Marriage Ponderings

3 years… 202 weeks….1,419 days… Β We were just babies. Really, we still are. Our love is young but oh the things we have seen and conquered together.

 

I love you Zechariah Stelzer. Each day with you I realize that I am more blessed than I could have ever imagined. Each trial we face, I am not afraid of because I know that as long as we are together, everything with be okay. Each victory we celebrate together we will praise God for. Thank you for always directing me back to what matters, for encouraging me, and for believing in me when I don’t. Β May our love only grow sweeter.

Something to Celebrate | Sarah and Nathanael’s Wedding

It was such an honor to photograph Sarah and Nathanael’s wedding. Not only are they the cutest couple, they are also very sweet and genuinely kind. I loved spending time with them and getting to know them both a little more. Their wedding day was full of joy, a few tears, and lots of hugs. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!

Words can’t fully describe how wonderful the day was, so here are a few photos to help. πŸ™‚

 

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Picnics, Eleanor, and other such musings

Sun tea is such a glorious thing, Β isn’t it? It means summer is here, or very nearly at least. Fresh herbs from the garden go in the tea, a little bit of raw honey just a sweeten it a bit. Ah, it’s so refreshing for every occasion (and easy to make too)! We had one such occasion just this past weekend. Pentecost.

Fun fact: Something that many people don’t know about my husband and I, is that we enjoy observing the biblical feasts. It’s not as strange as some might think (or as I thought before I met Zechariah), but that’s a post for another time. Back to what I was saying…

We celebrated Pentecost on Sunday. We had a lovely picnic, the children jumped in the pond and played many games of volleyball. It was a fantastic day. Eleanor had so much fun playing with her cousins and cuddling with her grandmommy.

Here are a few more pictures of Eleanor. All the pictures of Eleanor have something in common that I hope to announce later this summer or perhaps fall. πŸ˜‰ p.s….no we aren’t pregnant.

Eleanor Joyanna | 6 months

Some days, time seems to be barely moving and it feels as if the day will never end. Then one day I wake up and realize that Eleanor is 6 months old already and I wonder where the time has gone.

Eleanor has a kind heart. Her eyes could pierce the coldest heart. She has a smile that lights up the room and a contagious giggle. Although she is not yet crawling, she is definitely exploring and getting pretty good at scooting.

Last week she helped me nurse a lamb back to life. She was so patient with the little lamb and just tickled pink when “Sunshine” started responding. Eleanor got to see Sunshine again out in the field just a couple of days ago and was happy to pat her head again and give her “kisses”. She is such a caring child and I’m sure she’ll be our little farm vet before long…probably bringing me every injured sparrow and frog in the county. πŸ˜‰

While we planted our garden during the weekend I had Eleanor sitting in the shade of her Β bassinet. She was so cute sitting there so I gave her a couple of lilacs from our bush and grabbed my camera for an impromptu photo shoot. πŸ™‚

 

These Two | A girl and her daddy

When I look at them together my heart nearly bursts with joy.

Do you know how her eyes light up when her daddy walks in the door? Or how she giggles when he lets her play with his beard?

She is a lover of nature. She got to walk through the orchard in Kimberly a couple of weeks ago with Zechariah. She sighed deeply, wiggled her toes, and her eyes were filled with wonder. She breathed in deeply the smell of the blossoming apple trees as her daddy held the blooms in front of her. She talked to the bees as they quickly buzzed by.

Then she got to meet the sheep. Oh how she loves them. She becomes so thoughtful when she sees them. I hope she always enjoys them so much.

This evening she enjoyed transplanting Sarah’s Starts for the first time. She loved playing in the dirt, exploring everything she could get her hands on, and “helping” transplant. It’s safe to say I’ve never seen such a happy, dirty child.

Β p.s she will definitely get a bath. πŸ˜‰

One thing is for sure, she will always be her daddy’s girl.

 

Bloom Where You Are Planted…

Bloom where you are planted… Those words resonate in my soul.

In a recent conversation, my mother and I were talking about how often we moved when I was young. 20 some times or so. Often we’d sell everything and start from scratch all over again. Yet, I never remember it being scary or sad. I was asking my mom how she did it and her answer has stayed with me.

“I learned to bloom where I was planted a loooong time ago.”

She taught us children that too. She always made the unexpected or could-be-tragedies into adventures. She taught us to count our blessings, to make the best of each moment, and always leave wherever we were in better condition than when we arrived. If we were at a park, for example, she would have us each pick up 3 pieces of garbage and throw it away properly before we left. Or we would pray for the new family moving into our home. She was constantly reminding us and teaching us toΒ bloom.Β Although I didn’t realize it at the time, now I know she was actually teaching us life long lessons in how to view the world around us.

Life doesn’t happen to us my friends, it happens for us. Are you blooming where you are planted?

Livestock Adventures

It’s been rather quiet around here lately. Well, just quiet on the blog…We’ve definitely been busy on the farm and in the home!

Recently we checked on our flock of sheep in Kimberly Oregon. They will soon be moving up to our farm here in Dufur. Our farm in Kimberly is up for sale. It’s a beautiful farm and it holds a special place in my heart. God is leading us on to other things though so although I shall miss the farm, I am thankful for the time we had there and our farm manager that lived there and cared for it for us. The sheep are the last bit of livestock that we still have on the farm. Although it is a little bittersweet, I am definitely looking forward to caring for them here in Dufur.

The sheep are just lovely creatures. I’ve never raised wool sheep (I had hair sheep) so I am excited about this new adventure. Eleanor adores them. Did you know one of her favorite toys was given to her by a friend (Danielle)? A little lamb rattle. It shouldn’t surprise you that the real sheep have captured her tiny heart. The chicks have also captured her attention. Speaking of chicks…

We’ve got a ton! Well not a literal ton, but it feels like it! I love working with our local hatchery to take their over-runs. Did you know that a lot of hatcheries “euthanize” their extra chicks? I sure didn’t! I was really glad to start working with our local hatchery to provide a source for them to send their extra chicks to. We’ve loved working with them!

It’s hard to predict what we will be doing one week to the next. The livestock have added new joys to our year. I think my farmer husband is even beginning to have a rather soft spot for his little friends. I get us into such a mess sometimes and yet he is so gracious. We literally had thousands of chicks last year and I didn’t help raise them very much (morning sickness was intense)…yet he was cheerful as ever and ready to take on the project with such enthusiasm. As we’ve refined our processes to make sure we don’t find ourselves unprepared with more chicks than we can handle, I find myself increasingly grateful for his character. His patience, his work ethic, his passion, his love…definitely his love.