Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Wedding Of Jordan And Mallory

Hello friends and family!  Here are some of the pictures from Jordan and Mallory's wedding which took place the first week of October, 2014.
And oh what a glorious and busy week that was.  Actually, it was a glorious and busy year!  Above is a picture of the reveal.  Because they wanted most of the pictures done before the wedding so as to be able to visit with friends and family afterwards, Jordan would see Mallory before the ceremony.  This picture captured that moment.
Our dear friends did the photography, a brother and sister team. They were SO organized and made everything so easy for the family.  They even gave us a schedule divided into picture groupings and when and where we were to be for each one.  And their parents, siblings, and others built the structure you see out of wood and such stored here on the farm.  We think it turned out just beautiful!
Above is a picture of our dear *Uncle* Bob and the beginning of the wedding as the men come marching in.  We're still savoring the memories of that day and of the ceremony, the music, the prayers and vows, the food and fellowship.  The kindness of so many who helped with everything that had to be done in preparation for a wedding and with the preparations of the farmhouse.
And here come the ladies.  Each one chose their own dress pattern and had them made.  A talented young lady from our church made six of the dresses in a short time!  One of my daughters made the two for my youngest two daughters, and another lady made the ones for Mallory's sisters.  They did such a wonderful job and we just loved the fabric Mallory chose. In fact, the blue matched the beautiful blue skies we were blessed with that day.
Guests sat on hay bales which had been stored away for the animals winter feed.  And a whole host of friends worked on the decorations and did such an amazing job.  Wish I had more pictures to post of all they did.  Maybe later?  They built bridges, put up tents, lots of chalk paint and signs.  Mallory's dad wrote a beautiful poem for the Mr. and Mrs. and a young lady copied it beautifully and had it framed.  And there was a lovely area with pictures and such to honor and remember Tom.  And in the background there was always the sweet smell of meat being smoked for the reception and a whole host of friends who worked in the kitchen to get things done.
The day was really windy and cold and our adorable friend and youngest flower girl was both sleepy and chilly.  But we were so thankful to have cold wind rather than rain!  And the skies were so clear and blue that day!
There's my Little Man and the other adorable flower girl.  Because we were so blessed to find Little Man's outfit for under $20.00 and because I just new he'd end up in the creek sometime between taking pictures and the actual ceremony, we purchased two identical outfits for him.  One a size bigger (to grow into) and to put on just before the ceremony if the other one ended up dirty.  Wouldn't you know it?  He didn't get in the creek at all.  And he didn't get dirty.:)  Oh well, he'll still have the extra to grow into!!  He's carrying the ring on his late father's bible and the little flower girl is ringing a bell. Don't you just love her little boots and her expression?!
Here comes the bride!  She purchased her dress and then modified it.  Since this was a farm wedding, she cut off much of the train and used it to make the little jacket she's wearing over the dress.
During the ceremony Jordan washed Mallory's feet as a picture of his desire to lead their home with a servant's heart.
Young ladies from our church and one of Mallory's brothers provided the beautiful music for the ceremony. 
Repeating and taking their vows before God and man.
They have been pronounced man and wife and are now sharing their first kiss!
Oh happy day!  They are now married and making their way to the reception.  See the corn stalks?  An Amish man was so kind to let us have lots of dried corn stalks to use for making a wedding aisle of sorts.  In an earlier post I mentioned how we'd had a bit of a disaster with the corn we planted three times for the wedding and with all the flooding and cows getting into the area and eating up what was left.  Well, he helped us out and we were sure thankful for that!
Happy happy :)
The little bridge over a creek had to be re-built before the wedding and the sweet friend who headed up the decor found the Leegacy Farm sign Hannah Joy had made a long time ago and hung it up.  I just love how she and others helping used so many things we already had, they already had, or other friends in the community had.  And with the idea that the things purchased could be used for future weddings in the community. 
Mallory and her sisters made all the beautiful and yummy cakes and pies and hauled them here in a freezer on the back of their dad's truck before the wedding!  They also cooked a lot of the meat ahead of time and our friend Trey smoked a lot of meat the day of and the day before the wedding.  It was SO good.  In fact, we even save the bones to add to soups and such to get that wonderful smoked flavor.
There's the chocolate groom's cake in the middle.  And speaking of food, one family volunteered and brought us brunch the day of the wedding.  I hope I'll be that thoughtful some day.  It was so very helpful with all the busyness and all the people staying on the farm.  And she was a brave soul to volunteer to cook for so many!
Again, our memories of that day are sweeter than any chocolate chip cookies could ever be.  Two lives joined together in holy matrimony before God and witnesses.  Such dear dear friends and family present.  The best food ever.  People pouring out their lives by helping us in so many ways and sharing our joy.  Beautiful music.  Beautiful singing.  Beautiful prayers.  And a beautiful ceremony and description of God's purposes for marriage.  It was just a wonderful week of celebration. 
Preparing to leave with Jim and Jack, the Percheron horses pulling the wagon and taking them to their new home for pictures before leaving for their honeymoon trip.
Just Hitched
Work on the Old Farmhouse continued right up to the wedding and even while they were away on their honeymoon.  This farm looked like an ant colony leading up to the wedding with so many volunteers working to get the house at least mostly ready!  And some friends stayed for several days after the wedding to get more done on the cabinets.  Thanks!
The bride's family.  We love.  We are SO blessed and thankful for them all.
The groom's family.  Oh how I love 'em all.
Oh my!  They are adorable with Mallory.  Little people just make a wedding so special, don't they?
The bride and all her attendants.  All are sisters of the bride or groom except one.  And she's loved like a sister!
The groom and all the groomsmen.  All are brothers of the bride or groom except one.  And he's loved like a brother!  And married to the one above who is loved like a sister!  And they're the mom and dad of the youngest little flower girl!
Lots of happy faces.
And lots of joy and laughter.  And thankfulness for our Lord's many blessings.  Thanks for stopping by!  ~ Sherry ~

