I would like to introduce you all to the newest member of our family, our granddaughter and niece, Victoria, born December 23rd, 2012! She weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and measured 21 inches long! She is a beautiful baby girl and we are all praising the LORD for her! Mama (Jordan), Daddy (Caleb) and baby are all doing well! She is the best Christmas gift any of us could have ever asked for!!
Ethan, you are becoming a responsible young man! You are willing to tackle any project and have such ongoing energy that we wish we could bottle it up and take a daily dose of it ourselves! You are both creative and resourceful. We are thankful for the huge help you have been and continue to be around the farm and with Dad at work. You are a quick learner! We are so thankful to the LORD for you, and are looking forward to many, many more wonderful years with you as you become the man that the Lord would have you to be! We love you so much!
Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, we head out to the Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree Farm and pick out a Christmas tree. It was quite a warm day, so it was a little hard to get into the Christmas spirit! But it was a lot of fun, even if it was almost T-shirt weather!
Us girls found this unusual looking tree, so we stopped to take a picture of it. Don't worry, that's not the one we picked!
Here's our tree! We decided to go with a little bit smaller tree this year, due to the fact that we will be heading up to Canada, but we all thought this one was quite cute! We have vaulted ceilings in the living room, so we normally get a big one, but this one looks so nice in the living room that we might just go with this size from now on! It was a whole lot easier to decorate. We only needed one strand of lights!
Fully decorated! It always looks smaller out on the tree lot, but once we got it home we figured it has to be about 7 feet tall! We didn't need the ladder to put the bow on the top this year! While we were decorating the tree, we pulled out the Christmas music. It's also a tradition in our house that wetry not to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.
To end the evening, we always order in Dominoes pizza. This year, we broke tradition just slightly and went with Pizza Hut!
Waaaayyyyy back at the beginning of November, we processed our meat chickens. I know, I know, I am terribly late with this post, but....better late than never.
NOTE: For those of you blog readers with weak stomachs, you may want to skip this post.
We had some people from church come over and learn how to process chickens with us and they were good helpers.
Dad scalding the dead birds. Scalding the chickens in boiling water helps the feathers come off easier. If the water is off by 5 degrees, the feathers are hard to pluck, so this is a very important step.
Cleaning out the insides
Rinsing the chickens off and making sure that everything is cleaned out of the cavity.
We started at about 10:00 and finished up at about 1:00, butchering about 47 chickens, so we made pretty good time! As the saying goes, "Many hands make light work".
"Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Matthew Dickerson is our daughter, Kelsey's, husband. For those of you who are interested in ordering one of his dulcimer CD's, simply click on the CD picture above, and it will take you to his website...