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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]
2024-05-28 11:25
Last week, I was asked to share a tip for people new to homesteading or raising animals. My answer was a little different from the others, and people liked it.My answer:Invest in good infras… Read More
2024-05-22 11:40
Karen, a long-time friend and dear sister in the Lord, told me that she has stage 4 cancer with open wounds. She has been in stage 4 for 18 months and feels what she is doing is prolong… Read More
Harvest Time
2024-05-20 18:12
As a young woman, I could not imagine doing what I will do today. I was too weak-minded and not connected to the food I ate. I am grateful to the Lord for the mental strength, the provision… Read More
Want To Raise Some Of Your Own Food?
2024-05-20 04:00
One of the highlights of my farm chores is collecting the 4-5 dozen quail eggs a day. We have raised them off and on since 1995. The humble quail eats very little but gives so much in return… Read More
2024-05-18 04:00
A friend has been picking my brain about releasing some coturnix quail on his farm. He just wants to see them around and realizes they may not do that well. It's not something I would person… Read More
2024-05-14 14:57
‘She sat at the back and they said she was shy,She led from the front and they hated her pride,They asked her advice and then questioned her guidance,They branded her loud, then were s… Read More
2024-05-13 20:55
Both Emily (16 years old) and Hannah (15 years old) were enrolled in college today! Penn Foster was happy to give them both a waiver since they are under 17 years old. Caleb is purchasi… Read More
Goose Scribble
2024-05-13 04:00
I should have switched to a different pencil for the neck to make those areas look lighter.This was drawn from a picture of one of our geese Read More
2024-05-07 04:00
Sarah, Rebecca, Josiah, Angel Noel, Abigail, Benjamin, Mary, Isaac, and JonathanFaith is not a magic pill that removes our pain. Faith is what helps us bear it. Today, I choose to be th… Read More
2024-05-07 04:00
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep… Read More
2024-04-28 12:27
Clint and I are enjoying a spur-of-the-moment 10-day vacation. We decided to "run away together" in the middle of a hectic week. We found a beachfront house in the 4x4 area we enjoy. Then we… Read More
2024-04-23 17:19
Caleb and Elora are engaged to be married. Clint and I are very happy for them. Our entire family is ecstatic! God has poured out blessings upon us! Read More
2024-04-21 04:00
"Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grac… Read More
2024-04-14 04:00
 Religion tells you what you must do to be saved, Christianity tells you it is done for you. Jesus said "It is finished!" on the cross. The Bible is clear all we have to do is BELIEVE… Read More
2024-04-14 04:00
 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Matthew 24:8A birth pang is a contraction during pregnancy.synonyms for pang: agony, anguish, discomfort, spasms… Read More
Hannah's Graduation Photo
2024-04-12 04:00
Hannah graduated at 14 years old in December 2023 if you go by the completion of her course. But, due to some issues on the school's part, she graduated at 15 years old in January 2024 if yo… Read More
2024-04-10 15:40 challenge you to listen to this and see if your beliefs are accurate.  Read More
2024-04-10 13:13 the course of this lesson, Pastor Woods goes into why we, those who believe in Christ as Savior, can not lose our s… Read More
2024-04-10 12:04
I don't mention my miscarried and stillborn babies often because I don't want to drag others down. Today, I will mention one of them briefly. I want it in our family archives that I did not… Read More
Hatching Time Quail Cage Update
2024-04-09 20:59
Because I recommended the cage to so many, I want to give a full disclosure. I am using JB Weld Water to fix the leaking issues with our 5-layer Hatching Time quail cage. This is a… Read More
2024-04-02 12:50
Friends of mine asked why I was talking so calmly about our world's current state of affairs. I am not worried. My Savior has it all under control. He loved those who follow Him so much… Read More
2024-03-31 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… Read More
2024-03-29 14:12
I recently shipped a young friend a box of cuttings, plants, etc from our farm to get her started at her new home. She asked me if she could put the plants on her porch to protect them from… Read More
Plant Tags
2024-03-23 04:00
(I am an Amazon affiliate. They pay me a tiny commission for sharing links. I appreciate everything you purchase through one of my links.) I gave up buying the write-on plant tags a goo… Read More
2024-03-21 19:14 massive altar for the red heifer sacrifice has already been built. See it in the video embedded in the article.  Read More
My Amazing Husband
2024-03-21 04:00
 Chainsaw Clint has many talents including electrical, technical, construction, car repair, HAM radio, and even calming frightened and rearing horses, etc, etc, etc!!! He also enjoys th… Read More
Hannah Class Of January 2024
2024-03-19 04:00
Hannah completed her high school work in 2023, but with the way the paperwork and delays worked out, her diploma was issued in January 2024 Read More
2024-03-14 18:06
KingsHatchery on Ebay: I paid for 210 quail eggs. They sent 258. Of those, 215 hatched. That is an 83% hatch rate. I've ordered from them twice before and have another order on the way. They… Read More
2024-03-11 14:22
At 9:20 a.m. today, I had a phone call from Joshua. He and Caleb were in the direct path of a fleeing fugitive this morning. In an effort to evade police, the fugitive engaged a co-worker in… Read More
2024-03-09 05:00
I bought myself a bulb to force so I would have some color in the house during late winter.This is a double red amaryllis and there are still two bulbs to open Read More
Seed Organization Part 2
2024-03-08 05:00
A few years ago, I reorganized my seeds and put the packets into folders in bins because no other organization method works. Shortly before a singular audacious murine vermin invaded my… Read More
Caleb Taught Emily How To Do A Burnout.
