Saturday, April 19, 2014

Signs of Spring

"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 
The flowers appear on the earth; 
the time of the singing of birds is come..."
~ Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Spring is balm to this mama's soul. I like the coziness of winter, but the short, dark days and the cold dreariness bring me down. The first signs of spring are beautiful. They are refreshing and awakening. I'm ready to spend all of my days outside with dirty hands and a happy heart. {So, if you come to visit us, we might have to chat outside because the inside of my house will be utterly. neglected.}

I love all the mason jars. No matter the shape, size, or color {I do have a particular fondness for the aqua ones} I don't discriminate.  This little toothpick bottle is the perfect keeper of teeny, tiny bouquets picked by little, bitty hands.

Remember that post where I mentioned going to the feed store for pig feed...and then bringing home a few new chicks because well, these things just kind of happen when you bring two little girlies along {at least that's my excuse}.

The chicklets are the cutest. {And may I have that kind of natural eyeliner, pretty please.}

We came home with six new babies to add to our flock. They didn't know what they were in for when they hitched a ride home with us...

When two little girlies run the house live in the house, these kinds of things are bound to happen.  And chicks end up with names like Anna, Elsa, & Pippi, naturally.

While the new babies grow and play inside, the big girls free range and enjoy the sunshine outside. 

I love seeing everything come back to life, especially the tulips. They are my favorite. It makes me a little sad that they don't last longer, but we enjoy them while they're here...and so does Annabelle the Polka Dot Pig. 

Our feathered ladies are laying away in this warmer weather. Gathering fresh eggs from the nest boxes each day is a gift. It's my big girl's favorite.

More eggs mean more happy packages to deliver. We love spreading a little joy and a little love. The world needs more of that, you know.

Flowers are good for spreading happiness, too. I've taken the girls to shop for them a few times already. There are so many beautiful varieties...I have the hardest time making decisions. Most of the time, I just let the girls pick out their favorites.

I'm taking some of their flowers and filling a beloved old pair of boots that I can't part with. Both of the girls wore these boots, and I have always adored them. The girls have worn holes in them, but instead of throwing them away, we are filling them with pretty things. It's just better that way.

Our happy foods garden is slowly coming back to life. 

Hopefully, there will be many more posts soon journaling our second season of planting and gardening adventures. For now, the garlic is growing fiercely, our happy foods twig sign we made last year is coming out of storage, and we hung some happy mini-bunting (by Meg Duerksen) because we just feel that bunting should be everywhere!
Happy Spring ♥

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Little Home, Big Life

Hello little bloggity blog of mine. It's been awhile. We've been a little busy welcoming spring, celebrating birthdays and an anniversary, and enjoying warm weather whenever we get it.

Here are a few of my favorite moments, through the eye of my phone.  Sometimes blurry, sometimes grainy, but always meaningful.

This little piggy is a favorite. She and the munchkin are quite connected.  I'm sure it has everything nothing to do with little bitty handfuls of treats...

We really like swinging and fresh air and animals...and dirt.

Now that the ladies are all grown up on me and free ranging, I am working to fence in our little garden. They may not be very happy about that...but in the meantime, go ahead and eat all. the. bugs.

{Speaking of gardens, we started some of our seeds!}

Remember when I said we celebrated an anniversary? Well, it was a low-key, family celebration which means: me and my love took our girls out of town for the day. The restaurant we were searching for had closed, after driving around in circles we ended up eating in the mall, it rained and was freezing cold...and I loved every minute. Seriously. We had the best time. It may not have been the most romantic get away, but it was a good day. Do you ever have those moments when everything around you slows down, you actually take it all in, drink it all up, and think, "This is so good. This is all I ever wanted. Thank you, Lord."

Oh, and this also happened:

I think it is, outside of my children and husband, one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen ;)  It is old and rusty and is perfect.  We saw it in an antique store, and I fell in love.  To make a long and mushy story short, my guy secretly bought it for me and brought it home two days later. Happy Anniversary. Be still my heart. I rEEEally like him.

And the backyard shenanigans continue...
That barred rock, she's a good one.  So good, that we may have picked up another one at the feed store...we were just going for pig food, I promise, but these kinds of things just seem to happen to us. True story.  {chick post coming soon}

More beautiful eggs...

mean more happy packages to deliver. Because we like to spread joy and we like to make people smile. God has blessed us exponentially, beyond anything we could ever deserve. We are so thankful for the opportunity to share with others.

Our little home in the woods, overflowing with life and is more than enough ♥

A Prayer for a Little Home by Florence Bone
God send us a little home
To come back to when we roam-
Low walls and fluted tiles,
Wide windows, a view for miles;
Red firelight and deep chairs;
Small white beds upstairs;
Great talk in little nooks;
Dim colors, row of books;
One picture on each wall;
Not many things at all.

God send us a little ground-
Tall trees standing round,
Homely flowers in brown sod,
Overhead, the stars, O God!
God bless, when winds blow,
Our home and all we know.

We hope you're enjoying the little things, finding the beautiful, savoring the blessings. 

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