Monday, April 14, 2014

Seed Exchange

This morning, I hopped on Instagram while feeding Eliza and saw that Maggie, from The Rural Roost was offering to send some of her extra seeds to anyone who could use them. Apparently, she's been part of a "Seed of the Month" club, and she had more seeds than she could use. What I love is that she's sharing her extra seeds with strangers and in a few days, I'm going to receive seeds in my mail box from her.
Happy mail, you guys. My favorite.
This is something that makes me smile and feel so thankful that sweet strangers go out of their way to make other people's day happier.

So, here's what I'm thinking.....
I don't want to stop with the seeds that Maggie is sending out and I'm believing that some of you will think this sounds like fun as well.

Let's all send out some of our extra seeds or maybe even go buy a package or two of seeds to mail to someone. Let's bless each other's mail box. And even if you just receive seeds and don't mail any, maybe share a little of what you grow with someone? Let's spread some spring time love by doing something small like mailing each other seeds to plant.

If you'd like me to mail you some of my seeds, just comment below OR send me an email with  your address. I'll be excited to package up a little assortment of seeds and mail them to you. And if you have some that you'd like to mail to someone else, let me know and I'll pair you up with someone.

There aren't any big rules for this. We're just spreading love, saying "Happy Spring" and sending each other happy mail, through something simple like seeds.

Oh, I'm excited you guys. This is going to be fun. Let me know if you want to participate by commenting or sending me an email.
Happy planting, sweet friends.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Simple Things Sunday: Decorating Her House

This girl, her bucket, a collection of flowers and her take on interior decorating. 
Among 100 other things, watching her "decorate" her house this weekend was one of my favorite moments. 
The playhouse is looking mighty pretty, thanks for her fine taste. I have a new appreciation for her lately. It's becoming pretty obvious that she and I have many years of fun ahead of us full of flower picking, nail painting, shoe shopping, singing, talking and dancing. She's my free spirit who reminds me daily just how creative our creator was when He made us. I've been telling her that she's more fun than a barrel of monkeys and I mean it. 
She helps me remember just how special the simple things are and how God wants us to be astonished with his goodness in even the smallest of ways. She takes the simple things and sees them as extraordinary. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Room to Stretch Their Wings

Yesterday was kind of a big day for these little ladies. For one, I finally got around to painting two sides of their coop and isn't it a nice shade of red? Just ignore the front doors, those will be red too, with the white trim. Picture it finished, please?
The run will be made from chain link and closed in with chicken wire on top. We ended up ordering it online and it should be here soon. At that point, we'll attach it to the coop and then when it warms up a bit, we'll open up this handy little door that my hubby made and it'll be time for the chicks to hop outside and soak in the sun.

So, back to yesterday.

It was a big day for them since not only did their coop get partially painted this lovely shade of red, but they got to sleep out there last night, with the heat lamp too, of course (it's still around 40 degrees at night- brrr!). They were just entirely too large for their brooder so, yesterday they packed their suitcases, told the brooder that it's been fun and hit the road.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To move into the coop.  Duh.

Sorry, I just couldn't help it. There are so many chicken jokes to be made. Trust me when I say that I'm holding back. Unfortunately, I can't think of even one "chicken crossed the road" joke that's funny. Can you think of one? I obviously can't.
Today Paisley and I went out to see how they were liking their new digs and they seem to be settling in quite well. The funny thing about chickens is how if one does it, then they all do it.
We opened up the door to let them out for some fresh air and for a moment, they all stood there, just wondering if venturing out would really be a good idea.
 Then two of them hopped onto my toes. Wasn't expecting that.
 Then a few more hopped out.
And Joy just sat there. She's very chill and the biggest. Maybe that's why she's the biggest? She likes to sit a lot.
I love you, big girl.
They walked around looking for bugs, while Paisley and I admired their tail feathers. Aren't they cute?

 Sitting in the sun with Paisley was so relaxing.
 Until she took off my flip flops....
 And started shoving them back on the wrong toes.
 Gosh, I love this girl.
 The chicks love her, too.
 She moved in closer to be with them and within a minute, they were having a visit.
 She is so in her element.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Locks of Love and My Big Cut

So, before I share about the biggest hair cut of my life, I just need to clear the air and warn you that this post is full of weird selfies, of horrible quality. One of the age old blogging rules is to always blog with great quality photos. Tonight, I'm so breaking that rule. I'm sharing something that's important to me, with photos that look like Cousin It.
Grace people, have lots of grace with me.
It's just embarrassing and I really should have taken some better "before and after" photos, but I didn't and I do want to share about donating my hair to Locks of Love. So, laugh with me, okay? I already feel weird enough that I cut 18 inches of hair off yesterday and my own children hardly recognize me.
If we're friends on Pinterest, you might have noticed that I've been pinning shoulder length styles for awhile now and finally, I decided to just go for it. When pulled straight, my hair was an inch from touching the top of my pants and as you can imagine, it just wasn't easy with 3 little kids. No matter what I was doing, my hair was always in the way and Eliza was always yanking on it.  And so, like lots of Moms do, I wore it tied up most of the time.

Finally, I was just sick of pulling it back and never liking how it looked. I started searching for shoulder length styles, found a few that I liked and made my appointment. On my way to my appointment, I felt like I might just throw up from nerves and while she cut it, we chatted away like everything was normal, but oh my word, everything was not normal. How could it be? She had just braided my hair and those scissors were cutting off my braids, while we basically talked about the weather. It was weird, really weird.

For me, the thing that makes this easier, besides knowing that I'm totally ready for something different, like not getting my hair pulled all day, is that I cut off enough hair for probably at least two hairpeices. I'm mailing my braids to Locks of Love, which is an amazing organization that blesses financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis with hairpieces.
My head feels really light, Judah says he misses my old hair, Paisley says I look pretty, Eliza is still trying to figure me out and my husband claims to "like the color". Really, I'm glad I did it. It was time for a change.


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