Thankful moments (pt. 1)

As usual, November seems to be the time to reflect and be thankful. I’m thankful year round but thought it would be fun to journal a bit about some thankful highlights in my life.

// I’m thankful for a home that seemed impossible to get into.
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Women’s Retreat in 2013. Our guest speaker spoke a word for a couple wanting to get into a home. She said that home was coming and “you’ll be in that home before the new year…” Josh and I believed that was the Lord speaking directly to us but wow it seemed impossible! We had less than 5 months left in the year and needed to pay off (as well as save) over $10,000.00. In the natural it was actually impossible for us to do that. But God.
We had our very first home built and we moved in November of 2013.
We were able to build on a little over 1 acre of land outside of the city limits and although we put a lot of miles on our car from driving, it’s worth it.

// The ability to home school Melody.Melody HomeschooledWe learn, we grow, we talk, we play, we snuggle, we nap, we shop, we garden…and the list goes on. These are moments I cherish.

// That this is Melody’s daddy.Family
My oh my! The love these two have for each other. It makes my heart happy.

// My church.
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It’s true – there is no place like Home. This place is home.

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Life Lately | According to my iPhone – New backyard version

These kind of posts are my favorite! I love to look back and scroll through the memories I capture on my iPhone. I’ve always been given a hard time for constantly having my phone with me to snap pictures, but in the end it pays off.

This Summer we have really been enjoying our backyard. When we first built our house we had no fence and no grass. It was weeds and junk. We didn’t want to get in over our heads financially so we waited…Finally, 3 years later came a fence and another year after that came the pretty yard! Waiting was no fun but the fact we were able to do such a big project without using a credit card was a big step for us!

To show how bad it was, here’s a before picture…which is pretty obvious why we never spent time in the backyard…IMG_2969.jpg

We also built our own pergola, and by we I mean Josh and his buddies. When we looked into buying one at the local stores, the price for the size was just flat out yuck. So we built bigger for cheaper and since we were paying cash, that was priority!
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Now this momma wants some patio furniture but I’m remaining thankful for all that we were able to do this Summer and maybe I’ll get surprised with some for Christmas!

I also got something I’ve been wanting to experiment with for a while, a greenhouse! I didn’t use it much in the heat of the Summer but I’ve been getting it ready for Fall/Winter so I can still grow fresh veggies in the cold seasons. This has become my favorite place to be in the mornings and evenings. Who knew a greenhouse could be so “cozy” and peaceful. It’s my “me” time where I often find myself praying. I just planted broccoli, lettuce, kale, turnips (which I won’t lie…I’ve never tasted…) snow peas, carrots, and a few things that I really can’t remember planting…IMG_7063.JPG

And you can’t forget about this guy…he’s our German Shepherd.
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When we started on our backyard we knew we’d definitely have to have a dog run for this guy. He doesn’t dig and he doesn’t destroy anything, but big dogs naturally ruin the grass. So we gave him 20X50 feet of space to hang out when we aren’t home and can’t keep an eye on him.

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So that’s our life lately (New Backyard Version)

Now we enjoy coffee on the patio in the evenings and have even added a small pool. I’m hoping next year that our budget will allow for a big pool and possibly a tree 🙂

To check in on whether or not I’ll be a successful Fall/Winter greenhouse gardener, follow me on Instagram.

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