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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Its been waaaay too long since I have done a Thankful Thursday post! The last time was in....November of 2011!! Yikes! I think I will need to update my logo soon....

Today I am thankful for SO much!

Thankful for wonderful parents and inlaws that help us out and are so supportive.

SO thankful for my wonderful friends. After Jimmy was born, I was feeling so lonely but over the last couple years I have been able to connect and reconnect with new and old friends through my church and the local library. And now that the boys are getting older, we are meeting more and more people through various extracurricular activities.

I am SO thankful for our little farm and the opportunities it provides to connect with nature and through that I feel more connected to my Father in Heaven. His creation is just SO AWESOME! I love exploring our land and the plants that grow here. I have gotten into wildcrafting and foraging in the last few years. We have so many wonderful resources right here! Elderberries, stinging nettles, wild roses, many dandelions (who knew they were so GOOD for you?) and many more things. I will definitely have to post about all the goodies I have found.

I am also thankful for our place and that it provides a place to grow our own food. Last year we embarked on a new adventure....raising ducks! We bought 4 ducklings at our local farm supply store and they all ended up being males, so no eggs. But they were so much fun and downright adorable. We had a great summer and fall watching their antics and learning from them. But since our ultimate goal is having our own eggs, and since they were all male, we made the hard decision to fatten them up and put them on the dinner table. And I gotta say, they were so yummy! I did just order some females and a couple males the other day though, so the journey continues. Be prepared for lots of ducky posts starting mid-April!

I am extremely thankful for my wonderful husband who works so hard and deals with my craziness, and who provides for us to be able to school at home. He is one of the hardest working people I know, and we are so blessed to have him!

I am very thankful for my sweet little boys who are always keeping me on my toes and teaching me new things. Patience has taken on a whole new meaning....but I just love to be around them, they are amazing. It has been so neat to watch each little personality develop and I am always amazed at just how different two boys can be from each other!

And most of all, I am thankful to my heavenly Father, for without Him, none of this would be possible. I am so thankful for when He clearly speaks to me and nudges me in the direction I need to go. Sometimes I don't listen, or I think I know what I am doing, but when I finally do listen, I see He was right as always and realize things may have been a little easier if I had gone that way in the first place. Even amidst the struggles and heartache (and we have many!) He continually shows His love and mercy and blesses us in so many ways. He is always there, patiently waiting for us to choose Him over ourselves.

So, what are you thankful for today? Please share in the comments and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's St. Patrick's Day and it is also our wedding anniversary...of 8 years! I really cannot believe how fast time flies. I started blogging in 2009! It does not seem like my blog is that old at all. Or that I have a 7 year old for that matter....but anyway...we had a nice, pretty uneventful day. We took our car in to get fixed, got some lunch and then Jim had to go back to work. The boys and I made a couple St. Patrick's Day crafts. Coffee filter shamrocks and paper plate rainbow twirlers. It was fun!

Then we all went out to eat at our favorite pizza place.

We had a great time and the boys were so well behaved. Counting my blessings, big and small. ❤️

Friday, March 13, 2015

Help the Monarch Butterflies!

For a limited time, while supplies last, National Wildlife Federation is giving away a Butterfly Garden Starter Kit to everyone who pledges to help the monarch butterfly. Click the link below to learn how to make your pledge and receive your kit!

According to the website, your kit will include:
  • A Seed packet with native milkweed or a flowering nectar plant
  • A list of milkweed and nectar plants native to your region
  • Ranger Rick Nature Notebook
  • Butterfly Heroes Sticker and Poster
Here are the boys making their pledge

This is such a great opportunity, we just love monarchs! Last year, we found eggs on milkweed plants around our farm and raised them to butterflies. It was amazing and the boys learned so much. When I was a kid, my sister and I raised black swallowtail butterflies every year. I just love butterflies! 

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