Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2014 ~ A Year Of Many Blessings


Whew!  2014 certainly flew by and there hasn't been a post since April!  I just can't believe the whole year passed so quickly.
But after Jordan proposed and Mallory said yes, life took a really fast turn as we all worked on restoring the old farmhouse to get it ready, worked on the usual farm chore type activities, and prepared for a wedding!
And what a joy it was to work together as a family, with Mallory's family, and with the many friends who helped with restoring the farmhouse and getting it ready for them. 
More on the restoration of the house in a later post as many of you have been kind to ask about it.  And also the wedding.  Hope to post more about that later.
Above is a picture of the old house, and Jordan and Mallory are the best neighbors EVER!
And many thanks to those of you who've written to check on us and see how we're doing...it means so much, and I'm grateful to the Lord for the gift of friends.
         
We did fit in participation in an annual farm tour and that was lots of fun.
And we had quite a bit of flooding just before and after planting season.  In fact, one garden area was ruined twice and we planted corn for the wedding three times!  It was to be used to create sort of an aisle for the bride to walk down.  But we had some very dear and creative folks who came up with a different idea for the corn and all went well.  And although we didn't can as much as usual, our raised beds didn't flood and we had vegetables and tomatoes well into the fall.:)
Above is Johnathon preparing to cut hay and we didn't have to purchase any in 2014 for our animals.  What a blessing that was!
And our meat birds grew nicely and filled the freezer till next season.
We've been working a lot more with my youngest three daughters and have increased their cooking responsibilities.  They especially enjoyed learning more about bread baking and continue to practice their skills. 

And they always have plenty of eager and willing taste testers.:)
2014 was a very eventful year for our family and full of change.  And while I couldn't imagine what it was going to be like to enter a new stage in life; that of having my very first daughter-in-love and my first son and child to be married, I must say that the Lord has been gracious and my heart is full and overflowing with joy!  And for those of you who've asked, the newlyweds are doing great, are settling nicely in their new/old home, and are such a joy to have as neighbors. 
And I do hope that each of you and your families are well.  And may the Lord bless you ~ Sherry

11 comments:

  1. How wonderful! Thank you for your update....love all the pictures! If by chance you have any soap left to sell, I am running low. 😉

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a wonderful post Sherrie. It's so nice to hear about your lovely family. Congratulations on your new daughter-in-love.. That's so sweet. Your photos are so nice ...and it looks and sounds like your family has been doing all sorts of fun and productive things together. The bread looks delicious! I'm so happy that things are going well for your family.

    hugs and blessings to you,
    Tamara

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hello Mrs. Sherry!

    What a lovely surprise to see your post! I am so happy for your family and for Jordan and Mallory. I think it is just awesome that they live right there on the farm with y'all. :D

    Lovely pictures and congratulations! :)

    HP

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sherry, It is so good to see a post from you. From time to time I was wondering how things are going for your family. What a handsome couple they made. I love the photo of the homemade soap. I would love to know how to do that. Have a wonderful day. Post often, we been missing you.

    Teresa

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh it's so good to hear from you and to see pictures of what y'all have been up to. You've been sorely missed. Hugs.

    The Fitzsimmons

    ReplyDelete
  6. I missed reading your blog, it always uplifts my heart. What a year of blessings you have enjoyed! Thank you for sharing them. Welcome back...I look forward t future posts.
    Shirley in Virginia

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh how exciting! I can't wait to see the farmhouse transformation and the wedding details. I'm glad you all are doing well.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm glad to see an update on your family. We have been thinking about you all this year. So thankful to see how the Lord is blessing you all. May He continue to bless and strengthen you this coming year!
    Trent and Angela Moody

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a wonderful treat and blessing to find not one but two posts from your farm and family, thank you for taking time to share! Have thought about you over the fall and winter but knew you must have been busy with the wedding and all ;)

    ReplyDelete
  10. OH HOW I HAVE MISSED YOU! I am so glad you are back...I hope you will find time to share with us more often...I am drawn to all the information you have provided here as we are soon to move off the grid ourselves...and because i fell in love with your sweet spirit and your testimony for the Lord...

    ReplyDelete
  11. OH HOW I HAVE MISSED YOU! I am so glad you are back...I hope you will find time to share with us more often...I am drawn to all the information you have provided here as we are soon to move off the grid ourselves...and because i fell in love with your sweet spirit and your testimony for the Lord...

    ReplyDelete