These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Friday, February 25, 2011

It's Mega Swagbucks Day!

Today is Mega Swagbucks Friday on Swag Bucks!  Swag Bucks is a search engine that offers you the chance to win cool prizes every time you do an internet search. It works like Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. So, if you know how to do an internet search you won't have any problems using Swag Bucks for your internet searches.

1.) Go here to register and you will receive 30 Swag Bucks for signing up.

2.) From today through the 28th, you can enter the special code "BirthdayFun" for and additional 25 swagbucks.( The bonus is only for new sign-ups.) You will then have 55 swagbucks right off the bat---And for only 450 swagbucks you can redeem for a FREE $5 Amazon Gift Card!

There are several ways to earn Swag Bucks- the easiest way is for your internet searches. For example, you want to search for "Hesterman's Happenings". You would type Hesterman's Happenings in the search bar and it would bring up the possible sites. Sometimes you will not earn anything for your search and other times you will earn Swag Bucks.  Also your Swag Bucks amounts can vary.  I have personally gotten 22 Swag Bucks for one search. 

I have installed the Swag Bucks tool bar on my computer.  Each day you log in to Swag Bucks to search on the tool bar, you get 1 Swag Buck per day. 

I've gotten my mom hooked to searching with Swag Bucks.  It is wonderful to earn free gift cards just for doing your regular searches.   You can also earn up to 1000 Swag Bucks from each of your referrals.  Remember it only takes 450 to get $5 Amazon Gift Card!  WOW!

This special bonus code runs Today through the you must register by the 28th for the special bonus!  Go here to sign up.

If you have any questions, just email me or leave me a comment below.  Happy searching!

Thursday, February 24, 2011 mean these aren't baby squirrels????

So yesterday I got out and took some pictures of our LGD's pups for our farm blog, and was overcome with warm fuzzy feelings by looking at those sweet little pups.
It reminded me of a funny story, so I thought I'd share.

Several years ago, Dillon and Mallory were out in the yard digging in the dirt.  Soon, Dillon came running in excitedly shouting, "Mom, I found some baby pigs!  Come look, come look!"  Of course, I just knew he didn't find baby pigs, but I went to see what he had discovered.  Right there where he had been digging, he had uncovered some sort of nest.  It had pieces of plastic in this hole with all of these tiny little babies.  They were  so tiny, with no mother in sight.  All I could think about were these sweet little things dying without their mother.  I must admit all things baby just make me turn into a total mush.  I couldn't really tell what these babies were, but it just had to be baby squirrels.  It crossed my mind, that they may be something else, but I couldn't focus on that.  It was that these little creatures needed to be taken care of. 
I went inside and got a shoebox and mixed up a small amount of evaporated milk.  I had a time finding a syringe small enough for these little things, but finally came across a 3cc syringe.  It had a small tip on it, which worked well for their little mouths.  I fed them one by one, letting a little milk form on the end of the syringe, and they would suck it down.  I felt so proud that I was taking care of these sweet little baby squirrels.  

Shane came home later that day.  The kids and I were so excited to show him what we had been taking care of.  One look at them, and Shane burst my bubble.  He said that those weren't squirrels, they were mice!  He couldn't be right....I had not just spent the day feeding little mice.  After Shane pointed out the obvious (things I couldn't see through those "warm fuzzy mushy" eyes of mine)  I realized I indeed had been taking care of mice.  OK.  So I couldn't continue to take care of mice, that would just be gross.   Even though I truly did feel torn and a little sad,  I had Shane return them to the wild.  The picture below is right before we set them "free".  Just look at how proud my little one is of his "baby pigs".

I can't believe I just shared that with you.....Hope you don't think I'm some kind of weird-o now. Hey, maybe I am.  Some things you just can't help.   Have a great day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

He's back in the saddle again

Well it has happened. Dillon has decided to give horseback riding another try. He has been riding in front of the saddle with Shane. Shane has been letting Dillon do the "driving". So what do you know.....Dillon decided he could ride all by himself. Of course, I was a nervous, nauseated, almost had a heart-attack---wreck. I'm so proud that he conquered his fears and wanted to try again. Way to go Dillon!!!   ( I think I'm going to need medication for sure :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I need to go to the bank
I need to do laundry
I need to vacuum
I need a haircut
I need to get off of my butt
I need to work-out
I need to plan what's for supper
I need to drink more water
I need to do too many things
I'm highly unmotivated today.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Boys and their boots

A thought came to me the other day and it made me think......When I was in 1st or 2nd grade there was a boy in my class that wanted to be my boyfriend.  One day, one of his friends walks over to me, while I'm swinging, and asks me if I would "go" with his friend.   I remember ever so clearly telling this fella " He wears cowboy boots everyday and I don't like it." 

