Advent 2017

Merry Christmas from from the Thomas family!   Every year starting on December 1st, we start our Advent activities.  We’ve used several resources over the years, but one that we continue to use year after year is a book called Getting Ready for Christmas, a daily Advent prayer and activity book for the family.  Day 1, we read the story of Gabriel’s visit to Mary from Luke 1:26-32 and our activity was to create angels for the Christmas tree.

Usually they draw or cut out angels from construction paper; however, this year Christi had the creative idea to use plastic spoons,  yarn, coffee filters and aluminum foil cupcake baking cups.  I thought they turned out pretty cool!  I encourage you to start an Advent tradition with your family.  In the world we live in today, it is very easy for children to get caught up in the commercialization of Christmas and forget the real reason for the Season.

I recently decided to change the nature/purpose of this blog.  It was originally about our re-discovery of life on the farm, but I would like to broaden its content to share our personal journey of learning to love and live life following God.  Our family is far from perfect and I will share some of my personal struggles here, but in a world full of confusion about the “modern family” and other really bad examples of family, we hope to be a beacon of light for others to follow.

Ellesie herds the cows!

On Wednesday we got our cows! The much anticipated day had arrived.  Upon the announcement, Ellesie (6) and Harris (3) decided to cowgirl and cowboy up. image

Upon releasing the cows they immediately went to exploring their new home. I think they walked the entire fence line in less than 10 min. After their first round Ellesie decided to chase them down the road. We all got a kick out of watching our animal lover herd the cows!
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Getting cows again here on the farm was part of my life-long dream. When we moved to the farm when I was 7, my Granddad offered me the opportunity to trade cattle with him. I would give him a deposit on a calf when the Herefords were bread and the balance when the calf was born, selling them 6-9 months later and making a $200-300 profit. However Granddad did most of the work and I wish I’d spent more time learning from him. Now we start a new venture on the farm with cows and I will learn as I go. Granddad would be proud!

Hatched our first Baby Chicken

 

We are so excited that our first baby chicken hatched! After buying an incubator at Tractor Supply, we decided to take a few of the eggs to see if our rooster was taking care of hens and sure enough after about 21 days we had a baby chicken! Having grown up on this farm and raising thousands of chickens for Gold Kist/Pilgrim’s Pride this was a first for our family. The children were so excited!image

 

 

She flew the coop!

A few days ago we lost another hen, I’m pretty sure she “flew the coop” and our little Jack Russell Cookie played a little rough.  Unfortunately, she didn’t make it.  I mentioned the incident to grandmamma and she suggested I clip one of their wings to keep them from flying too high.  Great idea! But easier said than done!  After fourteenth time around the chicken pen, I’d only caught three, so I enlisted the help of Louci.  I told her to stand in one corner with her little pink hoe and “shew” them back toward me if they came that way.  Mr. Rooster wasn’t very happy, he came after me several times as I snatched up his hens and clipped their wings.