Tuesday, October 22, 2019
This past weekend we continued our 3rd year of apple butter making the old fashion way. Just a family tradition in the side yard of my parents home.
The night before (Friday) we gather to peel the apples.
Many hands make light work.
Saturday morning the fire is started around 6am. The apples begin to enter the cooper pot around 8:30am.
We also made chili to eat for lunch while taking turns stirring.
We stirred until 5 that night. The kids had a bake sale by the road just for fun. The adults took turns stirring and watching the little ones.
A fun Saturday together.
Monday, September 23, 2019
How is the weather where you are? Here in West Virginia we are experiencing more and more cooler mornings and cool evenings. It is so nice to sit on the porch and watch the kids play.
Such a beautiful season fall is. One that begins preparing us for winter.
We will be making apple butter in a few weeks. We have pumpkins growing in the garden. Mums on the porch. Leaves on the ground. Fall is most certainly here.
-John Sloane Artwork
Friday, May 10, 2019
Now if those things were the only issues with technology there might would be an argument on the deadliness of it.
By now you may be asking yourself what any of this has to do with rattlesnakes, let me explain.
In reality your child feels hurt because you handed them such a deadly device you trusted them with, and never set any restrictions or boundaries for them.
What price are you willing to pay for your child to fit in? Are you more concerned about hurting their feelings, or making them feel like you don’t trust them?
If I thought my child was holding a rattlesnake I would do everything in my power to remove it from his hands before he was bitten.
“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame .” Proverbs 29:15 KJV
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Life has been busy around here!
Spring has brought rainy and hot days here in West Virginia. Today was 85. This is not typical spring for us, but I do enjoy the cooler mornings and evenings and warmer afternoons.
Many new and exciting things have been happening around the farmhouse. The first I want to share with you is our baby chicks. Our two older boys wanted some baby chicks, so we loaded up one Saturday morning and went off to the chick store. They had saved their money for this. They bought 7 Buff Orphingtons, chick feed, and shavings for their house. We had everything else.
They have grown quite a bit since we bought them. Here they were today outside getting some sun. For now as they are still so small, we keep them locked up tight so no critters can get to them. We bring them out and watch them and then put them back. This is until they are older and can free range.
The next thing I want to share with you, is our garden. We have everything planted now. The boys and I did the whole thing by ourselves. I have to brag on my older boys who are 10 and 8. They help me so much. Everything is growing well, and we are trying our best to keep it weeded! Here is a picture of our lettuce from today.
The lettuce is not the only thing growing at our farmhouse. This baby of ours is almost 9 months old and is growing like a weed. We may have to grow 2 gardens to keep up with feeding him. HAHA. He sure does love to eat. The baby food stage is over now. He wants the real fruit and veggies. We love him so much, and so thankful God saw fit for us to have our 4th son.
Hope spring is treating you well wherever you are.
"My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest." -Isaiah 32:18
**I am working on a post about Modesty and what it means to me. I hope you will check back and read along with me. Blessings, Stacy at 4 Sons Farmhouse
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Good Wednesday afternoon! My two little boys are down for a nap, so I am able to post.
Here in West Virginia, we are still having snow. Thankfully it is just a dusting here and there. My boys have had two days this week where they have a delay in the morning. Going to school at 9:30 is very nice! I wish it were always that short of a day. I
I think everyone is ready for spring days. Winter can be long. I know the Lord uses it to prepare us for the longer days in spring and summer.
The smell of the clean air, the leaves budding from the trees, and the green grass. I just can't wait to get out in the warmth of spring.
Even though we still have a few more weeks until it's offically spring, I added some touches of spring around the home. I re use my decor from year to year, and buy just a few new things. My favorite store is Hobby Lobby. I can spend hours in there just looking. I think my boys have become a fan as well. They love looking too! One thing I also love about Hobby Lobby is the music. I know I am still a young woman (33) but the music in stores now just makes me want to run right back out and head for my quiet home. Walmart has started to really be the worst in the loud music. I can't seem to remember why I went in there. I am running from the music. I love the Christian instrumental music. I wish more stores would catch on to that!
