Friday, September 28, 2007

Short Post

Hi everyone!
Just a quick note to let you all know that Josiah and I will not be doing our usual weekend post of pictures this week. This week has been quite full for me because there was a big project going at my programming job which needed to get done by this weekend. I don't think I've ever programmed for so many hours straight before it my life... I'm rather cross-eyed right now from looking at the computer screen so much. 8-) But thank the Lord, the project was completed before the deadline and I'm really thankful for that!

Just so you don't have to go away without at least one picture, here is one I took recently while doing some experimentation with my camera.



That's all for now. Remember that whenever you feel confused about the future and are wondering what you should do, we have this iron-clad promise from our loving Father in heaven to encourage and guide us:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

I hope you all have a great week!

Take care and God bless,
Benjamin E.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Trip to Our Grandparent's Farm

Hello everyone!

This week we have posted pictures from a recent trip some of us took to our grandparent's farm. Even though we were only there from one evening to the next, we packed a lot in and of course took a lot of pictures. ;-)

Anyway, less talking and more pictures. Enjoy!

The mighty hunter sets forth.

Can you see the groundhog?
(No, we can't either.)

A tree. :-)

The sun is setting and still no groundhogs. Oh well, maybe next time...
Watching Blue's Clues.

This was the view from our back porch during the three years our family lived on this farm. *sigh*

Countryside Art

Before starting into the work day, our grandfather catches up on the news.

Early morning breakfast.

Contemplating the task ahead.

The old milk house receives a new look with the rising of the sun.

Big Blue!
Even an ancient wreck like this looks much nicer in the glow of the rising sun.

A Hay Wagon.
(What more can I say?)
Jon hard at work... Stay out of his way!

Our much beloved grandfather, Paul "Pappy" Martin.

He's a Baptist preacher, been milking cows full time since he was 15, he's the father of 6 children and the grandfather of 20 grandchildren, has lived all his life within a mile of where he was born, and is 71 years old and is still farming full time.

We love you Pappy!

Don't ask ;-)

Some of Jon's cows.
When dealing with ancient trucks, a safe distance must be observed at all times.

Our grandfather wrestles the truck into the shed.

"I feel as if history is passing before my eyes."
Getting the car running again...

Changing the loader attachment.

Pumping up wagon tires.

"Is that grease?"
Isaac checking out some things at the top of the silo.

"Do you see anything?"

"It's kind of dark, but I think I see some silage..."
"What's wrong, Pappy?"

"Funny, I don't remember the pipe being that short. Hmm..."
Finally, all preparations are complete and we can now begin to chop silage!

I hope nothing else breaks...
Why does this always happen just when everything is going so well?!

What is that I hear?

AAA® to the rescue!
This shouldn't take too long... *slams the bead breaker into the tire*

*hits the tire a few more times* "Hmm... This is NOT working."

Despair sets in.

"We'll never get any silage chopped."
"We need something bigger."

"If it won't fit, get a bigger hammer."

Testing out the inner tube.

This inner tube has had a long, full life. I think it's time to retire.
Blowing up the new inner tube.

Now we see where Jon gets all his practice in changing tires, you never know when you might need such skills. :-)

We're back in business!

Silage cascade.

Up the silo you go.

All in a day's work.