It’s a Girl!

Yup!  Justin had a puppy.  It’s a girl.

justin and anja

Somehow, we’ve had this little cutie around for five weeks now!

Little Anja is a Native American Indian Dog and quite the little character.  Seriously, she is the smartest dog I’ve ever encountered.  Justin got her after years of breed research and trains her like its his job.  She’s hypo-allergenic (!), doesn’t shed or stink, will be 80-100 lbs of amazingness, is very attached to her owner, and remarkably intelligent.  She loves long walks in the snow with her Daddy and can’t wait to come to Mimi and Papa’s to play.  She immediately recognized the need to be much more gentle with the babies than anyone else and gently kisses Avie, and gently plays with Josie.  We are loving every minutes of the whole thing – especially the part where we don’t have to clean up the messes.

anja cow

Justin brought her with us to the Copper Dog 150 dog sled race kick-off and boy, did she get the attention!  People were taking pictures of her everywhere we turned and flocking to the two of them.  She draws a lot of attention due to her unique beauty.

anja copperdog

In other news, we survived the winter and somehow, spring is surprising us! Not just because it is again a bit early this year, but because most of us weren’t really minding the  3 1/2 feet of snow.


snow deck snow gazebo snowman

I guess we’re officially locals now.  We do meet the neatest people and are finding that we are recognized here and there as regulars so that helps us feel settled.

Christian and I had a little getaway to the nearest *big city.*  He surprised me one morning by telling me to pack a bag, we were leaving in an hour to get away for the night.  One night easily turned into two as we explored the city and found the neatest farm to table restaurants and just enjoyed being best friends.  Makes us even more excited as we plan a little more of a getaway for our 25 anniversary coming in a couple months!!!!!!

The boys have been busy re-furbishing the little Finnish shed in our yard.

shed sunset

In case you missed it, we started our own company a year ago, April 1st, and we need a storage area for the business.  The former owners used it for garbage which is super sad because it’s a terrific and historical building!


We even found initials carved into it from three children — the dates were from 1919-1923!   It is almost completely gutted, new floors, new walls, and will be ready to go very soon!  This led to gutting the garage and organizing all of the storage items from our former basement, and that feeling that it’s time to get everything in order.  Yup!  Sounds like springtime, eh?

Also, the boys have been tapping some of our myriad maple trees. We have been drinking the sap (quite the healthy drink, it turns out), and Justin has been the maple syrup chef working on making that sugary treat for us!

We’ve been dreaming of inside projects now that the furnace system and drain field system have been repaired.  Lots of flooring and furniture and kitchen stores have been visited!  Hopefully, over the next year or so, we are able to refresh our living space and make it ours.

Everyone is happy and healthy and thankful up here on the farm.  And eating lots of  gorgeous eggs.  :o)

Baby leaves and baby chicks

It is so incredibly beautiful here!  This is our first April and May in this amazing place and we have thoroughly enjoyed watching it literally come to life in front of our very eyes.  We have baby leaves on some of the trees now…


And flowers popping their cheery heads up…


We have had days that feel much like summer with temps in the 70’s and sunshine almost every day.  The grass is green and we are feeling very settled in our eleventh month.

And some VERY exciting news!  New babies arrived in the mail!  Fifteen little peepers brought much excitement (and anticipation of angel food cake and cream puffs). I am one happy newb chicken farmer.  The coop gets built this weekend. Be prepared for many cute chick pics to come!




Our raging river from snow melt that Justin *tubed* in the last post is calm now and trickles happily…


Another round of beloved guests got us out and about searching for new places to explore.  We had the most fun and spent hours just staring at God’s amazing creation.






This is one to hike, friends!  We are looking forward to hiking this more extensively when the ticks (aka vampire monsters) calm down.  Sure, some people might sob hysterically and scream maniacally for their husband when they find a tick head embedded in their leg…I’m sure it could happen.  But, I mean, wouldn’t that be ridiculous? Yeah. Ridiculous.

I leave you with a sunrise outside my bathroom window one early Spring morning…