2024-03-07 05:00
Caleb was loading a car on his trailer to take to the metal yard. He saw Emily and decided to teach her how to do a burnout before he loaded it. I am so thankful they let me be part of momen… Read More
2024-03-06 19:21
Please pray for our friend S. I went to middle and part of high school with him. He has been mentioned in the blog previously for cancer. He went to TX for a trial drug. His condition has de… Read More
Plant Fun
2024-03-06 05:00
After my ginger died back for the winter, I planted rye over it to give me something green to enjoy in the house. I'll feed this to my geese soon. I had to add the googly eyes! Have a great… Read More
2024-03-05 05:00
We had an abandoned newborn right at the same time the high fever hit me.Life kicks hard. Kick back harder!Perseverance gets it done.The baby was born a few days before 2/14 and had to be bo… Read More
2024-03-03 05:00
"There are those who say that God won’t give us anything we can’t handle. That’s only true for temptations. Other than that, He gives us more than we can handle so that we… Read More
X2 Kitties At The Window Seat
2024-03-02 05:00
Caleb's Ace, the one who is supposed to stay outside, and Emily's MarvelAce comes indoors to sleep. He goes outside at night.I rarely ever see Marvel because she is almost always next to Emi… Read More
2024-03-01 16:12
Joshua moved into an apartment with a good friend today. We will miss having him at home, but we are also happy for him on this next big step in life. 4 moved out, 3 to go Read More
2024-02-29 05:00
I have several elderly friends on very limited budgets trying to eat well and also pay for medical necessities. Many are going hungry, eating unhealthily, or having to budget very carefully… Read More
2024-02-28 12:26
Brandon is making the most of his training in Houston for Honeywell. He was able to see the Houston Space Center Saturday and attended Sugar Land Bible Church Sunday. He is also showing some… Read More
A Daughter Is A Blessing To Have
2024-02-28 05:00
There are days I feel like a failure. Then one of my children builds me up.I am so very thankful for the close relationships I have with all of my children.As flawed as I am, I am also very… Read More
289 More Eggs In The 'bator
2024-02-27 05:00
 I just set another 289 quail eggs in the incubator. They are from ebay seller KingsHatchery2013 who I was delighted to learn are my brothers and sisters in the Lord. They sent a card w… Read More
2024-02-26 15:18
“All Satan’s Apples Have Worms. I do not deny that the Devil has some pretty apples; I just say that all of them are fakes and that after you bite into them, you will find they h… Read More
Rooting Thai Basil
2024-02-26 05:00
rooting station with Thai basil cuttingsThai basil is savory and spicy and pairs well with beef or chicken. We like it in Pad Kra Pao (Thai basil beef). My whole family LOVES it. Medicinally… Read More
2024-02-25 22:41
Sarah has been mentioned in the blog before. Our family loves her. She is young and has had many major health issues, but she has a very strong faith and bold testimony for Jesus.Sarah had a… Read More
2024-02-25 22:36
Tippy has been mentioned in the blog before. He is family friend and a co-worker of Clint's and Amanda's. Tippy recently discovered he has brain cancer. He is undergoing treatment this… Read More
Incubating Quail Eggs In A Pan Of Rice
2024-02-24 05:00
My incubator is homemade. I've used it for several years, and Clint just overhauled it this year. To test it, I purchased quail eggs.I did not have quail egg trays, so I used rice in an alum… Read More
$6 Quail Brooder
2024-02-22 05:00
Picture came out darker than reality, but Clint made me a quail brooder last night. We found the cooler left behind on one of our remote camping trips a few years ago. We packed it out with… Read More
Colorful Eggs
2024-02-21 05:00
I have had all of the colorful egg layers over the years, so they aren't a big deal to me. However, my sweet Emily said she wanted some green and blue eggs. So, I bought her some chicks. :-)… Read More
2024-02-20 22:20
Brandon is in Texas for the next two weeks for Honeywell. He is giving retired military personnel exposure to the company in addition to work/training. He is loving his job! Read More
Amanda Goofed
2024-02-20 05:00
The airline wrapped around the roll, so she had to quickly shut off the large machine to avert a bigger issue.Her co-worker told my fun-loving girl to pose for a picture Read More
