A Totally Epic 17th Birthday!

August 21st, 2014 by farmgirls | 6
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On the 15th, I turned 17! Crazy how time flies :) But I must say, it was a totally epic birthday! (thank you all so much for your birthday wishes! It made the day ‘extra’ special :) )

Cassia took me to Mudlove and Zoyo’s Frozen Yogurt because if you go in on your birthday, you get free frozen yogurt and a free Mudlove band.  I got this one (one of my favorite Bible verses).



And Jessica was so kind to make my dessert…it was soooo yummy! (note: notice the whip cream….)



Yeah, were kinda protective over our whip cream! :D





Recipe for this deliciousness  HERE



Noah drew me a picture of my favorite truck, a Ford F150




Yeah, that’s my dream truck :D (yeah, I’m crazy, but I love big lifted wheels ;) )


Chevron cards, made by my very artistic sister Leah! She’s amazing!



and a guitar book, kinda goes with a gift later on…


oh, and Cassia’s master wrapping! Usually involves Walmart bags!




Mommy got me a beautiful teacup,


along with perfume, that to everyone else smelled like cologne (which I like the smell of) so we were obviously making some sort of funny joke out of it, which usually happens on birthday nights! Everyone is tired, slap happy, and we laugh, talk and joke a lot :)



So then I thought I was done…until I went to bring my things upstairs, there on the stairway sat another (rather large) box!




Then I saw the Fender Guitar logo on the front!!! I was totally surprised, and was NOT expecting it :) Which makes it better right?





My new awesome guitar!!






For Sale: 2 Octave Lap Harp

August 19th, 2014 by farmgirls | 4
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I bought this little harp about ten years ago so that I’d have a more portable harp to carry around.  I don’t use it it very much anymore, so I am looking to sell it so someone else can enjoy it.  It has gotten a little lonely sitting in the corner ;)


The specifics:

Brand:  Praiseworthy Harps

Wood: Cherry

Octave Range: Two octaves starting from Middle C

Sharping Levers: on the F & C strings. You can play in up to three different keys with these levers (more if you retune the harp, which isn’t hard to do with only 16 strings).

Comes with a padded case, tuning wrench, new set of strings, and a harp care manual.

Asking for $400 (I paid $500 for the whole outfit)

Shipping cost to most places in the Continental US: $70.00


  The harp has a really nice sound (it isn’t tinny sounding like the cheap lap harps) and good string tension.  The man who made it wanted lap harps with string tension that would get players ready for pedal harps.

Side front

2-octave PraiseWorthy lap harp for sale




Side back

Side view



Back view

There are a some imperfections, a few small ‘dings’ in the varnish up at the top…


…and some scratches on the side.  Nothing that will affect the sound (and really doesn’t detract from the overall appearance).



Comes with a nice padded case

Harp in case


The case has a big roomy pocket to store your wrench and strings in.  The tuning wrench, new set of strings, and a harp care manual also come with the outfit :)




And a short video to give you an idea of what it sounds like ;)  The case looks all spotted in the video…but those are just raindrops, not grease spots! :D

If you have any questions, feel free to email me ;)





A shoutout and thank you to Anna for taking the video ;)  You can see more of her lovely photography at her photography blog.


Summer Update #1: Friends & Fun

August 16th, 2014 by farmgirls | 11
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During the end of June we had some wonderful visitors…the Forsters from Wisconsin!  Karen had bought a skirt from our Etsy shop a few years ago, and she and Leah wrote back and forth for a while.  They had went on vacation down South and were coming back home near us, so we got to visit with them for a weekend :D

We had lots of fun visiting and talking :)

9 Visiting



8 Visiting



Charissa, Bekah and Victoria made our supper one night :)

7 Making Supper



 And we had a few games of Dutch Blitz

6 Playing Dutch Blitz


 We showed them our barn swing and visited some more out in the barn.



Rachel, Sarah and Susannah




 Daniel, Noah, Isaiah, Victoria and Josiah waiting for their turn on the barn swing :)

2 Trying out the barn swing



 All of the ‘kids’ at suppertime :)



 Playing Foursquare




 Another game of Imaginiff…this was quite fun :D




 Saturday night there was a game of ‘Four on a Couch’ in the living room…




 …while some of us talked in the kitchen (watching Cassia prepare breakfast for Sunday morning :D )




The best game ever was one that the Forsters introduced us to…a photo scavenger hunt.  This game was TONS of fun, and we all really started warming up to each other as we were doing it :D

Each team gets a paper with different things they need to capture on camera:

1. everybody playing an instrument

2. everyone by a clock at 6:00

3. spell out the word ‘HUNT’

4. the team with an animal

5. the team cleaning the kitchen

6. playing an active sport together

7. act out a Bible verse

8.  portraying ‘Sympathy’

9. ‘Can you find us?’


