Saturday, February 2, 2013

Life on Leegacy Farm ~ Picture Review

Welcome to our home!  It's a beautiful February day here on Leegacy Farm.  I awoke to the smell of fresh coffee and caught an early morning glimpse of a fresh dusting of snow on the ground.  What a beautiful gift from our Creator. And though Life on Leegacy Farm has been a blur these past couple weeks and there's much on our to do list today, we had to pause this morning and enjoy the white beauty lightly covering our surroundings and beckoning us outdoors.  And I don't know about you, but we're wondering what happened to January.
  

     
So many of you have asked about my Mom who has been recuperating in our home.  We loaded her car, her dog and our van and headed for her home last week.  We very much enjoyed having her here with us but she was understandably ready to get back home and tend to things and have her follow up appointment with the doctor.  She does have staph in an area where one of the incisions was made.  We are praying that she won't have to be hospitalized again.
 We found time to have dinner with sweet sweet friends before driving back home and while my Mom had a visitor..  Isn't the bread they served just beautiful?
And it tasted as good as it looked.:)
Their daughter baked it in a cake pan.  We usually just place our round loaves on a cookie sheet, but I think the bread holds it's shape much better in the cake pan.  Beautiful! 
We've been a bit sleep deprived as we've traveled, cared for an ailing animal and visited.  That means we've frequented the coffee bar a lot and the hot herb tea has also been popular on these cold days.  Our visits have been so productive as we've gleaned from others as to how they  plan, how they farm, and as we've just plain enjoyed the fellowship.
We've had two light snow days. There's Black Beauty, the farm truck, delivering another load of firewood the fellas have cut from our woods.
Little Man has the right idea.  He and Jay Jay have found a nice warm spot.  And speaking of Jay Jay, he is my Mom's dog.  So what's he doing here?  I took him back to Alabama and ended up bringing him back....again.  I just might be getting attached, and I think my Mom is trying to give him to me....in increments of time.  I thought she would miss him terribly but she was concerned that he would jump on her and hurt her where the incisions are.  The boys, who stayed to tend to the farm, were quite surprised when they realized he'd returned with me.  They love to kid me about having a poodle pooch as a farm dog.:)
Joshua and Johnathon are cleaning and preparing the maple syrup buckets and the laundry's drying on the line.  I hope.:)
My children aren't to accustomed to having snow.  Even though we didn't get much, they've been thrilled and they've had a great time sliding down the big hills around here.
We've been using the cabinets we painted with chalkboard paint as a reminder to practice handwriting and Bible memory.
And even though there's snow on the ground, our thoughts are turning to seeds and spring and planting...and...I guess it's because we're receiving frequent deliveries of seed catalogs in the mail.
We also had a tornado touch down this week and not to terribly far from where we now live. My oldest son woke us around 2:00 a.m. to come downstairs.  We listened to the man on the weather radio until the warning expired and then went back to bed.  It wasn't until the next evening that we realized one had actually touched down and caused quite a bit of damage.  Thankfully no one was hurt badly and people in the area have been incredibly helpful to those who were in the path of the storm and there have been many clean up days. We lost five sheep as I suppose they were scared of the high winds.  Fences were repaired and sheep were found by late afternoon.  All I could think about as I gazed at each face in the room and while waiting for the warning to expire was how very thankful we ought to be for every precious moment we have with those we love and of how the things we often stress about aren't really so important. With that in mind, I do hope to remember this coming week to savor every moment and to remember that we're here for a reason. And to thank God for His mercies which are still new every morning.   ~God bless you all ~

Sherry

21 comments:

  1. Sherry ~

    Blessings and may your Sabbath be filled with the joy of the Lord {especially in light of the storms you experienced}. I am so glad all was okay at your home and pray His peace for each of you.

    It is a blessing to hear your mom is doing well and I will be praying for the staph...poor thing. May the doctor's have wisdom in treating it.

    I just love reading about your homestead and am thankful to be able to glean from you, even if I may not be able to tap in to all you are able to do on your land. ;D It is such a blessing though to sit a spell and see Biblical womanhood and manhood fleshed out in your home...an encouragement and spurring on to "immitate your faith". I thank the Lord for you, your precious family and pray His continued wisdom, provision and protection over you all.

    In Christ,

    Jarnette

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    1. Jarnette,

      Thank you for your comment. It's always a joy to hear from you and your comments always encourage.

      I also thank you for your continued prayers for my mother and for my family. We definitely sense our need for wisdom.:)

      Have a very blessed day....

      Sherry

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  2. What beautiful pictures! We also enjoyed the touch of snow :) Thank you for a beautiful post and sharing of your life it is such an inspiration. :)

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    1. Thank you Nabila Grace! And you had snow this week? It's such a treat for this family of mine who've never lived where there's lots of the white stuff. It's definitely an EVENT.:0 Thank you for leaving a comment, and God bless you and yours...

