Monthly Archives: May 2013

Farm Work = Hard Work

I’ll admit it!!!  Farm life is hard!!!!  Demanding on so many levels!  And yet I love it!  So many people ask me how I do all I do and usually I’m like” it’s not that hard.”  “It’s not that busy.”  Well this week it was.  Hard.  Busy. My heart has been bombarded with hurting friends.  Sickness has been in our family.  Kids have had end of the school activities.  The weather has been cRaZy with rain almost EVERY day!!!!! Babies (goats) have been born.  Chickens have died.  I am spent physically and emotionally.  Yet last night as I was sitting next to my poor hubby (he doesn’t feel well) on our garden bench by the pond, I felt blessed.  The sound of the pond.  The smell of the flowers.  The sight of their blooms.  Watching and hearing my kids laugh and run and play with the baby goats.  I felt so happy.  I have a picture of me with Aaron’s grandma on that same bench (on my computer that crashed) and I was remembering how much she loved it.  We got a call last night that her hours on this earth are almost gone and we need to go and see her.  I felt mad at myself for not spending more time with her and my own grandma.  But thankful for the times we did.  Life is so short and so precious.  Where am I spending my time?  What am I chasing after?  This summer I am chasing my kids; family.  Yes physically.  But also spiritually.  I want to impart so much in them in this precious time I have with them.  I want to soak up all of their sweetness and silliness.  I want to play catch with them and chase fireflies.  I want to sit and do nothing with them.  My usual summer to do list is long.  But this summer there is only one thing on my list.  To be present.

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so thankful this year we will be able to harvest from the orchard

so thankful this year we will be able to harvest from the orchard

our semi finished patio.  the rain has not allowed us to complete it

our semi finished patio. the rain has not allowed us to complete it

 

my fountain.  one of the many things destroyed over the weekend from our construction project and storms.

my fountain. one of the many things destroyed over the weekend from our construction project and storms.

 

i love my roses!

i love my roses!

 

 

 

 

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Nada Farm Sale May 2013

I’m sad it’s over!!!  I had the BEST time this past weekend at the Nada Farm Sale!  I had so much fun preparing for the show and traveling with BLUE LUNA!  We cruised down the highway singing and laughing.  I told my SIL it was so nice traveling with girls when we could stop for a garage sale or for restroom breaks.  We saw some darling towns and searched high and low for my constant supply of sWeeT tEA!!!!!

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Blue Luna (SIL April, niece Lauren, & I at the sale)

 

There was a FORD tractor inside one of the grocery stores we stopped at!

There was a FORD tractor inside one of the grocery stores we stopped at!

these awesome tomatoes were the first items to sell

these awesome tomatoes were the first items to sell

 

April holding down the fort.  Literally.  Friday night was SO windy!!!

April holding down the fort. Literally. Friday night was SO windy!!!

 

candles!!!

candles!!!

 

 I first heard about Anne Marie’s blog, Nada Farm, from my sweet friend Sheila Rumney.  Sheila is my encourager and inspiration so much of the time.  She always brings me joy and her amazing designs inspire me so much!  I am so glad she introduced me to Anne’s blog.

some of Sheila's goodies we had for sale

some of Sheila’s goodies we had for sale

I just love Anne Marie and her blog, her farm and her family.  Talk about genuine.  And true.  And beautiful.  Everything about her and her family & farm is full of natural beauty.  It was almost magical.  Every detail was thought out.  From the fabulous balloons, to the wanna be unicorn.  From the amazing bakery and the treasures it held, to the art painted on the walls of the barn.  From the sweet laundry line, to the amazing face painting set up.  Even the bathroom area was displayed cutely!  It was everything I imagined it would be and more!

Jordan the wanna be unicorn

Jordan the wanna be unicorn

 

 

part of the face painting station.  all of the kiddos were precious!

part of the face painting station. all of the kiddos were precious!

 

what a lovely vignette

what a lovely vignette

 

Anne Marie herself inspires me to no end.  The photos on her blog are full of beauty and the words as well.  She inspires me to be a better mother and cook.  To keep a better home and spend more time learning to be a better photographer.  A better friend and a stronger believer.  I felt such a connection when I met her and I wished we could have spent the weekend talking, as we have much in common.  I just may have to make the 450 mile trip again someday!

Anne Marie was the food stylist for PieOGraphy. Isn't she lovely?!

Anne Marie was the food stylist for PieOGraphy.
Isn’t she lovely?!

 

what was left of the delicious chocolate cake we had!

what was left of the delicious chocolate cake we had!

 

Another fun part of the weekend was the wonderful people I met.  Each vendor was so sweet and had gorgeous booth displays.  It was AmAzInG to meet the lovely and talented Traci Thorson who is an accomplished photographer!  She signed my PieOgraphy book:  Love, Peace, Pie!  How cute is that?!

She's so pretty!!!

She’s so pretty!!!

If you ever get the chance to go the sale I strongly encourage you to do so …. you won’t be disappointed.  And the moral of this blog is:  Life is short.  Life is beautiful.  You are worth the time and energy to make your dreams come true.  As much work as doing a show can be for this one I was able to enjoy every minute of. I got to spend time surrounded by all of my favorite things (I love junk!) and eating delicious food (oh the raspberry croissant from Java Jive…) and hanging out with wonderful people in a lovely setting.  So very worth it.

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Gearing Up!

I am SOOOO excited to be GeArIn’ uP for the NADA FARM SALE!!!!

I’ve been junkin’ and paintin’ and pourin’ up a storm!  Here’s a sneak peek!!!

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{distressed.swoon}

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{feedsacks & antlers. farmgirl thru & thru}

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{whipped up this simple potting bench lickety split}

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(love me some rusty metal}

{anything gardeny calls my name}

{anything gardeny calls my name}

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{a little RuST & dUsT never hurt anyone}

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Spring on the Farm

We finally had our first ‘kid’ of the season on the farm!  I’ve been busy milking again and I just love it.  I never would have thought I would enjoy the daily (twice daily) task of spending time in the barn milking goats.  I love the quiet and the simplicity of it.  I love slowing down to watch nature wake up for the day and prepare for sleep at the end.  It is actually a time of day that I look forward too.  Do you have a hobby that you are suprised yourself that you enjoy?  Happy Spring Friends!

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