'Charles Darwin' I love how the same flower looks so different depending on its day in the flower cycle. And the water behind? That's our 'swale' working as hoped after this downpour. I took a risk and planted out this year's bare rooted roses in our newly constructed 'berm'. Which is basically a high pile of dirt, on the other side of a swale or effectively, like a drain. It couldn't have worked out better with the roots having plenty of soft soil to expand in. Plus, the slow infiltration of the water after the rain, which can continue to seep out the other side of the rose garden and into our subsequent vege gardens, also planted on contour. It sounds complicated but it's really pretty easy. If you want to know more about making a garden from scratch, hit me with a comment and I'll make a video
As we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving, I get overcome with emotions for all that I am thankful for. I am so lucky to have a wonderful job, to live in a beautiful home with my 90 year old grandma who is watching my son grow up right before her eyes, and with my best friend(mom) who always pushes me to believe in myself and be the best I can be, and reminds me to drink my coffee so I have the energy to do it all. And most importantly, so thankful for my husband and son for loving me with all of their heart.
One thing I'm thankful for with my husband is no matter what, he always keeps his promises. When we found out we would be having our son, he made the promise that when we wanted family photos that we would, and we would be that family that hung them up all over our home for our friends and family to see. I'm excited and emotional to show you our first family photo session that we have had since julian's newborn pictures. I hope you all enjoy them and a sincere @simplyamazinggracephotography for making my Pinterest ideas come to life.
For the health and happiness of my family & friends, for a husband who makes every day an adventure, for a job I love, and for all the countless blessings that make up this wonderful life #thanksgivingweek#gratitude#thankyou
We save our best clothes for Sunday’s We also save a ton of money by making State and National Parks our go to stops for entertainment! The kids love the Jr. Ranger programs and both Ben and I enjoy learning about the history of the area we are staying in. .
We stepped out of the trailer this morning to find that the sky is filled with clouds and the smell of fresh rain lingers in the air. Yet here we are on our way to the pool the grey sky’s feel like Washington but the 73 degree weather reminds me we’re on a grand adventure.
Wesley was born when Autumn was just a little over a year old and since that day, these two have been inseparable. They are best friends. They always say to each other “I wove you more than chocolate” or “I wove you more than Christmas” We’re so thankful they have each other while we travel
We get asked a lot what it’s like to spend all day everyday with each other. “Are you sick of each other yet?” “Oh man, I don’t think I could spend that much time with my spouse and kids”. But to answer those questions: we have been LOVING it! We were friends for 6 years, then when we started dating our friends gave us a hard time because we were always together. Our relationship was built on a strong friendship. When we got married, we envisioned a life spending our time together, maybe owning a self sustainable farm, real-estate or full time missionary work. Over the years, we lost that vision. We settled into a 7-5 job and bought a bigger house. One day on a walk we were talking about how nice it was to spend time together, it had become too rare. There wasn’t enough time in a day to make each other a priority, and we knew something had to change. One day later, Ben walked into his work and gave his notice that he would be leaving his job and full time traveling. We no longer choose to pursue wealth but each other, and the calling that God had put on both of our hearts all those years ago.
We’ve been talking with the kids a lot lately about telling ‘whole truths’ and how that’s so valuable in our relationship with them to keep trust. We’re trying to teach them to have conviction to tell the truth easily. But also to know that we don’t expect perfection and that Mom and Dad will show grace freely and love unconditionally. Parenting has definitely changed with having both of us around 100% of the time. We are less exhausted and can parent more intentionally. Together, we are fully pursuing our children’s hearts.