I’m loving New Testament Come Follow Me so far this year, and I’m really hopeful for how much our kids’ testimonies will grow throughout the year. I hope they will have a greater understanding of how loved they are by Him.
Yep, two of our chickens turned out to be roosters. Well, 2 started crowing; still not sure if they were roosters or crowing chickens which turns out is a thing. Point is, we’re down to 6 chickens but guess what?! They started laying eggs so…YAY!!!!
The best part is we woke up Christmas Eve morning to our first egg. Could the timing be any better?! Also perfect: there was a smiley face on the egg. I mean, really, how fun is that?!
Part of why the chickens are doing so well probably has to do with the amazing living quarters they have thanks to Tyson and his epic builder skills :). For real though, he did such a good job building the coop and chicken run. It really is something awesome to come up with a plan, hand it to your husband and bam he makes it happen.
So the pretty ladies we still have: Roxie, Daisy, Potter, Clara, Summer and Rosie. They are so fun and entertaining and curious and we love them! We’re officially the weird chicken people and we’re ok with that. You’d be ok with it too if you ate the omelet I did this morning with their eggs 🙂
If you are thinking about chickens, do it! They are worth it and quite the adventure. We read this book before making the jump to chicken owners and I highly recommend it.
I don’t want to admit how many HOURS I spent picking out outfits. Even with all of Cambryn’s help, it took us days of talking and rearranging. Ugh! By the time we finally decided on the outfits I was dreading going to get the pictures done and had decided I hate taking family pics. Once we started taking the pictures though the kids did so good and we had so much fun and I just love our photographer. She made it so fun and easy, made sure we all looked good and just look at these shots she got! We’re so excited about how they turned out and they made every late night switching outfits around SO worth it. Ok, fine, I love family pictures!
Small group shots:
If you live in Gilbert and are looking for a photographer, book Averi! You can check out her website or follow her on Instagram.
Another year down, and time is flying! 2 teenagers, 5 kids being homeschooled, a needy toddler, 4 kids in dance, 5 taking piano, 1 taking cello, public school for 1 kid (electives), church activities, 6 chickens, 2 dogs, house renovations, busy callings, up-keeping traditions, starting new ones, side jobs….we stay busy! And we LOVE it. Days are full of laughter, tears, eye rolls, exhaustion, games, learning, talking, challenges, driving, reading, dishes, cleaning, fun, cooking, bike rides, hockey (yes, we started our own “team” as part of school), walks, music, lessons, tests and then repeating a lot of it several times a day and we would’t trade it for anything. We regularly want to cry from exhaustion but we also regularly look around and say to each other, “these are the moments we’ll miss”.
I’m grateful to have our kids home so much. It is hard at times, but the memories we are making are worth all of the challenges. We can’t believe we only have 4 more years left with Cam at home! WHAT?! We’re going to continue to soak up every second we can with these kids and just focus on all the good times which luckily for us is A LOT because these kids are something special!
We hope everyone had a good year, is having a wonderful holiday season and will have an amazing 2023!
We love this adorable 5ft yarn tree garland. Now available in our Etsy shop! It is time consuming to make but oh so worth it! I mean, how cute is that?!
This adorable Santa gnome garland is also available on our Etsy shop and made by our oldest daughter, Cam. SO cute and fun!
Last, but not least, in the Etsy shop is our wood nativity; a personal favorite!
We are looking forward to an amazing Christmas season and can’t wait to add more to our shop this season and the upcoming year! Stay tuned for big things to come, and as always, thank you for supporting our small business!
CFM manual, scriptures and journals are all that are needed this month. I don’t specify where to journal this month but plan on having the kids continuing to have journals with them as we do lessons so they can write down any impressions they have.
We have had such a great year studying the Old Testament. I’m so grateful for Come Follow Me and the depth it adds to these well known stories giving us a better understanding of how they lived, how they learned, and what we can learn from them.
I’m SO excited to get back to the New Testament and studying about Christ’s time and mission here. How much we have learned and grown the last 4 years since we first started Come Follow Me! Can’t wait to be back at the beginning gaining an even deeper love and knowledge of the life of our Savior.
Happy teaching! Remember, God’s work is often the most challenging BUT the most rewarding in the end. Getting through a quick lesson may feel hard and at times impossible, but the blessings will come and they will make it SO worth all the struggle!
It’s been two weeks since we picked up our chickens and we are super excited about it! As if we don’t have enough on our plates with gardens, homeschool, extracurricular activities, home renovations and callings in our church we figured why not add one more thing. 🙂
It didn’t take a long to understand why people talk about “chicken math”. These little cuties are so fun and entertaining not to mention how stinking cute they are!
They do really smell though, that part is less fun. It will all pay off though! Everyone in the family got to name one so here was our final choices: Dutton Roxie Cody Daisy Potter Clara Summer Rosie
Taylor lost interest in them pretty quickly but the dogs are still super curious. With that being said, they have never done anything alarming; they just look into their cage and hold perfectly still. When we have them on our lap or holding them down for the dogs to see they come lay right next to us and smell without getting too close. Don’t get me wrong, they are not ready to be trusted with them but it’s a better start than I thought it would be
I don’t have any updated photos yet but they have gotten SO big already in TWO weeks! It’s crazy! They don’t snuggle in our hands as much as they use to but we enjoyed it while it lasted:
Roxie is still the most friendly and most of them still tolerate being held and if you put them down by you they’ll come climb on you. I am really excited to start getting them out of their cage more and give them a safe place in the backyard for a little bit each day. Heaven knows they’re not going to get too cold in our weather. 😉
I’ll have to post pics of their new home as soon as we have it finished, and updated pics of how big they are getting. We know we still have a lot to learn as we go on this journey but we’re so excited for this new adventure. As we continue to expand our little homestead with chickens and gardens and become more self sufficient we are filled with gratitude for the freedoms we have to live our life this way. We sure are blessed!
As always the items for the week that are needed are: CFM manual (or Gospel Library app), Old Testament and journals (highly recommended). The Beginner’s Bible is also highly recommended but by no means mandatory to do these lessons. We also have the Don’t Miss It: Old Testament Posters which we introduce each Monday and then review on Sundays which the word often coming up in our discussions throughout the week but this also is not a mandatory item to have.
I always recommend that you read through each lesson at the beginning of each week to see about any preparation that is needed for that week. There rarely is much to do but occasionally there is a little work to be done. This month I start assigning some of the older kids certain assignments such as reading through a talk prior to that day’s lesson and ask them to be prepared to share a summary of the talk and their thoughts on it with us. So keep an eye out for those opportunities if you so choose.
HERE is the video, My Kingdom is Not of This World mentioned as a part of the FHE lesson for this week. I plan on telling this kids on Monday of this week that later this week we’ll be sharing our favorite song about Christ if they would like to take some time this week to listen to some songs of Christ and be ready to share.