June has seemed like it has flown by...I can't believe 4th of July is next week already! Here's what we've been doing.....
Karl's sister took some pictures for us. Since we've been married, we've always done fall pictures - it was fun to pick out summer clothes for pics! Here are a few of my favorites (and the big one as the header of the blog):
The second week of June our group took off for Joplin, MO. They were hit with an E-F5 tornado 3 years ago and they are still doing rebuilding there. Their grant money runs out in December and they have 30 more homes to build before then. We were able to help out with one and do a bunch of other odd jobs.
Learning how to put the drip edge on....
Karl and I were out riding around one Sunday afternoon and came upon a turkey sitting on her nest of 8 eggs! She flew away when she felt threatened but we're guessing she came back once we left? The boys were careful to mow around it when they cut our hay.
There have been a lot of really nice rainfalls so I haven't had to water my plants too much which I'm really quite happy about :)
We've been selling pigs for the past month as well. I'm very thankful for brothers who help Karl sort so that when we have to go sell at 12, 1 and 2 in the morning we only have to sell and not sort beforehand...then I get SOME sleep ;) The first couple loads went very rough and Karl said "I'm going to need knee replacement surgery by the time I'm 30 if this keeps up". I guess 300 lb. hogs ramming into your aluminum gate that smashes into your knee hurts pretty bad! So, the next day I went to Theisens and bought 3 different pairs of kneepads (ones floor layers would wear) and brought them home so that he couldn't say he didn't like them. Karl picked out his favorite of the 3 and said "oh, I guess I'll try them"...because you know, men don't wear kneepads?! ...He wore them for the next load and has put them on willingly for each load after - they definitely helped!!
June 25 - our corn is over 6 ft. tall on the outside rows - probably taller in some spots. Always praying for a good growing season - there is a lot of time before harvest!