the smaller square tent because it was less drafty at night
The long tent became the dressing room and playroom.
We added a wash room with a tarp on the outside end of our Living room tent. This was where we did our laundry and took baths.
The tent set up
Well we camped out from July 15th through September 18th. Just over two months of camping with 4 children under 8 years old with the youngest not even 2 months old when we started. Let me tell you... It was a Blast! Sure it was a lot of hard work and hardly any down time but it was an experience for our family I hope we never forget.
We were able to purchase two 275 gallon water tanks through Craigslist. We used this water only for cleaning. Washing dishes and bathing. We put one tank on top of a water stand we made and the other one was our transport to go and get the water and bring back. We then used a water pump and generator to fill up the water tank on the stand from the one we transported. So it was a good system. As the summer went on though, algae started forming in our water tank on the stand because it was in direct sunlight. So if you store water store it in a non transparent container to help UV rays from getting in and not in the sunlight. We had two other water containers that we used for drinking and cooking with. We would re-fill every few days.
Gallery of our camping Experience
Check out the captions of the pictures to learn more
Have you ever gone camping in a 'not designated' campsite. If you have then you know what it is like to create your own space for camping out of what you find.. It is fun. When we have done it in the past we usually pick a nice place along side a creek surrounded by trees. Here on the place we are going to call home we decided to pick a spot with a view overlooking the pond and mountains. We want to be close to a water source and pitch our tents on some level ground.
We started clearing the site with my Father in laws mower and trimmer so we could fill in the holes and set up our tents.
We are loving being able to camp here. How we set things up and how we are doing things are in blog posts soon to come.
We were so excited to make it back to Idaho. We love it there. I drove the horse trailer and my man drove the Uhaul. It took us a good 16 hours and crying children but we did it. For the fourth of July weekend we enjoyed time with family. They set up camp in the pasture and we put a little fence around them to keep the cows out. This is my man and my dad putting that fence in. There were also beautiful wild daisy's all around welcoming in summer.
The fourth of July weekend was a wonderful time being with family and also because my husband baptized our son. He had turned 8 years old and made the choice to be baptized by his father and also to do it in Idaho around family and friends who love him.
Journal Entry #3
#1 How time fly's when your having fun and there is work to do
It takes TIME to do everything so by the time we have done chores, bathed, gotten ready for the day it is already past noon.....We are getting faster and better at what we are doing but it is a work in progress that will take trial and error to make better.
#2 How we all, including the kids, sleep so well
I was worried that we would all freeze and the kiddos would get scared but it hasn't been too bad. First off it is summer but summer in the mountains can get a bit chilly at times with temperatures dropping about 40-50 degrees at night. When I know it will be a bit cooler I will make sure the kids have sweatshirts and socks on when they go to bed and that they are tucked into their sleeping bags and numerous blankets. My baby wears a onesie, pj's and a outfit with a hoodie that goes over the whole thing. I swaddle him up in his blanket then tuck him in with a warm blanket and a blanket over the top to keep the dewy air off. He sleeps really well anyway and is such a good baby. How did I get so lucky. :)
We all have our own beds (real beds) not camping mats so that has helped to make us more comfortable. Some nights I am up multiple times with the kids feeding the baby, growing pains, getting scared or cold because they are out of their sleeping bags. That is just how it is having a family but the rewards have surpassed any of the discomforts.
We have four tents set up. I have a Main Tent that is our living room, dining and kitchen with an outdoor kitchen where i have a area for briquettes and our fire pit and a place to do dishes. The Wardrobe Tent has all of our clothes, shoes and socks so it is easier to put things away and keep things clean. Then there is Our sleeping tent. It has two rooms plus a patio porch. So in one room is where the youngest ones sleep and we sleep in the other room. My boys tent is where the oldest boys sleep and they have a play room for days that are nice to relax and play with their imagine-x toys and legos. We are renting a porta potty for the duration of our stay. It is not too bad and they will come and clean it out anytime you think it is getting too bad.
