Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mom and Dad's Anniversary

Today, my sweet parents are celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary!

They have blessed our family with a legacy of love, of commitment, of sharing and caring through the good times and the bad.  They are a beautiful representation of what a godly marriage should look like.  They have never let divorce become an "option" word in the marriage or in their thoughts.  They have prayed for the marriages of all of their children from the time of our births, asking God to bless us with godly spouses who will serve Him.  They are a wonderful example and I'm so thankful that the Lord blessed us with them as our parents.

Happy Anniversary Dad & Mom!  We love you both soooooo much!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Nature's Beauty...

Matthew recently took this picture of our farm early one morning just as the sun was cresting the tree line.  There is such beauty in the foggy morning sunrise.  How blessed we are to be able to enjoy such beauty right here on our property!  

 "From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised."
Psalm 113:3

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Karate Boys

Ethan and Noah, along with 3 of their friends, have recently taken up Karate classes.  And they are loving it!

They come home from each class with new techniques to show us and funny stories to tell.

Our whole family decided to attend one of their bi-weekly classes to see the action for ourselves.  They were pretty impressive!

There teacher is a Christian gentleman who is interested in teaching the techniques of karate without all of the "spiritual" aspects, so we appreciate that.  

It's also a good form of exercise and balance practice!

It's nice that they have their friends to do it with them.  They are all really getting into it with the kicks, punches, sparing gear, belts and stripes.  Hopefully they'll never have the need to use it in real life, but if they do, watch out for the Kung Fu Hammonds! ;-)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

One Whole Year of Marriage!!!

Matthew and I just recently celebrated our one year anniversary!  Wow!  It's hard to believe it's already been that long.  Time sure has flown.

I love Matthew more now than the day that we got married.  It's amazing how love grows.  He's my dream come true, my sweetheart, my best friend.  I thank the Lord for blessing me with such a godly man.

For our anniversary, Matthew took me out to a friend's vacation house on the lake for a few days.  It was a lovely cabin, beautifully furnished and it literally sat about 6 feet off of the lake, with a huge front porch spanning the cabin to enjoy the private view.  We were so blessed to be able to stay there and enjoy our get-away time together.   

We knew that with me being so far along in my pregnancy we'd have to scale back on some of our favorite activities, like hiking or jet skiing, ;-) but we had a lot of fun challenging each other in bowling and mini-golf, along with going to the movies and out to eat.

He took me out on the lake in the little row boat, but the funny thing about this boat is that it had no oars!  So he graciously rowed me around with a shovel that he found!!!  Oh, the joy of being creative!

On the last night, my family came over to share dinner with us, play games, sing, chat and simply enjoy the beauty of the lake. 

 We had a lot of fun reminiscing about our wedding and the wonderful year we've had.  We are looking forward to many, many more blessed years of marriage together!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Exciting Addition!

Jordan & Caleb are adding to their family!  Jordan is expecting and is due in March!
Happy, happy news for all of us.  We are thanking God for this new addition coming this next spring.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Noah's Birthday

Noah turned 16 on August 25th!  Wow!  16!  He's growing up so quick.

Noah is a hardworking, uncomplaining, godly young man, and I'm so happy that he's my brother!  He's always there to lend a hand, and loves a good joke.  As you can tell in the picture, he's grown a lot in the past year and is almost rivaling Ethan for height.  I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for his future!

Happy birthday, little (big) bro!  Hope you had a terrific birthday week.  Praying that the Lord blesses your year to come!  Love you lots!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Mom & Dad

Dad (Kelly) and Mom (Shelly) are the parents of the Hammond Clan.
(Ha, ha, no kidding, right!)

They are both enjoying 31 years of marriage to each other and are praying for many more years to come.  They have blessed us in so many ways, not only as wonderful, godly examples of a Christian marriage, but in everyday living.

