Monday, March 21, 2011

Around here...

I think spring is really, really arriving here! I was able to ride 17 miles outside on my bike both yesterday and today.... it was wonderful! Today it was sunny and close to 80~ I was actually almost too hot. That was a nice problem for a change.

I've been thinking about blogging lately. There are so many bloggers that I admire. There are profound spiritual blogs, photography blogs, decorating blogs, running/triathlon blogs, homeschooling blogs, homesteading blogs, quilting blogs, and the list just goes on. It seems to me that the blogs that are most interesting to read are those that primarily focus on one topic. One topic that the author is most passionate about. My problem? I don't really have just one topic that I'd enjoy writing about day in and day out month after month. I think that I have tried, at times, to "be" the other bloggers that I admire so much.

That simply won't work now, will it? It may have taken me 47 years, but I have come to the conclusion that I must simply, and unapologetically be me. I'm sure that some people will be disappointed that I don't write very insightful articles about parenting or homeschooling or any other vast number of topics. To be quite honest, I most likely will touch on those topics at one time or another, but I tend to be more of a shallow meandering creek than a deep river. (The deep river would be Mr. JoyfulDADofmany~ we balance each other nicely!)

So consider yourself warned! You simply won't know what you'll find here from day to day! I have many varied interests. I guess the revelation for me today is that my "many and varied interests" are ok.
 ; )

This morning while working on school with the younger boys Timmy called out "Look Mother! Look at my dinosaur!"

How cool is that? My super-intelligent 4 year old figured out how to hang his dinosaur from my antique table! "Timmy! That's so cool! Your dinosaur is climbing up on the table! I'll bet he is proud of himself!"

At that point one of my other, shall we say more negative children walked in, saw the dinosaur and commented, "Oh no! Timmy look! Your dinosaur is falling!"

We all had a good laugh about our different perspectives and the need to, in life, choose to have a positive outlook on things. It's a challenge sometimes, isn't it? I think though that the more often I choose thankfulness and joy, the more that those character qualities become habitual for me. I very much long to demonstrate that for my children.

And on other fronts....
Guess what it looks like I'm going to get? Is this not the absolutely cutest rabbit ever?

These are Flemish Giant Rabbits~ and I think I'm in love!

Tom gave me the ok to purchase a Flemish Giant rabbit with some of the money that we earned from selling some of my Nubian dairy goat babies. My plan is to get a doe in the next few days (I found someone nearby who breeds them) and then find an unrelated buck so we can breed them! In the past we have raised both meat rabbits here on our little homestead (we never did really get used to killing such cute animals), and angora rabbits (beautiful, but they required way too much brushing for a busy homeschooling mom). These Flemish Giants should be really, really fun. They are truly "gentle giants," love being petted and held, etc. I'm really excited!

Hope you are blessed with many happy pansy faces on your porch this spring!  These make me smile every time I pass them!

Oh!  Before I forget, we are almost drowning in both fresh eggs (from our free-range chickens), and milk (from our lovely Nubian dairy goats).  If you live in the area and are interested in purchasing either item email or call me, k?


  1. Oh, don't I wish I lived in your area to get fresh eggs!!! :) Love the bunnies and can't wait to read about them on your blog. Bunnies are such great pets - nice to know the Giants love to be loved on!!

  2. I love the randomnimity of your blog. I love the giant bunny..I immediately fell in love with it and showed the screen to hubby, who asked "what do you do with that? put a diaper on it and then what?" lol! I told him I'd rather have that than some old dog or cat!
    How fun. And the dinosaur, how great is that! You are too fun and crafty and interesting to stick to one subject. my vote is include the word random or eclectic in your description and continue on!

  3. I love your blog just the way it is and love a peak into your life and your large family! (we hope and pray the Lord will bless us with more children!)

    And those rabbits!!! Oh my! How gorgeous and soft and beautiful!!! So happy for you!

  4. Your varied interests are exactly why I love your blog! I consider you one of my favorite "blogging" friends and always enjoy my visits. I wish I could figure out how to make more time for my blog, but life just keeps happening!

    Don't change anything! And yes, I agree with Gina, I wish I lived in your area!

    Keep running the race!

    P.S. I have never seen such BIG rabbits! Wow! They look snugly.

  5. I do the same thing on my blog...sometimes I will have a certain topic and other times I just post pictures. I think it's whatever you'd like! :)
    Wow, at that rabbit!!

  6. Wow - that's some rabbit. I like your blog just the way it is. Variety and real life work for me. You must live in a state where fresh milk sales are allowed. Here (Canada)it is illegal and there are stiff penalties for selling raw milk, which is really too bad. We're hoping to get goats for our own milk supply one of these days. You are WAY farther into spring than we are. It is late this year, with snow forecasted tomorrow. :( Wouldn't even dream of flowers or gardening yet. Perhaps in another month or so. I like the springy pictures, though, because it's a nice reminder that spring will come to us eventually!

  7. that rabbit is tooo cute!!!! wow, I love it and by the way, one reason I love your blog is for it's peaceful atmosphere :)

  8. I like your blog just the way it is. I especially enjoy your photos and what you are doing with Project Life. Can't wait to see some photos of your bunny!

  9. Love your blogging. Wish I were that good! I can't wait to meet you on Friday and introduce you to your new bunny! Hope you bring a few kiddos too. Maybe we can take a few pictures with our brand new bunnies that will be 4 wks old by Friday. Hey, can you bring me some fresh eggs? How much for a dozen?

  10. Wow! I'll admit that I was a little nervous to share what I did on this post~ you guys just blow me away! The fact that you take the time to "come alongside" and encourage means *so* much to me! Thanks so much!


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