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Written by Sue, Tuesday,January 5th, 2016                       windy,sunny, cold, temps. 30's

Our Christmas celebration was very quiet and relaxing

Christmas Day started with Quiche Lorraine for breakfast , one of my favorite egg dishes,

There were five of us for dinner on Christmas Day, our traditional menu was simple and easy,
garden salad, baked potato, creamed corn, beans, steak, and homemade biscuits!

I decided on a simple table setting, using white ironstone dishes, with a table cloth that belonged to my dear MIL,  the lighting was an old oil lamp! I absolutely loved it!

I made the most delicious coconut cake, let's just say it was the talk of the evening!

~Stately Coconut Cake~

It has an orange, lemon  sauce between the layers, seven minute icing sprinkled with coconut!
Maybe a little extra work but well worth it!

We have been very busy with our lambing season, this is always such a treat for me, sheep are so docile, and the little ones are way to cuddly! We have 55 new lambs and still counting!

One of my favorite photos,  

Just look at that face

I don't know if I have ever mentioned this, but my plans were to never, ever marry a farmer! What's that you ask, why? My parents were raised on a farm, but my Dad joined the military at a very young age, as with military families, we moved quite a few times.

But one thing for sure, the week school was out my parents took us three girls to my maternal grandparents farm, to work all summer! We worked in the fields, with tobacco,(YUCK), hoed cotton, worked the vegetable gardens, and helped preserve the food!

It was right then and there we girls vowed that we would run from farmers as fast as we could go!

Fast forward.......

In high school, I met this handsome young farm boy, who had decided he was not going to farm his Dad's farm when he graduated! And.... he didn't, at least for a while, by that time I was already in love and married, with several children to said ex-farm boy!

One day his father asked my Dh if he would like to give farming a chance, by this time I was really secretly missing farming! I absolutely have no answer as to why! I guess maybe it was in our blood! And as they say "the rest is history". Both of us have never looked back nor regretted that decision!

(I am the only one who backed out , I married the farmer!~wink~) 

Farm life is not perfect by no means, and can be very challenging, with many ups and downs, and lots of hard work, but....

 I love sitting on the front porch as the sun is setting, listening to the animals begin to settle in for the evening, their voices are so soft! There is a quietness that I cannot seem to find the words to explain! It is at that  moment that all seems to be right with the world!

We love  farming, and country living! That's my story, and I am sticking to it!!!!

Wishing you, dear Friends much joy, peace, and happiness as you journey into this New Year!

love from the farmhouse,


Cheryl January 5, 2016 at 12:57 AM  

Oh, Sue, I loved reading your farm story!! I think you both made the right decision! Isn't it amazing how He guides our paths? Looking at the sweet face of that little lamb actually makes me want to be a farmer! :)

Your Christmas sounds lovely and peaceful. Happy New Year to you and your farmer and all of your loved ones!

Debbie January 5, 2016 at 8:47 AM  

Good morning Sue! I loved reading how you came to be a farmers wife! I agree too, sometimes it's just in your blood. I've watched Melody though become a farmers wife slowly but surely and MANY [ok, most, lol] didn't think she'd ever have it in her. She was a total city girl. But the way of life has lured her in and now she says she could never go back. She LOVES it there and is soo thrilled that her children are being raised in the country. God's plans for us are always just right! Her story started too with a boy she loved beyond reason and was willing to follow anywhere, and the rest is history! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!

Happy@Home January 5, 2016 at 8:56 AM  

So nice to see a post from you this morning, Sue. Your Christmas photos look so warm and cozy and that cake is a work of art. Just perfect for Christmas as it looks so snowy. I like the idea of the orange and lemon flavoring.
The little lambs are so sweet. It must feel wonderful to cuddle up with them.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how you and your husband came to farming. I'm thinking you both made the right decision as you seem to excel at living the farm life. I can tell you are both hard workers, which I believe is a necessary qualification for farming.
Happy New Year.

Farm Girl January 5, 2016 at 10:17 AM  

What a lovely story Sue. Yes, I agree, farming is in the blood.
We can try and run, but I think it just calls us until we finally return. I have to say, I am the happiest when I can be outside watching the world from my porch.
I can't believe how many lambs you already have. Yes, I would love lambing season too, Nothing like it. Lovely pictures. I am so glad you had such a nice Christmas. I wish you all the best in this new year.

ellen b. January 5, 2016 at 10:44 AM  

Hello Sue! I loved your story of coming around to farming again. It's nice that the Lord eased you back into the life. Those little lambs are so cute. 55 lambs! Your Christmas day sounded perfect. That cake looks delicious.

Leah AlwaysSomething January 5, 2016 at 1:20 PM  

Oh, Sue - your quiche looks so yummy, and your home looks so comfy and cozy decorated for Christmas! I pray that even though it was quiet, that it was special and fun as well. I, too, married a farm boy - no animals, just grain. Growing up a city girl, it's been fun to raise our kids on the farm. Sunsets and sunrises are just better in the country! Blessings on you and yours in this new year!

