{Flower Stand}

We did it. After talking about wanting my own flower stand ever since I drooled over the pages of the Cut Flower Garden, it was so nice to finally accomplish that dream.

I planted a few different cut flowers to see how they would grow, along with our usual sunflowers, but we couldnt cut as many as were growing. It seemed like the perfect time to get a stand out and let everyone else enjoy them as we have.

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So thankful for a handy husband who takes my dreams and runs with them. He made me the perfect flower stand to showcase these beauties. 

 

Forever grateful♡

{Vacation}

I’ve been MIA the past few weeks getting everything together for our annual U.P. Vacation.

We had a week long trip in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula surrounded by family and friends. 

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《It was absolutely wonderful》

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We had fun sightseeing in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, checked out the freighters at the Soo Locks and dipped our toes into Lake Superior in the quaint village of Grand Marais.

I am already looking forward to next year’s trip. To spend time in nature and be surrounded by natural beauty makes my heart happy.

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Do you have an annual vacation that you look forward to every year?

{Farmhouse}

I am a dreamer. My husband is more practical. It works. Most of my dreams he takes and makes them even better than I could imagine.

Case in point: my farmhouse dreams.

We are in the process of paying off our debt so we can start building in the next 3 years or so. It hasn’t always been easy, but knowing we are working towards what we want makes it so sweet.

This is the Four Gables floorplan we are in love with. I fell in love with the front porch, but the inside is just as beautiful. I cant wait to make these dreams happen. To raise our kids the simple way. To teach them to work hard for what you want.

{Life is good}

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{Making A House A Home}

We spent the weekend putting the final touches on the planter that my hubby made for the backyard. I had a little helper who was eager to bring me flowers and help water them. It turned out great and I am glad it adds some color to our back deck.

It is amazing how many projects we have done around this house to take it from what it used to look like into a space we now call home.  Adding a deck was by far one of my favorite projects, as I remember finishing it just before my daughter was born. Being able to sit outside with her was exactly what I needed in those early months of motherhood.

Hope you always strive to make your house a home, no matter what situation you may be in. Fill it with love and things that make you happy😊

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{Rain}

 

We had to do a rain dance around here as our poor garden was in need of fresh water. We put sprinklers out there as we can, but nothing compares to a good spring rain to bring life back.

Our rain dance worked:)

I don’t ever remember another time in my life that I would of wished for rain. Its amazing how things change as you grow and learn.

Our garden is looking great with corn popping up as well as many of my cut flowers. This time of year is exciting to see our hard work pay off. I look forward to fresh veggies and flowers here soon.

Till next time…

{Pentwater}

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We had such a nice weekend away. Full of family, food and fun. It was much needed after a busy week.

Pentwater holds a special place in my heart. I used to vacation there as a child and I still remember biking into town and the little rental with the pull out couch my sister and I would sleep on.  Climbing “old baldy” and ice cream for dessert. Beach days and dune rides in Silver Lake. I hope to create new memories with my little family that will continue on.

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Do you have a favorite destination that has always held special memories? Whether it be family vacations or new traditions, its so nice to return to these places and remember those wonderful memories.

PS. We had to get the “Pig” at House of Flavors. It’s tradition:)

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{Mondays}

We spend our weekends enjoying the fresh air and saying yes to any adventure that comes up. This leaves certain things put on the back burner or off the list all together.

There is something about the routine of the week that I need. I’m a planner by nature, so knowing what’s to come settles my soul.

I’m learning to embrace both the unknown of the weekends and the schedules I crave during the week. 

                I’m finding that balance. 

{Gardens}

We got the first phase of our garden planted this past weekend with a little help from family. I look forward to this ever year. There is something so rewarding in seeing these vegetables start out from a tiny seed into food that I can prepare in our kitchen.

{Peppers/corn/potatoes/tomatoes/zucchini/cucumber/brussel sprouts/rutabaga/onions}

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I also planted a few different varieties of flowers to see how things go. After reading Floret Flowers Cut Flower Garden book, I became obsessed with wanting my own beautiful garden. I look forward to one day selling bundles of fresh flowers by the roadside for people to enjoy.  Wish me luck.

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The next phase will be our pumpkins. It is quite the production from planting all the seeds to harvesting them in the fall to sell. We do quite the variety and I love to see how different each one is.

Here’s to a bumper crop to all the farmers putting in the time and energy towards something they are passionate about. They are few and far between but I am glad we can keep a little piece of it alive and to show our daughter what hard work looks like.

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{Motherhood}

When you become a mother, you gain so much more than just a tiny human to take care of.

You gain understanding

You gain patience (although that comes with time)

You gain perspective

You gain knowledge

You gain experience

You also gain a love like no other. A bond so strong it lasts a lifetime.

{I never knew it could be so wonderful}

There are still days when I have no idea what I’m doing and wonder how we keep a human alive. Do you ever feel that way? I could barely keep plants alive before she came along. That’s a miracle in itself.  We do the best we can and know at the end of the day that it is enough. We are enough.

::The days are long but the years are short::

{Simple}

I sometimes feel I was born in the wrong era. I long to go back to the simple days. Less noise. Less electronics. Less traffic. Less S T U F F.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for being connected 24/7 to pretty much everything I could ever want. I also love the sense of security I feel knowing I have my phone to use in case of emergencies.

{But there are times when it gets in the way. When I find myself glued to it instead of enjoying the moment}

I want my daughter to know the value of hard work. I want her to get out and explore. To seek adventure. I am the one who has to show her the way and I intend to do my best.

So I’m making a promise to myself (and my daughter) to put the phone down more. To get back to the things I love. To enjoy these precious moments with her while she’s still little.

Because time goes so so fast. Moments are fleeting. And we may miss them if we are looking down.

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