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Walking like Abraham

You know life is funny. You think you have your life planned out. You think that the path your future will take is so sure. I think back to 2006 when I had just graduated high school. My path was crystal clear. I would find a job for the summer and then start a new part time job in the fall when my college classes would start. I would go to community college for two years before transferring to a large university to finish up my degree to become a meteorologist. Ha thinking about it makes me want to smack myself in the face and laugh at how crazy that sounds now. God had other plans, but like a loving father he was ok with me thinking I could drive … Read entire article »

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Sermon of the Axe

I’ve been on an axe binge lately. I’ve made several tomahawks/hatchets and my current project is a double bladed axe I’ve been commissioned to forge. While forging towel holders and camping tripods is good, there is just something incredible about forging an axe from start to finish. Taking a piece of scrap metal and bringing forth a strong useable tool. I thought I would go through the process the best I can using text and try to bring the significance to anyone reading with a quick walkthrough. First, I gather my materials: a 10″x2″ piece of steel(I like using old lawnmower blades and a piece of high carbon steel for the edge(piece of old file). Once my materials are ready, I get my forge burning hot and clean. After the old … Read entire article »

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Paul’s Birth Story

Paul’s Birth Story

    I can’t believe it has already been a week since my precious angel came into this world! Andy and I are beyond words of how happy and blessed we are that the Lord would give us a son! I want to give a HUGE “Thank You” to every one who kept us in your prayers – they were greatly needed and felt!  This week has been amazing and a little challenging just getting used to how … Read entire article »

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Baby Paul’s Birthday

  A few pics of baby Paul’s birthday.   [nggallery id=24]   … Read entire article »

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Andy’s Family

These are pictures of Andy’s side of the family welcoming baby Paul into the world. [nggallery id=25] … Read entire article »

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Paul Obadiah Robinson

Andy and Erin Robinson are proud to announce the arrival of their first born son, Paul Obadiah. He arrived at Brookwood Medical Center at 3:15 on Sunday, September 11, 2011.  Little Paul weighs 9 lbs and 6 ounces and is 21 inches long.  A pure blessing from the Lord!   [nggallery id=23] … Read entire article »

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WARNING! Water on Road

At the time of this post, tropical storm Lee is in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather service has said up to twenty inches of rain may fall over the gulf states and they are warning people about possible flooding. I researched a little and found that Floods kill an average of one hundred and twenty-seven people in the US each year. What is more tragic is the fact that most of those deaths are caused by people driving over flooded roadways and being swept away. Most of the deaths could be prevented. WARNING! Water on Road! How many times have you seen that sign. I don’t live in a flood prone area, however I’ve seen it a few times myself. Sometimes I’ve been puzzled because just a little water … Read entire article »

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Winter Squash Chowder

  On tonight’s menu is one of Andy’s Favorite Soups – Winter Squash Chowder! I use whatever squash I have on hand. Andy just harvested our Seminole Pumpkins so that will be what I will use tonight. Winter Squash Chowder 2 TBSP Olive Oil 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter 3 cups chopped Onions 2 Large Bell Peppers 2 TBSP Seeded and Minced Jalapeno Pepper 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour 1 TSP Salt 1 TSP Red Pepper  Flakes (this is optional depending on how spicy you like your food – I use Cayenne Pepper chopped up really fine) 8 cups Chicken or Veggie Broth 3 cups Peeled, Seeded and Medium Diced Squash 2 cups Peeled and Medium Diced Potatoes 3 cups Corn – Preferably Fresh or Frozen 1 1/2 cups Half-n-Half 2 1/2 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese Heat oil and butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and saute until the onions are transparent – … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cookhouse, Erin's Kitchen, Recipes, Soups and Stews

Early Morning Praise Report

It is 6:47am and Andy has already left for work. I have a load of clothes going so I can get them out before the heat gets here. Our rooster is crowing – he is reminding me that the day has already started. My grocery list is ready for the outing to Heflin where I will run some errands and spend some time having lunch with Andy 🙂 Today’s to-do’s: Bible reading, Laundry, Chickens, bedroom, clean up my sewing area, diapers, wash the refrigerator, clean out the cabinet above the washer….. In this early morning, the quietest part of the day, I am running though all of my blessings! The thankfulness in my heart for the Savior caring enough for me that all my needs are met! We have a home, cars, … Read entire article »

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THANK YOU TO JOHN AND CAROL, FROM THE ROBINSONS!!!!!

