Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Busy week...and it's only Wednesday.

Jaiden had Parents Night at dance class Monday.

Did I post Halloween pics? I can't remember a thing anymore. Jaima was a cowgirl. She really wanted this pony.

Such a serious face.

Aiden's play area. Note the spelling change of his name? He is now Aiden John. More on that in a sec...

Ok, so Aiden has to have his own room once we begin the home study for adoption. I had to move the family room to where the formal living room was. (Fireplace would be on the left of this pic.) I see that the two dogs are on my couch. Dumb dogs. The girls are playing with playdoh - thanks, again to Heather M for the awesome playdoh table!

Diaper station (thanks to Heather M!!!) and Jaiden and AJ's clothes. Yep, those are our parakeets on top of the dresser. Jaiden loves to help take care of them.

Jaiden's bed. Behind the dresser is the play area. AJ's crib is still in our room. I like to check on his breathing at night. I ordered John Deere bedding and curtains for them today. Can't wait!

Not very clear, but this is a pic I took tonight. He is growing!

He is getting stronger every day. Loves to eat. But his favorite thing to do is crawl all over as quickly as he can.

Cody is finishing up his semester at community college and making plans to leave for Iowa State after Christmas. I'm so proud of him! Will you join us in praying for guidance in his decision making for his future? He's just night sure what God is calling him to do.

Our next step with AJ is a home study. We have to have that completed before the adoption can be finalized. A lot of parents change their new babies names when they adopt. After much discussion, prayer and seeking advice from trusted friends, we decided to change the spelling of his first name to match the girls. (Had we gotten him earlier in life, I am sure we would have named him Caleb.) But he knows and responds to his name. Now he is protected with a new spelling and middle name. There is so much to do when adopting! Paperwork, getting the house in order...smoke detectors, childproofing, etc etc...they don't care if your house is spotless thank goodness haha if you know me, that will NEVER happen, I don't have time. lol But, they need to see that his needs are met and that he has his own room. There are three bedrooms in the basement, but the kids are too young to be down there. So, we made do with what we had!
That's more than enough for tonight. Thank you for your prayers. OH and thank you for the birthday cards, presents and visits! It made turning 39 a whole lot easier!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Jaima, the cowgirl, who desperately wants a pony!

Little Man, dressed up as Little Bear

JaidenIlo, who always has to pose, dressed as a Snow White Kitty Cat

John, with Lisa and Ayden, he's got big arms and is very useful for holding babies
when it comes to Mommies digging in diaper bags and whatnot!

Ian, my little oliphant

We had a great time at Open Bible's Harvest Party. I admit I ate too much cotton candy. (Note to self:  Never ever drink Mt. Dew and eat cotton candy!)

Today is my 39 forever birthday...I don't want to celebrate anymore...haha...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

And now we are six...

Well, there are a lot of questions about Ayden, and I will try and answer them here.

Ayden Michael is 9 months old. He joined our family on October 2. We are permanent legal guardians, and his birth parents have terminated their parental rights, which means we can adopt him after we have a "home study" done by a social worker. Of course, a judge also have to approve the adoption. So, although things are not finalized as of today, we believe that Ayden is here to stay.

His birth parents made a very brave decision in seeking help for their son. We ask that you continue to pray for them both.

 Ayden has some medical issues with his breathing. He requires nebulizer treatments up to 5 times per day. His nine month checkup yesterday showed remarkable improvement and his lungs were clear for the first time in months! He is also growing and becoming more active. Which means I have had to childproof the house all over again. He also loves to jump and stand up, and is very curious.

We have been asked a lot of questions, and upon doing some googling, I have found that they are typical questions asked of adoptive parents. I have also learned that people can be quite blunt in their questioning.

Yes, we "already have three children". Yes, we know that "some families have been waiting a long time to adopt a child". But Ayden is not a puppy, his birth parents asked us to raise him, asked us to give him a better life. We have lawyers and social workers and home health all involved in this process.

For those of you that really know us, you know our home has always been a welcoming place for kids to come! There is almost never a time when we haven't had someone visiting. From toddlers to teenagers, we love and clothe and feed whomever God brings to our door. So, us taking Ayden in was no surprise to you! We thank you for your prayers and gifts and support and love!

God knows what is best for Ayden.

Friday, October 7, 2011

I went to Wloo last night and had Ayden's birth parents sign the permanent guardianship papers. Our lawyer will go before a judge this morning and get everything finalized.

This has all happened so quickly, but we know that this is something only God could make happen. We certainly never imagined becoming parents again!

Ayden is Zoie's cousin (see previous post) and I have been praying for him for a few months. We were asked to take him last 5 days later, we are his parents.

