Buttermilk Cranberry Bars & Embracing Change

 Change is GOOD! I always want to be progressing towards change. Growing in all areas of my life for the better. Learning new things, trying to reach goals and polishing skills that I have been blessed to be given. So why is it so hard?

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“Still round the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate.”

– J.R.R.Tolkien

  I find myself driving the back roads of Vernon County Wisconsin where we call home, more than usual these cool October days. I cant help but grab my camera, and head out in search of a few images to capture the feeling that the colors of the season paint all around us, before they are gone for good!

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We live in a truly beautiful area that is always changing so vibrantly with each season! These are a few pictures taken within a few miles of our farm.

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Lower Hornby Hollow, just down from our place.

 

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With the change in season’s, and the cold rainy weather that has already brought snow with it, it has left me struggling to adjust to the thought of what comes after fall!

 WINTER!!! I am not ready to hibernate for the winter yet!

I am doing better now and I have adjusted to the inevitable season that is coming.  I started up the wood stove, and brought out the mittens, scarves and hats in final surrender.

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We are working on the barn every day, getting it ready to milk cows in. It is a work in progress, but it is coming along good and we are on track to start milking in a week or two.

 With all the changes happening around here lately I have been dwelling on the concept of change, and why I rebel against it so. I love AND hate change. I guess that is because of fear, I am afraid of the uncertain.

I happened to catch a part of a sermon the other morning that hit on the subject of change, as well. The pastor talked about when he graduated high school, and how a friend wrote in his yearbook, “Don’t ever change, Dude!”, he went on to say how silly of a comment that is to make to someone! Don’t ever change? Why would you want to stay the same? Like an old mud puddle,  all stagnant?

Stagnant: showing no activity; dull and sluggish: inactive · sluggish · slow-moving · lethargic · static · flat · depressed · declining  · dying · dead · dormant

 Change is GOOD! I always want to be progressing towards change. Growing in all areas of my life for the better. Learning new things, trying to reach goals and polishing skills that I have been blessed to be given. So why is it so hard?

Some may see this as not being content in life, always wanting to progress towards change and growth.  They are kind of right! I am not content to sit back and watch others do things that I want to learn myself, and I am not content to sit stagnant instead of growing in a skill! And the challenge with any skill is, that though you practice that skill over and over, often you grow little or very slowly.DSC_8040

I remember once, a very close friend of mine had moved back after packing up and moving several states away for a job, they eventually returned home and after spending some time together again, she told me that I had changed. I remember thinking, “of course I had changed!”, it had been years since they had moved away, and I HOPE I wasn’t the same as I was that many years ago.

Now she had meant that I wasn’t the same person, not as good of a friend. And I HAD changed a lot, I was a stay at home mom now, homeschooling my kids and I had a few little side businesses going, like my produce stand, and I was doing in home daycare for a family and I had started blogging!DSC_6303

I had developed a focused drive to make it all work. And it did all work! With God’s help and my husbands! I was determined and focused, but to my friend, I was not as fun or as approachable as I used to be. Now I had seen the growth I had made in those ventures as progress, and a good thing, but it took away from my time with my friends, and changed who I was. This is something I am still trying to work on.

For me as a Christian, I desire to always remain in God’s will for my life, and when I am working towards growing in different areas,  it is not always easy to balance that with everything else. I also have to be careful that I am wanting to be better in something for the right reasons! ( Colossians 3:23) As well as being careful to make time for everything.

I know its not just me that struggles to find a balance between work and life, and that this isn’t a new concept to you. We all naturally want to succeed, and be better at the the talents  or hobbies we have, while still maintaining focus on what is most important in life. So I guess this blog is a reminder to myself that change is good! And to keep reaching towards goals, while still making sure to keep friends and family close! 

Do you ever struggle with this?

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Buttermilk Cranberry Bars

I have one of MY FAVORITE recipes to share with you today! This is the perfect recipe for you to try out on one of these cold, fall days!

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…SOFT… CHEWY… TART… SWEET… CREAMY…YUMMY…GET IN MY TUMMY!!!

Wisconsin grown cranberry’s, the zing of orange zest, frothy buttermilk in the batter  and cream cheese frosting, add incredible flavors to this dessert!

I have held onto this recipe since I started the blog, waiting for just the right time to share it with you all, and NOW IS THAT TIME!

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I always try to have dehydrated orange slices in the freezer for zesting the peel into recipes. But you can use a fresh orange too!

