Friday, August 29, 2014

Changes

Shortly after my post "Yay for Saturday" my family experienced some major changes. My husband and I made the decision to move off the farm to another state where we could have some property of our own, live closer to his side of the family, and start over.  During our four years on my family farm our immediate family experienced the loss of our jobs, our previous home, and too many things to mention here.  
Travis and Arliss on my dad's 1948 Farmall "H" at our old farm

So, we sold our ducks, geese, and chickens to a young couple were just starting their farm nearby.  After weeks of trying to find an alternate plan, we finally had to sell our sweet, hilarious goats.  Many dear friends and family members came and helped us pack and finally we pulled out of the drive and headed west.  
 
The goats loved sneaking into the garage at the farm to rest on the covered car.

Our 20 foot U-Haul carried the most important things, as I drove the minivan that carried suitcases and coolers of food.  Our journey was messy and hard, but we arrived in Nebraska two days later.  After a lot of discussion my hubby and I decided to live in town for a year while we looked for the right piece of property to farm.  

In the next ten months or so we will search for acreage that will allow us to hobby farm.  In the meantime I have created a board on my Pintrest page called Our Future Farm.  We live near fields of golden corn and acres and acres of soybeans and in town there are fields of hay that are cut and baled into the large round bales like we had on the farm.  


People in Nebraska are kind, courteous, and helpful.  We have a strong church and solid jobs and a chance to start over.  In the meantime, Arliss and Travis attend the large high school near us and participate in sports like they did "back home."  It has been a long process, but we will make it.  In the months to come I will collect ideas for our new farm and be grateful for the time we had on our old farm.  



I won't be ignoring this blog, but my posts will definitely have a different vein for a bit.  I am including some of the new pictures I have taken of our new home state.  

Sending lots of love,
oxxoxooxox

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Yay for Saturday

Today has been sunny, breezy, and perfect so far.  The animals are grazing and soaking up the sun.  
Laundry is hanging on the line, I am wearing my favorite overalls, flannel, and baseball cap.  
Birds are singing, tractors are driving by with discs, plows, and harrows to finish up field prep before planting... All I want is a hammock and a good book-- but there is always something else to do here.  
And yet, I wouldn't have it any other way.  Hooray for Saturday! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Spr-ummer?"

Our weather this month has had my closet in an unroar-- one day wool sweaters and long skirts, the next short sleeves and capris. It's just proof that we live in Northern Illinois.  
The animals are enjoying the daily grazing on the new grasses and our little ducklings, goslings, and chicks are getting a taste of the fresh air.  
My extended family help repair an unused chicken coop and Travis has been helping till the garden in preparation for the seedlings.  
We are grateful for a life on the farm and look forward to more sunshine and the blessings that come from country living. 
Enjoy the pictures.  
Sending love and sun-warmed kisses from the farm.
oxoxox







Monday, April 14, 2014

Adventures continue

Farm life is seldom boring.  This spring continues to prove this is true.  We have experienced golf ball sized hail and near-80 degrees only to have the temperatures drop to the mid-30s with snow in the forecast, all in a matter of 48 hours.  
The goats will explore any place available to them, including our kitchen, my husband learned when he didn't close the outer door completely.  
The ducks are getting sneaky when it comes to laying their eggs.  I have found them in the yard like an Easter egg hunt and behind straw bales used to block the wind at their coop.  
The geese are checking out the greener grass in the cow pasture, going through the fence like Harry Potter in search of the platform to Hogwarts.  
Such fun we seem to have here!! 

I hope your spring isn't too eventful, in the meantime, sending love and weather-whipped kisses from the farm.
oxoxxo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring is springing

The animals are starting to play outside and investigate the farm after our long, brutal winter.  The goats have been exploring the grass and greenery farther and farther from the safety of the barn.  
Our first cow and calf have arrived.  The momma is the same red one as last year- Curly Sue.  Her calf has a beautiful face too. 
Hubby has enjoyed playing with our little goat and her momma has grown to trust us more and more over the last couple weeks.  
I'm looking forward to more proof of the seasonal change as the weeks go by.  In the mean time, enjoy the pictures. 
Sending love from the farm,
oxoxox








Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring break

It's our first day of spring break and yet, I find myself waking up well before the sun. I decided to get out of bed and start the morning chores. 
 
Dogs-- out & fed and out again (check)
Goats-- fed, watered, and let out to graze (check)
Ducks and geese-- fed, watered, eggs collected, and let out to forage (check)

Not a bad start and it isn't even 7:30 a.m. :) 
Sending love and kisses from the farm.
oxoxoxo 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The long winter

The last few months have been full of struggle and hunkering down.
 Winter here has been very long, cold, and snowy; which means spring is slow in arriving and it will be quite wet.  Record-breaking cold and wind chills have cancelled school multiple times and kept us all close to the house.  Unfortunately, the cold cost us our Muscovy duck. 

Now that the weather is getting warmer--hopefully--we have added to our animal collection.  A couple weeks ago my husband brought home a year-old laMancha goat and her two-week-old kid.  Travis has decided we should call them Milk and Cheese since you need Milk to make Cheese.
  Arliss has been busy playing basketball in the barn. Earlier this year Arliss celebrated his birthday and he had his basketball team over to have fun on the farm.  We are still waiting for the snow to melt further so we can find a lost cell phone from that day, part of living on a farm I guess.  
We have plans for more chickens in the next few weeks and the incubator is on now that the ducks and geese are laying eggs again.  
I am looking forward to seeing asparagus shoots and tulip buds, sure signs of spring here.  
Wishing you and yours love, joy, and wonder this spring.
With love and kisses from the farm.
oxoxox