Farm Happenings

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Most of the below happened in one day. Yes, life is busy but it’s a good busy. We’re doing what we feel God has called us to do, we love it (most of the time :) ) and we’re doing it together. We worked on installing our new irrigation system. Above – Daddy and Danny’s holding a spool of drip tape. Below – Abby runs to the other end of the row holding the drip tape.

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The woodchip mountains make a great place for a rest.

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Above – It’s Timmy’s turn to hold the drip tape.

Below – We started our sweet potato slips. We put toothpicks in the sweet potatoes and then placed them in a canning jar of water. In about 4 weeks, we’ll pull off the sweet potato slips and put them in water to root before planting them in the garden.

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Doing these projects together remind us of why this whole thing started. The vision to work together so we could spend more time together, walking by the way with our children and loving each other.

Right after we finished the sweet potato slip project, the phone rang. Some good friends blest us with these two baby goats.

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It was family night so we made one of our favorites.

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

First, you pop 20 cups of popcorn. Place in a large roasting pan and preheat oven to 300. We pop extra for snacking and taste testers.

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Emily and Hannah volunteered to be taste testers.

Then, you whisk together 1 c. sucanat or sugar (white or brown), 1/4 c. honey, and 1 stick butter. Stir for 5 minutes.

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Whisk in 1/2 t. vanilla, 1/4 t. baking soda, and 1/4 c. cocoa powder.

Quickly stir into popcorn and bake for 8 minutes at 300. Watch closely as it can burn easily. We’ve even skipped the baking part. :)

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Another day, the boys do school around the sweet potato slips.

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While Alyssa helps catch up on some sewing.

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Last night we hurried and covered everything we could with row covers. So far, everything I’ve checked was spared. Thank God. After losing everything last year to a late freeze, we try to get everything covered. Live and learn. :)

Blessings from the Flock!

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Planting Spring Crops and Fertilizing Fruit Trees

100_2259[1]Gil spent the day preparing rows for planting! The dark soil looks so much better than the red dirt that used to be there. Every year it looks a little better.

100_2261[1]100_2263[1]Unfortunately, we haven’t got the greenhouse built yet. Hopefully by the end of the year. So our starts are in the cold frame, all 1,608 of them! The children transplanted some of them into the garden today.

100_2265[1]Here, Daniel is planting Swiss Chard.

100_2266[1]Alyssa is preparing this row for lettuces. Buttercrunch, Red Salad Bowl, and Romaine!

100_2267[1]Timothy and Abigail are fertilizing the baby fruit trees with fish emulsion. It’s great stuff, but phew! Definitely made of fish! :-)

Hopefully, we’ll get our cole crops in tomorrow! We are so grateful for our sweet children to share this dream with us. We would not be able to do it all without them.

Blessings from the Flock!

Gil and Cynthia…

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Sowing Starts and New Shirts!

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We got our t-shirts in today!

I have never felt more blessed or more busy in my life. We are so thankful for the life the LORD has blessed us with! We are living our dream. All my life I’ve dreamed of having a family. I am so thankful to be able to be home to support Gil in his dream of our farm (I’m the secretary), homeschool and spend the day with my best friends (our children), and learn how to run our farmstead. We are learning so fast that I can hardly take it all in. I want to try to post more of our daily life for those of you who would like to contact us with advice (please don’t hesitate to leave advice or questions on our contact us page) and for those who would like to learn along the way with us. We are so thankful for all those who the LORD has brought across our path to teach us. So if you share a similar dream, I hope this website can help us learn together.

Right now on the farm, we are very busy preparing for this growing season. We got our t-shirts in today. Yippee! We all put them on before we even washed them! The kids kept saying over and over, “I love my shirt!” So sweet. We applied and were accepted for the Edmond Farmers Market. Yippee again! We missed doing markets last year and are so excited to prepare for them this year. We will also be doing our CSA Membership. We are making lots of new varieties of soap. We’ll add them to our Soap page as they are available for sale. The girls’ favorite so far is Creamy Coconut. We are filing out paperwork for insurance and licenses. We are sowing starts. So far we have started, tomatoes (lots of varieties), peppers, squash, zucchini, patty pan, herbs, flowers, watermelons and cantaloupes. We have planted onions, turnips, peas, and carrots. This weekend, we have scheduled to plant more onions, potatoes, green beans, cabbage, broccoli, lettuces, kale, chards, spinach, and beets. Gil bought row covers to protect the crops incase we get more freezes. We still have plenty of beds to prepare for planting as well. Speaking of preparing garden beds, we have had several people volunteer to come help with a project. If your still interested, give us a call for a hands on learning experience or just some fun if you already know how to plant. Here’s some pictures and I better go. Dinner Time!

100_2246[1]Here the boys are fill the pots with a mixture of potting soil and peat moss.

100_2248[1]Then they planted seeds.

100_2249[1]We love to order from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds at www.RareSeeds.com.

A little potting soil, a few seeds, a sunny window, and your off and running! So much fun! Start your seeds this weekend, if you haven’t already!

