But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

10 But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

Being faithful…in everything.

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Sabbaticals and progress.

The month of January I have been steering clear of Facebook, other than liking articles or the like that I want to “share.”  I have been reading in Samuel, Acts and the devotional, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  The reading has been rich.

A resounding theme I have been hearing is to be faithful in the small things.

Be faithful doing my daily readings, dishes, laundry, math with Rinnah :D, grading schoolwork, recording daily schoolwork, feeding our animals, maintaining relationships and praying as prompted.

My husband came home one day contemplating building the horse/ goat shed and back deck.  Focus.  Vision.  It was just what we needed and lined up with the direction I have been receiving about caring for what has been placed in our hands.

So he drew up some great plans for the shed and we shopped around for prices for the materials and found a nice roofing material that will look awesome and work great.

Lane & Rinnah digging the post holes.

Jake has been taking Grace to square dance class each weekend and so they both got out of working 😀  That’s okay.  Rinnah was a huge help!

Materials for Bucket, Eli and Ellie’s shelter.

One of my favorite songs is by Alli Rogers, it is called Day of Small Things: I cannot find it anywhere online where I could share it with you : (

Hot cup of joe!

Lyrics from the album The Day of Small Things
By Alli Rogers
THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS
I am afraid of beginning
cause I don’t know how to end
But you told me that the mountain before us
would become a plain in our eyes
So I won’t despise
I won’t despise the day
I won’t despise the day of small things
Even when you tell me…
oh even then I’m shaking
Cause I am afraid of believing
The plans that we make seem so big
But you’ve shown me that we’re never alone
and your spirit will stay by our side
So I won’t despise
I won’t despise the day
I won’t despise the day of small things

I LOVE this song!

Here’s a picture of the horse/goat fence, it was our last project.

We screwed on the top long boards as well, but I don’t have a photo of that yet.  The four corner posts are screwed onto metal brackets that we poured the concrete under and around.

The small pool of water below Rosie was her drool.  She absolutely goes bonkers for our chickens, and not in a good way!

We filled this with feed two days ago.  It is already empty, the cardinals and small birds have picked it  clean.  Winter in Oklahoma.

Rinnah in Oklahoma!  Our awesome helper!

Today’s the day!

We are heading out this noon to get materials to build the pony/goat shed.  I love a building project.

Always.

My Poppy gave us some Christmas money!  Thanks Poppy!  It will help pay for about 2/3 of the cost.

But first…Lane chainsawed off around the tree we are building under.  I dug up some creosote laden RR ties that had been long buried along a rough line that must have once been a fence…the horse and goats had “unearthed” it by eating the grass that had been hiding it and treading on it.  With the help of our girls and a few friends that have been staying the last couple of days, we got everything hauled to the burn pile. 😀

Now Lane and the boy are getting some of the materials and the girls and I just had a homemade Grace chocolate shake.  Sounds fair ;D

Pictures to follow as we work on the project!

I finally realized I hadn’t updated since our painting!

When I recovered my dining room chairs, that led to a whole slew of work for me.  I ended up repainting the kitchen dining/fireplace room.  All I can say is, I love it!

We finally sat down and drew up plans for the horse/goats shed and also for a new, small back deck.

Phase 1 will be purchasing the materials for the horse barn.  Next Saturday we will go start buying the lumber and get started!  YaY!  (I think the animals will appreciate the wind break as well!)

Phase 2 will be purchasing and building the small back deck.  (We can’t use the back door right now because there are no steps 😀 ) My mil surprised me with this awesome compass for Christmas!

Anyway, I just wanted to share a few updates around Bessie.  All 10 chickens are growing and doing well.  And they appear to be hens 😀 Grace bought some cool magnifying lens that screw onto the lens of her camera, I love playing with it! 😀  (These are small pieces from a Monopoly~ Texas version)