Extra points:

1. everyone wears glasses

2. the photographer is in the picture

3. everyone wears hats


And soooo…we’re posting the results of our scavenger hunt :D


Team #1: everyone playing an instrument




 Team #2




 Team 1: Everyone by the clock at 6:00




 Team #2: we teased them that they cheated…we found out that they turned the clock back because they accidentally missed 6:00 :D  But theirs was really cute! [note the hats]





 Team #1: Spell out ‘HUNT’




 Team #2




Team #1: The team with an animal.  Don’t freak out…RePete the Goose was not harmed and the gun doesn’t work anymore :D  We like him too much to get rid of him :D  [note the glasses]



 Team #2: They were much more sweet about their picture :D




 Team #1: Cleaning the kitchen




 Team #2 [note that Anna, the photographer, is in this one]




 Team #1: Playing an active sport [baseball is a good reason to sneak in our bonus points with the hats!]




 Team #2: [note the sunglasses :D ]




Team #1: Act out a Bible verse.  Can you guess which one?! [note that we had our photographer, Josiah, in the picture...bonus points!]





 Team #2: Act out a Bible verse.  How about this one?!




 Team #1: Showing ‘Sympathy’.  We enjoyed getting the ketchup out for the ‘blood’ :D




 Team #2: Sympathy



 Team #1: Can you find us?!




 Team #2



So now, for fun, we’ve put up some polls on the sidebar–it might be easier to scroll and vote that way–do you want to vote on your favorites??? :D


I’m thinking this could be a fun activity to do online, too.  You know…you take pictures and post them, and we take pictures and post them, and we get them all together and compare.  Wouldn’t that be fun?! :D


We were sad when Sunday came around and it was time for the Forsters to leave and we wished that we could have a few more days with them!  We took a picture with everybody together before they headed home and said goodbye, telling each other that if we were near them or they were near us again to be sure and stop by :D   It was a delightful weekend!


Richardsons and Forsters










A Summer Summary

August 15th, 2014 by farmgirls | 4
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Summer has flown by and we have SO many things we want to catch up on and show you on the blog :D  Blog posts are coming…some sooner than others, and not all in order, but here’s a summary.

  Early in June several of us took a Discovery Flight with Warsaw Flying Club :D  We got a flying lesson and learned how to take off, fly and land the airplane.  That was AMAZING! :D

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 Later in June we had friends from Wisconsin come visit us for a weekend and we had a photo scavenger hunt (which is why the funny picture with the clock).  More on this tomorrow :D



The last week of June was 4-H judging, so the four 4-Hers in the family were busily putting together projects last minute (because that is the 4-H way!).  Noah was in ‘big 4-H’ this year :D




 The second week of July was the 4-H fair.  We had a really fun time (and came home exhausted that week!)



 Late in July, Leah, Anna and I went to the Majesty MusiCollege in Indianapolis with a group from church.  We may or may not do a blog post on this one because we were having so much fun that we forgot to take very many pictures :D  We had a super time singing with the 200+ person choir.  One time there were four pianos, an organ, a small orchestra, and the choir singing, and the floor was shaking from all of the wonderful music.  I think we were all on a ‘high’ afterwards from all of that wonderful music :D


 One day after Leah, Anna and I left for Indy, Susannah and Cassia took a bus trip out to Washington D.C. and had a blast!  They are planning on a nice big post about this one…they ‘only’ took 500 pictures! :D





 One day after Susannah and Cassia left, Daddy, the boys, and our uncle left for the air show in Oshkosh :D  We probably won’t do a post on this one either (since we weren’t there), but you can tell that the boys had lots of fun!  They came home telling us about all kinds of airplanes and adventures :D



One day after we all came home from Indianapolis, Washington D.C. and Oshkosh, Mommy left for Florida for her T-Tapp retreat :D  We are jealous that she is going without us!

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Last weekend, we went to the annual PRA (Popular Rotorcraft Association) which is at the Mentone airport.  We only live a few miles from here and most of us girls have never come to it!  We had an amazing time seeing the gyro planes, watching the fireworks (put on by a group that gets together and several people put on their own show and even make their own fireworks!), and Daddy, Susannah and I each got a flying lesson on one of these!  A blog post on this is coming, too ;)




While Mommy was away, the washing machine decided to malfunction.  It didn’t know when to stop filling up with water and kept flowing over!  Daddy figured out the problem and fixed it, and Anna and I decided it was time to take out the disgusting carpet, sooo….we’ll tell you more about that later!




When Anna and I tore out the carpet in the laundry room, it gave Cassia and Anna the idea of repainting the bathroom.  Mommy wanted it to be purple awhile ago, but several of us thought it should be blue, to match the flooring.  So we painted it blue, but it was the wrong color of blue and didn’t match the flooring very well at all.  As a surprise, the girls repainted the bathroom while Mommy was gone, to surprise her :D  We hope this is a good surprise (and seeing how the painting is shaping up, I think it will be!)

Daddy also pulled up the toilet to fix the seal…and it sure makes painting around that area a lot easier :P :D




And this picture is just for fun…Noah and Isaiah with Boden and Graham (two of the four kiddos we babysit) playing blocks together.  Aren’t they the cutest little guys?! :D


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And so there is our ‘Summer Summary’ :D

Be on the lookout…posts are coming!







Happy 17th Birthday Anna!

August 15th, 2014 by farmgirls | 3
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Happy Birthday Anna!


You’re an amazing photographer, a fun sister, great cook, wonderful seamstress, and you’re great at making us laugh :D


Happy Birthday Anna!



May Jesus continue to show you more and more of the great love and favor He has heaped up and poured out on you ;)

Happy Birthday Anna!



We love you muchly!