Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Monday, February 13, 2017

Home Again

Well heloooooooooooo! I feel that I've been gone for absolute ever! Is this how the caterpillar feels, when one day, after what must feel like forEVER, he emerges as a butterfly???? Maybe. I don't think I'm so lovely as that, but, well, changed for sure. We all change, don't we? It's most noticeable by those that haven't seen us in quite awhile. Like family that lives so far away and Christmas rolls around, you all get together, and man, those nieces and nephews have sprouted inches it seems. I do feel sort of like that, like I've sprouted inches. I hope that you'll see it too....... and still want to come here and embark on this journey with me from time to time.

You should know that I didn't even visit here myself while I was away. I only stopped by twice since my last post in August, just to change out my Pinterest board in the sidebar. Not even sure why I did that? Guess my desire to 'decorate' got the best of me 😊. Several times since the end of December, I started feeling these little itches to return back here to this familiar place. I'd set out to write but the bubbling twinges of excitement quickly diminished and I decided, nope, not yet. I'm thrilled to say that this time, the little twinges stayed long enough that the thoughts swirled out of my head and into this post. It feels so good to be home again.

I'm ever so grateful to those of you that would check on me during my absence. Some through my e-mail, or my FB page, or Instagram. It meant the world to me, and it's because of you all that I'm finally here, yes, I'm ever so grateful. Since we haven't seen one another in sooooooo long, I have lots to share, so many changes to our little life over here and I'll bet, lots of changes in yours too. But mostly, I can't wait to reach out and share at least a virtual cup of coffee {or two 😉} with you. As women, we desperately need the company of one another. Being the introvert that I am, I forget this, ALOT. I become comfortable being alone. And then one day I realized how much I longed for the time that we spend together here. I desperately want this place to mean something not just to me, but to you too. I hope that I can live up to your expectations and be a friend that is inspiring and thought provoking.

I've missed you so, and it's absolutely wonderful to be back..................  ❤

P.S     If ever I'm away for too long from this little space, you can most likely find me on Instagram. I call it my 'lazy blogger's haven' because I can take pictures with my iPhone, say a couple of lines, and be done with it. IG satisfied my desire to reach out and be social on a much smaller scale. If you'd be interested in hanging out with me over there, just click on the IG pictures in the sidebar and it will magically transport you right over to my IG page. If you click "Follow" when you arrive, we'll be joined at the hip forever 😉

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Dark Side Of Blogging

You know those times that you get all inspired while visiting someone's awesome blog, and you're scrolling through all their pictures and you're getting all antsy and excited and the wheels in your brain are a turnin' and then you run into your living room to see what you can do to make that magic happen at your house and then.........FIZZLE. Yeah, that happens to me too. In order to make that picture in my head come to life, I need to buy this or that which leads to buying this and that which then leads to, I think you get the picture.

Instead of feeling inspired, you feel like a failure. Instead of being motivated you feel defeated. Honestly it's weird blogging sometimes, being grateful that I have a community to share within but being almost embarrassed that I'm part of the big machine that drives people to want constant change and feel less if they can't afford more. Oh gosh, I never want to be that person. I feel pulled more often than not and wonder, why do I blog? Am I helping or hurting.

Blogs push so much commerce whether intentionally or not. There have always been the have's and the have not's but blogging really puts them right out there in front of our faces. Is it just me? I'm rarely on Facebook, but the other day I was scrolling through and I have lots of other bloggers pages on my feed. Geesh, I bought this, new sofa that, I hung new drapes here, I went antiquing and found this, I declare, I closed the computer and felt all green inside.

Last week when I mentioned the few blogs that I frequent, my loves have more to do with means than anything else. I choose my favorite blogs the same way I choose my friends. I want to be surrounded by folks closer to my socioeconomic circle than not. Am I the only one that fights that age old green eyed monster?

I hope and pray that you never feel that way when you visit. When I say we are slooooooooow here, I really mean we are! Purchases take months sometimes years! We wait for sales, scour thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets. We've made it thanks to God's generous blessings and I'm forever grateful for such a hardworking husband.

