New Life on the Farm

New Life on the Farm

daughter with new grandson

Mike and I took a trip down to Texas as our daughter and son-in-law have given us our third grand baby.  We have three grandsons now!

Baby lamb

They live on a farm with 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 cows, 9 sheep and too many chickens, turkeys and geese to count.  They raise and sell both eggs and chicks.  It is a fun and exciting place to be on the spring.  Not only do we have an new grandson, there are many new babies on the farm.

Life on the farm

Living the empty nest, phase 2 life is honestly the best.  Even though Mike and I are not yet retired and still run our own business, it is running well with an amazing team which enables us to travel and enjoy our blessings.

Baby chicks

Baby goslingIncubating goose eggs

Have a beautiful day friends and enjoy living in phase 2.


New life on the farm


Grandbaby Update

Grandbaby Update

We had a big birthday celebration at our house as the twins are turning 1 in just a few days.  They are not walking alone yet, but walking along the furniture and meeting all their milestones.

Twins age 1

An update on Levi with his cleft.  He goes in this week for the cleft palate repair.  Currently he does not take anything by mouth.  His feedings are through a g-tube in his stomach.  We are all very hopeful that once he has healed from the palate repair, he will go through intensive feeding therapy and learn to eat.  Then the g-tube will be able to be removed.

More exciting news.  We had all the family home for the birthday party.  Katie andher husband flew in from Dallas.  Tim and his fiance visited from the other side of the state.  And we brought mom here from her assisted living apartment. 

Gender Reveal

But, it was more than a birthday party, it was a gender reveal as well.  Both Katie and Emily are expecting!  They are just weeks apart with Katie due in March and Emily due in April.  

So here are the results………Katie and Chris will be having a boy!  Emily and Matt will be having a girl!

What an eventful day friends.  It will be a busy 2023 for sure.  So many blessings and God is so good.

Live life fully in Phase 2 friends,


Happenings Over the Weekend

Happenings Over the Weekend

Babysitting the Grand dogs

Weekends are such a blessing.  Mike continues to work full time on our business, Apple Spice.  I, however, have cut back to 4 days a week most weeks so about 30 hours a week for me.  So weekends give us a chance to unwind and recharge.

We spent this weekend with Mike working on the snow plow and me doing some menu planning and creating a shopping list for this next week.  We went to church and had dinner with our daughter Emily and her family.  Family brings us so much joy.  Emily and Matt have twin boys who are four months old.  One of the little guys has a cleft lip and palate.  He also has a third cleft between his esophagus and thorax which is why he requires an NG tube for his feedings at this time.

Feeding the grandbaby

Often times before heading into Apple Spice I will help Emily by doing this little guy’s morning feeding.  So while having dinner with them I had the opportunity to do his evening feeding.  He has had his initial surgery just over a week ago and the surgeon closed his lip and created a nostril.  In about seven weeks he will have a patch inserted into the cleft between his esophagus and thorax.  We are hopeful that at that time they will be able to remove the NG tube.

Since his surgery, we have been babysitting their dogs, so we say we are babysitting the grand dogs, and boy do the grand dogs like attention!

I hope your weekend was as recharging as ours was and that you have an amazing week!