Friday, June 18, 2010


Bear with us...I was messing around with the blog last night and got the red look! I really liked it until I saw that it was RED and BLUE!!! Eeeek! So I am working at changing it! I uploaded the blue background off of "cutestblogontheblock", but now I CAN'T GET IT OFF! Any suggestions on how to change the background would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Our Chickens

While we were looking through our picture albums the other day we realized that we didn't have any of our chickens! Poor girls! So I went out the other day, when the sky was a beautiful blue, and the sun was shining bright, and snapped some pictures of them!

(Our field for the chickens)

The Rooster being uncooperative with getting his picture taken!

(One of our movable chicken coops)

The Garden...

Here are some pictures of our garden...we grew tomatoes, green beans, squash, zucchini, sugar snap peas, potatoes, onions, garlic, strawberries, spinach, cabbage, marigolds, sunflowers, blackberries, watermelon and two blueberry bushes. We also have several herbs around the house. The boys are each trying to enter a pumpkin contest, so they each have their own plant that they have to keep watered and mulched! We did have a scarecrow that we called our "Gardening Angel" but she only made it through the heat of one summer!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A True Friend...

Update on the Dairy!

Okay, so here it is...the update on the dairy. We are getting so close to finishing! The only things left are the plumbing, the septic system, the lean to's, blow-in insulation in the attic, and the French drains. Okay, so maybe there is a little bit more than I thought! But we are getting there...!

I think that the last that I wrote about the dairy, we were just putting up the drywall. We know have the drywall up and painted, the electric done, the air conditioners in, the trim up and almost all the way painted, the doors painted and installed, and everything has been caulked. We have been blessed to have Gram and Pop's help all the way through! They are such hard workers and we certainly couldn't have done it without their help! Even when it's 99 degrees inside the rooms, they still keep going! Gram is a wonderful painter and has taught us a lot, like how to paint the top of the wall without getting it on the ceiling! Poppy is a great teacher and taught us how to install sockets and switches and light fixtures and so much more! They are certainly wonderful! There just aren't enough words in the whole world to express how grateful we are...
We decided to paint the walls white so that they would be easier to clean and we painted the ceilings blue to keep the flys off (it's an old custom from Charleston, SC). We did metal 4 feet and below so that it would be easier to wash. The storage room is the only room that didn't have to follow any regulations, so we painted it a pretty green!
The Cheese Room view #1

The Cheese Room view #2
Looking into the Cheese Room from the Milk Processing Room

The Milk Processing Room view #1
(Right leads into the Milking Parlor, left leads into the Cheese Room)

The Milk Processing Room view #2

The Milking Room view #1
(leading into the Milk Processing Room)

The Milking Parlor view #2

The Storage Room view #1

The Storage Room view #2

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A picture is worth a thousand words...

This picture is of my great grandmother, Bushia, when she was a little girl.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What's up at the Hammond House?

Okay...deep breath. So a lot has been going on at our house lately. So much that I have hardly had a chance to catch up in life let alone blog about it!

First things first...our family recently attended a home school graduation for a friend of ours. It was a lovely ceremony, but unfortunately this is the only picture that we took. It was a beautiful picture of Mom and Dad though, so I just had to post it!

We also had a good visit with our close friends, the Willards. It's been a while since we've seen them, and it was a wonderful time to catch up!
That same week we also attended a revival with another family that we are close to, the Reasons. The revival was in Warrenville, SC at the church that my parents went to when they first moved down to South Carolina. The reason that we went was to see Mr. Geof Kimber. We went to listen to him sing 12 years ago, bought one of his cassettes, copied it to a CD, lost the CD, and finally listened to the cassette soooo much that we wore it out. So while we were looking for a place where we could get another of his CDs, we stumbled across his blog that stated that he was going to be in the area! We have had it planned on our calendar for 4 months to go to this revival. Mr. Geof Kimber is from "Down Under" but currently lives in Myrtle Beach. His music is "kinda contemporary. kinda country. fairdinkum Christian music bloke". He has a genuine heart for the Lord and His work, and it shows through his music. We thoroughly enjoyed the four nights that we got to listen to him and are still enjoying the new CDs we bought! His blog is
Our garden has been coming in like crazy! And we actually have squash and cucumber and zucchini this year! Over about a five year period we have slowly been losing our ability to grow squash. The first year we picked a ton of squash, the second a little bit less and we noticed some beetles on the squash leaves. It has continually gotten worse until last year we didn't get any; the squash beetles got to it before we did. But this year...someone told us to try planting radishes around the squash, cucumber and zucchini when we planted them...and so far, IT WORKS!!!
Ethan got a mini bike! My Mom and Dad both had one when they were younger and loved it, so Gram wanted us to have one too! She has been watching for one with a good price for a long time and finally found one at Tractor Supply. So she bought it! And Ethan has been riding it all over ever since! We had a go-cart, but it was so bumpy on our trails that it just wasn't comfortable, but this mini bike is nice! All of us kids can ride it and do; we've even had races with the go-cart and the mini bike and the golf cart! (This helmet was actually my Dad's from when he was a kid.)
So...I said a lot has been happening, and that's not even including the dairy! I'll have to post that soon! We're getting there!!!