Jake got home from Afghanistan and what a relief that is! It's so comforting to know that he's home with his family where he belongs. They are so happy to have him back.
Jacki is happy and healthy along with her wonderful husband Tim and their 4 beautiful kids. I feel so blessed to have 7 of the most wonderful grandkids in the world and 1 more on the way. I also consider Lisa's kids to be like my own grandkids so we can actually add 2 more!
Our first full year in our house was wonderful. Even though it's ccccccold outside, Ival spends every night out doing things even when it's dark. We got one side of the pasture fenced thanks to help from some of our wonderful friends. The best surprise of all was when our friend Rob brought his 2 horses to stay here when he doesn't need them and we bought Moose, the first horse Grace ever rode. I can't believe the peace and calm I feel when I look out the front window and see those horses out there. I was able to quit taking my anti-depressants about a month ago and I feel like the horses were a big contributor to that.
The chickens continue to lay well, giving us 7 eggs a day usually. I think adding the heat lamp for the winter has helped. We've been able to share eggs with our friends which, although simple, seems to make us all happy. It's always nice to be able to share our bounty and we look forward to doing the same with the huge garden we plan this next spring.
The only thing that has really dampened my life is being without a vehicle. At first I told myself I would pretend I was a pioneer. That lasted a couple of months but I've been without transportation since June and I must admit I'm getting rather tired of it. Ival called me from work last week and asked me to pick something up for him. I asked him which horse I should ride to go get it...
It's been a while since I took the pictures off my camera, so here are a few...
3 very important women in my life...
A flicker stopped by and found some grubs in the porch, poor thing was evidently hungry!
This icicle formed on a spider web! It was so cool.
I hope everyone has a wonderful 2014 and I look forward to seeing you all!