As you can see I had a little fun getting my little corner looking a bit better. My crusty mailbox had lost the ability to stay closed and the numbers were a joke. It was time! I cleared some sod, edged it and added a few flowers with a ladder trellis.
The honeysuckle and hollyhocks get to climb the ladder in the back and in the front I have a lavender plant on one side and a white flowering ground cover one the other. Rock chunks courtesy of my dilapidated side walk. I can’t wait for it to grow in!
The thing that really struck me though is that a year ago (or even a few months ago) I wouldn’t have been able to complete something like this. I was exhausted and my mind had no order or clarity. I was in a fatigue so deep that I ran strictly on autopilot and anything that took any amount of problem solving was beyond my capabilities. I am thankful once again for my doctor and the things that have helped me along.
And I do hope the mail carrier has an easier time of dropping off our mail!
Wishing you a spring full of lovely projects and new possibilities!
I have been working on this little project since the first of the year and here is Thankful 365 for April. This was an idea that I saw and decided to try it out for myself. In order to cultivate a grateful spirit I have written one positive and specific thought for each day. This will be for an entire year but I will post it at the end of each month.
April 1- Easter. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice
April 2- Gardening. Set my first plants in the ground TODAY. Ah, blessed dirt!
April 3- Gardening
April 4 – My doctor! She is pretty awesome.
April 5- Care group- they’re my tribe!
April 6- It’s Friday and its been a long week. FriYAY!
April 7- My husband took 2 out of town calls that kinda ate up our Saturday but I’m glad that my son had a job to do to keep him busy and productive. The girls and I spent the day cleaning so we made the most of a rainy Saturday.
April 8- I’m thankful for wonderful church services that change lives for the better!
April 9- It was a crazy busy day but I’m thankful I had energy for it. I may not have much left but I got through today and made a big pot of chili for a cozy comfort food. Yum!
April 10- My dog. She was at the vet and we missed her. Its good to have her home.
April 11- My seedlings have sprouted!
April 12- My husband. Its his birthday today and I’m thankful for him. And for seeing friends who came just to wish my man a happy birthday 🎂
April 13- I’m thankful for a day off. I was not at my best but a rainy restful day was just the thing.
April 14- lazy Saturday. And we hired out cleaning the chicken coop! Nice!
April 15- Had fun with my bus kids. Love those babies!
April 16- Monday workday. Gettin’ stuff done!
April 17-My husband! He loves me enough to buy me treats when I’m crabby #lovehim #hesakeeper #scottiedoglicorice
April 18- Bert and Ernie! Not the Muppets, our new cows!
April 19- Care group…my sides still ache!
April 20-It’s Friday!
April 21-We were go getters today! So much done! Whew!
April 22- I’m glad we had a relatively quiet Sunday. Sometimes its hopping and a bit too busy for me.
April 23- Thankful for tea today
April 24- Got to show the animals off to a friend today. Their autistic son loved them! It made me happy that he was so taken with them and enjoyed being outside.
April 25- Today I realized that it is entirely possible that I could have ended up childless. I have 3 kids but after a visit to the doctor I fully realized that had I not had children at a younger age time simply would have run out for them. I had a very small window and I took it. I’m so thankful I did!
April 26- Its Thursday and I’m tired but I’m glad to be tired for a reason. I have a family a home and work to do
This another one of my projects for 2018. In case you are wondering why in the world I am posting at the end of the month I will give you a quick explanation. Gratitude has been something that I have struggled with. I want to cultivate a thankful heart. In order to focus on the positive I will be posting at the end of each month one positive thought for every day (or nearly every day). My goal is to completely transform my natural inclination to spot the negatives first and replace that with the ability to see the good in every day. Bring on the goodness!
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
March 1- I am thankful for my care group (weekly Bible study). We are a family. We laugh and cry together. We are the church in touchable form. Love them.
March 2- A new month budget wise. We had a rough February but March is looking good!
March 4- My beautiful cake!
March 5- Friends and getting the house clean🏡and baby goats🐐!
March 6- A quiet evening…ah….
March 7- Good preaching!
March 8- Ladies meeting! This has been a wonderful time to refresh my spirit. I need that. I need God and daily connection to His word and strength.
March 9- No School! Always a surefire way to make my day!
March 10- Back on THM (Trim Healthy Mama) My body needs this.
March 11- Helping others. Sometimes its the best remedy in helping ourselves.
March 12- Homemade Frosting! (Not on THM) but soooooo delicious!
March 13- Health insurance (even crummy ones)I’m thankful I’m covered!
March 14- Friends! Silver and gold I tell ya!
March 15- The beauty of a sunrise. I’ve seen some glorious performances lately.
March 16- My sister. Its her birthday. And she’s awesome.
