Monday, February 22, 2021

Texas 2021 Arctic Blast: Our Homestead's Version

Here's a little around our homestead at the beginning and end of Texas' 2021 arctic blast!

This was after the first main night -- snow and cold, with forecasted windchills down to -18F. These were I believe our worst temperatures we've experienced here, even after the 2011 freeze. The thermometer says about 4F:
4F on the Thermometer

Here's the homestead:
Frozen Homestead
More Frozen Homestead

I was a little worried about the cattle, given there are some young ones, but thanks to the Lord, they all made it through ok!
Cattle After Freezing Snow Storm
More Cattle After Freezing Snow Storm
Another of Cattle After Freezing Snow Storm

During the week, Sue's "onesy" (coveralls) in front of the wood burning stove was the favorite for the domestics:
Mimi in the Onesy
William in the Onesy
Tuscan & Leila on the Onesy

On the first day after a week of these freezing temperatures, things started getting back to normal. Here's our resident stray hanging out on the cistern spigot, which we had double wrapped with blankets the whole time, allowing us to use it too whenever we needed:
Mimi-Dude on the Cistern Spigot

And here are all the goat accoutrements hanging on the fence after Sue took them off:
Goat Coats on the Fence

Those were just a few pictures, but we show a lot more in this video, which has the day after the first main night as above, and then after coming out of it 5 days later (including a surpise from a momma cow!):



All throughout, the Lord was merciful in granting all the animals come through (yes, that missing rooster from the video showed up!), and helping Sue and me with strength to do all the care-taking!

We have no grid electric or water, which actually worked to our advantage, as we always had electric and good water as needed. We pray for those still suffering from the effects, but also hope people might consider their situation and on whom or what they depend for life sustenance.

We also saw how we believe God pre-set up provision before we really knew what was coming, even though they seemed a little "cross" to us at the time: the boy goats had knocked off the top of their hay bale, but Sue just took that hay into the barn, and it ended up being their main food for the week; and I had pre-put out hay bales for the cows, and one had been eaten down a lot and spread out by the time the cold hit, and another spread around some, but those also afforded bedding for the cattle. Also, both the tractor and truck starters went out at the same time a few weeks ago, we needed both for this cold front, and so they were ready to go.

Once again, we are very thankful for God's help through 2021's arctic blast, and for the gift of the new little heifer calf!

-- David

Friday, February 5, 2021

David's Digest: Bridle the Tongue

James 1:26 - "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

This little member of our body can do so much damage and be so abominable -- from blasphemies to slanders. And so, it is important it be bridled.

Puritan Thomas Manton in his most excellent work "A Practical Commentary, or an Exposition with Notes, on the Epistle of James" explains why he believes James felt this was important to include.

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From Thomas Manton:

Verse 26. - If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.


The apostle, having showed the blessedness of those which are doers of the word, lest any should seem to challenge a share in it to whom it doth not belong, he discovers who are hearers only and not doers of the word; men that do allow themselves in any known sin; and he instances in the evils of the tongue.

Question: Before I open the words any further, I shall inquire why James does pitch so much weight upon this one particular, it seeming so inconsiderable in itself, and it having so little respect to the context?

Answer: The reasons assigned in the answer will afford us so many notes.

Reason 1.
Because this is a chief part of our respect to our neighbour; and true love to God will be manifested by love to our neighbour. They do not usually detract from others, whom God hath pardoned. He that said, "Thou shalt love God," hath also said, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour." Though the object be diverse, yet the ground for obedience is the same.

Therefore the apostles usually bring this argument to unmask and discolour hypocritical persuasions: as, "He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even till now" (1 John ii. 9). So, "If he shut up his bowels from his brother, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" (1 John iii. 17, 18.) How can it be imagined that those that are sensible of the love of God, should be merciless towards others? So, "He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" (1 John iv. 20.) The good and attractiveness that are in others is an object of the senses, and usually they make a strong impression. Well then, do not flatter yourselves with duties of worship in the neglect of duties of commerce.

Reason 2.
Because of the natural proneness that is in us to offend with the tongue. Censuring is a pleasing sin, extremely compliant with nature. How propense the nature of man is to it, I shall show you in the third chapter. Speech is the discovery of reason: corruption soon runs out that way.

Well then, watch over it; the more natural corruptions are, the more care should we use to suppress them: "I will take heed to my ways, that I offend not with my tongue" (Psa. xxxix. 1); there needs special caution for that: and, as you should watch, so you should pray, and desire God to watch over your watching: "Set a watch before my mouth, keep the door of my lips" (Psa. cxli. 3). The awe of God is a great restraint.

Reason 3.
Because it was the sin of that age; as appears by his frequent dissuasives: see verse 19. So chapter iii. per totum. So chapter iv. 11, etc. The note is, it is an ill sign to be carried away with the evil of the times. It is a description of wicked men that they "walked according to the course of this world" (Ephes. ii. 2): in the original, according to the age, as the manner of the times went.

So, "Be not conformed to this world" (Rom. xii. 2); or "to this age"; the meaning is, do not get into the garb of the times. So, "He walked after the trade of Israel" (2 Chron. xvii. 4). Many do so; they walk after the fashion and trade of the country and times wherein they live. Oh consider, this is the sure note of a vain [useless] profession. Sins, when they grow common, become less odious; and therefore slight spirits commit them without remorse.

Reason 4.
Because it seems so small a sin; and, having laid aside grosser sins, they did the more securely continue in the practice of it. They were not adulterers, drunkards; and, therefore, flattering themselves with a show of holiness, they did the more freely censure and detract from others. Note, indulgence in the least sin cannot stand with grace: your religion is vain, if you do not refrain your tongue.

They are miserably mistaken that hope to redeem their souls from the guilt of one sin by abstaining from the practice of another. Some are precise in small things, that they may be excused for non-observance of the weightier things of the law; as the stomach when it cannot digest solid food, naturally desires to fill itself with water, or such light stuff as breeds nought [nothing] but wind. The Pharisees tithed mint and cummin, etc. Others avoid grosser sins, and hope that it is an excuse for other corruptions that are not so odious. We all plead, "Is it not a little one, and my soul shall live?"

Reason 5.
Because this is usually the hypocrite's sin. Hypocrites, of all others, are least able to bridle their tongue; and they that seem to be religious, are most free in censuring.

Partly because, being acquainted with the guilt of their own spirits, they are most apt to suspect others. Nazianzen said of his father, he being of an innocent and candid soul, was less apt to think evil of others; and he gives this reason, goodness is least suspicious, and plain hearts think all like themselves.

Partly because they use to be much abroad [observing others], that are so little at home their own hearts]. Censuring is a trick of the Devil, to take off the care from their own hearts; and therefore, to excuse indignation against their own sins, their zeal is passionate in declaiming against the sins of others. Gracious hearts reflect most upon themselves: they do not seek what to reprove in others, but what to lament in themselves.

Partly because they are not so meek and gentle as true Christians. When a man is sensible of his own failings, he is very tender in reflecting upon the weaknesses of others: "Ye which are spiritual, restore him with meekness" (Gal. vi. 1): they which are most spiritual, are most tender to set a fallen Christian "in joint" again.

Partly because a hypocrite is a proud person; he would have every one to be his own foil, and therefore he blemishes others. Diotrephes would be prating against John, "because he loved the pre-eminence" (3 John 9).

Partly because hypocrites are best at their tongue, and therefore cannot bridle it. When men make religion a talk, their way is to blemish others: it is a piece of their religion.

The Lord give you to discern into your own souls, whether these dispositions be not in you, or no.

Reason 6.
Because there is such a quick intercourse between the tongue and the heart, that the tongue is the best discovery of it; and therefore (says the apostle) is their religion vain, if they cannot bridle their tongues. Seneca said, that the speech is the express image of the heart; and a greater than he said, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."

The quality of many men's religion may be discerned by the intemperateness of their language; words are but the excrements and overflow of their wickedness. A man may soon discern of what religion they are (says Pareus of the Jesuits) that, like angry curs, cannot pass by one another without snarling.


