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ED9A4091If you live on the east coast, you are probably experiencing some rainy days. At least we are here in SC. I think today is day 5 of rain. Its almost to the point its becoming depressing… although I am thankful for the cooler temps. Still, after 5 days of constant rain and mist… you do sort of become a bit dreary and done with rain. :) I totally believe in seasonal depression… and Im like “man. Where is the sunshine..” cause I need it.

With things already wet, one evening our boys spent their time getting soaked on the trampoline, adding more H2O into the environment, spraying each other with the water hose.

I am sure if anyone was onlooking on these dudes, they thought I was either crazy, not watching them, or really cool. haha. They had fun and the giggles were adorable to watch.

I still do not feel totally into routine yet here in our new home. I will be honest, moving, no matter when, why or what prompts the move, its always hard. Adjusting to new routines. Learning a new area. Connecting and creating new friendships… No matter how many times I do it, it really never gets easier… you really just adapt and kind of know what to expect.

Hope everyone has a great week this week. Hopefully by the weekend the sun comes out.




& to end, my boys made some more youtube videos trying foods. Def check out their Channel “The Wood Knots”

Abraham the Camel

This weekend we had a church picnic. It took place on the farm we spent 5 weeks at. I found it sweet, that when we pulled up, Reed (age 2) said “Its my house!” – remembering where we called home for those few weeks. They loved it there.

We had an amazing turn out at the picnic… largest crowd they’ve ever had they told us. Travis baptized 3 in the pool there by the pond… we enjoyed great food, fellowship, fishing, golf cart riding, horse back riding and more. Was a great time and we hope they do it again sooner than later :)

Below are a few images from the evening…


This by the way is Abraham. The owner of this farm owns him. Yup. A Camel :)

He was fed by a mountain dew bottle I believe as a baby camel, so he is kind of obsessed with Mtn. Dew.











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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Moved in

We are officially moved in! Yay! Finally :)

We moved our final bit of “stuff” (mostly beds, our kitchen table, computer, plates, etc) on Tuesday last week [Thank you for all those who helped! We could not have done it without you]. It has taken us the rest of the week to unpack all the boxes (we still have a few left)… get our wifi back up, pantry stocked, and so forth. We still have a good bit to do but right now the house is feeling more “like home.” It takes time any time you move for a place to begin to feel like home. Anyone who has moved more than a few times gets this…

While some of our moves have been easier to make than others, leaving Woodstock was very bittersweet. Our time there was unusual, special, different and so needed…We are forever thankful for the kindness and generosity of First Baptist Woodstock… who blessed us in ways we cannot even express fully.

I am thankful for where God has brought us and am excited about what is to come! I think the Lord has great plans for the church we are at… and I look forward to getting to know everyone better.

Here are a few photos from church here btw. I know many have been curious what the church looks like, etc..etc.. so here is a small glimpse for those curious.





Taite in his SS Class :) [so serious]


Owen in his SS Class


Caleb in his – hes the only boy in his, I’m sure he welcomes that haha…



One thing I hope to always be throughout my years here as a Pastors wife, is to be genuine… I hope my little blog can be a small glimpse into that desire… without getting me into to much trouble… :-\

I never ever want to seem like the type to “have it all together” … or perfected my life. Far from it. I want people to feel the bumps and sense the struggles. No one wants to watch another person live not seeing struggle in their life. We each struggle at times and I think being honest (wisely) is always appreciated. At least I appreciate those who are that way. :) Maybe that is just me.

“stepping off soap box”

This week I have got to get our home school stuff situation.

I have our school room completely set up! Praise the Lord it all came together pretty easily… Now though I have to go through and make copies for our 1st few months of school. Most of our subjects I have workbooks already set for the boys.. but History and Science will require a bit more copy work and putting together of binders. Nothing to over whelming I hope… but I have enough to do that I think this week will be a little slack on the blog posting again.

With Wifi back up though I do hope to post some fun before/after photos.

We painted 2 rooms and they look great!

