River’s Place

Ahhh, how I love to visit my happy place!

These grand babies of ours are such a light in our lives!

It is SUPER fun to hang out at River’s place!

Look how big River is getting!

He is already five weeks old.

This little miss has a tight hold of my heart strings!

We have a very hard time pulling ourselves away once we are at River’s place.

I am sure you can see why!

We were ALL together the other night, and Blake and I just looked at each other through all the noise and laughter with tears in our eyes.

Over the last three years the Lord has blessed our family with FIVE new precious children!

And an amazing son-in-law!

It simply takes our breath away.

What a good, good season we are in.

We can’t wait to see what’s in store!

We could not write this story better if we tried!

In The Stillness

Awhile back, I was driving up our ridge on my way home to the farm, when I saw two trees up on a hill.

It surprised me, because I have driven up and down this ridge thousands of times over the last eight and a half years and I do not remember seeing them before.

This ridge is beyond beautiful, and I relish in its beauty every time I drive its hills.

I slowed down, almost to a stop, just to take in the beauty of those two trees.

They just looked like they were standing there guarding this ridge.

The next time I came up the ridge with the four youngest kiddos in the van with me, I pointed out those two trees.

Chad and I commented how we would love to go and see where they really were!

And stand underneath all of their glorious beauty!

Last Friday I was headed up the ridge on my way home, alone this time.

My eye caught those beautiful trees again, and I praised the Lord for their beauty and how they had captured my heart.

In the stillness of my heart, the Holy Spirit spoke to me right then.

These trees are my encouragement to you.

These trees are my encouragement to you in the waiting.

I stopped the van.

And then I realized.

It all came together in my mind and heart for the first time.

Twin Oaks.

Twin Oaks, our new home.

When I told my people around the dinner table that evening about this incredible gift the Lord had given me, Addie Mae about jumped out of her chair.

She had just noticed the trees on her way up the ridge for the first time that evening.

They had left an impression on her too.

God is SO good that way.

Be still and listen.

He will speak to your heart in ways you never could imagine.

Holding On Tight

If the Lord sees fit to have our move go through this time, our days here at Adoni Acres are numbered.

We are holding on tight.

SO many memories, SO many blessed, blessed things.

We will miss this beautiful place we have called home so much.

We will also miss our foster horses dearly.

The boys take care of them, brush them, and love on them every single day.

This past weekend we moved them up to the paddock so they could munch down all the fresh overgrown grass there.

In years past our goats would keep the paddock mowed down.

Blake decided to move two of the horses up at a time, based on the number of horse helpers we had that day.

Gambler and Shaggy were first.

I do not know much about horses – but I do know they do NOT like to be separated.

Gridlock was nervous!

Chad did a great job keeping him calm until Blake and Grant came back for him.

All four of the horses lead so nicely!

Once they were all back together again, they were very happy to mow down our paddock!

We are also holding on tight to the time we have to love on our kitties.

They will be staying here at Adoni Acres, because we know it would not be good to move them from this ridge they have roamed over the years.

We have four right now, and two of them have been with us since our very first month on the farm.

Meet Libby.

Sweetest girl and mama ever – and our most fierce hunter.

Meet Rigby.

He came to us already a couple years old, and is the farm’s grandpa.

Meet O’Malley.

Given to us by the sweetest friends a couple of years ago – he is the first cat to be in right at your side every time you step out of the house.

Which is why this is the best photo I could get of him!

And then there’s Toby.

A cuddly sweet little stray who was delivered to us by our neighbors right around Christmas time last year.

We are SO busy, as you can imagine.

First, I am being purposeful to make sure all of the kiddos are getting my attention and time.

I am also stopping to love on those kitties a lot more than usual each time I head out the door.

I find myself talking to the horses a lot too, loving on their necks and breathing in their sweet horse smell.

Adoni Acres, you are the most beautiful place, and the Lord has blessed us more than we ever could have dreamed during our eight and a half years here.

Twin Oaks, you are an equally beautiful place – and I know the best is yet to come.

Even through our tears, we all know the best is yet to come!

This Guy

After a long health trial, and several more weeks looking for a new job, this guy of ours has been back to work for a few weeks now and is loving it!

We could not be more thankful for good health!

And a good job!

Grant was so purposeful and helpful the weeks that he was home, and never once got discouraged!

His joyful spirit and beautiful smile are nothing but contagious!

I miss him during the day now!

But we are so happy for you, Grant!