May God grant us a sense of our own sins, a tenderness to the failings of others, a hatred of the least sin, and help in the watch over the small member of our body that can do so much evil!
James 3:1-8: My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

-- David

Thursday, January 21, 2021

4 Great Reasons to Consider Pressure Canning! (and a Quick Tutorial)

I dove off the deep end into pressure canning about 14 years ago when we moved off grid and didn't have the luxury of abundant electricity to run a large freezer all the time. We do raise our own beef, poultry and pork to eat, but pressure can to preserve most of the meat. But you don't have to live out in the country or off grid to be motivated to pressure can. You can live in the middle of New York City, in the suburbs, or out in the middle of nowhere (insert town here) and pressure can like a boss on your own terms! And if I can do it, anyone "can"!


Why pressure can?

Here are a few great reasons to consider pressure canning:

  • Save Money!

    You'd be surprised how much food you can preserve very cheaply by simply keeping your eyes open for grocery store sales! Bacon, potatoes, Thanksgiving turkey, ham, butter, hamburger (see my quick tutorial below), venison, etc. Also sales on fruit, and veggies. You can cut up fruit, shove it in a jar with water and can it! You don't have to know the fru-fru stuff. Have it with whipped cream later on to sweeten it up.

  • Peace of mind during electric outages.

    Just a week ago, our local town had power outages due to a snow storm. Some people had to hurriedly obtain generators so their freezers could continue to run, fending off potential food catstrophes. You don't have to pressure can all of your meat; you can keep some fresh meat in a freezer and can some, so you have peace of mind and more options if you run into an emergency.

  • Save time!

    If you invest the time up front to pressure can much of your food, it will reap huge time benefits later when all you have to do is dump the already pre-cooked food from your jar into your pot or pan and heat it up. At one point, I had beef, carrots and potatoes all canned and ready to go and all I had to do was add a can of corn, a can of green beans and water/broth for a very quick beef stew for dinner. That's just one example of so many. You can also easily pressure can your own complete soups and stews. Just put all of your ingredients in a jar and can it! With canned meat (ground, cubed, etc) you just need to heat it up and season it before adding it to your meal plan (tacos, pasta dishes, casseroles, meat pies, etc.) The possibilities are endless.

    Sadly, the times in which we are living are much less stable than in ages past. If any link in the food supply chain fails, it doesn't take long before people start panicking and hoarding basic goods. Toilet paper during the COVID crisis is a prime example. You can find alternatives for TP, but if you are not prepared with food, you are in a much more critical situation. This alone is an excellent reason to consider pressure canning so you can have a pantry or cellar full of preserved foods for you and your family, and to share.

  • Don't be afraid of canning!

    It is pretty hard to mess up, and there are safeguards in place. There is a pressure overflow plug that is designed to pop out if too much pressure builds up and releases excess steam. But if you follow instructions and don't leave your canner for long periods of time, everything should work out very well. There is usually a "sweet spot" you find during a canning session where the pressure stays consistent so you don't have to monitor it as much.


If you would prefer grass-fed meat options, you might consider calling your local meat processor and ask if they know of anyone who wants to split the cost of processing a cow, pig or deer, etc. Or put a feeler out on your local classifieds. It is generally cheaper and healthier per pound than store-bought meat.

If you are hesitatant to make the initial investment to try pressure canning, you might ask around to see if you can borrow or purchase someone's canner if they are not using it. And there may be some great canning books at the local library or online you can check out if you want to research it for yourself. The canning ideas are endless if you plug into the right books and online forums/websites.

To give you an example of how long canned food can last, I canned 50 quarts of borsch in 2009 when we had a bumper crop of cabbage - and I still find a jar here and there, dump it out along with a jar of canned meat, heat it up and serve it with sour cream and toasted bread and it's still hearty, healthy and delicious! When you go to use any jar of canned food, you'll want to make sure the seal on the jar is still strong and doesn't come off when you pull on it. This indicates the vacuum seal is still intact. Then you pry off the lid with the side of a knife or other preferred utensil and you'll hear that little "whoosh" of air when you break the seal.


Okay, now I'll quickly take you through a very basic process of canning hamburger meat. This was from the most recent bull we took to the processor.

The very basic tools you need to get started canning are: A pressure canner, canning jars, lids and screw tops, a funnel, jar lifter and lid magnet (and water, of course :) If you enter "pressure canning starter kit" into a web search query or online retailer, lots of options will pop up for your consideration.


