Oreo Dough

By: Wyatt

step 1:Put Oreos in a bowl
step 2:Smash it up
step 3:Put some chocolate chips with it. Choice of melting it
step 4:Put a touch of butter in it
step 5:Put a touch of peanut butter in it
step 6:Mix it up
step 7:Eat it

[He was wondering this morning if this recipe he created could become famous. “So try it,” he said.]
 

The Frightening Philippi Jail

The Frightening Philippi Jail by Gary Bower is a children’s book about Acts 16 where Paul and Silas are in prison. It’s written in a rhyming, repetitive, building pattern much like The House That Jack Built nursery rhyme. This makes it easy to read and fun to listen to. By the end of the book, you have the first part memorized because you’ve repeated it so many times. The first part focuses on the awful conditions of the prison, but in the end you read “This is the book that helps us to see how God shakes things up when He sets people free.” I wish that was the phrase you repeated the most when reading the book instead of “…the bugs and the rats and the slugs…”

Gary Bower has written other children’s books in his Faith That God Built collection using this same format. The Frightening Philippi Jail is the only one that is from the New Testament. It is very nice to have an interesting children’s book about a story in Acts since that’s not something you find easily. Young children will enjoy hearing this story again and again and will soon be telling it to you.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

Broken Glass

Here’s Brad spraying some wheat that a farmer used just as ground cover. Brad’s aim was to kill the wheat, and the farmer will now plant something else in the field. Brad has a lot of other acres to spray, but he’s been sidelined temporarily.

When he was hauling the sprayer home on the trailer one night, something hit its windshield. Why they don’t make a sprayer windshield like a car windshield is a good question. These just shatter and end up all over. He thought he’d go get it fixed and be back to work in less than a day; but no dealership near us had a windshield stocked, so he’s having to wait over a day for it to get fixed. I’m sure all farmers can feel his pain right now and all farmers’ wives can feel mine.

Seed Bales

We are on the cusp of planting season, which means Brad has pallets of seed corn waiting to be planted in his building. This week the big kids discovered that this makes for a lot of fun. Brad must have suggested it since he remembers playing on piles of seed corn when he was a kid. I guess since we don’t have hay bales to jump on, we’ll jump on “seed bales.”

Brad took these pictures on the day the fun was discovered. After supper, they pleaded to go jump some more. Apparently seed bales makes for some fun posing too.

Riding Along

When we first moved I was highly annoyed when people suggested a positive of the farming lifestyle was that kids could go to work with their dad. Don’t ever say this to a mother with very little people unless you want her to think ‘You have NO clue!’ and glare at you. I know my baby and 2-year-old saw much less of their dad when we moved here. They didn’t want to be confined to a buddy seat and weren’t able to play safely in the shop while he worked.

Now with bigger kids, they can go hang out in the shop while Brad’s there, and that’s fabulous for all. Elliana especially likes the one on one time of riding along with Brad in whatever form of transformation. (Wyatt would still rather be somewhere playing whatever sport is currently consuming him.)

This weekend she was riding with him when he discovered a dead animal in a field. Later that day when she saw him taking the loader tractor to go move the animal, she told me she wanted to go with him. I told her it probably wouldn’t be safe, but she ran and told him that she wanted to go with him. He had no thought of it not being safe and told her to hop on!