Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Where'd the time go?

My Nephew Gabe and I at our Pastors' annual New-Year's-Eve-Whist-Costume Party....

Well, it seems to have been nearly a year since I've posted anything here! Terribly sorry, to anyone who was actually reading.....

This past year has been filled with 3 weddings, new babies, another set of kids (of the goat kind), moving family, and much more. I will attempt to slowly update, as time permits.

For now, I'd like to share a link with you. Ethan has been battling with a type of Lyme for a couple of years now. It has been frustrating and hard to watch him have his ups and downs. Recently, a family from our church had two members diagnosed with Lyme. Because of the lack of medical expertise on this disease, which is SO prevalent in Maine, it can be hard to get information. With this in mind, Donna (the mother of the family and one of the Lyme victims) has started a blog. If you're interested in learning more about Lyme, know people with Lyme or have Lyme yourself, please take some time to visit her blog:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Yard Sale

Come one, Come all to our multi-family yard sale! Also featuring goods from Dozen Acre Farm. You won't want to miss it!

Date: May 17 & 18 starting at 9am
Location: Route 106, Leeds, ME (Just 1/2 mile off of Rte 202)

Hope to see you there!
(Don't pay attention to the October date!)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Goat Lady Chronicles: The Beginning

The Beginning
 Every adventure has a beginning. My goat adventure started as it does with many- in a book! I had been reading about homesteading, most especially the Back to Basics book and I noticed goats for the first time. I mean, I'd always known about goats, but never knew just how incredible they were!
 From there my interest was peaked, so I grabbed all the books I could from the library on goats and I fell in love with the creatures!
 Tilly Mae- first day at Dozen Acre Farm
 From then on, I prayed, asked my father, talked to my good friend Lori and the Lord provided the things I needed to be a goad lady: permission from my Dad, a place for my goat to live, a friend to join me in the journey and the funds. Thus Tilly Mae made her way to Dozen Acre Farm and has been quite content since!
 Little Ginny- her first day on the farm
 Marshall feeding Tilly some grain
 Caleb getting friendly with Tilly
 Goats have personality, production and are relatively easy to care for. Of course, it may be a little easier for me as they aren't on my property, but I haven't heard Lori complain too much about problems. Maybe she's keeping secrets from me.....
 Jersey Rae- her first day at Dozen Acre
Goats can be best described by my friend Tyler,"They're like productive dogs." They're as fun and enjoyable as any cat or dog, yet they contribute to the farm and family economy by providing milk, manure for compost and clearing away brush. I'm so thankful that God has enabled me to be a part of this adventure and would encourage any who are able to join in!

Saturday, April 13, 2013


 Pinterest can be a HUGE distraction for me at times, but it can also be extremely helpful. From recipes to craft ideas to sewing projects, ect. it's something that I use at least weekly, if not more often!
 Here is a small sampling of what I've done so far, via instructions from pinterest: A bow tie for Marshall as the Ring Bearer in Natasha and Brent's wedding.
 A headband with a flower on it for Esther and Abbey- also for Brent and Natasha's wedding!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Goat Lady Chronicles

Goats have become a major part of my life. A new adventure. And, just like every adventure in life, we want to share the experiences of the journey. Thus, The Goat Lady Chronicles. So, to all three of my blog readers, I will be posting weekly about what's happening in the life of this new goat lady- be it births or just chewin' cud! ;) I hope you enjoy!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Protecting Marriages

Photo credit to Mishayla Denny

One of my dearest friends is getting married tomorrow. It has been wonderful to have had the past 9 years getting to know her and love her. I've grown to view her as a sister, especially over the past few years as we've gotten to spend extra time together for family events (we share nephews and now a niece),  road trips and visits for fun. Tash is beautiful, helpful, has a servant's heart, is compassionate, hard working and mature. She's going to make an excellent wife for Brent. I know all of her other girl friends and sisters feel the same way about her!

So, with all of the wedding planning and excitement, I got to thinking about how important marriage is. As a picture of Christ and the church, I as a single lady also want to be a part of supporting, honoring and guarding the marriages of others. How can we do this as unmarried women? Well, I came up with a list!

1. Dress Modestly

Imagine what it would be like if men didn't see a woman's body until his wedding night? That would be amazing! It would also protect either of them from comparing themselves to others. With this thought in mind, we can help husbands focus on cherishing and appreciating their wife's body by not exposing ours! Men are visual and we don't want to provide anything inappropriate or distracting in their visual roladex. So ladies, let's be ladies and dress in such a way that will glorify God and not draw men away from their wives!

