Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Baker's Dozen on Leegacy Farm - An Update


It's been quite a while since we've posted here on A Baker's Dozen, so we thought we'd give a bit of an update as to what we've been up to.
Our first year on the farm has been a productive one, and we were blessed with an abundance of beans, meat and vegetables to store up for the winter months.
Purple Hull Peas are a favorite around here, and although we were late planting them, we're thankful for the amount we have.
They are members of the black-eyed pea family and a favorite in the south.
We very much enjoyed having my mom here with us recently as we canned a variety of foods from the garden and planted shrub clippings she brought from her home.
Josh purchased a wagon frame and worked very hard to complete the new *Chicken Concern* before visiting friends painted it.  He'd just made one right before the tornado last year.  This one is very similar and also was made frugally and from wood which had already been collected.

My little chicken farmer.  The chicks he received for his birthday are now laying.  He keeps me furnished with eggs.:)  I give him feed.:)

This is Cam.  He's the newest addition and this is an unusual picture.  He's clean!
The Large Blacks are also new to Leegacy Farm.  They are growing nicely and will hopefully be ready to have piglets before to long.
Rhett, a gift from sweet friends, gets along really well with Billy (below).
But they do NOT like being separated. 
This first year on the farm has been very busy as we've enjoyed and been encouraged by visits from the dearest of friends and relatives and as we've gotten to know the WONDERFUL people in our new community.
Lots of fence repair has been done and there's still much to do.  But work is good for us, and I don't think we'll run out of projects any time soon.:)
Jordan (son), Jim and Jack put in long hours as they plow and disc the fields.  I love watching them as they head for the barn at night.  And I say an extra prayer of thanks as I watch them labor for the good of us all.
We've traveled some and had a wonderful time visiting with friends in our former state.  They've since rebuilt their home  and we enjoyed time re-connecting with their family and others.  We also enjoyed attending a family reunion and visiting a little with Tom's side of our family as we stopped by to get a piano from the church they attended when growing up.:)
My brother was able to visit with us for the first time.  He is a pilot and realized that he frequently flies almost directly over where we've settled when flying from his state to another.  What a joy to find a landing strip in a field and only a short drive from us! 
Sunshine
We've celebrated three birthdays since our last post, and I'm so thankful for the gift of my children. 
Which is one reason we haven't been able to post much lately...we've been doing a lot more of the above (reading together, learning together).  Now that we're *home*, finding things and getting settled, we've just felt the need to relax a little, ponder, pray, and enjoy simple pleasures with loved ones.  Like reading books together while sharing the warmth of a blanket...
Like watching young men and women who pour themselves into a project and bring beauty from a simple piece of wood.  Just as their father did.
Like being on the road again....together...as we attend a conference and are reminded of the need to love our neighbor more than ourselves...of the need to reach out to those who are hurting...of the need to share the truth of the gospel...
Like watching as little girls delight in opportunities to hold a sweet baby girl and daughter of dear sweet friends who've recently moved to our area...
Like watching as my sons and daughters find opportunities to learn new skills on the farm...
Like watching the youngest ones as they enjoy playing in the cold cold water with a cousin who's visiting for the first time...
Like finding time to notice the beauty of God's creation and the softness of one of Hannah Joy's bunnies...
Like listening to the sounds of the hens contentedly clucking and noticing the wonder and beauty of an egg offered daily...
Like watching bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh as they grow up...and it happens so fast...
And finally, like rejoicing over the harvest  - corn and fat butternut squashes, purple hull peas and green beans and onions, tomatoes and peppers, greens and fresh herbs. Milk and cheese, maple syrup and meat.  And even zucchini.  And love. Especially love. And rejoicing in and giving thanks to the Giver of the harvest and all good gifts.  And that's what we've been up to.  And we are refreshed.  And we are grateful. 




Blessings,

Sherry


9 comments:

  1. So good to hear from you again, Sherry! Beautiful pictures--as always. Love to your family from ours

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    1. Dear Smith Family,

      So good to hear from you! Hope you and yours are well and having a blessed week.

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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  2. I was so happy when I saw you had posted, Sherry.. So enjoyed it all and glad that all is well.. The children certainly are growing and I love all of your farm animals.. The farm looks like such a happy place..
    Love and Prayers..

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    1. Bonnets and Boots and Faye Henry,

      Thank you so much for your comments. Yes, the farm is a happy place, and we have much to be thankful for. Hope you are well.:)

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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  3. I'm thankful you posted. What a great update. I think of you often and pray all is well. By the sound and looks of things everything is going well. Praise be to God!
    Hugs from Wisconsin.
    Dawn

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    1. Dawn,

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words and prayers. Blessings sent to you and yours!

      Sherry

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  4. Sherry ~

    Your post brought tears to my eyes to *see* the Lord's grace, love, & blessing on your family. The beauty being knit together in your new *home* is such a blessing to read about. Thank you for sharing a bit of your blessings, gifts and thanksgiving through your post with me. Such a lovely farm, family and faith in pictures and words.

    May He continue to abundantly meet your needs; May Christ continue to be at the core of your family of which the overflow of your love for Him is giving to those you care for; May He daily be your strength, joy and guide.

    With gratitude for being encouraged to *count my blessings from the Father above* through your words ~

    Jarnette

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    1. Jarnette,

      Thank YOU for leaving such a sweet comment. May you and yours have a very blessed season of giving thanks to our great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ! Thank you for blessing me with your words of encouragement.:)

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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