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.



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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Savoring the Moment and Learning Along The Way

I love baby steps!!!  I love when I can see progress from baby steps!!!  Whether it’s physical, financial or spiritual.  Whether it’s for my business, my relationships or my home, baby steps work!!!  I also love knowledge and I’m so excited to be combining the two to make improvements in all areas of my life.  I have really been trying to SAVOR each moment and make the most of it.  This includes actually making time for people and for LEARNING.

I am using these strategies to live healthier and to grow my business.  To act more responsibly and to be a better person.  Some of the ways I am doing that are by taking a photography class and a business class.  By exploring more options for my business and listening to books while in the car.

These small baby steps are working great with my family too.  I see them inspired by my self accountability (they haven’t said so but I’m sure they are!).  I see them setting goals too.  One of my boys who usually dislikes sports of any kind has asked to play basketball.  I signed him up before he could change his mind.  Since his attention span is short we take turns playing coach and do small drills for about 30 minutes each day.  That’s it.  We are having so much fun he doesn’t realize it’s work.  Another son was feeling overwhelmed with school work so 30 minutes a day we are all doing study work together and we don’t feel stressed when test day comes and we are thrilled to get that 104%.  Yes mama was thrilled too and I learned along the way!!  Even when it comes to cleaning the house by tackling, together, one room, then being done for a while it’s not that big of a chore.  And we are spending less time in front of the tv.  Yea!

This week I’m inspired to extend some of my goals.  I’m ready to read up, meet up, show up each day and SAVOR it and LEARN from it.  Taking the extra 5 minutes to make hot tea and light a candle makes bath time that much more relaxing.  Playing Just Dance with your family keeps you all healthy and combines family fun time.  Listening to whatever motivates you while you drive or exercise encourages you and maybe even your kiddos may hear something that encourages them too.

That’s what this blog is all about for me.  I am so not perfect and have oh so much to work on in my life.  Yet I long to find inspiration and dole it out and encourage you all.  Because together we can make anything possible!

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Dirt Road Diva

Yes there are some days when the drive home is L O N G !!!

There are some days when you really wish you weren’t following a C O M B I N E !!!

And there are some days you get just a wee bit embarrassed of always walking out to the D I R T Y car in the parking lot.

But then there are the days you smell that A L F A L F A  the minute you turn on our road.

Or you are forced to take the time to watch a doe and her fawn cross the road.  And you are glad.

Back in the day we used to take Sunday drives.  When gas was relatively cheap of course.  We always drove

H U N D R E D S of miles on vacation rather than flying.  And not just to save money.  To savor the time.

Country life is a   S L O W    P A C E.  And I love it.

I want more T I M E to sit and R E A D and D O O D L E and D R E A M.

Are there any other   D I R T   R O A D    D I V A S  out there?

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