Thursday, May 27, 2010

Memorial Day...

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor those veterans who have given their lives so that we as Americans can live free. They fought wars and died so that we, generations later, would have freedom. A freedom which we take so lightly...
Why is it that we as Christians do not have a day set aside to honor those Christians who have gone on before us? Those who died so that we might have RELIGIOUS freedom. They died horrible deaths just so that generations later we might be able to stand and worship God publicly and how often do we do that? Just browse through Foxe's Book of Martyrs and see how they died. How is it that we take our religious freedom so lightly when it was something that they died for? If there were a day set apart for the veterans of the faith, it would be world wide, not just national....

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Savannah's 16th Birthday!

On May 17th, Savannah celebrated her "sweet 16" birthday!

We love you Savannah and are so thankful to be able to call you our sister, daughter, friend. The Lord blessed us by giving you to us 16 years ago! You are precious to everyone who knows you! Hope you have a wonderful birthday and a great year to come!

Happy Birthday Savannah!!!
Always easy going
Very caring
Naturally quiet
Always joyful

Saturday, May 15, 2010

We've Passed!

We received news today that we have been accepted as foster/adoptive parents! We have been waiting for two months for their answer and today we finally heard! Now we just have to wait to be matched with the child that God has for us! Praise the Lord!

We're Back!

We are back at the Columbia Market! After a break for the winter months, the Riverbanks Zoo Market is back in action! We will be selling every Wednesday from 2:00-7:00 pm in Columbia, in addition to our every Saturday selling at the Aiken Farmer's Market!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! We are truly grateful for all that you do every single day of every single year! May the desire of your hearts always be that the Lord will find you faithful.
O may all who come behind us find us faithful;
May the fire of our devotion light their way.
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe,
And the lives we live inspire them to obey.
O may all who come behind us find us faithful.
We love you Mom and are so thankful to have you in our lives and be able to call you ours. Have a blessed Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010


"What on earth are you doing for heaven's sake?"
-Paul Washer

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Whew! What a week!

Okay, so a lot has been going on lately! It all started with preparation for the Herb Faire. The Herb Faire is a festival that we sell at twice a year. They have vendors there selling antiques, baked goods, plants, arts and crafts, etc. So we go and sell our soaps, breads, cheese, lotions, lip balms, and other stuff. It usually takes a couple weeks to get ready to go with the last day being the "crunch" day. It was no different this year.

The fair was this past Saturday, so on Thursday we were busy getting our preparations ready and making cheese. Everything seemed to revolve around cheese this last week: make the cheese at 10:00, scoop cheese at 3:00, ball up cheese at 7:00 and so on and so forth. Friday rolled around and it found us again preparing for the Herb Faire, but also working on putting the dry wall up for the dairy ceiling! (Yes, I'm a little behind in my steps for the dairy! We finished siding it and staining it. Poppy put in the electric, and we have now been working on getting the dry wall up. We have also been informed that we will now have to put in a septic system, but that's a long story.)

So on Friday we were down to the "crunch". Half of us were working on the dairy while the other half were working on getting ready for the fair. The dry wall was coming along nicely, and Jordan and I had just gone to get subs for everyone when all of a sudden Poppy cut his hand open. He was cutting the dry wall with a pair of box/carpet cutters. He was holding the cutters in his right hand while he punched out the seam that he had just cut, but when he punched it out, the dry wall started to slip and as he tried to grab it the box cutters came down slicing his palm a good inch and a half. Dad drove him down to his house to change and by then Jordan and I were home with lunch. So he stayed and ate and then Gram took him to Doctor's Care. (Since Jordan and I were gone when the whole thing happened, I really didn't believe them when they told us. You have to understand that Poppy NEVER gets hurt. This just happened to be the ONLY time that he didn't set down the cutters when he punched out the seam. So I asked to see the cut while we were eating (mistake!) and he showed me. It was deep. I have never seen a cut that deep in person! There is no way I could have eaten before going to the doctor, but he did!)

He ended up having to get 4 double stitches (really more like 8). They said that it just missed the tendon. You could see the tendon through the cut, but praise the Lord, it didn't get sliced. His golf had to be postponed for the week, but that is minor compared to what could have happened!

Then on Friday night, Poppy's brother and sister-in-law from Wisconsin came down. We had a nice time visiting with them over the weekend and were thankful for the time that we shared with them.

Saturday arrived! The big day! Everything went well. The weather was just beautiful, not too hot, not too cold and everything worked out just right!

(Jordan's pillowcase dresses)

After the fair we were looking forward to a nice relaxing Sunday. It was not to be so! For the past week, we have had a friend's bee hive at our house waiting to take it to another friend to get some bees for them. Well, on Sunday we looked out our back window at the barn and saw a huge swarm of bugs. Some type of bug. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be a swarm of bees! And they were all going right into that bee hive! There must have been two thousand of them swarming around. After about 30 minutes they were all in the hive settling down. Right away we started calling people asking what we were supposed to do. The friend who owned the hive came down and picked it up. What an interesting evening!

So that pretty much covers what we've been doing! What an interesting week!!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Dad's Birthday!!!


On April 29th, Dad turned 46!

Our Father:
Enjoys life

Dad, what would we do without you? Where would we be without you? You can turn even the most simple things in life into fun and something to laugh about till we could cry. You have led our family through the good and the bad times and have always been strong. You have always stood for what you believe is right even when no one will take the stand with you. Oh, Daddy, we love you so much! Happy Birthday Dad!