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Henry’s blessing day was an emotional one. It was amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. The microphone didn’t work during his blessing so I actually didn’t hear it. 😭😭😭😭 😑😑 Ya, you better believe I excused myself afterwards to cry in the bathroom. Afterall aren’t blessings primarily for the mother?! However, everyone was so generous in sharing what they remembered the most from it and I think I have a pretty good picture. The spirit was definitely loud and clear and my husband’s testimony was the highlight of my day. Friends and family’s love and support was definitely the πŸ’ on top. (Including the majorly talented @torriemeidell who effortlessly snapped some fabulous photos for us. Thanks Torrie!) #henryjoseph #babyblessingInstagram Today

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I Can’t Be Inside

I hadn’t realized until I thought about it a bit but this year’s garden is really my first time ever having a garden of my own! Yes, after we were first married and Ben was a newborn we had a big community garden that David headed up but I was not physically or mentally involved in it with a new baby around.

After that we were in a house with no garden space and then another apartment. But now we’re here! And I’m not just talking about vegetables. I have all this space for flowers too!

Snap peas 1
Snap peas 2
Spinach 1
Spinach 2

I feel like my level of giddyness is right there with my two young boys. When we started to see the snap peas and spinach pop up from the seeds we had lovingly placed in the ground a few weeks earlier, I almost squealed.Β 

Then there is the sunflowers. Our neighbor always grows the most amazing sunflowers and then uses the heads to make these beautiful wreaths. She gave us a baggy full of seeds and so I planted some along the back fence line. Little did I know the boys did some planting of their own , all in one spot so now we have an area with 5 or 6 sunflowers coming up! So fun!

We also have little flower seeds and pumpkins that we started in egg cartons. Some flower seeds molded and died so that was sad but I just planted some more. And now some are doing well!Β  And look at those pumpkins! Yay!


I planted some sweet peas in the back hopefully it wasn’t too early and I am so anxious to see if those pop up. Our daffodils and tulips that we planted last fall are out and in bloom however they don’t look extremely happy. I am certain they need more sun because in the afternoon you can see them leaning towards the sun trying to soak up as much as they can. Poor babies.

In the mail headed our way are strawberries, asparagus, green beans and tomatoes. So excited to get those in the ground and watch them grow too.

If you could see my back and neck you would see the most disgusting red sunburn from the last several days. Shame on me I know. But I just can’t stay inside! My latest project was pruning the apple trees. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I also had no idea what I was doing but with a little advice from people who did I felt like I could accomplish the job. Plus these trees had been neglected for probably 4 years so I figured what more damage could I do?

I worked on them for a little over a week. They would have taken me another week if my wonderful husband hadn’t stepped in and helped me with the last tree. Bam, done in an afternoon. It’s amazing what teamwork can do. Now we wait and see how they respond. Crossing my fingers I didn’t kill them but I doubt it. They are probably breathing now; bathing in all the sun they are getting. It was hard, hard work but it felt good working on a project.

Clearing out flowers beds of weeds, picking up old spiked horse chestnuts in the front yard, planting pansies in pots, mowing the lawn, cleaning out the sandbox, have all kept me busy and I’m loving every minute of it.

The inside of my house might have to wait till a rainy day to get attention. Eating every meal outside?Β  Yes please.

Things my kids say

As I’m feeding Henry in my recliner chair, William begins to surround me with things I might need. First the tissue box “in case he spits up mom), and then a book he thinks I might like, then he runs to his bedroom and gets one of his blankets that “he doesn’t really use anymore” and lovingly spreads it over my legs. Next it’s brothers binki (things are starting to get crowded in the chair). Next is my hair tie…I slip it on my wrist with a thank you William, and he says,” that looks good with you mom”, next is my water bottle. After a quick potty break because hes done all this while dancing he comes back and says, “and one more thing mom” and puckers up his little lips for a kiss. Melt my mom heart.


As we are hiking with Aunt Cathy. Aunt Pam and Mimi, Aunt Cathy attempts to point out what is called turtle rock to Ben in the distance. This is a giant rock with a head shape and then a long ‘shell’ shape in the back. Its fairly abstract and difficult to see as little ones. Ben looks up at Aunt Cathy and says. “Well, actually… you’re an adult and so I don’t understand what you are saying.”

William – ‘I want to eat healthy mom, I don’t want my treat.’ He leaves it at the table to go play…jaws drop. Next minute he comes back…’maybe I will eat itΒ  mom.’

“Mom how do those things come out like that? (pointing to my boob)” Ben

William using the word ‘otherwise’ and supposedly at age 4.

“Mom,Β I’m an artist” said directly after their art session with Mimi. W

“Mom, I like how you are getting dressed.” (one of the rare days I get dolled up). W

“Mom do you know who I love the most? Jesus, you and the baby. Oh and the holy ghost.” W

William talking about something being perfect and Ben saying that only Jesus is perfect. William then says, “ya, He could even make it so your water bottle doesn’t leak anymore Ben!”

William comes out of his room at naptime and says, “Mom, I’m starting to like short naptime because it gives me a chance to think. And I’m starting to think of a really cool picture I could make you.”

Ben frequently asks me to turn on Michael Jackson in the kitchen so we can dance together. He really gets into it. One morning he stopped and said, “Songs like Michael Jackson make me want to be professional dancer mom.” with a huge smile. You go dude!!

Explaining who cupid is and what happens when somebody gets shot with an arrow and William nonchalantly says, “well i fell in love with you before valentines mom.”

As we were reading one evening I pointed out how much I love the smell of books. I had the boys smell to see if they agreed. William stuck his nose right in and after a big whiff said, “mmmmmm that smells like Jesus .”

Seeing Spring

Did you know: the Wellsville mountains are considered to be some of the steepest mountains in North America? This is because they are very narrow but not necessarily very tall.

Well whatever they are they are BEAUTIFUL and I love seeing them RIGHT there.

The last few days (when it hasn’t been snowing) I’ve been out in the yard working on our flower beds. There are several out there and they have been grossly neglected over the years (common problem in rental homes).

When we moved in almost a year ago I had the attitude that I am sure most renters do…”It’s not my house so I’m probably not going to waste time improving it…we’ll just wait till we get our own home..someday.”Β  Someday. Someday. I started getting sick of someday.

Here is almost 3 acres at our fingertips. Why wait? So I started digging out the mounds and mounds of weeds and grass. Underneath it all there was actually some day lilies, tulips and peonies! Yay!

I plan to add some lupines, sunflowers and daisy’s to this one bed. Lavender, zinnias, lilacs, craspedia just to name a few in the others. We are going to dig out a whole other section of grass and plant raspberries and even though we wont have any harvest till next year it helps with the boycott of ‘someday’. Yay. No need to wait. Let’s do this!


Over by the barn (that’s apparently about to fall down-yikes) is our humble garden where garlic and onions are already popping through the compost and where all our other vegetables will go including strawberries. yes.


The 3 apple trees are in bad shape but we are going to prune them and baby them so that maybe next year we will have some good picking.Β  Patience, baby, patience.

The final cherry on top and the thing that spurred this attitude change in the first place is ducks! We are going to get little ducklings and raise them in our yard so we have yummy eggs. So excited.

I love working in the dirt. There is something about it. And my boys could stay out there all day (shoeless and in t-shirts in barely 50 degree weather btw). The only downside to all this is I’m going to want to stay outside with them. Instead of you know, cooking and cleaning. Oh well. Welcome Spring.