Mom continues to be a stay-at-home mother who is almost through homeschooling her kids after having done it for the past 18 years!  Wow, what a teaching record!  She has been a wonderful source of information and help when it comes to schooling, parenting, teaching, training, and marriage.  She offers great advice, but never pushes to make sure that you're doing what she says.

Dad is still enjoying being pastor of our small, wonderful church.  He loves his flock and enjoys preparing the messages each week and fellowshipping with everyone.  He's the kind of guy who everybody likes and trusts, so the combination make him a great pastor.  He's always available to talk and offer advice or prayer.  

Mom and Dad are more than just parents; they are our best friends.  Both of them keep a close relationship with Savannah, Ethan and Noah since they are still at home, but they also maintain a close relationship with their grown/married children as well.

Dad and Mom are thrilled to be grandparents and enjoy the little ones when they come for a visit!  They are looking forward to many more little blessings in the years to come.

Mom keeps busy with housework as well as farm work.  Whether it's cleaning up the kitchen or fixing fences, Mom and Savannah are usually right there doing it together.

They continue to operate Trail Ridge Farm & Grade A Goat Dairy.  They have had to reduce the herd a little and double up on chores as we children grow up and marry, but they are still enjoying the goats and selling the cheese.  Mom is the main cheesemaker and herdswoman, and Dad is the main marketeer, promoter and seller.

Now that all of us kids are older, they have been getting the chance to go away on some mini vacations together.  They spent a few days up in Ohio at a wedding this past spring and are looking forward to going to Maine this fall.

Dad continues with his pool & pond business and now has the boys who help him with it.  It's nice to see all three of them doing it together.  

Dad has also taken up volleyball with the guys, as well as disc golf.  All of them enjoy the competition and camaraderie it affords.  It's something that gets them all out there playing together and having fun.

We are so thankful to have them as our parents and pray that the Lord would bless them with many more years of serving Him!

"We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done.  For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments."
Psalm 78:4-7

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Noah is almost 16 and is the youngest member of the family.

Noah's big thrill for this year is getting his driving permit!  He's had his permit for a couple of months now and it won't be long before he gets his license.  He's doing quite well out on the roads and not scaring any of his passengers too much. ;-)

He's taken on helping Dad with pool cleaning since Ethan has been going on his own route each week.  Every Wednesday will find Dad and Noah out on their route.  He's learning the ins and outs of all there is to know about pool cleaning and dealing with a customer base.  It also gives Noah a good chance to drive back and forth between all of the jobs.  

Noah has two years of schooling left, but, like Ethan, I'm sure he can't wait till he's done with the diploma in hand.

Noah loves all his nieces and is a wonderful uncle.  He, too, is wishing for a nephew, but I'm sure he'll be thankful if it's a girl as well.  Noah does well with keeping the girls occupied, whether it's reading, or story-telling, or being goofy to make them laugh.

He has recently taken up the harmonica, so often times he can be heard practicing it down at the dairy while he's working.  Noah helps with the milking morning and evening.  He's the main guy who jugs up all the milk to sell and does most of the pasteurizing for cheese-making.  So in the in-between time, he picks up his harmonica to try a new tune.  He's getting better and better at it and bought himself a new harmonica that sounds even clearer.

Noah, laying on a bed of nails

Dad and Noah teamed up once again this year to sell at the Tuesday market together to sell our cheese.  He's a good salesman as well.  He has taken over giving some of the farm tours as well this year and has really enjoyed that!  He knows pretty much everything that goes on at the farm and can answer questions and comments that people have.  He has his spiel for the tour and is very thorough.

Noah has taken up playing disc golf with the guys as well and really enjoys it.  They are always on the search for the best disc.  He has been enjoying going to karate with Ethan twice a week as well.

And of course, there's always air soft!  Both of the boys have really gotten into it with their friends and have had huge battles.  They've got some really nice guns and camo gear for it, too!

Noah is a hardworking, godly young man and we love him dearly.  He is always willing to lend a helping hand and is cheerful to do so.

"Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever."
Hebrews 13:20-21