Whole Lot of Stuff Going On

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Right now at the Farmhouse…there is a whole lot of stuff going on.  It’s the lazy days of summer…but it’s also almost the Fourth of July. (You already knew that.)  That means that we do things around here that need doing.  Yesterday it was Give the House a Bath Day.  Today Bushhog and Mow Day.  Those things have mostly been taken care of by the Mr.  I am the moral support and the maker of breakfast burritos.

Our church family comes out to our little farm to celebrate with us.  Now you are like…”Ahh ha!”  Now we know why all of this stuff needs doing.”  You are right.  I actually planned on staining the front porch too…but after the Mr. powerwashed it and I saw it in all of it’s chippy glory….we left it.  It had a very “Walton’s-esque” feel to it.  We are good for now, thanks.

I actually got my big camera out today and snapped a bunch of shots for new posts.  Then my computer decided to be sassy…so that will have to wait for another day.  That is okay though.  Sometimes…when there is a whole lot of stuff going on…you just have to give yourself a little grace.  I’m good with that.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

Easy Breezy

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I hope that your Tuesday is easy and breezy.

I hope that everything falls into place and you find time to just…enjoy.


I hope that you get an extra cherry in your shake at Sonic.

I hope that you get an extra fry in your box at McDonalds.

I hope that you get an extra squirt of syrup at the snow cone stand.

(I don’t recommend eating all of that in one day.)

I hope that today is easy breezy.  You deserve it.

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I hope that you are first to the trough. (That one is for all of you livestock that read this blog.)

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

 

The Feeling of Home

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This morning I stood in our kitchen and just absorbed.  I absorbed the light, oxygen, and the feel of things.  Our home is about so much more than decor.  Our home is about a feeling. 

  
I want our family and others to feel welcome in our home.  I want them to feel the peace of God that we carry in our hearts.  I don’t want them to feel that they are in a museum.  I don’t want them to feel that everything is untouchable.  I do want them to feel a home that is lived in.

When kids come over to stay with our kids…I tell them to make themselves at home.  They do.  Most of them are return visitors and they know the casual way that we live here.  They know that this home is based on respect for others and grace.  A pretty healthy balance that we strive for.  

  
Years ago my mom told me that my step-dad’s motto for company was “If we have it…you are welcome to eat it.”  I love the generosity in that.  What a joyful way to live…putting the wants and needs of others before your own. What an example to me…and he probably doesn’t even know it.  

Home is a beautiful word.  What we make it mean for others…is up to us.  As adults…we get to choose how our home feels.

  
Love from the Farmhouse,

Kelli

p.s.  I asked our kids how our home felt to them and this is what I got:

Cozy, fun, happy, inviting, cheerful, joyful, loving, and bright.

I am grateful and humbled by their answers and I know that these things have only come through the grace of God. All glory to Him. ❤️

A Place to Hang Your Hat

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Are you guys crazy about the farmhouse style hooks that are popping up everywhere?  I am.  I have been adoring them from afar for a while.  I think that a place to hang your hat is a special thing.

I actually happened upon some a few weeks back.  I left them where they were though.  Last weekend though…I was in TJ Maxx and found these beauts.

 
They were very  friendly, cost wise, and I just couldn’t pass them up.  I am actually thinking about using them in our master bedroom.

Okay…so that brings me to this:

 

This is available today at Farmhousewares.com.  It is EXACTLY what I have been looking for.  Very exciting stuff.  I may swap out the hooks that I have in our entry with one of these.  I can’t wait to get it.  I am also excited that I left the others behind…a few weeks ago. Isn’t it fun when you keep something in mind and wait for it?  Sometimes that is hard to do…but I am a tad picky about not bringing something home…unless I really like it. I really like these places to hang your hat.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Kelli

p.s.  This is not a paid post. Totally my opinion and excitement. 😉

Welcome to the Farmhouse

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Hey guys!  How are you?  I just wanted to do a little post to welcome the new kids to the Farmhouse.  Today Jennifer at Town and Country Living shared our home and there are lots of new folks joining us.  Thank you so much Jennifer.  It has been so fun.

