We've been butchering deer this week. When we were first married, that meant that Joel did the butchering and I stayed as far away as possible. If for some terrible reason I had to come in contact with the butchering process, I held my breath, closed my eyes and scooted past. And now this week. . .I went and picked up my oldest sons who were "helping" with the butchering. I walked my daughter by a deer carcaas. I watched my husband strip the hide off a deer with a pickup truck. And I ended my evening with two hours of cleaning the meat from the deer in my own kitchen. I only gagged a couple of times. Oh how far I've come.
Simeon's response to all the deer around the house in the last few days come out after school yesterday. He walked into the house and said, "I don't like the way this house smells anymore." I think I'll go light a candle somewhere. . .
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
One of our new practices this year is that Simeon and Josiah both have an opportunity to tell me about their day after we read, before bed. Last night Simeon's best thing from his day involved a football game during recess. He was on a team with two other fourth graders. They were playing against "fourteen" other kids and Logan (one of Simeon's favorite people who is in fourth grade) threw Simeon a pass, which Simeon ran in for a touchdown. After explaining in great detail the play, Simeon said to me, "That's pretty good to be able to do that against fourth graders - I'm only a kindergartener!"
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Evelyn went with me last night to pick up a birthday gift for the gal who babysits for the kids on Thursday morning during my Bible study. We picked out a cute purse-sized make-up bag and put in some nail polish, nail stickers and foot lotion. Evelyn was fascinated with the nail polish, so I asked her if she would like to have her fingernails painted. She replied, "Yes!" "Should we do that when we get home?" I asked her. She got an almost scared look in her eyes and emphatically told me that no, we should not do that. Guess we'll keep working on that. Maybe she will let her aunties paint her nails. . .
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
We are so excited that God has provided us with something we have prayed about for a long time -- an acreage to raise our family on! I feel like the family is abuzz with plans and anticipation for what is to come. Josiah, as we all knew, is so very excited. We closed on the property on Monday morning, and after school, Josiah gave me a huge hug and said, "I'm so excited we got the acreage, Mom!" Then, Monday night as we were praying before bed, he asked me if we would need to work all of Saturday and Sunday to get our stuff out there. I'm not sure his feet have hit the ground yet! We've already made a few trips out there, moving things out our house in town in an attempt to de-clutter a bit to show and sell it. Now we are praying for God to provide the perfect house for our family and that He would sell our house as well. We are so blessed! I posted some pictures of the acreage here.