Closed for 2016

Due to unexpected health reasons, we made the decision to close for the remainder of 2016. LORD willing we will reopen in the spring of 2017. Thank you for all the love and support you have shown our family during this season.

All our love and prayers, Gil and Cynthia Fleshman Family

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CSA 2016

DSCN7362We are very excited about this growing season and are opening up our CSA Program to new customers. For more information see tabs at the top of this page. There is a lot going on at the farm. We are currently building a greenhouse as well as adding an asparagus plot this year (pictures to follow).

Blessings, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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CSA 2016

We will begin accepting CSA Applications for new customers on Feb. 15th, 2016. If you are a returning customer you should have received an email from us informing you that you have until Feb. 15 to reserve your space in our 2016 CSA Program. We give preference to our returning customers. We are looking forward to great gardening season!

Blessings, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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Mid-July -

More updates…..The following pictures are more of Alyssa’s birthday. As many of you know, letter writing to the birthday person is a big part of our birthday celebrations.

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Alyssa and Timothy

Some letters are really funny!

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Alyssa and Daniel

Some letters are tearful.

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Some letters need some explaining!

100_4377But are very funny!

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We love our girl!

100_4392Then we enjoyed a great visit from Alyssa’s good friend Esther and her family.

Then we went to Minnesota for Big D’s (Dillon) and Amy Dorninks wedding!

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Then. it’s back to farm work! :)

Pumpkins

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That’s all for today, folks.

Blessings to you and your families!

All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

 

 

 

 

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Family/Farm Update May through mid-July 2015

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For Holidays and Birthdays, we write letters of appreciation to let each other know how much they mean to us. (Above is me, after reading Alyssa’s letter.)

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Daniel and Mary Katie

100_4133We cleared all the wood chips from our driveway! Thanks D!

Father’s Day

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Gramps reading his cards.

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Daddy enjoying his day!

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My 40th Birthday! Thanks to Trim Healthy Mama, I’m healthier than I’ve been in years and at my high school weight!

We had a fabulous 4th of July with the Fabulous Fords.

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Fishing

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100_4341 100_4343 100_4340Corn harvesting was fun but a bit wormy. Our family eats it right off the stalk, without the worms. :)

Happy Birthday Alyssa!

Big D surprised us all with a visit from Minnesota!

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I’m out of time! I’ll try to work on this some more tomorrow!

Blessings!

All for Him, Cynthia

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Quick Update

We wanted to give everyone a quick update. My goal at the beginning of the year was to do one post a month, but then there was life!   :)

100_3807[1]Mary Kate had a birthday!

100_3862[1]Emily had a birthday!

Then there was Valentines Day!

100_3911[1]100_3912[1]100_3917[1]100_3913[1]Daniel making milk froth to go on top of the cup of hugs (hot chocolate).

100_3916[1]Hannah enjoying her cup of hugs.

100_3942[1]Daddy and I had an amazing cowboy-themed date night with lots of our oldest and dearest friends.

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Dylan bought his first house debt free. Praise the LORD! It looks like a family project to me. lol His plans are to completely remodel, and then sell it.

100_4010[1]Abigail had a birthday!

And we went to Big Sandy, TX for our ATI Homeschool Conference!

100_4064[1]Dylan taught in the Children’s Program.

100_4086[1]Along with Alyssa. :)

Daniel and Timothy served in the ALERT Cadet Challenge, pictured here with some fellow Cadets.

We all had a great time, learning and growing in the LORD!

The garden is doing great, praise the LORD. We plan on opening the farm and starting our CSA Program around May 1st. Our home farm stand hours will be Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00noon. Refer to your CSA Contract for CSA pick-up days and hours. If you’d like a farm tour, Gil will be available on Saturdays at 11:00am, barring Farmers’ Market Saturdays. We’re looking forward to a great summer! May the LORD bless y’all!

