Since Jake has arrived I feel like I can barely keep up with my boys. Don’t get my wrong, it is the best kind of busy I could dream up. I love it. Then spring came and life on the farm started getting busy too. Between farming and the boys, life is full. Really full. I am so tired some days but so is everyone else in the world, right?! Anyway, I thought it was time for a little farm update. Since I am obviously not keeping up with this blog either. And who doesn’t want to see pics of little boys with their daddy on the farm?
Back in March Joel brought the four wheeler over to our house one evening to spread grass seed around our yard. The boys had an excuse to ride the four wheeler and they thought spreading grass seed was awesome. They are trying to convince their daddy that we need a four wheeler to live permanently at our house. I am okay with that not happening for awhile. 😉
Jake talked his brothers into getting off for a minute so that he could have a turn too. Which translates to, he sat in the grass and cried because he was getting left out again. The tears worked. It was his first four wheeler ride. I love how he is looking at his daddy.
Don’t worry they are going verrrrry slow.
Jake smiles with his whole face. I think he liked his ride. 🙂
And a few more farm pics from Instagram…
feeding cattle – “driving” the four wheeler
hanging out in the feed mill – working cattle
baby corn plant – planting corn
working on the planter – digging for corn seeds
These were all from corn planting this past spring. The boys always love when the action starts back up on the farm in the spring.
And then we all look forward to the fun of wheat harvest in June. Except this year we all got the flu during harvest. The boys each managed to feel better for long enough to have a turn riding in the truck. But that was the extent of our harvest fun this year. Such a bummer. Thankfully Joel was the last one to get the flu, the last day of harvest. It’s about as bad when a farmer gets sick as when a mom gets sick. There is just no time for that. 😉
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I had a hard time getting him to sit in my arms this time. He is so big and wiggly that I could hardly hold onto him.
But then his daddy made him laugh and I managed to hang onto him for a few seconds. Good thing we are almost done with these photos, Baby Tiny!
Your little personality is starting to shine through. You are content and laid back most of the time but then I see this side of you that is determined and feisty at other times too. You love just hanging out with your brothers and are happy as long as your belly is full. But if your brothers get to go outside and you don’t, you definitely let me know how unfair it is! You also can put up quite the protest in the middle of the night! Mostly you are just super sweet, very cuddly and your wrinkly-nose smile makes everyone else smile too.
You took your first steps on Memorial Day and are slowly trying to walk more and more. I bet you will be walking by your first birthday for sure! You finally said “mama” and I just love hearing those sweet words coming out of your mouth. You wave at everyone, you are eating all table food, you have two top teeth (which made for lots of sleepless nights for both of us!), you learned how to crawl up the stairs which you think is really awesome, and you love to read books now. Everyday you are seeming more and more like one of the big boys.
It’s hard to believe you are almost one. Where did the past year go?! I love you so much, sweet boy!
Trying to play catch-up again. So, here is ten months…even though he is really eleven months…almost ONE!
You are ten months old and with each passing day you are seeming more and more like a little boy and less and less like a baby. You want to do everything your big brothers are doing. You are happiest when you are playing with them. They like you a lot too but they don’t like that you can easily mess up all their stuff now. Sometimes they have to set up a barrier to keep you out and you are not a fan of that. You love to be outside and if they run out the door without you it makes you so sad. Maybe when you stop putting every single rock in your mouth I’ll let you go out more. Haha! Except if mama makes you stay inside or your brothers won’t let you play with them, you are so happy and content most of the time. You have started giving high fives, clapping, and you stand on your own now too. You might end up being my earliest walker! You have started eating table food and you are always up for eating something. Always. I have to work hard to keep you out of the pantry now! I think you are working on some top teeth coming in too. You still aren’t the best sleeper but you are the best snuggler. I’m trying to soak up each moment and remember that these days of baby snuggles will soon pass. I love that I have a house full of boys. And I love that you are one of them. Love you so much, Baby Tiny.
When Levi was a baby I’m pretty sure I posted just about every photo I took of him and documented every milestone. I posted a little less about Griffin, but still documented most things. Then Jake came and…well…I’m sorry, Jake. For some reason (three boys, maybe???) I don’t have much time for blogging and I often forget to even pull out my camera! I don’t want Jake to get a complex when he looks back at this blog and realizes I forgot him. So, let’s go back a few months and pretend like Baby Tiny just started crawling even though he is almost walking (I know!).
Crawling is fun and he loves cows. So obviously this was the perfect setup to catch a few pics of his newest skill.
Come on, Baby Tiny! Get the cows!
