Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall

There is something about fall that gives us a renewed mind set.
We have only had a few days here in West Virginia that truly felt like fall. They are gone now, and summer weather has come back.

With fall comes new responsibility. 

If you came to our little town in WV, you would see our family cutting the dead trees down before winter comes. We use the wood for firewood. My husband teaches our boys to cut, split, and sell the wood. 



Each year selling the woods brings in extra income for our family. We want to teach them how to make a living with your hands.


It is so good for boys to learn to work. Girls too of course. But I am taking about working hard to provide for your family. I think that has to be taught in our day. The world teaches otherwise. 

We also are busy in the fall with leaves. Being that our home is in the woods, we have alot of trees and fallen leaves. Cleaning gutters and ditches out are a weekly job around the home. 

 Raking leaves is very therapeutic for me. 


There is nothing better than the smell of leaves and a rake. It just so happened that last week as the boys and I were burning some leaves, that I started getting a bit scared. I hope this fire doesn't get too big for me to handle. 

I ask my oldest son to get the bucket of water ready just in case. He takes off running.

I then begin raking to the center of the fire, and soon realize I have burnt my rake :( 


It was so hot in the middle of that leaf pile. We are now the proud owners of a half of a rake. But it will still work for us. No need in buying one right away. 

I also enjoy everyone's homes that have fall pictures on the front porch. The beautiful mums, bales of hay, pumpkins, and guards. It brings so much color to the front porch. 

What are some of your favorites about fall? 

*These pictures were found on Pinterest. They are the art work of John Sloan. If you have an extra minute or two search his name. They bring me so much joy from the quiet, orderly life they portray. 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Quiet

Each morning that I wake up in the dark and cool, I am renewed of my love for motherhood.


I sneak into the quiet kitchen. Turn on the coffee pot, and get it ready. All the while being as quiet as a mouse. Get my creamer set, and bring my coffee to my favorite spot in the living room.

Grab my bible, sit down, and normally it falls open to something that the Lord knows I need to read.

How amazing are his works!!!

This morning it was in Romans.

"LOVE MUST BE SINCERE. HATE WHAT IS EVIL;CLING TO WHAT IS GOOD. BE DEVOTED TO ONE ANOTHER IN BROTHERLY LOVE, HONOR ONE ANOTHER ABOVE YOURSELVES." (Romans 12:9-11)


I cling to these verses. My heart is thankful for a loving heart towards others. But there is always improving on my part. My thoughts can always use work.

Honoring others above yourself takes training and self control. It can be done.
Motherhood helps us with that. Our husband's and children's needs come before our own. I enjoy that! I love serving them and being a blessing.

How do you spend your early Mornings? Do you wake up before your family?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Finding Inspiration

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It has been a while since I have written. I'm not sure why that is. Maybe lack of knowing what to share, or lack of time. Either way, I have come today almost two months later to write a bit.

I have been thinking lately, about how us moms struggle. I talk with my friends and fellow mothers along my week and many struggle. Some with parenting, marriage, money, time, and decisions. When you are struggling, where do you turn?

I have asked myself this question many times. Where am I turning when I am needing inspiration or an uplift? Is it the right place to turn?

Parenting is always training in process. I feel like we are all in training. Not just our 22 month old son, but all three boys and even my husband and I. With parenting you have to continually change and try new things with each child.

This summer I have struggled in a few different areas, and I have turned to three different things.  

#1. My bible.

I look up verses that I have become very familiar with that uplift and give me hope. Training these children will get easier someday soon. The Lord gives us hope and purpose in mothering. We can turn to his word to find uplifting and inspirational stories and scriptures.


"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28)


#2. Good Christian Books.

I have read a few great books this summer that give me inspiration in mothering and home life. I wanted to share them with you. I hope that maybe you will find encouragement in them as well. I got both of them from Amazon for under $6.



#3 Fellow Moms

This is a bit tricky. I have found that sometimes when asking for advice from other moms, you may get answer that you aren't looking for or even some bad advice. I pick my advice carefully. I don't want to bring even more struggle into my mind so I am careful where I ask. Do you have a great friend that shares your same lifestyle? I know that if I am struggling in the area of housework, I shouldn't ask a mother who also struggles in this area. Or if I am struggling with my boys, I should go to a mom friend who also raises boys and not just a home full of girls. Does this make sense? This is something I have learned along the way. It brings me great joy to find others who are also in my same season of life.


