Dogs, Bugs, and Muddy Ponds…the Daily Farm Adventures {91}

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How do farm kids and farm dogs spend the hot, dirty Virginia summers? Playing outside getting hotter and dirtier! {smile} When I finally got tired of this… And this… And this… We headed out for a walk. I needed a break by then anyway. Cleaning floors in our house is almost more futile than doing laundry or dishes. I don’t even get a one day reprieve. {sigh} So I took a break to get some fresh air with the dogs. Along the way we made sure to get pictures of this… And this… And this… Because farm kids are crazy about bugs … Continue Reading…

Finding Peace as a Working Momma

Little is Much with the Lord -- the Struggle for Balance as a Working Momma (via Jamie Oliver at Walking in High Cotton)

Being a Christian is hard. Being a momma is hard. Being a Christian working momma is hard. With so many competing priorities, needs, and desires deep in your heart it’s very easy to get out of balance and suddenly feel like you’re living in a house of cards, ready to tumble down at any moment. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I have shared in the struggle. Today I’m over at Christian Working Mama sharing my heart, some tears, and some of the joy that has come into my life since I let go of my idea of God’s … Continue Reading…

When the Weather is Gorgeous…the Daily Farm Adventures {90}

Zebu cattle enjoying the summer grass at The Lowe F arm (via Walking in High Cotton)

After a steamy week in the 100s, the summer has cooled off again and this past weekend was gorgeous! Beautiful! Sunny, high 80s, Virginia hot but not humid! At least not that we noticed, we have a higher tolerance than some folks. {smile} So naturally we got a lot of outside work done. We weeded and mulched all the flower beds. (And noticed a few spots that need a little more TLC.) We scrubbed and filled water buckets for everyone. (And enjoyed a few minutes just admiring the cows.) We walked the dogs. (And enjoyed some time watching them swim … Continue Reading…

Simple Sundays {Link Party #23}

Good morning! Happy day of rest and worship! {smile} I’m excited to now be co-hosting the Simple Sundays Link Party here at Walking in High Cotton! Simple Sundays sound wonderful, don’t they! Makes me think of sweet tea and sunny days on the porch. Looking forward to you joining me! Welcome to another great week of the Simply Sundays link party! We are so excited that you are here because we can’t wait to share our top four picks with you plus celebrate a new week of great posts! Every week we find the best of the best and add … Continue Reading…

Life with Coal the Cattle Dog

Life with Coal the Cattle Dog

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you probably see a lot of pictures of my new sidekick, Coal. Our Christmas puppy is growing up fast! He’s 8, going on 9 months old now. He got neutered a few weeks ago, recovered fine, and spends a lot of time out and around town with me. People are always very curious about him, because the breed is not that common (although it’s becoming more so!). For some reason I get asked a lot if he’s a “mini German Shepherd.” Honestly, I don’t even think there is such a thing, but … Continue Reading…

Summer Lambing Surprise…the Daily Farm Adventures {89}

A surprise summer lamb at the farm! (via Walking in High Cotton)

I don’t see very well. I’m just gonna put that out there because I wear contact and most folks don’t realize. When I don’t have them in, I can’t even see all the way across our bedroom without my bottle-cap glasses. (Seriously, my lenses are so thick they’ve been known to fall out of the frames if the frame is too thin.) My eyes must have been made for reading books, cause that’s about how far I can see well without glasses. {smile} So a few weeks ago I’m letting the dogs out and fumbling for the coffee pot and … Continue Reading…

Chicken Hoop House Maintenance…the Daily Farm Adventures {88}

Chicken Hoop House for layers at The Lowe Farm ( via Walking in High Cotton)

For the 4th of July we went camping (and got rained out) and then spend the whole day Sunday on some farm upkeep (and catch up!). The WHOLE day. Meaning, I walked the dogs at 5:30 am, then went straight in to cook breakfast, we got dressed, and headed out. It was sopping wet, but we managed to get a lot done, before the clouds rolled in at 5:30 pm. (If you’re thinking about homesteading, might I recommend Muck Boots. There’s pretty much no other way to survive, trust me!) First up, we had to fix the new chicken hotel. … Continue Reading…

Family Camping…the Soaking Wet Version

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Well, we tried going camping again this past 4th of July. We enjoyed it last year and it seemed like a great idea. We definitely made some memories–of being rained out and wet. {smile} The Cowboy didn’t even have to fall in the creek this time to end up soaking wet. We got there about 9:30 am and Mr. Fix-It set us up with a “kitchen” this time. Car camping is so much easier than backpacking! You can bring all the little conveniences with you because you don’t have to carry them. And thank goodness for that tarp kitchen, otherwise … Continue Reading…

Have Dog, Will Travel…Gear for the Dog Adventurer

Gear for the Dog Adventurer -- via Walking in High Cotton

When I was in college, my Kenzie-dog traveled everywhere with me. Everywhere. And if you’ve read here very long, you know that we take Penny with us when we go hiking and camping. Then there’s Coal, who’s already covered a lot of miles since completing his puppy shots, (please be careful where you take your pup before his/her shots are up-to-date!) with many more to go! If you’re one of our regular readers, you also know that (except for books!) we tend to pare it down to the essentials when it comes to “gear.” 3 kids under 5? One diaper bag. Vacation for … Continue Reading…

In the Green Grass…the Daily Farm Adventures {87}

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This will be a busy week here at The Lowe Farm. We have Vacation Bible School at church and the kiddos will be in class while Mr. Fix-It and I will be teaching another class. So this weekend we prepped a week of meals, did a lot of laundry, and did a lot of camo painting to get ready. Have you been following us on Facebook or Instagram to see all the #vbsprep pictures? What we didn’t get done, was any mowing! It’s acceptable right now, but by the end of the week, it’s gonna be crazy! {smile} This time of year, … Continue Reading…