Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Irene...




Before we left our home near the shore, I called out to God, "Lord, protect us and our home"




And he did. The Lord's provision is always so much more then what we can fathom.





Saturday 4pm the rain started. We had just left Wal-Mart, we were actually just out photographing people and what the stores looked like. The shelves were bare and lines at the gas stations were unreal.

We let the girls outside to play while the rain was light.








After a supper of fried chicken, mac n cheese and salads, we got in our "comfy clothes" to wait out the storm. By this time the rain was heavy, the weather channel was continually on, and talk radio was on so we could keep on top of what was happening in our area.







I knew I wouldn't be sleeping that night, but the rest of family did attempt it. We put the little ones down to bed around 9:30 pm, wind whistling away, rain coming down..but with some cartoons on we were able to keep the younger one settled. They were all bunking together downstairs.






Mom decided to retire to her room, upstairs around 10:30, My mom is a nurse and wanted to get rest in case she got called into work.





Ashley, was also upstairs laying on the sofa, listening to talk radio and attempting to sleep.






I took the downstairs recliner and basically switched between weather channel and House Hunters International, ( i love that show) .





Around 11:30, I heard a loud crack and scrape, I went running upstairs, mom came running out of her room, Ash got up in flash as well as Big Daddy, the house shook just a bit.







A Large tree came down in moms yard. One of it's branches scraped against her bedroom window while it fell and since I was down stairs I heard it all.



That pic was taken the next day from the deck. Praise God the tree fell in between the house and the pool narrowly missing everything, and did minimal damage.














After we checked it all out. Mom went back to bed. As did Ashley, Big Daddy and I were chillin downstairs, when the power flickered, and we thought oh no... We went out front to the porch were the sky was lighting up in green and purple hues, that would be multiple transformers blowing up.




We look and we see a HUGE branch just teetering on the electrical wire supply to the house.








Again God is sooo good, that thing teetered their all night and the whole rest of the next day and we NEVER lost power!!




After a long night of loud cracking, tornado warnings, and such the next morning during the eye was soo calm, a awesome breeze was blowing, I opened up the back sliders and just let the air in. Let all the dogs out the wandered around a little thrown off by the big tree. This was about 4am. It was just starting to get light. It was peaceful.



Around 8 am, me, mom, big Daddy and Ashley walked a few houses up and down my moms block to survey the damage. Lots of trees down!



Around 11am Sunday, My mom got called into work, and My stepfather came home from work, they had asked him to stay as his facility to help with any damage that might get done during the storm. We decided to see if we could make it home. Many roads were closed due to down power lines, or flooding. But our path was clear to get home. Again, Thank You Lord. My mom had to try three different routes before she made it to work.




Upon entering our neighborhood we see this:









And that was just the beginning....that was a downed tree on a live line. Still not fixed yet. That should give you an idea of how bad this storm hit our state.




God protected us, from any major damage. We had small leak in the roof, no flooding in the crawl space and just this in the backyard:






God was soo good to us.. Some of our neighbors did not fare as well. They was major flooding!!!
































Our neighborhood is still in clean-up mode. Many are still without power.


Blessings


























































































































































































































































Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene...

There seems to be a lot of hype about Hurricane Irene really taking us out here on the East Coast.

I can't help but wonder, if Jesus is coming soon?

First an Earthquake felt all over the Eastern Seaboard and now a hurricane, a category 3 hurricane~!

We live in a shore town. We are use to Hurricane Warnings, Nor Easters', and such...but for some reason Irene seems to be drawing a lot of attention to us.

Our town has already issued a voluntary evacuation. Our Governor has already declared a state of emergency.

Here on the home front, we have talk radio on in the kitchen, Where by the way 23 lbs of peaches are waiting to be canned, along with 23 lbs of nectarines. :) Weather channel on the tv in the living room so we can keep on top of the hurricane track.

We have also battened down the hatches if you will. All bikes are put away, lawn furniture put along side the house, anything loose picked up and put away.

We have also filled the truck with gas, charged batteries, filled oil lamps, cleaned the truck out, caught up on laundry.

I don't know why a storm warning brings out the nesting in me, but it does.

I still need to food shop a bit, but waiting until hubby gets home to take me. :)

We also are planning on leaving our home here and going to my moms house.
She is more inland, and we will be safe from flooding down there.

