Sunday, October 5, 2014

Meet Our Farm Intern

Chelsea has been staying with us for the past two weeks, working as our very first farm intern!  She agreed to stay for a month, helping us out with milking, chores, and projects, and in return, we are teaching her what we know about goats, cheese, animal husbandry, and milking!

When we first decided to take an intern on, we were a little worried, because we've heard all of the horror stories behind interns.  We've actually kicked the idea around for some time (as Chelsea can tell you because she actually approached us with the idea about a year ago!) , but we just kept backing down due to our "fears".  After we finally decided to just go ahead and try it for one month on a week-to-week basis, we are so glad that we did!  Chelsea is working out great!  She is a hard working young woman, diligent, dependable and a go-getter!  She is always looking for more projects to tackle.  The Lord sent us an angel when he sent Chelsea our way and we are already making plans for her to come back during kidding season!  Not only is it our busiest time of year, but it is also the most fun!

She isn't too keen on having her photo taken, but she's been a good sport and let me capture some of her time here...

Chelsea is staying in our pop-up camper while she is here since the weather is still so nice, but when she comes back in January we will have to figure out a better plan! : )

Chelsea, at the Sandhills Farmer's Market with her dog and her goat...

...her baby Nigerian Dwarf.

Chelsea in the cheese room...

Being with us day in and day out, she's been pointing things out that we've never really payed much attention to before.  She remarked the other day that we are the most "whistling" family she's ever been around!  We got a kick out of her comment but when we actually stopped to listen, she was right, we are always either whistling, humming or singing, and usually it's not the same song!  Our goal before she leaves is to turn her into a whistler!

She is also doing a great job helping sell our products at the markets.  Here she is with Ethan at the University of South Carolina Market.

Our bi-annual Herb Fair also rolled around while she's been here, so her and I sold at that one all morning.  Savannah, Mom and Noah joined us after chores, so that Chelsea and I could take a lunch break.  She is an excellent saleswoman and can usually convince people that they should at least try the cheese.  She seems to have a quip for everyone's excuses:

Customer #1: "It's too early in the morning to try goat cheese..."
Chelsea: "We actually have a sweet cheese that works perfectly in the morning on bagels, if you'd like to try it..."

Customer #2: "I'm not much of a goat cheese fan..."
Chelsea: "Have you tried our goat cheese?  You might be surprised!"

Customer #3: "I'm having trouble deciding which cheese to get, there are so many to choose from!"
Chelsea: "You could get one of each and the problem is solved!"

She is so funny and had me laughing several times throughout our day together!  

Chelsea and Kelsey
(The rhyming names can get confusing.  We are both learning to answer to either!)

Noah, Chelsea, myself and Savannah at our booth.

Savannah's candles...

The musicians at the Herb Faire...

She has been pitching in and helping out with anything and everything, from helping us get ready for the Herb Faire (see picture below), to doing dishes, to cooking us dinner one night!

But all work and no play makes Jack a dull we have also been enjoying our late night games!  We have played Telestrations, Whoonu, Catch Phrase, and Mexican Train Dominoes.  She is a good sport and willing to learn new things, so we've had a lot of fun teaching her our favorite games.  It's also been a joy to just sit around in the evenings and talk with her.  Savannah, Chelsea and I sat around last night talking about anything and everything and nothing in particular.  She's so easy to talk to.  It's almost like having another sister!

During lunch break....

Chelsea has pretty much become an extension of our family while she's been here, to the point that Dad teases her that we'll adopt her! LOL!  

Here we are viewing a Civil War Exhibit of the submarine, the Hunley.

It's been nice to have extra hands around because she has been working on the projects on our list that we never seem to get to, such as scrubbing down the milking parlor, washing windows, and staining the siding boards on the dairy, as she is doing in the picture below.

So all in all, Chelsea's internship has been going great for us and I think she is truly enjoying herself as well!  It has made us realize that maybe internships aren't so scary, that maybe stepping into the unknown isn't a bad thing!  I realize that if we keep up the internship program, we may eventually run into our own horror story (yikes!), but for our first one, with Chelsea, the Lord has definitely blessed us!  

Thanks Chelsea, for pushing us to try this.  We are so glad that we did!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sister, Sister...

Me and my "little" sister, Savannah!  
(I tried to put her in the slight slope so she wouldn't look that much taller than me, but it didn't really work!  ) 

I love this girl to pieces!  Savannah is such a joy to be around.  She is lighthearted and cheerful and is  one of my very best friends!  Hardworking too, but she always knows how to enjoy whatever she's doing.   It's so much fun when something strikes our funny bones, because neither one of us can control our laughter, so we end up egging each other on, only causing the giggling to increase and the tears to roll!