Vee January 5, 2016 at 1:59 PM  

Benjamin is going to love seeing the lambs! I know that I sure do. What darlings. I just heard a sermon about how loving and gentle lambs are and what a hard thing it was for God's people to sacrifice a lamb. Oh my. It certainly would be.

Moving right along...I had to pin your beautiful Christmas dining room! So cozy and so pretty. I love all those wreaths on your outside windows.

Farming and how you came to it...another great story...John turned his father down...I've wondered how different life would have been for him if he had not. It would certainly be different for me as I doubt that we would have ever met.

A great New Year of farming and living and loving at The Farm to you both!

Patsy January 5, 2016 at 4:10 PM  

God Bless you Sue!
Wonderful to have you as a blogger friend.

Happyone January 5, 2016 at 6:55 PM  

Your Christmas table is beautiful.
I would love to live on a farm!!

NanaNor's January 5, 2016 at 7:51 PM  

Dear Sue, you sure grabbed my heart with this post! Firstly because for the first 6,7 years of my life, my parents had a gentlemans(very small) farm-we raised chickens and rabbits for meat. I never knew we ate the rabbits until I was growm(I'm way to visual), but country life has always been in my bones. When our girls were little we used to go to southern Tennessee to visit hubby's unless and aunt. I remember sitting on the porch swing and letting the kids play and catch fireflies. I do miss those times.
I loved seeing your Christmas setting, what type of dog is on your hubby's lap?
Blessings to you sweet friend; thank you and your man for working the land-I know its a tough job. Love your lambs-I've always been a sheep gal.

Cranberry Morning January 5, 2016 at 8:21 PM  

Fifty five new lambs?? Awwwwwww. They're my favorite. They have such sweet faces with smiles. I love your photos, and the dining room is so charming and inviting! Hope you have a wonderful new year ahead and much success with the lambing season!

Trish January 5, 2016 at 8:24 PM  

Hi Sue! Thanks for visiting me today, my friend. Your Christmas photos are beautiful...your cozy home is always so inviting, and I love seeing what you get up to there :) That coconut cake is fabulous..wow! Sounds very delicious. I love the pic of Mr P holding the lamb...so sweet. Love and blessings to you and your family, Sue. xx

Cheryl @ TFD January 5, 2016 at 9:50 PM  

Beautiful post, Sue! I loved seeing your Christmas photos and that cake looks scrumptious, too. The little lamb is just adorable, love that sweet face! And, wow! That last photo is so beautiful. I love the pink clouds. Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year filled with love and happiness!

bj January 6, 2016 at 12:08 AM  

O, gosh, girl...what a charming and heartwarming post. I love every bit of it. Your sweetie is a hunk...and those little lambs are so precious too, love the photo with the little one following. :)
and, wow, your cake looks beautiful.n
Thanks for sharing your adorable love story.

Lorna January 6, 2016 at 4:03 AM  

Lovely photos especially that lamb following your husband. My tale is somewhat similar, I was brought up on a farm and married a farmer's son but we were working as a scientist and teacher when we were offered my dad's farm. Back farming now since 2002. Tough times sometimes but I don't think I'd ever go back to 9-5 working.

Deanna Rabe January 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM  

I love your farming story!

Your home is beautiful and it matches your beautiful, loving heart!

I have always liked sheep. I used to collect things with sheep on them. I've always liked the analogy of Jesus being our good shepherd and we the sheep of his pasture!

Happy New Year, Sue!


kristeen January 6, 2016 at 11:58 PM  

I love your story... I am a farmer's daughter and wished I had a farm...but my married life has not allowed us yet..wink! Lambs are indeed cuties..and soft! I remember feeding the little ones but it bothered me when one would die..had a hard time getting over it as a young girl. My Dad was a dairy man and took care of acres and acres of wheat and barely too...
Hoping this New Year is filled with Joy and peace in your neck of the woods..= country life...wink!

Stephanie January 7, 2016 at 12:12 PM  

Oh Sue, I so enjoyed the story of your and your husband - it brought a smile to my face :)

I am happy to hear you had a nice and relaxing Christmas. Your home looked so beautiful, warm, and inviting. And that cake...OH MY! It must have been decedant :)

Wishing you a beautiful New Year, sweet friend. It's a JOY to know you and I look forward to another year of following your wonderful blog. Love and hugs!

Lea January 7, 2016 at 9:32 PM  

Sue, what a sweet post and I love the story of you marrying your farmer husband. And, you have lived happily ever after. My Grans would absolutely love those precious lambs. Wishing you a most blessed 2016! Such a joy knowing you.

Christine January 8, 2016 at 6:07 PM  

Oh, how fun! Little ones all over the place! You little baby lambs are adorable!
Christmas on the Farm looks wonderful, sparkles, yummy food, loved ones and worshiping.
Try to come back soon.
I always enjoy visiting the Farm.

Barb January 8, 2016 at 10:28 PM  

Hi Sue!

What a beautiful post! From the first picture to the last, it was just comforting!

What a sweet story about you and your husband. I think, Heavenly Father knows our hearts so well, he certainly did yours, and look where you are, and who you are with!!

