The Rainbow Bridge

World's Sweetest Dog
World’s Sweetest Dog

Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Hazel, was pretty special (she was the best dog EVER). She would happily lounge in her favorite chair but was ready for a walk in the forest anytime, she was a friend to everyone she met, people, cats, horses, goats…EVERYONE.  She was gentle, quiet (except for her snoring), intelligent, patient and loving. The first time I saw her she was just over 8 years ago when she was 8 weeks old, she crawled in my lap and I was sold, she came home with us that day, she was pretty much like our first baby.

We suddenly and very unexpectedly lost our dear Hazel this morning. Just yesterday my mom and I took a walk with her in the forest, she ended the day snuggled by the fire next to my husband, then she went to sleep…and she never woke up. We’ve known for years she had a heart murmur and we were aware her life would probably be shorter but we never expected to lose her this soon. She will be dearly missed.

The Rainbow Bridge
inspired by a Norse legend
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.



💚❤️Merry Christmas!❤️💚

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/094/76209064/files/2014/12/img_9571.jpgThat night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭8-14‬ NLT)



DIY Photo Christmas Card

I usually use Shutterfly to make Christmas cards each year, they have all kinds of different designs to choose from and you just add your photos and text. I’ve been happy with them, but this year I didn’t get around to it and I didn’t feel like spending the money…they can be a little expensive.

When Christmas cards started showing up in the mail I felt bad I didn’t have any to send back! I decided to try and design my own card using my iPhone and a few photos I took when we got our Christmas tree. I used a couple different apps to design them (OVER and Phonto) and then had them printed at Costco. It was fun to create my own design using art, fonts, and layout.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

The road to Lake Riley.

One of my favorite holiday childhood memories was when our family made the drive from Olympia to Arlington, for the Normanna Kids Christmas Party at Lake Riley. My dad’s family has been members of the Sons of Norway for many years. I remember playing with my cousins, eating Lefse, decorate ornaments, riding the trolley, and getting a gift from Santa. Continue reading “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”


Happy Thanksgiving!❤️

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

A psalm of thanks

Come into his city with songs of thanksgiving and into his courtyards with songs of praise. Thank him and praise his name. (‭Psalms‬ ‭100‬:‭4‬ NCV)

Farm · Goats

The 12th Goat

Visit Mountain Lodge Farm
Visit Mountain Lodge Farm

Yesterday we took a little drive to Mountain Lodge Farm in Eatonville, WA. If you don’t know about Mountain Lodge Farm you should check them out! They have a barn full of beautiful Nigerian Dwarf, Lamancha and Lagerian (Nigerian/Lamancha cross) goats whose milk is used to make really delicious cheese, I think I’ve tried them all! Continue reading “The 12th Goat”

Farm · Goats

Goats…you can’t have just one.

Daisy & LucySeriously, if you’re thinking about getting a goat you can’t have just one…unless you have enough time to spend with your goat 24/7…I hope you don’t spend THAT MUCH time with a goat. When we got our first goat Daisy we knew we wanted 2, but we hadn’t found a second goat yet. We brought her home and put her in the pen and the screaming commenced. Have you seen the screaming goats on YouTube? We wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into, she was SO NOISY! Continue reading “Goats…you can’t have just one.”


Come Little Leaves

Colors of Fall

“Come, little leaves,”
Said the wind one day,
“Come over the meadows
With me, and play;
Put on your dresses
Of red and gold;
Summer is gone,
And the days grow cold.”

Soon as the leaves
Heard the wind’s loud call,
Down they came fluttering,
One and all;
Over the meadows
They danced and flew,
Singing the soft
Little songs they knew.

“Come Little Leaves” was written by the American poet George Cooper


Fall afternoon walk at the Mima Mounds Nature Trail

“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” -John Muir

I can’t believe it’s already 10 days into Novemeber! We’ve been making sure to take advantage of the beautiful, sunny, crisp autumn days when we have them. I’m thankful to live near the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve, it’s nice to have close by now that the days are so much shorter. It has a short paved loop trail that is fun for the kids, you can also take a longer walk out in the prairie. We love visiting, seeing how the prairie changes throughout the seasons, this time of year it looks golden after the dry summer.

Mima Mounds
Mima Mounds

Welcome Cedar

“A farmer’s helper, a loyal companion, a child’s shadow: The English Shepherd.”

I’d been researching dog breeds for a few months trying to decide on what our next dog would be. I looked at several different breeds before deciding on an English Shepherd. I was looking for an all purpose breed…a good farm dog, loyal companion, & guardian. We are so excited to welcome a puppy from Blueberry Hill English Shepherds to our home. Meet Cedar…we know he will be a wonderful addition to our farm.

Learn more about English Shepherds – English Shepherd Club

English Shepherd Puppy