Buttermilk Cranberry Bars

prep

cook 35 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • the zest from 1 orange
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (set aside a few tablespoons of flour to coat the cranberries in)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, coat in some of the flour before adding to the batter.
  • ½ cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with orange zest and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla, beat until combined. Toss the cranberries with 2 tablespoons of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt in a seperate bowl.
  3. Add flour mixture to the batter, a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the cranberries.
  4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Bake for 35 minutes, then check to see if it is done by touching the top gently or by inserting a toothpick. If necessary, return pan to oven,keep a close eye on it.. Do not over bake.
  5. Let cool completley and frost with cream cheese frosting!
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 8 Oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cream cheese frosting: Beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth then add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy. 

SERVE & ENJOY!!!

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BIG NEWS! Buying a herd & The blog in print!

OUR BIG NEWS! Each fall we have projects that are at the top of our list that we want to get done before the weather turns cold, and the frost and snow comes. This year we have more on that list than ever before as we prepare to start………

 

rooster1“Come on out girls, time for breakfast! Here chick…chick…..chick” We have some BIG NEWS! It has been all about chickens and cows over at our farm the last few weeks and I will tell you why!

fallchickenspumpkinFall is officially here and it is starting to look like it in the barnyard. Pumpkins and squash are being harvested and the gardens are tapering down now.muddy piggyThe preparations for the winter season; like bringing fire wood into the basement, finishing up canning projects and clearing up gardens, naturally start to take priority as the cool weather reminds us of the next season that is coming.

hogs n cowsOur pastured hogs have been butchered and friends and family who ordered from us this year are picking up their meat bundles now. Our freezer is full to bursting, with Angus, pork and veggies, all raised by us or family, and the pantry shelves  are getting full with jars of home canned tomato sauce, jams, jellies, veggies, salsa, sauces and pickles.

steersFeeder steers are fattening up and we are feeding hay to all the cattle already since the lack of rain has the pastures dry and eaten down, another sign of the season.barnyardThe perennial garden flowers are already drying in the warm breezes of this early October and getting in “fall” picture sessions are a must with the beautiful colors outside now. I am taking more and more pictures for friends and family and it has been so fun!

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Our beautiful niece, who I can’t take enough pictures of! She is SO cute!

OUR BIG NEWS! Each fall we have projects that are at the top of our list that we want to get done before the weather turns cold, and the frost and snow comes. This year we have more on that list than ever before, as we prepare to start milking cows on our farm!

The list of jobs to get done before the cows arrive, seems to be endless. But with the generous help of family, we are on track and making big progress in the barn. My husband is excited to have his own cows to milk before and after work each day, as he will keep working full-time at our township as a patrolman. Some of you will probably think he is crazy to “look forward” to milking his own cows each day, but then you wouldn’t realize what a true passion he has for it. Right now he milks at a few different farms several times a week just because he loves it so much.This is his dream come true to milk his own herd at our farm.

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Drew jack-hammering out the old stanchions and curb.
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New curb being poured.

We had to kick the chickens out of their place in the barn to make room for the cows and my parents and I have moved this old coop from their place to our farm as the chickens new digs!

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Before we took it down to move it here……

My plan was to sell half of my 26 young hens, I have five more to sell on Saturday and then I will have met my goal and have twelve left for us. I have done this several times over the years, ordering extra chicks to raise and then sell, helping to pay for the raising up of our own flock.

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Mom and Dad working hard on the “new” coop. We are going to put in a big window on this side!

This fall has been super busy for us so far, as we prepare for our herd of registered Holstein’s to arrive at the end off October. Buying pipe line, finding a barn cleaner and moving chickens around, is all part of this race to have everything in place and ready on time. We have had so much help from our families and it has us feeling so thankful that we live in a country were we can chase our dreams, living and loving life on our farm! On we go towards our goal!

MORE BIG NEWS!!!

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I am collaborating with Best Life Ministries, YOUR BEST magazine again for the Fall edition! With recipes, pictures and an article, from The Yellow Farmhouse On The Hill!magazine

I hope you take a minute to check out this wonderful ministry,  Best Life Ministries  and for those of you who are local, you can order your own copy of the magazine straight from me and I will get it to you!

Thanks for reading for all the support you always give with such love!

