Tuesday, November 27, 2007

On the Occassion of Joshua's 13th Birthday!

The Birthday Boy is 13 today but we had his party on Thanksgiving Day - which was very appropriate since our children and our families are at the top of our "thankful" list. As you can see in the following photo, Joshua is taller than his mom - and very proud of it!
Joshua with Daddy and Momma

We planned a special blessing for Joshua's party. Stephen chose some wonderful scriptures to pray over this incredible son of ours.

Psalm 1 was read by Grandaddy

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Joshua with Granddaddy and Granny

Psalm 119:1-11 was read by Big Daddy

Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD.

Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.

They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.

You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.

Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!

Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.

I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.

I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.

I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

Joshua with Big Daddy and Ma

Proverbs 2 was read by Daddy

My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,

turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,

and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,

and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,

then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.

For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,

for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.

The Blessing Given

After this awesome time together reading scripture and praying - we had the party!

The party was at Aunt Michele's house

First, the cake...

then the gifts!

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4

In Memory of the "Faithful Hound"

March 11, 2004 - November 26, 2007

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted..." Psalm 34:18a

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Landing of the Pilgrims

    THE breaking waves dashed high,
    On a stern and rock-bound coast,
    And the woods against a stormy sky
    Their giant branches tossed;

    And the heavy night hung dark
    The hills and waters o'er,
    When a band of exiles moored their bark
    On the wild New England shore.

    Not as the conqueror comes,
    They, the true-hearted came;
    Not with the roll of the stirring drums,
    And the trumpet that sings of fame;

    Not as the flying come,
    In silence and in fear;--
    They shook the depths of the desert gloom
    With their hymns of lofty cheer.

    Amidst the storm they sang,
    And the stars heard, and the sea;
    And the sounding aisles of the dim woods rang
    To the anthem of the free!

    The ocean eagle soared
    From his nest by the white wave's foam;
    And the rocking pines of the forest roared--
    This was their welcome home!

    There were men with hoary hair
    Amidst that pilgrim band:
    Why had they come to wither there,
    Away from their childhood's land?

    There was woman's fearless eye,
    Lit by her deep love's truth;
    There was manhood's brow serenely high,
    And the fiery heart of youth.

    What sought they thus afar?
    Bright jewels of the mine?
    The wealth of seas, the spoils of war?--
    They sought a faith's pure shrine!

    Ay, call it holy ground,
    The soil where first they trod.
    They have left unstained what there they found--
    Freedom to worship God.

    Felicia Dorothea Hemans

Grow Out Pen

I finally got a photo of the quail in the grow out pen. They love being out in the open side of their box. They are still pretty isolated since we have boards up around the shed to keep them from seeing out. We try to take care of them at night so they see as little of us as possible. If you look close you will be able to pick out the Tennessee Reds - they are the chocolate colored ones with a bit of white under their chins. The Bob Whites are just now beginning to show more color so we can tell the males from the females. The quail in these photos are 6 1/2 weeks old.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Peterman Station Arts and Crafts

With one huge endeavor we finally finished up our craft items and set up at the festival! The Sugar Shooters (Marshmallow Guns) were our hottest items and I couldn't keep folks away from Granddaddy's turned bowls (oak, cherry, pecan, holly, and cedar). It was a fun day!

Here's a photo of our booth

and here are the boys in front of Peterman Station

Just a note about our Covey...Big Daddy visited the 6 week old quail the other day and informed us that they are big enough to eat "now"!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Quail Hospital

I'm happy to report that "Red Foot" is much better. He is acting just like a 2 1/2 week old quail should act. I'm hoping that his foot is healing but with all that purple medicine painted on - who can tell?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Just "cull" it!

Culling is the 'selection' of surplus animals from an animal population. In a wild population the selection is often done by killing the animal immediately.

That is exactly what the "pro" quail breeders would tell us to do - and we know that we should, but we just couldn't kill this little guy. He is very healthy other than the fact that some of the other birds have just about pecked his foot off!

Right now he is in the "hospital" - which is a renovated fish aquarium. He didn't do anything but act like he was dying until just a few minutes ago, and now I hear his sweet little "peeps".

Will he die? Probably. Will we be able to nurse him back to health and put him back with the group? Hopefully.

Here's a photo of "Red Foot" and his red foot

Here's a photo of his purple foot after I sprayed on some medicine

We will let you know how it turns out....

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Rocks, Minerals, and Joshua!

Joshua went to his Aunt Michele's school this past Friday to give her third grade class a presentation! We had a great time!

Mrs. Bowman's Third Grade Class

Joshua having some fun with his Aunt Michele

This is Charlie

He is a Senepol Bull and is something to behold! He is awesome! We visited his domain today and were amazed.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

30 Degrees Yikes!

Do you have any idea how hard it is to keep 2 1/2 week old quail warm when it gets that cold? Well, we didn't keep them at 95 degrees but after buying more lights, running another extension cord, and even putting my small ceramic foot heater in the box - I'm happy to say that they all survived the night!

The older birds were fine - at 4 1/2 weeks they just need to be kept at about 70 degrees.

We are preparing for another night of temperature watching - mid 30's are expected tonight. That is just way too cold for South Alabama!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Sleeping in the Feeder!

Can you see those three quail in the feeder? When I opened the hatch to check on them it was so full I couldn't even see the feed! You know what that means don't you? It means that the lid is off and covered with poop! Yuck!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

A Little Fresh Air

Since our oldest birds are four weeks old now, we have opened up the small door that goes from the brooder box to the "all wire" side. We have a few that have ventured out to experience daylight. We close it back up at night since they are still too young to experience 45 degrees! I will try to get a photo of the other side once they really start enjoying it.

Bulls and Pecans

We picked up 66 pounds of pecans under this beautiful tree. The bulls hung around hoping the white bucket meant a snack for them. They eventually gave up!

We also had an opportunity to watch a doe and her baby eat in the pasture just down the hill!

Chicken Houses 1 Week Later

Well, you can see the fourth one now. They spent the week getting the tin on the roof. Ronnie said the workers were like well oiled machines - it would only take them 20 seconds to get the 40 foot tin secured to the roof!