The chicks were let out for the first time at two weeks of age (we had to wait for the weather conditions to be right).  Below are photos and videos of their first two outings.  We have also begun construction on the new chicken coop.  It is going to have a quaint pioneer appearance, I suppose – as it will be built of logs from the trees felled on our own land.

Mary & Elizabeth playing with chicks

Joseph, Abigail and Mary with chicks

{2} Dominique Chicks outside

Rachel & Benjamin observing a chick

Abigail, Mary, Elizabeth and Benjamin playing with chicks

 Flying contest!

Babies, babies.

What I look like on a daily basis (that’s my outdoor apron, by the way).  Beth really does cling to me all the time.  She asks me to take her everywhere – and she is starting to get a bit too heavy, but I carry her around on my hip regardless.  My nickname to my siblings is "Mimi", dating back to when Mary as an infant couldn’t pronounce my name.

Amanda & Beth with chicks





Sunday, March 11, 2007 – AAAAAAAAAAAA!

Posted by Anonymous
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Why does this post make me want to laugh!? I guess because you put ME in it…OH NO! I’m doooooomed! Everyone is going to see that I am an OGRE! HAHAHA!

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Sunday, March 11, 2007 – Hello!

Posted by UndertheSky
Thank you for such a lovely comment on my blog. I think your sister, Rachel, just won the TOS contest for reivews, did she not? I am the Kate Kessler that chose her work if it was indeed her. I think you will all be quite happy with the prize that is winging its way to you!

I have two daughters that blog here too. One is and the other is You and your sister may enjoy reading them.

Thank you for adding me as a friend! It is nice to see such a lovely family on HSB.

Kate Kessler

PS: Oh, did you join the HSB Literary Club? You can find us here:


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Sunday, March 11, 2007 – Read Family Legend

Posted by UndertheSky
My maiden name is Read, spelled just like yours. :+) I was told at one time that we were related to the George Read who signed the Declaration, but when I did the research (just recently that you saw on my blog) it brought me to a date in the 1800’s when my Read family came to America. My Reads were not here in the 1700’s according to what I found out so I don’t think we are related to George Read. I was sad to discover that! It may be that we are related through the Reads that stayed in Europe, but that would be awfully hard to figure out!

I was pleasantly surprised to see your family name–I have never met another Read spelled like that!


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Monday, March 12, 2007 – Thank you, Amanda…

Posted by Jocelyndixon
For your comment. Very encouraging. I think it is very vital to discuss things like that or you won’t ever be able to witness or get others ideas and perhaps learn from them. I try not to be *too* opinionated. I let the Lord handle Rosie by letting others tell her. I think that was the best choice anyhow!

Glad my blogging tips could help. I thought Eric’s post was hilarious…

Loved the pictures – the one that I could get to load. I have been “leaping and froclicking” all over… with the goat kids! LOL Spring is here!!


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Tuesday, March 13, 2007 – Hello

Posted by Jocelyndixon
We are on at the same time, aren’t we???

As for your question – yes, your blog is too big on my screen. I think the problem is your pictures should be smaller on your posts (just make sure there’s no scroll when you add an entry) and your “Which Character from ‘Gone With The Wind’ are you?” descirption is all one line so it makes the bottom scroll really really really BIG! LOL

If you need any help, probably don’t, LMK! I’d be happy to assist!

What’s your family site addy??


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Tuesday, March 27, 2007 – We’re neighbors..

Posted by grandmommy
I really enjoyed touring your blog. I love the pictures and videos. I also visited the Fair Hills Farms link and discovered that we live in the same area of Alabama.

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