All for Him, Gil and Cynthia (for the Flock)

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CSA Program 2015

We have updated our CSA page for the 2015 growing season. Returning customers have until Feb. 14 to send in their applications before we will accept new customers into the program. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

All for Him, Gil and Cynthia (for the Flock)

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January on Our Micro-Farm

100_3805[1] 100_3806[1]100_3885[1]      January may be a time of rest for the soil, but we are still busy inside the house getting ready for next Spring! Usually at this time of the year we are doing a seed inventory of what was left from last year, and getting an order ready for next season. We like to keep our seeds in a freezer over the winter in a 5 gallon bucket to preserve them. Yes we actually have that many seeds, that we need 5 gallons to keep them all! My sweet wife and daughter helped to make an inventory on the computer, which we checked and then looked to see what we would like to plant for this year. We go thru all the old packets and sort what we want to keep or give away. Most seeds will last for several years if you keep them cold and dry and in a sealed container. After going thru the inventory we are now preparing a new order so we will have what we need in order to start planting our seeds in the ground and setting new starts next month. Believe it or not, February is the time we start with our cold weather crops, planting time is already here! Visit our links page to see some of the places we like to order from. The picture above is our seed book from our friends at RareSeeds.com. An amazing resource for finding Heirloom seeds from all over the world!

We are planning on having a CSA program this year starting in the Spring when the farm opens for the season. We are looking forward to seeing all our returning customers (friends) as well as making new ones this year.

All for Him, Gil and Cynthia (for the Flock)

 

 

 

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Family Pictures

We thought we’d share our family pictures. It was a cold, windy day. Did I say a cold, windy day! The children still did great and we still got a few good shots thank to Ginger (1-405-314-9532), our photographer. Give her a call, she did great. Here’s a quick preview for the Grandparents of their Christmas gifts. :)

IMG_8807 IMG_8816 IMG_8819 IMG_8822 IMG_8826 IMG_8829 IMG_8832 IMG_8836 IMG_8845IMG_8854See sweet Mary Kate, 4th from the left between the boys. She’s so little and sweet!IMG_8858IMG_8863I love this man. :)IMG_8867IMG_8873IMG_8877The following three are buddy teams.IMG_8887Dylan, Timothy, and HannahIMG_8894

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Daniel and Emily. (This one is missing our Sean, he’s in Washington.)

Blessings to everyone!

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We Love Homeschooling!!!

We just finished Wisdom Book 47.

Prayer Requires Effort

Mat 7:7-11 KJV

(7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

(8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

(9) Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

(10) Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

(11) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Our character quality was Resourcefulness – Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard.

The LORD gave us the perfect life classroom. You see, while doing chores one morning a snake slithered up in the goat yard. Daddy killed it, and then the children dissected the snake, complete with labeled worksheets.  100_3284[1] 100_3300[1] 100_3302[1] The younger ones enjoyed reading about snakes from all over the world, and then they had a great time making paper snakes.100_3314[1] 100_3316[1]The above pictures are of us studying waves.

Alyssa wrote a paper on how seeking the LORD is affected by our heart attitudes.  I thought I would post it as an encouragement to other young ladies.

Seeking the LORD by Alyssa Fleshman

What does it mean to seek the LORD?

Psalm 27:8 says, “When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, O LORD, will I seek.” In Hebrew, the word seek means “to search out…to strive after: ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire,,…(make) request, require, seek (for).” In Webster’s New World Dictionary seek means “to try to find; search for, look for…explore…”

 

How do we seek the LORD?

“I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find me.” (Proverb 8:17) We must seek the Lord early in the morning. He must be first in our lives.

“Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually.” (1 Chronicles 16:11) This is not a one-time deal. We must keep seeking Him.

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29) We must seek Him with all our heart, which in this verse means “inner man, mind, will, heart, soul, understanding.” This verse also mentions that we must seek Him with all our soul, which means, soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living, being, desire, emotion, passion.”

 

Why should we seek the LORD?

