Posted by: firstfruitsfarmne | November 12, 2008

You see, I’ve been really busy…

It all began with a certain young lady who turned eight on Halloween Reformation Day.  Rachel suggested a new family tradition.  The birthday young’un gets to pick her favorite sugary, no better than candy cereal, for her birthday breakfast.  Cereal was quite the bewilderment to a younger sister.  “So do you eat it or drink it, Mama?”  Seriously, people, do you realize that you might as well hand your child a candy bar for breakfast? Oh, yes, I forgot about those 13 essential, synthetic vitamins and minerals they spray on it to soothe the conscience.  And it’s whole grain, too!  (So’s the box.)


The festivities didn’t end there.  Nooooo.  After consuming our nourishing breakfast we headed off to the local thrift store where the birthday girl got to spend some birthday cash.  (A little goes a long way there!  Please don’t tell our children that we are “poor”.– I don’t think they’ve figured it out yet!)  When we got home, the best birthday present of all was coming down the driveway—– A Grannie, Uncle, Aunt, and COUSINS!!!!!!!  And they brought presents, too!  (And you were feeling sorry for her about the thrift store!)  Oh, the partying that went down!



Here’s a shot of her favorite birthday gift from Grannie and Pop.  Her Daddy was working late on the corn harvest and she wanted to save the biggest gift to open when he came home late that night.  Can anyone say, “Daddy’s girl?”



And so… for the last week and a half, we’ve had the priveledge of hosting such dear family.  When there are nine children, nine and under in the home, things can get a little rowdy, especially when it’s too cold to play outside.  Josh’s brother Gabe, however, just might win the award for the rowdiest!  Can you spot him in this picture?  Hint:  look for the beard!


We got to spend Mourning Election Day together.  Misery loves company, you know.  My sweet sis-in-love wore this hat as a tribute to our disappearing constitutional government.  OK, it’s not like we haven’t been a socialist government for a long time.  Alright, no more politics…. for a while.


Life is wonderfully full and busy these days.  More blogging when things slow down a bit!



  1. I hate to admit it, but I’m envious of you guys for keeping Gabe, Brandi and their kids from us (I’ll be doing some repenting tonight). We’ve grown quite close and we find such encouragement from them. But, I’m so happy for you all that you got such wonderful joyful time together 🙂

    We don’t eat much cereal around here and what we do have is lacking sugar :P, but we still haven’t been able to part with Pillsbury’s Grand Flaky Supreme Cinnamon Rolls, yum! We have some serious sweet teeth.

  2. Glad your back! It’s always fun to read about your family. I am a thriftshop gift shopper, too. Usually we give the kids a few dollar limit and let them buy Christmas presents for everybody from the thrift shop. They are thrilled, as everything is affordable for them. Take care!

  3. Our younger girls (8 & 12) are totally into horses and have the exact same stable/barn that Rachel got for her birthday! When it’s not filled with horses our cat – a real one – likes to squeeze in their and curl up!!

  4. Today is the birthday of our triplets. They are very fond of horses too but they are a bit too old for the stable and barn!!!

  5. Awww….Happy birthday to Rachel! What a fun day you all had! Our children are just like us…they LOVE thrift stores, garage sales…even some people’s garbage cans can be quite exciting (no, we are not dumpster divers; but if you happen to see a pink doll stoller that’s only missing 1 wheel being thrown out by somebody, and you happen to ask if you may have it, and they say yes, and Daddy takes it to his shop and fixes it, you will have one very excited, happy 3 year old) :).
    I’ll pray you all will stay warm as I pray that we all can cool down a bit! 🙂
    love and prayers,

  6. You have a beautiful family!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.





    SEE YOU SOON!!!!!!!!!!!


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