 I want you to know most of all that little unsightly finds can be magically transformed into treasures for nearly nothing, all you need is a vision. It is completely reasonable to expect that your home should make you smile, and that you have the power to make that happen with very little investment, it may take years, but that only sweetens the end result. It doesn't take lots of fancy, expensive purchases to make your house a home. You may see so many people living that way, but I promise, it's just not true. That's why I stay I guess. I have a message to share. We can all live big on very little!

I love y'all visiting here and I never, ever want y'all to feel anything but goodness when you come by! Keep me on my toes, if I ever make you feel anything less than that feeling you get with that first cup of coffee on a cold winter's morning, well, you just better let me know! Pinky swear?!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Come On Over, It's Share Day

First off, thank y'all sweet souls bunches for stopping by and wishing me a speedy recovery! Y'all really know how to make a girl smile! The good news is, I made a tiny bit of progress and have a little bit of relief pain wise, oh, the angels were singing, it was like a humongous weight was lifted off of me. I am going to write about my pinched nerve journey whenever I make it to the other side of this mess, because I've really been angry at the conflicting information on the subject and I'm going to have to through my hat into the ring on the subject. Well, that'll be something for y'all to look forward to, right???? {wink}.

Now, on to Share Day............... I know there are a plethora of awesome blogs out there that I've never even heard of or had the time to visit, and there's only so much time I can spend on the computer, so with that said, I do have a few faves that I wanted to share with y'all today. Here's my unofficial list in no particular order:

{wouldn't you luv to share a cup of coffee in her kitchen???}

What can I say but, she's JERUSALEM GREER y'all. Visiting her blog is like putting on your favorite pajama pants and old tee and sitting down with a cup of coffee. She's homespun personified and that's that!

{dreamy, huh???}

Run on by and meet Sara if you haven't found her already. She's one creative cookie, she lives on a farm, and I would be her in a minute if I could go back in time and realize who I really was meant to be a whole lot sooner, that is as long as I could keep my hubby and four sweeties! She's young, full of ideas, and a real treat. Such an inspiring young woman.

{she takes awesome pictures like this full of beautiful yummies}

Again, a young woman who is following her heart, oh if I'd only been brave enough to follow mine sooner! I've not been following her for all that long, but she constantly amazes me with her energy AND, she lives on a farm, starting to see any similarities with my favorite blogs? Yep, you guessed it, chickens, cows and growing your own food rank pretty high on my list.

{I could sit here in Shannan's living room and talk for a while, couldn't you?}

And last but not least, Shannan. I've followed her the longest and my has she inspired me over the years and without a doubt had a whole lot to do with me embracing me however wonky {that's one of Shannan's words-ha} that may be. 

Now one day, in my dreams, I plan on somehow meeting these gals in real life. I think we'd all get along swimmingly! Now you share, do you know of a blog I might be missing out on? Share away in the comments! Big hugs to y'all!

Friday, October 9, 2015


Well........ this week hasn't gone as planned! Life has had me by the horns instead of the other way around. Ever been there? So anywho, seems I'm a bit off my regular blogging schedule, but I did want to pop in and say hi, and hopefully, fingers and toes crossed, I'll be back posting as usual next week. Until then, y'all have a fabulous fall-y weekend!

Friday, June 12, 2015

For My Virtual Besties {and some blueberry muffin inspiration}

Just like in regular, everyday life, writing a blog has it's ups and downs. There have been times over the past year when I've thought, I think I'm done, I don't think I have another thing to say, what if I'm empty?  There are times when I'm more vibrant than others and am inspired to tackle big projects and share them here, and times when I'm quite uninspired and feel like I don't have a doggone thing to share. There have been times when I've pondered not having a blog, but something or someone always pushes me to keep going. The thing that propels me the most are all of you. I can't see  you, but I know that you visit and I just adore reading your sweet comments. I know that we suffer the same and feel joy the same. I know that you have low valleys and high peaks just like me, we are different, but still very much alike.

I couldn't be more grateful for you all and even though we can't sit down at the kitchen table and share our thoughts over a cup of coffee and some homemade blueberry muffins, you are my sweet, precious friends nevertheless.

