2014 in Review

Happy New Year! It's comforting to me to watch the seasons go by, all in their appointed order and time. As another year clicks over (too quickly now that I'm getting older), we look back over the year before and look ahead with hope.

January - three of my four goats kidded at the end of December, so in January I spent a lot of time watching the kids grow, caring for them, and milking.

February - the rear axle on the truck broke, so we were truck-less for several weeks. We had three snowstorms. (I know that those of you who live in colder climates are laughing at me, but in Oklahoma, 4-5 inches of snow is a big deal.)

March - the plum trees began blooming. Each year I've made note of the date the plums began blooming. Even in the depths of our southern winter, I can look forward to the trees blooming in March. I resolved that I would have a "real" garden this year, and I started the vegetable seeds in the kitchen. The hens began laying again.

April - I spent the month enjoying the spring flowers, foraging spring greens, planting the garden, and I made a really good beef brisket.

May - Ziva kidded with a single buckling. What a marvelous mom she turned out to be. I started a container herb garden.

June - Hubby arranged for some men to come get the metal from the barn to be recycled. We held our annual family mini-reunion, a too-short but wonderful weekend.

July - our granddaughter's annual visit. While she was here we visited Braum's family farm in Tuttle, OK, were drenched in a rainstorm, rode the horses, brought Scooter home, and picked blackberries. We started buying our winter's supply of hay. Grasshoppers ate the tops of my onion plants. Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary.

August - we were swimming in tomatoes. August is National Goat Cheese Month, so I made cheese.

September - Scooter went to work with me in the office at the county fair. We bought more hay. At the end of the month, I gave up on the vegetable garden, but the herb garden kept going. Two of the horses were missing one morning.

October - hubby had shoulder surgery. Our second grandson was born. I added a new buckling to my herd - and I just realized I haven't told you about him yet! I moved Phantom in with the does for March kids, and I let the horses into the hayfield for the fall/winter.

November - our first frost was November first, just a day later than the "average." I stopped milking Ziva, a little earlier than I usually do, so that I could travel to meet our newest grandson. We bought two feeder pigs, Rosie, and a pair of Muscovy ducks.

December - most of the month was dark and dreary, with little sunshine and a lot of misty, drizzly weather. The potted herbs are doing well in the windowsill, and the broken-and-repotted aloe vera plant has sprouted some babies. Winter is for slowing down, for working inside, for relaxing a bit from the hard physical labor outside.

Another year is gone, a new year is ahead and we look forward with hope, knowing that the Lord will direct our paths.

"But one thing I do:
Forgetting what is behind
and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Phil. 3:13-14 NIV

Previous years:
2010 in Review
2012 in Review
2013 in Review

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  1. Love those goat kid pictures!!

  2. Anonymous9:40 PM

    This is so beautiful. I love your blog and appreciate the scriptures you post. Many blessings wished for you, Kathi.

  3. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:47 PM

    Thank you so much. May God bless you also.

  4. Isn't it amazing all the things that happen in a year? I love using my old calendar to write in things (like birthdays and anniversaries) on my new calendar. It's nice time to reminisce. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

  5. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead7:33 PM

    Yes, it is, Angi. I keep old calendars so that I can walk down memory lane. :-)


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