Our Year in Photos 2016

So I’m already starting off the year with being behind. Anybody with me?

You know, when I started this blog, I thought it would be a nice way to have somewhat of an online diary of sorts. Where if my computer crashed and I lost all of my photos and information…it would be “safely” tucked away in the inter-webs. A place I could return to remember how I did something. An unstained version of my personal canning book. A photo album where the kids couldn’t remove and wrinkle the photos. And truly, that is exactly what it has been for me. Which is why I wanted to make sure I got this post completed, albeit late.

I love documenting our life through photos. I take a LOT of them, making the job of narrowing down each month to just a handful a real challenge. But I do enjoy seeing the changes from month to month, in the seasons and all of the beautiful things wrapped up in those seasons and their passing. I can look at each month and remember exactly what we were doing during that time. Whether it be the taste of warm maple sap in the evaporator on a chilly late winter day or the smell of the earth on my hands in early April, when dreams of the season’s garden are only but a dream. The same time that the little pigs arrive, and the turkey poults…new life. Or the long-awaited heat that never seems to show up until July, following the inevitable hatch of mosquitoes, gnats, and noseeums. The garden is in full swing, we spend our days swimming at the lake, picking berries, and avoiding town at all cost. We try to absorb every single moment of our short summer before gearing up for fall, our busiest time. As soon as September hits, it is bear season, canning season, apple season, butchering season, deer season, meat curing season. All crammed in to a few months that seem to both take forever and to fly by. The time when I realize how full my heart- and my freezers have become. How incredibly grateful I am for this life. How blessed my family is. Always that time of year I’m reminded, and it carries me through the returning winter…the quiet season of this life.

And so, for the sake of my online diary safety net if nothing else, here is our year in photos for 2016.

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January, February, March
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I pray that all of my readers had a wonderful year, and I wish you all the very best in 2017.

I hope to continue to share my ramblings, my photos, and maybe some useful information…who knows? But I do appreciate you all. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

About yellowbirchhobbyfarm

Hi! I'm Erin, a 19th-century homesteader at heart. Here at Yellow Birch Hobby Farm we practice self-sustainable living by way of organic gardening, canning & preserving, raising a variety of livestock, hunting, foraging, and cooking from scratch. And here at our blog, we share it all with you! So glad you've found us.

14 comments on “Our Year in Photos 2016

  1. A very nice end-of-the-year wrap-up. And it appears that you more than accomplished your original goals; good for you, and a fine example for the rest of us!

    Thank you for sharing your life, learning, interests and achievements with us.

    Looking forward to more of your excellent writing in the future.

    Best wishes to you and yours for the new year.

  2. Such a Great collection of 2016 Erin!! Fun to see all that you have accomplished this year. I never tire of all your delightful garden photos and tips πŸ™‚ Your little girl is sure growing up, seems like yesterday you were sharing her birth !

  3. Loved this! My husband left the pictures up on our computer and several in our own family thought it they were pictures of us in passing!! A sweet life!

  4. Erin, you have a beautiful blog! Your photos are all precious, but I have to admit (as a fellow homesteader) that my favorite is your caul fat. Your photography skills captured the “Elegance” of this little known & highly underused treasure.

    • Thank-you! I am always excited to find myself in the company of those who appreciate things like this. Not everyone “gets” it…nor are they willing to look past what they are used to/comfortable with to see the beauty and appreciate the unknown. Those are the people who I wish I could have over for one meal and just show them how many awesome things they are missing out on! But I can’t…and so my blog and photography aim to at least encourage curiosity, if nothing more πŸ™‚

      Thanks again for visiting! πŸ™‚

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