Sunday, February 22, 2015

Daniel Fast

Why do we fast?

"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and Thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and Thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
Isaiah 58:1-11

"In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." 
Daniel 10:2-3

Eat no...
Pleasant Bread

Do Not...
Anoint yourself

Pleasant = delight, delectable thing, desire, covet
Bread = food, bread, grain (for making it)
Flesh = any living thing

At fist when I saw that Daniel did not anoint himself, I though "Oh boy, should I not take a shower?" then I remembered these verses in Matthew:

"Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. Bur thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." 
Matthew 6:16-18

That cleared it up.

What am I fasting for?

What will I abstain from?
1. Computer
2. Leavened Bread
3. Deserts
4. Meat
5. Books
6. No Fancy Drinks (like pop, tea, hot chocolate, coffee, etc.

What will I eat and do?
1. Unleavened Bread
2. Fruit
3. Legumes
4. Vegetables
5. Read my Bible
6. Pray
7. Serve

I believe this will be one of the most challenging fasts I have ever done. But with the Lord Jesus' help I will make it! I am going to be fasting for a week, so you won't hear from me during that time. :) No computer (my BIGGEST challenge)!! 


Friday, February 20, 2015

Harvesting Beets and Corn (2014)

July 15, 2014

And lots of them! Caleb and I cut the tops off (leaving three inches, though). 

Canning with Mommy is fun. :) I think we were listening to a preaching message or story on

Your hands will get stained if you don't wear gloves. 

Boys??? I found a BB in one of the beets, but no one could remember shooting it. 

We pickled them this time. :)

August 4, 2014

A friend of ours let us borrow their corn de-silker. It has a soft brush attached to a small motor.

If you place the corn under the brush it will fling corn junk onto you. Sam and I had lots of fun spraying each other. :)

We blanched the corn, cut if off the cob, and then froze it.
There is still quite a bit of it in our freezer right now. It has been a big blessing! But be warned, it is a lot of messy work. :)

All I want for my birthday is BROILERS

That is really what I said to some of my family members and thats what I got! He he! :)
On May 13, 2014 we got 83 three week old broilers for $1.00 each. Which was an amazing price.
Again on May 29, 2014 we got 50 more three week old broilers for $1.00 each. Along with those 50 broilers Mom got 15 little Buff Orpington hens. It was crazy!! And smelly! 148 chickens, 15 turkeys, and some old chickens.

I am just going to blog about the 83 broilers. :)

We butchered nine by hand, four died, and seventy we took to the butcher.

So here are some pictures of our broilers. It is so hard to keep them clean!

This is the 79 broilers

I like to keep track of their weight...

Sam, writing the weights down.

Caleb weighing them

They eat a LOT!!

Live Weight on 6-23-14...

6 1/4                  6                     5 1/2                  5                   5 1/2
6                        6 1/2               5                        5                   5
6 1/2                  6                     5                        5 1/2             4 3/4
6 1/4                  6                     4 2/3                  5 1/3
6 1/2                  7                     4 2/3                  5
6 1/4                  6                     5 1/3                  4
6 1/3                  6                     5                        5
6                        7                     5                        5 1/2
6 1/2                  6                     5                        5
7                        6                     5                        4 3/4
6                        6                     5                        5
6                        6                     5                        5
6                        5                     5                        6
6                        4                     4 1/2                  5 1/2
6 1/2                  4 2/3               5 1/3                  5
6                        6                     4 1/3                  4 1/2
6                        5                     5                        5
6                        5                     5                        5
6 1/2                  5                     5 1/2                  5 3/4

Dressed Weight on 7-14-14:

5 1/2                 5                     4                         6 1/2
5                       5 3/4               5 1/2                   7
6                       5 1/2               5                         6
7                       6                     5
6                       6                     6
5 1/2                 5                     5 1/2
4 1/2                 6                     7
6                       7                     7
5 1/2                 6                     5
5                       5 1/2               5
5                       5                     4
5 1/2                 6                     6  
6 1/4                 5 1/2               7
6                       6                     6
5 1/2                 5                     6
5 1/4                 6                     5
5 3/4                 5 1/4               5 1/2  
4 1/2                 6                     5
5 1/2                 6 1/2               5 1/2
6                       6                     5
5 1/2                 6                     5

Feed: $499.28
Butchering Cost: $153.50
Total Cost: $652.78
Per Bird: $8.26
Average Weight: 5.3
Price Per Pound: $1.56

(I may have my numbers off a little :) )

Training Talitha and Bread Pudding

February 18, 2015

This is a video I took of me leading Talitha around the manure pile (which I am hoping to have removed this spring). Sorry about the long pauses, the camera is on a log with no one manning it.

After leading her around I gave her some sweet feed. 
That way it will always be associated with a sweet experience.

Meet the chickens!

We have some mixed breeds and Buff Orpingtons.

Right now they are laying 9-15 eggs a day which is way too much for us so we have been giving them away.

February 19th is Caleb's 16th birthday and he wanted a white cake.
So with the leftover eggs yokes from the cake, so many eggs, and old bread I decided to make Bread Pudding

Egg yokes and cinnamon

Brown sugar

Wheat bread

The Results
Since hot Bread Pudding, homemade carmel, and whipped topping were available, several people had it for supper. He he!


February 20, 2014

 Today Caleb took pictures of me leading Talitha. The cats of course were there. :)

Watson, watching Caleb

Caleb's boots

Opal and Watson

Today she hardly pulled on the lead rope. A great improvement!

While she was eating grain I took her lead rope off.

Caleb, Watson, and Talitha

Friday, February 13, 2015


Here is my turkey journey. :) It was a fun and challenging experience. I started out with 15, but lost two of them. One died of gape worm at a young age, the other was killed by a coon or something. All in all though, they are really easy birds to raise! I would recommend raising them to anyone! Just don't keep them as long as I did, because the longer you keep them the more they cost. They eat a LOT!
At the end of this post I will have the money figures all written out so you can see what it cost.

April 25th I ordered 15 turkey chicks from Welp Hatchery ( ). Caleb and Sam paid for some of the chicks because they wanted to raise turkeys too.

May 20th my little turkey chicks arrived very healthy and cute!

JUNE 3, 2014
For the first while we kept them in a watering tank with a light on them.

JUNE 20, 2014

A tom :)

This was the first time they were out in the grass, I believe

AUGUST 16, 2014
Getting bigger!
Weight in # on 8-20-14: 12, 14, 19, 16, 11, 14, 16, 14, 11, 10, 11, 13, 21, 13


OCTOBER 8, 2014

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

OCTOBER 20, 2014

These toms were big, but not mean (we tried to be very nice to them). We sprayed paint on them so we could tell them apart.

Hen weight in # on 10-20-14: 23, 26, 22, 26, 27, 23, 27, 22, 26
Tom weight in # on 10-20-14: 38, 37, 41, 45

NOVEMBER 5, 2014
Butchering day! It was sad to see them go, but this is farm life. Josh and Caleb took them to Duncan's Poultry ( ) to be butchered. We ended up with 318# of turkey meat!

JANUARY 24, 2015
What do you do when the turkey just won't fit??
Get a bigger roaster is what we did. :)


A normal 5 or 6 pound broiler...

Okay, here is all the pricing broke down...

Cost for Chicks:
$107.85 ($7.19 each)

Medicine (for gape worm):
$47.92 (two bottles of goat wormer)

1,290# of feed = $464.64



Price per pound: