Busy, Busy, and Busy

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Isn’t May a crazy time of year?  Not quite as packed as Christmas…but it plays a close second. We are definitely busy, busy, and busy right now.

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In just a bit I am going to go fire up the oven and bake a cherry pie, to share with our church folks.  I just thought that I would pop in and get your thoughts on busyness.  How do you handle it?  Do you have a secret weapon?

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I used to let busyness totally throw me for a loop.  Ask the Mr.  It was bad.  It’s funny…I was so much harder on myself when I had three babies under six.  I guess wisdom comes with age.  Now I try to take things in stride and prioritize.  I have also realized that I don’t have to volunteer for every single thing.  There are plenty of others that will pitch in.  Maybe it all comes back to that grace that we talked about the other day.  I have realized that it starts with me.  I have to give myself some grace.  We are learning this together as a family.  We have all heard that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  Well…we have lots of work to do…but a healthy balance makes it all good.

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Now…when things are crazy-busy, I do fear forgetting things.  I have to write things down and put things in my phone.  (Do you have the Cozi app?  It’s awesome!)  (No laughing Mr.) Today, is a crazy-busy day from start to finish…so we shall see how all of this goes. ;)

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Above, I asked if you had a secret weapon.  I do.  Well…actually it’s no secret.  It’s something that I would like for the whole world to know.  It’s my quiet time with the Lord.  It grounds me and strengthens me…like no other.  I long for that time with Him.  In a busy, crazy, and sometimes scary world, sitting down in the presence of Jesus makes all of the difference.  That may be offensive to some and they may even click “unfollow” but it is the very essence of who I am.  I hope that you are not offended by Him.  He loves you, sweet Dirt Roader.  He loves you dearly.

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I hope that Monday treats you kind. (Do I hear Dolly Parton?) Oh wait…that was “life” not “Monday.” Go ahead…roll your eyes. ;)  Seriously…I hope that your week is amazing.  I hope that if you are busy up to your earlobes….that you remember to pause and take care of yourself…body, soul, and spirit.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Grace Upon Grace

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Do you ever have days where everything falls apart?  Or at least it feels as though it does?  Social media would like for you to believe that each day is a dream.  Pinterest looks so perfect.  Your Instagram friends and your Facebook peeps all have it going on.  Everyone has a clean house.  Bologna.  It’s not true.  We all have days where stuff goes wrong and falls apart.  We all have to clean up messes…stuff or relationships.  I am careful who I connect with.  It has to be real for me…or I just can’t do it.  Life is too wonderful to waste time on things that are not real.  Life is hard…and we don’t always get it right…but we get grace upon grace in our covenant with Jesus.  My heart just filled with warmth after that last sentence…and a very needed smile turned up the corners of my mouth.

Yesterday was tough out here on the dirt road.  Farming, no matter what kind you do, is not easy.  It looks very idyllic and it can be at times…but it’s not really just a hobby.  Sometimes things are heartbreaking, and sometimes things are hallelujah.  There isn’t a whole lot of room for middle ground.  Today is a new day…full of grace.  I am glad for that.  I am also thankful that the Lord gave me a bit of His wisdom, yesterday, when the people at the store…sent me on my way without a bag of my groceries.  I wanted to let that lady know, when I called back,  exactly how I felt about the grocery guy that was goofing off while bagging my stuff. Then Grace steps up.

Grace reminds us how we were young once.

Grace wonders if maybe we left the stuff in the cart?

Grace smiles and nods when we act civilized and careful.

Grace stands beside us when we are helping our husbands with hard tasks.

Grace is up there beside him on the tractor…as he drives by and gives us a smile.

Grace nudges us and we smile back.

Grace stands there between the both of us…while we talk over the day.

I am thankful for Grace.  I need it…so very much.

Today on Instagram I read the most delightful thing.  A lady that I follow named Haverlee posted this:  “It’s so hard to be so very human. But He’s always known our struggle.  And He’s not mad about it.”  You are not a failure, sweet ones.  The Bible says that He knows our frame and remembers that we are dust.  He knows when we are really trying. ” He’s…not even mad about it.” I needed that so much.  I am harder on myself than anyone else ever could be.  I just needed to know that the grace of the Almighty…is endless.  You know…I already knew it…I just needed to be reminded.  I am talking about the real life, day to day struggle, of being a Christian.  Grace is wound into His word from the beginning to the very last verse. “The grace  of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”  Revelation 22:21

I hope that your day is filled with grace upon grace.  Sometimes…we just have rough days.  It’s to be expected.  Sometimes we have really great days and those are to be enjoyed.  Today…I am going to look through this cookbook and find something fun to feed my family.  Grace does that.  Grace says…”Yesterday was a bit hard…but today…we are going to help each other up and dust each other off.”  If you don’t know Jesus, sweet Dirt Roaders…a life of grace…is like no other.  I promise you that.

Love and grace to you all,

Sigturquoise

p.s. To my sweet Mr.

I love you. You do good work.  By your side, is my favorite.

