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Taite & Owen’s Room / Playroom

Thought Id show you all what our middle boys room looks like. Taite (age 8) and Owen (age 5) share a room. This was how it was in Atlanta as well. Even though Taite and Caleb are closer in age, we found that putting Owen and Taite together worked better than Caleb & Taite. We also knew once Reed became older we’d probably want him to be with his older brother for a few years… at least until Reed was old enough to know not to get out of bed. I remember that being a huge battle at age 2 for all my boys. To the point we’d have to put a baby gate up to lock them in their bedrooms. I am sure any mom of a 2 or 3 year old knows the battle well. Owen was the worlds worst at falling asleep by the gate. :) Memories haha.

So Taite and Owen share the back FROG (finished room over garage). It is HUGE!!! in fact its to big IMO. I prefer smaller bedrooms… (not complaining tho, space is nice!) If I had to design a house though, Id much prefer MORE bedrooms, than one larger one. Then again, having a larger room for boys is fun. It allows for lots of space to wrestle and play. This room seconds though as a playroom/entertainment room. Its towards the back of the house upstairs too, so if you shut the door to it, its actually pretty good at keeping things quiet downstairs.

I use to be the anti-TV mom. So let me explain why theres a HUGE one in this room. :) The TV that is in their room is not hooked up to any cable or TV… its merely for when they want to watch a VHS movie (yes we use a VCR haha)… or if they want to play the Wii. They of course are not allowed to use this at night without permission. My parents gave us their old larger flat screen, so this TV was our old flat screen in our living room. Its quiet big! It is nice to be able to tell the boys to go play Wii or something upstairs, out of our family room. That way if we want to watch something together, they can have some entertainment on a friday night, or something like that. Great for when they have friends over. So while I am not the type to let kids veg on TV at night or all day in their bedrooms… I have now become the type to love my boys having their own entertainment space.

Eventually, once Reed is bigger, I would love to put him in this room too. We have the bunk beds “de-bunked” at the moment. If and when we put bunks back up, we will have to invest in some new ones. This old set is on its last life… the railings on the top bunk split and are broken… so we can no longer use it as a bunk bed safely.. its tipsy too. Lets just say, we’ve had TREE of our boys fall off the top bunk… :-\ So, a good bunk bed with workable railings, is a must for safety. haha…

Enjoy the tour :)




To those curious where the electric ball light came from. That came from my childhood! My mom kept it over all these years. My brother and I use to love that thing :) – its still working great almost 2 decades later. I tell you, they do not build things like they use to! Seems like stuff like that you buy today, breaks in 2 years. So sad. Quality just isnt the same today.


Total fail this week to blog… sorry! It has been so busy getting back into the routine of home schooling. I feel like we are still adjusting to a new schedule as well. For the last few years in Atlanta I had gotten use to my husband working a set amount of hours on certain days… and while his schedule changed every 4 weeks, it had become our normal. I am very thankful for a much more flexible schedule now… but it has taken some adjusting.

So, since this week is shot. I thought Id highlight a few things I have enjoyed lately :)

Being able to find RAW milk without pre-ordering it. Back in GA RAW milk was illegal. So in order to buy it, you had to find a local farmer. Order it. Then pick it up. While this wasn’t awful, it was just something you “HAD” to remember to do, or else you didn’t get any. Here in SC, selling RAW milk is legal. So its much easier to find. We buy ours from a local nursery/produce store about 5 minutes from our home. A local farm (that is tested and run well) delivers to them every Tuesday. So the last few weeks I have just made it a habit to drop by their store every tues or wednesday. Here is a post on REASONS to drink RAW Milk. :)

I have also been buying our fresh farm eggs from this same source. A lady at our church though has a lot of chickens, so I am secretly hoping to get them from her in the future. Her hens aren’t laying a lot right now due to light changes… but once they do, I’m all for getting eggs every Sunday! :D

– I have loved living close to a lake. A rather large one. Its so peaceful and beautiful there… I just hate its going to get cold soon and we wont be able to swim any more. I am sure regardless of temperature, we will enjoy the shores of this lake many times.

– Living in a neighborhood again, so we can enjoy lots of walks. I’m a fan of a good walk or bike ride. Having paved roads for me is a must for that haha… while I adored living on the farm we stayed at for 5 weeks, it wasn’t ideal for my evening or morning walks. Reed in this photo I think was secretly telling me he wants a baby brother or sister. haha… (no, I’m not pregnant) :D

– Breaking in my new kitchen. I love it. While its design is different than our last. New lay out. It is a great space and so charming. I truly enjoy my time in it.

