Miss Beatrix Potter Hen

Miss Beatrix Potter Hen
Miss Bea posing for Mama!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Graduation Day !


    Well folks, Graduation Day is here ! Our daughter, Emily, is officially a graduate of Moravian College !  Congratulations, sweet Emily ! And, it doesn't stop there. Emily just eats up all the education she can get. She'll be off to graduate school in August to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where she will study for her Masters and PhD in Developmental Psychology. Wow ! Go, girl go !!!
   Days like this one are dear to a mother's heart. I feel so blessed and I am. As I sat there in the crowd overflowing with other proud parents, siblings, grandparents, and extended family and friends reveling in the joy of the moment, Chaplain Clennon caught my attention as he reminded  us in his invocation, that it is indeed easy on a day such as this to see that it is good. And, yes on a beautiful,sunny spring morning, in the midst of a celebration of accomplishment, surrounded by family and friends, it is easy to see that it is good. Most days, however, are just ordinary days that we fill up with work, chores, errands, appointments, studying, cooking, laundry, family and stuff. Other days are just plain rainy. It certainly isn't easy to see that it is good. So, arm yourselves. Seek the one who is good. I believe that if we commit ourselves to spending regular quality time in God's word and in prayer we will be well equipped to take on any type of day. 
   "But they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles and soar; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."       
                                       -Isaiah 40:31
God bless,

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Good Morning !

   Good morning ! And, oh what a beautiful morning it is !  I am most blessed to have a day of sunshine,blue sky, a gentle breeze and graced to be wrapped in His Sonshine. 
   So, I've been thinking about getting a rooster. Yes, a rooster. I know what you all may be thinking...roosters spell TROUBLE. Well, even after mentioning this to one of my very learned poultry pals, and listening to his warnings, I am still considering it. David on the other hand, is not so keen on the idea but I'm working on him. Roosters do come with pros and not just cons and some I've heard are actually quite gentle and friendly. Who knew ? First, a rooster will protect my sweet flock from predators. Secondly, my little farm just doesn't seem complete without a rooster prancing around strutting his stuff.  Third, I do like sound of a great cock-a-doodle-do ! David does not.  And, finally, as I mentioned in my welcome post, I would like to raise Delaware chickens. It is my absolute favorite breed and is considered to be threatened by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, an organization which provides information on livestock and helps to protect over 180 breeds of historic livestock and poultry from becoming extinct.  They are working to conserve these historic or heritage breeds and their genetic diversity. When I began keeping chickens in the spring of 2010, I got six day old chicks, one of which was my beloved Delaware, Cordelia.  She was the friendliest out of the flock and often sat in my lap, liked to nibble at my hair, was my constant shadow, and  complained a bit when I attempted to photograph her. Unfortunately, she died when she was just over a year old this past summer. 
   Anyway, to get a rooster or to not get a rooster...that is the question.  Stay tuned for the answer.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Welcome to Mamabirdy's Country Chat!

   Welcome ! I'm glad you stopped by today. I've been playing around with the idea of beginning a blog and as I pause each day to read my friend, Celeste's, blog, A Perpetual Jubilee, I feel inspired and hopefully ready. So,ready,set,go !

   On my blog, I hope to chat about the things that are dear to my heart such as my faith walk, God's creation, my family, healthy eating and living, gardening, bird watching, keeping chickens, reading, cooking, fishing, homeschooling, and living in the quiet countryside of Wassergass, Pennsylvania.

   So for starters, I'd like to take a moment and introduce myself to you. My name is Karen Doll and I am married to my bestest friend in the whole world, David. We've been married now for 24 years on the twenty-first of this merry month of May. We live in the countryside in a small area known as Wassergass in eastern Pennsylvania. We have two children, Emily, who is 21 and Jeremy who is 18. Emily is a recent graduate of Moravian College and will be pursuing her Master's and Doctorate degree in Developmental Psychology at George Mason University in Virginia  in the fall. Jeremy will be graduating from high school this month and although he has no immediate plans to go to college, he aspires to work on a farm and has been learning the ropes by volunteering at a local farm, Flint Hill Farm and Agricultural Center in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.

   As animal lovers, we have a variety of pets- one dog, Pip, a Bichon Frise who will be 10 in July, two rescued cats,Kitty and Boo,and a flock of ten laying hens ! Over the years we  have also fostered mother cats about to give birth, orphan kittens, Greyhounds, Bichons, and most recently, a male goat kid whom I affectionately called "Little Goat Man."   

  My husband, David, is a self-employed remodeler/handyman. I have been spending my days as a stay-at-home mother and homeschool teacher. However, now that my son will be graduating from our homeschool, Countryside Academy, I find myself pondering over what I will do with all of my free time. Oh, the joy of so many possibilities ! Perhaps I'll become an entrepreneur. Perhaps I'll put pencil to paper or rather fingers to keyboard and record all of my original educational enrichment ideas into a book. Or perhaps I'll try my hand at raising Delaware chickens as this breed is considered threatened and they are one of my favorite.

   So, as our school days come to an end, I will be spending time in prayer, seeking His will for this next stage of my life. 

   "For I know the plans I have for you,"says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."- Jeremiah 29:11
 Thank you for stopping by and I hope this will be a place to meet new friends, chat with friends already dear, share stories, tips and tidbits, pray for each other, celebrate together, comfort one another, and just revel in the joy that is found in being created by God for God !

   "I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works and my soul knows very well." - Psalm 139:14
                      May God bless your day !