So today, I wanted to say thank you for all of you that show up and read my posts and to all you sweet folks that comment from time to time. Y'all really and truly rock my world. I wanted to send a big ole virtual hug to each and every one of you.......... and since I can't share an actual blueberry muffin with you, I can share my favorite Blueberry Muffin Recipe  just in time for a delicious and fresh weekend breakfast:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 well beaten egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/3 melted butter
1 cup blueberries

Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside. Combine wet ingredients and add all at once to dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Gently add 1 cup blueberries. Grease muffin tin and fill 2/3 full. Bake at 400* for 25 minutes.  Makes 12 muffins.

Have a blessed weekend everyone!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nothing And Everything

Blogging can be a whole bunch of pressure if allowed to be. It quite honestly can take over my every day. Before I began blogging, I really never gave it any thought. I would spend my evenings perusing some of my favorite blogs and I'd gather inspiration from one, and add a new recipe to my Pinterest board from another, and then learn a new painting technique from yet another. I never really gave any of it much thought, how much time these women were putting into making these posts for my entertainment and growth, and many of them, get little to no pay for all their time and effort. They do it because they enjoy it. Then, a year ago, I joined the many thousands of women bloggers. Those crazy women that actually enjoy sharing and inspiring and teaching and growing other women for no other reason than the fact that it just feels right. It is their calling

I love having this little space to write about the real, and painful and inspiring parts of my everyday life. During this depression season of mine, it has been really hard to keep writing at times. Sometimes on Sunday, I sit there staring at my keyboard with no thoughts flowing at all, not a single one. I allow myself to be afraid and worry that maybe, that's it, maybe I have nothing left to say. But when that desperation arrives, He always whispers something inside of me at just the right moment and my thoughts begin to race faster than I can write them all down. 

So this is a post about nothing and everything. It's a post about how sometimes I am empty, then He inspires me and refills me. It's about how grateful I am that I have you all in my life when I need you most. When you comment on a post, it does matter, hugely. I do read EVERY single one and I do smile EVERY time I see a new comment in my Inbox because it lets me know that I'm not alone and that you do care. So thank you, each and every one of you. You have all made such an impact in my life. I wish I could just hug each of you {that's not too creepy, is it?}

Have a blessed weekend y'all!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Crazy Little Thing Called.......... Unschooling {part two}

I'm thrilled that so many of you are curious about unschooling, I got lots of great questions after my first post last week. If you missed it, click here  to catch up. 

I wanted to start with the middle-school and high-school ages and then I'll talk more about the elementary years next week. This unschooling thing is going to look drastically different for each family depending on your child's most recent learning environment. Have you recently pulled them out of school, do you homeschool but have a very strict curriculum based environment in your home, are you a relaxed homeschool family? Depending on which one you are, will have everything to do with what unschooling will look like for your family in the beginning.

Unschooling requires that your children be interested in pursuing learning on their own, requires that they be self-motivated learners. The question I'm asked most is, "how do you get your kids to be self-motivated learners? I can't ever imagine my fourteen year old picking up an algebra book on her own? I don't think unschooling will work for our family". Here's how it works for us. Our kids have always had a relaxed learning environment. That's a much easier and smoother path into an unschooling style of learning. If we had had a more rigid homeschool, using lots of curriculum, lots of book-work, quizzes, and assignments, the transition to unschooling would have been a huge shock. It would have required a lengthy period of adjustment {months or longer} for them to learn how to feed their natural curiosities without my help. They would have first had to even realize they had an innate desire to learn on their own, a God-given curiosity. So, coming from a relaxed background, easy, but if you are coming from a more rigid learning environment, it will be a longer path, but one that you will see develop over time

So okay, it may take lots of patience to achieve an unschooling lifestyle in your family, then what? That's when you get busy as the parent. It is my job to be an excellent listener, and notice subtle cues from my kids. They may express their learning desires but they may have no idea how to get from point 'A' to point 'B' on their own. That's where I come in. That's where it becomes my job to see if I can help them navigate through their desires. I also keep up with areas that I notice they may be lacking in and 'casually' leave things, that may help them improve in those areas, around the house {aka strewing}. Sometimes they notice a book and pick it up, other times they're just not interested and I'll try again in six months or so. I also plan lots of field-trips. Remember that pop-up camper we are working on, all about hands-on learning and experiencing new environments. We also read aloud daily as a family. Living history and bible are two of our favorites. You never know where your child's talents may lie, expose them to as much of the world as you reasonably can.

