Hello dear blog friends! Today I wanted to take a moment to talk about summer, barn life and a few of the projects I have in the works. I also wanted to address some questions I’ve gotten about were I’ve been lately.
Can we Talk?
I’ve not gone anywhere, I simply took a brief project break for family reasons.
I’ve not talked much about this on the blog but last year my husband become critically ill and was partially paralyzed from the waist down. We spent months in the hospital and have undergone a load of complications I didn’t even know existed. It’s been a big change and were still working through it.
I wish I could say I’ve been the perfect pillar of strength and support for him but the truth is, I’ve just been human. Some days I’m sporting my super cape and other days I’m overwhelmed and crying myself a river. Neither strategy has done much for my family which makes me incredibly grateful for God’s grace. I find comfort in Christ’s words and have been reminding myself to focus on the blessings around me.
I’ve tucked these words in my heart, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8.
It’s a daily effort but I’m clinging to God’s mercy and I’m reminding myself to celebrate each day. That and laugh! Because no matter what, life is still funny even when it kind of sucks.
So, on that note, let’s talk about something lovely and right. I snapped a ton of photos this week and I’m excited to share them with you. I hope they make you smile…
Summer: Kids, Critters and Gardens
Have I ever told you how much I love gardening and animals? Critters are a given but I’m a pretty good gardener too. However, just as I begin to think I’m all that and a bag of chips with my gardening skills, I head over to my sister’s house and she has this…..
When I saw the new stand this year, I had a good laugh over the awesomeness she has going on. She purchased this old farm house with a barn a few years ago and recently decided to put up the road stand for fun. She is the gardening Queen!
You should see the field of flowers she planted. It’s really beautiful and I’m so proud of her.
Barn Life for City Kids…
She lives only a few minutes from my house so of course my boys spend a lot of the summer hanging around the barn. I want to say they work and help her out but that would be an exaggeration. They do work but it always comes with a healthy dose of complete and utter nonsense.
By the way, have you ever smelled pigs? I can not even begin to tell you how strong the odor of a pig pen is. There are not enough words in the English language to describe it. In fact, I’m not even sure how James is cracking a smile without his eyes watering.
Just be glad you don’t have a smell-o-vision computer monitor because not only would you be racing to click off this blog post but you’d likely have to burn your laptop too. Fortunately the pigs are only around in the summer. The kids raise them for 4H and show them at the fair in the fall.
There is also a horse, donkey, chickens, dogs and KITTENS!
I can’t wait to show you the kittens but first I have to warn you about the chickens. They are overly friendly and will follow you around. This isn’t a problem unless you have flip flops on, they like toes!
The farm animals are neat but I love the barn cats. There is always a litter of kittens tucked in some corner of the barn.
When I was taking photos, this little guy wanted to follow me out of the barn. Momma cat didn’t want him leaving so each time he wandered past the threshold she would pick him up and bring him back in!
She is a very sweet momma.
Thank you for letting me share some of our summer joys with you.
Coming up I have several projects to share as well. With all the chaos in my home, I’ve a huge backlog of projects that are piling up. There are loads of furniture in the garage waiting to be painted or re-finished. I have a several small DIY’s in process, curtains to sew, chairs to upholster, window trim to frame up and half painted paintings to finish. You name it and its sitting somewhere in my house half completed.
I also have a few rooms that need to be finished or completely re-done. This past year we’ve done lots of rearranging spaces to make it easier for my husband to get around. We live in a two story house and don’t have a full bath or bedroom on the fist floor so it was difficult for him. He slept in the family room and worked out of the dinning room. He’s come a long way and is using the stairs now so I’m rearranging once again. It’s been an on going process but things are getting back to normal. I’ve come up some new designs and DIY ideas to brush up these spaces and can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to showing you!
Thank you again for all your love and support. It really means a lot to me.
Blessings to you and your family &
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