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Homestead Blog Hop #122!

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Did you have a happy Valentine's day? Our tradition has evolved into a day of affirmation for the kids. We have a fancy meal, all of us together, with the table set with chargers and cloths, and usually decorated with heart confetti made by the kids. Jeremy fixes a beautiful meal, and I write out words of affirmation for each of the kids. They seriously love it. All four of them.

This year, Jeremy made crepes for our breakfast. We decided to add a gift to our cards and I made up some movie ticket stubs to let the kids know we're going to go to the theater to watch Beauty and the Beast when it comes out. They were so excited! (I am too!) Their words of affirmation included things like "You are sweet and adorable" "You are growing big" "You are kind" "You are brave." It's a sweet time.

And Jeremy also got me a little gift. Well, he tried anyway. He bought a pot of daisies, my favorite flowers, but left them outside the night before where they froze and died. So (bless him) I got a pot of dead daisies for Valentine's. I laughed. He said he thinks I like gifts like that better because I really do love to laugh at a good joke. He does keep me laughing.

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I finally ordered our onions today! We got around 300 for about $28. That comes to about 9 cents an onion. Not too bad! Now we just have to get out in the garden and get it ready. I'm not sure when some time will free up for us, though. It's been so crazy busy lately!

I've also set aside some money to order some new chicks for this year. The kids and I have also picked out some ducks, a goose, and we may possibly get a turkey. I can't wait.

Homestead Blog Hop #120!

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I almost forgot about the Hop! So this will be fairly quick, but I do have a fun announcement. My sister and her husband, and my brother and his wife both had baby boys last week! So I got two new nephews in one week! They are both adorable, tiny little babies. It's fun being an Aunt. 

Homestead Blog Hop #119!

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I hope January has been a better month for you than it has been for me! I'm getting over the surgery, but it's taking longer than I would like. We did buy a new (to us) van, so that was terribly exciting and extremely stressful. (It's dark teal and feels very fancy. I was most excited about the working doors and windows.) But it's been a long month and I'm ready for life to calm down. We really need to do a little more school this week. And I don't think I've been out to the animals since the very beginning of the month. I'm ready to get my garden planned, my new chicks ordered, and set up for some baby goats. Patience, patience. 

We have a new host this week, Jessica from the Faithful Farm Wife! Be sure to check her out.

Homestead Blog Hop #118!

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 Y'all are not going to believe this (unless you follow me on FB) but I had an appendectomy last week! It was crazy. I've never had a surgery or even been put to sleep. I woke up Tuesday morning with stomach pains that were horrible, but became manageable after a while. But then the pains would just not go away, so I went in to be checked. A doctor visit led to blood work and a CT scan, and then all of a sudden a surgeon was waiting on me in the OR. That same night!

The recovery has been similar to birth, although much more painful the first day. Of course, being a "crunchy" "natural" type of person that I try to be, when the nurse offered me two pain killer pills, I said I would just take one. 30 minutes later, I asked for the second. But I'm off all the meds now, and am slowly getting back to normal.

In the same week, my van's engine just broke. The whole engine, y'all. We said we would drive that van until it died, and now it has. It was quite the week. I'm hoping 2017 has gotten all of it's excitement and debt out of the way this month!

Homestead Blog Hop #117!

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My first day of back to school with the kids involved an unexpected doctor's appointment, and my second day of back to school is our first day back to co-op and...the kids were too sick to go. So maybe, MAYBE, today we will be able to start school back.

Maybe we should wait until next week. Maybe.

I should know by now that plans always prove difficult to hold onto. There must be a lesson here.

Having Fun in an Angry World



Facebook was something else in 2016! I watched in fascination. It's been awful, ugly, and raw.

Having fun instead


In other news, I started playing soccer on Sundays with a group of women that I don't know. For the first game, we all timidly came to the field, hoping that we could play again like we used to. Some brought their babies and husbands, some snuck away from home leaving their families to fend for themselves for an hour or two.