Monday, April 21, 2014

Kindergarten Graduation!!

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She was not happy about wearing the hat :)

Her WONDERFUL teacher!!


Laurel graduated Kindergarten in her Co Op today!! I can hardly believe it! She is such a miracle kid. We were so blessed to find a great Co Op that had a wonderful teacher and a small class (she had about 6 kids in her class-a few weren't here).
Noah had his State testing this week for First Grade and Rocked it! I am so proud of him. He didn't get nervous and tested at grade level to very advanced in everything. Smart Boy! It is such a relief to this Homeschooling Mama to know we are on the right track! Blessed!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRING!

Noah getting his Tiger Cub Badge


Reading a bedtime book with Daddy....one of the NFL football books Daddy used to read when he was a boy


Coolest thing EVER! Vet school open house (Fistulated Steer)




Granny's Wisteria

Laure'l's Bad Bicycle accident. She ended up in the ER with 6 stitches and never cried!

Floating boats in "Crocodile Forest" Best day ever!



Spring and Fall are my favorite season's! Spring is so beautiful around here so as soon as it gets warm enough to be out without our jackets we slip our mudboots on and float our boats down the creek! Mud is so therapeutic!
We took the kids to the Vet school Open House and had a nice time. It was SUPER crowded and rainy but by all accounts the Fistulated Cow (cow with the plug in it) was the favorite!! I remember seeing it when I was back in college and they did a demo today for everyone. So gross and cool!!  
Laurel fell on the first hill of our first bike ride this spring. She never used her breaks going down a huge hill and went face first into gravel. 6 stitches later she looks bad but never cried. Ukraine tough I tell you!
The Wisteria and Azaleas are in full bloom and I am in heaven. Laurel says she wants Wisteria for bouquet when she gets married. A true Southern girl! :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wendy Needs A Rescuer

https://reecesrainbow.org/850/wendy-6


 
    Close your eyes a moment. Imagine never being able to open them again. How would you get around? How would you get your food and drink? Now imagine not being able to walk AND being blind. It is reality for a little child that I cannot get out of my mind. I am not even sure of her real name. She is known only as "Wendy"  to me, but I assure you that she is very real. I have seen her.
    I will back up a bit and tell you that 4 years ago, we adopted our daughter from an orphanage in EE. She was in a group of about 7 Special Needs children and "Wendy" was one of them. As far as orphanages go, we believe this was a "good" one. The director was very nice and although the  caregivers were not very friendly to us, most seemed to care for the kids. We saw "Wendy" several times being pushed in the stroller (see pic above). I know it's a bad picture but photos were NOT allowed. We also watched a scene that broke my heart. All of the kids from this group were sitting in the outdoor shed (pictured above) and played very quietly by themselves on a blanket on the ground. They were each given 1 "toy" (ie...spoon, plastic bottle, broken truck.) "Wendy" has CP and obviously had trouble sitting up by herself. They would give her a toy and sit her up and she would stay a minute and then fall over and cry and cry. She couldn't get up and nobody helped her. She would lay there and just cry. Broke. My. Heart.
    We know "Wendy" has been transferred to an Institution. It is a cruel reality in her country. Usually her orphanage transfers kids that have some type of disability at the age of 4. It is horrible but in their eyes the only way to handle special needs. Typical orphanages cannot handle special needs and so Institutions are where they go to live out their shortend lives. Life in an Institution is horrible. For Wendy it is a death sentence. The children and adults that are not mobile are kept in beds and cribs. With very few staff and very many children it is not an option to get them up and out. Their diapers are changed maybe twice a day. They never have therapy to learn to eat solid food so bottles are quickly shoved in their mouths and taken away just as quickly no matter if they are done or choking. It is real. I have seen it.
  We have to help Wendy get out! I know it will take a special family who will love a child and expect nothing in return but I believe Wendy is capable of so much more. Even if she never walks, talks, says "I love you Mama" she is a soul WORTH saving. She is a life and she deserves to be loved!
    So, for the month of March and April I will donate all of the proceeds of my Etsy shop to this sweet girl. Please visit it to see if their is anything you would like. If you are a local friend, please email me @ wrensnest01@hotmail.com for a coupon code to avoid shipping and I will deliver! If you feel lead to give a tax deductible donation you can do so here https://reecesrainbow.org/850/wendy-6. She has $1600 in her account right now and needs approximately $22,000 in order for her adoption to be paid for, it will make the financial burden so much easier on a family! Yes, it's a lot but tell me......how much is a child's life worth?