I can't wait to share all of our pictures and the things we have done to make this experience the one that it is and share the things that we are learning. Until then, Enjoy your summer with who ever you care about and make it as memorable as you can.
Now when you hear the word work do you ever cringe or think "oh please not today, I have more than enough on my plate and do not need to add to it." Have you ever stopped to think about the value of work? How has it blessed you? How has it effected your personal or family life?
I look back at growing up on a farm and working along side my family. I remember the Saturdays where we would rather be doing anything else than cleaning out the shed or cleaning up the yard or having to weed the garden...again. Now as I look back on those times, I can see how it brought me closer to my brothers and sisters or to my parents through work. I loved 'changing the wheel lines' as we called it or better known as irrigating our farm.
When I was really little I would go out with my dad and he would open up the engine cover on a big wheel line and I got to sit inside the cover while he moved it. I felt like the luckiest girl being able to ride on a amusement park ride every time I went out to irrigate with him.
I would watch my dad and his strong arms being able to move pipe and crank on the water. I loved being able to ride on the four wheeler while working too.
As I grew up and took over irrigating our farm as a job I became strong and sure of myself because I was doing a job that I had observed for years and was now the one in charge and was able to do it well. My self esteem in this area was good compared to other areas in my life at the time.
Now this brings me to the value of work. I watched my parents example as a child and worked along the side of them to learn the values of work even if I didn't realize the value of it all till I had children who were watching me and I was now the example that they will be following.
I love work.
I love that I am able to find something I enjoy doing and doing it well. I love being able to take care of something. I love being able to share what I love with others. All these things build us up to enjoy our lives by doing what we love.
The other night out at our horse I watched my little girl just over a year and half old pick up a rake, know how to hold it, start raking up the goods in the horse stall and see her discovering that she was able to do something just like mom and dad and could do it well. The joy this brought her was priceless.
Did I teach her how to hold a rake... no and yes. I didn't physically put her hands on a rake and say this is how you do it. It was through my example of raking and working that she observed and learned how to do it.
So this week I have learned that it isn't going to be the constant nagging I give to the kids or the amount of jobs they have every day that will teach them how to work. No. It will be how I show them. It is through my example of how I keep my room clean, how I clear the table and wash the dishes after eating, how I love animals and want to take care of them. Yes. It is through all of these things that I DO that my children observe that they will learn and become the person they need to be someday.
I am grateful for work. For being able to see something improve through my efforts.
I love the life I live not because I have everything or I am where I want to be.... It is because I choose to love it and will choose to do the things that matter most and bring me joy and happiness because I want to be happy. Having work makes me happy and I love it!
Journal Entry #2
Have you ever had a goal you wanted to accomplish and when you did how did it feel? Or have you had a desire for a certain lifestyle and when it is actually coming together as you had hoped, how do you feel? We are beginning to see what these two things feel like.
My kids goal was to lure a bunny from its hole with some grass....I am proud to say they still haven't given up!
We are very excited to open a new chapter in our lives. We are moving back to the great state of Idaho.
Here is where you will find WHY we are doing this in our first Journal entry. Being able to move back makes us feel like we can begin a dream that has been in the works a long time. It is just the beginning, the path will be full of bumps but the journey on this path will be beautiful.
We have a few things in our near future that we are unsure of. Like what job we will be able to find, where we will live and how we are going to make things work out. These are things a lot of us face in our lives and are really just a part of life. But things that we are sure of is that we feel like the timing is right, we feel good about the direction we are going even if we don't know of the things that will come our way that will be hard. We feel like they will work out when we need them to with the Lord's help. I also am sure the Lord loves me and wants to help. I love this video and I think it goes well with the way we just have to have Faith and Hope that things will work out in the end.
I came across this art work by Lee Teter and was touched by it. It is a print heavy with emotion. Thought I would share it on this Memorial Day.