– Making my home, special. Unique. Small touches that make it ours.
This pot rack my dad made us when we lived in NC, in a small parsonage. He made it so I would have a place to store my pots… the kitchen we lived in then was SO SMALL… and so this was a piece that truly helped my ability to function in our space. We have not used it since then… due to the layout of our Atlanta home. It just didn’t work in that space. This kitchen though, it fits PERFECTLY and I love it.

– Discovering a creek behind our home (sorta). This is a hike back but its a cool space. It technically is not on our land though but we got permission to explore. If this was our land, Id totally clear a straight path to this small creek and find ways to make it playable. :) For now, its a bit dangerous for the little ones… but perfect for big boys who want to explore.

– and… I have truly enjoyed getting to know all the great people at our new church. It has been a bit weird for me to be a “Pastors Wife” again. I haven’t been one in almost 4 years. Thankful for all the sweet people who have baked us goodies, given us gift cards, baby sat our boys, helped us move in and so forth. We are blessed. Our boys are getting into a routine here and I love seeing them grow comfortable with those they are around weekly at church. Reed esp. while he still cries some when I drop him off for Nursery, he is getting familiar with certain people, resulting in less emotional tears. :) I love that he is recognizing people and shakes hands with the older men in the church saying “Im Reed!” as he goes by.

So its busy here… but we are thankful.

Forgive the delay in posting. I do hope to do some more room tours next week. I want to show everyone the boys bedrooms… they are just disasters right now after such a busy week schooling… Lets just say, I try not to even look in them. :\ Life with kids. Results in really well lived in homes haha, not magazines.

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Boy must

ED9A3674We got the trampoline put together at the new house. We’ve had this thing for 6 years now and must admit, its a boy must! Our boys don’t use it a ton in the summer but in the fall, they are on this thing non-stop. They used it so much in the recent years that the netting ripped and began to become more of a hazard than help. So we took it down. So yea… we are that family with the “unsafe” trampoline. Although, as a kid growing up, we never had a net. We some how survived.

For those who remember our old Atlanta backyard. You would remember we had to hike down a long hill to get to the trampoline. While the view was beautiful, the hike could be a bit of a pain. Esp. when you’d have to tote a 2 year old up the hill.

I do miss parts about that yard but I love how at this house, you walk out onto the screen porch and there it is. A level yard just a few feet away. From our screen porch I can rest in the hammock and watch the boys play. No complaints :)



New Home School Room

ED9A3746One thing that we made sure to look for when we began house hunting months ago, was a school room. This could possibly be a 5th bedroom or a den. In the case of our home, it is a den. This honestly isn’t my “first option.” Only because the room is open to one side of the house and can’t be closed off. This isn’t a big deal as far as “looks” goes… but when you have four boys in a home, while schooling an older kid, your house may be a bit to loud at times. I have debated putting in a sliding “barn style” door to close it off to the hall way that connects to our living room space… but for now its open. This room does open up to the kitchen as well, but has french doors to close it off from the kitchen if need be.

The room features beautiful bay windows. I love them. Its a tad smaller than our other house school room, but its still a great size.

Today we had our first “FULL” day of school. With the move, we kind of dabbled some here and there with some of the boys school… but held off starting officially until this week.

Next week our home school co-op group begins meeting too. So it seemed like good timing.

The day went relatively smooth. The boys are excited I think for some new curriculum. Caleb especially is stoked that we get to learn about dinosaurs this year in science using Apologia. In case you miss my post earlier this summer, here is a look at our choice of curriculum.

Below are a few more photos. A small glimpse into our day schooling.





Toby (our cat) often hovers during school hours. Not sure why but he loves being with us, right at our feet.


My view from the school room, looking back towards the kitchen.



This small desk is new. I got it from Aldi for like 24 bucks. I couldn’t use our longer BLUE school table in this room. It just wouldn’t fit… so I intend to donate that table (cause it was a nice one!) to our church nursery room. Hopefully they will enjoy it as much as we did.


Its funny, when I look at what Caleb (age 11 – 5th grade) is doing, I am like “wow… my baby is so grown, his books look so complicated now… ” Thank the Lord for DVDS that help to teach 5th grade and up… cause Lord knows I need that haha.. I can teach Owens age (grade K) with almost no guidance now. After doing it with two other kids, you almost have the lessons memorized. :) Funny how when you first start home schooling it scares you to death… I was always so fearful I was going to screw up my kindergartner… and that he would never learn to read. Thankful I stuck with it, I surprised myself and doubted for no reason.


