Tomorrow is a transition as our daughter enters the last year of her “tweens” turning 12.  I hope we always have the loving relationship we do now through the upcoming teen years.

Chase is a blessing and I could not be more proud of who she is becoming in this world.  She had a bit of a rough start arriving 5 weeks early and she has not stopped pushing forward in life since.  She is just like her momma doing things her own way 🙂


Chase 7 days old


last day of being 11


Navy Bean Soup


We had scalloped potatoes and ham the other night so I had the ham bone left over after taking some meat off for the casserole. It’s very cold here today so I threw together this soup and let it simmer while we did barn chores and came into a nice hot lunch.





1 package navy beans (rinse well but do not soak)

some baby carrots or regular carrots diced

small onion diced

kale leaved chopped fine (your preference how much)

ham bone or cubed ham steak (this is totally optional as you don’t need the meat)

chicken bouillon cubes (I use 4 as mine are 1 cube per 2 cups of water)

8 cups of water

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

salt / pepper to taste

Toss all into a pot and simmer for an hour (or until beans are tender)

Perfect for our chilly afternoon, sneaking in some greens with the kale and served with warm bisquick biscuits!!



Yes I am this morning


Well it’s 40 degrees outside and wet, damp and yucky but the animals have been fed and now it’s time for the 11 year olds (but only for today as tomorrow she turns 12!!) softball game outside in the cold wet field.  I can’t find the zippity anywhere this morning!!