Monday, May 18, 2015

In the Garden

We had an abundance of rain the other day, which made for perfect planting this weekend.
I love this time of year when things are going in and some of the early sprouters are ready for picking.
Tarragon, mint, chives, cilantro, and sage.
Early onions and leeks just about plump enough to harvest.









Most of all of the vegetables are in. 
My peas are doing well, but I decided to sack the weed screen idea. It just wasn't working, and seemed to be more of a nuisance to keep the weed screen down in the wind.
Instead, I planted three rows about 10 inches apart and staked a little wire fence down in the middle.


Potatoes are up!
I can't wait to taste the first little buttery potatoes fresh from the dirt.

My sister in law and I are comparing notes and sharing flower seeds...growing a lot more to sell in the farm stand this summer.

I planted a few varieties of sweet peas from Floret and I can't tell you how thrilled I am to smell that first bloom.

Peonies are one of my favorite flower treasures and I picked up a couple more plants.
I am seriously considering planting a couple of rows. They are so enchanting and easy to maintain.



Included in the flower planting, will be another sunflower house
The kids just have hours of fun. 
I am planting it at the end of two raspberry rows....what a treat to walk down the middle, like a little road, eating berries all the way to the secret house.

Today is a busy one.
Pumpkins, corn, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and melons are going in the ground.
As well as ALL of the flowers!
How about you?
What is happening in your garden?

If you would like a little inspiration, you can check out my pinterest boards:

~Julia

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Just Be


 Oh this thing called motherhood ...my heart just swells watching my kids grow into wonderful people.
They are gifts, really...gifts from God to nurture into who He wants them to be.
And it is definitely a labor of the heart.
My most important job.




They are growing big.
Bigger than I want and I realize that this fleeting time takes effort to slow.
To remember the moments and savor the time we have together.





The days are full of busyness....jobs irrigating for the neighbors, helping on our little farm, chores, sports, 4-H, and school.
So many things. Wonderful things that are turning out to be lovely opportunities for our children to grow.

I love watching them thrive.
But the time I really enjoy the most is just being with them.
Talking together and listening to their thoughts.

 Encouraging them, praising them, maybe even correcting a thought or two.



Just being...that's where the good stuff is.
That's where time slows and hearts connect.
I will never regret the time I spend with my children.
The oodles of time spent in conversation....and I might be busy preparing dinner, or planting potatoes, or feeding cattle.
But my attention is on them.


The longer I am a mama, the more I realize that it isn't always about all of the activities and things that we can get our kids involved in.
That is always there for the taking.
Sometimes....taking time away from sweet moments that might be needed.
Down time to just be.


To let life flow at home naturally and placing the sweet people in your home highest in your mind for the day.
We all need that...don't we?

Wishing you a day full of memory making and just living peacefully!

~Julia

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tea Cup Flowers

Mother's Day is fast approaching! 
I like to surprise my Mom with a sweet something.
Usually, flowers are on the list...they are her favorite.


With a tea cup, a few small flowers to pot, these darling planters are the perfect little something.


I started by putting sand in the bottom for drainage, then planted a couple of flowers and greens....small Johnny Jump Ups, and "Goldi " Lysimachia.


Simple and sweet.
And I like that I am giving a living planter that Mom can enjoy all summer.

Wishing you all a lovely day!

~Julia

Monday, May 4, 2015

Simple Things




A cup of English Breakfast tea in a warm mug.
An assortment of new and old treasured magazines = a small few minutes of my day to refresh and inspire.
It's one of my favorite things to do.

Some of my favorite magazines...






Do you have a simple thing that adds joy to your day?

~Julia


Friday, May 1, 2015

On the Farm



This week we started irrigating which will keep things green and growing for the next few months.
I am so thrilled to have some moisture.
Our area is in a declared drought and water is below the 50% level.


There may only be a first cutting of hay for most farmers this season.
Fire danger is already high, too.
But we will trust God's timing in everything.
And enjoy His beauty. 
Because worrying...well.., what does it really do for you?
Nothing.
Nothing good comes of worry and stress.
God knows what is going to happen, and I would rather trust Him because He sure has our best interest in mind :).



I just love the icicles hanging from the wheel line and trees up front after a cold night.
A little winter scene in the middle of spring.

 The kids have three 4-H piggies:
Baconater, Nelvis Pigsley, and Spanky.


The kids work with them every day and they are already so friendly.
Baconater will roll over on his back when scratched....so you can scratch his tummy.



The baby calves are growing, too.
I think I could take pictures of them ALL day!

 I mean...really? 
Could the double chins be any cuter?




Wishing you all the loveliest weekend!

~Julia

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mother's Day Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all who entered the Mother's Day giveaway from The Hemlock House!

Lemongrass Peppermint handmade soap
The winner is...

Sharon G.!
Congratulations!
Thank you Amanda for such a lovely giveaway :)

And if you were so hoping to try a sample of Amanda's lovely products from The Hemlock House
Fairview Farm readers receive
10% off all products until May 10th using coupon code fairviewfarm10.

Just visit The Hemlock House.
 
~Julia

Monday, April 27, 2015

Living A Content Life

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It ends tomorrow 4/28/15.

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Many times, I get the question fielded to me, "Why haven't you added on? I can't believe you guys are happy in that little house."


Now I really don't consider our home that small, but I guess 1470 sq. feet and 6 people equals a smallish house to the public view.
I could go on and on about why we haven't added on, but in the end....it really doesn't matter.

You see, we are content.
Not necessarily because that always comes easily, but because we choose it!

We have a lovely home that flows nicely...and yes, we share bedrooms, and bump elbows once in a while.
Yes...our home hugs us a little closer each year that the kids grow.
But it's cozy.
It's welcoming.
It's warm and inviting and it is a place that functions well.
It serves our family perfectly.

It is where God has us right now.
And it is perfect. We are thankful and content.

I think the key to living a content life is accepting where you are today, and being grateful for all that you have in this moment.

Making do with what you have...

Finding the joy in this moment, yet still clinging to dreams.
We would LOVE to add on....and build a shop...and grow our business.

I would love to write a book someday, have some success with my little farm stand, possibly start bringing in some money to help the household.
We dream BIG and make plans.
We keep dreaming, and praying, and working hard.
The key to contentedness is not letting the dreams rob you of the absolute joy you have today in knowing that God has placed you in the exact spot you are supposed to be in.

GIVE THANKS.

There is a plan, and without contentedness, I believe that God can't work His blessings to come if you are grumbling and unhappy.

So, for now, I LOVE my little house and all it holds dear to me.
I love my paid off Suburban with the little dent in the rear {we got it for an amazing price}!
I love that we have space outdoors to run and play, to garden and dream big farm plans.





I am thankful that I have to pare down to the simple inside and out because that feeling of less clutter is freedom at it's best.

I love that we choose wisely our next purchase and go for quality rather than quantity.
I love that I can put up fresh veggies and can and freeze them for my family.



I am glad that we can share this little home and land with others.

I am content in knowing that THIS....this place right here, right now is where I am supposed to be.


Wishing you all a lovely day!

~Julia


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