Please pray for his birth parents. And rejoice with us as we get to have a huge impact on the life of a precious little boy!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Something wonderful...

This is Ayden. We are in the process of making him a part of our family. We have guardianship of him right now.
He is 8 months old and we think he is beautiful!

Stay tuned...and pray!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ok, I honestly forgot I had a blog! But always, the fall causes me to start reflecting on the year, and I started thinking about sharing again.

The sounds of fall have begun...corn dryers running 24/7, a constant reassuring hum...tractors in and out of the driveway, grain carts bumping along behind them...calves bawling for their mamas, who are busy eating...dirty boots marching along my freshly scrubbed floor coming in for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat, and I don't care that they are dirty because it means a few stolen moments with my man...

Our days are full, blessedly full. Cody is in college, with a full load of classes. He drives to Wloo everyday. Chase is still his roommate, and so much like another son to me, and he goes to classes full time as well as works in the kitchen at the local country club. Both boys are still in the band together and they tour all over the state. Which this mama thinks is way cool! Cody works full+ time here on the farm. He will be doing field work soon. John said that with the new steering system on the tractor that Cody will really be excelling because that kid knows computers and video games!

Jaima is busy with 4H, dance and school. She joined the school choir, too. Her daddy already got her a calf for next year's fair and soon she will be spending lots of time teaching him to lead and making him her pet. No names picked out yet...

Jaiden is finally potty trained and very independent...loves to dress herself...and watch Backyardigans! That's all we hear about and we all have to pretend the character from the show that she assigns she is Pablo and I am Uniqua...tomorrow I might be Tosha and she will be's a blast! She continues with her speech classes and has a vocabulary that shows me that God truly answers prayers! We work on s, f, g, j and y sounds. Teacher Carrie is teaching us fun ways to practice and we love making snake sounds together!

And now, there is Zoie added to our family. We have her 4-5 days a week. She will be two on October 5. And what a joy it has been to have her here. She is so little, especially compared to our clan! We are helping her mommy out. Zoie has a three-year-old sister and a newborn sister, and mommy is young. John and I decided to do all we can to ensure that Miss Zoie gets to grow up never knowing what it is to be without. A loving home, plenty of good food, and love beyond all understanding. Will you pray for Zoie and her family with us?

Me? My days are full to capacity! Cooking, cleaning, laundry, picking up after the two little ones...I have found toys in the weirdest places! I am also teaching/leading a college Bible class on Tuesday evenings, the one I recently graduated from. John and I are also teaching Sunday school every other month. Wednesday is church night for all of us. Both girls are in dance. I spend a lot of time in the truck, but I don't mind...this is my life and I love livin it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fourth Grade!

Jaima Lulu - actually this is from day two since it rained on day one!

She doesn't know what to do without her sister home!
Jaiden twirls her hair when she's tired or nervous.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Preheat oven to 350.

2 lbs hamburger, browned, seasoned with 1 TBS taco seasoning and 1 TBS pepper steak seasoning, salt and pepper. Add one chopped onion and 1 cup chopped peppers (I use yellow, green and red - but if you only have green that's fine!). Drain grease if needed.

Puree one can stewed tomatoes - or use fresh - and add to mixture. Drain and rinse one can black beans and add. Add 1/2 cup taco sauce or salsa.

Prepare 2 cups rice according to package directions. Stir in.

OK - here's the fun part: Spray a 9x13 casserole with cooking spray. Pour in the beef mixture. Top with shredded cheddar, pepper strips and tortilla chip strips (found in the salad toppings section).

Bake 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
Serve with hot sauce and sour cream if you like.

I invented this recipe because we love stuffed peppers but hate all the work of stuffing them! You can also put a cup of the casserole in a tortilla and eat it that way.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sweet tea and zucchini pie

and grilled pepperoni pizza...

Zucchini Pie

2 ready made pie crusts pre-baked as directed. Or make your own!
Preheat oven to 325.

Saute 1 clove minced garlic in 1 TBS olive oil.
Chop one onion and add.
Stir in 1 sliced zucchini and 1 sliced summer squash. Saute until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a bowl combine 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella, 1.5 cups shredded cheddar and one cup mayonnaise.
Slice 1-2 tomatoes.

Layer in each pie shell: tomatoes, zucchini mixture, top with half the cheese.

Bake for 40 minutes.


I got a new cookbook - Country Cooking with Trisha Yearwood. Amazing recipes that my Grandma cooked and my Mommy. This recipe is from there - only I didn't put in the water chestnuts because John doesn't like them.

The pie in the back has a cup of spaghetti sauce instead of the tomatoes. It turned out a little sweeter. I like the one with tomatoes better.

