Tuesday, June 23, 2009

How Firm A Foundation...

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

In every condition, in sickness, in health;
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As thy days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

Even down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

The words to this beautiful hymn are so encouraging. This hymn has become a family favorite lately and I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed us.

An Evening With The Chatham Family

Last Friday, the Chatham Family had us down for an evening of fun and fellowship. Here are a few pictures that I took.

(As always, I didn't take as many as I would have liked due to the fact that I have a hard time remembering to take pictures when I am having an enjoyable time! Now, that isn't to say that when I do take pictures I'm not having an enjoyable time, but anyway... :)

The younger children enjoyed the pool.

Playing on the zipline.

They have really done a nice job with their landscaping.

On the swing.

Later in the evening we also had a little music recital which was very enjoyable as well.

Thank you all for having us we had such a great time visiting with your family!

Random Pictures Of The Cochran Children

Shenandoah and her car time occupation :).

Seth is such a good big brother.

Shenandoah has a great time playing with him!

Shenandoah has started sitting up (when we help her get to that position!) She really likes it!!!

Shenandoah with her new hanging toys.

Sayer and Shenandoah (Mommy got this picture of them. Isn't it great?!)

I thought this picture and the following one were really good too!

Sienna, Stasia and Shenandoah

Everyone really enjoys doing school (we like to school through the summer when it is hot and take off when it is cooler :)

Seth, Shenandoah and Sayer

Sabrina giving Stasia her first lesson in making eggs.

Sienna and Shenandoah

Sienna's 9th Birthday- June 11th

Happy Birthday Sienna!!! We love you!!!

The birthday girl.

In the afternoon, we went to a commercial kitchen in Enid to do some baking for the Farmer's Market. Unfortunately, Sabrina wasn't feeling well, so she stayed home with the boys to look after her. (She was well enough to look after the boys too!)

Sienna working on the trail mix.

Stasia cooling off the granola.

Myself making the raspberry white chocolate scones.
We all worked together (Mommy, Sienna, Stasia and I) and things went really well. When we got home, we finished celebrating Sienna's birthday.

Sienna and Shenandoah

Sienna and I

Sienna and Sabrina

Sienna and Stasia

Sienna and Seth

Sienna and Sayer

Opening gifts...

Sabrina was able to partake somewhat in the goings on.

Sienna's birthday cake (it was the first time that I had ever made this one and we all liked it very much!)

Sienna and her cake

Saying her birthday prayer.

Daddy and Sienna by her birthday countdown sign.

Work On Our Homestead

We've been doing a lot of work around our property lately. Here are a few pictures of just SOME of the things we've been doing...

Sabrina and Seth laying hay down in the planting area for weed suppression.

Sabrina and I doing eggs. This particular day we had to do 65 Dozen!!!!

Our blackberry bushes. Daddy did a lot of work in our berry bush/grape vine/garden area sorting through, organizing and proping up the different plants.

Part of our garden.

We also had the outside of our house re-painted. Here you can see our front porch with the painting essentials (ladder, paint, rag etc :)


A very small portion of the very many plants we've planted lately! We have done more planting than I can even begin to explain between all of the landscaping and gardening too!!!

The work trailer full of shovels and mulch.

Some of the trees we were planting along our driveway.

Some of the stuff we've been doing on the side of our house.

We were blessed for daddy to get some great extra help.

Daddy and Stasia on the tractor.

Here I am ironing. After switching rooms and beds around a couple of months ago, us kids got new bedding, curtains etc. I ironed it and got our rooms all set up!

Another day of eggs (thankfully, there weren't as many to do on this particular day!) and Sienna learned how to do them too!!!

Seth and Sayer working outside.

Daddy laying bricks in our back "sunken garden" area.

Daddy and Seth working.

More great help that daddy was able to have.

Sabrina found this dead opossum one day. Sayer was evidently quite fascinated.

We are not finished with our landscaping yet. It is really looking great. I'll have to do a post when we are done of what the finished product looks like!