Mongolia – Part 2

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He loved this kitten so much.  Her name was Ellie 😀

It was so good to arrive at our friend’s home and have the long flights behind us.  We had traveled over 16 hours in a plane and then 7 hours by van. So unloading the suitcases and making ourselves at home was nice.  We had brought over many things for our friends, so it was almost like Christmas with all the goodies.  LOL   Our first day was spent visiting, napping and more visiting.  During that whole week we spent at our friends house, we helped harvest their carrots, potatoes, cabbages, beets and turnips.   Plus I helped the children do school and of course, we enjoyed lots of visiting.

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Such a precious smile!  He was such a perfect traveler, it was amazing. 

 

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The days were packed full, but it was so good to be there helping and  we made such special memories.  I was expecting the days to be colder, but a few afternoons, it was warm enough to be outside without a jacket.  Once the sun disappeared behind the hills, or the wind picked up, it cooled down quickly.  So you kept your jacket close.  We worked hard each day and on Thursday, or actually it may have been Friday, that we took a trip across the countryside to some hot springs.  More on that in Part 3 🙂

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I just wanted to add a short side note here…

My hubby’s mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer  last month.  She has come to stay with us when not in the hospital, because she is unable to take care of herself.  We are taking it one day at a time here as we don’t know how she will be feeling from one day to the next.  Thankfully she is not in pain, but she is very short of breath and has to be on oxygen all the time.  We are trying many natural treatments and she may start chemo next week depending on how she is feeling.   She is very weak and the doctor is concerned to try chemo because of that.  Prayers appreciated for her and that she would feel God’s peace surrounding her.  It’s hard, but God’s grace has been sustaining us all through this.

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Mongolia – Part 1

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Happy faces before our flight to Beijing 🙂

This past September, our second oldest daughter, our youngest son and I took a trip the far way land of Mongolia.   Why Mongolia you may ask??  The reason was we really wanted to visit some friends there as our daughter’s best friend lives there with her family.   We left on a Wednesday evening and arrived in Beijing Thursday evening and that is when the “fun” began. We had just a 2 hour layover and since we arrived late, had to collect our luggage and catch the 20 or so minute shuttle bus to another terminal, we arrived at that check in just 10 minutes before our next plane was to leave.  We were told the check in was already closed and we had to wait until the next flight the next evening.  Talk about disappointing and scary!   After a numerous times, I was able to finally get on wifi and let my hubby know back home that we missed our flight and ask him to let our friends know.  I was in tears, but felt peace that God was going to take care of us.    We found some benches and tried to slept.  That was one long night…..  The next morning at 9am I called the airline we were taking and told them my story and they told me that seats were available on the evening flight, but they  could not hold any for me.  They told me to come to the check in at 6pm.  So I spent the day praying that we would get on that flight.  Thankfully our youngest was such a great traveler and we nap and just walked around the terminal.  6pm comes and I go to check in and hear the dreaded news, “I’m sorry, but there are no seats available.”  I was in tears, I could not imagine another night and day in the airport.  I told them that and they said come back at 8pm.  So that whole time I’m pleading with God to please get on us that plane.  Finally it’s 8pm, I go to check in and they call me over and start filling out forms and check in our luggage  and the next thing I know I have real tickets in my hand!  Thank you Lord!!  (I should mention that they said maybe we could go on standby) But here we had real tickets with seat numbers and the girl told us to hurry to your gate.  So off we ran! My poor daughter was feeling a bit sick and struggled to keep up with her mom, but I was not going to miss that plane!  LOL  We were one of the last people on the plane, but I was just so happy to be on the plane!!

Landing in Mongolia and picking up our luggage was uneventful and quick and the next thing we knew we were with familiar faces.  Such joy!!

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We had a 7 hour drive to our friend’s home.  Most was at night, so we didn’t see the landscape on route until our way back to the airport just a week later.

I’ll share more about our trip and try to update on what’s going on here at our homestead too.  Much to share.

