Where have we gone?!?

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You may have noticed that there hasn’t been a post around here in several months.
There were a bunch of changes here at “The Little House” and I was very reluctant to not only share what was going on for privacy sake but also my head was spinning and sitting down to type it out just overwhelmed me!

So, here’s a recap of the last few months…
November 3rd~ We became licensed foster parents
November 4th~ We went from a family of 5 to a family of 7 and had 2 new children move in with us! 2 girls ages 3 & 6.
February 14th~ Back to a family of 5

Entering the foster care world, setting up schools, services, parent visits, and navigating the holidays while trying to keep 5 kids alive in this tiny house over the winter was a challenge! The lack of space shined in the windows as we tripped over each other, wished there was an additional bathroom, ran out of hot water during showers, and my goodness just having space to play when then temperatures were in negative digits!

However, I am proud to say that our 2 extra gals and their parents did an amazing job and they returned home on Valentines day!
Since then we have not taken in any extra children but our current 3 sure have kept us hopping!


Farmer built us a chicken coop and this weekend we made the exciting trip to Tractor Supply for 20 chickens and 2 ducks.  The children have lovingly named the ducks Waddles and Nibbler.  In the next month as we pray for warmer weather they will be adding a feeder steer, 3 goats, and some bunnies.  Stay tuned for those adventures and if you have any questions about Foster Care or are thinking of becoming a Foster Parent please feel free to ask!
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Spring planting is just around the corner!

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One of the wheat fields we sprayed today.

Around here you don’t need a calendar to tell you when it’s starting to get close to planting season.

First equipment starts getting shuffled around and those last-minute maintenance projects get finished up. Equipment gets hooked up to its corresponding tractor, then the weather app gets a workout speculating when a weather event will occur. Is it going to rain? How much will we get? What’s the temperature?

Then the field scouting starts or in my world “date night!” Driving by fields on the way home from town, hopping out with a shovel to check the moisture. Is it getting dry enough we won’t cause compaction? Calling customers for seed deliveries and coordinating drop offs start. Will they have enough? Will they change their order?

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Grace & Faith getting the gator ready for spring!

Lastly the excitement mixed with anxiety starts. It’s almost time! If we get a few more days of sun we could start! If planting in the corn belt is delayed will it cause a price increase?

It’s a promise of new adventure, growth, income and most of all God’s beauty. If its dry and we get in the fields early things can be fairly calm. This year things are not all that calm. A combination of low crop prices and unfavorable weather has increased anxiety in this house for a time. With low temperatures and lots of rain it has been a waiting game to see when it will be dry enough to get in the fields here. The north wind off the lake and more low temps are currently not helping the drying conditions though.

IMG_4565However, today we are able to spray our wheat for weeds and fungus! We grow Soft White Winter Wheat. We plant it in the fall and will harvest it in mid-July. Soft white wheat is ideal for baked goods that are not kneaded- like cookies, pancakes, pie crusts and crackers. Soft wheat has a very low gluten content, which, when used in baked goods that are not kneaded, results in a tender finished product. A lot of our wheat will end up in Jiffy pancakes, Kellogg’s cereal, and Goldfish crackers!

 

So the next time you are flipping some pancakes think of us!

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Photo credit-Thejoyofbaking.com

Love Grows Best in Little House’s??

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We have had a string of bad weather and cold temperatures. Spring shows up for a few days, we get outside, then the north wind blows and we are running inside for warmth again.

My house is feeling very hemmed in and I’m struggling to graciously live in our little house on the farm. I long for the day when we will move across the yard and remodel a different house that will allow me some breathing room. Those people on TV that want to move into a tiny house are crazy!

Now that the kids are getting a bit bigger I would love for them to have some space of their own.    ~And let’s face it, get them out of my hair a bit…

Luke’s farm set isn’t easy to get to because its parked under storage shelves filled with things that we use but don’t have space in the kitchen for. The girls have a deep freezer in their bedroom and no space to set up their dolls.  Because of that, everyone ends up fighting for floor space in the living room.  8’x8′ of floor is getting small for their growing imaginations and my patience.

We have gotten creative to maximize every square inch we have and we are busting at the seams. Seriously, if you have been to my house you should be impressed at the ways we have come up with to make it all work!

However, I am grateful for our little house here on the farm. It comes with positives and I am thankful we don’t have to drive to get to work every day!

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So in the spirit of being grateful here are 5 things I love about our little house on the farm:

  1.  Low heating costs
  2.  Less square footage to clean
  3.  It doesn’t challenge my decorating skills
  4.  It is easy to play a game of Hide and Seek!
  5.  We spend a lot of time together

I’m looking forward to some warmth, sunshine and the ability to send everyone outside! Do you ever feel like you just need some room?