Pasture rafting in February - Josh
The snow picture was taken 2-18 and the floating pictures on 2-22. Last spring did not have any dramatic melts like this. A friend that grew up here, Kellen, told me that he used to float this during spring melts!
Shammie's maiden voyage - Josh
Daryn taught Courage how to connect Shammie, launching a new era of charioteering on the farm. With Kyra not able to walk with me, I pulled Kyra briefly while carrying Shalom. Shammie is definitely tougher than me.
Perhaps five years ago, Courage officially asked me for a horse. I promised that if we ever had a place with pasture, she could. Finally, after a marvelous offer from a family moving to Oregon, we purchased a sweet, well-trained, 22-year-old mare named Shammie, a chariot, and a horse house (thank you Jamin for lending your truck) for $600. She eats only a ton of hay per year, which made me happy. Note Gabe, Ela's calf, grazing next to her.
Joseph and Joshy ride a bike! Kyra
It all began with a little bike that we took the pedals off 2 months ago, essentially creating a cheap version of a balance bike. Then at a garage sale today we picked up a little bigger bike and headed to the park. Joseph hopped on with a little assistance and was off and pedaling. Joshy was not to be outdone and took his turn with the same outcome. They continued to ride unassisted for the next hour. We are so excited to take some family bike rides (once they learn how to use the brakes!!)
The Fort in the tree - Ashleigh
The Swim Meet - Courage
Daily jaunt to the pool - Josh
Living 400 feet from the pool (straight line distance door to door) from the Garfield pool has at least three serious advantages. First, it's recreational. Second, it's great exercise; the kids have swim team practice or meets 5 times a week through July. Third, it's practical; we have no shower, so after long days of manual labor, we can get well rinsed seven days a week up until 8:00 in the evening!
Fun underground - Josh
Kids like to dig, and kids like ground squirrels, so why would they not dig like them?
So far, Joshy, Joseph, and Isaiah can all fit underground at once, and they're burrowing ever deeper. Homeostatic soil organisms abound in this cool repose from the summer sun.
Josh: Founder, father