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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Tale of Two Trees

I'm delighted that Tabby has sold several of her "Lilly-colored" ruffle scarves for our fundraiser for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep!  (see top of blog for details) She can also make the scarves in little girls sizes and even with matching doll sizes.  (It would be cute for a young girl and her American Girl doll!) LillyBear is looking quite sharp in her red-white-and-blue.

Not long ago, I mentioned that my husband has been preparing our garden for using next year by following many of the tips he learned about in the movie "Back to Eden."  (You can watch the movie online for free here or order it from the Back to Eden Film website.)  We are true believers that this stuff works!  Last fall we planted two little tiny trees about the size of foot high sticks. ( I think they are redbuds.)  One has ended up being in what is now the garden area and the other outside it.  What a difference in them! I wasn't able to get a good photo with both in the same picture.  But the one in the garden area is a lot taller and wider:

Yesterday morning was very sad as Tabby found her favorite chicken, Houdini's Halloween, decapitated and shredded in the goat pen.  The goats were innocent I'm sure.  But their protectors, East and West (both Great Pyrenees), must have enjoyed chicken.  (Their owners told us that West is a confirmed chicken killer.)  I hate that Tabby was the one to find her.  She was a sweet chicken with cute puffy cheeks.  To see a picture of her and read Tabby's post about her, click over to Tabby's blog, The Goat Chick, here.  It's ridiculous how attached Tabby and I (especially Tabby) are getting to these chickens!

Many of the chickens are laying nicely now.  Their eggs are beautiful - inside and out.  Such richly colored yolks from our free-range birds!

Several years ago, I bought a set of stories on CD called The Pebbly Brook Farm Stories by Claire Novak of Remembrance Press.  (If you have read or heard of Girlhood Home Companion, this is the same family/publisher.) The Pebbly Brook stories are set in the days of the Great Depression and are based on some of the real life adventures of the author's father.  The author is a homeschool graduate and her mother read the stories on the audio.  I pulled the set out a few weeks ago and we listened to them again, while in the car.  Hunter was old enough to listen and enjoy them this time around.  In one scene, at a train station, some of the characters disembark from the train.  Hunter suddenly asked "They have a dog named Disem?"  We didn't understand at first and told him "no."  But he kept insisting they said something about a dog.  I finally realized when the narrator said "disembarked" Hunter heard "Disem barked!"  We thought that was pretty funny and continue to joke about it. 

An interesting aside, something that didn't mean the same thing to me when I first listened to the cds, is that the family had a son born with Trisomy 13!  I do not know how long he lived.  But after his death, the family ended up moving to a farm.  Wow ... just like us ...   (Trisomy 13 is very similiar to Trisomy 18, which Lilly had.)

In things I've read about this family, I think they surely also treasure this scripture, as we do:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28


  1. This reminds me of something Dennis said. I told him Bubba was getting married and he heard me discussing things with everyone. Later on a couple of occasions I heard him mention the marina. At first I didn't pay it any attention, but when he specifically said to me "When we get to the marina for the wedding...." I said, its not AT a marina. What are you talking about? He told me I kept saying it was at Fuquay Marina. :)

  2. Fuquay MARINA! That is too funny! :)