March 17- A nap! Because life needs a reset once in a while
March 18 – Prayer, its good for what ails ya
March 19- Spring Break! And Toby the scoby!
March 20- A snuggly day at home… Sometimes being in your cozy place is just the therapy you need
March 21- Full house purge, yes! Bring on the clear floors and organized closets!
March 22- Getting the house and grounds ship shape …read about our deck scrubbing adventure
March 23- Saw my new provider today and she is exactly the person I need to help me work my way to better health! Feeling motivated to make good changes for myself! Had fun at the chamber banquet as well 🙂
March 24- Very sniffly around here but I’m thankful that I can be home resting and chug a lugging my hot tea! And books by Alexander McCall Smith…I may have read a few this past week…
March 25- I’m thankful for an amazing church service that restored my soul. Sometimes you get those moments that just pierce into the heart of the matter and make your path clear. I’m thankful for a God who loves me and fights my battles.
March 26- My girlfriend!!!😍
March 27- Work
March 28- Sudafed….
March 29- Good times with my care group
March 30- GOOD FRIDAY!
March 31- The Easter play- a wonderful way to appreciate the sacrifice of a our great God
Looking forward to a new month and more blessings!
Well, it seems that spring break and motherhood have conspired to draw me away from my little blog. We have been spring cleaning with fervor here at Henneke farm. The mud, as you can imagine, is epic this time of year.
I began scrubbing the back deck only to find that it was like scooping sand from the Kalahari. There was just so.much.mud. I began with a paint scraper, yes, a paint scraper. Then I was able to sweep up clumps and dust. Next, I advanced to hot water and cleaning solution scrubbed on with a broom. Finally, my girls were given the task of bucket brigade with hot water for rinsing away soap and mud. Then came the water hose to complete the task.
Two hours later we could stand back and admire our work. We were proud of our accomplishment and the deck really looked wonderful. If it hadn’t cooled off that evening we could have had dinner alfresco.
Spring time is not without a bit of humor….today it rained. So my deck gets a second washing!
I know it may be a bit wintry in this picture but it was a lovely cool still morning. Just as if the seeds in the ground had started listening for their cue to rise. Instead of dew we had snow but the feeling of spring was there.
What a view! My neighbors probably thought I was crazy to stand in my driveway (in flip flops) just to catch the sunrise finishing it’s morning trek into the heavens. But you should have seen it! Billowing clouds full and glistening with the paleness of early sunshine streaming out onto the lightest dusting of pure white snow. I wish I had a better camera to do it justice. I am blessed to wake up to God’s handiwork every morning!
How many of you have seen pins on Pinterest about “salads in a jar”? I have seen quite a few, and we are loving them in our home! They make such quick, easy, filling, and healthy lunches…perfect for a lunch on-the-go or a fast lunch for a busy homeschooling mama. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating new salads.
Ideally, you can make several “salads in a jar” at the beginning of the week and just grab one out of the refrigerator every day. It sure saves a lot of time cutting, slicing, and dividing everything at once instead of doing it each day! For my salads, I put the dressing in the bottom of the jar. My husband likes to add his dressing right before he eats:) Add the more wet ingredients at the bottom so they don’t get everything else slimy. Layer your ingredients, add the lettuce (or…
I am back on the THM (Trim Healthy Mama) wagon and very happy about it! I have been needing to take a good long look at my eating habits for a while. I am a pig if you must know. I have been blessed with a high metabolism but as I *ahem* mature I have noticed that it is less speedy. Also, sugar and gluten aren’t friendly to me- ever. I love them but they do not love me back and so I’m ending our relationship before anything drastic happens.
One of my morning go-tos is bulletproof coffee. If you haven’t tried it you should at least once. It’s creamy and frothy and YUM! It does require using a blender which can be an extra step that some people don’t have time for in the morning but it can hold it’s own against any fancy $5 drink and it’s GOOD for you!
This morning as I was putting the finishing touches on my coffee the blender seemed a bit off… not quite right…very bouncy and loud…
Hmmm… upon further investigation I could see nothing noticeable about the contents of my blender so I poured out my big cup of love and took a big ol’ swig. Strange…it’s a bit chewy??? I quickly spit out a solid piece of something. It was a chunk of black rubber. I know I live on a farm and things can get misplaced very easily when you have 4 outbuildings each with their own belongings, not to mention 5 different people moving those items about… but really! Trying to save my cup of perfect deliciousness I grabbed a fine mesh strainer to strain out all the rubber bits. It almost worked. If I only looked at the beautiful frothy top I could not see the black flecks below! But my better judgement took over and I realized that it’s probably not a good idea to drink inedible things. Well, I guess I could always make another cup- but this time I’m writing down exact quantities so I can replicate my little cup of heaven!