I marvel at the growth of our girls' photography skills. They photograph everything  and are growing their talent by leaps and bounds {all the photos in these unschooling posts, our daughters}. They are given an inordinate amount of time every day for their artistic passions, sometimes through watercolors, acrylics, clay, or photography. Our youngest daughter loves reading novels, but our oldest prefers non-fiction, mostly about blogging currently. Last summer, I suggested to her that I thought she may enjoy blogging and I told her that I'd be happy to help her if she wanted to get that started. There was total silence.......... not a peep about starting her own blog. Then about four months later she came up to me and said, "so how do you start a blog". That's my best advice on unschooling, throw out ideas that you believe may be a good fit for your kids, then back up and WAIT. That seed may never sprout or it may grow into the most glorious towering oak that you've ever seen. She has a little blog now and she did it all herself. For any of you bloggers reading, you know that that requires learning HTML and coding and boocoodles of other stuff to get a blog up and running. I'm really proud of her and I know she may never have had time for things such as this if we sat around our kitchen table from eight till two with our curriculum.

Now that leaves me with those subjects that my kids just don't like at all. What then? This can be the most nerve wracking part of unschooling....... if you allow it to be. So far, our girls show no interest in math, none.  So what do I do about this? We do math where we can, cooking, groceries, camper remodels require lots of measuring, sewing and the like, you get my point, life math. I have complete confidence that if in a year or two, they realize that in order to acheive their dreams they must have a college degree, and need math to get in, they can comfortably achieve what is required to pass an entrance examine in six or so months. It's no different than us adults, when we become motivated, we can move mountains. Our kids are sharp and they should be afforded the same confidence we have in our own abilities. 

That's pretty much it in a nutshell for our middle-school/high-school philosophy. The largest factor in our unschooling lifestyle is faith and a deep-hearted belief that our children need only support and guidance to find their own way in life. I've been a curriculum based homeschool mom, a relaxed homeschool mom, and now an unschooling mom, and this is without a doubt the most difficult because it does require a huge amount of faith and prayer. Through all those styles though, I love what I see in my kids through unschooling most of all. They have confidence in themselves that I'm so grateful for. If you'd like to take a look at Olivia's little blog, she'd be overjoyed for you to visit and share if you feel so inclined {Click Here for Liv In Progress}. It's a teen lifestyle blog and I'm ever so proud of her. 

More to come next week on this crazy little thing called unschooling. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Blogging Philosophy {anniversary edition and a GIVEAWAY}

Well, it's March y'all, and around here that means my one year blogging anniversary. Yep, this little blog was born one year ago this month. Crazy how fast the time flew. Some of you have been with me since the beginning and I have lots of new friends too. I wanted to share with y'all how I decide what you see when you come for a visit. Y'all could go anywhere else, but you've chosen to come here and read what I write and comment from time to time, bless your hearts, I just adore when you take the time to chat with me in the comments.

So, obviously I've chosen the SLOW route in blogging. I started not even knowing what HTML was and somehow I managed to get this blog live. I changed the look of the blog quite a few times and I'm sure it will change again eventually, but I'm okay with it for now. Obviously, I haven't paid anyone to design my page or lay it all out for me nice and professional like so it's a little off center and wonky.... hey, just like me- ha. I haven't taken my page views into the hundreds of thousands, and while that would be nice I'm sure, I want to know that the growth of this blog is coming from one person liking it's content and sharing with another, you know, how we make friends in the real world, meeting one another through like minded friends. I haven't written any fancy e-books and I'm not really sure if I'll ever have enough words swimming around in my head to fill up a whole book. I haven't done any sponsored posts on the blog for money, but I'd really be interested in that if it were a house related product that I love anyway {hint, hint, Benjamin Moore Paints, Ikea, Kenmore}. Maybe one day....... she says wistfully.

