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We are a Christian homeschooling family of 9 sharing experiences on our 14 acre farm in rural Virginia. Blog entries could feature anything going on in our lives: our walk with Christ, triumphs and struggles, homeschool, family life, helpful hints, tips for large family living, rural living, herbal medicine, etc. If you enjoyed your visit, please drop us a line at [email protected]
The Girl From The Farm Got It Done...
2023-05-27 04:00
For three days, workers tried to catch this little bird. Amanda went to work and caught it in her hat as it flew by her. She noticed it was very dehydrated, took care of it, and released it Read More
In High Demand
2023-05-26 04:00
I drop everything when he comes home because he is only here for such a short time before work sends him out again. He is excelling in his new job and is in very high demand Read More
Transformer Statues
2023-05-24 04:00
Bethany and her friend Jeremy enjoyed seeing the Transformer statues at Navy Pier in Chicago while they were there.Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed b… Read More
Hiding Bodies
2023-05-23 04:00
I am full of joy each day I get to work with my two youngest girls by my side.We have so much fun together! Read More
2023-05-21 13:39
Frustrated with the ineffective protocols of allopathic medicine to treat an ear infection in my son and also with a severe condition I had in my pregnancies, I received my certificate as a… Read More
2023-05-21 04:00
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know… Read More
Yet Another Batch Of Kombucha
2023-05-19 12:52
This is part of the way through the first ferment.I used Moringa and Black Tea for this batch.We make two gallons at a time and love to flavor it with pineapple ginger Read More
Sunrise Over The River
2023-05-18 04:00
Our home is located on a peninsula on a peninsula if you can picture that. In any one direction, I will quickly run into water. We "spiral" our way out of our neighborhood. We get such beaut… Read More
Mother's Day Left Me Feeling Quite Spoiled
2023-05-15 22:59
This Mother's Day gift gave Clint and me two wonderful meals. Clint cooked everything while I sat in the rocker recliner.My loving Father and my family spoil me. I am so thankful for their l… Read More
2023-05-15 20:17
“Let each one of us, if we have done nothing for Christ, begin to do something now. The distribution of tracts is the first thing…When preaching and private talk are not availab… Read More
2023-05-15 15:16
I am spending the day bulk cooking after 10 days away from home with my one and only, Clint. I am also working on returning calls and messages. My love to all! Read More
2023-05-15 15:14
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. –1 C… Read More
2023-05-13 04:00
"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter… Read More
2023-05-11 04:00
 What are the benefits of homeschooling?Homeschooling, or educating children at home rather than in a traditional school setting, can offer several benefits. Here are a few potential ad… Read More
Waiting On Me
2023-05-10 04:00
Clint and Penny are waiting on me in the car. Marty was at my feet. She will not get into the car until I do because she wants to make sure I am going.Handsome man, pretty puppy, loyal canin… Read More
2023-05-09 13:54 If you are not aware of what is going on, this is well worth your time to listen.I found a video that shares more about the chatbox he re… Read More
Bigfoot Encounter
2023-05-09 13:20
The girls made a friend while we were on the road. When we stopped, Emily took a good look at it, looked at me, put her open hand to her face, and said, "Ugh, he's not very attractive, is he… Read More
Love Changes Things
2023-05-08 04:00
Marty was terrified of Clint when we received her from bad circumstances. She would try to bite him if he came too close to her. She is missing most of her teeth, so she never did any damage… Read More
2023-05-07 04:00
 "God, I pray for those who are walking through trials and difficulties, challenges right now, valleys and low points. God, I pray that they would know in this moment, just like Job kne… Read More
2023-05-07 04:00
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;the flame shall not hurt thee; I only designthy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine… Read More
2023-05-06 04:00
"God designed mothers to partner with Him in His eternal work.. It is for the children's sake that we give our lives. We are protecting future generations that they might be strong for the b… Read More
Boxed Marty
2023-05-04 04:00
Marty and I had arrived home late. I had a lot of packages to open and things to put away. She was so very tired and kept letting me know with groans that she wanted me to go upstairs so she… Read More
2023-05-03 04:00
Few things will last after we die, but our children and their children will live throughout eternity. What we do as mothers, therefore, has eternal significance. -Sa… Read More
KY Jeep In Tennessee
2023-04-29 04:00
I saw the Jeep struggling to get up the hill where we were parked while Clint used his phone to get directions. When they pulled in beside us, I alerted Clint to the situation. The Jeep was… Read More
2023-04-28 14:28
notes taken from: We put God first and exalt him and not ourselves. We live to glorify Him and not ourselves.2. We su… Read More
Ya'll Can Hate On Me If You Want To...
