“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
After many days of preparation, the day of the big visit finally came. 🙂
Our friends, the H. Family came to spend the day with us yesterday, make bread, cheese, pizza, cookies, soap, and spend some time with the goats.
It was a full, busy day – but full of laughs and the love of Jesus. It was a beautiful day, in short, and we all enjoyed it…all….ten of us.
Doesn’t sound like a large crowd to most of you, I know. 🙂 But ten is a lot people to have at the Lyons’ house at one time! 😀
The first thing we did was make mozzarella cheese – from two gallons of milk. One turned out well the other didn’t but we used it all on pizza later that evening! 🙂
We used the whey to make up a batch of 8 loaves of bread, and also used like three loaves worth of dough for the pizza crust.
We had plenty of little hands to help out. 🙂 The H. Family has a set of triplets and a little one not yet a year old. Having the sound of children in the house was very different for us four, but a refreshing change from the solemnity of the Lyons’ home and so much fun.
We loved holding the littlest H. baby. ❤ Carra and I couldn’t get our fill of him even if our not-used-to-children-arms were sore! 🙂
Half way through the day the little H. girls knocked off as we say, and took a nap. I think the day was a full one for them! 🙂 They helped with the bread dough, made miniature pizza crusts, tasted the cheese and mushrooms and bell peppers, and walked all the way to the barn (we carried them back 🙂 ), and rolled around in the den with their triplet brother playing…whatever games little three year old minds can imagine to play!
We went down to the barn and visited the goats. Mama H. worked on milking again – this is the family that bought little Mercy and Tot at the beginning of the month. Mama H. wants to learn to milk so that when the girls have freshened she’ll be able to get fresh milk for her sweet family. She’s getting the hang of it too!
Watching her, I remembered a lot of our own adventure in learning how to milk. It makes me so thankful to the Lord that we had our Daisy back then. She was so patient and let us work with her for what seemed like hours. Rosie (the doe Mama H. is milking here) is just like Daisy; very patient.
Its amazing the things we put animals through for our own use….
but I’m off the subject. 🙂
Dad H. finished up the milking; he’s had practice before on goats some years ago.
I think both of them working together they’ll have a home dairy in no time when their little ones freshen. 🙂
I don’t think I got any pictures of our cookie making. Or maybe I did but not on my phone….
Well, after the cookie making and the trip to the barn we put the sauce together and fixed the pizzas then all sat down to a hearty meal – which was lovely. 🙂
Daddy had been mowing for most of this time while we showed the Hs. our kitchen work, but the men enjoyed conversation over supper and afterwards took the triplets out and planted tomato plants.
After supper, when all the kids were outside, we mixed up a batch of Lilac and Lilies soap with Mama H. for the family to take home.
By this time it was getting late, and after a good long chat and packing the H. Family car we saw our friends off.
It was a lovely day, and we’re already thinking of some way to get them back here again! 😀
I am thankful for the dear friends the Lord Jesus brings into our lives – in the most unusual of ways, such as our goats. 🙂
And I’m thankful for the special bond that forms between those who are truly seeking to serve and honor Him. The bond of His love and life.
(A sign done for our family by sweet Mama H. ❤ Thank you, dear friend!)
May Jesus always be our lives and may He shine forth through us in everything we do, say, and share.