Feels like Spring

Lots of new and different things have been happening down on the farm since my last post. Some really fun and exciting things, and some not so much (but I suppose that is how is works!)

Our garden is starting to really look like a garden, and not just like a big pile of dirt! Currently we have growing: broccoli, potatoes, garlic, sweet peas, onions, carrots, apples, raspberries and blueberries and radishes. I just started my cucumbers, corn, watermelon, green beans (and after a failed attempt, a second try at) tomatoes . I have all these beautiful pictures in my head of the glorious garden that will be blooming soon, giving us all sorts of wonderful fruits and veggies- let’s hope I come close to the fantasy (and I will be one happy girl!)

We also had added and subtracted to our family here at the Roppo Farm. In March we added 5 chicks to our flock, and although they aren’t big enough yet to be outside with the big chickens, I can already tell they are going to give the girls a run for their money. They a a feisty little bunch, made up of 3 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes and 2 Welsummers. The Wyandottes are already a beautiful blue- grey color with red throughout, and the Welsummers will lay dark chocolate speckle-y eggs! We will be up to our armpits in eggs come late summer- so stay tuned for egg sales! Sadly, though, we said goodbye this weekend to our duck friends. Our girl duck met a very sad demise with an unknown (but suspected) hunter and had to be put down.  And while we could have kept the boy, we were so sad for him to lose his best friend, we thought that if he had a place with other ducks and water fowl he might adjust better. We were able to find a family that LOVES Indian Runner Ducks and have many (in addition to Geese) roaming about, so he went to live with them shorty thereafter.  Hopefully he will be happy to be surrounded by ducks just like him! And lastly, my husband and I are expecting a new little farmer to join the Roppo Farm come Thanksgiving time. God gives us wonderful blessings!

Now, you may be thinking.. wait.. what happened plans to Foster Children?  Call us crazy, but we are going to do that too! We got word from our licensor just over a week ago that our application had been handed off to his supervisor, who is the only one in the DCFS office that approves home care licenses, so we are waiting from the “OK” from her, or our license in the mail, and then we are open for business!  We are currently being licensed from 2 children ages 3 and under. (Talk about a handful!)  I am sure I will have more of an update on that soon!

The nicer weather ouside also kick-starts our need to get our outside projects started.  Today we spent several hours outside getting some clean up done: picking up the garbage (that just seems to continue to appear in our yard..), trimming back the low hangnig branches of our huge front-yard tree, mowing the lawn, and getting some of my seeds planted in the garden. (I bet you’ll never guess who did most of the work?  Joel, you are such a good husband!)  It felt great to start to get the smaller (much needed!) stuff done so we can make room for a few big spring/ summer projects: painting the exterior of the house and building a deck. Both will be a lot of work (probably mostly for my husband) but it will much improve our space!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Grammy on April 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

    oh I love to read about your little farm and your plans. I am proud of you both and all the things you have going on and especially that little bundle that will someday be here to love and to hold. Thats one of the blessings of getting older you have family growing up and making their contribution to that family tree. Love Ya Grammy


  2. Posted by The Elders on April 20, 2011 at 12:01 am

    AHH!! Yay! yay, yay, yay! God works in mysterious ways. I really, really felt called to pray for you guys yesterday and searched out your blog today and look what you had announced? Loads of Blessings on you guys from Utah!!
    ❤ ❤ ❤


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