With ground meat, you need to lightly cook it before canning it. It takes approx. 14 lbs. of meat to fill seven quart jars (a quart jar can hold approx. 2 lbs of meat). So I cook it in multiple pans to get that phase done quickly:
Packages of Ground Beef
Ground Beef in Pans

In my case, I have two large canners that can process seven quarts each so I brown approx. 28 lbs. of meat in one session. It really doesn't take that long depending on how much meat you are browning at one time. These are 2-pound packs, so I can brown 4 lbs at a time:
Browning Ground Beef

Here is all the meat from one session:
Browned Ground Beef

Okay, disclaimer: I highly recommend you follow the instructions in your canning book. This is how I *personally* can ground meat but you do what you believe is best. At this point, I spoon the meat into pint or quart jars. I do not heat up the jars in the oven but leave them at room temperature:
Spooning Ground Beef into Jar

At this point, I take a wet paper towel and wipe the rims of the jars with warm/hot water to remove any grease or small bits of meat:
Jars Full of Browned Ground Beef

I use regular size tops and screw-on lids. You can purchase "wide-mouth" jars and lids if you like the openings of the jars to be bigger:
Canning Lids

I put 14 lids in water and heat it up to "not-quite" boiling:
Canning Lids in Pot

When the lids are ready, I use my handy-dandy magnetic lid wand to pull the lids out of the water:
Pulling Lids Out of Pot with Magnet Wand

Then I place each lid on top of each jar:
Placing Canning Lid on Jar

Then I use a screw top (canning jar band) on each jar to secure the lids. I had this little stack of screw tops just right and then Laila, our cat, started playing with them (sigh :) ). I screw the lids to "hand tight", but not too tight:
Canning Jar Bands

Depending on which canner you use, you pour water into the canner to the depth that the instructions indicate. It only takes less than two inches of water at the bottom of the canner. When I first started I thought it would take a lot more water, but when you place the jars in, the water level raises up almost to the top of the jars:
Measuring Water in Canner

Then you load the jars into the canner with the water already in it. Tip! You'll want your canner already on your stove before you load the jars because it's pretty heavy to lift if you are using a larger load canner (speaking from lessons learned :) ):
Jars in Canner

Here are both of my canners loaded and ready to have the lids secured. I do not heat up the canner and water prior to adding the jars. I prefer to skip the jar pre-heating process and heat everything up together more slowly:
Jars in Both Canners

I have an All American canner and a Presto canner. Both are great and I highly recommend them. The All American (on the left) has screws all around the canner. The Presto has a twist-on lid with a gasket underneath the perimeter of the lid which creates a tight fit. The benefit of the All American is that you don't have to continuously buy replacement parts, which you do with the Presto (the gasket). The Presto is less expensive so it all depends on your priorities. Depending on the sizes of jars you are canning, your processing time will vary. When canning meat, usually the processing time is 75 minutes for pints and 90 minutes for quarts. Just follow the instructions, especially for how much pressure to use, and you should do great!
Canners with Lids On

When the canning session is complete, you turn off the heat and let the pressure come down slowly and naturally until it reaches zero. Then you open the canner and remove the jars with your jar lifting utensil and place them on a heat stable surface to cool down. (Sorry, I don't have pics for this step.) As the jars cool, you will start hearing the "pops" from the jars which means the vacuum sealing process is complete. Sometimes you will have a jar or more that just doesn't seal for any number of reasons, so you can either can it again if you are planning another session, or put it in the fridge and use it up like any other perishable item, whichever you feel it best:
Canned Jars of Meat

Here is the finished product. I canned 28 lbs. of meat in just an afternoon. This represents many meals for me and my husband. I store our jars in our root cellar without the bands (because they are not needed for the jar lid to stay on and sealed, and they can rust on the jar) and bring them up when I plan to use them in my weekly menu. This will taste great in a wide variety of dishes, including pasta dishes, casseroles, tacos, you name it!
Jar of Canned Ground Beef

I hope this birds-eye overview has helped you consider pressure canning for yourself and your family. It's a small investment that can reap huge rewards!