2023-04-26 13:43
 Clint was driving. I took the picture. That little black car was closer to us when the following happened. It was almost hit head-on by a reckless driver. If the driver of the black ca… Read More
2023-04-26 12:59
Well, the word came several days earlier than planned. It has not been announced within the company yet though. (It's OK for me to post it here.)Amanda passed her Industrial Master Tech exam… Read More
2023-04-25 21:16
I expect I can share some great news for Amanda soon. We were told it will happen. We're just waiting for the official word Read More
2023-04-25 14:25
 all nations were deceived by your sorcery. Revelation 18:23bφαρμακείαpharmakeiafar-mak-i'-ahFrom G5332; medication (&ldq&hell…Read More
2023-04-24 14:17
 Revelation 9:15-21And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.And the number of the army of… Read More
2023-04-24 13:10
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, Until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shal… Read More
2023-04-23 04:00
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that… Read More
Problem Student
2023-04-21 04:00
 Emily had to discipline her problem student in the 1901 Beechgrove two-room schoolhouse in the Cataloochee Valley Read More
Hiking? Overlanding? Consider A Jase Case
2023-04-20 04:00 and I highly recommend having emergency antibiotics on hand as long as you take the time to learn when and how to use them. The educational paperwork that arriv… Read More
Bethany Success!
2023-04-20 04:00
  Bethany has received a promotion and a big raise! She has also found a larger apartment she can afford on her own and will move into that on May 15th.When she moved to Chicago at… Read More
2023-04-19 04:00
Bethany was promoted to manager at the restaurant where she works! She was given a nearly $5-an-hour raise. She plans to hold the position for two years and then use her business degree, whi… Read More
2023-04-18 13:00
As of last week, Emily, 15 years old, has finished her homeschooled high school and has a state-accredited diploma. Way to go Emily! Read More
Crazy Is My Middle Name.
2023-04-17 04:00
  I sent Amanda a link to a Madagascar roach hissing to let her know I was thinking about her. Previously, I let her know that Amazon sells live ones. She gave me a very stern warn… Read More
2023-04-16 04:00
 Clint asked me to be his girlfriend. We have been together ever since. What a precious gift God gave me when He sent me Clint! Read More
2023-04-13 14:25
"When one is truly living for the Lord, one longs to fellowship with other believers. Resist the pull of this world. You can easily see examples of people who have completely given… Read More
Poodle Fur For Baby Birds
2023-04-11 04:00
Over the 12+ years we had her, we found several bird nests on our farm with Maggie's fur in them. I wonder how many birds will line their nest with Penny's fur. Here's to giving the mama bir… Read More
Three Left Behind
2023-04-11 04:00
We didn't take them with us on a short outing and it broke their hearts.Joshua took the picture Read More
I Choose Joy
2023-04-10 15:18
I have plenty of reasons (much more than this) to be depressed and give up on life. You'll have to read through the typos to read the text messages from today. I am thankful for the understa… Read More
2023-04-10 14:17
Caleb and Dashon have maintained a good relationship even though they have both moved to different jobs. Dashon's car had a damaged radiator from overheating a few weeks ago. He called… Read More
2023-04-09 04:00
 Happy Eas✞er!to our family and friendsnear and far, old and new,close and estrangedfrom The Asbell Family!Dear Reader, As we observe Easter, let us examine ourselves and tr… Read More
2023-04-07 04:00
Caleb brought the work for his side job to where I was working so we could spend some extra time together. He is fixing and painting a $1500 food service cart Read More
Clemmys Joy
2023-04-06 04:00
A clemmys sighting brings me joy!She was moved to safety and was not held up from her mission long. She was heavy enough that I suspect she had eggs to lay.Since this species is endangered… Read More