I hope these thoughts have been somewhat of a blessing to you.

Blessings,

Stacy

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June Musings


June has come and almost gone so fast.

The older I get, the faster life seems to pass by. I long for the days when my older boys (who are 8 and 6) were little ones in diapers. Thankfully, I do still have one in diapers totting around. It is always fun when a baby is in the house.

The big boys have been out of school now for almost a month.

We have had a blessed month for sure. Here are some things that we have been up to:

We've spent every minute together and that is my favorite part.

We have been camping to a few of our favorite spots here in West Virginia and in Kentucky.

We've stayed up around a campfire, and slept in the next morning.

Put up our little pool, to only have to tear it down and start over :/

Enjoy many activities with our church family and be in a week long gospel meeting.

Spend time with our family and close friends.

Read chapter books together and go to the library each week.

Work in our garden (which has been my personal favorite)


Had a new kitty join our barn crew. We all decided on the name Jessie.

The cat reminds us all to slow down and take it easy. Watching her sleep in the rocking chairs, makes me want to do the same.


Enjoying the chickens, and all that goes along with barn chores.

We just have had a blessing of June. It has been so good to us!

How has your month gone? Is it flying by?
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Simple days

I am loving the summery weather here.

Wonderful weather for sitting on the porch.

Hope you're having good weather wherever you are.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How you spend your free time at home?


I have been trying to redirect my free time. 

I can easily waste that time when all the work is done, and the baby is napping. 

Our free time as wives and mothers is precious. 

After all of your work is done, what do you do? 

I am not a person for TV. If you enter our home they are never hardly on. We don't have cable but rather just Netflix for the boys. I pull it out if it's a rainy day. 

I am not so much into a particular hobby like sewing or crafting. Although, I would like to be. The season of life I'm in just doesn't allow for much free time. 

I would say my favorite is cleaning and making our home a more "enjoyable home". 

One that is clutter free and pretty. 

I have always loved gardening and that has been on my mind the past 3 weeks or so. Our temperatures are wonderful here in WV.

As our school year comes to a close in just 5 days, I pray to be a mom each day with no distractions and use my time wisely for my children.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Homemade garden signs



The boys and I painted some homemade garden signs.

My husband cut them from scrap wood we had in the barn and the boys and I painted them.

We have planted all of our vegetables in our garden.

So simple and easy. A fun way to know where your plants are when everything gets big and full grown.


Happy Monday

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Glimpses of Spring at our Home

I love Spring! After a long winter indoors, it gives me a revived love for being outdoors doing what I love most.
Planting, mowing, gardening, playing with my boys, and working outside.
It has been up and down weather here in WV. Today and the rest of this week we will have weather in the 70's and 80's. I am looking forward to it.
I planted some pansies a few weeks ago and they will last until the very hot weather comes. This year my husband got a farmer to dump a load of horse manure in our garden. I got some and put it in my pots before planting. Boy did these flowers take off! Much cheaper than buying so much Miracle Grow.
I enjoy my front porch. I hope to make some improvements to it this week.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Your Easter

It is such a blessing to be able to celebrate our Risen Savior.

I was a busy but blessed weekend being with family and church friends.

I hope yours was blessed as well.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Garden tilling day!

My husband tilled our garden last week and we all watched like it was the most exciting day of the year.

It means spring is really here and we can be outside working in our garden.

I hope this is the best year yet! If not, we will try harder next year.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A little about me!

Welcome!!

I have tried to expand and explore a little more with blogging and thought I would share a bit about myself so any new comers can learn a bit more.

I live in West Virginia with my husband and 3 sons.

I am a stay at home mom. I love every single minute of pouring my heart to teach these boys. I do have a degree in Elementary Education and I have used it before. But for now, the Lord has me in my home serving my family.


We have been married for 10 years, and in our 4th year of marriage we built our forever home.
(Lord willing we will get to stay here :)


We live on 4 acres out in the country hills of West Virginia. We do wear shoes and even talk well, just with a little more of an accent :)

We raise about 30 chickens. Our boys sell the eggs to neighbors and use the money for summer trips and such. They have really learned a lot from raising chickens and selling eggs.


There are always new coming baby chicks out in the barn.


I love to cook and try out new recipes. I LOVE the Pioneer Woman and anything that's a good hearty dinner for these boys of mine. They are true country boys and love meat and potatoes.