Saturday, January 31, 2015

This Week On Leegacy Family Farm ~ January 31, 2015

This week on Leegacy Family Farm has been sweet in more ways than one.  It's been very productive, collecting sap and cooking maple syrup has begun, I've very much enjoyed spending time with my precious family and some friends, and I've loved posting again and hearing from many of you!
I've realized of late that if we do not get around to posting anything, it's rather difficult for my family and I to keep track of what's gone on around here and on the farm.  So it's SO good to be back.
A temporary sugar shack was put up last week using an old shed that had been taken down on the farm.  Josh would someday like to build a timber frame sugar shack but that project will have to wait until later.  This one was re-purposed and therefor free!
My sons and daughters have been taking turns watching the sap and feeding the fire.
We still love the ducks.  They travel up and down the farm together, they live off the land, and they lay eggs - even in winter.  But I think our favorite thing about having them, besides watching them, is that they eat a LOT of ticks.  We never see ticks in the yard anymore.:)  And we don't miss them (the ticks).
We just never know what's going to make its way into the house anymore.  Some of us left the other day to pick up an accident report since we were hit by a truck last week while taking a steer and some pigs to the processors.  Thankfully my sons and those who were with them weren't hurt, the other driver who didn't realize he'd come into their lane wasn't hurt, and the animals still made it to the processors (in a different truck and trailer).  But when we got home from picking up the report, a tomato box was sitting in front of the fire.  Closer inspection revealed a cute little occupant.  There's a picture of him further down in this post!
There's also been a whole lot of reading going on.  We're so excited to have begun a unit study about pioneer days and early America.  This study fits perfectly with some of the projects going on here this winter and we're all having a wonderful old time.
And speaking of projects going on around here, can you guess what that is?  It's pretty early Americana, Jacob is heading it up, and I'm so exited about it.  More later.:)
And above is a picture of the occupant found in the tomato box.  He was just a day old and rolled down the hill away from his mother and was almost frozen.  He was put in the box, brought in to warm by the fire, and now he's doing just fine.  
Abi has a job with perks.  She gets to read a book and enjoy the warmth of the wood cook stove while tending some maple syrup cooking off in the house.
We said goodbye to our ram since it was time to get another one.  Thankfully the one above sold and we were able to use the funds to purchase his replacement.
Mallory's family has been visiting this weekend and helping with various farm projects and it just seemed right to have pancakes for supper since they've been tending  maple syrup today ~ a perfect topping for hot buttered pancakes.:)

Bethany cooked up a blueberry syrup to serve over the pancakes and an Amish Casserole and some grits, and Tiffiny kept the coffee coming.

Yes, it's definitely been sweet around here in more ways than one this week on Leegacy Family Farm.  Maple syrup is sweet and hard to beat, but being with family and those the Lord sends our way is even sweeter, and I can't help but notice while looking at pictures that the time is passing ever so quickly and the children are growing faster than the weeds.

Oh how I want to savor the moments.  And thank God for His many many blessings.  Blessings on you and yours...have a wonderful evening. ~ Sherry ~

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 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