Saturday, December 13, 2008

Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon


On the evening of December 1st, if you were watching the sky then you saw the crescent Moon joining Venus and Jupiter to form a celestial triangle. Joshua worked really hard to get a good photo of the triangle but had to call in help from mom and dad - and we still couldn't hold the camera quite steady enough! Still, I think it is a pretty good shot. We enjoyed seeing the "extra bright" moon tonight - I think it was 7,000 miles closer to us in the current orbit.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Voting

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” — Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, 1781

Monday, October 27, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

An Important Video to Watch

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Fishing Trip

It wasn't "just a fishing trip" - it was a whole afternoon "on the farm". We were greeted by these beauties when we first arrived...

This gate gave us a bit of a challenge but after about 10 minutes we managed to get the chain off and drive through.
After arriving at the appropriate pond, the adventuring began. Sliding down hills, catching minnows, finding mushrooms...
...and of course, fishing! We came home with 11 bass and 1 bream.
We got an extra treat this time - the farm now has baby donkeys - they were very skiddish.
To end the trip, Joshua sites a doe in the distant field and stalks it while we clean the fish (I spared you the gut shots).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturn!

Yes, I had to get up before the sun this morning, but it was worth it. Joshua already had Saturn focused and all I had to do was look through the viewer - I was amazed. The following photo doesn't do justice to the marvel we viewed this morning. Our view was crystal clear (it is very hard to take pictures through a telescope)!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mystery Ship on the Beach

We took a trip down the Fort Morgan Road to find this Mystery Ship (at mile marker 6) that was uncovered by Hurricane Ike's waves. The ship is around 150 feet long and 30 feet wide. It is a wooden ship and was probably powered by steam. A long pipe runs down the center of the ship, with smaller pipes found near by. No one knows for sure what ship this is, historians believe it was a blockade-runner from the Civil War - possibly the Monticello.

I was amazed that you can still see the
charred wood on the burned ship.

Peg holes...

The stern.

Couldn't leave without this shot...


Boys on the Beach

We are relaxing in Orange Beach, Alabama this week! Lazy mornings, library trips, a lot of reading, dodging sharks in the waves, catching all kinds of critters in the water, eating ice cream, and watching movies until late. Ahhh...do we really have to leave paradise and go back to the real world?

By the way...the reason we are finally able to actually take a vacation is because our covey of Bobwhite Quail have found a new home. We are still a "covey" but there are no more quail...at least for now!

Here's another shot of Granny and Grandaddy/Poppa on the beach with all the grands.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Have you seen my boys?


Oh! Here they are...

Walter Whitfield Chapman, Jr.

This is one of my favorite photos of Mr. and Mrs. Chapman. Their great-granddaughter, Hannah, is with them. I can't help but think the words "pure joy" when I see this photo, and it always makes me smile.

Walter Whitfield Chapman, Jr.
May 14, 1927-June 19, 2008

Mr. Chapman left us last Thursday to spend eternity with Jesus. It was a sad day. Today, there was a service to celebrate his life. His grandson, Matt, spoke and "recommended" his life - meaning that he lived a life that any of us would do well to imitate. He loved Jesus, loved his wife, loved his family, loved his friends, loved his country - we knew all of this not only because he told us, but because he demonstrated this love every day. I will miss him.

"In Christ Alone"

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Moon

This is an awesome photo that Joshua took with his camera, through his telescope. I think he did a terrific job!

The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
Psalm 74:16

Monday, May 19, 2008

Escape!

"The quail are all whooshing out and they are in the yard!!" Joseph screamed...it didn't take us long to get out there (of course, I made a detour to grab the camera).

I laughed while everyone else started catching quail! They really were every where!

Joshua was pretty excited (can you tell) when he caught two.


We were extra proud of Honey (she's the little dark thing that Jonathan is holding) for helping sniff out some of the ones that flew out into the neighborhood.

We have a guest with us this week and she enjoyed catching the quail too - the proof is in the feather on her nose - way to go Chloe!

This is Cissy Anna - she is a terrific quail catcher!

Bud, was probably the best "quail finder" of the bunch. We were able to dress out several quail thanks to his expert catching abilities!