Here's the biggie for me. I don't like all that stuff that pops up all over blogs wanting me to buy some product or subscribe to something, even if it means that I may have more subscribers if I would use them. They just drive me nutty. I feel that if you really like my content and want to subscribe, you'll take a minute and look for my form in the side bar and sign yourself right up. I don't need to beat you over the head with it by flashing requests at you. You know how when you drive by a big ole car lot and there's balloons tied to every car, hundreds of them, designed to get your attention? I just don't get it. I've never once said, hey, oh my gosh look at all those cars for sale, I've never noticed that humongous car lot before, we don't even need a car, but you know what, let's go buy one. That's kind of how I feel about pushing things on y'all. You're smart, if you want to connect on FB, or subscribe to this little blog, I'm totally confidant you'll click on the right button without it jumping out at you while you're trying to read.

So there's the skinny on this little blog. It has slowly and steadily grown over the past year, all thanks to y'all and each one of you taking the time to come by and share my content when you feel like it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this journey with me. 

And now an announcement............ as a big ole thank you, I'm going to have a little giveaway in honor of my one year anniversary. It has lots of my favorite things for crafting, entertaining, and some other goodies that I just adore and thought you might too. It also includes an awesome 11 x 17 print from the Choose Brave Shop

All you have to do to enter is comment below! That's it! A winner will be chosen at random from the comments on Saturday, March 14th and will be announced here on the blog. Don't forget to check back Saturday to see if you won! Good Luck Everyone!

Love y'all so much and thanks for joining me when you could have chosen to be anywhere else!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Getting To Know You {and me}

As I'm quickly approaching my one year 'blogiversary", it's occurred
to me that I've never really even properly introduced myself to you. I thought it would be fun to share some facts about myself that you may not know. By the end, you'll know waaaaay more about me than you ever wanted- wink, wink!!

  • I absolutely, positively hated school even though I got good grades
  • I dreamed of being a hairdresser, then a singer and then just rich
  • I had a guardian angel experience when I was nine {cue the theme song from The X-Files} 
  • I am a serious INTROVERT
  • I have fought depression most of my life
  • I've been married 23 years 
  • I'm an only child married to the youngest of ten {whoa, right?}
  • I didn't think that being an only child was all that cool- so my answer was to have FOUR awesome children!
  • We currently have five house dogs { I know, I know...........}
  • I only completed 3 years of college { school was always rough for me- the INTROVERT thing}
  • Food addiction: Mexican torta and fries. What? You don't know what that is?? {Sorry, I may have just contributed to your new addiction}
  • During my last pregnancy, I developed pre-eclampsia at 26 weeks and was hospitalized until Matthew was born at 29 weeks
  • This should be an obvious one........ I developed severe postpartum depression after Matthew was born {duh, right?}
  • We've homeschooled for 16 years
  • My oldest child is 22 , then 14, then 12, then 7.  {two boys, two girls}
  • My favorite quiet time splurge, a nap 
  • I'm totally smitten with oil cloth
  • I'm obsessed with campers, so much so, that when driving ANYWHERE whenever we pass one, Matthew YELLS, "camper mommy"
  • I have a tiny but growing quilt collection
  • My favorite date night with my hubby- Chinese and a movie IN bed {thanks Jessica!}

Whoa, more than you wanted to know right? Your turn! I'd love for you to share a tidbit or two about yourself. Go.............

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Things Are Changin'

Has anyone noticed that I'm not blogging on my 'regular' days? When I started blogging, I was very unsure of my own abilities, and I only posted on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's mostly. I guess I wanted to hold myself accountable, but you know what, this new year has already brought a new confidence in me and I got really brave this week and started writing when I felt my thoughts bubbling up to the surface and felt that I really needed to share. I stopped worrying about stats and numbers and would anyone really even want to read what I had to say. I started to embrace {my word of 2015!} that I do have a voice and it does matter. 