Yay!!! His brothers were behind me cheering too.
Not long after the crawling began, he started doing this too.
Crawling, standing, and even his first steps (more on that later!). He is growing up way too fast.
I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful summer is here! We are ready to spend some time outside soaking in the sunshine. Although it seems like so far all that we can soak in is a lot of rain. For now, cloudy days outside splashing in mud puddles followed by lots of baths will have to do. At least we are outside! As June rolls around everyone is talking about plans for summer projects, summer fun with the kids, and summer trips. All of those are true for us too…except the summer trip plans. There are no advanced plans for summer trips when you are a farmer. You just pray for that time when the weather and the amount of work that needs to be done all perfectly align and then you head out the door as quickly as you can before anything else changes. It is not about planning and all about flexibility. 😉
It seems like as each summer rolls around I find myself desperately needing another sort of plan. A plan for my time with God. If you are like me, Bible studies end, small groups break for the summer and my schedule at home changes too. I find that without the accountability and schedule in place it is easy for me to let my time with God slip. Before I know it, summer is over and I have spent plenty of time outside but barely any time connecting with my God. I need to be connected with God in the summer just as much as any other time of the year…probably sometimes even more because the summer days on the farm can be crazy and loooong. Just imagine me about ready to pull my hair out as three little boys run circles around me at the end of a 15-hour work day for Joel during harvest. So I need a plan. Just in case you are are finding yourself in the same place, I thought I would share my plan for this summer and a few other favorite Bible study tools that I love too.
I just finished studying the life of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy) in BSF. A friend told me that Jen Wilkin had a free study on Joshua on her website. It is an 11-week study. You can download the workbook for the questions each week and then listen to Jen’s podcast over the week’s content. You can even download an app to listen to the podcast on your phone. So handy! I thought this would be a good study to follow my BSF study. I plan to start Monday and it should get me through most of the summer. Clink on the link to find the Joshua: Every Good Promise Fulfilled by Jen Wilkin. She has other free studies available on her site too!
And since we are already talking about Jen Wilkin, do you have a hard time even knowing where to start with Bible study? How do you study the Bible on your own, anyway? If you have asked similar questions you need to read Jen’s book Women of the Word. And even if you have studied your Bible for years this is still a great read and reminder for our purpose in studying God’s Word. This was so challenging to me…
When women grow increasingly lax in the pursuit of Bible literacy, everyone in their circle of influence is affected. Rather than acting as salt and light, we become bland contributions to the environments we inhabit and shape, indistinguishable from those who have never been changed by the gospel. Home, church, community, and country need the influence of women who know why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. They desperately need the influence of women who love deeply and actively the God proclaimed in the Bible. -Jen Wilkin
Maybe I’ll write more about this book in another post, but trust me…go read it now!
Another favorite of mine is A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I have written about this one before. Such a good resource that approaches all of those excuses and frustrations that we have when it come to our devotional life. She gives practical suggestions for overcoming those frustrations and finding intimacy with God as we spend time in His Word.
Ok, back to Bible studies. The past two summers I have co-led a Bible study using Nancy Guthrie’s books from her Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series. They are so good. She also has teaching videos that go along with this series. I love these studies because Nancy helps you see Jesus throughout the pages of the Old Testament and grasp the bigger story of the Bible as a whole.
This week I finished up the Hymns study from She Reads Truth. I have done a few of these studies before but the new Hymn study even had music! Love that. Ellie Holcomb was one of the artists…she is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Like check out this song…
So good. Have you downloaded the She Reads Truth app yet? The app is free and there are so many good studies available right on your phone for so cheap! They are starting a new summer study Monday, June 1 called Women in the Word. I love that the goal of She Reads Truth is to have women in God’s Word everyday. Maybe this would be a good option for you?
Sometimes I listen to sermons when I am doing mindless things around the house or if I happen to have a quiet moment. Which is happening less and less these days. Ha! Lately I’ve been listening to Matt Chandler’s sermons on The Village app.
If you are needing another good sermon series to listen to, my church just finished a series on the book of Job. It was so challenging. I needed a fresh perspective on this book and it is always so amazing to see how God can speak to you in a new way even studying a book you have read many times before. You can listen to the Job series by clicking on the link. We were asked to record a short interview about how we find peace in the storms of life when the “why?” questions are never answered. I thought I would share it on here too since many of you have been following since Cora died. Hopefully it can be an encouragement to some of you who are in the middle of your own storms right now. So many times those questions never get answered. But God is who He says He is…and He is always faithful.
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