-J

All pictures on The Yellow Farmhouse on the Hill blog were taken by and are the property of Jessica Rogers. You must have written permission to use any image/photo. If you want to share the blog post or pin an image to Pinterest please include: https://theyellowfarmhouseonthehill.wordpress.com. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full credit is given to The Yellow Farmhouse on the Hill Blog with a link to the original content.

 

 

 

The Corner Cafe Where I Fell In Love…

As the summer days shorten and that crisp autumn season seems to emerge from nowhere, I am reminded of a favorite summer full of charm. I was nineteen and I had just been hired at my first job. It was a corner cafe in a sleepy town right off of a busy bike trail. Most of our customers were on summer vacations and they would peddle up for a nice lunch or just a slice of our iconic square pie, on their way down the bike path.

drew swing.JPGCall me old-fashioned. If you know me well, it is easy to do, I don’t try very hard to hide it at all, I am truly an old-fashioned soul.

The charm of era’s past call to me and I can’t help but be drawn in by the mood and comfort that old music, movies  or even antiques evoke. My sister is the same way, we love “old stuff”. Summer is nearing its end, my day’s are filled with canning and picking produce but when I can, I try to slow down and enjoy the charm of summer.

As I am writing this, Dinah Shore is crooning Johnny Mercer’s “Skylark” on my Pandora station, warming my soul with those “old-fashioned feelings”!Angel

“Oh skylark,
Have you seen a valley green with spring
Where my heart can go a-journeying
Over the shadows and the rain
To a blossom-covered lane
And in your lonely flight
Haven’t you heard the music in the night
Wonderful music
Faint as a will o’ the wisp…..”
 
-Johnny Mercer , Skylark.
Take a listen, you’ll see what I mean about that “old-fashioned feeling”.

The corner cafe, where I fell in love with cooking

As the summer days shorten and that crisp autumn season seems to emerge from nowhere, I am reminded of a favorite summer full of charm. I was nineteen and I had just been hired at my first “real” job. It was a corner cafe in a sleepy town, right off of a busy bike trail. Most of our customers were on summer vacations, and they would peddle up for a nice lunch or just a slice of our iconic square pie, on their way down the bike path.

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I am in blue, this was my last day! Moving on to a new job to manage and help open the Cold Stone Creamery in  Onalaska, WI.

The cafe was an old general store, that served as both antique store and cafe. The walls  on both sides lining the restaurant and the upstairs were stacked with antiques. Eclectic style was personified in both the antique pieces in the booths and the wonderful people who I worked with there.

This special place  was called Gina’s Pies are Square. After a half hour drive through Amish country to get to work in the mornings, I would help open up this quaint shop with friends, a cup of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of Frank Sinatra playing on the radio, filling the old store front with the warmth only music  can bring, floating  all the way up to the pressed tin ceiling.

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A postcard tucked in my recipe scrapbook of Gina’s Pie’s R Square. This picture of the old store front in Wilton, Wisconsin was drawn by one of my favorite people who I worked with there, Rochelle!

I had so much fun working at Gina’s and I know that the atmosphere  and the people I worked with was why it was  so easy to fall in love with cooking there. Gina ran her cafe and managed her employees with love and laughter and she taught her passion for simple, delicious food to me, with patience. The menu was homemade  soup and sandwiches, and pizza’s, coffees, Italian soda’s and homemade, from scratch pies, that were baked in square tins. Old fashioned favorites like sour cream raisin and blackberry pie, along with more unique ones like Oatmeal Guinness Stout Pie! She had a nick-name for every local who walked through the door and you felt like you knew them from the lively stories she would share about their lives in the little town of Wilton and beyond!

This was the summer I got engaged! I started buying antiques for the first time that summer as well, many from the shelves at Gina’s and just about every surrounding antique store, for my future house and life with Drew. And this was the summer I learned how to cook new exciting things I had never tried to make before, I fell in love with cooking. 

It was such a great summer!

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 Remember those old Country Time Lemonade commercials way back in the 1990’s (some of you younger readers have probably never seen) the ones that made you just want to hang onto summer forever?

“Due to the scheduling of fall,  Summer will be a short ninety-four days…… So while there’s still time, take the long way home…..For these day’s are best enjoyed slowly……”

Those warm and homey feelings  are echoed in the simple moments these late summer days here on our farm. Drew working down in the barn, the sound of the milker on the cow at evening chores, the kids playing on the tire swing after school, the sideways light of dusk hitting them in golden streaks and the clip clop of our Amish neighbors driving by in their buggy, going home after a day of work down the road. These congenial, summertime habits are so beautiful to witness.caleb swinging.JPG

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.  -Laura Ingalls Wilder

 Enjoy the rest of summer!

