Posts Tagged ‘life’
Around here things feel like they are finally moving forward! It seems projects we have been waiting to start are finally underway and we couldn’t be more excited!
After several cold days, and then a few late, late, late frosts (May 4th, seriously?!!) I “think” it’s safe to say that spring is officially here!
We planted 40 tomato plants! I had to put Cale’s eyeballs back in their sockets when I told him how many plants I wanted to plant this year. Since I won’t be eight months pregnant (like last summer) I plan on canning my little heart out and stocking up good for the winter. Look for our “Canning with… Series” starting back up in June!
Remember our refrigerator that had to be held shut by a bungee cord? We’ll it’s moved to “The Shop” and been replaced by this beauty! We had some friends actually give us this one for FREE! What an amazing and totally unexpected blessing (Thanks Williamson Family)!
At 8 months old Little James is scooting/army crawling around and loving being outside. We’ve given up on trying to get him to stop eating the grass. After all, a little dirt is good for ya right?!
For Oklahoma the Irises are always a sign that spring is here! We planted these a few years ago from extra bulbs Cale’s Grandpa was splitting. They have gotten so tall that I can see them above the windows in our kitchen! Makes my heart happy and I love filling our home with fresh cut flowers from around the yard.
I think I have finally perfected one of our favorite breakfast dishes, a crustless quiche (based off of this recipe)! Gotta get in all the oven goodies I can before the summer heat sets in.
After five years of marriage we are repainting/updating our bedroom! I was super excited about this until the gray/purple color I picked out was actually lavender! Our house is so small that all the wall colors need to gel together otherwise things can get really out of hand. The new gray/purple choice, alongside the other rooms, is starting to make our home feel like a rainbow! Looks like I”ll be choosing a a new color direction (and starting over)!
Anyone wanna come over for a painting party?!
We had our first play date in the water on the front lawn! What started as a fun way for the kids to cool off ended with our little niece running around butt naked and James completely soaked and muddy. I’m not gonna lie, I definitely felt like ” The Cool Mom”!
And finally, the chicken coop is completed! This used to be the old hen house where they would raise baby chicks. Cale cut a door in the back end and created a little run for our chickens. After loosing one chick to a big snake we’ve already had to face the good and the bad side of having real animals on The Farm. Cale reminded me that I need to get used to it since I’ve already made plans for owning bees, pigs, etc. Becoming a mom has definitely made me a softy so I’m gonna have to put on my big girl
panties boots if I want to be a legit country girl!
What spring projects have you accomplished thus far? Are you feeling caught up yet or still falling behind?
From The Farm
We are excited to announce that our guest bedroom has been hosting some very special farm guests. Every morning I wake up hearing them chirping away and think there are birds in my house!? Oh, wait! Cale has been talking about having chickens FOREVER and once we officially decided to make the jump I swear it’s all he has talked about (and thought about) for the last three weeks.
About a week ago we made the trip to our local feed store to purchase our new baby chickens. You know you are in the right place when the parking lot is full of pickups!
We invited our little niece (to ensure our status as her favorite Aunt and Uncle of course!) who happily tagged along. It was a really fun family-friendly outing. I would totally recommend taking the kids even if you don’t plan on purchasing any. It’s like a mini petting zoo for FREE (as long as the employees don’t mind)!
She was a little shy at first but by the time we got them home she had opened RIGHT up (and everyday asks her mom if she can come by and see them!).
Cale had to have a good “talkin to” with Josie (our dog) to make sure she understood that the baby chicks, although cute and cuddly, were not to be used as her chew toys.
And before we knew it we were the proud parents of 10 little baby chicks (starting to feel a little out numbered).
I’m not gonna lie, with the recent release of Jurassic Park 3D all I can think about is how much they look like baby Pterodactyls. They definitely have some kind of mutant powers cause they have already grown 2x their size! We’re gonna have to keep an eye on these little guys and get their coop finished ASAP.
Wish us luck in our newest farm adventure. Time to add another chore to the list!
Anyone out there have chickens too? What’s your best egg-laying chicken advice?!
From The Farm
For us Easter is more than just egg hunts and fancy clothes. It’s about the freedom we’ve received through Jesus. It was more than just dying for our sins, it was about coming back from the dead. Jesus didn’t just restore our old self, He gave us a brand new life.
A new beginning.
A fresh start.
Thank you Lord for giving us victory. For on that day, when you left the tomb you gave us the keys to overcome every dead situation in our own lives. We may not always see the how, or know the when, but in time, you use everything for good.
“Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” - Matthew 6:10
In heaven. You came to make earth like it is in heaven.
Let’s make earth more like heaven. No pain. No suffering.
Just hope, peace, love, patience, kindness, and gentleness.
Happy Easter friends.
From The Farm
We have a friend who recently sold us several pounds of pecans for a really great price! When I asked how he managed to get such a good deal his wife informed me that he’s developed quite a new hobby. In the early morning hours he walks around Oklahoma City and hunts down the local pecan trees. He knows where all the best trees are and has slowly gathered gallon buckets full of pecans! Apparently there is quite a sub-culture of people that do this because he’s even made some friends along the way.
