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Storm Clouds

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We've had some storms this past week here in the Midwest. Here are some pictures of some very unusual storm clouds from Sunday. We came home from church about 8:30pm and noticed these clouds.

We had tornado sirens go off on Wednesday and had a EF2 tornado touch down on a town about an hour away from where we live. This tornado destroyed about 65 homes and a number of businesses.

Update on Shane

Shane had a doctors appointment this week. We found out that he is allergic to other foods besides casein, whey, and eggs. He is also allergic to crab, halibut, strawberries, corn, wheat, gluten, almonds, cashews, pistachios, mustard seed, olives, onions, spinach, and zucchini. We also found out that he is extremely low in vitamin D. Also, his histamine levels in his body are high, which means he is fighting allergies in his body.

Shane is now taking a vitamin D supplement. He is on a dairy and egg free diet right now. I plan to put him on a gluten free diet starting in July. Right now, I am gathering info from the Internet and ready books from the library. I have some cookbooks that I will start cooking from. The pastors wife from the new church we are attending gave me two cookbooks to borrow.

Shane was crying last night because he wants to eat cheese. I ordered some vegan cheese from Vegan Essentials that was given very good reviews. I will find out how good or bad it is... I have ta…

Poetry or Devotions

While Jesus is representing me in heaven, may I reflect him on earth,
While he pleads my cause, may I show forth his praise.


Continue the gentleness of they goodness towards me,
And whether I wake or sleep, let thy presence go with me,
thy blessing attend me.
Thou has led me on and I have found thy promises true,
I have been sorrowful, but thou hast been my help,
fearful, but thou hast delivered me,
despairing, but thou hast lifted me up.



I hope you have enjoyed what you just read. I took these words from The Valley of Vision, A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. I have been using this book the past two weeks, to instruct the children in poetry lessons. I am really enjoying this book.

Around the Farm

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Here is Carissa holding Nathan's ducks.



I enjoy looking at the ducks.


Here is my raspberry bush. My garden has some very good soil. I am growing raspberries, blueberries, and grapes. I hope to add some more plants this year.


Here is my grapevine.


My lovely compost and its contents.

We are Dead in Trespasses and Sins

Ephesians 2:1 is were this title comes from. Paul reminds us of the profound change this has wrought in us. The apostle draws a contrast between life before Christ and life after Christ.
Here is some food for thought that I am posting. This post I am sharing is from the magazine Tabletalk. Here is the rest of the article.


In using terms trespasses and sins, Paul emphasizes the totality of sin's dominion over Adam's naturally conceived and born children. Jew and Gentile alike are born in Adam; wickedness pervades our thoughts, actions, and emotions as we reflect the character of our first parents. We emerge from the womb wholly inclined to break God's law. From Adam we inherit guilt for his sin because, in a real sense, we were there with him in the garden when he ate the forbidden fruit-since he was the representative of humanity, when he sinned, we sinned. As his progeny, we also receive a nature that makes it all too easy for us to transgress the Lord's law, for manki…

Congratulations Amanda

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Our cousin Amanda is getting married today. We pray that God will be a part of her marriage. There are many blessings in being married. Being and remaining married takes work. Remember, when trials come, you need to rely on God.


Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be on flesh. Genesis 2:24

A New Diet

Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned going Vegan. Well now, our family will need to change our diet. I don't think I will be going vegan but will try another diet.

A few weeks ago Shane really had some severe symptoms to something. I finally had enough of this and took him to a specialist. We have been witnessing issues for the past few years with his health. The ENT doctor that saw him in February said that he has allergies. He had a very extensive blood test done two weeks ago, which tested him for over 120 allergens.

The doctor called today and said that Shane has a significant allergy to whey, casein, and eggs. Whey and casein is found in milk. Effective immediately, Shane has to be put on a milk and egg free diet.

Casein is a milk protein found in the solid part of the milk, the curds. Whey is a protein found in the liquid part of milk, often referred to as milk plasma. If you have a casein or whey allergy, you are essentially allergic to milk. This is different from lactose…

Making Homemade Items

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I love sewing with my serger. If you sew, you just have sew with a serger. The seams look finished...like an item purchased from a store.


Here is a purse that Carissa made for me for Mother's Day. It is very nice and rather elegant. What do you think?




Carissa made some homemade hamburger buns last week. She did a good job and they tasted very good. Carissa was inspired by watching Homestead Blessings.

Playing Instruments

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Here are Nathan's instruments a bugle, penny whistle, shepherds flute, and a jaw harp. He also has a guitar that he picks. He would like to have guitar lessons. Brian has a guitar too and I think it would be good if both of them took lessons together.


Here is Carissa's new instrument. She bought this violin with her own money, this past Saturday. She has wanting a violin for the past 6 months. Now, she needs to take lessons to learn how to play it. Carissa also has a lap harp that she plays too.

Shane likes to play the piano. I would like to play the piano and the violin. While I was in junior high and high school, I played the viola and clarinet. I prefer the viola over the clarinet. I would not mind playing the viola again but they are expensive to buy.


Screams in the Night

Twice this week, Brian and I have been awaken around 2am by some creepy screams. The screams were right out side our house. One night it sounded like the animal was on our front porch. Well, we found out what animal is making the sound...it is a fox. We know we have 2 foxes around our home because they have killed so many of our ducks and chickens.

Go here and listen to the vixen screams that we have been hearing this past week.

Our Oldest Son

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Nathan is mowing our lawn now. Yes, he is slowing graduating into more responsibilities. Currently, he is responsible for taking out all the trash throughout the house, mowing the lawn, taking care of ducks & chickens, feeding our miniature horse, cleaning his bathroom, he helps clean up after every meal, and puts away clean dishes from the dishwasher every morning. He does share most of these responsibilities with his siblings. Mowing, taking out the trash, cleaning his bathroom, and emptying the dishwasher are solely his responsibility. He must make his bed every day and make sure his clothes in his drawers/closet are in order. He must make sure the animals are taken care of before breakfast.

I must say that he surprises me with making lunch for himself and his siblings. Children can be responsible if parents give them responsibilities while they are young.

I remember that I basically had no responsibilities, except for keeping my room clean. But I also was a spoiled brat and expe…

An Accomplished Daughter

Here is what I read today from the Beautiful Girlhood book revised by Karen Andreola. This is the book that I read to Carissa for personal development.

Do you call a young woman accomplished because she plays well upon the piano, speaks three languages, and is involved in clubs?
First of all a girl should know how to keep house. She should not only know how a room should look after it is put in order, but she should actually know the work necessary in bringing the condition about. She should know how to make beds, sweep and dust, and other hard work necessary to keeping a house in order. It should not be below her dignity to know the use of the scrub-brush and mop. Though she may not do the work regularly, she should know how, and be able to do the tasks when necessary.
A girl should learn to cook good and nourishing meals. It is not enough that she can make fudge, salad, and cake. She should be able to cook vegetables and meats in an appetizing manner.
A girl should be able to launder he…

Items Sewn

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Here is a dress that Carissa made in April. This is a very cute pattern.



Here is a bag that she made. Now, the pattern read easy on the front but it was far from easy. Carissa did complete the project but not without complaining. I think it will make a good knitting bag...



Carissa did a very good job making this skirt.


I actually made this dress for Carissa for Easter. She wanted an old fashioned dress. For Easter, Carissa wore her hair up with a pink flower. She also sang a duet at church for Easter at sunrise service. She got many complements for her singing. Some people would like her to sing some more duets at church. I think the duets would be good for her and her friend to perform.