Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Newest Member of Trail Ridge Farm & Dairy

Meet Buddy!


Buddy is a Nigerian Dwarf goat.  For years Mom has been wanting one because they are so adorable and so for her birthday this year, we were finally able to find one!  And he's black, nonetheless, which is her favorite goat color!  


He will stay very small, about the size of a small dog,  but he has a BIG personality.  He is very smart and can already get away with a lot.  He's already butting heads with the big baby goats!

Buddy is going to be our traveling goat, if everything works out like planned!  We are always getting asked to bring a goat to a festival or to an event where we are selling, but it's not always that easy.  The milking does get too stressed when they travel, therefore resulting in a drop in milk production, so we really don't like to take them off the farm.  And the babies are suceptible to catching something.  Billy goats smell, so they are out of the picture.  
That's where Buddy comes in.  He will be small enough to travel, and we are hoping to be able to train him to a leash.  
So, Lord willing, you all will be seeing Buddy at some of our festivals throughout the year!


Oh...by the way...Mom loves him!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Hope Chest

As promised, here's the first of many posts about Matthew's visit at our place!

Let me back up a little and fill you all in where I left off.  Matthew had been at our place at the end of December and we were able to celebrate the New Year together.  After that, he spent the month of January in Florida with his friend Joel, helping out a friend with some landscape work, practicing his dulcimer, visiting his brother and sister-in-law, researching, and doing a lot of praying about decisions that will be made in the near future as far as what job to pursue and where to live, etc.

During that time, we've been staying busy with all of the baby goats on the farm.  Mom and Dad were also able to make a trip up to see Jordan, Caleb and the girls at the end of January.  They had a wonderful time, despite the frigid temperatures, and came back home to us safe and sound on February 2nd!

Matthew arrived back at our place on February 3rd!  I was one happy girl!  I was beginning to feel like the month of January was never going to end...
But end it did, and it was very nice to have Matthew with us for such a long time.  We spent a total of 35 days together, and I am so thankful for each and every day we had together.

So, I'm sure that you are all curious as to what we did in those 35 days...hmm?  A lot!  And one of those special times was building a hope chest together....

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A few months ago, Matthew had asked me if I had a hope chest, which I did not.  Little did I know that his mind started ticking as soon as he heard that.  When he arrived at our house, he asked to see my grandfather's wood-working tools.  He had already mentioned that he'd like to build something together, and that he had something in mind, but he didn't tell me what.  

After making sure that my grandfather had all of the necessary tools to complete the job, he let me in on the secret.  He was going to build me a hope chest!  And he wanted my help!

What girl would turn down an offer like that?!!


After looking over several different designs and colors online we had a pretty good idea of features that we liked as well as things we disliked.


So Matthew sat down with paper, pencil and ruler and sketched out two drawings of different designs and asked if I liked either of those.  I picked out one that I really, really liked. 



Photo bomb by Ethan!

Excited!

Goofing off!



It's amazing we get any work done together!

After finishing the rough sketch, Matthew set to work figuring out how much wood we would need.  He did all of the figuring in his head, as I sat there nodding and smiling, knowing that I would need paper and pen to accomplish that!


The next day found us checking prices at Home Depot as well as Lowe's to see how they compared for what we needed.


Having fun shopping together!




Going over prices....

Thinking....

After buying most of the wood that we needed for the project, we loaded up and headed home, ready to start building the next day!


We spent the first few days working on it in my grandparents garage, since that's where all their tools were.  After doing all of the necessary cutting and lots of figuring, we were finally able to bring the project up to our house to work on it as we had time.  

During one of the steps we used a nail gun "gone bad"!  No matter how straight Matthew held the gun, it kept shooting the nails out slightly bent so that they would stick out of the wood, aggravating both of us.  At one point, while Matthew was holding the backside of a board, the nail came out of the wood, and succeeded in hitting Matthew thumb.  All he said was "Oww" very calm like, but as he pulled his thumb away from the board it was already forming a puddle of blood.  It wasn't very big, but it was too deep for comfort.  Once he got it washed out and bandaged up, he went right back to work.

I enjoyed helping him when I could, handing him a tool, or holding something for him.  He did an excellent job of explaining each step to me, and I liked just watching him work.  He was very encouraging anytime I tried to help.  I have used a drill before, so I felt comfortable putting some of the screws in, but I let him handle the nail gun!