I love to garden and work in my flower beds. I also love to hang clothes on the line :)


We live a very simple life. Nothing fancy, and nothing boring with 3 boys.

I love the Amish way of living.

They just fascinate me.


So you'll normally find me reading an Amish novel or the bible if you walk in on a rainy day.


Over the past few years I have become very convicted of dressing modestly. I did not grow up this way, nor was I in a church that believed this. However, in my adult life I felt from reading and studying God's word it was most pleasing to wear skirts and dresses. It has been a huge change, but a huge blessing to me.

We attend Church of Christ, and enjoy the biblical truth they provide each service.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Please leave me a comment and let me know where you are from :)

Blessings,

Stacy

Check out my friend Teresa's blog: http://simplyfarmhouse.blogspot.com

I have been blessed to have her as a mentor.

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Farm Updates

One of our chickens went broody. That means she is sitting on a nest of eggs and wants to be a momma. We are always soo excited when this happens. We put our other baby chick's in with her hoping she will mother them too. 

We are in the middle of painting our barn red. We were blessed to build this barn about 2 years ago. We have it for our chickens and for storage. Maybe other farm animals will come, but for now this is the intention. 

We built it for about $400. We used lumber from a lumber yard that was rough cut. My husband and dad built it saVing a bunch. 

It was black before, but who doesn't love a bright red barn. I can't wait to plant flowers and add a big barn star to the side. 


I will update again after my husband finishes it up today. He has worked hard. 


Happy Monday!
John Sloane artwork

Monday, March 13, 2017

Raising Roosters


We have around 20 hens. We had the same rooster for about 3 years and then something got him a few months ago. It's amazing to see how the rooster would rather be killed himself, than to see his girls touched. 

What an amazing trait they carry.  


So we were needing a new rooster to go with our girls. We asked our neighbors if they had any to spare. They said yes. 

So my husband came home with one. He is white and beautiful. He mentioned they had many more and we're locked up very tight. Well, my chicken heart was hurting and I sent kevin back to get another. I guses I'm a chicken rescue lady haha. 

So now we have 2 roosters. If you've ever had more than one rooster you know what's to come. 

They fight. It's not pretty. 

My boys came in yelling "mom, mom come quick they are bleeding!". I ran out (with curlers in my hair) while trying to get ready for church and yes they were fighting for blood. 

However, fast forward to a month later. They are dealing with each other much better. I wouldn't say they are best of friends but they are sharing the girls. 



So, if you are caught up in rooster troube my advice is to give it time. The boys were praying for them to get along. It was so cute. 

Have you had any rooster trouble? 

I love hearing them crow and the crowing has doubled and I love that. 

This weekend we plan to paint our barn RED! I can't wait. 


Blessings, Stacy

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Preparing your garden

Spring will be here in just 7 days. March 20th it will officially be spring. 

Depending on where you live, it is starting to either feel like Spring or still winter. Whatever the case, Spring is coming. I always feel so appreciative for the warmer weather afree our winters. 

How are you preparing for your garden? What are some ways you are planning, saving, and preparing for one of the best ways to eat healthy. By having your own food grown right on your homestead. 

Each year we get better and smarter with our garden. Here in WV we have a lot of red clay and rock in our dirt. So here is our plan for 2027. 

1. Bring in cow manure from a farm down the road and spread it all over the garden. DONE!!

2. Borrow our uncles huge tiller and till the garden really good. 

3. Make a list of each type of vegetable we want to plant and how many of each. 

4. Put in cross ties at the bottom of the garden to help raise the beds. This will keep the compost and manure up in the garden I stead of it getting washed down the hill. 

5. Save up some $$$ for the plants. 

6. At the right time begin planting. Then Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize. Let the spring rain that will be coming do its work. 

I think making the list of what vegetables you want is key. Many years we just go to buy plants with no real plan in mind and end up buying too much or not enough. Set a budget and list out your vegetables. Ask everyone in your home what is their favorites. 

When we took a trip last summer to the Amish country in Ohio I admired so much their gardens. The women worked so hard on them. It is the woman's job to keep the garden along with the house. 

They would also plant flowers in their garden area and it was so pretty. I think I'll try that this year. 

Are you preparing for a garden? I am getting so excited to be outdoors and planting. 

Happy Monday!