And it got me thinking… how many people walk by these pecan trees everyday and have no idea what they are missing out on?
As I was sifting through my stash of pecans I started thinking about Cale and I and this season we are in. Lately life’s been asking us to crack open some of the deepest issues within our hearts. With the death of Cale’s dad, job changes, new baby, business changes, grandparents being sick… it’s been a long season of just “surviving”. For to long we’ve just walked by those feelings not wanting to feel them or say what we truly felt so they just stayed tossed on the ground.
A few nights ago we finally slowed down enough to notice some of the deeper issues and it was a really great moment in our marriage. We have been trying so hard to just do life that we were not aware of how truly unhappy we were. I guess we just thought if we kept going, ignore all those annoying shells on the ground, that eventually things would just get better. But typically things don’t just “get better”. There is not a magic wand that will automatically crack open pecan shells.
I can’t enjoy my pecans without some work invovled.
Pecans are sweet nuts and unless you are allergic I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like pecans?! But before you can get to the nutty goodness you have to get past the rough and tough shell. It takes time, attention to detail, and patience to pry open each shell and find the yummyness hiding inside. But when you sift through each shell not only do you find one pecan… you find a stash of pecans!
Of course you’ll always find some bad nuts along the way but you have to sift through the bad ones to get to the really good stuff.
And then what do you do?
You make pecan pie of course!
Or put em on your ice cream.
Coffee Cake (Yum!).
Finally, after a not so fun conversation Cale and I are getting to the real core issues. Some of them hold truths that are still hard to swallow but when you face them life becomes so much more than just survival and hoping that you don’t get stepped on.
Instead life is something you can open up and enjoy.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get crackin! Even if you find some painful nuts along the way you’ll eventually get to the good stuff.
Can anyone else relate to being in this season? What has helped you “get crackin” (wine, good friends that make you laugh, baby giggles, etc.)?
From The Farm
With having our first baby boy born last September it’s been a year full of firsts. The first bath, changing our first REAL poopy diaper, the first time he rolled off the bed and onto the floor (don’t tell me this hasn’t happened to you!?), the first time we let him cry himself to sleep (kill me now), the first time he smiled, laughed, or sucked on his tiny big toe.
These are moments we all grow sick of when we read them over and over again from friends and family posting on Facebook; but, when it’s YOUR baby… Oh my, how different it is! Read More…
Hello dear friends! How was your holidays? We finally got the Christmas decorations put away this last weekend. It was nice to be able to reflect on this year’s holiday season and truly relish our first Christmas together as a family of three.
When Cale and I first got married we struggled to establish our own traditions. Once married, with our own home, our childhood traditions were not quite the same with just the two of us (no one tells you about that part when you first get married). Part of what makes those old memories so special is the fact that they happened when we were kids. Traditions can be forced into existence but we think the best kinds are the ones that simply happen. Like magic they show up one random holiday season and before you know it you find yourself doing them year after year… and that is exactly what happened with our friend Carroll the Cactus.
Remember that Comic Book Inspired Wedding Invitation we designed a while back? Turns out the wedding was just as memorable! We should probably be fare and let you know that it was pretty special since Cale’s brother was the groom. But still! The bride’s Italian family arrived from Connecticut armed with good food and cheek kisses. Paired with some good old fashion Okie hospitality it was truly a wedding weekend to remember. Not only was it a beautiful day but the weekend was full of friends and family.
Here are a few of our favorite moments…
From the potluck dinner served family style to the old records serenading the evening it was truly one of our favorite weddings (outside of our own of course!).
Congrats to the newlyweds!
From the Farm
It’s Tuesday morning. The Laundry has piled up (again). The dishes are overflowing in the sink (again) and I still don’t have a single blog post ready for the week.
I’ve been struggling to figure out what all this means now that I am a mom. How do I balance daily life, chores, and Green Couch Design? With Cale working full-time on his architectural license I now have permission to just be a mom but I’m struggling with feeling like that is “enough”. I know that sounds terrible since I’m obviously taking care of our child but I struggle with not contributing financially. I feel like all I do is chase the chores into next week, sleep and feed baby.
Our heart for Green Couch Design has always been to combine both everyday life, our family, and our design careers into one. But figuring out how all of that actually molds together is the ultimate journey. Now that I’m here… I’m not quite sure what to do with myself or how our child will fit into it all? But I guess that is what makes it such a wonderful and scary adventure.
This week we dropped off the last bits of our concrete jewelry and kitchen line at Shop Good in OKC. It was a bitter sweet trip. For the first time we got to see each of our babies and compared stories as new parents. We have walked through a lot of life changes with Audrey and Justin. Shop Good was the first store to carry our jewelry line. From it’s humble beginnings in the Plaza District to it’s move to 9th Street their business has grown into something with full-time employees and an ever growing inventory of products supporting social justice organizations. We are so proud of what Shop Good is today and we can’t wait to see what is next for our friends (baby #2!? ).