Anyways, onto some pictures of my spring touches.
Some forsynthia and greenery on the kitchen table. I love the red check too!
My plate wall in the dining room area are Pioneer Woman plates. Love her line of kitchen ware from Walmart. So pretty and affordable.
Calendars! I have had this LANG calendar holder for many many years. I bought at a primitive store probably 11 years ago. Each year I order a LANG calendar to hang. I like to look for ones that have the months that go along with each season. When I flipped to March just a few days ago, it was so pretty and "springy". My family loves this calendar. I have wanted to move it out of the kitchen area, but my husband has asked me to keep it here. It is nice for everyone to be able to write things down and we can all look at it, and keep up with events coming up.
Living Room View
I added a greenery wreath to the mirror, and freshened up the pillows with covers.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
There is something to be said about a baby sleeping in their bed.
It just feels right to them.
They are at such peace.
Children need rest. They need a good schedule and a well ordered home to rest within.
Our children have all loved their bed. I see many children who are able to fall asleep any and everywhere. Restaurants, in the stroller, church. I have rarely had that happen with our boys.
They like to be in their own bed.
Babies and toddlers take naps every day. The baby takes 3 naps per day. I love that he is able to take all of them in his own bed. Our toddler son too. Daily, in the afternoon, we all lay down for a quiet nap.
Of course there are days, we must go out for groceries and such but I love being able to stay home.
It is my favorite place to be.
"Sleep is the best meditation." Dalai Lame
Friday, January 4, 2019
The newness of the toys have worn off.
It's back to nature for my boys. Running, jumping, building, working are daily practices here on our four acres. Our second oldest son wanted to buy for his best friend (his older brother). I had taken him out for some mom/son time alone and we went shopping. He quickly knew what his brother would love to have.
You see, boys who LOVE being outside don't need toys. They love rope, tarp, wood, knives. Anything that they can build with. That rope opened on Christmas was one of the most sought after gifts. Plans were quickly drawn up on paper on how to use this rope for their fort building. A $2.00 rope, was the best gift given that day.
It doesn't take much.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
On Thanksgiving, we gathered at my parent's home with all of my family and my sister's family. She has invested in a nice camera and wanted to take some pictures of everyone.
It was a chilly day.
We rushed out the front door into the yard to capture our lives at this time. I don't know about you, but in the moment taking pictures of the whole family can seem unpleasant at times. Getting everyone settled, and situated. Getting them to look at the camera, and smile. Making noise so the baby will look the way of the camera. Making sure we aren't slouching, and that we semi match. Finding the best backdrop with nothing in view but nature, etc, etc. We try so hard to make it picture perfect.
After getting finished with picture taking, the children have had enough. They wanted to play after all. So running about they went. Playing ball outside, and running here and there around the yard with cousins.
When the time comes to view your pictures, isn't it always fun to see what was captured? In the moment I thought there is not going to be one decent picture for my home.
What I really should have said was "this isn't going to be picture perfect". I was reminded by my husband who is Mr. Laid Back that it doesn't always have to be picture perfect. He said "Stacy, they are children who want to play. Yes, they should listen and obey when told to look the cameras way, but boys especially do not want to sit all day playing smile to the camera". I huffed and walked off. You see, growing up as a girly girl with just a sister we loved to pose and smile for the camera. How could anyone not like this I thought. But after thinking over and over about what my patient and loving husband had said.....he was exactly right. It doesn't always have to be picture perfect.
Not this picture, nor our lives. If I was being honest I would say I strive to have perfection in a lot of areas in my life. But why? It is something I have asked God for help with. I don't need the most clean home, or the best cooked meals every night. My children don't need a mother who is looking her best 24/7 or shopping for the best and most fashionable clothes for everyone. They need time with me.
Time is the best gift I could give them. My time in listening, talking, praying with. Being picture perfect is not what God has called me to be.
Instead he has called me to be a wife and mother. Not picture perfect.