Well, here we go again!

So summer is definitely here and has been for a while, and it has not been uneventful. As if tending to chickens and all the summer fun we want to squeeze in wasn’t enough we also had several storms these past few months. I broke my hand in June and had to have surgery and was of course in a cast for several weeks. This was very frustrating because I was unable to do very much around the home and it truly drove me bonkers! It’s amazing what being unable to do even the things that you do not necessarily enjoy will do to you because ever since that baby came off I have been on the go go go! Our garden did not thrive due to our premature seed starting and my inability to tend to it properly for several weeks, but that is okay because I am also going to redesign our setup up for it before next summer because it was not going to work out as well as I had hoped anyway. Our chickens are thriving, and we have already slaughtered our meat hen and roos. We will be acquiring more, there is nothing like eating a fresh bird that you raised and killed for food yourself; knowing what has gone into it and the freedom and comfort it had until it was time to serve its purpose. We still have a couple of months before we will have any eggs but we are loving our birds and if I could expand right now I totally would build a bigger coop and run and get my hands on several more!

The next big storm we went thru is that on the very day I got my cast off, our beloved Mollie girl was killed. She was run over just across the street; talk about heartbreak. We may have only had her five years but she was the best dog you could ever find. The lady who hit her had the decency to come and tell me herself and I gave her grace and forgiveness. I think my husband and I took it harder than the boys and that is okay. When he got home from work that night my husband built a wooden box to bury her in and we had a burial for her in our yard. We had always said after her we would not be getting another dog but there is a void in our hearts and we have plans to fill it in the next several months with a new dog who is to be retired and  re-homed. She was irreplaceable though and we sure miss her. God bless you Mollie!

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Now that things are finally getting back to normal with my healing and our mourning; it is time to start thinking about the new school year! I just ordered most of our curriculum yesterday and once we have had enough time with it to form an opinion I will be writing some reviews! We are going to use Apologia Astronomy for science, Teaching Textbooks for math, A-Beka for language, The Mystery of History; and I am undecided on the rest of the subjects as I will be using a variety of resources for geography, the arts, and Bible studies. I am getting really excited to get back into our school routine and am currently cleaning out our classroom to make room for the new material.

Finally, I have taken on a new hobby! We have purchased several old pieces of furniture recently and I am in the process of refinishing them. This is just a sneak peek as I have just begun but I’m already loving this, it’s relaxing and rewarding to watch something transform at the palm of your hands.

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Okay so at the risk of sounding redundant, keep checking back for updates and hopefully a consistent blog. Let’s just pray that life stays calm and cool enough that I do not have to put things I enjoy on the back burner for so long. I hope you are having a blessed and enjoyable summer, I am personally ready for fall. 🙂

God bless!

~Melanie

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