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It has been a while since I have blogged, goodness, it has been a long while.  Life has been busy with the daily mandates of being a mom, wife, homesteader and follower of the Messiah.  Being pulled in many directions can make your feel very overwhelmed. Trying to be ALL for everyone isn’t what I am called to do. And sometimes, I sure do try.  I can put a band-aid on a scratched knee, BUT Abba heals the wound.  I can have  a flourishing garden, BUT Abba sends the rain. I know My Heavenly Father won’t give me more than I can handle, yet at times it feels like the load is too much to bare.  Then I know I am doing A LOT on my own strength, and I won’t get very far. I feel exhausted and down right grumpy.  So, I humble myself, repent and start all over again, hopefully getting it right this time.

We have been thru much as a family this past year and the journey is never dull.  We just recently got over this crazy flu cold thing and I am telling you it WIPED us out for about 2 weeks. Then hubby gets it and thankfully just after he worked his shift for the week.  Life for this mama was not fun being sick. Not only was my home in turmoil, from not being clean, but caring for my children when I am not well makes me serve ten times harder. Between Vitamin C, essential oils and colloidal sliver, the best thing we did is SLEEP.  Our bodies know what to do if given the chance.

I am also going thru a emotional weekend coming up soon May 8-10. I have to say I am not looking forward to this three day weekend.  It sends me into an emotional roller coaster, and with my current health issues, I am not sure how to deal with it all. I’ll have to blog a post after the wave has passed.

With spring time here, gardening has begun. From purchasing seeds to tilling the land in our raised beds, our hands and fingernails have shown our busyness!  Dr Axe’s new book Eat Dirt, has definitely visited our home in more ways than one. Gotta get him on Shalom Pod here soon. More on that later.

I have started my seeds in doors this year a bit earlier than last. Seedlings of tomatoes, cucumbers. peppers and tons of variety of herbs. I am hoping for a BIG harvest this year. Not that having melons in Oct. isn’t fun, but it is nice to be on some kind of track with seasonal eating. We did put watermelons and cantaloupe in the ground, and I am looking forward when those baby’s begin to pop up from under the soil. Now we just need Abba to send down the rain, a much needed ingredient for a bountiful harvest;

My herb garden has taken off like a gem.  It is amazing how GREEN they are in spite of the drought!  YHVH has proven Himself 100x over with allowing me to enjoy my herb garden. I have offered a variety of herbs to our Abundant Harvest customers and that has been a joy. Come out next time if you are local to our area and take a peak of what I have. He knows this blesses me, and the life it produces, which about this time of year it means more to me than words can express. And I truly love to bless people with what I grow!

Our goat Barucah is to kid this June. Well we hope so.  We had her checked out, just yesterday by our goat shepherdess Ali Snowdale of Snowdale Acres, and she was a bit perplexed in wondering if she took. NOOOOOO!!! I said. That means waiting again for goats milk. We have been through a waiting period of having our own goats and our own milk.  Well, another patience lesson to learn from. It will be a beauty to see once she does kid! And our family is sure looking forward to it! Especially, that goat milk!

Goats and kiddings are a new thing here for us and we are thrilled to have some new four legged additions to our homestead. Serun, our Armenian Gampr livestock dog, is doing very well. GROWING to say the least. 60 lbs at 6 months..that is a very BIG puppy She will reach her max weight at about 126 lbs and be a beauty of a beast. See here for more information on Armenian Gampr dogs.

She definitely has her OWN personality and it is starting to show as she grows.  She is a sweet heart and we all adore her. A bit testy lately, but that will all be well with consistent training on our part.  She will be a very well rounded livestock dog!

I hope you enjoy this blog post. It was a joy to write. I do miss it and hope to get back on the swing of it all soon again!

Till then,

Hugs and Shalom

Mama Bell

All the photos you see below where done by my lovely and beautiful daughter, Shay Photography!

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