Susan

Monday, January 11, 2021

Icy What You Did There (New Year's Eve Snow Storm)

One thing you can count on about Texas weather is that you can't count on it. So, when they predicted ice and snow for New Year's Eve into New Year's Day, we had no idea what to expect. But it came through and we thought we'd share a few pics from it! We're thankful for the moisture from the storm and for God's mercy in the weather.


New Year's Eve day started out rainy and turned to icy rain and then it turned to snow:
Ice Storm Ice on Trees

By the next morning several inches had fallen. Our cows had tried to take shelter under our porch roof in the middle of the night so Dave had to get up a few times to shoo them out. Most people wake up groggy on New Year's Day for "different" reasons; ours was "cow shooing" in the night haha:
House & Snow

Our firewood pile got completely covered with snow. Thankfully, we had staged a lot of firewood under the porch roof before the storm so we had nice dry wood to keep the stove going. Dave builds a mean fire and the house was nice and warm, thank the Lord:
Firewood & Snow

This is one of our garden areas:
Garden & Snow

The cows didn't seem to mind the snow much after it had stopped falling and enjoyed their New Year's Day breakfast "alfresco":
Cows at the Hay Bale in the Snow

Our local hay man was so kind and thoughtful to contact us and ask if we wanted him to deliver any hay before the storm. It would be difficult to deliver afterwards due to mud, etc. So he dropped off a few bales and Dave put out a couple for the cows before the storm arrived:
Hay Bales & Snow

The weight of the ice and snow on tree branches wreaked a lot of havoc all over the region. The power in our local town went out for many hours due to fallen branches, etc. And Dave has been busy cutting up more firewood from the fallen branches all over our land. We're very thankful no person or animal was injured by any fallen branches:
Broken Tree Branches After Ice & Snow Storm

Here's a token goat picture for any goat lovers. We brought all the goats in the barn to keep them warm and dry. Elvis is sporting his black and dark blue checkered ensemble:
Goats in the Barn During Snow Storm

On New Year's Day our neighbors snuck over and were building a snowman behind our house but I happened to look out the window and we came out and caught them. I think it's the equivelant of getting your house "TP'd" haha. With an excellent suggestion from one of the children, we decided to call the snowman "Bill":
Neighbor Children Building a Snowman

Here are the usual suspects (all very special and precious to us) and Bill!
Neighbor Children & Their Snowman

Then yesterday we had another snow storm come through which dropped even more snow than this one. I'd better go look to make sure there are no new snowmen behind our house. :))

Sue

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

David's Digest: Of Sin's Filthiness & Abundant Wickedness

James 1:21 - "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Whether we like it or not, or believe it or not, our hearts are full of uncleanness and wickedness:
Jer 17:9 - "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

This is a result of the fall, and the continued sin in man through all generations. It is as odious as odious can be to a perfectly holy and righteous God. But we don't want to believe it, really, about ourselves; yet, the Bible says it's there.

Puritan Thomas Manton in his most excellent work "A Practical Commentary, or an Exposition with Notes, on the Epistle of James" paints a picture of sin's filthiness and depth of wickedness.

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From Thomas Manton:

Verse 21. - Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.


Obs 5. From that word filthiness. Sin is filthiness. It sullies the glory and beauty of the soul, defaces the image of God. This expression is often used, "Filthiness of flesh and spirit" (2 Cor. vii. 1), where not only gross wickedness, such as proceeds from fleshly and brutish lusts, is called filthiness, but such as is more spiritual, unbelief, heresy, or misbelief, etc., nay, original corruption is called so, "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?" (Job xiv. 4.) "How can man be clean?" (Job xv. 14.)

Nay, things glorious in the eyes of men: duties they are called dung, because of the iniquity that is found in them: "I will spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts" (Mai. ii. 3).

So it was in God's eyes. The Spirit of God everywhere uses comparisons taken from things that are most odious, that our hearts may be wrought into the greatest detestation of sin. Certainly they are much mistaken that think sin an ornament, when the Spirit of God calls it dung and excrement. But more especially I find three sins called filthiness in Scripture:

(1.) Covetousness, because it debases the spirit of man, and makes him stoop to such indecencies as are beneath humanity; so it is said, "filthy lucre" (1 Pet. V. 2).

