Friday, February 26, 2010

Bragging just a Bit!

Okay, I am going to brag a tiny bit!! Just kidding!!

Recently Franklin Springs Media did a give away for the new DVD by the West Ladies: The Art of Sewing.

(BTW if you have not seen it or the others in the series you should)

Anyway, the contest was you had to write about how the West ladies have impacted your life. I (Jessica) entered and won!!! To read it visit HERE

We are now eagerly awaiting for the new DVD!! Thank you Franklin Springs!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Warm Milk Down My Sleeve

Last week we went to a friend's house for dinner.

While we were there their oldest daughter invited myself and Rachel to go milk with her. We jumped at the chance. I have only gotten to milk once before and I loved it!!

We went out talking merrily and thinking all was right with the world!

Well, the cow did not want to be milked.

(Whatever happened to a swollen milk bag and her desperately wanting to be milked?)

She briskly stepped over the fence and "headed west"! After some pleading, hitting, and laughing the three of us got her into the pen. She walked back out.

More pleading, hitting, and laughing.

This time we took her down to the fort and tied her. We then proceeded to milk her. I got to milk a lot and while we milked we talked.

While we talked we strengthened a friendship that is to precious to lose.

I am not a pro at this and so I squirted milk down my sleeve.

Warm milk. Creamy Milk. Milk with no added hormones. Milk from a grass fed Momma cow. Milk that is sweet and fat. Milk that people used to live off of.

Now, a lot of you city slickers probably think milk is not something you want down your sleeve and it's not. If you are talking of the cold white 2% stuff we call milk.

I am not. I am speaking of the warm rich fatty milk. Milk that smells good and is warm on your skin when it goes down your sleeve. That stuff is GOOD!!

After the milking the cow wouldn't go into the pen, she stood on my foot, her baby attacked me, they got in a tussle (baby and momma) and I was attached to the lead rope, and the dog escaped. (What ever happened to the "romance of farm life)?

All in all, I came back to their warm house cold, smelling like a cow and an Anatolian Shepard, sticky with milk, and with a sore foot. But I had LOVED it!!!

I love animals and I love that kind of stuff!! I love being stood on by a cow!! (to a point) It was fun.

If you ever have the chance to walk a cow down a hill. Or to feed her clover from your hand. Or to really milk. Or to pet a baby calf. Or to play with a dog that is almost as tall as you. Jump at the chance!! Grab it and take it because it is a wonderful experience!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jamie's Birthday!!!

Yesterday Jamie turned 8.
So today we have posted 8 lovely photos of Jamie through the years.
The most recent being at the top.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Chance of a Lifetime

Here in the South we just don't get snow. Maybe once a year, but rarely. Friday we had one of the biggest snows I remember (16yrs!!) and last night we had another smaller snow.

Well as we are in the middle of producing a film, (more on that HERE) we can never miss the opportunity to film! So, last night at 8:30 we are outside in the wind, snow, and freezing temperatures FILMING!!

I was in a 19th century dress, coat, and shawl. Ryan is dressed in a costume. Rachel is filming. And Daddy and Emily are holding a sheet over a lamp. And did I mention that I was holding a Y2K lamp, our hands are freezing, we had NOT practiced this scene, and Daddy had spilled lamp fuel on his shoe. Not to mention Erin is banging out piano scales for all she is worth and Mommy is canning chili sauce.

All that to say, we filmed a great scene last night...

If you want to see photos I suggest you visit HERE

Have a great day,


Monday, February 15, 2010


All Creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Christ has triumphed. Jesus reigneth
Christ by a road before untrod
ascends unto the throne of God
Alleluia Alleluia
Alleluia Alleluia ALLELUIA

Crown him the Lord of Love
Behold his hands and sides
Rich wounds yet visible above
In beauty glorified
No angel in the sky
can fully bear that sight
But downwards bends his burning
on mysteries so bright

Crown him the Lord of Peace
whose power a scepter sways
from pole to pole that wars may cease
absorbed in prayer and praise
his Reign shall know no end
and round His pierced feet
fair flowers of paradise extend
their fragrance
ever sweet

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which my Prince of Glory died
my richest gain I count but loss
and pour contempt on all my pride

Were that whole realm of Nature mine
it would a gift be FAR to small
Love so Amazing
Love so Divine
demands my Soul
My Life
My All

Though I may speak with bravest fire
and have the gift to all inspire
bu have not love my words are vain as sounding brass
and hopeless gain

Though I may give all I posses
and striving so
my love profess
but be not given by Love within
the profit soon turns strangely thin.

I have committed most of these hymns to memory...

who can name them?

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Film Festival of 2010

You and your family are invited to join us in the
Plants and Pillars
Film Festival
of 2010!

A Film Festival is basically a film contest. You make a film and the judges decide who qualifies for which prizes.

First, because it is so much fun to make a film of any kind. Second, because you should never miss the opportunity to enter a contest!

The Contest starts now and the Plants and Pillars Film Festival (that is the Award Ceremony) will be held later in the year.

Anybody! Be creative with what you make!! (We are even excepting slideshows) And have fun!

To join and read more visit our website...

Hope to see you there,

Jessica and film crew!

Additions: When you enter you receive free tickets for you and your whole family.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I got this award from Jenna over a Feminine Farmgirl. Her rules were as follows...

1) Jesus Christ is your personal Savior and Lord
2) You are committed to staying pure for your future spouse
3) you LOVE babies and believe that they are a gift from the Lord, then please accept this award from me to you:)

As that fit me like a glove I picked it up. I pass it on to anyone who wants it. Please follow the three guidelines. I would however like to award it to three blogs I love...

1) Ebenezer Forrest Farm
2) Safely to Arrive at Home
3) Just a Family

The three blogs are run by families that mean a lot to me.

Have fun!


Monday, February 1, 2010

Respect and Thought

These two characteristics are lacking on today's culture. Especially where the elderly are concerned.

Yesterday we all went to my great-grandmother's and spent about a hour cleaning her yard up... we raked, picked up sticks and trimmed. That was it, but it meant so much to her.

From a young age we have been instilled with the desire to respect the elderly around us. They are still humans and without them we wouldn't have the heritage we have.