Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends!

There is so very much for us to thank the Lord for . . . the gift of Himself; forgiveness of sin and salvation to those who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior; His ever present love and guidance; His discipline; His Word which is a true lamp to our feet; faithfulness even through hard times; and so much more.

And then we each have the personal blessings that He has given to each of us. This past year has been a wonderful year for us filled with so much that He has given . . . though not without trials and hard times, yet even through those, God proved Himself so faithful. 

So today as I spend time with my very dear family, my heart is full of thankfulness and joy for the abundant blessings He has poured out upon us and for His continued faithfulness and guidance to us. How very good He is!

I will leave you with portions of a few Psalms that have spoken to my heart recently and seem fitting for this day of Thanksgiving . . .

"But he who trusts in the LORD lovingkindness shall surround him.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart."
Psalm 32:10b-11

"I will bless the LORD, at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together."
Psalm 34:1-3

Friday, November 6, 2015

Autumn Days

The leaves have fallen from many of the trees . . . frost has coated the ground several mornings so far . . . the crunch of leaves sounds underneath one's feet when walking through the woods . . . the air definitely feels and smells of fall!

The other day, I took a walk soaking in the beauty of this season, enjoying the antics of our goats, and more. As October came to a close and November began, things have remained still quite busy, so for now, I will leave you with some of the photos that were taken during my walk . . . .

An orange carpet of leaves underneath the Cypress Trees 

The Sweetgum trees are dropping their colorful leaves now 

We're still getting some peppers from the garden! 

The celery is doing really well . . . it limped through the summer and now is thriving in the cooler temperatures. Though before we get a hard freeze, we'll be harvesting most of it and putting it up in the freezer.

A bit of the lettuce that the deer have left us . . . they have enjoyed our 'salad bar' :)

Basil that went to seed and that I am saving seed from 

Dad got all 10 beehives ready for winter! 

 Our Boer bucklings still are really friendly! Someone is coming out tomorrow to take a look at them so at least one should be going to a new home soon.

Ruger, one of our herd sires, lounging in his shelter 

A bad picture I know, but it is the clearest view of our neighbor's pasture I could find at the moment. The pasture has been hayed, and there are still some red leaves clinging to the Oak Tree in the foreground. Unfortunately, this big old tree is dying so we'll have to have it taken out soon. 

One of the new animals on our place! We were having difficulty with our other rabbits as they had a poorer genetic line and were having slow growth and finished out at a smaller size than we would like. So we butchered all of those, and got new ones! This is one of our new does. They were not tame at first, but slowly they are getting more used to us. Treats of hay and chickweed have certainly been a help with that. :)

So there is a glimpse into some of what it looks like around here right now!

And to close, I would like to share part of a Psalm I read several nights ago that especially spoke to my heart . . . I hope it will be an encouragement to you as well!

"The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than the drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 19:7-11

What an amazing and perfect God is the Lord! And what a very great blessing His Word is to us. I am so thankful that He has given it to us to not only be able to come to know Him through it, but to also know how He desires us to walk and how we may please Him and glorify His name.