February breezes by….

Welcoming “Docena,” our petite princess, who arrived a little more than two weeks ago into our home and hearts. Unlike Pipkka, she didn’t have to stay any extra time in the hospital. The whole experience was marvelously uneventful and we’ve just been enjoying our littlest (and trying to sleep when she sleeps, but really, how often does that work after the first baby?!).

Immortalizing those “comfy” hospital chairs while capturing a sweet picture of a Dad with his baby girl.
Of the 153 pictures we took of her first days, this is my favorite. She is NOT AMUSED. Haha!
Coming home! I didn’t match the socks to the outfit, I realize that. Her white newborn shoes were kicked off almost instantly, so at that point I just wanted her feet covered. 😉

Around the Haus

March is promising to be very event-full, with two birthdays and two sacraments in one week! Not to mention Lent, school, springtime farm chores, figuring out sheep-shearing…. wow! Fortunately, my mother has been visiting for three weeks now to help us with our transitions so far. We’re going to miss her even more than usual when she heads back to her home! 🙂

Pipkka is really easing into her big sister role rather well. It helps that as I type, she’s a week out from her first birthday and learning so many new skills that she really doesn’t mind if I’m holding Docena unless it’s while the latter is having a bottle. Pipkka, like Dibbun before her, sees all bottles as her personal property and will even valiantly attempt to sneak sips from the tiny size 1 bottle while she, of course, is used to things rated 9mos+. This too, shall pass…

Goofy girls hanging out in Pipkka’s corner, where there is a kitchen set made from a thrifted TV center (not by me; we found it ready made at the Habitat Restore Store), and a laundry basket full of board books.
Apparently, as I uploaded the images, I discovered a pattern. Some of my girls live in pajamas while others live in princess dresses.
The boys discovered that it’s not a good idea to leave their laptop in their study corner, at least unattended.
This is Pippka’s 11 month picture, as we lost the stickers for 9, 10, and 11. Improvising here! It is also their mutual First Valentine’s Day picture, the first time in familial history where both littles share a first holiday.
Still not amused.

On the Farm…

While we figure out a routine here in our new “new normal,” things have not been idle on the Farm. Rascal’s rabbit had a new litter the week before Docena arrived. Right now, we call them The Tribbles because they are cute, small, furry, and show up in the unlikeliest places.

(No bunny was harmed in the taking of this picture)

I warned my family not to allow me to walk into Tractor Supply or Ace Hardware unattended until further notice as Chick Days are back. I simply cannot be trusted while my two springtime addictions are out on sale (peeping poultry and garden plants). The fact that the sheep ate two of my apple saplings last Spring gave me pause and prevented me from grabbing a Honeycrisp one outside Tractor Supply. And luckily when I did happen to make a late evening run to TSC for barnyard needs, there was a sign saying the chicks wouldn’t go up for sale until the next morning at 10. Saved!

Except the next day after school, we went and got three Rouen ducklings, as that was a pre-approved farm decision.
I was a sucker for this chick themed sign, however.

Restoring Misselthwaite

We did have a few small indoor projects to fix up before Docena arrived, and I will get to them in later posts. Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a lot of nostalgic reflecting as we approach the fourth anniversary of our leap of Faith relocation to this beautiful corner of the Blue Ridge. Old “photo memories” on my phone have been showing pictures of much smaller girls running in the yard of a house that is no longer ours, holding armloads of daffodils that I hope still come up to cheer the current owners. Out here, my bulbs have just come up and the daffodils have not bloomed yet, but they are coming! I cannot wait to start my cool weather garden in a few weeks. Winter still comes to us here, and lasts just a little longer than we were used to back there. And I still love getting pictures like these (taken in January):

2 thoughts on “February breezes by….

  1. Congratulations on your newest. Golly, you have gone where no one else has “gone”, even my mom! I always say that you and Jill have done more in the mothering department than anyone I know! We can’t hold a candle to you! And besides children, you do all of those other things too, although I guess you are just like the Ford side, with the farming and all! Great-grandpa Ford would be proud of you. It’s funny how the cycle is turning back to more people realizing that living off their own food is better. I guess we have Bill Gates and his craziness to blame.

    God bless you and may He shine His light on you and Ben and our family! Judy

    On Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 1:24 PM Misselthwaite Matters wrote:

    > Haus Frau posted: ” Welcoming “Docena,” our petite princess, who arrived a > little more than two weeks ago into our home and hearts. Unlike Pipkka, she > didn’t have to stay any extra time in the hospital. The whole experience > was marvelously uneventful and we’ve just been en” >

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