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WrensNestFarm?ref=search_shop_redirect

Monday, February 24, 2014

Pinewood Derby and Snow

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Noah won 1st place in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby!!!

Some of the cars.... His was the White one...Speed Racer!!

Waiting Nervously


Cheerwine....his new love.....and a wife beater shirt. Yep..they dressed themselves :)

Well we had SNOW!! I mean lots of snow (7" is LOTS around here). So much fun playing, roasting marshmallows and just being together. Great memories!! Just as quickly as it came however it was gone....and back to 70 as you can see by our outfits!!

Noah got to make a pinewood derby car with the Cub Scouts. After much angst he finally chose to do a Speed Racer Car. He and Mike worked hard on it and he was pretty nervous but he won all 12 races and goes to the district level.Thank goodness they actually gave out trophies this year because his heart was set on one! :)
So that's all for now.. we are plugging along with our homeschool.... dressing ourselves strangely.... (as pictured above) and enjoying life.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

E I E I O

Duncan's Birthday "He Ride"

Me & My Boy

Sweet Babies

So Gentle with Animals


Checking out the Quarry

Noah Chilling while the rest of us are working....

Laurel showing off the Ear Taggers


Chilling out after the Cow Round up

Building a New Chicken Coop




We've been getting "farmy" around here. Cousin Duncan had a birthday party and turned 2 and at his request we went on a "he ride" around their farm. It had rained a lot so we slide down one hill and almost freaked us all out but we survived. We got a tour of the Quarry which is always so cool to see.It's like being in a whole nother world!
Next, we  had "Operation Castration" at John & Rach's farm. The calves needing banding and ear tagging. This is always a much anticipated day and this year the kids helped out. We rounded the cows up with the horses and the gator and penned them in the fence. Then, they got a meal while we separated the mamas from the babies. Then the games began! We had to run them in the headgate one by one and band and ear tag them. We were pretty exhausted by the end of the day but nobody got hurt so were happy with ourselves!
Last week we took a trip to see my Grandmother on the family farm. My children have grown to love the peacocks (which used to terrify them)and I love showing them the things that made me happy as a child. Laurel loved watching the horses as usual.
This past weekend we decided our chickens needed a new coop. Ours was hastily built 12 years ago and was pretty gross. We needed some room to grow as we are down to 4 hens and would like to get more this spring. Noah "helped" Mike measure and cut but Laurel actually enjoyed it the most! It took about 6 hours but we are pretty happy with it. I love the old window we used in it.
The big news with Laurel is that she has actually been released from weekly hearing therapy!! We had her tested last week and she tested smack in the middle of "normal" range for "normal" hearing children. If you have followed this blog you know this is a miracle! She had never heard anything for her first 2 years of life. She didn't hear great the next 3 with her Auditory Neuropathy & hearing Aids. She got 1 Cochlear Implant at age 5 and saw HUGE improvement. At age 6 she got her 2nd implant and the rest is history! God has been so gracious to us with her and we are so grateful!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CHRISTMAS 2013

Noah was in another play..... "A Christmas Carol". He was young Scrooge.

Cousin's sitting at Great Great Aunt Ruthie's House

The Christmas Train!! We love doing this every year

Noah got to carry the Banner for the Grand Marshal in our local Christmas Parade :) He was so happy.

My Sweet Nephew Gunner aka "BeeBee"

My first Christmas Party in our new addition

Christmas at Nana & Poppy's house

Christmas Morning 2013...Please excuse the lackof makeup and horrible morning hair.

Christmas at the Family Farm

So we have done a lot this year! I have been horrible at recording it but as I said before, that will get better. I am ready to start recording some memories again. I am very thankful for my life and all of our family. We are blessed more than we deserve.