Matthew spent quite a few hours working on this hope chest, many of which were all by himself as we made cheese or milked.  He was diligent and hard-working and I admire him all the more for all the time he took on this lovely gift to me!

The next trip into town that we took, we stopped by Home Depot again to pick out a color for stain.  That's a hard decision to make when you don't know what color your other furniture will be some day!


Matthew offered to take a picture of our choices so that we could go home to decide.  Or at least, he was supposed to be taking a picture of the colors....not me....


...there we go!


Here it is almost fully assembled!  


It was really starting to take shape and after a good sanding from Matthew it was really looking good!


Almost finished!  Attaching the trim and feet...


Victoria was even helping!



...DRUM ROLL PLEASE!...



My finished Hope Chest!!!


My guy with his work of art!


I knew Matthew could work with wood (he built himself a dulcimer after all!), but I had no idea just how skilled of a woodworker he was!  I feel extremely blessed, not just because of the gift of the hope chest, but because of how sweet it was for Matthew to want to build me one, for all the time and effort he put into it, and for the special treasure it will always be to me!


 My siblings were all very good at giving up their time to chaperone us so that we could work on this project together, for which I am very thankful!  They are the best siblings a girl could ask for!


The next time he comes for a visit, we are going to work on applying the stain.  (We picked a light cherry color.)  The adventure continues...and I can't wait to start filling it!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jordan & Caleb's 3rd Anniversary!




Where does the time go?  
My sister Jordan and her husband Caleb just celebrated 3 years of marriage this past Tuesday, the 10th of March!

It seems like yesterday they were simply courting....


 Pictures from their courtship...


 The Lord has continually blessed Caleb and Jordan's relationship from their friendship, to courtship, to engagement, to marriage, to parenthood!  May He continue to bless them abundantly in the years to come!


Enjoy a few pictures from their wedding from 2012....

Our family....



 The Yuck family...








 ...and they lived happily ever after!


"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."  
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


Thank you for the wonderful example you both are.  We are so thankful that the Lord saw fit to bring the two of you together.  Praying for you both as you continue to serve Him.  

Happy Anniversary Jordan & Caleb!!!!!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

I'm Back!!!!

Well...actually, I never left, but I have been very preoccupied lately!  You see, my sweet beau has spent the last five weeks at our house, working with my family, sharing meals together, playing games with everyone, and simply getting to know each other on a more relaxed and regular schedule.  Let me say, it was wonderful!  I've never had a more enjoyable time than this past month.   


Unfortunately, Matthew had to travel back home two days ago, so I am back to blogging.  Don't worry, I have plenty to share with you all!  And Matthew will be helping me write some too, so stay tuned!
Until I get my first post up, I thought I'd leave you with a picture from our time together!
(Two very happy people!)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Today is Mom's Birthday!



Fond Memory: When we were little, Mom always used to tuck us into bed at night, read us a story, sing us a song, or simply talk, and then she would always pray for us to have a good night sleep.  She did this every single night for many years.  Now that we are older and she often is in bed before we are, her tradition has changed to mornings.  Most every morning, Mom comes up to our room to make sure that we are awake and she usually stays for 5-10 minutes and just talks or listens to whatever we have to say.  It's still a precious tradition and one that we enjoy very much.


Funny Moment: We have always taken long road trips, whether it be to Illinois to visit family or Canada to visit the Yucks.  On one such trip when we were very little and Mom and Dad were the only drivers, Dad had been driving for quite a while, it was getting late, and he needed a break.  So he pulled into a gas station and he and Mom switched; Mom drove while Dad took a much needed rest.  Pretty soon Dad fell asleep.  Time passed and Mom started nudging him, waking him up.  She too was getting sleepy and needed him to take over.  Dad nodded okay, thinking she had probably driven for about an hour, long enough for him to get a little shut eye.  He got back in the driver's seat and got  back on the road when he suddenly realized that Mom had only been driving for about 10-15 minutes!  Needless to say, she never lives that one down!!!


Flashback....!!
Mom with her brother.




Mom and Jordan...




Happy Birthday Mom!  We are so blessed to have you as our mother and our friend.  You are a wonderful example to all those around you of what living joy is like.  We always know that you will have a kind, encouraging word for us when we are down, or will laugh with us when we have something funny to say.  You have always been there for us and we appreciate you more than you will ever know.  Praising the Lord for -you-!

Love ya lots, Mom!


"Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.'  Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised."
-Proverbs 31:28-30