Saturday, June 30, 2012

Field Trip - Markerville Creamery

The kids and I were able to go on a field trip with our homeschool board, Northstar, at the end of May to the Markerville Creamery, Stephansson House, and Hola School -  one room schoolhouse. Extra special was that Grandma Jefferies was able to come with us! It was a beautiful day and we had a great time.

All of us in front of the Stephansson House - Stephan G. Stephansson was born in Iceland, moved to Canada and became a famous poet.

Looking back at the pictures I took brings to mind memories of growing up. We always had beef cows as well as a few milk cows. My Dad sold the cream and we grew up drinking the skim milk. One of my jobs and later my sisters' job was to wash the separator and have it ready for milking time. More than once I remember washing it at milking time and then running it over to the barn where my Dad and Uncle were waiting!

The last month has been hard since losing my Dad suddenly in early June and I wish I could share these pictures with him. I rest in the comfort of my Lord Jesus Christ, whom was also my Dad's hope, but I still really miss him. It has been hard to get back to blogging (not that I've ever been really faithful) but I know how much he enjoyed reading my posts, especially of our trips back and forth to Toronto. I am going to try and post more this summer - of our adventures and my scrapbooking, we'll see how I do.

A picture of a separator very similar to the one we had.

Noelle energetically shaking up a jar of cream to make our own butter. Yum!

Nathan collecting slates in the one-room school house (boys on one side, girls on the other!)

Noelle and Jeremy intently carding wool.


  1. Hi Laurie! I've been following along on your blog and am glad to hear that you are going to continue providing me a way to stalk you guys ;) I'm not the best with keeping in contact with pretty much anyone, so my apologies, but do remember that I think of you all often - easy to do when looking out my front window and picturing tiny little Nathan waddling around in his bright yellow snow suit in the driveway across the street :), and then pretty little Noelle, and last but not least by any means, little Jeremy - and even he is far from little now! Goes to show how time flies. Anyway, I really wanted to say that I'm sorry about your dad, that must be very hard for all of your family and we are thinking of you here during this tough time and I have you all in my prayers. Gail said we'll all get together, so I'm looking forward to that and hope it works out. Take care and hope to see you soon Laurie. Marsha

  2. Hi Laurie - I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I didn't realize you had that loss. Lots of hugs to you. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. What comfort we have though, in knowing that we will see them again. :)