Here's the irony.......Our son absolutely loves to wear his cowboy boots everyday.  He even wears them to school with his school uniform (just picture it). Let me help you.  This is his most recent pair of boots.  He said that he and one of his friends decided that they were made of crocodile skin from Australia.  So here's the picture....

Snazzy, huh?

I was thinking about that poor little boy in elementary school was probably just like Dillon, loving his boots. So to the guy from grade school, if you're out there, I have to really say I am sorry for making fun of your boots.  Every little boy needs their cowboy boots. 

And by the way, I do not personally have anything against boots.  I see them everyday as a matter of fact.  Sometimes clean......Sometimes not.  Most of the time, not so clean.  

Take a look at our back door in the utility room.


Friday, February 11, 2011

Meanest mom-EVER

Okay.  So I'm the meanest mom ever once again, and I'm sure it won't be the last time I hold that title.   My 8 year old's school is having a school dance this afternoon.  I am not allowing him to go to this dance, which is for grades K-8.  Am I the only one who can't see why Kindergarten students need to be mingling at a dance with a bunch of hormone driven 8th graders?  He just innocently wants to go and spin around on the gym floor on his back so his 8 year old buds will laugh, but I think we can do that in another setting.  Just sayin'. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Going to get groceries or church???

Yesterday I needed a pick-me-up and decided that I would put on a little make-up to lift my spirits.  I had purchased some new eyeshadow and planned on trying it out to see how the colors looked too.  As I'm putting on my make up Mallory walks in and says:
"Mom are we going to church or to get groceries?"  I told her that we weren't going anywhere, and wondered why she asked.  She said, "Because your gettin' ready."  I laughed and thought it was cute............  Fast forward to picking up Dillon from school.  He gets in the car and the first thing he asks is "Where did y'all go today?"  I told him nowhere, and asked him why did he ask that?  He said "You got that make up on your eyes."  I'm sitting there thinking this is too funny that my kiddos think that I only wear make-up when I'm going somewhere.  Then Shane comes home, and we rode out to put minerals out for the goats.  After about 10 minutes,  I asked him if he had noticed my new eye make-up, and that I had put it on for a pick me up.  He said, "Yeah, I noticed it a while ago, and thought you must have went to town today or something."  Okay.  Seriously.  It's a shame when the only time I put on make-up and try not to look like I just rolled out of the bed, is when I have to get groceries or go to church!  
Thanks guys for bringing it to my attention (all day)!! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Flu

Our home is being taken over by the flu
Dearest friends what shall I do
I now have come to the realization
Next year we'll get our immunization!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I'm really needing to fold some laundry right now, but I keep coming back and staring at it.  It's almost like I'm hoping it will fold itself.....knowing it's not going to happen.  Doesn't hurt to have wishful thinking!

Would it be possible for me to go back to work, and still be a stay-at-home-mom?  I'm really struggling with this concept.  I love staying at home with my kiddos.............................................................................................................................  As I sit here and type this, I realize that I am going to stay right where I'm at....Too funny, when you sit down and really think about it, the answer comes to you loud and clear.  When I became a nurse, I wanted to be able to help those that were sick and comfort them....That's exactly what you do as a mom.  Nursing, on the other hand, isn't so much of that...You are piled down with so much responsibility that you can't take the time to give that kind of care.  My first job was at a nursing home....You are assigned 30 patients to be under your care for that shift.  Ridiculous!  I came fresh out of school and had a rude awakening!  It is a shame that utter greed has taken over those facilities.  No one is concerned about giving those patients more one on one care....Just the money........Same in a doctor's office.  When I worked there, appointments were scheduled for every 5 minutes.  What kind of care can you get in 5 minute allotments?  Okay, so I'll just stop there.

Staying at home and taking care of my family and farm, is what I believe I'll be doing.....God blessed me with a gift of  compassion and care-giving and I think this is where it should be used.....  Thanks for listening......

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


My hubby had the flu over the weekend and was finally able to get back to work today.  I don't think I have ever seen him as sick as he was this past weekend.  Today will be a day of disinfecting the whole house....I do not want Dillon or Mallory to get the flu!  They spent the weekend with their grandmother BB, so hopefully we have minimized their chances of getting it.