So from here on out, I'll be posting on different days, at different times, no more worries and fears about the stats that say, "don't post on Thursday's , always post before 11 a.m", that may be true, but I'll be writing as my heart is inspired and hoping that my words travel to and land upon exactly the right ear, at exactly the right moment. This also means that there'll be lots of typos because I won't be proofreading a gazillion times before I hit "publish". Yes, I might be a slight bit OCD.......... bless your heart for sticking around y'all, we're in uncharted territories here, it may be a bit bumpy but this free thinking is really starting to excite me big time. Watch out world, here I come!

Welcome to the season of embrace.

Are you thinking about your word of 2015 and giving it the space it needs to change and mold you? 

Be Brave. Be Bold.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Home And Friendship

I was the wallflower during my school years, the LAST one picked for every team sport, the awkward one that just didn't ever seem to have the right words to say. But as I'm doing a downward slide through my forties and quickly approaching fifty, God has been so good to me in the friendship department, that I don't even feel worthy enough to deserve the women that He's so graciously placed in my path. They are growing me, inspiring me, and comforting me in the most inconspicuous ways. 

Just this week, a precious friend dropped by with a gift for me. A gift that she couldn't possibly have known how badly I've wanted. We had never talked about it before, but yet, there she stood with this gift in hand. We call this "a God thing" around here, and just leave it at that.

As a homeschooling mom, I'm always buying books for my kids, but usually I just dream about the books I'd love to have. I go about filling up my wishlist on Amazon with all my dream books hoping that one day I'll need just one more item to make their $35.00 free shipping fee, but alas, I always have waaaaay more in my cart than funds in the bank, so my wishlist gets pushed to the side with a sigh. 

I've wanted Myquillyn's book since it came out during the summer. The Nester was one of the very first blogs I discovered years back and she was a huuuuuuge inspiration for me. 

At that time she was a smaller blogger living in a rental house- that really spoke to me. She opened my eyes to the fact that just because I was in a rental, I didn't have to put my decorating desires on hold. She showed me that I could re-do and paint boocoodles of items to lighten and brighten our spaces.

If it were not for Myquillyn, The Little Farm Diary Blog, would not exist and I'd be one sad and depressed puppy. I love all the progress we've made right here in our little rental! I owe her so much. 

I encourage you to not feel trapped if you have found yourself renting your current home. I also encourage you to order "The Nesting Place" for yourself. I'm so grateful to have this book and to be even further encouraged by The Nester. 

So on this chilly fall morning, I find myself curled up with a cup of hot tea and a very grateful heart for a friend that blessed me with a much wanted gift. Hoping that blessings are right around the corner for you too..........

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

An Anniversary- Come Celebrate!

This is a REALLY special week for me! It's my anniversary! Six little months ago, I started this blog and I never could have envisioned the paths it would take me on and the many ways it would change my EVERY day! As a homeschooling family, sometimes our world can seem a little small. We focus so on family and learning and as the mom doing the teaching, it's so common to become all wrapped up in that and lose your own individual identity. You become the "homeschooling mom", and that's your whole life. Then one day, your littles are bigger and you look around and realize, "who am I". When I found myself in that place six months ago, I began writing and this little blog was born.

I never could have envisioned the joys that were in store for me. I didn't realize all the connections to many wonderful women I would make from all around the world. I never realized that I would feel so passionate about writing again. I never realized that by writing, my world that always seems to whiz by at lightening speed, would slow down because writing about it and photographing it just seems to have that effect. I had no way of knowing that when I put my first thoughts down, on my first not so good post {with terrible pictures!}, that my life would change as it has. It has been an amazing journey that has left me crying for MORE!

So for today, I'm looking back at some of the posts that have meant the most to me and have gotten the most response from the beautiful and kind people that have taken the time to drop by this tiny little spec of a blog compared to ALL the blogs out there. I appreciate y'all so very much because writing is terrific but sharing and knowing that you have affected other's lives in some way is truly awe inspiring! Whether a post changed how you think about educating your children, or maybe helped you tackle your fear of painting furniture, or gave you an idea of a recipe to serve for dessert tonight, please consider giving me some feedback in the comment section, because it's your comments that take this from being just my ramblings to an actual, virtual conversation between you and me. Comments mean SO much to every blogger. It lets us know that we're not just whistling in the wind, but that you are really there and you are listening. If there's something that you're not seeing here that you'd like to, tell me that too!