A Little Help from my Friends

Today on Instagram…I threw out a little plea.  I needed supper inspiration.  Oh and I also sent it to fb too…via my ig post. 

 

Sometimes…I  get by with a little help from my friends.  They inspired me.  I might not even cook what they are cooking, but just to see someone with a plan in the works…well…it helps. 

   

God is pleased by friendship.  He approves of it 100%.  Sometimes I think that we push it way back on the agenda because we put it in the category with fun.  We are so busy and hurried that we don’t realize how vital friendship is to our well being.  Our ancestors realized the importance of friendship. They knew that sitting down on the porch with a friend…meant something.  I want to realize it and enjoy it too.  I want to treasure others in the way that God intends.  

  
Love and friendship,

Kelli

 

I Loved the Rainy Days

When I was a kid I remember a song that said “I love the rainy nights.”  Do you remember it?  Okay…well today we are chatting about rainy days.  As a child…I loved them. At school, it was always so cozy when it rained.  Now…not as much.  Don’t get me wrong…I love the rain for it’s intended purpose…I just enjoy the sunshine an awful lot. SONY DSC What do you do on rainy days?  They used to inspire me to clean.  Now days they inspire me to wrap up in a blanket and take a snooze.  That really isn’t an option today.  I have lots to do…but I do love the coziness that I feel on rainy days.SONY DSC Rainy days also inspire me to light candles.  Probably some cave woman instinct or something.  Just kidding.  Except I may kinda look like a cave woman.  At this point…bed head is still intact. SONY DSC Whatever you think about rainy days…I hope that your Friday is a good one.  Enjoy that weekend coming up.  Squeeze your loved ones and count your blessings…because God loves for us to do that.  He enjoys our thankful hearts.    Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Farmhouse Life

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Did you get up with the chickens?  I did.  I was actually awake before the rooster this morning.  Sometimes that is the way that it goes.  He was standing in the mud with his wives…waiting to be fed.  That is Farmhouse Life.  It’s all about caring for others…people, animals, and vegetables.  Just ask Adam and Eve. ;)

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Farm life isn’t new to me.  I grew up very close to my grandparent’s little farm.  By the time that I came along they mostly had cows, a dog, and a barn cat.  When my dad was little they had hogs too.  He also had an old mare that he would ride.  My step-dad’s parents have always farmed too. (It seems like most people did in that generation.) They even kept an old horse for me to ride.  Ol’ Beauty.  What a gal.  She was so barn-soured that when you turned her back toward the house and let her go…we could have won the Kentucky Derby.  Goodness gracious.  I wound up in trouble over that a few times.  Beauty was kind of old and poorly shod for me to let her act so young.

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It’s so fun to watch our kids on our little farm.  Their dad decided early on that he would buy the feed but they could have the money out of the eggs.  Their job is to wash them before refrigeration.  Want to know a fun fact?  In Europe…they don’t refrigerate.  That is because when a chicken lays an egg…there is a protective coating on them.  It protects the egg from bacteria unless you wash it off.  So…if you do wash them…get them into the fridge soon.  Our kids get to split the money…because each day it/s a different person’s turn to wash eggs.  You better believe that after scrubbing all that stuff off…they want their cut.  I think that it’s pretty awesome…the lesson that their dad is teaching them with the eggs.  It’s not that they are making a killing…but they are learning very valuable tools for their own lives.

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Our farm is small and young.  It is also just one aspect of our lives, but we enjoy the richness that it provides.  I understand that not everyone wants to add farming to their list of things to do…but we love the little bit of it in our neck of the woods.  I feel close to God…when I am in the middle of His creation.  I feel like a helpmate when I am canning veggies that my husband planted or helping him with the care of an animal.  I feel like I am teaching our children, when we are hot and sweaty, bent over green bean plants…split up into two teams, seeing who can finish their rows first.  It’s hard work…but it nourishes my soul.

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Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Simply Tuesday

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I was on Instagram a bit ago and I saw the hashtag #simplytuesday.  That little hashtag seemed to help me breathe a bit.  This week is a busy one for us…so sometimes deep breaths are good.  I think that a bit of Simply Tuesday will do us all some good.

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I hope that your Tuesday is wonderful and I hope that the love of Christ warms your heart from the inside out.  Simply Tuesday…can be simply wonderful.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Trusting and Junking

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Last night in our mid-week service, our pastor’s wife talked about the verse above.  It’s found in the book of Proverbs in the Bible, chapter 3, verses 5-6.  It was wonderful.  I needed to hear that.  This is the verse that we had inscribed on my dad’s stone.  It’s also the only verse that I know of that he memorized.  He read his Bible each day…but quoting wasn’t one of his things.  This lesson was balm to my heart.  I just needed it for lots of areas in my life.  I’m sure that most people do.  Life is beautiful and wonderful and I live in awe of it…but it is also hard.  Even in that…God is so very good.  Expecting good things…I believe that God wants us to do that.  Trusting…comes into play there.