Say to wisdom, "You are my sister,"
And call understanding your nearest kin,
That they may keep you from the immoral woman,
The seductress who flatters with her words.
...I percieved among the youths,
a man devoid of understanding,
passing along the street near her corner,
and there the woman met him,
with the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
..immediately he went after her...
he did not know it would cost his life.
~ Selections from Proverbs 7

2. Accentuate the Positive

We all have brothers in Christ that we enjoy talking with and relating too. Some of them are not married, others are. When we interact with our married brothers, we should be careful not to take up too much of their time or attention. I'm not saying that you can never talk to a married man if his wife is not part of the conversation. What I am saying is use wisdom and discernment about how, why, when and how much time you spend in a one-on-one conversation and be cautious about what topics you address. Point him toward Christ and his family. Also be sure to say positive things about his wife directly to him. Remind him of how blessed he is! We want him to be thinking about how much he loves her!

Nevertheless, let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself,
~ Ephesians 5:33a

3. Eliminate the Negative!

If you catch your married friends doing too much complaining about their husbands, don't feed into it! Help to gently remind her of his good qualities and why she married him. Even if you don't know him well, you can ask good questions to provoke her thoughts about his positive traits!

and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
~ Ephesians 5:33b

4. Single Sometimes Equals Babysitter

As much as some people begrudge the fact that assumptions are made about singles being automatic candidates as kid sitters, there is some truth to it. We have a bit more flexibility. Using this to the best of our ability, we can help build the marriages of our friends. If you offer to spend time watching their children, you will free them up to spend time alone together, whether it be on a date or giving them time to work on a project together. This is something tangible we can do to invest in their marriage! And, you get to spend time with kids playing games- it's pretty much a win/win here, folks! :D

Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
~ Luke 6:38

5. Pray Daily

I don't do this enough. I tend to forget because I get focused on praying for people who want to get married or for things that seem more iminent and important, but this IS important. Marriage is the floor plan for the family. It's the structure of the building based on the foundation of Christ. It is becoming grossly misrepresented in our culture and very weakly portrayed in the church. We need to pray daily for the marriages around us- the ones in the beginning stage, the ones who've been married for 20 years and even those who've been married for 50 years! Satan is always on the prowl to rip man and wife apart. We mustn't forget this!

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
~ James 5:16

These are just a few things the Lord placed on my heart while musing. If anyone else has other ideas I would love to hear them! Tell me how YOU invest in the marriages of others, as an unmarried lady!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Schooling from Shakespeare

 Jenny reads "Green Eggs and Ham" to the kids in Spanish!

I look forward to SMASH every year. It's one of the highlights! I enjoy interacting with the teen, younger kids and the parents. I learn from watching them, from Pastor Sam's teachings and from problems and situations that tend to pop up when producing such a great show!
Yeah, we get pretty worn down by the end of a show weekend!
Ethan playing one of the "Charlses" and Elijah as Oliver

This year was exceptionally busy for me as I had my regular "to-do" list as Producer of the show, but also ended up with the job of Costume Mistress. Thankfully I had wonderful helpers in Kelci and Traci Albee. I enjoyed working with them and getting to spend extra time with them. Not to mention the fact that Kelci has great ideas and they both are excellent seamstresses!
Apparently the romance in the play rubbed off on the littles- Selah and Eli <3

This year we performed Shakespeare's As You Like It. The teens and kids did an excellent job. I was so proud of them- there were a lot of new elements in the show and some roadblocks to hurdle, but they did all this with great, positive attitudes!
John as Orlando and Ethan and Darby as the Charlses- below is the effect of Ethan and I playing around and joking. One of John's nicknames is Captain America, so we wanted to have fun with it! :D
Normally I learn a lot from the play itself, but this year the lessons I was taught came from what was happening behind the scenes and interacting with the wonderful people involved. Here are some of them:

* No matter how hard you try, you can't please everyone. If you try to, two things will result- 1) you will get sick and drained and 2) someone will inevitably be upset.

* It's alright if someone gets mad at you. Not everyone has to think you're the bees knees. This gives you a chance to practice loving when it's not easy and building thick skin and a soft heart.

* The word "no" should be used more often, because when you take on too much the people around you suffer. So it's not just about me, saying "no" when you have to is also for the benefit of family, friends and those involved in the request.

* If you have to say no, don't worry, if God wants something done, He will provide the means to get it done!

* The teens in this show dispell the stereotype of adolescents in how much they can handle AND prove that homeschoolers are NOT socially handicapped! ;)

* No matter how many you get, there's no such thing as "enough hugs."

Millie as Celia, Ben as Touchstone and Meredith as Rosalind

So, if you're considering a great creative outlet for your home educated children and you want godly teaching in the area of arts and literature, there's no need to "stroke your chins and swear by your beards" just head over to and get yourself informed! :D