This past year has been quite a journey! With the farm, the move, and the new business ventures, we’ve been more busy than I ever could have imagined. We have some lofty goals for 2015, which includes a blogging schedule – but before we get there, let me give you a quick run down of what’s been happening around here.
The new house! As many of you know, we moved onto the farm in August, but were living in a trailer while our house was being built. We were officially able to move into our new house on November 21st. The trailer was pulled out mid-December – YAY!
When we moved into the house, I was able to start working at my “real” job, computer programming, from home. This has been such as blessing as we are now able to make sure someone is at the bus stop to get the kids after school each day. It is quite a hike from the house to the bus stop and involves walking along a highway, so I’m glad I no longer need to worry about that.
Scott became self-employed back in August with his own Pioneer seed dealership. He has been working out of our home and also has a building near his parent’s house about 30 minutes away. Things are going very well for him. It was a bit stressful at first – as it was kind of unexpected and it happened just before we moved into the trailer, but we really have been blessed by this. He is able to focus on working with the grower’s more (which he loves) and expanding the dealership (which has been his dream for awhile). It has added a lot flexibility with our family and farm, so the work-life balance has been great. I am so proud of him and love seeing his hard work and dedication pay off.
We celebrated Kaitlyn’s 16th birthday in December. Her busy sports schedule and our hectic life hasn’t allowed her to get all of her drive times in with the instructors, so it will be a bit yet before she can get her license. Having her license will really help us deal with her busy sports schedules! I’m anxiously awaiting her being able to get herself to and from practice everyday – especially since her sisters have started more activities. Anne and Lilly are doing great at gymnastics and Isabelle is following in Kaitlyn’s footsteps and playing basketball.
We also quietly celebrated our 1 year anniversary of owning the farm. Since we were so busy with unpacking, winterizing, and getting ready for Christmas, there wasn’t a party or anything. Just a nice evening of counting our blessings.
Actually, things, in general, have been pretty quiet around the farm. We were surprised by the cold snap in November, so some of the to-do list was put on hold until spring. We did get the barn set up for our first winter lambing experience. Lambs are due 12/31, so Scott worked hard to get the barn cleaned, feeding set-up better than last time, and areas set up for the new mothers. The kids all helped Scott move the ewes in last week. It won’t be quiet for long, and I’ll be sure to update, either here or on Facebook, as the lambs start coming. If lambing happens on time, we will be ending 2014 just as busy and hectic as it started.
Mia has settled with the ewes in the barn as well. She is growing like a weed and proving to be an AMAZING livestock guardian dog – even though she sleeps A LOT. She could fill a whole blog post herself with all her adventures! But, for now, I’ll just post a couple pics.
We will also have lamb available by the cut in the next couple weeks as we butcher our remaining lambs from the spring. If you are interested let me know or watch for an update on Facebook.
I sure hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year!