Growing Up Agrarian

We are four Christian, homechurched, homeschooled, homesteading, agrarian children growing up in Central Texas on a Ranch. We are Tracy,(15) Jennifer,(10) Robert,(9) and Sarah(5) Bunker. We also have one more brother, Thomas Shepard Bunker, who is in the courts of glory. We like to read books, raise animals, and play on the land. Tracy will be writing about the stuff we do. We hope you enjoy our Adventures!


This Month's Update

Okay, I guess this blog has become a once a month thing, because I just don't have time for much more. Sorry folks, I'm a busy person.

But hopefully my three or four followers will enjoy the few posts that make their way here.

I wrote a Wedding Card Poem for a friend who ... got married ... this month. Feel free to copy and paste for your own wedding cards.

Your wedding day has come
Your dream God has fulfilled
You now begin your life
With a man that God has willed

May your lives be full
Of happiness divine
And God give you children
Of his own design

Through happiness and trial
Through glad or trying days
May God give you His strength
And you give Him your Praise

Tracy Bunker

Well, I am now milking Pita the Longhorn/Watusi cow. I am currently getting one quart a day. It is more than enough to fulfill our cooking and general consumption needs. I think the attitude Pita has is such a blessing, though I did have to duck a few well aimed kicks the first few days. But she has calmed down a remarkable amount. Although I could do without the constant bellowing if I'm ten minutes or so late.

Jennifer has started a most adorable cross stitching project. I will post a picture once she's done with it. It uses ribbons in some of the stitches for a "3D" effect. I am working on a navy blue shawl for around the house this winter. I am crocheting it in double crochet and transferred over to triple twice in the bottom corner for a few lines just for looks. I will also post a picture of that as soon as I finish it. But it will be awhile, because I want to make it pretty big.

I went to a Longhorn class with Dad on Saturday. It was a class working up to a Inspection
"certification". In the class you learn the main characteristics of a true Texas Longhorn. And after you have approved a cow, they go on to DNA testing if the owner wants it CTLR (Cattleman's Texas Longhorn Registry, I think) certified. But a Inspector is just a first filter to single out all the 'impostor' cows. It's fun. I like being around cattle, and around people that know cattle so well such as Debbie Davis, Frank Sharp and Sonny Detmer. Thanks, guys, for the learning experience. I plan on attending the next class in San Antonio, Lord Willing.

Well, I'd better go. Lord Willing I will be posting a article on Rasing Rabbits sometime soon. I wrote it for a magazine, but never sent it in. Maybe I will someday, but for now I hope you folks enjoy it.

Till Next Time,
Tracy Bunker


Anonymous Dana said...

Your poem is very nice!!! Looking forward to seeing the pics of the cross stich and the shawl. Is the cross stitch for her hope chest or a gift? I have been thinking of making a shawl for my mom and have been looking at lots of patterns online!!

Take care!!
Dana, sahm to 2 great boys, one child in heaven and one on the way!!!

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello again Tracy,

Thank you for this nice update of what's been keeping you busy, in part! Pretty poem for your friend who married. How old is she? Nice of you to write it for her and share it here for us to enjoy.

Good job ducking Pita's initial kicks and getting a quart/day out of the old gal! Ha! Milking is fun. Wonderful Provision from the Lord. "Sounds" like she's used to "letting down" routinely for you too, with the bellowing being consistant...kinda funny, huh? They all have unique personalities!

Your crocheting and Jennifers cross stitch both sound pretty. Looking forward to seeing them.

Have a blessed Lords day and upcoming week/month!


8:27 AM  
Blogger Bunker Children said...


Thank you. I enjoy writing, but don't get to do it as often as I would like. The cross stitch is a framed wall piece and will probably be placed on our wall until she is married, then will be taken with her to her house, I'm guessing.

Mrs. Haggerty,

The girl I wrote the poem for is 20. She has a new blog for her married life called "Feathering The Nest". She used to live in Coleman, a town about twenty minutes away, and her and her sisters, and Jordan and I used to spend some time together. She had a beautiful wedding which I had the privilege to attend.

God bless you ladies,
Tracy Bunker

7:50 PM  

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