  • David sought the LORD when he said “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that I will seek after; that I may dwell on the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
  • David sought the LORD because of fear. “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)
  • David sought the LORD when he desired to see God’s power and glory. “O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is; To see Thy power and Thy glory,…” (Psalm 63:1,2)
  • David said to seek the LORD for strength 1 Chronicles 16:11. “Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually.”

 

How does each negative heart condition affect how we seek the LORD?

 

  • If we have a foolish heart, we will not glorify God as we should, and we will not be thankful. (romans 1:21) If we have a wise heart, we will have a proper fear of the LORD (Prov. 9:10), thus giving glory and praise to our Heavenly Father. This will directly affect how we seek God.
  • When we have a deceitful heart (Jer. 17:11), we will not be stable. We will go our own way instead of God’s. When we have a sound heart (Prov. 14.30), we will be firmly rooted in God’s truth, and no one will be able to overthrow us. When a person with a deceitful heart seeks God, he develops a sound heart.
  • If we have a fearful heart, we will become faithless and will be drawn away from the LORD because of a lack of faith. (II Tim. 1:7, Isa.35:3, 4). A understanding heart will consider a situation from God’s point of view, thus avoiding fear.
  • Someone with a proud heart might seek the LORD, but they value their own opinion just as highly as they do God’s. A proud person thinks too much of himself, whereas a contrite heart is humble. A contrite heart realizes how little we are in the sight of our Heavenly Father. God will resist the proud, but give grace to those who are humble. (I Peter 5:5)
  • “A backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways…” (Prov. 14:14) He is obviously not filled with the LORD’s commands, he has fallen away from them, and likely will not even seek the LORD. However, a perfect heart is mature. One with a perfect heart (II Chron. 16:9) is totally open with God, hiding nothing from Him.
  • A person with a double heart is “unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8) He has many conflicting opinions and agendas. He is therefore not firm in his belief in God’s Word. In the Book of James there is clear instruction for those who are of a double heart. “….Cleanse your hands ye sinners and purify your hearts ye double minded.” (James 4:8) A pure heart has no other motives. It had been tried, and only those with a pure heart can stand in the presence of a Holy God.
  • They that are of a forward heart are an abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright their way are His delight.” A forward heart is stubborn, and will not listen to God’s instruction. However, an upright heart in trustworthy, it is reliable, and has been approved by God. (Eccl. 7:29”
  • A perverse heart is crooked, it turns from that which is good and cannot stand for the truth. A clean heart is morally pure, it is free from iniquity and impurity. It is both needed to seek the LORD and comes from seeking the LORD. (Prov. 12:8; Ps. 51:10)
  • A hard heart is stubborn, cruel, and stiff-necked. A broken heart is repentant of its sin. A broken heart is…well, broken. God often has to use extreme things to break our hard hearts. How can we expect God to hear us if we are not repentant for disobeying and grieving Him? “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”(Psalm 51:17)

A lot of information about the different heart conditions are taken from Wisdom Booklet 47.

 

What rewards come from seeking the LORD?

 

He will not forsake us if we seek Him. “And they shall know Thy name that put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.” –Psalm 9:10

We will praise the LORD. For me, this is very encouraging to think that if I seek Him, I will be able to praise Him better. “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek Him:…” –Psalm 22:26

If we seek Him, He will provide. We will not lack any good. “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” –Psalm 34:10

We will joyful in Him. Similar to praising, we will magnify the LORD “Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee: let such as love Thy salvation say continually, the LORD be magnified.” –Psalm 40:16

After looking up Hebrew definitions, I found that when we seek the LORD, our heart, (mind, inner person) will live (be kept alive, will be restored or nourished) “The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.” –Psalm 69:32

If we seek the LORD with our whole heart, we will be happy and blessed .“Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart.” –Psalm 119:2

May the LORD bless you as you teach your children the ways of the LORD.

All for Him, Gil and Cynthia (for the Flock)

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