Thanks for reading,

-J

 

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My Farmhouse Refrigerator Pickle Recipe & Homestead Update!

Having a fixer upper farm and a growing family means we don’t always have as much time or the funds to put towards fixing up this place, so it is a real lesson in patience. Tunnel vision also helps a lot! One thing at a time! But whenever there are small steps of progress towards real “fixin up” it is truly a beautiful feeling! Now on to that recipe! I just love having good recipes that are easy and delicious, ones that make putting up garden produce a breeze. It can be super stressful trying to use up all the bounty of the season, so here is one of my favorite easy recipes to use up cucumbers.

 pickles2.JPGWarm summer days are flying by here in Wisconsin and the slightest hint of fall is already in the air. There is so much I want to do this summer still. I really need this season to stretch out longer!

Our produce stand has been busy but even more so than usual today with our Amish neighbors painting the barn roof for us. People are stopping to watch them work on the steep arched roof and to buy slicer tomatoes and grab some of our best sellers, the crisp Norland Red potatoes.

DSC_5306.JPGI can’t believe how this summer is almost coming to an end already! We have completed several projects on our homestead and that does make me feel better about the season coming to an end, but  I still hope we can get more done before it gets too cold!

One small project was a new money-box for the produce cart. I scribbled up a little sketch of what I wanted the box to look like and my Dad built me this within a few days! Thanks Dad!

 

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I had fun painting the sunflowers on it and I love how bright and cheerful it looks too.

Having a fixer upper farm and a growing family means we don’t always have as much time or the funds to put towards fixing up this place, so it is a real lesson in patience. Tunnel vision also helps a lot! One thing at a time! But whenever there are small steps of progress towards real “fixin up” it is truly a beautiful feeling!

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Spraying on primer.

They put on a coat of primer today and are coming back on Friday to paint on the aluminum coat. No more rusty-brown metal roof on the old barn! I can’t wait to get the barn painted red too. Might not happen this year but soon and one day I am so totally going to paint a barn quilt on the side of it as well! If Drew lets me!

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The roof is looking better even just with primer on it! Now the sides look even worse though! Need to paint it red!

amish painting roofYet another sign of summer winding up is the big hogs out in the barnyard and the exorbitant amount of feed they are going through.

 

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Carrying feed bags down to the barn. Drew just loves when I am constantly snapping pictures of him while he is doing all the work! 

The hogs are almost fed out and ready to be butchered. Can it really be that time of the year already? They are eating SO much right now, and are getting pretty big. We will miss having these happy friends in the pen out next to the barn, oinking at us. But they have lived a good, happy life, being well taken care of, and such is life on the farm.hogs and carter.JPG

Now on to that recipe! I just love having good recipes that are easy and delicious, ones that make putting up garden produce a breeze. It can be super stressful trying to use up all the bounty of the season, so here is one of my favorite easy recipes to use up cucumbers.pickles3.JPG

Simple. Sweet. Crisp

Jessica’s Farmhouse Refrigerator Pickles

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 6 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 1 cup sliced onions

Directions

 

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring vinegar, salt and sugar to a boil. Boil until the sugar has dissolved, about 8-10 minutes.

Place the cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture over the vegetables. Transfer to sterile containers and store in the refrigerator making sure that the brine is covering the vegetables. 

Ready to eat once chilled! pickles.JPG

Hope you like this quick and easy recipe! After we have eaten all the pickles I slice fresh cucumbers into the jars to re-use the brine for another batch!

I have another project this week was canning strawberry rhubarb jam. It turned out great and we will enjoy these refreshing summertime fruits in the middle of winter! jam jar 2Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

-J

 

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My Very Closest Of Friends.

Was that a cry through the speaker? No…She’s still sleeping. When you have babies, you hear phantom cry’s all the time that no one else in the room ever hears that turn out to be nothing but your mind playing tricks on you. I dump the milk in buckets to take to the hogs and then its time to wash up the milker and let the cows out of the barn, dusting them with fly repellent on the way out of the barn door.

Beep…beep…beep…beep…

3:45am The worst sound in the world pulls me out of a wonderfully deep sleep as my husbands alarm goes off. I reluctantly peek one eye open to check the video baby monitor next to my pillow on the night stand to see if our newborn heard it and was stirring.

