Just enjoying the little things in life ....

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Happy 21st Birthday Ivan!!!  ....... can hardly believe so many years have gone by since the very first time I saw you.   I never gave any thought to you being a boy.....just figured my first child would be a girl.   Proves I don't know very much.   When I saw your little face........didn't matter whether I had just given birth to a boy or a girl.....it was LOVE at first sight.   You have been such a blessing to our family over the years.....always taking time to show your love for us and how much you care .....making an effort to spend time with your younger brothers and sisters.  Hope the next twenty-one years are even better than the last.  Hope you have a wonderful birthday !!!  We love you !!!

~ A New Addition ........

to our farm.  This week we have added Emily, the mule, to our assortment of animals around here.  She is almost 3 years old and very gentle.   The children are so excited and can't wait to get acquainted with her :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

~This Moment~

this moment - A Friday ritual....no words...capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment....a moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  If you're inspired to do the same, just leave a link to your moment in the comments for all to fnd and see.
Inspired by Soulemama....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

~ Mule Deer ~

Remember back in October when Ivan took a trip to Wyoming and came back with a big 5x5 mule deer?  (around here we would say it's a HUGE 10-pointer) !!! 
Well, here's the finished product ...... mounted and ready for the wall.  You just need to see it personally to really grasp how it compares in size to the Whitetail deer that we have around here.  It is absolutely beautiful :)

Congratulations Ivan !!!
Our friend "Brittany Greene" recently finished taxidermy school and has done a beautiful job for Ivan.....this was her first Mule Deer.    Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

~Rainy Day Fun~

While some parts of these great United States are receiving lots of snow this time of year.....we in turn have been blessed with rain and LOTS of it !!!  After being indoors for so long, one can only watch so many movies, read books, snack, etc.  before you hafta resort to the $1 wood crafts ( yes, $1 at Michael's and A.C. Moore and worth every penny of it).  Most any age enjoys building something from wood and then painting it to their liking....this was our Saturday afternoon project :)

So, there you have it.....next time you happen to be in the craft store, go ahead and stock up on these little  wooden crafts and when the rain or snow settles in for a few days you'll be glad you did.

Friday, January 20, 2012

~This Moment~

this moment-A Friday ritual...no words...capturing a moment from the week.  A simple,special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  If you're inspired to do the same just leave a link to your moment in the comments for all to find and see.  

Thursday, January 19, 2012


"More and more I realize that everybody, regardless of age, needs to be hugged and comforted in a brotherly or sisterly way now and then.  Preferably NOW."   - Jane Howard

I love this little quote....it seems to have so much meaning to me, especially lately.  So here's hoping all of you blog readers are having a wonderful week so far.....with plenty of (hugs) of course!  AND you are more than welcome to leave me a (hug) in the comments section :)    Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, January 16, 2012

~Ahhh....the beauty of Winter ~

Don't you just love the way the sky looks on these freezing mornings ....... and the frost just covering everything?  It's absolutely beautiful.......Hope you enjoy the pics  :)

photos by Kimberly

Sunday, January 15, 2012

~A great reminder~.......

Everyone who loves you
Loves to see you smile.
Loves to see you cheerful,
Happy all the while.
Smiling comes so easy,
So never wear a frown.
If you feel frowns rising,

Shared from a friend's blog.......hope you enjoy :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

We've been addin' on .........

to our collection of musical instruments  :)
Miss Kimberly has a new mandolin....and believe me it sounds every bit as good as it looks!!!  She is quite pleased :)

AND ......right before Christmas I got a (new to me) piano.  It happens to be quite the attraction for all ages:

Having a real piano in the house after years of playing an electric keyboard still seems like a dream ( a very good dream come true actually ).....it makes me so happy to see the little people sittin' there pickin' out a tune.   Hope you all have a wonderful week !!!  Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

~This Moment ~

{this moment}-A Friday ritual..no words..capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in the comments for all to find and see.  Inspired by Soulemama...

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Wishing you all a "Happy New Year" from the Griffin's here at "Down on The Farm."  I love for a new year to roll around.....something about it makes me stop what I am doing and reflect on the past 12 months.   I love to try and count all of my many, many blessings (there are soooo many, I never get finished)....think about all of my good friends ( yes, you know who you are )....and figure out how I can be a better person and love my family more in the new year than I have done in years past.  You just never know what is coming with the new year....sometimes very pleasant surprises or sometimes things we all would rather not have to deal with...... but the blessings always outweigh the trials.   Let's make 2012 the BEST year yet!
Here's a little recap of 2011....hope you enjoy :)