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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Transformation Tuesday!

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1 year ago today I made a HUGE life altering decision and had Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico. 115 pounds lighter my stomach wasn’t the only thing I left in Mexico.  I also left behind the old me with some bad eating habits, a very painful knee, and sitting on the sidelines while watching my kids ride bikes.89B4806B-2282-4661-8A5C-FA9FBA92D396

It has not been an easy path!
No one tells you that strangers and family will grant themselves permission to critique your physical appearance. *Thanks for noting that my hips aren’t as wide.
That navigating the grocery store will cause you to forget that you no longer eat donuts and then be sad when you get in the car and realize you can’t have it.
They don’t put in the book that your hair will fall out and your son will flick the extra skin under your arms like a game.
You are told how great it will be when you buy smaller clothes!  They first time I bought new jeans I was excited!  The 3rd time I bought smaller jeans I was wishing jeans didn’t cost so much…

BUT don’t let that get you down!
I am stronger, healthier, and happier!
Mexico kept my stomach and they also kept my title of: “the fat friend”, “the girl with the pretty face”, they kept the pain in my knees, and some of my lack of self confidence.
Mexico can celebrate that they took my stomach and gave be back a life lived full and well; serving my family and others, working on the farm with more ease, and running full steam ahead to see what other adventures life throws our way!

Grandma’s Pants

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Isn’t it amazing how small things can hold great comfort?

Today I am home with my youngest. She started running a fever in the night and woke up this morning feeling even worse. I just scrubbed puke out of the carpet…

However, now we are snuggling on the couch. Curious George is on the TV, there’s a bucket next to me, and we are snuggling under a quilt that has been dubbed “Grandmas Pants”.

It is this heavy and cozy quilt made of old polyester pants my husbands Grandma made for him more than 20 years ago. Whenever anyone in our home is not feeling well they automatically choose this quilt to snuggle under.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to really know his grandma, she had end stages of dementia when we got married and she passed away a few days after our oldest was born. Knowing her children and grandchildren though I can almost guarantee that she would be happy that it provides comfort when we are feeling down.

So here is to a day snuggled on the couch with my little girl in her footie pajamas, with a cup of coffee in my hand and feeling cozy under Grandmas Pants!

What are some things you find comfort in when you don’t feel well?

A Farmer’s Wife Harvest Prayer

Sharing this from The Fit Farmer’s Wife because its perfect!

We are about it enter into Dry Bean harvest and its an exciting busy time.  I run one of the bean puller and Farmer pulls beans, runs the combine, and keeps track of everything.  I pray for him daily but even more so during this time as he gets tired and works so hard for us.

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A Farmer’s Wife Harvest Prayer

Dear Lord,

Please watch over us during harvest. During the busy. During the crazy. During the parts runs, the harvest food runs, and elevator runs. During the fast paced on the go unloading, and the slower than slow break downs. Grant us the weather conditions that allow us to get harvest done in a timely matter. Guide and protect all of us during this season.

Help my husband to be safe always. Give him reason and time to think and somehow, enjoy this busy season. Cover him in your grace and blessings. Allow him patience during the breakdowns, because we know they are enviable. Allow him quick reflexes and thoughts when he has to think on his feet. Allow him the love and strengththat he needs to function during this busy season.

Help our children to understand why dad is busy, can’t tuck them in at night, or can’t be home for dinner. Guide their little hearts and bless them. Help them to understand this season and grow up with an appreciation of the farm and knowing how hard their daddy worked to provide for us. Help them to remember and cherish this season, as a time to harvest.

Help me as a wife, Lord. Help me to stay strong. Give me the strength to pack the coolers, help with the homework, clean the house, do chaff filled, dirty laundry, prepare and think of easy harvest meals, and somehow allow my heart peace during this crazy time. Help me to find time for You and for me. Even though I go to bed a tired, and alone woman at night, I know You are there protecting our family. Watch over my husband during the late nights and early mornings, and grant us the rest we all need.

Most of all, thank you for the harvest season. We know it’s tiring and seems endless, but it is just a season. And with You, every season brings a time of hustle, crazy, tears, and also joy and blessing. We are so blessed for this harvest, for this season, for our family, our love, and for You. Please lead, guide and direct us, during this harvest season, and in Your perfect timing and love.

Amen.

Source: A Farmer’s Wife Harvest Prayer