Farm Days: Farmhouse

Farm Days: The Farmhouse - Building our farmhouse for Happiness By The Acre

 

I thought it would be fun to share our farmhouse building progress on the blog {finally}. Mostly a visual story of the progress so far. Breaking ground on farmland to put in the very first building on 150 acres, actually requires a lot more steps than simply starting to dig {like designing//determining all the land usage} and hubby is much more qualified to speak on that stuff. I have the most basic understanding of “keyline design” and farm workflow. My approach to the building is a combination of practical use & dream home vision.

So join me for a little peek at what’s been happening so far!

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Defining Self-CARE

Defining Self-Care - a blog post about self-care vs. self-comfort

 

Despite being sadly situated in the doldrums of winter (this particular winter being no exception), February is one of my favourite months of the year.

It’s my birthday month (and yes, I completely milk the concept of birthday MONTH).

I also have a soft spot for Valentine’s Day since it marks the first date I had with my husband 15 years ago. Not to mention that a holiday about loving others can only be a good thing for this world.

In recent years, I’ve taken the theme of “self-care” for the month of February. I use it as motivation (or maybe an excuse) to do some of the things that I usually put off in the name of Mothering or Scheduling or the Crazy Fast Pace of Life. It’s the month I am intentional about making hair appointments, waxing, pedicures, etc.

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Daily Dose: Creativity

Your Daily Reminder: Do Something Creative Today

This is your friendly reminder to do something creative today! I often overlook the things I do that are creative. Long ago, I became more conscious of fostering daily creativity, in various forms. Now, I need to become more intentional about seeing that creativity again. Also, love that bit about connecting with God during creative times.

Here’s some of the ways I incorporate creativity into daily life:

  • adult colouring books {of course!}
  • mixing up essential oils concoctions
  • crochet
  • hand stitching for the Etsy shop
  • product//blog//IG photoshoots
  • free play LEGO building
  • making “happy mail” postcards//packages for our friends
  • playing with//creating flower arrangements

So, what are YOU going to do today?

PS ~ These wonderful reminders & prompts are from one set of Victory Cards from the All Things Good Collective

Mom Life Organized

Mom Life Organized - Helpful Apps, Calendars, and Planners for Busy Moms

January is the perfect time to examine how you organize your days, weeks, and months! Not only what you do, but the actual tools for helping achieve that organization. Today, Shauna and I are sharing some of our favourite tools to use, from printables and calendars to helpful apps. From two real moms in the thick of daily life, here are ways we get & stay organized {and also, achieve some inspiration & sanity}:

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Turning 37

Happy Birthday, Turning 37

 

37 doesn’t feel much different. Although my 20-something self would never have pictured my life as it now. I haven’t had too many clear & exact pictures of my future. It’s not like I pictured having one particular job, or driving a particular car or having traveled to particular countries…

But I would not have pictured being a mom to only one child. Or having so many empty seats around the table at Christmas. We’ve said a lot of sad goodbyes over recent years.

Life keeps moving though; it waxes and wanes. Swells and shrinks. So many seasons yet to come. Or so I hope to be blessed with. More years ahead.

So turning another year older, is really not so bad at all.

I joked with Marcus that we won’t get to use these candles again until one of us turns 73 {if we’re lucky}. In his usual positive manner, he pointed out that Sam can use the “7” in another year, and our adopted children, that we pray for each day, can use them when they turn “3” and “7”. Life can look different to everyone. I’m just thankful to have a partner in this craziness.

{PS – we missed celebrating our 10th Anniversary together in November due to all the chaos. We had a trip planned to Victoria, but it got cancelled/postponed until the New Year. So here’s a shout out to my amazing hubby and more than a decade shared together!}

Mama, Blogger, Etsy Shop Owner, Farm Wife ~ Bubblegum Sass

Advent: A Flood of Troubles Calmed

Advent Essentials: Keeping the holidays simple and creating focus

 

Truth be told, I started working on this post before Advent started. Before our life took a sudden turn. I thought I knew what our Advent season would look like. I had a devotional in hand, the notion of daily quiet time, Advent candles at the ready, simplified Christmas goals & acts of kindness planned… we would quietly and joyfully anticipate the arrival of Christmas Day. An “ideal” Advent. But life is far from ideal, a lesson we have learned over & over.

All we can do is trust. Be present. And trust.

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