Strawberries…Sheep….

This last week has been busy. Eric worked on the hive at his Dad’s shop again. It was so much larger than he had intially thought. So a few more pints of honey and… the queen! There was much cheering from the children when Eric found the queen bee. So now, we successfuly have one hive complete with a queen.

Friday, Eric took us to the Black Sheep Festival. This is a gathering of like minded people that all love sheep, spinning and knitting. It is at the fairgrounds. They all bring their best sheep to show off, and the past years worth of wool to sell to fellow spinners and knitters. Never have I seen so many spinning wheels in one place! There were signs everywhere warning of the dieases transmission from the animals to people. So I carried my hand sanitizer and we all pumped and scrubbed every few minutes. I’m sure people were laughing at me, but I think we left without any livestock disease. Or, at least I hope. The children had a fun time and I found some hand balm/lotion and hand scrubbing salts that I think are amazing. And, I did some of my third world country learned bargaining and got a great deal!
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Saturday morning we headed out to a U-Pick Farm. This was a first for the children. They were most excited that they could eat strawberries as they picked. The strawberries were super sweet and delicious. And lots of them! So we picked 6 gallons of strawberries. Maryann ate everyone she picked and just put leaves in her bucket. Oh, and a ladybug! Then we headed home and spent the afternnon canning straberry jam (my favorite) and freezing strawberries.

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Racing off to the strawberries fields

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Picking strawberry leaves

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Everyone picking

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My everyday life these days consists mostly of laundry, keeping up with 6 children on 15 acres (that’s not mine), and visiting with Grandma who is almost 90. I have really enjoyed the time I spend with her. We talk about her life long ago, children (both hers and mine) and what to cook for dinner. She still goes swimming a few days a week, is up before me and feeding my starving children a hot breakfast of pancakes, and catching every sale at the local grocery store. She amazes me. And her humor with Grandpa has brought me many laughs.

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Eric got his license this last week. So he will be seeing his first patient on thursday. He’s very excited. Now we just have to figure out what we are going to do about moving there. We are currently living about an hour and half from where he will be working, so that makes for a very long commute. The children and I have tagged along one day each week over the last month. We have explored and played getting to know the area that will be our new home while Eric is busy at the practice getting everything lined up to begin work this next week. Yesterday, I spent the morning looking at a few houses that were for rent. Outcome- nothing that would work. One house was large enough, but had no closets and was too much for such an odd house. Another would have worked from the inside, but there was no yard. And then there was this one that had 150 acres and was absolutely beautiful with a huge stocked pond and a creek, but the house was smaller than the one we lived in CA. And again, it seemed over priced for the little bit of house that we would have. Especially since I have no plans to plant any fields of wheat on all those acres. And that’s about all that I have got around to looking at so far. Checking out Craigslist tonight.

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About dazzlingingrace

Hmm.. I love Jesus. I love my husband, Eric. I love my 8 beautiful children. I loved living in California. I love sunshine and the beach. Shopping at farmers market and the little stores downtown where I can bargin for the best deal. I love to sew and make things. I love spending time with girlfriends encouraging each other. Date nights with Eric are fabulous. I love ballroom dancing with him. The smell of my new little baby and the miracle of their existance. I love italian food- or just about all of Italy for that matter. I love art- paintings on my wall that I know personally who painted them.
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3 Responses to Strawberries…Sheep….

  1. srheam says:

    My children loved to pick strawberries too.  Your’s look beautiful.  Hope you find a suitable house soon:).  We have so many houses on the market in this area…hope that is true too where you are moving.  It’s a little tougher with a larger family too:). 

  2. msikkema says:

    Hey I was just thinking about you and wondering if you have gotten settled yet? I hope you get settled soon. I am just getting used to dealing with a newborn and a toddler, I don’t know how you find the energy with six kids! I’ll talk to you soon:) Michelle

  3. Hutch5 says:

    enjoyed all the pics~ that first one just made me smile really big! 🙂 I love sheep! the strawberries look yumm-E… we were just out tonight and I told shayne I was craving some FRESH fruit. we found a little farmers market and stopped to buy some stuff… strawberries among them – – though I’m sure not nearly as good and fresh as yours!! 🙂 the shot of the kids on the car is great~ they’re all so adorable!hoping you guys can find a home soon – I know God has the perfect one out there somewhere with your name written all across it! 🙂

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