(2.) Lust, which in Scripture dialect is called filthiness, or the sin of uncleanness (1 Thess. iv. 7), because it makes a man to subject or submit his desires to the beasts' happiness, which is sensual pleasures.

(3.) In this place [here in James; see the verses leading into vs 21: vs 19-20] anger and malice are called filthiness. We please ourselves in it, but it is but filthiness. It is brutish to yield to our rage and the turbulent agitation of our spirits, and not to be able to withstand a provocation. It is worse than poison in toads or asps, or what may be conceived to be most filthy in the creatures. Poison in them does hurt others, it cannot hurt themselves: anger may not hurt others, it cannot choose but hurt us.

[The Solution:] Well then, all that hath been said is an engagement to us to resist sin, to detest it as a defilement. It will darken the glory of our natures. There are some spots that are not as "the spots of God's children" (Deut. xxxii. 5). Oh! let us get rid of these "filthy garments", (Zech. iii. 4, 5), and desire change of raiment, the righteousness of Christ. Ay, but there are some lesser sins that are spots too: "The garment spotted by the flesh" (Jude 23); unseemly words are called "filthiness" (Ephes. v. 4), and duties "dung".


Obs 6. From that superfluity of wickedness. That there is abundance of wickedness to be purged out of the heart of man. Such a fulness as runs over, a deluge of sin; "All the imaginations of the heart are evil, only evil, and that continually" (Gen. vi. 5). It runs out into every thought, into every desire, into every purpose. As there is saltness in every drop of the sea, and bitterness in every branch of wormwood; so sin in every thing that is framed within the soul. Whatever an unclean person touched, though it were holy flesh, it was unclean: so all our actions are poisoned with it.

We read of the "overspreading of abominations" (Dan. ix. 27); and David said, "They are all become vile, and gone out of the way" (Psa. xiv.); all, and all over.

In the understanding there are filthy thoughts and purposes, there sin begins; fish stink first at the head.

In the will filthy motions; the affections mingle with filthy objects.

The memory, that should be like the ark, the chest of the law, retains, like the grate of a sink, nothing but mud and filthiness.

The conscience is defiled and stained with the impurities of our lives.

The members [of our physical body] are but instruments of filthiness. A rolling eye provokes a wanton fancy, and stirs up unclean glances, "Having eyes full of adultery" (2 Pet. ii. 14): in the original, "full of the adulteress".

The tongue bewrays the rottenness of the heart in filthy speaking.

[The Solution:] Oh! what cause have we to bless God that there is "a fountain opened for uncleanness"! (Zech. xiii. 1.) Certainly conversion is not an easy work, there is such a mass of corruption to be laid aside.


May we see the filthiness and pervasive wickedness in our sin, even the smaller ones. May God grant us His Son's perfect righteousness, and cleansing from the blood of Christ. May He grant us a hatred of sin as it is an offense to a perfect and holy God, and a desire for holiness and purity in living. And may He grant that we do these out of love for Him!

-- David

Friday, December 18, 2020

Movin' The Hay Roll Old-School

Our tractor and truck recently both wouldn't start, the tractor with a hay spike for moving hay rolls, and the truck as a backup using a chain to drag them out. And our cows were an hungering, so with some help from the neighbor boys, we did it old-school -- rolling it out by hand!

And we take you along for the ride in this video:



We thank the Lord for able bodies to even do this and help from friends, and we thank Him for all His provisions, both temporal and spiritual!

-- David

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Providence's Perpetuation Provisions: 2020 8th Chick Hatching

We are very thankful to the Lord for granting our 8th chick hatching of 2020!

We found this mommy in the barn on a bunch of eggs, and moved her into the brooder barn, and by God's granting she did her job, and hatched out quite a few! I'm not sure exactly how many there are, although we did lose one a couple of days after it was hatched, but the rest are still going strong!
8th 2020 Chick Hatching
More of 8th 2020 Chick Hatching

And here's their video. Watching the new life here reminds me of this verse:
John 11:25 - "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"

Once again, we thank God for His provisions of these new chicks, and we pray they're used for His glory and the benefit of others!

-- David