Trip to Riverbank Zoo

Love these #aquarium pockets #columbiazooLast Thursday we got to go to the Columbia Zoo. Its also called Riverbank Zoo. It is a 140 acre zoo here in South Carolina… and I must say, It was very nice. We had a membership to the Atlanta Zoo last year and the Riverbank Zoo has it beat. It had a good number of indoor facilities too around the park, so if you got hot, you could regroup inside. The Penguin exhibit I think was our boys favorite. It was either that or the Giraffes. Although the aquarium they had was very nice as well.

A church member gave us free passes to go. My parents even drove up to visit and came with us. So it was a nice treat.

I do believe we will go back and purchase the membership for the year. It was most def. a place I could see going lots with the boys.

I didn’t take my camera with me… but I did take my iphone… so below are a few memories from the trip. :)



I am not sure Reed liked the Croc.




He love the #giraffes - so friendly! #columbiazoo

The bears were so cute taking a bath.


The boys got a kick out of the turtles fighting over a flower.



Since we got in for free, we treated the boys to “1” activity. Older two picked rock climbing. Younger to, Carousel.

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& to end, we saw the Apes. So cool! Taites remark when we left “Mom did you see that one Ape eat his booger?” Boys :)

Their communicating. ? #columbiazoo #gorilla

Things to learn about farm life :) – Update on House

Since moving to this beautiful farm. Things I have learned very quickly.

ED9A2899There are a lot more bugs here than in the city. While we still saw roaches, crickets, spiders and ants in the city… it just wasn’t as many. Maybe having pest control people spray, really does help… :-D Either way, lots of bugs here! When you need to go fishing. Set a wheel barrel upside down and you have a huge supply of black crickets at your disposal. Leave food out, within seconds, lots and lots of ants.

One way I have repelled ants naturally while living here too, is to use Cinnamon Bark Oil and Peppermint Oil. I put it into a spray bottle with some water, shake it well and spray it around any cracks and areas ants may be coming in. The first few nights here we had issues with small black ants getting into the kids beds. Yup… They weren’t biting but they did wake you. The Cinnamon and Peppermint spray did wonders. So I do recommend that. Smells good too!

For those scared away by the huge price tag on the Cinnamon Bark. Do know that having that oil in your oil collection is worth it. I use it constantly! Its one of my go to to treat illness… and I use it in my immune strength blend I make for the kids. Because I own all the oils in the Immune Strength Oil Blend, I actually just make up my own now. Saves on cost I think. Plus I can add more or less of a certain oil depending on what I want.

ED9A2904Oh and for MOSQUITOES I am using THIS recipe. Oddly enough since living here we haven’t noticed many mosquito’s. Maybe they are to busy biting the horses to worry with us? :)

Another thing about the Country life I have learned… is that I am highly allergic to horses. Like for real allergic. Not just a small allergy. A, swell up, hives, close your throat up kind of allergy. The awesome guy who owns this land and horses, treated our boys to some horse back riding this weekend. These horses are POLICE TRAINED horses too. They’re amazing. The boys got to comb the horses… hear a little bit about their training… and then ride. I could tell pretty early on during the “barn” combing period… that my allergies were already beginning to flare up… but I figured it would be no big deal and Id be fine once I got home. Well, I decided to ride the horse for 2 minutes… and I guess that did it. Within minutes of leaving and getting home my upper lip swelled up like a balloon. Got hives all over it. My eyes swelled and got red and itchy… I then broke out in hives up and down my arms and legs!! and then my throat began to tighten. Making it hard to swallow. I was shocked at how bad I got and how fast it all happened. I took some medicine and it took a solid 3 hours before I started to feel better and the swelling went down.

So despite how beautiful horses are… I am going to keep my distance.

Another thing I have realized. My boys love dogs. This place is full of them! The owner has a former police German Shepherd named Bolow. (not sure on the spelling haha). He also has a Great pyrenees dog called Buzz. He is HUGE!! There is also a lab (I forget her name). She is so sweet and will continue to bring you a tennis ball over… and over again until you play with her. Here is a photo of Owen playing with her.


The owner also has these two small poodles that chase our boys. They think its hilarious! So lots of furry friends out here to see. It kind of sort of makes me want a dog. However, I am allergic to them… so I’m not sure it work out. Travis really isn’t into the “hypoallergenic” dogs either. Im allergic to cats as well but Toby our cat doesn’t seem to agitate my allergies, as long as he doesn’t get in my face. So a dog may not be to bad. Still, in time. I defiantly am in no rush to own a dog.

