Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Poultry News

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Today, my Ameraucanas pullets started laying their eggs which are green or  blue in color.The picture on the right is what my Ameraucanas look like. When I find a good rooster and get a better coop, I plan to start hatching their eggs in my incubator and start selling the chicks.
Other poultry news include one of my Buff Orpington hens started sitting on her eggs. They have just now hatched. Out of twelve eggs, only five chicks hatched which I will be keeping to replace some of my hens. I am replacing them because dogs, owls and coyotes have been feasting on them. Also I want to be able to choose from the best when I take them to the show next year.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vacation Bible School

Our church recently held a Vacation Bible School which my family and I helped with. This year's VBS theme was Colossal Coaster World with a memory verse from 2 Timothy 1:7 which states; For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. My wonderful mother was in charge of the craft room which she excelled in. Laura Ashley and I were group leaders (I led the third graders). And Andrew was a participator. Each day at the VBS younger kids would watch part of a short video about a boy who trusted God and faced his fear of riding a roller coaster. After the video, I would lead the kids to each station; crafts, snacks/missions, bible study (about Peter the disciple), recreation, and music. Each station would tie into an amusement park or people who faced their fears and trusted God. While VBS took place, upstairs a man was leading an adult VBS (which was more of a bible study)  for the parents of the kids that were attending downstairs. When Vacation Bible School was over two children and two adult made confessions of  their faith. This whole VBS experience made me appreciate school teachers a lot more and realize that they are not paid enough. :) Actually, I had a great time and look forward to helping again next year.

Snake Suprise

July 11 started as a regular day. I ate breakfast and went to do the pets. I had just finished feeding Tuffy. (That's Andrew's pet Dominique chicken, who fell in the dog pen yesterday. It's okay though.) When I went to open my quail pen to  feed them; I noticed a snake curled around the waterer, and there was  only one quail still alive. I had six quail in the pen and the snake had killed all the hen quail in that pen; two were just laying there dead. There was also a dead Buff Orpington pullet dead on the ground. I ran inside and called Dad at work. He said to try to shoot it or wait until he came home and he would kill it. Naturally, not wanting to put my other poultry at risk, I took my bb gun and fired 15 bbs . I was determined that no snake would steal by poultry without paying for it. Five of them hit him in the head and six went unto his back. When I saw blood leaking out of his head, I went inside the house to wait until the undertaker (dad) to come home from work to remove the dead. Dad said that he was at least seven feet long. Dad hung the snake from a tree and we got a anatomy lesson did you know that snakes only have one lung due to the design of their body?

What is a good way to keep snakes away that won't harm poultry?  

My quail inside of the snake.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Youth Trip

Eating at Cheddars 
At the beach
Sorry for not blogging lately, one reason was we went on a church youth trip to Lake Sam Rayburn and New Boston. We rented a cabin at Lake Sam-Rayburn, but arrived 2.5 hours late due to a trailer tire blowout. We checked out the campgrounds, went swimming, and ended the day with a Bible study.

Day 2 started with a devotional, then a rented pontoon boat for a day on the lake and TUBING (it was my first time). That evening we played games, ate hamburgers, went snipe :) hunting, had a Bible study, and made smores.

 the Youth group at U air trampoline park. 

Day 3, we packed up and headed for New Boston. Meanwhile Mom, Dad, and Andrew went to find a clinic because Andrew's hand had swollen up after being bitten by an unknown insect. They met up with us at a gas station; where we found out that we had a tire which was bad and needed to be changed.
After a second new tire, we drove to Air U, which is an indoor trampoline park in Longview. After a fun time bouncing and playing dodgeball on trampolines, we decided to take a quick trip to the Longview Mall for lunch in the food court.  We also played glow in the dark mini golf, then continued on to New Boston.

Once we arrived at Faith Missionary Baptist Church; we unloaded, ate dinner, visited with the youth from the Faith Missionary Baptist, then listened to a lesson from Brother Josh.

The youth group from F.M.B.C and the youth group I'm in.
Both youth groups at Pizza Inn
Day 4, started with a Bible lesson and then some games. These included a game where you had to dip a broom in a bucket of wet oatmeal and empty the oatmeal from the broom into a cup that your team member was holding with their teeth. The team who had all of their cups full first won.  After we finished the games, we went swimming at church member's homes.

That evening we got in the church vans and went to Texarkana to Chuck E Cheese to play games; but ate dinner at Pizza Inn where they had a buffet and private room where we had a bible study. The neat thing about the restaurant was, another youth group was working there to help pay for a youth trip.

After dinner we went back to the church and played underground church which is best described as a version of hide and go seek in the dark.

Day 5, (the last day of the trip) had a bible study and started packing our bags. Then, we played another game of underground church. Before leaving we helped clean up the church and said our goodbyes to the other youth group. On the way home we had another trailer tire blowout. Yes, you counted right, this was the 3rd trailer tire for our trip. We arrived safely back at the church without anymore blow outs and then my family and I got into our car and headed home.
Me tubing at lake Sam-Rayburn. 

Don't get me wrong, I had a great time and got to know our church's new youth minister better, plus had some bonding time with the other youth; but I felt that we didn't really get to help or minister to others.  I am already looking forward to our next trip being a mission trip so we can help others in need.