Basic Bulletproof Coffee:
1 cup of freshly brewed coffee
1/2 tsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. butter
stevia to taste
sprinkle of salt
1 tsp. collagen
flavoring of your choice
blend on low for 30 seconds to 1 minute until fully emulsified and frothy
Hey there! I have been working on hair health for a while and I thought I’d share a bit of what I have learned in my process of trial and error. I find so many things for natural hair or curly hair and thick hair but have been frustrated in the thin hair department. I hope this helps someone! Also, let me know if you have any hair helps for thin hair and we can share the hair love. Have a GREAT hair day!
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A new month! The month of love! ❤ And my birthday AND my Valentine’s anniversary to boot! As it turns out gratefulness is a much needed quality and so someone very near and dear to me has decided to join me. Hope your month is filled with love! Here’s to February!
Feb 1- I’m glad of another day. So often we have lost opportunities because we forget how fleeting life really is. Today I have just one more day. #Hismerciesareneweverymorning*Chocolate mint cookies
Feb 2-TGIF! & Coffee with my girlfriends 🙂 *Fried chicken
Feb 3- I’m thankful for learning something new, even if it’s hard!*DQ dilly bar and an official custom made Henneke Farm badge
Feb 4 – I’m thankful for my home. It’s a mess right now and I don’t feel good. Actually, I feel awful and achy but I’m glad I have a place to try and be comfortable while I’m icky and achy.
Feb 5- I’m thankful for my family, my home and our prayer time. We have been taking time to spend an hour before bed to share our prayer requests and to pray over them. It’s been wonderful for our family.*Songs by Carman
Feb 6 – LOTS of free paper
Feb 7- My kids. They drive me crazy and I will forever love them fiercely.
Feb 10- GIRLS DAY !:)
Feb 12- Agh! Behind again… today I am thankful for my life. I have had a bit of health problems (nothing major) but I’m glad that I have breath and life and opportunity to see another day. I love knowing the God that gives me each new sunrise and I thank Him for another priceless gift!
Feb 14- My anniversary. 17 years! Wowza…
Feb 15 – Discount chocolate!
Feb 16- Quiet mornings
Feb 17, 18, 19- My mom came to see us!
Feb 20- Birthday party success for girl #2
Feb 21, 22, 23- School days. Routine and schedule have a sort of comfort
Feb 24- Family day!
Feb 25- Good church!
Feb 26- Ski day! *Skiing
Feb 27- Lunch with a friend:) *Pizza
Feb 28-this month did no go like I had planned. I was off track on my budget and eating habits. I had some health issues. However, I am so thankful that through the daily trials of everyday life I can say that God is good to me! *Donuts and new pajamas
All the best to you and yours! Hope your month was full of reasons to be grateful!
Yesterday was fun. We went skiing. I’m using the term loosley. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made. I have been skiing a total of 3 times now. So yeah, not very much. We go once a year. And I’m 37. Have I mentioned that I’m not as springy as I used to be? Obviously I’m not on the fast track to the winter Olympics but I am learning.
I was able to get a lesson and practice on the bunny hill. I’m actually pretty good at turns (on gentle slopes) but I kinda sorta freak out when it gets steep. Hence the constant falls. On the bright side I did get the official “pass” from our instructor. Another bright spot is that they have a really nice staff up there. I may have been rescued once or twice. They had a slow day and I’m sure I provided lots of good entertainment for them. You’re welcome.
My goal was to actually ride the lift and to make it down the hill. Technically, I did do both. Not actually on my own but hey, baby steps. Falling and making a fool of myself aside, I truly love skiing. I love the mountains and the fresh air and the beauty of it all. I love the energy and the complete vulnerability of going headlong down a snowy slope. Mostly, I love feeling completely alive. Wind, cold and all. I.am.alive.
Also, riding that lift up and up and up is about the most peaceful thing a being can do. You know that lull you feel floating on the river? The smoldering captivation of a campfire that you can’t look away from? Yeah, it’s that but with snow.
And to be honest, the looking foolish part wasn’t really that bad. I realized that I am a stubbornly proud person (something I actually already knew but passionately hate to admit) and that there are a lot of kind people who get that. I was thankful that God allowed me a humbling experience and yet to maintain a bit of dignity. One more flaw that was so plainly pointed out…*sigh*. Well, pride certainly does go before the fall! Or maybe with the fall in my case.
And so I leave you with this:
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve? – John Maxwell from Failing Forward
“To be good at anything you have to first be comfortable with failure” – My College Math Professor
“Go ahead, venture out and make a few mistakes. This life won’t wait for you to get it all figured out.” – Veronica Henneke