THANK YOU TO JOHN AND CAROL, FROM THE ROBINSONS!!!!!

Just wanted to share pictures of the new addition to Paul’s Bedroom! We just purchased a Glider and Ottoman! We would also like to say THANK YOU to our dear friends, Mr. John and Mrs. Carol for the wonderful gift !!! When you come down next you will have to come rock Paul in it 😀  … Read entire article »

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The Blacksmith Shop

The Blacksmith Shop

  I started blacksmithing not too long before Erin and I were married. After we were married I began working on my own forge. I started off first with a brake drum forge, but quickly realized that I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with it, so over the winter and spring I began working on another forge. I finished it in May. In this post I will go over the basic things needed to … Read entire article »

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Pineapple and Mayo Sandwiches, Mello-Yello, and Dirt

Pineapple and Mayo Sandwiches, Mello-Yello, and Dirt

    I was running alitte behind, but I am never late to see my honey 😀 I made Pineapple Mayo sandwichs, threw the last load of clothes on the line, ran to Hardee’s and picked up some drinks – Andy’s favorite, Mello-Yello. I ended up passing him and one of his co-workers on the road and followed them to the store. Got a kiss and then meet him at his shop. He jumped in the car … Read entire article »

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Baby Shower #2

Baby Shower #2

The first slide show is pictures of the party decorations and the next is some of the games – hope you enjoy!             [slideshow id=10] [slideshow id=12] … Read entire article »

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Baby Shower

On Sunday, August 14th we had a baby shower for Erin, Andy and little Paul.  He is due to make his appearance on September 12th.  The ladies who joined us were so lovely and fun and little Paul received many wonderful gifts.  I am adding a couple of slideshows here to share the event with you! This slideshow is pictures of some of the gifts they received.  [slideshow id=14] … Read entire article »

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Life’s Worklist

The other day my wife and I sat down together and wrote out a list of things we want to finish around our place. After about an hour, we had compiled a list that will last us until next year. Some of the items on that list were big things like building a rabbit shed and others small things like the lights in our house that I need install. Today, thinking on that list I realized something, for some crazy reason the list was the exactly the same size as the one we made over a year ago. Even as time has passed and our tasks were slowly finished, more projects were added. As big things were accomplished and we took a break, our mind would get working on the … Read entire article »

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Baby Paul!

Baby Paul!

Andy and I found out we were expecting our first blessing in January – he is expected to arrive on September 12th! We decided to name him Paul Obadiah! Things have been very busy around here since then. We have been working on his nursery and getting the “Baby Supplies” together. We decided on Peter rabbit for his room. Mom has been painting scenes on his wall’s from the books and they are looking wonderful. Still need to get … Read entire article »

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Wedding Vows

Our Wedding Vows  Many of you have asked us to put our vows online. Andy and I choose to wrote our own vows. We also used parts and pieces from the Bible and other Christian believers. Andy’s Vows I, David Andrew, covenant before God and man, to you Erin Renee Lewis to be your loving and faithful husband. As stated in the Word of God and spoken solemnly from my heart, I will love and protect you, I will strengthen you when you are weak, I will be loyal and keep these oaths for all the days of my life. As spoken in Joshua 24:15, our house will serve God and keep his commandments. We will stand upon the word of God and I will lead our family under the guidance of Almighty God. I will … Read entire article »

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Big News

March 30, 2011 ” Big News” As I write this, the time is 9:45pm and my beautiful wife is deep asleep in the bed. I should be too, however I felt like staying up a little later and writing this blog. As many know, many things have changed in our new family. I’ll try to recap the best I can in the long, long overdue update. First things first, the BIG news. We are expecting our first child on September 12th. Erin is just over four months along. Erin and I are very excited, yet also scared to some degree. I do know this, God’s timing is perfect on the birth of this little one. Our small fears are nothing in His greater knowledge and plan. We will confide in Him as we … Read entire article »

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Faith Like Potatoes

May 12, 2010 – “Faith Like Potatoes???” Lessons in life come in all forms of shapes and sizes.  Some are good. Some are bad and some just seem hard to learn and accept. Example: Do not lean back in a chair or you could fall backwards. That is a lesson I have yet to learn fully. I am beginning the writing of this blog from my desk at Sifat and have just once again remembered that lesson the hard way. I am alright and besides a good laugh at myself, nothing is hurt.  Lately I have been thinking about the lessons God has been teaching me slowly. Erin and I have been married for over five months now and that is incredible considering how short these five months have been. I feel that God … Read entire article »

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