Now…about the junking.  Isn’t this little guy so sweet?  I’m not sure why I have been so drawn to these little vintage dogs of late.  I think that it might be the era.  I love vintage prints, especially with trees. (I got one of those too…I will have to show you…soon.)  This little guy reminds me of a doggy that is on my Granddad’s dresser. His grandma bought it for him, when he was a little boy, I do believe.  I love things like that.  This one is actually a bank.  His head comes off…so you can get the money out.  Something is missing from his collar…but I still love him.  His crackly goodness is very appealing to this vintage-loving soul.

Have you been needing to trust a little more lately?  Sometimes fear rises up…and tells us all sorts of bad things.  Trusting God…helps us take a deep breath.  We all need that…don’t we?  What about junking?  Have you found any treasures like the two dollar dog?  I would love to hear about either subject.  Leave me a comment and I will try to get back to you.

Have a wonderful Thursday, sweet Dirt Roaders,

Sigturquoise

Going Gray

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Totally not about my hair…although that is happening too.  I was wanting to update our dining room.  I was a bit tired of the Meringue Peaks. (Yellowish.) So after lots of thought…we went with Secret Locket by Glidden.  Actually…true to form…I had them doctor it a bit with a few squirts of white.  Momma knows…what Momma can live with. 😉 By the way…one tip before we get started:  If you want a true gray…pick from the card with black at the bottom.  If the darkest shade on your card has blue or purple or a brownish gray…your lighter shade will have that cast.  You already knew that?  Of course you did.  Dirt Roaders are smart.

The men in my life got free caps from the feed store so I borrowed one for this shot.  You are welcome…I think.  All of the photos in this post are shot with my iPhone.  It has been cloudy for days…so I will get some better shots later.

My sweet family is amazing.  I do the rolling and they come in with their steady hands and trim.  I am very thankful for that.

I love the way that white really shines with the gray.  I also love the classy farmhouse feel that it adds.  It is very serene.  That is important to me. This was kind of a big thing for me.  I have been painting everything white…but I really didn’t want that for this room.  I wanted color…and this is very cozy.  This is a place that we linger so the feel of the room matters a lot.  If you are thinking about painting…gray gets a big thumbs up from me.

There you have it.  Going gray at the Farmhouse.  Gray…not grey…because we live in America.  They paint…grey in Europe…just in case you wondered. #englishlessonfortheday 😉

Have a wonderful Tuesday!  God Bless!

Sigturquoise

Entryway Spiff

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Hi guys!  This week I have been taking down our Easter things that I had put out.  It was just a few bunnies and some daffodils, but I got started and then changed up the entryway a bit.  I just spiffed it a bit and gave it more of a clean look.  I am really enjoying that.  I do have to say that I cheated a bit and looked up Fixer Upper on Pinterest. Beautiful ideas for those of us that are crazy about Farmhouse Style.

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I am still working on the other side.  I piddle with things until they have the perfect feel and then I leave them for a long while.  That is just the way that I roll.  I am also thinking…very seriously about painting the dining room and entryway.  I am wanting to brighten it up a bit.  If you are reading this Honey…don’t freak out.  lol!  Painting is not his favorite.

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I hope that you guys have a wonderful weekend.  I hope that you get to relax and count all of those blessing that God gives.  He loves us, Dirt Roaders!  Enjoy that!

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Sigturquoise

Heads Up…New Header

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As you guys know, I tend to change up the blog a bit now and then.  I did a mini photo shoot and came up with a new shot for the header.  I just didn’t want you to think that you were at the wrong place.  Just kidding.  You guys are smart. So…let’s talk about the junk that is featured in the header.

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First of all, I adore the badge for Along the Dirt Road.  Our cousin created that when I first started blogging and it is exactly me.  I love a simple and clean cut design.  He pegged it…totally.  Okay…so as far as the junk goes…I just added a few of my favorite things.  I love the old locker baskets.  I have had a thing for baskets for many years. (Can anyone say Longaberger? ;)  I love the metal ones…a lot.  Then we have a turquoise Ball jar.  Those have had my heart for many years too.  Then we have the vintage print.  I just love those.  There is something very dreamy about the prints from this era.  This one sort of reminds me of an old western….like The Big Valley…or something.  The last vintage piece in the header, is the little dog that I ordered on Ebay.  When he came in the mail, his little leg was broken.  The Mr. fixed him up right away.  I just think that he is adorable.  (The dog and The Mr.)

I have a couple of things up there that are not vintage, but I love them as well.  The first is the faux succulent that The Mr. gifted me for Valentine’s day.  The second is the baker’s twine from Pick Your Plum.  Their baker’s twine is the absolute best of any that I have seen.  (No…this is not a paid post.)  It is very durable, plus the rolls are huge.  If you don’t know much about Pick Your Plum…look them up.  They have daily deals that are sent to your email.  They have a HUGE selection of all different kinds of things.  Sometimes you have to be quick though.  I tried to order a maxi skirt one day and it was already sold out in like 14 minutes!  What!!!!????

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

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