A Profitable Absence

Sheep Summer 2015 WM

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

~Ecclesiastes 3~

Howdy Y’all!

My, it feels so good to be posting once again after taking leave for a while with all the exciting happenings on the homestead this spring and summer.  As you can tell from the picture above, our flock has grown some since we began with our original 8 sheep HERE and HERE and now with this year’s breeding season coming to a close, we shall have more little ones romping around the farm come December/January too; along with taking our first batch of lambs to the butcher, since after all, we are raising these lovelies to provide us and others with high-quality, grass-fed, lamb meat for provision.

 The last 6 months have been full, and productive on the homestead; leaving very little time for much else but spending one’s days in the great outdoors, and keeping the home clean and meals cooked to keep everyone fed….oh yes, and preserving delicious food as it came out of the garden also!

Boots and Sheep 1 WM

Some things just have to be put on the “back-burner” till months like this slow down, and sadly my blog was one of those things that needed to be put on hold for a season.

Lord willing, I am back for a spell, and am very excited to share with you what has been going on in the past few months!

“The Seasons change, and you change, but your Lord abides evermore the same, and the streams of His love are as deep, as road, and as full as ever.”

~Charles Spurgeon~

To set the mood for this post, here is a lovely piece to listen to while you continue reading:

Just hop on over HERE to set the music (one of my favorites), and read on!

The Lord really blessed my family’s garden this year, and we were very thankful for the great abundance of delicious produce over the last few months, with a few things still coming in (watermelon and tomatoes mostly).

Summer Garden 2015 5 WM

Even George the “produce inspector” was curious what goodies we were bringing into the home every day! 🙂

I already miss those luscious greens: rainbow chard, spinach, and arugula!

Raddish WM

These lovely French Breakfast radishes did so well, we were able to grow two rounds of these during the spring/beginning of summer months, and made some lovely vibrant salads!

The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

~Psalm 24:1~

Summer Garden 2015 1 WM

Sunflowers 2 WM

Summer Garden 2015 8 WM

SUNFLOWERS!!!

We were greatly blessed with many lovely blossoms which cheered our home this summer, and with so many seeds, we hope to plant even more next year in hopes of saving enough to feed our chickens with!

Summer Garden 2015 3 WM

We planted about 4 different varieties of potatoes. The ones above are our lovely red ones.

Summer Garden 2015 4 WM

These are just a few choice cucumbers out of the many five gallon bucket-fulls we were getting this season!

It was definitely the year of the cucumber on our homestead which made many tasty snacks, juices and LOTS of jars of pickles and relish! YUM!

It is a lot of hard work to keep a garden and everything else in tow, but I love it so much, and am very thankful for the work the Lord has given me on our family’s little piece of country heaven.

“Work is a blessing.  God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it.  The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure.  It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest.”

~Elisabeth Elliot~

Summer Garden 2015 2 WM

Since this photo, our watermelon (Moon and Stars) has grown quite a bit, and should be ready this week!!!!

*jumps up and down*

Tomatoes WM

Right now, our family is enjoying these volunteer tomatoes which grow on our property by the hundreds!

They are the sweetest, most delicious tomatoes I have ever had.

Japanese Beetle WM

Beetle WM

Of course I cannot forget the Japanese Beetles which are everywhere this time of year, along with many other critters. 🙂

Tucker 2015 WM

Tucker is lively and happily protecting (and sometimes playing with) the sheep, and hunting for the many crawfish, moles, and voles that live in his domain.

He is one very spoiled dog, and I love him so much!

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”

~Philippians 1:3~

As I close this post, and hope to return very soon with more exciting adventures on the Konvalin homestead and beyond, I pray the Lord would bless and keep each of you dear readers, and hope to see you here again soon!

Also, what have my readers been up to this summer?

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Soli Deo Gloria,

Miss Antoinette

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