Those little lambs are just precious, those cute little faces are priceless!

Loved this sweet post!


Debbie January 9, 2016 at 12:44 PM  

Nothing is easy, but if you're happy doing what you're doing and you can see the sunset you're way better off than some folks. You go girl! :D

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart January 9, 2016 at 7:52 PM  

Since I started following you and reading your posts I saw your love of farming and admired all you do and accomplish! Your love story is so sweet! Happy new year!

Nellie's Cozy place January 13, 2016 at 6:51 AM  

Morning Sue,
What a lovely post.......I have heard it said Never tell the Lord you will never do anything! It is almost like a challenge! lol
Looks like yall had a sweet and quiet Christmas, they are the best kind sometimes
and that coconut cake looks divine.......yum!

Those lil lambs are so darling, and love that last picture from your porch, absolutely
stunning...........nothing like sunrises and sunsets........amazing how God paints them fresh and anew everyday, no 2 alike.........love love love His creativity.

Glad I came by, always love visiting with you.
Hope yall have a Happy, Healthy and Hopeful New Year Hon,
Love and blessings,

Janettessage.blogspot.com January 18, 2016 at 9:55 PM  

Oh, I have to share this with Benjamin in the morning, he will love it. You know all I have to say is Sue and he knows whatever I am telling him is from you. It is so neat to watch him enjoy someone through the blogs and feel like you are right around the corner.
Thanks for sharing your story, I was so blessed. I still want to hear one day how you came about getting this place...you promised one time in an email.
The lambs look precious...Christmas just perfect. I hope your Texas girls are doing fine.
Hugs and Happy New Year....many blessings.

living from glory to glory January 24, 2016 at 5:07 PM  

Hello, I am a bit late commenting, but I am glad I did not miss reading this! Your cake looked wonderful and the Christmas breakfast looks completely like a vintage magazine photo. Your life is so precious and you are right where God wants you both!And to think Valentines Day is right around the corner!
I think of you often because your posts and photos have imprinted your place in my heart! I think if I ever drove past it, I would recognize it!
Hugs, Roxy

Farming On Faith February 1, 2016 at 9:23 PM  

Hello Sue,
Thank you for dropping by today and leaving such sweet words of encouragement.
I always love seeing your lovely home. It is so inviting and charming.

I pray you have a blessed New Year. I can't believe January is already here and gone. My times passes so quickly.

Vee March 14, 2016 at 10:22 PM  

Had to see the lambs again! And what do I find? You have decorated your header for spring and Easter...beautiful!

Christine March 27, 2016 at 10:41 AM  

I'm like Vee, I had to come back and see how the Farm is doing.
Great new header!!
Miss you!

Kathi March 28, 2016 at 11:32 PM  

Your home is always so lovely, Sue. Oh, I would love to taste that cake you made. God bless you, dear friend. Kathi

Nellie's Cozy place May 5, 2016 at 8:30 PM  

Hi Sue,
Haven't been by in awhile and was wondering what you have been up to.....
See you haven't posted in awhile, so sure hope you are doing okay hon.
If you get this drop by and let me know how you are.... or you can
email me at Nelliescozyplace@gmail.com
Hope all is well.
Blessings and Happy Mother's Day,

Cheryl June 22, 2016 at 2:45 PM  

Just stopped by today to let you know that I am thinking of you and missing you! Hope that all is well there on the farm!


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart July 6, 2016 at 9:40 PM  

I love your love story with both your husband and farming. You make it look easy though I know it is not. Hope you are having a lovely summer!

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My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.


The phrase "There's no place like home", is so true.

No matter where I go, I always love turning the key and hearing that clicking sound in the lock of our back door . Even if I have only gone shopping, I am so happy to be home.

Did you know that every home has its own scent, the first thing I do is sniff the air, and I offer a quiet prayer of thankfulness, and for safety.

My decorating style is my own, I decorate with the colors and treasures that are me. One of the things that I have enjoyed about blogging is the difference in how we all view the world, and our homes. Just like our Creator made each of us to be unique, we create our own unique styles and colors in our own homes. I have learned so much from you and enjoyed your homes so much, and have learned so much about you from your homes...

I truly believe that God wants us to have a safe haven to come home too, a place we can claim as our own,... just like us, homes come in all shapes and sizes if love is there it is our home.., if our things are there it is our home. When we add our own personal touches, it is our home

Home is a place we can go to when the storms of life are raging. I often listen to the wind and rain when it is coming down hard and am reminded of the safety of our sheltering home. It is the one place that we control what and who comes in, (well,most of the time. lol)

Sometimes late at night, when I am unable to sleep I will get up and as I am walking across the room, I hear the floor creek beneath my feet, I go, sit, and listen to other sounds that my home makes, a pop here and there in the wall, it is like the wall is talking to me. A home not only has its own scent, but it also has its own sound. I truly believe that a home takes on its own personality, US!!

So why this blog?....
I wanted a place that I could come, talk about, and share of how my day was spent here at the "farmhouse", and about the things that I do to make it a "home". Making a house a home is a lifetime endever, and I might add a joy, as our lives are always changing.

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