I'll keep you posted on what's happening. :)


Monday, August 15, 2011

Wood Cutting Saturday...




A few years ago we were blessed to be able to purchase a used wood stove for the house for $75.00. We had a "fireplace insert" that just wouldn't heat the house well. And with the rising costs of natural gas suppliers, plus being on the goal of becoming as self sufficient as possible we began our search.

Through another homeschooling family, we were able to purchase Kodiak Wood stove. It was manufactured in the 80's. But, is in excellent condition and has been a blessing to our family.

Last year, we managed to get enough FREE wood to make it through the winter almost completely.

Since last year we have been collecting wood from various places, and should have plenty to make it through the winter totally and may even have some for next year. :)

I love, love, love the wood stove. Especially on cold winter nights.

So my men, well a couple of my mine were able to split and stack a LOT of wood, this past Saturday.





This was the start and you can't even really see all the wood that was there in this pic.






Jake all geared up and ready to help!



The Men hard at work.



A small fire going in the backyard to keep the mosquito's and green flys away while they work.



The finished wood, stacked against our back fence to dry out, and get ready for winters use.




They worked hard and got alot done! While our homestead is really small, we aim to do the best we can with what we have.


There is still more wood to be cut, and more wood to be picked up from friends. But we are thankful for it all. :)


Monday, August 8, 2011

Cantaloupes Galore!!!







Well, here is a picture of just one of the many, many cantaloupes that are growing accidentally in my garden.




You see back in the spring, I threw some cantaloupe scraps in the garden bed, before we tilled it all up.



A few weeks ago, we started noticing vines growing and having been waiting to find out what it is!!!


Now we know!!! Cantaloupes!!!



The good news is, Cantaloupes aren't genetically modified as of yet, since I was able to grow all these from seed.. YEAH, for NO GMF!!!!!




The children are looking forward to picking, and tasting as soon as they are ready. We currently have 18 growing and many, many more flowers...


Here's a few more shots of what's happening in the garden.












Blessings, from our home to yours!! :)












Thursday, August 4, 2011

School begins again!!!

After a few months of break, and just dong a lil' bit of school here and there. We are back into a full school schedule.

Matthew and Jacob are excelling at their computer work and basically have about two more weeks before they have completed everything and I will need to purchase more stuff.

Emma is reading like a champ!!! I love listening to her read!!!

Anna is ready to do anything that is right there along with her brother and sisters.

Ashley will be officially starting Vocational School in a few weeks, early September. She is so excited about going and doing her first ever, "school shopping" .

Our budget is tight this year but luckily I was able to piece a lot of stuff together for the kiddos, and then we will do unit studies as well.

I look forward to doing the unit studies again with the kids, they are a favorite for all of us.

Hit the local Target last night for some .40 cent crayons, .90 cent markers, erasers, folders, and other fun school stuff!!!

Looking forward to what the new school year brings.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Anna Bella turns 3!!

My sweet, sweet Anna Bella turned 3 (number 5 in the line up) this past weekend while we were away camping!! Here she is enjoying her melon!!!



Craft time is one of the three youngest ones favorite activity!!!


I think by far this is my favorite picture of Anna!!!





Of course, this one is adorable too!!!!


Thank You Lord for blessings me with this little angel!!!






Monday, August 1, 2011

Raw Milk

In my lovely state it is illegal to sell raw milk. Now this should be of no surprise, My state is the highest state for the number of vaccines children receive, and has the most pharmaceutical companies in it. We also rank the number one state for autism in boys. 1 in 100 here. A cowinkiedink I think NOT.

Anywho, each month I drive to a raw milk friendly state and pick up my milk for the month. This past weekend was such a time. We had a lovely time away, bringing home 16 gallons of delicious raw milk.

Why the government ever had to mess with milk I will never know!!

If you haven't tried raw milk, I suggest you do so!!! It is sooo delicious!!!

There are sooo many benefits to raw milk, that they far outweigh the risks.

Check out www.westonaprice.org, for more information on that!!!

Some of the health benefits include: raw milk still has the lactose in it. There for it lactose is a problem for you, it won't be when you consume raw milk. It is a natural enzyme that is in the milk to help your body digest it. It's wonderful for teeth!!!! And lets face it, it just plain tastes delicious!!!

Keepin' in raw!!! :)

Blessings
Carrie
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