A Helping Hannah
2024-02-19 05:00
As a homeschooling parent, I always tried to reinforce and reward the behavior I wanted. It has paid off. I came inside from doing something and saw this. Hannah saw sand on the couch from t… Read More
2024-02-16 17:49
With my particular set of God-given interests and talents, I used to think I should have been born during a different time period. When I was a teen and in my 20s, none of my friends were in… Read More
2024-02-16 05:00
I do not care if I fit in with another person or a group of people.I do not care if they love me or hate me.I want to reflect Jesus.I am His Read More
2024-02-14 05:00
"Real love is not simply the words 'I love you.' Real love, God's love, is the love described in 1 Corinthians 13. It's a daunting checklist because we fall so short of God's definition of r… Read More
2024-02-13 21:08
I lost a goose that I had for over 10 years today. It could simply hear my voice and come running and flying to me honking with exuberant joy. That made conversations in the yard or by an op… Read More
2024-02-13 20:02
"Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just; a God who is all love, but not holy; a God who has a heaven for everybody, but a hell for none; a God who ca… Read More
2024-02-13 16:24
Hannah's high school diploma arrived yesterday evening!Thoughts:I have worked myself right out of a job.I have taught seven people to read and write. That was an honor and a privilege.I have… Read More
How I Treated Ace's (the Cat's) Bronchitis
2024-02-12 05:00
Here's Ace, the cat that is not supposed to be in the house. It's a long-time running joke.Ace had bronchitis recently. He gets it every winter, and it can last a month or longer. Since it d… Read More
2024-02-08 13:59
Our Christian school made us wear culottes for PE. They had to be within an inch of our knee cap or they were considered immodest and we would be sent home. When my first daughter was a pre… Read More
2024-02-06 05:00
I was given a gift card to Starbucks. I don't care for them, so I asked Bethany if she had one near where she lives in Chicago. She did. It was the perfect pick-me-up before her night at wor… Read More
Yet Another Excelling Homeschool Graduate
2024-02-03 05:00
There goes another homeschool graduate excelling again!Brandon has FAR exceeded his employer's expectations. Brandon finishes the jobs anywhere from 3 days to two weeks ahead of time. … Read More
2024-02-02 14:25
So we paid for a premium service (unloading a very large order to our farm) with a company. They called Clint yesterday and told him that they couldn't find anyone to unload the order, but t… Read More
Swan Scribble
2024-02-01 05:00
I had a time with the wings and shadows on the water, but I am pretty happy with the head/neck area Read More
For Sale: Comfrey Goldenseal Salve
2024-01-31 15:26
Another Happy CustomerI have made another batch and it is available for sale.$25 for four ounces.Interested? Send me an email at the address in the header of this page referencing this link… Read More
Caleb's Birdhouse
2024-01-31 05:00
I liked the birdhouse he made so much, that I bought it from Caleb.It sits on my thrift store table and hides some of my candles Read More
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Grinding Pumpkin Seeds In A Grain Mill
2024-01-26 05:00
Yes, you can grind pumpkin seeds. I was blessed with a couple of bushels of pumpkins and other cucurbits from a neighbor. I did some internet searches to see if they could be milled and… Read More
2024-01-24 14:33
I tape notes around the house when the "live here" children start getting slack on following house rules like taking their boots off at the door. I overheard one of my "on their own" childre… Read More
Meet Marvel
2024-01-23 05:00
Queen MarvelMiracleMeet Emily's Queen Marvel whose name is derived from her mother, Dutchess, and her legendary grandmother, Miracle. Dutchess lives outdoors and keeps me company when I am g… Read More
Ace, The Invader
2024-01-22 05:00
One would think the pillows I made to match our dining room chairs were made just for Ace. Ace allegedly lives outdoors, but I see him inside napping much of the time now. I think he naps in… Read More
2024-01-21 05:00
The world is WICKED.It shouldn’t come as a shock to any of us.The Lord isn’t surprised.He’s been dealing with EVIL since the beginning of time.The battle isn’t agains… Read More

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