I have a good friend Victor Baumgarten in Germany and He is the Photographer for this photograph and the vision behind it. This is my Son with his Father's shadow. This picture could be portrayed in many ways so I will leave that up to you, but I do want to say my heart goes out to the families of the fallen and I look forward to Memorial Day to remember them.
I think of my Grandpa Haskett who served in the Navy during WWII and all that he fought for. I loved hearing his stories growing up and love to remember him. Have a Good Memorial day everyone!
We took apart this headboard and used all the pieces to make our toddler bed.
We Like how it turned out!
No worries, there will be no visuals in this blog post, you can find that elsewhere and i am no doctor, this is just information that can help in a situation if the need arises.
Success is shared around our household no matter how small or big it is. So today in our home school life, this was worth a share.
For those that don't know I am home schooling my kids this year and with moving from Europe to the USA and being in limbo with moving and getting our things and now only having a few weeks before I have another baby in our household, I have not been the animated fun educator that my kids use to know. I peek out every once in a while but with some fatigue with being pregnant, getting my boys to do school work has been frustrating at times to say the least.
So today we had a little fun with school.
Taking advantage of the beautiful day we were having, they were playing 'recess' outside while I prepared for the day and then we started our game.
It was kind of like 'Mother May I' or 'Simon Says' without having to ask permission or say the phrase. I had them start at a certain point in the yard and I would ask them questions that pertained to Math, Science and Language arts. If they got the question's right then they got to do something funny with their bodies and move around our imaginary game board in our yard. (For an example run to the fence while barking like a dog, come back half way while jumping like a rabbit, sit on the bench, take 5 scissor steps forward...and so on). I always made it a success for them too. If they got a question wrong we would talk about it to understand it better and they could go half way to where I was taking them or I would ask another question to see if they could get it right. They were anxious to review what we had learned so far this year. It was a fun change to the everyday learning routine and they did really well. We would have breaks for snacks or some recess and then come back to the game to ask more questions. It was a success that was worth a share in my book and I got to sit and relax while asking questions and enjoying them. So no matter where you are and feel a little stuck you can always change things up a bit with a little fun.
First off, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are a huge part of my life. I know everyone has different views on what they believe and I respect that. It seems there are times in our lives where we need extra prayers and we tend to pray a little more when things are a little rough or questionable and pray a little less when things are going well and smooth.
I hope I can learn someday to always have a prayer in my heart and be mindful of my amazing Father in Heaven. Lately we have been praying a lot to have things work out the way we hope for them to. I hope that my desires of what I want and what our family wants line up with my Heavenly Father's Plan for us. I believe no matter where we are, we can help others and help impact their lives for good.
Lead me, Guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way, teach me all that I must do to live with Him someday.
My boys (my kiddos) have done that for me lately. Whether it is locking my keys in the car, my battery dead in the middle of a blizzard or I lost something and need to find it, they are always there saying, "Mom, lets pray." And Always my prayer is answered. Help arrives as we say amen, or I get the inspiration I need to help me and my little family. I am grateful for the faith of these children I call mine. What a beautiful gift from heaven they are to me. They help me become a better person everyday, even when I have set backs and struggle they are there to lift me a long the way just like my Loving Heavenly Father does.
God is good and he loves us and wants to be apart of our lives. He is just a prayer away.
Before a week ago I was one of those that only used cast iron to cook with if we were in the outdoors and I was camping. My husband changed that when he got me some cast iron skillets and pots. We took them out of the package and they already come pre-seasoned but we wanted to give them an extra touch. So we looked up how to do it and it has turned out great so far.
We did it again with some Lodge Cast Iron I had in our camping gear that were in much needed TLC for seasoning (which means to grease them up good so they don't rust.....not salt or pepper them) believe it or not I used to think, "Do you like rub it down with salt or something???" glad I don't think that way anymore :)
Here is a video that shows how to do a simple clean after using it.
When you need more than just a wash and a season, here is how we restored our cast iron that was in with all of our camping gear.
See how they are dull. I washed them good with soap and water and dried them off with a towel and proceeded to the first step...
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