Where The Orange Blossoms Grow....

Hello! Welcome to the Stricklen's blog. We hope to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with our family. You will find a variety of experiences posted here -- you may find pictures of the never ending project of building our house, Callie helping William with his first steps, Mary studying a rare insect species, or perhaps you may be terribly bored with Molly's numerous fruit trees, berries, vegetables and rare plant pictures! Who knows what we may find Chris and CJ doing -- probably something having to do with a tractor or machine of sorts. Abby and Margaret will keep us entertained with costumes from other lands or a fairy story. Whatever we post, we trust it will lift your spirits and bring honor and glory to our Lord!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

What's been going on with the Stricklens???

So ......what's been going on lately? Well, actually not a whole lot -- nothing extremely exciting. But anyhow, here are some random pitures of somewhat normal life. They're probably not in order. I just posted them as I remembered:D So have fun!
~ Mary Noelle ~


Wills: "So, Kitty, how are you doing this fine day?"

Cat: "Meow..."

Wills:"Kitty? What's wrong? I asked you a question... Kitty??"

Hmmm..InterestingMe being weird...
Kitty stopped by to get ice (from our ice machine), and while she was waiting for her slave...um, I mean Pete to get the ice :):):) Abby took the privilege of "fixing" her hair.....:D
Garden Fresh Lettuce--Yum!:):)Fresh-picked cilantro, and, uhh...fresh produce - stand peppers:)Deeda with her precious kitties:)Our faithful dog, Grits
Harvest Art :)


Smile Mandy Sunshine:):):)Sweet Chelsea~Aunt Beth and Mrs. Waldman~The long-awaited day finally came--We all got to meet Isaac Joseph Waldman! He's SO sweet!
Gracie :)
Lovely Grandmother Harris!
Shy little Miriah:)
~Mama and Grandma Sue~
Dutch Blitz:) Deeda won almost every game that night!
The Twiz at work:)I just lost my 14th game:(:)
Yay! I won 1 whole game!!!!
The patriarchs in deep discussion

Posted by Mary Noelle

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Winter Garden

Thanks to my wonderful husband, we finally have the raised bed garden I have been wanting for quite some time. Chris, the girls and CJ did all the fencing together. He built 16 raised beds and will probably add some more on the outside of the garden and a few more inside.

This is just a trial run, we just planted this and that here and there. We received our heirloom seed order only recently. So next season we will be planting all heirloom varities. Everything is growing organically as well. Here are a few pictures of what is growing!

The garden

'matersCollards Peas :)
Twixie amongst the broccoliWills and I looking at the tomatoes

Sunshine through the RomaineThe difference in this Romaine and store bought is really unbelievable!! The taste is fabulous!!

Pretty Pea Blossoms

Peppers :)

Cherry Tomatoes

Wills working hard!

Buttercrunch Lettuce

Margaret and the pumpkins

Posted by Mama