A casualty...


and a survivor!


What we learned: If quail can get out...they will (and it is quite the adventure to catch them).

Unless the cats and coons catch them, I think there are still enough escapees to form a neighborhood covey. The neat thing about quail is that they will usually return to their covey when they hear the Bobwhite call. We'll see how many are waiting under the pens in the morning!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Our First Quail Meal

Yes, I did taste the breasts but just couldn't even think about biting into those tiny little legs and thighs.

Take a look:


The plate is one of those small salad plates - the leg/thigh combo was only about 4 inches long.

After deboning the breasts, I seasoned them with garlic salt and a bit of soy sauce and then wrapped them around a fresh slice of jalapeƱo (seeds removed). The bacon that was wrapped around each breast really added a great flavor and kept them moist - they were really good. This recipe was actually for an appetizer but we managed to make a meal of them!

I didn't want to waste the legs so I breaded and fried those - the boys loved them!

The following photo is of the breast slices...Joseph decided they looked like "quail sushi".

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!


Welcome to Easter 1971! This is a photo that Stephen found. His mother is holding Rebecca (Aunt Becky), Matt is on the left with Stephen on the right. The photo really makes me laugh - it is one of those photos that is so sweet but also hilariously funny!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Our First Egg!

This egg came from the younger group - which puzzled us - we thought the older group would be the first to lay an egg! Once egg production begins, we are suppose to get one egg a day from the hens that are laying. We'll see....

Monday, April 28, 2008

We Caught a Bird!

I'm guessing this baby dove had just fledged from the nest when my excited little boys came up on him. They were very pleased with their netting skills!


I'm happy to report that when they returned the dove to the field that he "flew, and flew, and flew"!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Boys, golf clubs, and staples! Oh My!

Jacob is very proud of these four staples. The gash is about an inch long, maybe a bit more, and on the back of his head. The quote of the day is "I'm glad I'm okay, and I'm never playing real golf again!"

Joshua, Jonathan and Joseph all agreed!

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Psalm 5:11

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

He is not here!

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." Matthew 28:6

We had a terrific time celebrating Resurrection Day with our church family and then with our families in Bay Minette!

Here's a photo with Ma and Big Daddy....

Granny and Grandaddy...

and finally the family photo...

Happy Birthday Granny!

Yep, the birthday was in March and I am just now getting the photo up. We had a great time visiting and eating!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Chicken Houses...revisited!

I haven't had a chance to post the chicken house photos so I'm going to try to do a complete update in this post...

I made a visit to the houses in January when they were all set up and ready for the chicks to arrive (44,000 x 4 houses!). This is a photo of house #2 - empty.


The chicks arrived the next day. Ronnie and his son , Ron are "helping" them become acquainted with their new home.

So cute!

They are a mixture of the Cobb and Ross breeds.

I didn't get a chance to visit until about 4 weeks later. Notice the "bio-security" - I have on my plastic disposable boots and yes, I stepped into the pool of sanitizing chemicals! Those chickens weren't going to catch any diseases from me (can you imagine my guilt if I stepped into a chicken house and caused 40,000+ chickens to die?)!

They were about half grown when I visited. It was something to behold-all those chickens in one place! Pretty incredible!

At about 9 weeks the guys corralled them and loaded them on the trucks.


...and off they go! If I remember right, it took around 6 trucks per house to send the chickens on their way.


After the chickens leave the houses, clean-up and preparation begins for the next batch of chicks. The following photo is of a huge pile of pine shavings that will be placed on the floor of the houses. You will also see the incinerators next to the pile of shavings - I'll let you figure out why they are there....

This next photo is of the stack shed. Can you guess what the pile behind Joseph is? Yep, chicken poop - except when you are in the poultry industry it is called "litter". So, Joseph is standing in front of a large pile of chicken litter (and yes, he is barefoot - sigh). With each clean up, there will be enough litter gathered, from the four houses, to fertilize approximately 100 acres of pasture.


Ronnnie and Margaret are currently taking care of their second batch of 44,000 x 4 houses. Now, the next photo is not for those who are "faint of heart". It is "my" favorite chicken from the first batch...

Delicious!