All seems to be well for now so I squeeze my tired eyes shut again and bury my head back in my pillow eager to fit in as much sleep as I can before its time to get up and go do chores.

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While the dew still shimmer’s….

Beep…beep…beep…beep…

5:00am This time the alarm is for me and I jump out of bed like a flash of lightning to slam the snooze button before its makes one more sound and wakes up all the kids. Glancing at the monitor as I literally fall back into bed, I check the black and white screen and see baby is thankfully still sleeping peacefully swaddled and enjoying her air-conditioned nursery, her cherub face peeking out from the fluffy blanket and I say to myself as I do every morning, “I’ll only snooze once today….”

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Beep…beep…beep…beep…beep…

5:43am Oops! I was supposed to start chores at 5:30am! Did it again! How many times did I hit the snooze button? This time, tripping out of the bed I struggle to find that elusive on/off button that I click off as quickly as I can. I grab the baby monitor that somehow ended up under my pillow and take it with me to go out to the barn to milk the cow, all the while watching our newborn on the screen and hoping to get everything done before that first cry pierces the air through the monitor speaker and I am officially out of time to get the animals taken care of with the use of both arms.

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Is there anything more dazzling than day lilies in early morning light?

With the monitor in one hand and a cup of Kickapoo coffee in the other that my husband made before he left for the gym at 4:00am, I slip on my mucks and walk to the barn spooking a doe out in the sweet corn field as I stumble over rocks, my feet dragging with the weight of the boots that feel so much heavier in the mornings when I am still waking up. These days I never seem to be caught up enough on sleep or energy.DSC_4000

As I set the baby monitor on the seat of the old farmall cub tractor in the doorway of the barn where it still has enough power to reach the house and the picture is still clear, I see baby is still sleeping and I say to myself for the millionth time since she was born almost seven weeks ago, “She is SO cute!”.DSC_3994

Another sip of coffee and I let the cow into her stanchion saying “Thank you” to her as she steps over the gutter, grateful for her waiting for me at the barn door so I didn’t have to go down in the woods much beyond the reach of the baby monitors power to call her up. She greedily eats her grain as I prepare her for milking, the hum of the air conditioner in the nursery coming through the speaker of the monitor, mingling with the sounds of the barn.oak treeWhile the milker pumps away and the bucket fills up with frothy creamy milk I quickly feed and water the 27 laying hens and let them outside, fill up the pigs water and check their feeder and bring Harvey our spring calf a bucket of water and check to see if he has enough grass were he is tied out in the yard to eat all day, checking the monitor as I walk past each time.Harvey

I pull the plug, turning the milker off and gently pull the inflation’s off of Prissy as the suction slows down. I dump the milk in buckets to take to the hogs and then its time to wash up the milker and let the cows out of the barn, dusting them with fly repellent on the way out of the door.

Was that a cry through the speaker?

No…She’s still sleeping. When you have babies, you hear phantom cry’s all the time that no one else in the room ever hears that turn out to be nothing but your mind playing tricks on you.

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One of the garden’s……

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Picking fresh veggies before the heat of the day out in the gardens…

Grabbing my now cold coffee and the ever humming baby monitor, I walk up to the house to wash up. As I walk, I wonder how long I have before the kids are up and I kick off my boots and shut the front door as quietly as I can, the next few minutes all mine.

I wash my hands, warm up my coffee and quickly do little household chores all with the baby monitor in sight and the knowledge that time is running out and baby will be up soon.

My closest friend these days is my video baby monitor. I don’t know how I raised the last two kids without this wonderful amazing helpful beautiful……..FRIEND! I can watch baby smiling in her sleep as I work and that is why I think I love you baby video monitor.

-J

– You thought my closest friend was the pig didn’t you? That’s silly, if it was any of the animals it would be Prissy!

 

It’s A Girl!

If you are a parent yourself, you know just how fast this newborn baby stage goes by and cherishing this time, even the lack of sleep in the wee hours of the morning with a fussing baby time, you learn to love it all as a rite of passage for your new one and the family too!

So, you may have noticed that I haven’t blogged in a few weeks and I have such a good reason for not getting to it and being such a slacker!

