Every day is something new. I wake up excited wondering what each day will hold. The nearby neighbors wanting to play, friends over to the pool, working on projects together as a family… It has been a great and beautiful summer, and I don’t want it to end!

Springtime was not like that. It was crazy hard time as you read from the last post. I felt completely out of control. I woke up on those mornings afraid of what would happen that day or go wrong. It felt like something was always not working: no internet, air conditioner problems, the pool cover, our old security system, bug issues, our water system, and so on. And for those of you who don’t know me, I like to be organized and feel like I have a handle on life. Well during this time… it was not happening. God was teaching me to rely more on Him.

One morning I went down to finish working on one of our storage rooms in the basement. I freaked out when I saw this raccoon staring at me.

I pounded on the window hoping it would go away. I felt kind of creeped out while it was staring at me watching me work. When it didn’t move, I finally realized that it was momma with her baby. So they lived there for the next several weeks. I tried to stay out of that room or at least be ready to say hi to my new friend.

A few days later I go down to the basement to see this:

My mind tries to make sense of it all. Was it blood? Did the raccoon enter our house and make a bloody mess?!?  haha. None of it made sense to me, but I went to go look to see what it was all about since it was everywhere. It had gone underneath this wall, into the bathroom, and under the stairs. 

It was a mess. It was in our paint supplies. And did I mention that I had painted this floor the night before!?! I figured out that it was coming from our water system, and with a not so happy and tearful heart, I cleaned it up. The floor and trim has yet to be repainted.

On another night, Tater came in from the barn. He looked a little, okay, a lot grossed out. He said he found a 4 foot snake out by the chickens, and he needed my help to get it. It had fallen from above him by the barn gate and was now hanging there.  Shiver. Out with flashlights we went. We tried to keep the kids away and think of our nearest tools to use as weapons. We are not huge fans of snakes, and this one was not your typical garden snake. It was big. Tater was able to knock it down with a shovel and had it pressed hard against the ground. He told me to find a knife to cut the head off.  Um what… come again? The closest and fastest thing I could find were some type of large pruning shears, and so with that I cut the head off. I’ll spare you the nasty gross blood covered picture we took. We spent the next several weeks cleaning out our barn. We’ve been finding all kinds of animal friends as we go.

I have some friends that let their kids run around the house several times if they need to burn off energy. Brilliant. My kids were acting obnoxious one day, so we all took a run in the pasture. As I was running around our 3rd born stopped by the barn to admire the chickens. She ran halfway out to the pasture to yell to me that she had found a mouse. I was far enough behind her that by the time I got back to the barn, I heard her scream and saw the mouse hanging from her fingers as she was trying to throw her arms about to shake it off. The mouse finally lost its grip. I asked her what she was doing, and she said she just wanted to pet it…. So, she picked it up. She obviously doesn’t take after me. I ended up beating that thing with a shovel.

With nicer weather, we worked a lot outside. The old rotten wood was removed to help fix the pool cover issue.Tater hauled in city water and worked on the hot tub. Hot tub is working!…

Oh wait. No, it wasn’t working. When we went to fill it with water, we found a leak. So it was a kiddie pool for the morning. The kids didn’t want to come in for lunch afraid that all the water would be gone when they returned, so we had a late lunch when the water had finished draining out. Tater was able to find new pipe pieces and fix the problem. We hope to be using it more now!

Another sad day came (this summer) when we noticed our dog, Lucy, not acting quite right. She was having troubles walking and wasn’t eating well. After a few days of care, she passed away. We are so thankful to the Stork family for sharing her with us.

We had a little service for her. Walking out to the gravesite.We were so blessed to have Kyler there with us. He is Lucy’s original owner. He helped the kids make crosses and created a beautiful place for Lucy to rest.

Each child painted their initials on a brick. The Stork family completed the circle with their initialed bricks.

Through all the work and craziness, we began dreaming of what our summer nights would be. I remember a certain night thinking that our fun summer days were near. Even though we had cloudy pool water, our pool cover was now working and we were in the process of working on clearing up our pool water. We grilled out – taking in our surroundings – and thinking back, we were so thankful for how far we had come.

5 Comments so far

  1. Elaine Mowery August 6th, 2014 8:11 pm

    You guys are so amazing, making so many fond memories for the kids. Wow wish I was little and could be one of your kids. The fun you guys are having even with all the hardships. God bless you both

  2. A.b. August 6th, 2014 8:20 pm

    Lovely place and lots of family fun to come. They’ll always be bumps and sometimes ditches to cross but luv bears everything.

  3. Debbie Hindley August 6th, 2014 10:51 pm

    Love reading about all of you…Haley & Tater, you are both amazing young people. You have taken all the hardship in your stride and managed to laugh and have fun along the way. Awesome. I miss not seeing your lovely family. Hugs to you all. Hope I get to come see your home one day.

  4. Amy Masters August 7th, 2014 4:41 pm

    Oh, I love it all. Some parts made me laugh. Others made me sorry you had to go through that. Loved the killing of the snake & mouse! Those are the good times. Thanks for posting.

  5. Goodbye Deck | May 31st, 2017 8:32 am

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