From our small farm to you, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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2014 CSA Contract is available online!

We just finished our 2014 CSA Contract. If you were a CSA Member last year, you have until March 15th to return your application for the 2014 growing season. Starting March 17th, we’ll beginning taking new CSA Members. Once all CSA Shares are full, we’ll begin a will call list. That means if we have an abundance of produce, we’ll call you and you can pick up a one-time CSA Share. Thank you all for your support of our farm and our family!

We are looking forward to an amazing growing season!

Gil and Cynthia Fleshman and Family

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Mary Kate’s Visitors

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Life is beginning to get back to normal on our small farm after the arrival of sweet Mary Kate. Today, some of the family spent cutting wood to prepare for the rest of winter. Now they’re cutting wood for some of our sweet family. Alyssa is making bread to go with dinner, I can already smell it cooking. I am trying to catch up on paperwork. Gil and I want to spend the evening starting seedlings. We are so excited for spring to come! So many people blessed our family when Mary Kate arrived. Below is sweet Catherine Norwood, who came to stay with our family and help take care of the children and home while I healed and rested.

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I am so thankful for my family that was with me during my labor and delivery. My sweet sweet man, Gil, my sister, Kristi, and dear daughter, Alyssa.

I was very blessed to have Dr. Willis deliver Mary Kate as well as Elizabeth Norwood, CPM coach me through labor. Elizabeth is like having your best friend to share you pregnancy joys and concerns. She is very calm and comforting. I am so thankful for her.

BeautifulFeetMidwiferyCare.com                                                                                                                            Elizabeth@yahoo.com                                                                                                                     Call or Text 918-361-1557

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My sweet sister and life saver most days!

Below is all the children having a turn holding the baby. Mary Kate is very loved!

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Above is Gramps and Grammy holding Mary Kate. We are so thankful for their love and support in our lives!

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Some of the sweet Burnett family blessed us with a visit. (Above)

The Fabulous Fords dropped by with lots of meals and sweet fellowship. (Below)

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100_2086[1]Grand Suzie and Aunt Chris came up for a great visit. We enjoyed playing lots of games of dutch blitz!

100_2077[1]Gil always says that he’s so thankful for the cloud of witnesses that the LORD has placed around us. We are very blessed by many good friends and family!

All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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Babies and Babies

100_2137[1]The weather has turned sunny and we are ready to get outside and start prepping the garden. Spring is my favorite time of year. I know it’s not spring yet but it feels like it with the weather change we’ve had! We also had our last set of babies on the farm.

100_2145[1]A buckling

100_2147[1]and a doeling!

100_2143[1]Gil loves his goats. He’s like a proud papa. This buckling is a beautiful blond color.

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We thank everyone for their interest in our farm and our family. All of our kids are pre-sold for this year.

Now for the sweetest baby…….

100_2115[1]We are all greatly enjoying Mary Kate! She does not lack for attention! :)

100_2108[1]100_2107[1]100_2106[1]100_2105[1]100_2104[1]100_2103[1]100_2110[1]100_2097[1]We are so thankful for all the support of our family and friends. Thank you for all the meals, gifts, prayers, visits, and calls. You are all such a blessing!

All our love and prayers, Fleshman flock

Psalm 107:41

 

 

 

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Christmas, a Great Friend and an Amazing Blessing

I know this is late but I wanted to share this poem that Gramps (AKA Don Fleshman) wrote and read on Christmas Day. It brought tears to all of our eyes. Here’s a picture of 4 generations of Fleshmans!

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Top Row (Gil and Cynthia, Don and Carol, Earlene, and Myra)

Bottom Row (Hannah, Emily, Abigail, Timothy, Daniel, Alyssa, and Dylan above her)

It’s Christmas Eve, going on nine or so, turkeys in the fridge all buttered up and ready to go.
The presents all bought and wrapped up with a bow, the trees really pretty, thank God for no snow.
The eggnog is chilling and the giblets are all chopped, I can just smell the pop corn which will soon be popped.
The grandkids are all coming in the morning or by noon, when ever they get here will be no…ne too soon.
There will be cookies and candies and cakes galore,  and chocolate covered cherries that the kids adore.
The home made noodles simmering on the stove, will be better than last year according to my nose.
The smell of that turkey all golden and brown, the rolls and the gravy and honey ham for the crown.
The laughter and giggles of the kids in the den, looking through all the presents that they can’t wait to dig in.
But first we’ll hold hands and give thanks to our LORD for the Son that He gave and the food we could afford.
Then the bird will come out and be sliced on a platter with cranberry sauce and gravy to splatter.
The beans and the taters and yams filled with candy, and all the eyes sparkling, it will be just dandy.
When our bellies are all full all the kids will be hopin, we can go to the den where the presents need opened.
You can hear the kids yelling and screaming so loud, I hope when it’s over, they’ll all be proud.
With games and toys and dolls and cars, there will be ribbons and paper scattered near and far.
Their hearts filled with joy while the den is a mess, why a tear filled my eye, I can only guess.
The day will soon end and the mess will be gone, the kids will be leaving, for the laughter we will long.
The year will soon end but the memories we’ll remember, and the time will fly by and be next December.

