Baby Chicks!

Back in November we tried to hatch some Barred Rock chickens for Flora’s birthday. She loves zebras and these chickens are black and white striped. Having never worked an incubator before, I made some mistakes and our hatch rate was very low – 3 out of 3 dozen; none of which were the striped kind.

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It did result in three very tame chickens, one of which is Eden’s special pet. Even after they made their home in the barn, Eden still catches and carries around her favorite chick, running after it and crying “chickie” if it gets away.

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We decided to give it another try while we still had the incubator. The first few hatched out during the night and I had the fun of waking the kids with the news.

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Over the next two days more and more hatched until we had 22!

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We kept them in the bathtub where they could run just out of reach of the smaller hands. Even still we lost “Tiny Tim” to over zealous handling.

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Everybody loves to hold the chickies…

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Even Iris!

As soon as they had enough feathers to stay warm and before they became too stinky, we moved them out to the barn. They did great in their secondary pen until the last cool night before I let them out with the rest of the flock.

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One little chick that looked like this…

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…was reduced to this. We dubbed the chick “buzzard.”

For the most part they have adapted well to the flock. Each night Brian or I make sure all are back in the pen and counted. One evening 6 were missing. We looked and looked but couldn’t find them. The next morning we looked some more before discovering the hiding place….

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…a chest of drawers! Seems Flora got the idea this would make a good hen house and had shut them all inside. They started pecking around when they heard us feeding the others. I heard them and had to laugh when I opened the drawers and they started popping out!

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Ivy holds a favorite. I think they have names but never the same name twice, just whatever strikes the kid’s fancy that day. They love to play with the little chicks.

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We also have a pretty multi-colored chicken with feathers on its legs and an extra toe on each foot!

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And Flora got her Zebra chickens – isn’t that fun?!

A perfect day

Today was wonderful – one of those days where everything goes well and you are so grateful to have lived, received the good and enjoyed each moment.

Our Sundays of late have been altered from the norm by babies, travel, illness and company. Today we were able to take the whole day to be together as family and rest from the labors of the week.

We started with an early run for Brian and then me (because he nicely let me sleep late). Cinnamon rolls prepared yesterday baked off into a scrumptious breakfast then the kids played happily while Brian and I listened to a sermon that exhorted and taught right where the Lord was working with me.

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Our school studies on muscles coincided happily with our Bible reading this week, covering the story of Samson. So family Bible time reviewed the full Biblical account and then some acting out. First a block temple built and pushed down four times (each kid needs a turn to be Samson of course).

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Next an illustration of how the Spirit of the Lord let strong rope be broken as easily as a cord burnt with fire.

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Next was play dough time – the haircutting set of course.

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And with that distraction each took their turn getting a haircut themselves – even mom!

After a quick lunch we enjoyed a family walk in the beautiful sunshine then rest time for everyone and mom fell asleep.

I awoke to find a father son project going in the garage!

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Lance braves the table saw to put some cuts on his AWANA pinewood derby car. pics 296

He was very decisive about what he wanted to do and Brian was creative in helping Lance do the 297

He would sand, check the texture and sand some more – very precise and very cute.

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Meanwhile Ivy and I worked on our book and enjoyed some hot tea. We learned how God made everyone different and beautiful. I love this girlie!

A yummy supper, clean up and bath time followed. At one point, when I was using a monkey diaper to cheer Eden, Brian beckoned me out of the bathroom just to dance to some beautiful music – such a romantic!

A beautiful, wonderful, restful day. Thank you Lord.

Enjoying Texas Weather (1 of 3)

Well, Iris and I are at it again – blogging during evening play time.

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Tonight she has paci and hat – all ready for last feeding and bed time.

Had some really cold weather here recently – dropped into the ‘teens over night.


Papa set up the sprinkler to run all night which resulted in some spectacular icicles!


Even the cousins came out to see the ice trees.


Ivy samples a few.


Greg likes the crunchy grass.

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Daddy put water in the big swimming pool to make an ice rink.

Lance learns about frozen ponds – the safe way.

A post

Brian is out roasting s’mores with all the kids so I thought I would take advantage of the quiet and put up a post…..

…as if on cue, the baby starts crying….

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…maybe we can do this together….

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…20 min later, starting to settle down…..

Okay, a few quick pictures – our first day at a homeschool co-op.

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Here we are, dressed, fed and we even arrived a bit early. We picked up cousin Jenny too.

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Little girls did a phonics/reading class and art.

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Older two did anatomy, making a digestive system with playdough.

I sat in the nursery, fed the baby and talked with another mom. Was strange and nice to do something where I didn’t have to prepare anything!

And just for fun,  here’s a video of some sweet sisters!

Christmas is coming!

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Decorating the tree. Lance set up the nativity and the cloth with books then wanted to take a picture.


Our early Christmas present – a beautiful baby and a week with just the three of us.

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Lance hangs up snowflakes, a spur of the moment project that proved quite popular. Lance really likes to decorate and has put up lights and things in his room too.

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Enjoying peaceful mornings with hot tea, advent readings and a precious new one.


Peace, yes, this new one is so peaceful and her coming brings rest to a body stretched large and now delivered.


Jesus, the light of the world, comes as a baby. His family tree, though cluttered with the sinful and the ulgy points all the way back to his loving Father and the beginning of time.

Come, let us adore him!

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