      Sherry

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    2. Yes we did! :) We live close to Chattanooga and got a bit over an inch of snow. Was thankful to sneak out and get some good pictures of it before it melted. :)

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  3. Your life is a stream of living water! I am refreshed and encouraged and inspired every time I come to your blog!
    Your family glorifies the Lord and I praise Him for the amazing work He is doing in and through yall!

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    1. Laine,

      Thanks so much for your sweet sweet comment. My family and I are so very thankful for God's fresh mercies, for His amazing love and grace and for how He graciously and mercifully works in our lives day after day - He is GOOD!

      Thank you again for stopping by to visit. A gift from the Lord and so encouraging.

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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  4. Hi I just recentlly came across your blog. I love it so much! You see I am a wife and mother to 4 children who longs to be in the country on a farm! I so enjoy the photos of your home and kids, the house looks so warm and cozy with my kind of decor!With you all living for the Lord that is first in our life also1 Im so thankful to have come across your blog and look forward to knowing you better and enjoying more blog reading! May God bless you and your family!

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    1. Rebekah,

      Nice to *meet* you, and I'm so glad you stopped by.:)

      I've never been good about keeping photo journals and such, so this blog is one way of keeping up with at least some of what God's doing in our lives and of some of the weekly happenings. I'm so glad you enjoy the photos.

      May God bless you and your family, and I thank you again for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  5. Your family's faith and strength are such an inspiration to me.I find so much peace reading your blog.Thanks for sharing your faith,love,and life with us. Tami

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    1. Tami, Your comments are very encouraging, and I thank you. God's been very good to us and we are thankful for His mercies and His grace...God bless you.:)

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  6. Beautiful pictures of you home and family! How blessed you are Sherry :). You are so right to savor every moment together....so glad the tornado was farther away from you. Thank you for sharing a little of your life with us!

    ~Julia

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    1. Julia,

      You are very welcome! Thank you for your kind words and for how you've encouraged my family these past months. Amazing how God uses people in our lives - God bless you and your beautiful family.:)

      Sherry

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  7. Again... another lovely visit with my friend.. xo

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    1. Faye,

      Thank you! You are such a sweet sweet friend...

      Blessings,

      Sherry

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  8. I too am refreshed and encouraged and inspired every time I come to your blog! Thank You Sherry for sharing your life and your family with all of us! I too praise God that His mercies are new every morning!

    I love the little Amish dolls. They remind me of some that I used to make. I put little black eyes on mine though. I haven't made any in years (my bad) some of the ones I made were bunnies with long floppy ears. They were so cute and I think I still have the pattern. The maple buckets, I'm guessing your new home has maple trees? That would be handy. I was just talking to my husband, (Papa) tonight about getting some bees this year. He said, "you go right ahead but I'm not going anywhere near them." HEHE see, this is what I'm up against....I want to get a milk cow, "go right ahead, I aint milking no cow."......HEHE

    Oh well, I love my farm and I'm going to breed my goats! Nobody likes goats milk but I'm guna milk em! :o) I guess I'll make soap.

    I love that you have snow on the ground and clothes hanging out on the line, do they dry?....I begged for a clothes line last year. At first my husband said, "don't you have enough to do?" but I finally convinced him that it might help to cut our power cost. He did buy the pipe though it takes him awhile to warm up to something new. :o) This year!

    The tornado, that had to be unnerving. I'm glad it wasn't any closer. It sure does seem like there are a lot more tornados these days.

    I love the chalkboard cabinets!
    I'm going to take some pictures of my last furniture project and post them on my blog. I bought an old tv cabinet and painted it, added a shelf and turned it into a Homeschool cabinet that is pretty enough that it is in my dinning room. So fun!

    Blessings to you and all of yours this week and thank you again, really, I feel like everytime I read your blog you somehow pull me back in and help me to to stay focused on what is truly important, God, Family, and Home....
    Susan

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  9. Oh man! I bet that was FUN sledding down those big hills! Yay! Ya'll got snow! We're glad that ya'll were safe in the storm.

    -Gracie

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    1. Gracie,

      Thank you! Yes, from the looks on their faces and from the sound of their squeals, I believe sledding down the hills was lots and lots of fun.:)

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Sherry

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    2. Thanks, Gracie! Yes! Much fun was had in the snow and in sliding down the BIG hills!

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  10. Unfortunately, we haven't seen a proper flake of snow yet this winter! Plenty wind storms, but no snow. We are so fortunate, here on our island - although we have very strong winds - 112mph last week, and 85mph today and yesterday - yet, we have very little damage. And we are blessed never to have tornadoes and such like. That must be hard for you to deal with :/

    You are right to remind us that every day we have with our loved ones is SO precious. I say Amen to that :)

    Love, Anne x

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    1. Anne,

      I saw pictures of your island and it looks just beautiful! Do you have high winds like that on a very regular basis? And do you normally get a good bit of snow every winter? Oh, and I had to smile when I noticed you'd used the word *y'all* in one of your posts! That's a very commonly used word around here.:)

      Thank you for stopping by to visit, and may God bless you today.:)

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