In case you missed any of my older posts, just click on the links under the photos and it'll take you right back to the original post! Thank you all again for taking the time to visit.  My hope is that this blog will continue to grow and flourish and it will only do that if you'll take the time to share any of these posts, yes, I'm shamelessly begging y'all to click on that little share button at the bottom of each post and SHARE. I'd be ever so grateful!!! This little blog sits in a teeny, tiny, little crevice of the whole world wide web and only y' all, the readers, can give it legs and help it grow. I'd be sooooo grateful and you'd be making my little dream come true!  

Thanks for helping me celebrate my six month anniversary! See you on Friday with a tutorial on how to make a beautiful fall wreath to grace your entryway! I promise it'll be EASY, FRUGAL, and FUN!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

My Tour Through Blogland

In case you haven't heard, there's this little thing going around the blogging world called the "Tour Through Blogland". It's where you get invited by another blogger to answer a few questions about yourself, your home and your blog. Then, in your tour you nominate the next blogger to do her "Tour Through Blogland". Are you confused yet? The purpose is to get to know one another a little bit better. Well, it's my turn and I'm just thrilled to share a little about me and this blog. 

I was invited to participate by a dear, fellow blogger over at Home Remedies. Her name is Amy, too! I just adore her because she's thrifty. She knows how to find a bargain and re-purpose it to fit her style. Love that! If you haven't been by her blog yet, run by and take a look y'all.

And now I'll share a little about myself. I'm a wife and mom of four. My husband and I have been married for twenty three years. We started homeschooling our children sixteen years ago and we still just love the lifestyle. Our youngest is now seven, and I finally felt like I had enough free time to search for my passion. Almost six months ago, I started this little blog and I'm having so much fun. I've finally figured out what I wanna be when I grow up! A blogger!!
I write about lots of REAL life here, homeschooling/unschooling, DIY projects, recipes and plenty of living a full life on less. And now to answer some questions.....

1. What am I working on? 

Right at this moment, I'm working on a guest post for another blogger that will post in October. I'm doing a Fall Porch Makeover that is keeping me pretty busy! It'll be the second time I've posted on her blog and I'm just having so much fun on this project right now. Stay tuned for more details on that soon!

2. How does my work differ from others of it's genre?

I do this firstly because I LOVE it so and secondly because I think that EVERYONE has a story to tell. Yes, there are thousands of blogs out there written by waaaaay more qualified people than little ol' me, but our life is unique because it's our story told in our way and I believe transparency resonates with lots of people. This world would be a very different place if we were all a little more REAL. That's why this blog is unique, it's real life, the good, the bad, and sometimes, the ugly.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

As life happens over here,  it gets photographed and written about. That's why this blog is named "The Little Farm Diary". This is where I share OUR story.  Life moves so fast, but if you write it all down, it really helps to freeze all those  ordinary moments that make up this wonderful life of ours. It keeps our life from whizzing by so quickly.

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?

When I began this blog, it had been nearly twenty years since I'd written steadily. Writing got lost somewhere in marriage and motherhood. I really had to dust off the cobwebs in my brain and learn how to write again, shoot, I'm still learning every day! But, with each day that passes, it becomes a little more enjoyable and I find that I'm drawn to writing like I used to be back in my college days. I'm learning to listen to the little voices inside my head and go with the flow. It's wonderful to be passionate again about something that's just mine. I love all the mommy stuff, but I'm at a great place in my life where there's finally room for just me sometimes. So grateful!

Well, that's kind of me in a nutshell right now. Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by and listen to me ramble on and on. I appreciate each and every one of you stopping by each day. It's such a blessing to be able to share with you all!

AND, I'd like to introduce you to Heather from The Heathered Nest. She and her husband Dave LOVE a re-do!

Just take a look at some of their recent projects...

O.K., WOW, right? That's just the tip of the iceberg y'all. Remember to follow this link over to her blog on Monday September 22nd for Heather's Tour Through Blogland.

Thanks for visiting today y'all and have a great week!

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