Strawberries and Much More

Hello everyone. Today was a fun day. Grace and I took the the kiddos strawberry picking.

Here we are getting ready to leave this morning.

Here they are about half way to the berry patch. Yes, they are all asleep.

My mother’s day gift from Grace. I think she did a great job. These are two of my favorite birds and I love pink dogwood trees.

We also took a hike with the Horns this week. Another one of those hard firsts.

It was a beautiful hike and just a few minutes from our house.

So pretty. We walked beside the river for quite a bit.

We all wore our tie dyed shirts.

Something new I did this week was dehydrate green onions. It was very easy to do. I have tried them in omelettes already and definitely want to dry more.

Grace and the kids gathered violet petals the other day and we made violet jelly from them. We have tasted it and it is very good. And SO pretty in the jar.

We had a double rainbow the other evening . I love rainbows.

I guess that’s about all for now. I am making some strawberry jam from the berries we picked today. God bless.

Garden Update and More

Just a little update on our garden so far. Not a lot going on yet but soon everything will be in full swing.

We have been enjoying kale, green onions and asparagus so far. They make a very tasty omelette especially with our farm fresh eggs.

Grace found these peppers the other day at one of our local greenhouses. They are the fooled you jalapeno. I like jalapeno peppers but not so much heat. I think these will be great for us.

Grace and I spent some time with the kiddos the other day while Jess was helping Dave’s mom with some errands. It was a fun day. Grace did an art lesson with them. They played Candyland. Then we spent some time outside.

I got this rare picture of John Luke. He is sitting still. That doesn’t happen very often.

Grace had an eye appointment. These are her new frames. I think they look really good on her.

We spend last Sunday with the Horns making these tie dyed shirts.

It was a lot of fun. We are planning on doing a hike soon and all of us wearing our shirts. Fun stuff.

Grace and I also went to a comic convention. My first one. It was something Grace and Julie always did together. It was a hard first for us but then all the firsts without her are hard. We did have a good time though.

Grace’s mama duck has hatched one baby. We think that will be all that hatches. It is SO cute. We are waiting a few days and if no others hatch we will move mama and baby to a new coop. The male duck is very mean.

The ladies are enjoying their first taste of freedom. We are in process of training them to go back in their lot at night. I let them out for a little while at a time until they are trained.

That’s about all for now. God bless.


Hello everyone. I hope you are all having a good week so far.

We have been having some beautiful sunrises. I love sunrises and sunsets.

Last Saturday, we had lots of riders here on the farm. Dave had worked up this ride as a fun day. Sam however didnt get to ride as he has had an abscessed tooth. He had a round of antibiotics and it was still hurting. Yesterday Jess took him to the dentist and they pulled it. It was very badly infected. After their ride on Saturday, the stomach bug hit the Bates house. It was a rough 4 days for them.

Grace and I plan on working today on her duck lot. One of her mama ducks is supposed to hatch out babies soon. We need to try to make the duck house and lot safe for them. I hope to take some pictures as we work to post.

Grace took this picture of the baby geese on the pond. They had just hatched out. They are so cute.

She also took this picture of wild mustard blooming.

Wild mustard was Julie’s favorite flower. She always said she wanted to get married in the spring and carry a bouquet of wild mustard. Sweet Julie, two months ago today, you went to live with Jesus. You are missed SO much!

God bless.

Getting a Few Things Done

Yesterday was a busy day here. Lots of things got done. First on the list was to get our rain barrels installed.

I have wanted to have rain barrels for quite a while and now two of them are in. We got some rain this morning and they already have some water in them.

Dave also got our tiller started and our lawn mower in operation. Thanks so much, Dave. We then had a cookout with burgers and hot dogs. Grace and the kiddos picked dandelions for us and then Jess and I got them ready to make jelly with. I so wish I had gotten a picture of them picking the dandelions but I missed it.

Isn’t it pretty?

Grace did get this picture of Daniel, Sam and Katie. I love it.

A friend of ours came and tilled the garden for us the other day. We are so thankful for family and good friends.

Grace and I rode around the farm the other day and I took this picture. We are blessed to live in a beautiful place.

God bless.

A Nice Walk


Grace and I took a little walk the other day. This beautiful trail is behind our local library.

It was a very nice day and the trail is starting to show signs of spring.

Grace taking pictures. One of her favorite things to do.

She took this picture of a Meadowlark the other day when her and Jess’s kids were on a little walk. Isn’t he beautiful!

Also her art room is finished.

She loves it! It is such a cheerful room.

Jess had gave Grace little crystal prism balls. They make beautiful rainbows on the walls when the sun shines through them.

God bless.

Beautiful Moon

We have enjoyed a beautiful moon the past few nights. So pretty.

Grace and I went to church then came back to Jess’s for Easter dinner. We had lots of good food. We had ham, rolls, deviled eggs, potato salad and corn. Molasses cookies and a stack cake for dessert. I didn’t get a picture of the table though. I did get a picture of the stack before I took it over.

Grace and I have been busy painting her art room.

We have all the trim finished and about 1/3 of the walls done. It looks so good and she loves it. We are hoping to get it finished today.

I wanted to share a little something that happened yesterday. A lady I have never met before came to see me. She helps some with an elderly lady who lives close to us. They had told her about Julie going to heaven. She wanted to tell me that she had met Julie when Julie was working at the bread basket. Julie was working the cash register that day so they had an opportunity to talk some. She said after talking a few minutes she asked Julie if she knew the Lord. She told me she was so impressed with Julie’s answer. Julie looked directly at her and boldly said “oh yes, I know the Lord”. The lady told me how confidently Julie made the statement. Now to some reading this, this may seem like a small thing but to my mother’s heart it was priceless. Such a comfort. I feel it was a special message from Jesus to help us with our first Easter without her. And to remind us all that we are always witnessing for Him in ways we might not even think about. It’s not always the big wordy sermons that leave an impression, sometimes it’s the small ones.

“Oh yes, I know the Lord.”

God bless.

Seed update

Just a little update on our seeds. So far they are doing pretty good.

We decorated eggs yesterday with our friends the Horns. It was a good day. We ate supper with them. Quentin had smoked some chicken breast in his smoker. It was very good. We also had baked beans, mac & cheese, garlic bread and a really good dip made with smoked fish and jello for dessert.

Grace and I have also started painting her art room. We have finished the ceiling so far.

Big difference. This room has a lot of suet damage as you can tell. I will have updates on this room as we progress with the painting.

Grace starting to paint one of the shelves. This paint goes on pink but dries white.

Enjoy your day and God bless.


We got lots of snow here this weekend which made my Grace very happy. She loves snow.

We got about 15 inches or so.

A very pretty snow. Temperatures stayed warm so it was fun to be outside.

The downside to all that beautiful snow is that our power was off for about 24 hours. Thank God, though, this doesn’t affect our heat or our ability to cook.

Now for some beautiful sunrise pictures.

Walking day by day in His mercy. God bless.

Starting Some Seeds

Grace and I got out the little greenhouse and started a few seeds.

Mostly flowers. We think we will just get plants for most of our vegetables this year from our local greenhouse. I did start some herbs though and a few peppers.

We meet our friends, the Horns, at our local greenhouse Saturday. We got these beautiful pansies. They are still on my front porch as we are getting snow today and more predicted for the weekend. They definitely brighten up the porch. After the greenhouse, we went thrift store shopping and then Quentin treated us to Mexican for lunch.

Grace got a new betta fish on Sunday after church. His name is HotDog. He seems to love his new home.

God bless.