If you didn’t already know or missed the super-duper obvious title of this post, I am happy to announce….We had our baby!Laney polka dots

Our precious Laney Louise was born almost three weeks ago now and WOW did those three weeks fly by! We have been enjoying this special time with our new daughter so much. What a gift it is for a family to welcome a new little one, we are so THANKFUL.Laney polka dots 2

If you are a parent yourself, you know just how fast this newborn baby stage goes by and cherishing this time, even the lack of sleep in the wee hours of the morning with a fussing baby time, you learn to love it all as a rite of passage for your new one and the family too!

 

porch babyEach little smile, every cry,  they are a gift and through the snuggle’s and struggles of learning to care for your little one there is cultivated a deeper love for your baby than you ever thought was humanly possible. With each baby we have had, I have grown even more aware of just how special this time is and have learned to not take it for granted.

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Tree climbing with Dad on Saturday….

cl barn.JPG“Laney Lou” fits into our family here on our little homestead as only God could ordain. We can’t hardly remember life before her as she seems to have always been a part of this family, yet we are still just getting to know her!

We are so blessed and thankful for the addition of her little life into our family and how God has been so good to us, He has not only given us this amazing child to raise and love but we have been showered with so much love and thoughtfulness from family and friends during this wonderful time. It has been such an amazing last three weeks and we will never forget those who took the time to help us welcome Laney into our family!garden2017back

With summer starting on the homestead and Laney here now, everything feels so fresh and new! Seeds emerging from the ground after the last rain shower, plants starting to blossom and Laney opening her eyes wider each day, looking around more and more at her new world around her. We are blessed by it all and loving every moment of it!

-J

 

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The End Of “Just The Four Of Us”

~Life changes, but memories don’t.
The ability to tell a story through a single image is something I have always loved and have tried to do with my artwork, paintings and drawings mostly, but to capture the feel of a moment and to portray what it is to be in that moment with a picture has consumed my creative energy lately!

Capturing a moment is something I have fallen in love with these last few months. The ability to tell a story through a single image is something I have always loved and have tried to do with my artwork, paintings and drawings mostly,

but to capture the feel of a moment and to portray what it is to be in that moment with a picture has consumed my creative energy lately!

Apple blossoms yellow house.JPGMaybe it is my slower paced lifestyle due to my ever growing baby belly that has me noticing things in a different light and appreciating them more. It is so important to slow down and live in the moment! Why don’t I remember this more often and not just when I am forced to move slower?

rhubarbprissyThis new-found outlet for my never-ending creative juices is the perfect venue for me now that I am in my ninth month of pregnancy with my husbands request that I “take it easy” and wait for our new little one to join the family.

Judy Spring 2017.2.JPGTaking a step back after a busy two weeks of finishing the bedroom remodel, freshening up the nursery, shopping and more shopping for baby and “helping” Drew plant the gardens, I have been reflecting this week on this time in our life as a family and how it is coming to the end of “us four” and soon it will be the FIVE OF US!  A whole new chapter!

growingup3I decided to document this “moment in time” with pictures of our daily life together on our place and it has left me feeling so very grateful for what I have been given and this time we have had together.Drew brushingThere is a sense of sadness for me knowing this part of our life, just the four of us, is coming to an end and yet there is so much joy and anticipation for the new life we will have together as a family with the arrival of baby!

reflectionsI had the same feelings of reservation just before Caleb (our youngest) was to join the family now almost five years ago.

young hensWe had stopped at Dairy Queen for ice cream and drove home the back way on the gravel roads of our township, talking while we ate our cones with little four year old Carter in the middle of the bench seat of the truck. There I was 8 months pregnant with Caleb, wind blowing through the open windows just us three together and I was so happy!

Carter mud puddle Then the thought came over me, this could be one of the last times it was just Drew, Carter and I together! “Us three” would never be just “us three” again and with no idea what the future would be like with a new one added to the family I was saddened and was afraid of our little family changing.

Why, I wonder do we hang on to the past so much when the future has so much to hold? 

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Dwelling in the past is just silly when you don’t know what is in store for the future right? Well, once again I have had my little moment of dwelling in the past and being sad for just a little bit about leaving this time of our life behind, now I am ready to fling open the door to the our future and welcome this new life together as a family of five!

I had both the boys early, Carter was born four weeks early and Caleb was five weeks early….Right now with this little one we have four weeks to go and its hard not to think constantly about how it really could be anytime now! With that thought in my mind I am living in the moment now more than ever, enjoying my boys and trying to capture the feel of this moment right now with “just the four of us” in my memory and with my camera!

-J

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