Throwback Thursday: Farm boys through the years

I haven’t shared this yet, but for about 9 years my husband and I decided to homeschool our children.  We have been blessed with four boys.  Preston is our oldest and I taught him from Kindergarten until 8th grade.  Keegan is the next oldest and then came Braxton.  These pictures and memories are before our fourth baby boy, Ryker was born.

Making the choice to homeschool was so wonderful in many ways.  At the top of the list was building a strong family unit and sharing so many memories together.  Another really great aspect for our family was that we live in the country and we farm.  The boys have spent so many hours outside.  We normally would get our formal schooling done by noon.  So they enjoyed being able to play, build, invent, and work in the shop with their Dad from early afternoon until about dinner time.  These are a few pictures from that time.

Shop Boys from 2011

Braxton was just the right size to fit inside the brand new tank and get any dirt or plastic out before it got filled for the first time.

Ice-cream break from swathing in 2010.

Preston and Keegan had fun hooking two bikes together.  Didn’t work too well, but they had a great afternoon messing around with it in 2010.

 Preston & Keegan helped their Dad with a few painting projects.

Just one of many harvests that the boys have been a part of.

This was harvest 2011.

Well, that is not all the pictures I could share, but that is good enough for now.  The boys have learned so much and shared many memories together.


Fall Work has begun

First day of seeding

 Not always, but more times than not, the first day of seeding, or of harvest can be a little unpredictable as we iron out any kinks that happen.  Today was like that.  But luckily my husband is pretty mechanically proficient and was able to get the auger up and running in about 20 minutes.

::Wife life when it’s go time on the farm::

  • 6:30am- it begins & I get up.
  • Take Ryker to school and get the older 2 off.
  • Back to the farm and then help position vehicles in different fields.
  • Back to the house and begin chores, projects, to-do’s and making Joel a lunch.
  • 11:20am   Joel needed me to help him position a seed truck BUT a little adjusting on the auger and then filling the drills and moving the seed truck, brought me back into the farm at about 12:45pm.
  • 1pm ate Caesar salad pita.
  • Prepped for dinner and got lose ends tied for various volunteer work going on.
  • Went to school to pick up Ryker.
  • Get home & worked on homework along with starting dinner.
  • Pick up Braxton from Junior High Football practice.
  • Get home and eat dinner.
  • Keegan arrives home from High School practice.
  • Put Ryker to bed and read him a Bible story (David and Goliath tonight).
  • 8:30pm  Brought Joel out his dinner.
  • 10:30pm  Working on a blog post (this one).
  • 11 Joel gets home.

I am happy to run around and make the life of my husband and my kids’ life easier.  These days don’t last forever and they go fleeting by.  But really, sometimes I think… where oh where, does the day go.

One thing is for sure, the landscape can’t be beat.  I love the area that I live in.

Things I enjoy Thursday

This week I devote my ‘things’ to nature!

Here are my top 8 outdoorsy ‘things’ that I can’t get enough of!  Every one of these are reminiscent of the area I get to call home.

  1.  Freshly mowed grass.
  2.  The smell of the first fall rain, after a hot dry summer.
  3.  A great thunder & lightening storm.
  4.  Canadian Geese flying overhead.
  5.  Wind blowing through a wheat field.
  6.  A still winter night that let’s in a sleepy snow.
  7.  The entrance spring flowers make into a new season.
  8.  Clouds that tell a beautiful story.What is your favorite thing about nature that surrounds you?