Monday, August 11, 2014

Playing Catch Up - 1

This blog is a bit of a family diary so I hate getting really behind.  Then I wonder if I should catch up in chronological order, just do a photo dump and be done with it, or if I should be true to my usual Haphazard Holly theme.  Welcome to Haphazard Holly strikes again!

We just got back from *Minnesota* the finest state in the nation.

I had time to catch up with two high school friends whom I haven't seen in fifteen years.
Ana and her kids Elizabeth and John took us to Enger Tower in Duluth.
(Elizabeth with my kids.  John didn't want his picture taken)

It's a good thing Kenton arrived a week later, we'd have been there forever
checking out the view of the port.

The aerial lift bridge is one of my favorite sites here.  

I didn't think to get pictures of Ana or Amy BUT neither one has changed a whole lot since high school.  I enjoyed meeting their families.  It's pretty special to see your friends happily married with nice kids.

It's our first trip to Minnesota with Emily that didn't include a hospital stay AND the weather was nice enough to be in the lake.  Need I say more?

They played a little corn toss.

 At one point I saw some heads under those holes.
I assume that someone got painfully beaned in the brain
leading to this switch to the feet.

Emily and Lucas became best buddies.

In a moment of inspiration (and without remembering that we ALWAYS leave with
 MUCH MORE than we came with) I stuffed Emily's trike into the van.

Without it, best buds might have been WWIII instead.

Mom's gardens were beautiful as always.

Lots of loons!
Lots of loons calling.

It was beautiful!

Some of the best times involved the lake, food, and family.

The kids played on the beach inspite of the curse of deer flies and mosquitoes.

We took lots of boat rides,

played with cousins,

took four-wheeler rides,

enjoyed the littlest cousin,

and the oldest cousin.

More to come.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thirteen Years

Wasn't he the cutest baby ever?

After six years of infertility I couldn't believe that I finally had a baby.

Jamison Carl
Our first teenager
Should we run?  Should we hide?
I hope not because we've been looking forward to this.

Loves soccer, running, hunting, and climbing
Drives tractor, helps on the farm, and 
is old enough to babysit.

Responsible, sincere, helpful

Very good at math

World's best big brother

 Legos, traps, inventions, woodworking, forts, tea plantations, unlimited plans

Desire to please God 

It's hard work being the oldest.  It means you're the guinea pig in the family.  We've (I've) been the hardest on you.  The most expectations, the most math curricula (Five or six - sorry, bud!), the most frustrations...let's face it, you take the brunt of your parents' inexperience.  We could not love you more or be more proud of the young man you've become.  God has worked in your life (inspite of your crazy parents).  Please never forget that you are not limited by what you can do.  God will enable you to accomplish ANYTHING He asks you to do. Continue to put your trust in Him.  We're looking forward to enjoying your teens.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

In the Good Old Summertime

Lots of visits to the park.

Grandma came for a visit.
I figured I could either pay someone to come and clean
invite mom to come and clean for free.
I'd love to report that the place is immaculate...
but I should have invited her for the summer if I wanted that to happen.

The kids enjoyed some extra spoilin'

We spent quite a bit of time in the flowerbeds.
(I got a little carried away with the purple)

Kenton loves when this kind of thing gets left right in front of the door.

But the girls had a ton of fun...
so that kind of justifies the mess, right?

 Lots of fun in the sunshine.

We're in our last month of "birthday season".
Emily made a birthday cake out of sand with stick candles.
Naturally the Center of Attention needed to put it right in the middle of the sidewalk.

We've gone through a ton of cookies between soccer game snacks and other things.

Emily had her last speech lesson with "Miss Amy" Yoder-Yutzy.  
We've been so blessed by her enthusiasm and encouragement.
She's still a year behind in speech, but since she'll turn four this week she'll start going to the elementary school for weekly speech with Miss Pam.

Remember those carefully done flowerbeds...

I think I'll give up!

Dennis and Lydia may arrive from Mexico on Monday.  Machelle and the other girls will be heading for Washington state.  Prayers for safe travel would be appreciated.

Milk Dud Report: 310 acres of corn planted.  Four more acres to go.  Chopping first crop.  Corn is all sprayed except for that four acres.  Soybeans need to be sprayed.  Money  manure pit is almost done.

Monday, May 19, 2014


Awhile ago Kenton decided he needed his own email.  I totally agreed.

I got pretty excited when I saw his address - ovrfarm

I thought it was a pretty unique way of letting me know that he was ready to ditch the farm and find a new career or he's looking forward to retirement. 

Turns out that ovrfarm stands for Oakview Ridge Farm!  



this morning he made the second step toward his "new" career.
He already bought a semi and trailer.
Today he passed his test for his CDL.

Farmer or long-haul truck driver?

I think I'll pick the farmer option.
At least we get free milk and beef.

If you want the rest of the story...

He got tired of paying people to haul his corn and come back empty.
This way he can haul it and bring back minerals or fertilizer or whatever.

(Sometimes I only think I know what I'm talking about.  Don't quote me.)

p.s.  Joan, you're right.  Farming isn't so bad.
Some days.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Rivers look better where they belong.

Milk Dud Report:  Oats - 60 acres.  Done.  Soybeans -  about 50 acres out of 85.  Corn - 120 acres out of...a lot more.  
Rain, more rain, and more rain.  More water where it doesn't belong.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pittsburgh Children's Museum

Field trip photo dump

Debbie might decide to stick to a buggy with a driver like Davis.

It was such a fun day.