Everyday we get a little laugh from the baby goats as they romp around us.
They may not be perfect, and I'm not done yet, but I sure have been enjoying the last two evenings sitting on the couch with the watercolor painting on the otoman, listening to Nate and Shiloh figure out college algebra, and watching Pickers. I need some old gray barn wood for a frame.
I want to add another similar smaller frame with a verse about Blessed are the feet of them who preach the gospel of peace. I just think it will be an awesome way to fill the empty wall. 18 x 24.
An awesome day. I love the overnights and seeing all the kids having fun around camp. There were 126 campers enjoying the food, games, songs, gym, swinging bridge, and more. Last night after chapel I hung around Kentucky building and watched the kids play box bowling. It's pretty noisy in the building with all the campers running in and out. In for fun with fooseball, ping pong, air hockey, canteen, and store. Out with roasting marshmellows in the shelter's fireplace and the hayride. The night light is on over the basketball court and some were playing with soccerballs on the field out front the Kentucky building.
The kids head up to their cabins at 11 with their counselors. Nate and I head home. We brought a stray cat home with us. I held her or him...not sure what yet, on my lap the 25 minutes home. We got home around 11:45 so makes for long days for us...and have to be back at camp at 8. Maybe we should stay at camp, but we have the horses and sheep/goats to take care of at home. We get up early and feed/check on animals before we head out.
We drove the bus full of kids back to Walmart to drop them off. Parents gather around the bus. Nate doesn't let campers off the bus until the kids point to their parents, so one at a time they leave. I take time to talk with parents that are waiting outside the bus. We then drove the bus back to camp and then drove home. We went down Hal Roger's Parkway four times today....and six yesterday because we had mission meeting too besides picking kids up at Walmart. Our gas tank likes us.
Hopefully Simeon and Kimmi will come tomorrow. I want to show Kimmi the veil that I made for her. Hope she likes it.
I made some crochet ear rings this week. They are in the store. I will gladly take orders. I can do them in black, white, red and antique beige, and a few more blue. Think ahead to Christmas. :)
Oh, and ...the little bit of marketing yesterday...I finally have my book "Little Monster Lives At My House" sent correctly to Book Baby. They will process it and get it ready for an e-book on sites like Amazon kindle, Barnes and Noble, Baker & Taylor, kobo, Gardners, sony, eSentral, reader, Scribd, nook, ibookstore, and ebookpie. Some places will have it ready in a few days, and others take some time: 2-6 weeks depending on the store.
Below is an audio of the radio broadcast that I put together for the Voice of Camp Nathanael. It takes some time to do them...and there is a learning curve that isn't quite mastered yet, but hope you enjoy it.
It's a Monday afternoon. It's raining here in Ky. The classes have been taught, and I really enjoyed teaching on virtue. It's like a culmination and application of all the character traits that we have studied all year long. I'm a bit sad...and the students are too, when I tell them that this is the last time I will be teaching them this year.
They all moan. They all ask where I'm going. I say, "no where." It's just not beneficial for us to go into the schools during April during the testing times. It's a big mess trying to schedule between testings so we just don't teach. Nate and I will be busy helping and encouraging kids to finish up their lessons. We get camp registrations ready, we prepare for camp, we work hard on the horses with training. There is a lot to do.
We have several more schools this month, though, and some make up to do because of the snow storms last week. This will be a busy month of teaching.
Sang a lot today at home and practiced my songs and other favorites.
Went and picked up Nate at the mechanic again because our Jetta needs attention again.
Worked on some crochet, relisted some things on ebay, and listened to the girls (Shalisha is here for spring break) sing and play piano and guitar together downstairs. It's been a nice rainy afternoon, but soon I must go out in the rain to take care of animals. I'll probably come back soaked.
The following paragraph is from Pen On Fire by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, the chapter heading is "Through a Child's Eyes and Ears"...
"It's easy not to be yourself in writing. In school we learn to write in a style we otherwise never use. Our book reports are stilted, our essays stiff. They're not written in our voice - we don't even know what our voice is. But our teachers give us A's for turning in work that's coherent, academic, and formal, so we get used to not sounding like ourselves. We stop seeing things with fresh eyes, with a child's eyes, because we worry we'll sound corny, or sentimental, or just plain wrong, and since we learn to care too much about what everyone thinks, we stop being original."
My little breath prayer today...."Lord, help me to be what You what me to be."
"So that all men may know of God's mighty acts and the glorious splendor of His kingdom." Psalms 145:12
Two trips down the hill this morning. I knew I should have brought my camera. I told Shiloh of the babies and she came to see them too.
Still damp. We picked them up and they cried like newborn babies. These two, a male and female are going to be like pets. I look forward to their antics.
She is so little. Somebody come up with some names please! Write your suggestions in the comments.
I'm so glad we did not sell the goats and sheep after the Christmas Nativity last December. We would have missed out.
There are a lot of times we miss out on special things because we are in such a hurry or our lives seem so complicated and full that we can't fully enjoy the blessings all around us.
Psalm 135:1-3 "Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O your servants of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant."
It was a little before 8 when I went down to feed the horses and critters. This coyote was almost to our mail box and by the time I got the camera out of my pocket, he was at a run through the field across the road.
He must not be too scared because he stopped a couple of times to look. Do you see him? I'm thinking I don't want the sheep out today in the snow. I'm thinking we need to get a guard dog again strickly to keep with the critters.
So the sheep stayed in today with plenty of hay.
I was reading an article about ways to improve your run-in shed. We do have some places for the horses to get out of the rain and wind. Lessons from wild horses? Horses would much rather be out than in. There were some days at camp when there was a big thunderstorm, the horses were able to come inside. Every door was open, but no, there they were standing out in the middle of the field in a downpour.
1. Horses are healthier. They don't have to stand in a dirty stall.
2. I am happier not to have to clean bunches of stalls. We do try to keep piles cleaned up even outside in major walking and working areas.
3. Horse are much more calm because their energy has not been all pent up in the stall.
4. Horses get along with each other and know their place in the herd dynamics. I also know by observation which horses really don't get along with each other. I know not to put them next to each other on a trail ride.
When the feeding and checking was finished and I was on my way back to the house I noticed the wire was hanging low, so I turned around and walked the fence. As I approached the gate, I noticed it down and the insulator broken. This is my quick fix until I get a new one on. That will be the next time I walk down the hill. How did it happen. I'm pretty sure it was my fault when I flipped back the large pallet that holds the tarp over the hay. The pallet fell on the fence.
No hurry this morning. No Sunday school because of the weather. We work in Jr. Church this month. We only had three kids today. Usually there are between 20 and 30.
...doesn't quit writing, and when ideas come to mind they are written down, researched, internalized, and reformatted for readers.