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We also enjoyed a visit from our great friend, Dillon Dornink! He really is a great friend because we caught the flu together and still enjoyed each others company!

Last but not least the LORD blessed us with an amazing blessing!

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Announcing the arrival of Mary Katherine! We are very blessed indeed! May the LORD bless you and your family this New Year!

All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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Baby Shower for Mary Katherine (Mary-Kate)

We have been busy preparing for our new arrival, Mary-Kate. Kelly Dornink stopped by and helped build toddler bunk beds. Thank you so much!

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Daddy and D had lots of help!

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Kelly, D, and Daniel.

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The girls supervised. :)

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Hannah and Emily love their new beds!

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We were very blessed by our baby shower.

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This little lamb cake was amazing! We are continually amazed at our friend Ariel’s decorating skills!

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Our good friends, the Fabulous Fords,  also made this diaper cake! They are too much. Sooo cute!

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The sweet Benders wrote and framed this sweet poem.

Welcome to our world
Little Mary-Kate Fleshman!
You’ve been prayed for and waited for,
with much anticipation.

You are the precious fruit of your mother’s womb,
An arrow in your father’s hand,
A gracious gift from God above,
Fashioned to fulfill His sovereign plan.

Faith by hearing the Word of God:
The greatest gift that can be given;
Is what we pray you’ll receive,
Paving your way to heaven.

A Christian home where God’s Word is revered
Is surely a gift quite rare.
With thanksgiving, hide that Word in your heart.
It’s knowledge will go with you everywhere.

You have a home rich in brothers and sisters
Who welcome you with open arms!
Love them and serve them following Jesus’ example,
As you grow up on Grace Family Farm!

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Elizabeth Norwood made this dessert! Soooo cute.

We are so very blessed by our friends. We thank the LORD for each and every one of you!

All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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Snow and more ……

A couple weeks ago we got a dusting of ice. That was enough for us to drag out the sleds!

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The children had a great time sledding down the hill.

Yesterday and today we got 4 1\2 inches of snow.  That means serious sledding with Uncle Keith!

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These sweet hats were crocheted for us by a sweet sweet friend.

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It’s great to have  cousins to come play in the snow.
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I am so thankful for this man. He has truly given us our dream life out here in the country.  Time playing in the snow together is priceless!

Between the dusting of ice and snow, we have been very busy. A good busy but busy. We have recently also planned next year’s garden. Time to order seeds! This is such a special time for us. We really feel like we’re living the life of our dreams and we enjoy growing beyond organic produce for ourselves and our customers.

We enjoyed a week of feasting for Thanksgiving. Starting with my sweet sister and her family and ending with church family. We are so blessed!

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Here Mr. C and Gil move the turkey onto a serving platter. Mr. C smoked an amazing turkey.

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The children enjoyed fellowship with sweet friends and we even fit in a work project or two.

We then came home and delivered triplet baby goats the next day! We’re so glad they waited for us to get home. Alyssa is our goat midwife. We are so blessed by her heart for animals.
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Abby loves the baby goats too!
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Daddy and Alyssa make a great team delivering our baby goats.
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Joy and her baby doeling.
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Then we celebrated birthdays!
Hannah turned two and Daddy turned 40, so much fun.

We also had a special visitor, Kelly Dornink.
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He and Dylan built some cedar shelves for our family, such a blessing that Dornink family is!
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Abby and Alyssa, sweet sisters.
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Snow is fun and beautiful. We hope you’re enjoying your family wherever you are and whatever your doing.

Our new family motto is to go with the flow, have fun, enjoy each other, and glorify God no matter what happens. Adapted from our sweet friends, the Duggars.

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

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Catching up

Our home computer isn’t working well right now but I thought I’d try to write a quick post with the phone and catch everyone up. :)

After we got home from the Duggars, our church family surprised us with a trip to North Carolina for the Worship of God Conference.
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The mountains were beautiful and the conference great! We enjoyed time spent with sweet friends.
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Here a sweet friend reads to the girls.
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There were also some competitive games of Dutch Blitz!  :)

Before we left we started some and finished some remodeling.
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Everyone loved painting.

We also had our first baby goat born.
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She’s so sweet. Alyssa is our little goat midwife. We are so blessed by her heart for the goats.

For all of our milk customers,  we hope to have milk available for sale around the first of the year.

We also celebrated two birthdays, Dylan and Daniels! We planted the orchard and have been working very hard to put the garden to bed for the winter. We butched about 80 chickens so the freezer is full, Praise the LORD. Today, along with school, we canned sweet potatoes, baked pumpkins and made pumpkin pie.  Life is full but we know we are so blessed!

I wish I could share more pictures but most of them are on the camera and I can’t upload them without the home computer. 

We pray everyone’s doing well and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Blessings to your families, from the Flock :)

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