John hardly ever buys himself anything. Today, he got a smoker grill. So, Jaima and Daddy went through the recipe book that came with it and decided to grill a pizza since we didn't have any beef thawed. It turned out EXCELLENT and we ate it before I could take a pic. Jaima is one good cook!

I also love a good glass of sweet tea. I usually make a homemade syrup, but I cheated today and made it with my Keurig coffee maker. I like to drink the first glass right after it's brewed, when it's still kinda warm. Trisha Yearwood said that in her book, too. Then, I have to have tons of ice for the rest. I figure since I don't put sugar in my coffee or hot tea anymore, I can indulge in my summertime favorite!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The clouds are rolling in and I hope that means rain. We are getting a little relief from the heat this morning. Last night, even with the air on, it was too hot to sleep...

I swept the garage this morning and cleaned the pool, I am sure Jaiden will be in it within ten minutes of waking up.

I'm thinking of having another chocolate party, lol, but maybe a veggie party instead? I'm really feeling the need to get back on track - maybe when the heat wave is over...maybe right now...depends on what is in the fridge for breakfast haha

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Indoor Pool!

I caught Chloe eating my cucumbers!

Indoor swimming hole!
John went and bought a plastic cattle tank for us to swim in today! We put it in the garage so it would be out of the hot sun (and so no one can see me in it haha) and filled it with water from the basement faucet so it would be warm. It is filled to the third line now, and Jaiden and I were in it most of the afternoon.

Jaima is at cousin Kennedi's for the weekend. Ken had a softball tournament and tonight they are going to a baseball game complete with fireworks. She is going to be one tired girl when she gets home tomorrow!

Sent John on a sweetcorn quest today and he says there is none to be found! Disappointing! I wanted to have grilled burgers and corn for dinner.

Jaiden is begging me to get back in the pool but I am a little tired lol "Maybe tomorrow?" "Maybe tomorrow, Jaiden!"

Happy Nappy

Today is the kind of day where you just stay in your comfy clothes in the living room and watch TV - or in my case, Cody playing Guitar Hero Metallica! He plays and I sing along lol - I used to play Metallica to him when he was in my tummy! He just smiled at me and said, "Look, Mama, I got five stars!" Sometimes, it's great knowing that I raised him right and he still loves me and enjoys hanging out with me. "Her children will rise up and call her blessed." Proverbs 31 something.

Jaima Lulu is at Kennedi and Kaiden's in Wloo for the weekend. Sure is quiet around here. Jaiden is lounging in the Big chair, combing her hair and watching her brother. Daddy is on ther hunt for a plastic cattle tank for us to swim in...I have bought way too many cheap plastic pools in the last ten years, it's time to get something durable - and we have a high heat warning for this next week and I want to be able to cool down...

My friend, Sue, was teasing me this morning because I am not taking the kids to the parade in Waverly. I hate parades. When I worked at the radio station I had to ride in every parade in Bremer County all summer long. Waving and smiling and tossing candy. Pretty much killed my love for parades. And besides they can't miss what they don't know? Right? lol

Friday, July 15, 2011

Chocolate Par-tay!

Last night I invited my friends, new and old, over for a chocolate party. Sometimes, you just need to let go and do something unexpected. Take a risk. Open your heart and the front door. Show your friends how much they mean to you. Everyone had name tags that said, "HI! I'm Carolyn's friend_______"
Sue, Rhonda and Cheryle

At our house, if you can't get this comfortable, then we've done something wrong. Sitting at the kitchen table with your feet up means you're like family! This is me, Jaima and Julie.

Cody, Jaiden and Jaclyn, eating brownies with ice cream AND hot fudge

Daan and her dorky face!

He was licking the plate but my camera was not cooperating!

So, I challenge you, have a chocolate party. Overindulge. Be yourself. Open your home. It was a great excuse for me to clean! Invite everyone you know.
You'll find it an uplifting reminder that you are never alone!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Just had to add these two photos taken by the Butler County Fair.

Today is Friday, although I woke up not having a clue as to what day of the week it was! Nothing is on the calendar today and that is a good thing! I'm working on my floors, which takes quite a while since we have all wood now. But I enjoy the end result. As I continue to PURGE my house of all of the clutter, I feel so free! Free to decorate more. Free to set up an area for me to finally work on my scrapbooking. I never finished Cody's and neither of the girls have even begun. I have every supply known to man and have yet to devote any of my free time to doing one of my favorite hobbies.

