Elisabeth The Beekeeper

Just to add… Elisabeth has been helping dad with the bees every day. She gets some good spending money each month. She helps make frames, makes queen cells and bee hives. She’s one 12 year old kid who’s not afraid of the bees…

Elisabeth holding a frame of bees…

A Few Photos…

Not too many photos but I’ll share what I have for now… The twins. Anna on the left cut her hair in the front, thus the awkward hair style.

Ginger had kitties this year… next, she’s going to be fixed as she’s pregnant again.

Spring lambs. One almost didn’t make it, she was stuck coming out and all of a sudden Matthew shouted that she was dead. He decided since he had nothing to lose, to force her out. She came out and he rubbed her for a few minutes and she came to. She’s fine and healthy now.

Elisabeth all excited after the lamb gave birth. Been helping us out in the barn that day with them.

Dad doing his bees. He has a free bee class every Saturday. Our driveway fills up with cars as it’s not free anywhere else. He is truly become a master of the bees. I am really impressed by his expertise in knowledge and application with beekeeping.

I finally got an iphone so we could be online during tornado warnings… showing Pup how to invert the camera to take a photo. She was impressed!

Dad’s nucs….  3 and 5 frame beehives.

In our backyard…

These are all taken with an old iphone so they’re not the best quality, but still good enough to share.

The Highland Frisco Trail for bike riding, runs 35 miles from Springfield to Bolivar. I rode just 10 miles that day to check it out… I had already ridden that morning and walked at ten oclock.

 

View from a bridge on my ride…

One of three bridges I rode over…

My face after losing 85 pounds… in the 150’s now. Close to the weight I was at when we got married.

We had tornadoes less than 10 miles from us. Some of the destruction I witnessed on another bike ride I commonly take.

Just scary…

Broken structures for miles. This is just one of them.

Our Beliefs… Changes Over the Years

If you are new to our blog, you will see from the past several years that we were in with the Mennonite beliefs, etc… We want to make it clear that we don’t not share any of the same beliefs or views anymore… we have nothing to do with the Mennonites anymore. I still believe the Lord led us that way as we have learned a lot on our journey. I have no regrets as we walked in faith the best to our ability. Surely, I would rather fail in walking in my faith than never to try to see what the Lord has for our lives. So, please be gracious in not judging our past years of our walk in the Lord. Thank you…

Spring is Here!

Trying to post something of the kids since I haven’t done much this past year. Here are some bees wax candles the kids made with dad with his bees wax in January or so.

Some photos from the other day… Matthew playing baseball with Hannah.

Hannah jump roping…

Little Benjamin still loves his swing…

Tabitha watering our daffodils…

Here she is smiling…

…and her sister watching the kids play baseball. I think she was taking a rest.

Elisabeth is getting artistic. She and Hannah love taking photos of everything everywhere. They ride their bikes into town and take pictures of other people’s dogs.

Elisabeth (Pup) is coming up on 13. We are super close and have fun together all the time.

Here’s one of her drawings… from scratch. She wants to be an artist. I’ll have to post more on her art work.

 

Ahhh, it looks worst than it is. One of dad’s tools. It’s not sharp. Pretty dull in fact. He’s all boy!

Miriam plays with rocks in the driveway. Cute smile Miriam. She’s putting them in the bird cage.

Napping…

See what our kitty gave us? Four of them…

Oops, I forgot to move this one photo.

Hannah looking all cute! Coming up on 12…

… and one big photo of Pup’s face. I don’t know why it came out larger than the others. Already getting some color outdoors. Looking at the baby kitties…

Dad is doing bees…. got a few customers this year for frames and nucs. He’ll be teaching on Youtube soon (the happy bee man) once I can get him a camcorder that works in the wind (noise). I am walking 4 miles a day and trying to get in the 160’s… nearly there but my 49th bday is tomorrow so no diet tomorrow. I’m taking this class online to get my photoshop skills up to par for photography… It will prepare me to take an exam to become certified as an Adobe Certified Associate. I’m thinking of using it to restore other people’s photos (old family photos) down the road. We’ll see… I always got to be doing something!

I WILL do more on our family blog. I don’t want to lose this precious time as it only comes by once… I hope everyone is doing well. I miss so many people…

New Photography Blog

I made a new photography blog/portfolio to store my best photos so I can see how I advance. I wanted to keep it separate from the family blog. I WILL be posting on the kids/family soon but with my usual auto mode unless I am going to do a portrait shot or something special. I am hoping to advance enough in photography and post processing over the next year to enter some local art fairs next summer. I have a lot to learn…

If you want to stay up with Matthew and his bees, go to thehappybeeman.com

 

I miss you all…

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Photography

I’ve dedicated the past few months towards learning photography in manual mode… learning composition, the exposure triangle, etc… here are a few photos I’ve taken recently. This one of the local church taken today…

Local abandoned church – put my first watermark on photo… still working on an online portfolio. Thinking of going towards old, abandoned buildings, homes, churches, etc… I love going black and white on certain photos.

Cocoa our kitty

Abandoned house down the road…

Shot from our backyard

Learning how to use aperture… our parakeets.

An earlier photo… the abandoned home in color and from another angle.

 

Christmas Day

Our kids have always wanted a Christmas tree. We haven’t had one in many years, I decided to get one for them.

We had to put it in the guest house as there isn’t much room in our house and Benjamin would likely begin disassembling it as soon as it went up.

The three girls decorated it while listening to Christmas carols. It was such a memorable day for us girls.

Then on Christmas morning, we went over to the house to open presents.

So excited! Matthew and I didn’t think to use the other colors of wrapping paper… maybe next year.

Benjamin all excited too…

I love your happy face, Matthew.  The girls got some bead kits…

Matthew got a remote controlled truck.

Play dishes for the littles…

Back at the house playing with dishes and water…

Matthew chasing Ben with his truck…

Ben’s little police car…

Merry Christmas… the kids shared it was the best Christmas they have ever had.

November in Missouri

Looks like I need to edit this post….  something went wrong.  : (  

This is from our snow storm in October/November frame time. We only got a dusting during the recent snow fall. Miriam is in her own igloo here. 

The igloo… I love the kids creativity. 

Hannah in the igloo… 

Big snowballs… 

 

  

Going back to Fall… leaves… 

Happy kids… 

Leah holding Ginger

Nice of the olders to give the littles wheelbarrow rides. 

Elisabeth holding Ginger now. Spoiled kitty…  ; )  

It was a beautiful, invigorating day… 

Natalie… I think Leah looks like you here. Natalie is my sister.  : ) 

   

Leah’s 9th birthday in October. We can’t believe she’s nine… 

Strawberry shortcake on yellow cake. My stepmother used to make it this way. I miss her. She passed in 2012 at only 57 years of age. She loved me… 

Tiny Tabi… you aren’t so tiny anymore. 

My $45 cedar chest… just a beautiful addition to our home. Summer blankets are in there now. 

 

Back to the Fall scene… chestnuts

They loved gathering them and playing with them. Matthew and I had to take care not to slip coming out the front door.  : ) 

 

Sweet Matthew… 

Some of my older photos… this is a dove flying near our home

The before strawberry… 

The “after” strawberry after I put it through photoshop. Shutterstock accepted this photo of mine. 

They felt this one was too “grainy”. I decided to pour my time into photography and see where the Lord takes it. While taking a forensic photography class while working on my criminal justice degree 20 years ago, I loved it so much I had considered switching my major. Now I wish I had. I am taking a 21 hour online course for only $10 through udemy.com. Tons of cheap courses there… I believe some are even accredited.