Sunday, October 13, 2013

Prater's Mill

Another fall festival! Told ya Georgia is full of them!

Last Friday evening my sister took a few children to the Great Locomotive Chase Festival in Adairsville GA.  They had a great time.

This week we have been so very busy around here.  I have not had a lot of time to post anything or even do my normal house work!  So here is a quick update of our week!

Last weekend the children helped my sister and brother in law do some brush clean up on a piece of property.  They all had a wonderful time and my sister and her husband provided a wonderful picnic for the children afterward.  Unfortunately William ended up with a spider bite on his arm.  If you look closely in the second picture you can see the fang marks and the black dying tissue at the bite site.  Poor William felt tired and puny from it.  I worked hard for a few days applying poultices of activated charcoal and Slippery Elm but saw in a few days it was spreading fast, so took him to the doctors for antibiotics.  The pictures were taken on the third day.  I am pleased to report he is doing a lot better now.

I also had to take Antonio in to the doctors this week for bowel troubles.  He is also doing much better now!  Always my happy guy!  What a blessing to us.

The girls and I had eye doctor appointments.  I did not need bifocals!  Yippee!!  I know.  Silly right?  Elizabeth needed a stronger prescription.
Carolyn was born with Congenital Glaucoma.  We have to get her eye pressures tested at least yearly.  It is a result from her biological mom drinking daily thru her pregnancy.  Carolyn's eye pressures were higher than last time so we walked way with no glasses but two more specialists appointments to get more accurate pressure readings.  This is something that happens alot when you have a child with special needs.  Very often one doctors appointment makes you walk away with several more.  :)
She ran errands with me later and had to wear sun glasses as her eyes stayed dilated for quite some time.  I had to get a picture.  To cute.

With all the appointments this week, home schooling, our big van broke down and had to go into the shop and so many more things...Oh yeah and a very sick baby goat that needed constant care...we really were looking forward to resting and having some family fun this weekend!  So now to the fun day.

This weekend my wonderful sister took some of my children to the Prater’s Mill fall festival.  She has taken a few kids each year to this for many years.  Antonio can not go as the grounds are not really wheel chair friendly so I always stay home and do something fun with him.  This year my sister was going to be brave and take four of the kids but Elizabeth got into trouble and lost her privilege to go.  So I stayed home with Antonio and Elizabeth this year.

The pictures are brought to you today by my right hand man William!  
I asked for pictures of their day so I could see what fun they had.  I got six pictures of the kids and the rest of machinery, tractors and cars!!! Teen boys!!!

Here is an exert from the Prater Mill web site:

Built in 1855, Praters Mill is a water powered mill originally fitted with the latest in grain cleaning, grinding and sifting machinery, all powered by the Coahulla Creek. During the Civil War, the mill was used as a campsite by soldiers from both sides and since it was considered an invaluable food source by the Union Army it was not destroyed. 

They do grind corn there and sell...stone ground grits, corn meal and corn flour.  Zeke is on a casin free/gluten free diet so we get corn flour here to bake him muffins and things with. 
Carolyn and Zeke are very close in age and are very bonded together.  They do everything together and don't like to be apart.  We affectionately call them the twins.  Tim and Zeke are going out of town for a week and leaving this Monday!  Zeke and Carolyn will miss each other terribly.  Tim and Zeke are going to Missouri to see Tim's grandmother.  Please keep us in your prayers.  Tim and Zeke for traveling safety and  for us left at home missing them so much.  I will be home alone with the farm and children.   Lord be with us.

The children said there was a blacksmiths shop functioning and lots of neat craft booths set up.

They looked at alot of tractors.

They watched clogging and saw a lot of neat cars and trucks.

They ate good food!!
They toured the cotton mill.
Toured the old general store.

The children who went to the festival had a wonderful time! Thank you as always sister, for all you do to enrich the lives of the children.

Even though we had a busy and ruff week in many aspects, God is still on the throne and all is truly well.  I always go to bed at night looking back on my day and seeing His hand on every part of it.  He is always so good to us and carries us thru the hard days and weeks.  He provides in all ways and is worthy of our praise!

Fall is such a wonderful time of year!

Psalm 150:6  Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.



  1. Ha ha! I love Miss Shades! Ouch! That spider bite looks painful!!!!

    1. Thanks! Carolyn thought she looked totally cool! William was sick with that bite for over a week! YIKES!