I do have a prayer request. The woman (and friend!) of mine who has been taking my INSTE classes with me has decided not to continue on to the next level. There has to be at least two students in order for the class to be held. Will you pray that God will stir the heart of someone who has been contemplating continuing on in the INSTE program? Will you pray that I will listen for God's voice, and that if He is telling me "no" that I will obey him? I really want to finish this and get my Degree of Ministry. I want to be able to teach the Bible with more understanding. I want to lead others to Christ, plain and simple, and if God is telling me "No more school right now." then I will accept that. I can disciple right here at home, at the grocery store, anywhere I go. I can teach Sunday School ( which I have been asked to do, and even John has agreed to help! if God leads me to do that). But my heart is calling me to lead. God hasn't given me a spirit of fear when it comes to stepping up and speaking! lol Thank you, my friends, for praying for me. And let me now how I can be praying for you!

For the past week, I have been working with the girls on cleaning up after themselves. Putting things back where they belong. etc etc. They are beginning to see that Mommy has done a lot for them. That the initial cleanup is awful, but picking up each day is a lot easier. I've had to remind them a lot, but it is working! It's a real breakthrough for me to acknowledge and admit that I CAN'T DO IT ALL! So we are working on the family room this week. Next week, their bedroom, and I may have to call in extra help for that one - what a mess.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Sometimes, life lets us down. Like having your heart set on getting away and then having to be a grownup and be responsible...we have to postpone our Arkansas getaway...too many new cattle here to take care of and other farmy things...

On the bright side, I can attend my 20th high school reunion on Friday night - oh boy - I get to go see how old all of my friends have become. Because, of course, I haven't aged a bit. Just sayin.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Get your feet off of the table, silly girl! This isn't dance practice!

The calves, being let out to pasture for the first time, kicking up their heels!

Chloe, being cute!

Big Dummy, being dumb, getting caught sleeping in my chair AGAIN!

Apollo, looking sad, because he got caught on the couch AGAIN!

John and the tenHoeve boys at Roland's birthday party, I'm sure they were talking farming!

I love this picture of Liesbeth, I accidentally cut off Lisa, but I love this smile!
We had a great time last Friday at tenHoeve's.
I was out in my garden this morning and two goldfinches flew right in front of my face - it was beautiful!!!!I figured I had better pull weeds before we go on vacation! Then, i came inside and paid bills, which made me not want to go on vacation lol - it's all good. We head for Arkansas Friday morning. I went to Walmart today and got everything we might need for the long drive. John used to be a truck driver, so there's no stopping along the way. One of us girls usually ends up crying about how bad we have to go potty before he will stop hahaha. Dan-o will take care of the farm while we are away. We haven't left since our last trip to Arkansas So, I am excited. John and I will be staying at a bed&breakfast and the kiddos with Grammy and Papa.

John and Cody just pulled in the yard with the last load of hay for the day. It's 3:30, I think they started at 9am. Looong day, too bad I just ate the last piece of cheesecake lol

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today's Motto

"Today I will not let anyone get me frazzled. Today I will reply positively to any negativity I receive. Today I will zip it, instead of snap back. Today I will let some things roll off my shoulders. Today I will remember that the best teaching moments are quiet moments, not the reactionary ones."

courtesy of one of my favorite blog's Clover Lane

I will also add:

"Today I will pray without ceasing and know that you are my God. Today I will turn to You before I open my mouth, make a decision or be tempted to scream!"

This is one of my favorite mom blogs to read because she is so real. She is raising 5 kids and she admits she yells sometimes and that her house isn't perfect. That's it!

VBS week

I've been helping out with Bible School this week in the preschool room. Almost 50 three and four year olds! And it is so fun! Today, I am not feeling well, so am resting at home. Don't know if it is allergies or what.

The girls spent the night in town at Jaclyn's last night. What a treat for me! I can't remember the last time I had a night to myself! I guess they both slept in Jac's bed with her and Jac ended up on the floor!

My little ballerina...

I loved their hairpieces!
These pics taken with old camera
I found a really good deal on a camera yesterday so will be trying out taking pics around the farm. I love my  morning view and wanted to capture it to share with you all. The girls' had dropped my old camera so often and the lens was scratched. Let's call it my anniversary present to myself. Nine years on June 2nd!
Jethro, the first thing he does when I let him inside is run and jump in my chair! Taken with new camera...

Picture Day!

Danielle and I in the hammock - notice which side is lower? hahahaha
Hammock photos taken by Liesbeth, who just thought this was the funniest thing.
 You can see part of Roland, he just had to listen in to the girl talk!

Divas! Relaxing on a Sunday afternoon

Chloe - I was trying out my new and improved camera - this is one spoiled dog!

Jaiden's always posing for pics - att-it-tude!

My sweet angel, Jaima, she is growing up way too fast!