More coming!

Meet Isabelle

Last Sunday was an exciting day on our homestead as our heifer,  Maybelle gave birth to her first calf.

Meet Isabelle ( Izzy for short)
We were at church and just finished going through our prayer and praise time in adult Sunday School when my mom sent me a text saying our heifer was in labor. My parents were heading out soon for the day, so I went home to see how she was doing.  I got home around 10:30am and went to see how she was doing.  You could see just a bit of front hooves. I went in and changed and went back out. Maybelle seemed to like me there with her and was mooing softly when I came near. My dad and I were out there with her until about 11am and then I went in to get a snack and my parents had to go.  I came back out to her and she was lying down and having regular contractions.  More of the calf was showing and I could see the calf’s nose. She pushed for while, but couldn’t seem to get the head out. I then noticed the calf’s head was turned so I gently pulled the calf’s legs during a contraction and out came the head and the rest of her body followed. I was so surprised!  I was curious to know to find out whether we had a bull or heifer and was happy to see she had heifer!  I helped clear the calf’s nose and mama was soon up and cleaning up her baby while the whole time mooing softly to her. Izzy was born at 11:18am.   Izzy was up on her feet in about 15 minutes. I saw that all was good, so I headed back to church.

It was a full morning, but good! When we arrived home, Izzy was nursing and she has been doing very well so far.

Brand new!

I’m hoping to milk Maybelle so that’s coming up in the next few days. For now I’m letting mama and baby bond and Izzy needs all the colostrum she can get.

Update: This has been in my draft box all week, but I’ve been training Maybelle for milking and it’s getting better.  I couldn’t expect no kicks, that would be just too easy.  LOL   Tonight’s milking was the best we had yet, so I’m encouraged!  I wasn’t going to give up!   Izzy has been with her mama the whole time and so far Maybelle is letting me have her milk.  So nice having our own milk again.  🙂

So that’s a bit of a update on our little homestead.

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Beginnings of Summer

Where should I begin!? It shows here that it has been 5 months since my last post! Not good!!  I should have lots to write about as there is never a dull moment around here.  I am kept busy with my beautiful life here with our 8 children.  🙂

We have been busy and enjoying summer here.  Our summer began with a camping trip for 3 days.  The campground was right by Lake Huron and we enjoyed the beach, biking around the campground and just relaxing at our campsite and enjoying the meals, fires, chipmunks and most of all family.

One view of our campsite…  I don’t think breakfast had been cleaned up just yet. 🙂

Even while camping one of my sweet little boys wanted me to have flowers  🙂


There were a number of chipmunks on our last evening there and they loved the peanuts!

 This is just a breif sampling and I’ll have to get the pictures off of hubby’s camera soon and share!
When we came home and we set right to work.  Hubby wanted to fence in more pasture and I wanted to get the main garden weeded.  Hubby had a couple weeks off work, so between the camping and working here on our acreage, those two weeks flew by.  After the second week, the fence was done, the garden was mostly weeded and we even did a bunch of organizing and rearranging in the basement on a rainy day we had.  Well, it was really hot one afternoon, so the basement was a cooler option.

In other news, our oldest graduated in June from high school and is heading off to a local collage this fall.  My babies are growing up!

I’m going to try and post more often, because like I already have said over and over again, I love reading the memories from years gone by when and our older ones were small.

More again soon!

Always Cleaning To Do

Since coming back from our trip, I’ve been busy with homeschooling and our regular activities plus getting some deep cleaning done. You know there is always a need for that!

So far I’ve gotten the dining room completed, that included things like washing the walls, window frames plus cleaning and organizing the hutch. I went through the drawer in the hutch that I had hardly opened since our move almost 6 years ago. It feels good to get rid of stuff and see empty places that were once filled with clutter.