We still don’t have living room furniture. We have been shopping around some but have not decided on anything just yet. For now we are using a 2 seat recliner sofa from a sweet lady at church. We hope to incorporate it some how. For 6 people it has been a bit tight, haha! All four boys squeeze into those 2 seats though and with a few kitchen chairs thrown into the mix, we’ve been just fine without a full set. I do hope next week we can nail down and make a decision on something though. :)

I also need to get back into the routine of cooking more. With our temp stay at the farm I was a bit slack on meal making. It was hard to prep meals for a family of 6 in a smaller kitchen… I have no excuse now :) – our kitchen is a great size.

So lots to do!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Below are a few more “instagram” photos from the last week or so. Be sure to follow our updates on instagram HERE.

This is the front yard, Caleb letting Reed watch the garbage truck. I am in love with the trees!

Paint, updates, oil sale?

To those who follow me on Instagram, you already know we have been busy painting our new house. The house we closed on friday was beautiful but the paint choices the previous owners had chosen, just didn’t match us well. So we are repainting a few rooms to start… Id love to paint more but for the time being, the top three we will paint are the kitchen, the living room and an upstairs guestroom/office.

I will do side/side before and afters soon enough… for now the teasers on instagram will have to do :-) – it looks SO MUCH BETTER already though. Love how its turning out.

This weekend we had help from a good number of church members and my parents.

We got all of our storage unit unloaded. Most of all our things are now in the new house. Now its just a matter of going through the chaos of boxes, putting them in the right rooms, unboxing things… and organizing rooms. We are still living in our farm temp house for today and most of tomorrow. The plan is to be in the new house by tuesday night… We have to move our beds, kitchen table and all the stuff we’ve been living with in the trailer (so clothes, towels, bed sheets, that sorta stuff). So there still is a lot of work to be done…

I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel though… and while I am truly exhausted this evening as I type this… I am thankful.

We are blessed and I look forward to making lots of memories in our new home.

… and to end, in case you missed it, Rocky Mountain Oils where I buy all my Essential Oils is having a HUGE sale right now. 50% off many oils… and free shipping. Now is the time to stock up. :)

Disclosure: The above post contains some affiliate links to Rocky Mountain Oils.

Few weekend Grams

Its been a busy week starting up school. Celebrating turning 32… cutting my hair (eek! not sure I love it just yet but its always fun to mix up..). This week I have two Home School Co-op meetings im going to. Trying to figure out what group Id like to join. We also have a re-inspection of our home wednesday that we are buying. Since we had to have the sellers fix a few things, a re-inspection is required for the loan. Thankfully its no extra cost. If all is well, we close 9am Friday!

So it’ll be a busy week.

SO I leave you with some instagram photos :) – since I may not be the best blogger this week.

Reed was the first to bring on the drama with home school.
He got upset that his coloring box wasn’t “green.”

He got over it thankfully. :)

My cuties hard at work. #homeschoolingboys #homeschool #boymom

The rest of the boys did great with their first day schooling!
We decided to wean back in and start with some basics.

I wont have access to the rest of their books until after the move.

To see our 2015-2016 curriculum choices this year check out THIS POST.

For those curious what I chose for Science/History.
I went with Apologia for Science and Mystery of History.

Well they're back!! ? do I look younger? Like my friend Lori said. Bangs are better and cheaper than Botox hahahha.... #bangs #itsjusthair #32yearsold

With turning 32, the bangs came back. They really do make me look younger.

My mom and dad came up for my birthday.
So nice having them closer. They live an hour 15 minutes away now!

My mom, Reed and I went to Ulta for the first time. Wont lie, not my fav. store at all. So overwhelming.

We went furniture shopping too. Looking for a new sofa.
Some how we ended up on this bed, no luck, but had fun.

We’ve had a lot of car naps too. Due to early risers!

Just another day #onthefarm ripping up stumps. ? #farmlife

To top off a great week/weekend, Mr. Fisher, the nice man letting us live on his land
in his spare double wide, made our boys day.

Tractor rides! Its all Reed has talked about since :)

He loves “Fishter Fisher.” :)

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.