This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 155 (“Name That Saint” Edition)

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We are having an awesome weekend with some of our best friends who made the long trek from Florida to stay on the farm with us for a couple of days. We live....ahem...simply out here and since our apartment is tiny, the only place we have to put people up is what's called "The Nicaragua House" which is modeled after one room homes in third world countries. The farm has a third world poverty … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 154 (First Holy Communion Edition!)

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photo by Andrea Dahm The big news around these parts is that this handsome dude received his First Holy Communion last Saturday night. It was one of the best days of my life and definitely a red letter day in parenthood. Since I'm a convert, it's all new to me to go through this process with a child, but oh so special! Seven has been a great age so far. Benjamin has always been a … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 153 (Easter and more!)

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Spring is absolutely flying by, friends! Let's hit the high points. We're trying to buy a house here in Texas! I already shared the news with the Carrots newsletter subscribers (psst! sign up if you want to get secret posts I don't share on the blog). It's been pretty stressful but our offer was accepted and there's no expected complications. So if all continues to go well, we'll have … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 152 (New bangs! And piglets!)

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It has been a muddy, muddy week. It's been raining since Monday and I just refuse to bother mopping the floors until things dry up because it's just futile with the munchkins around. Gwen insists on stomping in EVERY puddle. Girl is not afraid of getting dirty. And check out those bangs! I was sick of seeing her hair in her face and in her food. Here's a before shot: They were making a … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 151 (Or, what Daniel did when our meat freezer thawed.)

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This basically sums up our week. Insanity. Ok, let me set the stage..... Sunday morning: I realize after breakfast that I caught Lucy's stomach flu. My Dr. Quinn-style home remedies kept me relatively comfortable, so it was basically a pass to spend the day in bed beginning (and ending) Season 1 of Poldark from Masterpiece Theatre. Image source: BBC It's streaming on Amazon Prime. YOU'RE … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 150 (BABY GOATS EDITION!)

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They're here! They're here! BABY GOATS! On Valentine's Day someone noticed that one of the mama goats, Amaretto, was in early labor so we all walked up to the kid barn to see what was going on. We watched her labor for over an hour and then a sweet little buck came out breech. Yikes! You could tell it was a tough labor. Daniel had to help get the little guy out because he got a little … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: (Winner of My Biggest Giveaway Ever! & Benjamin’s LOTR Birthday Party!) Vol. 149

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If you're just here because you're dying to know who won the giveaway of the Everyday Oils set of 10 essential oils from Young Living, scroll ye to the bottom of the post and all will be revealed. But before we get to all that, CAN YOU HANDLE THIS big farm girl? Can you believe that's Gwen? OK, next up. Benjamin had a 7th birthday party. It was his 3rd Tolkien-themed party which I just think … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 148

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It's not even that cold here. I mean, it's Texas after all. We've had a few days of short sleeve weather (I mean look at the dress Gwen wore the other day!) But I definitely have a case of the February-ies. I don't know if it's that I haven't had enough balance with time out of the house and away from the little ones or if it's just that time of year. Today we're doing some Sunday lounging … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 147

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This. This right here. You know how some photos are just super flattering, but you know in your heart of hearts that it's not really quite what you look like? I find that whenever I see a photo of myself that I think I look really great in, Daniel will tell me, "that just doesn't quite look like YOU." But this photo right here is us. On a regular day on this muddy farm. And I just love it to … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 146

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Greetings from the muddy farm! It was a full, but fun week starting with Daniel's birthday. We just had a few friends over to eat sausage from one of the pigs and to sit around a campfire. There was also a giant cowboy boot piñata. I always get nervous about throwing Daniel birthday parties because he's very good at throwing birthday parties and I always feel like his birthday isn't as fun … [Read more...]