As she mentioned in her post, that you can read here, we do have a little farm with cows, goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats.  Before we had the farm though…we had the farmhouse, and that has been the epitome of this little blog.  Simple home décor…that you can actually work into your life…without breaking budget.  I love good junking trips and well-loved treasures.  I don’t want to bring things home that can’t be used or loved by our family. On my Instagram account…it says Faith, Family and Farmhouse Style.  That is the order that we go in around here.  Without the first two…farmhouse style is nothing.  I believe in a balanced, well rounded life.  I’m sure that you have heard the saying, “I need a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.”  Just go ahead and sign me up for that.

We had a little weekend get-away for my husband’s birthday.  It was a time to celebrate him and give him a breather. We actually honored the Sabbath in our hotel room this morning. We try to teach our kids the importance of that…even when you aren’t with your fellow believers.  It was such a sweet time…studying about the importance of God’s word. That brings me to the picture above…in case you were wondering. ;)

We live in the Ozarks…which is close to Silver Dollar City.  I love to visit their pottery shop.  It is such a sweet little place.  Sometimes the potter will be there working and sometimes the shop is quiet with the ladies working the register.  Last year, the Mr. bought a pie plate for me.  I thought that it would be fun to buy a piece of pottery each year.  Yesterday, I found the salt crock.  I loved it at first sight.  I am an artsy kind of gal…so pottery just warms my heart.  (One day I shall have a wheel…good Lord willin’.)  I am a huge fan of blue, my favorite color for always, so…that was a plus.  Then of course…the fact that we keep salt in a crock on the counter…worked.  I think that the main thing though is the lettering.  I can always use a reminder that I need to be salt and light.  Matter of fact…I prayed that very thing before we went on this trip.  You never know who you will meet up with that just needs a kind smile.  Sometimes, just holding the door for someone, it speaks volumes.  A steady reminder that we are the salt of the Earth? Yes please.

I hope that you feel welcome dropping by this little blog.  It’s just a little place of real life and home.  It’s a place of celebrating God’s blessings.  A little spot of light and warmth…to come in out of the cold.  I’m glad that you are here.

Love from the Farmhouse,

Sigturquoise

 

Summer Favorites

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Good morning friends!  Hope this little post finds you well.  Today is a bit better so far, thank the Lord!  A little sore but not as much pain. That is a wonderful blessing!  Anyway…enough about that…let’s talk summer favorites.

Summer has always been my season of choice.  I love them all…but summer has lots of things that I love.  I was born in the hottest part of the summer.  That could have something to do with it. 😉 Think about it…watermelon, crickets, croaking bull frogs, swimming, ripe tomatoes, green grass…I could go on and on.  I won’t, but you understand.  Feel free to add to my list in the comments.

  
I love summer food.  I love the casual take on meal prep in the summer.  A bit lighter, and a bit brighter.  I love it when our church family gathers on our front lawn to celebrate independence. It’s so sweet to serve them…even if it’s just dogs from the grill.

  
I also love the laid back pace of summer.  I used to spend lots of time with my mom in the summer.  Just she and I, hanging out and having fun.  Those are some of my most treasured summer memories.  I try to make those with our kids.  I know that summers are fleeting and childhood is too. 

       
I hope that your summer is off to a great start…even if it is actually still spring.  I hope that this inspires you to enjoy summer…even if it’s not your favorite.  After all…the blessings of the Lord are all around us…in every season. ❤️

Love from the Farmhouse,

Kelli

On The Road Again

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You guys!  I am still here!  Lol!  Thank you to those of you that have been here…even when I have not.  I have been under the weather a bit and honestly have not felt like doing much.  After a trip to my Chiro…I hope to be on the road again.  This getting older stuff is hard work!

I feel like I haven’t really gotten into gear with summer yet.  Our weather has been cool and rainy, sooo…spring has been long.  That isn’t a bad thing though.  We will miss this cooler weather about August.

I will leave you with a picture of this pretty Caprese salad today.  My husband picked up lemon basil for the herb bed this year and it is so bright in this salad. Such a fun time of year…when lunch can be picked out in the yard!!!

  
On the road again,

Willie…er…um…

Kelli 😉

Let the Good Times Roll

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Hey guys!  Is your summer off with a bang?  Ours has been.  It feels good to slow down a bit and just enjoy. Sometimes we have to make a conscious effort to let the good times roll.

 

By the way…it’s .50 corn dog night at Sonic…if you are interested.  You are welcome. 😉

 

I love easy, breezy, summer decor…that feels like it frees us up to do things outside.  I love a casual space in the summer.

   

I hope that your summer is packed full of relaxation and fun!

Let the good times roll,

Kelli

 

 

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.

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