She is also very understanding and a good listener.  Many a time I can ask her personal opinion on something and know that she will tell me the truth. 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12  (KJV)
"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."

 The only thing that would have made this picture better would have been to add Jordan to it! 
 Love you both, Jordan and Savannah!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

More From The Shindig...

Here are a few more photos and a couple of videos from our time at the Shindig...

This video was from the first night of dancing.  The dance was called the Pattycake Polka.  I am in the green shirt and Savannah is in the pink and white striped shirt.


The Waltz...


One of the many square dances....

The following photos are all courtesy of the No Greater Joy Facebook page...

This next picture is of the huge musical chair game that we played.  Savannah and I are in the center of this line, sitting with our friend, Rebekah Stevens!  The girl on the far right was Tatiana Martin.  We had a lovely time talking with her one afternoon.  She will be heading out to Vietnam for one month of mission work starting in October.  Please keep her in your prayers as she prepares for her time there, that the Lord would use her mightily to do His will while she is in Vietnam, and that He would guide and protect her during her time there.

A photo of the adorable children's choir that sang for us on Sunday morning.

I thought that this family was precious.  These were the children who sang scripture passages.  Their parents definitely did a wonderful job teaching them to sing with enthusiasm and to smile while singing.
(If you've never noticed how much better a smile looks on your face than a flat face or a frown, just become a people watcher.  It will turn you into a smiler in no time flat!)

The knife throwing...

One of the talks given by Debbie Pearl, Shalom Brand,  Joshua Steele and Nathan Pearl.  Their stories had us all chuckling!

Hopefully that will give you a bit of a glimpse into our time at the Shindig!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Recent Randominity....

Okay, so "randominity" might not be a word, but it sounds so good that it should be!  This post is going to concentrate on all of the little things that have been going on in our lives.  I'll just lump them all into one post.

We have recently had the blessing of buying a little truck.  It serves well for the pool business and market trips, as well as trips to pick up goats, as it has a hitch!

Noah and I have enjoyed taking it to the market.  It has plenty of space with the bed, but it's small enough that we call it our "Little Zip-Zip" truck, because that's exactly how it seems to drive (remember, I'm only used to driving a large van!).  

Recently we have had some persnickety milking does, so for a joke, I hastily scribbled this and pasted it to the wall in front of their faces when they come in to get milked.  
For those who can't read it, it says:

In regard to selling season, we suggest that you mind you P's and Q's, because once a rash decision is made, it cannot be undone.  Thank you!

It then includes a "Naughty List"

It seems to have made a difference, though, because all of the girls are behaving better!

Chef Brandon from Juniper Restaurant came to the market not too long ago to give a cooking demo.  His samples were delicious and he was kind enough to use our crumbled feta in one of his demonstrations.

Here are some photos of Noah, Ethan and Mist one morning cleaning the pool.

Me and my Border Collie Mist.  She is doing so well.  We have had her now for one whole year and she is doing excellent.  Every time we see her work, she simply amazes us.

A beautiful sky...

Our youngest two baby goats, recently weaned.  They were definitely blessed with spots, which made them instant keepers in Mom's book!

My wonderful grandparents, a legacy of love...

One day, while watching the goats out in the field, I noticed these two odd looking birds walking among the goats.  The milking girls were definitely interested in them as you can tell from the photo below....

Also, our garden grew some very interesting characters this year...such as the long-nosed fellow below.  He was just too cute to resist, so I put some eyes and a mouth on him.

Ain't he cute?!?

Ethan, being Ethan....trying on a wig.  Doesn't he look absolutely groovy?

Here is half of a photo of my niece, Berea, with the booties that Jordan is knitting for her.

Here is a better picture of Berea...she's so adorable!

Here is Victoria, enjoying a day out at the Upper Canada Village.

We love this photo of Victoria.  Such a farm girl.

Here is Gram snuggling with Berea, and both of them fell asleep. : )

Rocking Berea to sleep.  It was such a joy for her and Poppy to be able to travel up to Canada and see Berea when she was only a few weeks old.  With Victoria they had to wait until she was three months old, so this certainly was a thrill for them, with Berea being such a newborn still.

My wonderful parents...

For Noah's birthday, we spent the day at the lake.  Dad grilled out for us a delicious meal of shrimp kabobs.  The weather was wonderful, nice and breezy.  The only downfall was that our suntan lotion didn't work.  So WE GOT BURNT!  Severely burnt.  Like I've never gotten burnt in my life.  Which of course meant peeling.  Thankfully it was almost completely healed by the time we went to the Shindig!

Noah's cake!

The swimmers
The cook...

The food...

The view...

Ethan enjoying a Turkish meal at a nice restaurant.

So hopefully that covers all of the little things that have been going on in our life lately.  One big, giant random post. : )