Housesitting – ALL SUMMER! {Flashback Friday}

Although Bethany and I didn’t live at another house the entire summer we did spend four long weekends, as well as a full week, at a couple different houses throughout the summer. It was fun and we loved getting to take care of DOGS (two at each house)!

Chase

Chase

Jake

Jake

Paddy

Paddy (there was another dog, but I didn’t get a picture 😦 A sweet golden retriever named Bella)

It was an amazing experience for both of us as we learned a lot about taking care of houses, the responsibilities of taking care of ourselves, and how to deal with a depressed dog (Chase) after his pal (Jake) was put down the day before his family leftΒ (plus how and when to call the police!).

Yes, this is what you come home to when you leave a sad dog home alone :(

Yes, this is what you come home to when you go to church, leaving a sad dog home alone 😦

ouch!

 

We also got a warning one day about the water being turned off in the neighborhood for a few hours!

 

No water!

No water!

John 4:16 - I loved this verse that hung in one of the kitchens...

John 4:16 – I loved this verse that hung in one of the kitchens…

Chickens

We loved getting fresh eggs from these chickens so we wouldn’t miss our babies πŸ˜‰ Thankfully no chickens were eaten while we were there, but a few were “enjoyed” between our visits! Yikes! Glad I didn’t have to deal with that coyote πŸ˜•

But it wasn’t all hard and (dare I say) deathly…

Yes! I can fly!

Hello there!

Who says you can’t have fun on the job?

Rockn

sleep ;)

Or sleep on the job?

Sleep!

Fell asleep after finishing “Every Waking Moment” by Chris Fabry. It wasn’t even out yet! We got the pre-release copy from our friend the Author πŸ˜‰

 

In all I want to thank the D and R families for trusting us with such a big responsibility and to Mom and Dad for encouraging us with this opportunity!

Snow!

In Tucson? Yes! The most snow my family has seen falling in our neighborhood…

Blizzard! Okay... not really...

Blizzard! Okay… not really…

The boys had lots of fun in it…

Josh

A little colder then your used to? He didn't take the time to grab a good jacket not knowing how long it would stick around

A little colder then you’re used to? He didn’t take the time to grab a good jacket not knowing how long it would stick around.

The chickens were pretty scared and didn't want to venture out into the snow. Poor Sausage was pulled out for some pictures, but she wouldn't hold still :roll:

The chickens were pretty scared and didn’t want to venture out into the snow. Poor Sausage was pulled out for some pictures, but she wouldn’t hold still πŸ™„

 

Out of the whole family I spent the most time out in the snow. It was so beautiful. I could not get enough of it!

These boots kept my toes warm in the beginning, but I soon forgot I had any!

These boots kept my toes warm in the beginning, but I soon forgot I had any!

Snowy peach

Melting peach

"Icicle"

Can you see the snowflake designs?

Can you see the snowflake designs?

The mountains were gorgeous, but the clouds soon covered them up. I can't wait to get good pictures tomorrow!

The mountains were breathtaking, but the clouds soon covered them up. I can’t wait to get good pictures tomorrow!

The snow stopped after a couple hours, but surprised us with another dose in the evening! My family had a hard time, yet again, pulling me inside.

 

Thank you God for the perspective you have given us desert rats on snow!

The Past 4 Months in Pictures – part 1

The set up for the Set-Apart Girl conference

The Set-Apart Girls!

Our Set-Apart Lunch πŸ˜‰

Jordan’s Birthday Dinner

My VBS group of 2nd graders!

Skyping with Aunt Becki on the projector just because we could πŸ˜‰ This is where the topic of me coming to visit came up… and then came true!

The beautiful flowers Mema and Papa (my mom’s parents) gave us after our Musical Bootcamp performance

Three of our chickens trying to lay eggs… Sausage in the way back, squeak on the side, and Pot Pie in the front who we no longer get eggs from since her death 2 weeks ago 😦

The pretty eggs!

 

 
I hope you enjoyed and got caught up a bit on my busy Summer! More to come πŸ˜€

Eggciting news!

Guess what!

We found something in the chicken coop!

AN EGG!

And for fun I made a poll for you to guess which chicken laid the egg!

Can you tell I am excited!

PLEASE VOTE

Shark; the Chicken

The last Chicken I would like to introduce to you is…

Shark!

Riahjoy: How did you get your name?

Shark: Joshua and Daniel named me that. They say they did because I have a sharp beak. I don’t understand. Whatever.

Riahjoy: What is your favorite part of the day?

Shark: When I get sleep.

 

Riahjoy: Do you like being held?

Shark: No

Riahjoy: Is there anything else you would like to share?

Shark: Yes, when you come into the coop bring us food and leave us alone.

Riahjoy: Well… um… thanks!

 

Thank you all for reading these interviews! I hope you enjoyed reading them and getting to know our chickens a little better πŸ™‚

Sausage; the Chicken

The fifth Chicken I would like to introduce to you is…

Sausage

Riahjoy: How did you get your name?

Sausage: Bethany isn’t that good with names so when Sausage popped into her head she gave it to me.

Riahjoy: What is your favorite part of the day?

Sausage: When Bethany comes out to hold me.

Riahjoy: Do you like being held?

Sausage: Yes, I am a very friendly chicken.

Riahjoy: Is there anything else you would like to share?

Sausage: I love eating melon seeds and goop out of human hands!

Riahjoy: Thank you for the interview and pictures!

Bacon; the Chicken

The fourth Chicken I would like to introduce to you is…

Bacon!

Riahjoy: How did you get your name?

Bacon: Daniel gave me that name because his mother told him to.

Riahjoy: What is your favorite part of the day?

Bacon: When I get fed.

hangin' with Pot Pie, Squeak and "Shark"

Riahjoy: Do you like being held?

Bacon: I like being held, but I like to trick the human and make them chase me first.

Riahjoy: Is there anything else you would like to share?

Bacon: I am the top of the pecking order in the coop.

Riahjoy: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.