I love the sights here… We are so thankful to have this quaint place to keep our family during this time of waiting.

It will be a place we will forever remember. Its been fun to build memories here.

Here are a few more photos from our horse riding adventure.




ED9A2930We also have met a new friend since living here.

A few days after being on the farm I got a phone call from a friend of ours back in Atlanta. She was actually a neighbor too! Lived in our neighborhood and went to church with us. She was a home school mom of 5 as well. Her kids were all much older than mine… but I liked that. Always nice to connect with moms who are a few years older who you can learn from. Any how, she called me up and told me her Niece just moved to the same town we just moved too! That her niece just had her 2nd baby girl and that we’d get along well. So she gave me her information and she gave her Niece my info. A few days later we connected, hung out at the pool and got to know each other. We discovered they are living in a neighborhood within walkin distance to the farm! In fact her backyard backs up to the farm! Crazy coincident huh? Her girls are adorable!!! We got to see them again Sunday morning at church and invited them out to the farm to see the horses as well. My boys got to ride her 17 mo. old little girl on the horses and I must say, it made me want a 5th baby haha… was very sweet to see.

Its really cool how God brings people into your life in such a cool way. This family also CAME from the same city in Atlanta, Woodstock, that we came from. So they are familiar with our former life there…They even attended the same church we went to while there… we just never ran into each other.

We are excited to get to know them better.





Now… Update on the house we are buying.

We had the inspection done… and it came back with some pretty big issues. 1. Termites. There were some in the front den, which had caused some rot problems in the sub floor. So the subfloor and a portion of the hard wood floors in that room have to be replaced. When we heard this, we kind of expected they’d say no to the repair and re-list house for more, fix the floors and hope to make more money off the sale… we offered 10K less than asking.. so we just weren’t sure what to expect.

There were a few other issues that needed attention… over all they’ll prob spend 3-6K fixing these problems. Roughly. We wrote up the addendum with the realtor and sent it over to the sellers agent. To our surprise they agreed to fix EVERYTHING we asked for. So that is going to be happening the next few weeks… and if all goes as planned we close on August 17th.

I have had some wavering back and forth. Wondering if we got the right house… doubting… dwelling on “what ifs” and worrying myself to death about it! Buying a house is a big deal… and when we went looking for a home I so desired one really close to the church. Since that is what we knew prior in ministry. We always lived very close. However, after looking at 30 some homes, we just realized that may not happen this time… The house we found is 16 minutes from the church. We timed it last night :) – so it really isnt THAT FAR… even tho it kind of feels like it right now. It isn’t next door… its not within walking distance… but its close enough. We also will be in a great neighborhood with beautiful large oak trees and shade. The yard is almost an acre… shaded… with grass and woods for the boys to play around. A beautiful wrap around porch… and lots of charm. Its also on a very large and nice cul-de-sac!

So it is a great home.

… and I’m having to trust the Father that if this isn’t meant to be, it wont happen… and who knows, it may happen… and we may move in 3 years to a closer house. I’m going to try really hard not to live in the “what may come” limbo phase tho… and hope that once we move in there, I can make it our own and plant some roots.

I think our history of moves has made this very hard… but it is something I greatly desire.

House-side Fishing

ED9A2868The temporary housing we are living in right now, has turned out to be such a special place. While I look forward to getting into our own home, the charm of living on a farm has been really special.

The trailer we are in is at the back of a 100 acre farm… and we are not only surrounded by horses on both sides and the front… but we also have easy access to a beautiful pond.

Saturday Travis took the boys fishing there… and while we didn’t have much luck ;-) – it was still really cool to just be able to walk there and enjoy the outdoors. One thing we are learning though, is in South Carolina, if you intend to do anything outdoors… do it before it gets to hot. Seems like before 10am here its already 90F… gets so hot, so fast.

I want to invest in some insulated water bottles for the kids too… they complain about being thirsty constantly now, and plastic water bottles just don’t stay cold long enough. I was hoping to find a bottle that had some sort of SLING for the kids to wear it across their chest? Does anyone know of something like that available for children? That way I don’t have 4 water bottles shoved into my purse… Id love for them to have something THEY can carry on their own.

Below are a few more photos from the morning :) Enjoy.


They caught their own bait. Crickets!



This is walking “away” from the Trailer. Towards the pond.


This is what you see if you turn around. :) Thats our cute little trailer we are in currently.







Here is one of the horses near the house.