Tuesday, June 11, 2019

It's A GIRL!!!!

I thought this title would catch everyone's attention, but I bet it's not the sort of announcement you were all expecting!!!

Ethan is courting!

This special young lady's name is Grace Elizabeth Adams and the two of them seem to be having a grand time getting to know each other.

Ethan and Grace met through the Florida Shindig that we all attended this past January. After several emails back and forth, the two families decided they should meet. Grace's family lives in Georgia, a little over 3 hours away, so they drove up to Aiken to spend the day with my family, as pictured below. Everyone hit it off really well and Ethan decided to pursue a relationship with Grace. She agreed and they began an official courtship.

Below is a picture of Ethan and Grace with Greta and Griffin (Grace's brother and sister).
It's funny to see Ethan actually interested in a girl. For a couple of years now, I've been watching him when we are at different functions to see if he ever takes interest in a particular girl or if he treats any of the young ladies special. But he has always treated them all the same way and gave no inclination to liking any certain girl. I began to wonder when my little brother would ever take interest in a girl! (rolling eyes) 
So it's been sweet to see him treat Grace in an extra special way. He later told me that he just "knew how to be discreet".  Discreet indeed!!!
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This picture was taken right after they started courting. 
With Grace being a Georgia girl, she has a thick southern accent. But the funny thing is she says Ethan is the one with an accent. Dad, being silly, likes to do his best to try to imitate their accent with the corniest Southern phrases he can come up with.

At a dance they recently attended.

I think Savannah and Greta have both been enjoying being sister chaperones. 

We are thankful for this sweet time in both Ethan and Grace's lives. As we've mentioned in both Jordan & Caleb's courtship as well as mine and Matthew's, courtship is a time for a couple to get to know each other better, with the purpose of marriage in mind, to see if that is the way the Lord is leading. Courtship is also done in the context of having chaperones around for accountability's sake. If, through courtship, two people find out that they are not the ones that the Lord has for each other, then no courtship is a failure, because it has done what it was designed to do.

Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

I'm sure both Grace and Ethan would appreciate your prayers as they take this time to get to know each other and to discern the Lord's will for their future.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Cold Creek Nursery

Just wanted to let you all know that Cold Creek in Aiken, SC is now carrying our Trail Ridge Farm products. Check it out if you are interested in getting our goat cheeses locally!

Cold Creek Nursery
398 Hitchcock Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Levi Matthew Dickerson

Levi Matthew Dickerson entered the world on March 24th, 2018. He is a healthy, happy bundle of joy and we are so glad to have him as part of our family! Big brother Ben loves him so much and calls him "Ba-by". 

Delivery this time around went very smoothly and VERY quickly! I was in about 3-4 hours of active labor before he made his arrival. So much different from Ben's, praise the Lord!

 Daddy and Ben in the studio working on Matthew's latest album, So Sings My Strings. Look how big my Ben has gotten. <3

Levi is an easy-going fella who loves attention! He's also super smiley, which is an extra blessing. I love smiley babies! (As you can see in the picture above, Ben is super smiley too, which I love!)

The boys enjoying their swing-set that Daddy built them.

 My little fellas.

I love being a mama to these two munchins. And wife to my sweet Matthew. Life is good!

Hey Ya'll!

Hi everyone! I know it has been a looooong time since I've posted. But I'm hoping to get back into posting a bit more regularly. So just wanted to pop in here and say hey and let you know to keep checking back.
 Later gater! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ethan's 19th Birthday!

On November 27th, Ethan turned 19 years old!!!!  I blinked and he's a young man!

"Ethan Patrick"

Ethan - strong, firm
Patrick - noble

meaning behind his name: "strong and noble one"

Happy birthday Ethan!  Your name fits you well, as you are a strong leader in many areas of your life.  We thank the Lord for you and all the ways you are a blessing to our family.  May the Lord continue to lead you and guide you as you seek Him with your life.  Blessings on this year to come!!!! Love ya!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A New Blessing!

Ben's shirt says it all!!!  He's gonna be a big brother!  I, (Kelsey) am expecting and due March 22nd, 2018!  We are all so happy and thrilled and can't wait to meet this new little blessing from God!  I've been feeling good and am past the morning sickness stage, so that's wonderful.

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward."
Psalm 127:3

Friday, September 15, 2017

Noah's Birthday!!!

On August 25th, Noah turned 17!!!  Wow!  It's amazing that the youngest in the family is now that old already.

"Noah Riley"

Noah - comfort, consolation, repose, rest
Riley - valiant, courageous

meaning behind his name: "courageous consolation, comfort and valiant"

As you can tell from the pictures, Noah has quite a sense of humor, which is one of the many things we love about him!  He is always cheerful and easy-going and patient.  Noah has been such a blessing in our family and we are so thankful that the Lord saw fit to have him as the "bookend" of our family.  He brings joy to those around him and we love him dearly.  Happy birthday Noah!  So thankful for the last 17 years!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Savannah's 23rd Birthday!

Our dear Savannah turns 23 today!!!!

"Savannah Nicole"

Savannah - from the open plain, southerner
Nicole - people's victory, victorious people
meaning behind her name: "victorious people from the open plain"

We are so thankful for such a sweet sister, daughter and friend as our Savannah!  She is always there to help and do what needs doing, without being asked.  Savannah goes above and beyond and puts as much love and care into what she's doing as she possibly can. We are so thankful for her gentle and quiet spirit and we can't praise the Lord enough for giving you to us!  Happy birthday Savannah!  We pray that the Lord greatly blesses your year to come!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Life in pictures...

This is going to be a very random post about the many things going on in life right now!

Three of the little Yuck granddaughters on Easter morning! (Berea, Victoria, and Evangeline)

Grandson Benjamin watching his daddy work on the computer.

Ben and Matthew out on a hike together!

Jordan and the kiddos at the beach! Little Evangeline was all tuckered out.

The Dickerson family on Easter morning, both Ben and Matthew dressed in their matching hats.

Caleb & Jordan 

Kelsey with Ben

The flowers have been busting out with buds on the farm this year!!!

 Little Abigail is 2 months old today!

She's growing up so fast on us.  Look at this adorable little smile!

Noah out at the shooting range with the guys...

Ethan at the shooting range with Dad standing behind him.

Dad, Mom and Savannah at a recent stop at the beach on a trip down to Florida.

God is good and we thank Him so much for each and every family member!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dad's Birthday!

We celebrated Dad's birthday today!!!

"Kelly Patrick"

Kelly - warrior, fighter
Patrick - noble, patrician

meaning behind his name: "noble warrior"

We are so thankful to have such a man as our Dad!  He has strong leadership qualities and an amazing sense of discernment.  We love you Dad and thank God so much for you and your influence in our lives.  Happy, happy birthday!