Monday, September 26, 2016

Harvest Highlights

Friday marked the end of a three-week chopping season
 for Eddie and the guys on the harvest crew!
They logged hundreds of hours on hundreds of acres over more than a dozen farms in the area.
We're so grateful for another bountiful harvest and God's merciful protection over the guys,
in spite of a rather serious accident that happened. 
I think we all breathe a big sigh of relief when this job is behind us!

Nicholas was so excited to get to ride with Papa in the chopper,
and he ended up spending hours in that cab!
This is one of the very best parts of farm life: our children getting to work with their Papa.

When the guys were working on our farm, we took four wheeler rides out to the fields.
The kids always fight over who gets to sit in the front and "help" drive!
It looks like Hadassah won this round :)

Our farm has almost no flat fields, and sometimes I get a little anxious when I ride along on the hills!
But the view sure is beautiful!

One of my jobs as farm wife is making food for the guys.
I often ask Eddie what I should make, and he usually says "sandwiches"!
I usually scoff at the idea, but when he suggested these tomato mozarella pesto sandwiches (with bacon), I decided that wasn't such a bad idea after all!

We miss having Papa at home in the evenings, so sometimes we'll go out to the fields with food
and go for a ride!
The children squeeze side-by-side on the floor while I take the buddy seat,
and we all watch in fascination as the huge head devours the long stalks of corn.

Every year, Eddie ties one ear of corn to the side rail of the chopper.
Who said men don't like to decorate?!

Taking photos of the harvest and the scenery is therapeutic for me.
Occasionally, I can get video footage for Eddie to use in his seed dinner meetings in the fall!

My favorite shots are when the chopper is breaking through the end of the row!

Sometimes, we throw down a blanket and break out the watermelon...

....and then stuff our face full and cheese for the camera!

And THIS is how we all feel at the end of harvest!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hadassah Turns Five!

Last week, we celebrated Hadassah's 5th birthday!
Five years...since a tiny little 6 pound baby girl was placed into my arms and I entered 
the world of motherhood!
I just love watching her grow and learn and become the person
that God uniquely created her to be.

She is our artist and is constantly coloring and drawing.
She loves to dance, and was excited to start her second year of classes.
She has a servant heart, and will often say "Let me do that for you Mama, so you can just relax!"
And she is our official family doctor. Got a scraped knee? She'll find you a band-aid in no time at all!
So a Doc McStuffins party is what she requested.

In our backyard, there was a perfect spot under a grouping of trees
 to set up the party.
Even though the decorations were simple, Hadassah thought it was beautiful!

Fun fact:
We've had perfect weather to host outdoor birthday parties for all five years!
Here's hoping the trend continues.
And these three little girls have been at each party, too! 
It's so fun to watch them grow up together.

Hadassah and I had fun making these cupcakes together!
I was going to just make purple frosting, but no; there had to be pink too.
With sprinkles, of course!

Getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time
is like Mission Impossible.
But I love the way this captures their personalities!

The best part of a birthday - according to Hadassah - is opening the presents!

I took the children on an "adventure" one evening and snapped a few pictures of the birthday girl.

"I love styling, Mom!"

She's equal parts sweet and sassy!

Most of the poses were her idea! haha

And I was sneaky enough to get a few pictures of them both! 

Nicholas' hugs never last very long :)

The highlight of the evening: collecting "special" rocks.

Sweet daughter,
May the light that shines out of you only get brighter as you grow.
And may you always live life with the same passion
and joy that you do today!

Happy birthday, Hadassah Jo!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Tangled Threads Review

Today I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite pieces of clothing:
a maxi skirt from Tangled Threads!
One of my dear friends, Audrey, and her friend, El, began this business out of their homes.
They are both mamas with littles and found this to be their creative outlet!
I love that they do it all:
from hand-dyeing the fabrics, to creating the patterns and sewing them.
 I was so excited to win this lovely Wildwood maxi skirt in a giveaway they did this summer!

Let me tell you what I love about this skirt (and no, I'm not getting paid to say this!)
The fabric is incredibly soft and light enough for warmer days.
Seriously, it's one of the most comfy pieces of clothing I own!

I love that it can be dressed up with a classic shirt
or made to look more casual with a t shirt,
like this one from New Creation!

They have so many other gorgeous colors to choose from, including some that are perfect for fall!
I chose the mint color, and it has a bit of a grayish tint to it.
I would recommend purchasing a size smaller than you typically wear.
So head on over to their shop and order one for yourself!
I promise, you will love it!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Our Farmhouse Tour I: Living Spaces

Four months ago, we moved into the farmhouse!
The weeks have flown by since then, with all the adjustments that come with a move
and settling into a new routine.
 But we are loving living here on the farm, and it truly feels like home to us.

This house was built 23 years ago, and is the home my husband spent the majority of his life in.
I hope we can create as many wonderful memories for our family as he had
growing up here!

The loft is an open room upstairs with an attic-style toy room inside the door you see to the left. 
My favorite part is that the mess is where I can't see it! :)
The children have spent hours of playtime up here.

I found this lovely end table at the Embellish Flea-for-All a few weeks ago!
I hope to get a large area rug and a coffee/game table yet for this space.

Eddie purchased this roll-top desk before we were married and had it restored.
It was a beast to move {not that I know from actual experience or anything!}, but I'm happy that we found a corner where it fits well.
My sister found this antique desk at an auction.

Our neighbors gave us this piano, and I am so happy to have one to use until I find my baby grand!
Hadassah loves to play it, and is already asking when she can start lessons.

Pictured here are the stairs that go down into the kitchen area.
I love that this space is open so that I can stay connected with the children while I'm working in the kitchen!

This is a view of the kitchen from the loft. I have big plans for this room...someday!
After working in a narrow, galley-style kitchen,
this one feels huge!
There is plenty of space for my little helpers to join me when I'm baking.

Next, we'll head from the kitchen into the living room.

This window gives me a great view of the back yard where the swings and sandbox are,
and I can watch the cows walk from the fields into the barn {a good thing since I forget to get them in some days until I see them heading down the path!}
This bench was originally black and I wanted to update it. My sister suggested using a spray paint with primer in it, and I'm happy with the results! 

The afternoon light that streams through this window is perfect for all my plants!

The desk came from Craigslist, and is still one of my favorite pieces!
I keep the children's art supplies in here, so it gets plenty of use. 

This is our main living area, where we relax, watch movies and read books.
I'm planning to purchase a rug, which will really warm up this space, but I still haven't decided exactly what  I want! Rugs are much more of a commitment than pillow covers or lamps!
Any suggestions on what style/color I should get?
I also want to get some art for my huge frame (also from my sister!) and a plant to fill the empty space in the corner.

 The coffee table gets so much use: our stack of library books and magazines
are stored underneath,
and we have played quite a few rounds of Berenstein Bears and Candyland right here!

The buffet is multi-functional, with the TV on top and books and DVD's inside of it.
I love the upholstered chair I got from Target a few months ago!

Another angle

We found a matching set of Lazy boy recliners on Craigslist for a steal,
and they are Eddie's favorite places to relax!

It's been fun taking you on a tour! I'll be back sometime in the next couple of weeks with photos from our bedrooms!

 xoxo, Ruby