2023-04-05 21:53
We had an incident on the farm today. A boy's uncollared, untrained dog got loose and tore into one of our top hens. The 15-year-old boy was polite and apologetic. I felt bad for him. H… Read More
Asbell Adventures: Our Inexpensive Set Up
2023-04-05 04:00
We stay comfortable. We have a full-sized inner spring queen-sized mattress that fits in the back of the suburban. Clint puts down a log to help me step in and out of the Suburban. Some of o… Read More
Natural Tunnel State Park
2023-04-04 04:00
 On our way to the Daniel Boone National Forest, we stopped by Natural Tunnel. Emily and Hannah had not been before. They loved exploring!! The chair lifts were not running, so we had a… Read More
2023-04-02 04:00
He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;… Read More
2023-04-02 00:42
Last night, we lost Ratchet, Clint's dog. Ratchet is the puppy that picked Clint. They had a very strong bond. It broke my heart to see my husband lose his little buddy. She followed him eve… Read More
It Wasn't A Candle.
2023-03-31 04:00
When Amanda came in to do Bible study with us, she handed this to me. I was excited because I thought she was gifting me a candle.Nope. It is plastic that extruded from a rupture disk (press… Read More
Pretty Penny The Poodle
2023-03-30 04:00
Pretty Penny is one smart puppy, and that makes her a handful!She is a delight!Her exceedingly great exuberance for life and our family is inspiring.She jumps up into my arms when I return h… Read More
Traffic Tale
2023-03-27 04:00
  Caleb walked into my bedroom saying, "Don't worry! I didn't do anything illegal." LOL! I never know what this one will bring home next. He received this from a man who runs a com… Read More
Sunbeam Battles
2023-03-25 04:00
I'm doing research for Clint for an upcoming event. As I started organizing the paperwork, I foolishly set my computer in the sunbeam. 13-year-old Marty, the long-haired chihuahua, had a str… Read More
Plastic Pile
2023-03-24 04:00
This is what happens when the takeoff stops but the extruders keep running.-Clint Read More
Guitar Face
2023-03-22 04:00
Not only can Caleb play a little, but he plays by ear like his great-grandfather Rollis did.And, he builds some of his own instruments!This is a black walnut guitar face. He sent me the pict… Read More
2023-03-22 04:00
Amanda and her co-worker, Kim, went to an escape room.They received kudos for escaping since only 33% succeed in this room.They plan to go again and asked yours truly to come along Read More
Answer: Every Chance I Can.
2023-03-18 13:50
The question: How often do you try to make others smile?With those I am comfortable with, I am very playful. Knowing Jesus has given me a lot of joy and it overflows into the lives of those… Read More
2023-03-17 14:30
Amanda liked the rat I put in Brandon's fridge, so I bought one and put it in her fridge. She was so tired when she came home that night, she never saw it until the next morning. N… Read More
2023-03-17 04:00
When I was 49 years old, I asked the Lord that since I had had so many (9) miscarriages and stillbirths if He could bless me with an easy menopause. I never had another period after that pra… Read More
2023-03-15 20:17
Well, we're off doing the trip I mentioned previously.Two weeksSix statesFour AsbellsTwo CaninesA Handful of Other 4WDersMany MountainsOverlanding AdventuresWe have more trips planned this y… Read More
Amanda Is The Heroine In This Story.
2023-03-15 16:59
I've known what a starter in a car looks like since I started dating Clint at 16 and kept him company while he put one in his Chevelle. The starter went out on our Suburban last night. We ar… Read More
Jalapeno Poppers
2023-03-13 04:00
Our family LOVES jalapeno poppers, so I try to keep some in the freezer.I go ahead and bake them so they just need reheating.Then I set them on a foil sheet and place another foil… Read More

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