Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It’s the Simple Things…


At the end of the day, when it’s all been said and it’s all been done and it’s time to rest our bodies and recharge our souls…


When the day has been long and the work has been hard and the disappointments seem too heavy…


These are the things that make everything right…


It’s the ball and mitt…the taking of time to show ‘em how it’s done.


It’s a smile and a hug…it’s a little one catching a ball for the first time.


It’s lambs in the barn…


and sleeping babies…

It’s not the new car parked in the driveway and it’s not the fancy new phone.  It’s not the money in the bank (however large or small it may be…)

It’s the small things that give us hope.  It’s these things that speak of eternity, of passing on what’s learned and watching new life grow.   This is where God whispers:

Slow down…you don’t want to miss this

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Painted Walls…


My husband and I will be married 12 years this June.   He was 38 the day we were married; I was 23.   He was a widower and a father of 4.  I was a single mom of one.  He was my Prince Charming, I was his Cinderella.  Well….almost….

Prince Charming didn’t quite know how to handle a Cinderella who didn’t understand how to keep a spotless house and who thought the best form of expression was throwing things.  Cinderella was not quite sure what to do with a Prince Charming who never stopped working and didn’t think it was necessary to call home to say he would be late.  And she certainly didn’t know how to handle her role as the wicked stepmom.


We held on and we hung on and we fought for what we had.  We learned to love each other and learned to forgive and we believed God for the rest.   We realized that just like lace, sometimes the holes were necessary to make the pattern…

I moved into his home 12 years ago.  The home he shared with his first wife.   And each day I stared at the white walls and felt that somehow I was out of place.  This was her house and I didn’t belong….

Last week I covered those white walls.   I made them new with my blue paint.  I painted over the past...not to forget…but to move on.  


The effort to make a home that neither denied her nor myself has been difficult.   There was something cathartic in the painting of those walls.   I wish there were words to explain.  There aren’t.   I can only say I love my new walls.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Steroids make you fat....

If you follow me on twitter (my8kidsmom) or like at the Counting Sheep Farm Facebook page you know I've been sick. What started out as a simple cold complete with a sore throat turned into tonsillitis with lots of pain and huge amounts of swelling. Of course when I saw my family doctor on Thursday only one tonsil was swollen and the pain was bearable. But as life would have it on Friday the swelling increased as did the pain ... but I could still tough it out. My hopes of waking better on Saturday were dashed and I ended up in the ER :(. I came home on steroids and with a bottle of what the nurse called magic mouth wash and a prescription for antibiotics and vicoden. Ahhhh I could sleep! I woke up this morning coughing my foul head off an hour before I could take my medicine (which is why I am in the living room whining to you) when suddenly I realized: STEROIDS MAKE YOU FAT! Not a big deal....unless you are in a Biggest Loser Contest and have to do your final weigh in before it wears off! Bllllaaahhhh!!!! I weighed myself just to see....yeah.not.good :(. But hey the swelling in my throat is significantly better.

Okay I am all done whining :). In my next post I will share pics of my newly painted living room!

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Michigan Fiber Fiesta

This Saturday Allison of Great Lakes Pygora and Ewe Spun Woolworks are vending at The Michigan Fiber Fiesta in Greenville Michigan. 

We recently changed our name from Wooly Friends to Ewe Hottie (long boring story) and I made us a new banner.



What do you think?  

I am busy getting all the fiber and yarn ready.  This is the first show of the season and I always feel less than ready at the beginning of  “showtime”!  Hopefully I have a few wares to peddle and we will be able to the feed the sheep a bit longer ;)

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Monday, May 9, 2011

The Last Cormo Fleece!


I have one more Cormo Fleece left for sale.  It weighs 4.5lbs and is $112.50 ($25.00 a pound)  It is a coated fleece and has been heavily skirted.   Email me at my8kidsmomm [@] yahoo [.] com if interested.  



Over at the Counting Sheep Farm group on Ravelry we have been working on crafts other than knitting for our May challenge.  I have been working like crazy on some quilting projects as part of our home redecorating project.   We have put in our applications to do foster care/ older child adoption (for those that know me, you know that I have had this on my heart for years) and are revamping the house to get ready for all that may or may not need to be changed or fixed.


We are going with the farmhouse/country theme with lots of florals and primitive whatnots.   The blocks above are for my daughter’s quilt.   We currently have her room torn to pieces.  All the wallpaper has been removed and I am patching the walls getting them ready for paint.


And because she is so crazy cute…..


I have been working on this quilt (also with Sunbonnet Sue) for my niece.  Isn’t it darling?   You can’t hardly go wrong with Sunbonnet Sue!

Sorry for the horrible pictures I only had a few minutes to snap ‘em before it was time to head outside with the little ones!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I am so doing this!


I have certain friends (yeah, you know who you are) that will get a real kick out of this because I already wear skirts like crazy but I am so in.  

Come on, you know you wanna do it too!

Monday, May 2, 2011

2011 Finn Lambs for Sale

We have the following 100% Registered Finn Lambs available:


Tweedle- Dum, Triplet Black Ewe Lamb

Rolly X Doodle Bop    $350.00


Tweedle Dee, Triplet Piebald Ewe Lamb

Rolly X DoodleBop $350.00


Patric, Triplet White Ram Lamb

Rolly X Doodle Bop, $300.00


Bruno, Single Piebald Ram Lamb

Rolly X Sweet Pea, $250.00


White Rabbit, Twin White Ram Lamb, Recessive for Morrit

Rolly X Alice $400.00


Joker, Twin Black Ram Lamb, Recessive for Morrit

Rolly X Alice $400.00


We also have two lovely Jacob fleeces available.


Rosabell’s fleece is clean and soft with a nice staple length and weighs 1.5 lbs.  It is $15.00 plus shipping.


Mariah’s fleece is also soft and clean.  Both fleeces have a good staple length and will be easy to clean with a low amount of lanolin.   Mariah’s fleeces weighs 3.5 lbs and is $35.00 plus shipping.

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