Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Birthday, A Chicken Coop, & Dreams Come True

 It was a big, big week for everyone in my little household.  The coop was finished, the chicks moved outside, and we celebrated my birthday.  Birthdays are the best, especially when you're turning 23 all over again ;)  That's how old my hubby said I was, so I'm stickin' to it!

My birthday present was my chicken coop.  If you remember from all of my earlier posts about wanting chickens, our guy never wanted any part of them.  I repeat:  He did not want chickens. at all. ever.  But then, slowly and surely, the pleading and eye batting of his three girls won him over, and he set out to build our coop-a-loopa.  Without any plans or blueprints, he worked evenings and weekends on our "Fort Knox."  And he finished it this week.  For my birthday.  He is my hero ♥

Our half-acre lot is surrounded by trees, fields, the big (sometimes bad) great outdoors.  The coop and run are on the edge of the yard behind our "Happy Foods" garden. 

I don't have specifics as far as measurements and materials because this was his project, and I know very little about all the ins and outs of construction.  I attempted to help at times, but my favorite roles were photographer and lemonade maker :)

I think I was also the annoying inspector.  I scrutinized every nook and cranny, trying to think like a predator.  The girls and I are very attached to our little ladies, and I can't stand the thought of losing any one of them.  

I took it upon myself to paint the front side of the hardware cloth black to make the silver metal "disappear" and loved the results!  My big girl thought it was magic.  The black paint just  gave the coop an entirely different look.  Pretty amazing.  The only black paint I had around the house was chalkboard paint, so I told the chicks that they didn't realize just how trendy they were.

After I painted the front black:
(I love how it looks like there is nothing there.  You can see right in.  I left the back and sides silver for now.)

While my guy finished the coop, we continued taking the chicks outside for sunshine and fresh air.  It was the highlight of their day and the highlight of my big girl's day.  She loves these chicks...almost as much as I do.

The little silver-laced cochins are the last to get all of their new feathers.  

Our light brahma, Scout.  I have to focus on this one a little because she's my husband's favorite.  Yep.  The guy who never wanted chickens has a favorite.  I can't let that go.  

He loves her color and said she's pretty.  I repeat:  He thinks she's pretty.  

And just in time for my 3__th (cough) birthday, our beautiful little coop was finished.  Have I said how much I love that guy?

He leaned over, kissed me on the cheek, and whispered, "Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Happy Anniversary..."

My other chicks had to check it out.  

My little ladies spent the first night in their new home this week, and I was a nervous wreck.  complete. disaster.  I said quite a few prayers for those little chickens.

Everyone seems safe and happy, and we spend quite a bit of time out in the run with them these days.  

We like to visit with all kinds of treats...we want them to be excited to see us :)

My big girl and I were sitting outside looking across the backyard one afternoon this week, and she reflected, 
"Mommy, you know why I love our home that we live in?  Because we get everything we dream of...we dreamed of a garden and our dreams came true and we dreamed of a chicken coop and our dreams came true!"  Be still my heart ♥ 
I love that girl.  {Thank you Lord for these showers of blessings, for our little half-acre home on the range, for the strong and loving man in our life, and for making little (and big) girls' dreams come true!}  
My cups runneth over.

I hope you had a wonderful week!

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sweet, Simple Sunday ~ Psalm 43:3

"Beautiful God
Laying Your majesty aside
You reached out in love to show me life
Lifted from darkness into light
King for a slave
Trading Your righteousness for shame
Despite all my pride and foolish ways
Caught in Your infinite embrace
Saviour and Friend
Breathing Your life into my heart
Your word is the lamp unto my path
Forever I’m humbled by Your love"

{excerpt from Hillsong United's "Like an Avalanche"}

Have a blessed and beautiful day!

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Insta-Friday ~ Just Another Week in Paradise

Insta-Friday:  capturing the beauty of everyday moments through the eye of my cell phone and sharing the stories behind them

This was my first week back at work with my high schoolers.  My girlie girls don't start at their schools until next week.  First grade and preschool.  When did that even happen?

I love coming home each afternoon.  It's my favorite.  Driving down this gravel road (usually with my windows down) seems to make things right in my little world again.  The stresses of the day just kind of melt away.    

The weather has been lovely.  It's been cooler...a touch of fall in the air, and I love that.  Fall is the best.  Once I get home with my zoo crew, we usually spend the evenings outside.

Especially when the munchkin locks us out of the house...

But I can't stay upset at her...for long.  My cool kid.  She does things just trying to make me laugh.  Usually when she's in trouble.  {Like when she's hiding from me and climbing in and out of the clothing racks at Target.  Yes, that's my child.  I'm sorry.}  And it works.  I try so hard not to crack a smile, but I'm a total pushover.  Whatevs.

So many happy sunflowers have popped up and opened.  I planted a variety in the backyard this year, and some of them tower above us!  We decided to cut "a few."

It then turned into a contest to see how many sunflowers two little girls could stuff into a watering can.  

I think they nailed it.

{I shall add sunflowers to the list of things I grew successfully this summer.  My list would look something like this:  1. cucumbers  2. sunflowers.  the end.}

And of course, a few new pics of the chicks ;) 
The hubby is ready to kick them out and is working overtime to finish their coop.  
I just love him!

Note the batgirl costume.  She is, indeed, a superhero chicken whisperer.  There is no end to her talents ;)

I cropped the munchkin out of this one because she was a naked girl...again.  I try to explain these things to her.  She has about three days to start liking clothes...I think they're probably required for preschool.

My favorite picture of the week: 
{just ignore the neglected, bug-infested garden and focus on the princess in the middle}

Picking her little harvest...she kinda has an Alice in Wonderland look.  Love that girl.

Favorite quotes of the week from my big girl:

{to her baby sister} "I sure am glad I'm not going to have any kids when I grow up."

{to me} "Even though you don't have the voice of some singer on the radio, I still love you."  
Thanks for having my back sweet girl ♥

I hope you had a great week! :)

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sweet, Simple Saturday ~ Walk by Faith

"Living by faith is not easy, but it is essential.  
It is the only weapon for adversity that cannot fail."
~ Dorothy Kelley Patterson

Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

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