Next room I spent a bit of time in was the laundry/mud room. There I completely cleaned out a closet and organized another closet. I’m not quite done in there yet. Hubby and I have been looking at the room and looking at ways we can change and improve it. I’m not happy with sharing the mud and laundry room together!  It’s a small narrow room and if we were building again we would not have a shared mud/laundry room. Some things you learn by experience.  When we built this house I was just excited to have the laundry room on the main floor, I did not really think through the logistics of how the mud room and laundry combined would work. It was in our house plan and I assumed it was good. LOL. Anyways we have some ideas in place, not sure when we will do the work though.

Next room was the main bathroom.  That involved cleaning and organizing the cabinet and giving the bathroom a good cleaning. The children have been helping me with the bathroom cleaning, so I figured I’d just do a good cleaning since I was in there. Always makes me smile when I open a drawer and see how organized and tidy it is. Of course weekly or twice weekly the bathroom needs cleaning, but knowing the cabinet has been cleaned makes me feel good.
This week I’m tackling the master bed room.  I’m looking forward to seeing a room that looks inviting and a quiet haven for hubby and I. Our room isn’t too bad, but it has some clutter and I should go through the closets and drawers and get rid of clothes not worn. Baby is still sleeping in our room, so there are times I’d go and tidy it up, but he is napping.

So that is what I’ve been busy with along with my usual day to day duties. There is always laundry to wash and meals to make and most of all my family to love on. ❤️
I’ve been kind of following “Organized Home-New Year Cleaning Challenge” and it’s been helpful and given me a boast to get some of these things done before gardening season starts up again.

The Ocean and Sunshine

Last month hubby had a business trip to California and the baby and I went along to keep him company. 😊  The three of us were gone 2 weeks and during that time hubby and I enjoyed spending time together and enjoying the sights. We spent a couple nights in Boulder city in Nevada and then drove on to California where we have friends that we could stay with while away. We were blessed to be able to stay with them the whole time and we enjoyed our visit and also could do our business while there. I enjoy going on business trips with hubby, but I miss the rest of our children at home and so wish we could have them with us too.  They would enjoy the interesting places!
Anyways my favourite times were when we spent it at the Pacific Ocean.  I love being by the ocean and could spend all day there.  I think next time we will have to plan a whole day there and rent bikes and bike along the coast.

Our future driver….  we were just passing time while daddy was in the UPS store.  🙂

Joel was a great traveler, being 14 months he did very well on the plane and traveling in the car. I can’t say he was always happy in the car, but he did very well.


His first experience with the waves washing over his feet included a few tears, but once he got use to the feel of the sand on his toes, he then loved exploring the beach.

Anyway, I came back home refreshed and more then ready to be a full time mommy again.
We have gotten funny comments while away….  We look like the couple with one child and when they find out we have 8, it can be pretty funny!  I can’t think of any at the moment though……  Oh maybe I can….  One funny comment is, “Just wait until he gets older, then the “fun” begins.” (That is from those who think baby is our first)    LOL  we’ve been through this before….

I love every stage!  I feel so blessed.  ❤

Just a peek into what happened back in January.  🙂

A Clean Fridge And Other Things

This afternoon I finished cleaning the fridge, I did it over 3 days working on it during some “spare” time and wow it looks so clean and wonderful!!!  I did the freezer side too, and it’s all organized and tidy.  Such a feeling of accomplishment!  Now  to just keep it that way!!

We are back to school this week, so far it is going well considering some have come down with a stomach bug. Thankfully it’s a short term bug.   Anyways, we finally started “Mystery of History” and the children are really enjoying it.  Not sure why I stalled in starting, but here we are and we will do what we can before June. My goal is to be done school by the end of May. 

Between now and spring, I hope to work on really decluttering the house as well and simplify things so we can stay on top of keeping our home neater and still cozy. Our house looks well lived in, which is fine, but I don’t like to feel like I’m drowning in stuff. I have started on areas already and I’m happy with the results. So I’ll keep plugging away.  Once spring and outdoor works starts, I’m busy outside and the house won’t get as much attention. LOL

 So this is just a bit of an update on what has been happening here this week. 😊