Sunday, May 25, 2014

Life...right now


As I sit a top our back field and look out at the mountains I can't help but think of the life we left behind. Most people would think I/ we would be missing our old life and home. Funny thing is I had thought I might miss some of it, never did I dream I would love this new life as much as I do!!!

Yes, we traded in our well manicured lawn, a refreshing pool, and a home that was, well, exactly how we had envisioned our perfect home to be. Thing is, once our house was what we thought was perfect, our vision changed! We began to look at the country with open land, lush green fields and quaint farm homes.... and our dream/vision became what is today our new life;)

We now have a home made of old wood....and lots of new!



We don't have shrubs but wild flowers and weeds :)


Our neighbors seem to mind their own business..... I love watching them graze.




And our kiddos they have land to roam, they dig in dirt, sometimes come in with ticks, and let their imagination run wild! We've found such freedom just to be:)


The sun is starting to set and the flies that were once buzzing around my ears and starting to disappear one by one....I love the country flies and all! It's truly the simple pleasures of life that are most enjoyable.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Family pictures....NOOOOO!!!!!


I'm pretty sure this was the reaction Mary Ann 
(along with 13 other family members)
had on Easter afternoon,
when I subjected the entire family to "pictures"!!!
 


You know I married a photographer, and it was in the 1990's when everyone took the posed family pictures. So, it's hard to break tradition/habit, and I'm the Mama,
 and the Mama wants pictures :)
The children were sweet and went along, thank you adult children...
I'd thank the younger ones but hey, they didn't get a choice ;)

All in all the pictures turned out, OK?!? Some goofy, some serious, and one or 2 that really looked like us. I'm happy with the attempt that was made, and will treasure the memory of trying to get the pictures as much as the pictures themselves.
 
As you can see Mary Ann was, well, Mary Ann ...love that silly girl!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Treasures old and young.....

These are priceless moments.....

 Susanna 9 months with her great-grandmother Nonnie who is 94!


 I'm so thankful that all of my children have had Nonnie in their lives.
She is a little slower than she use to be, in good health, and lives on her own still.
Young and Old
 
Young so much life ahead with knowledge to gain and love to give....
 
Old so much life behind with wisdom to share and love to give!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

1 year ago today

 May 15, 2013
Amanda & Joe were married!!!
Easter 2014
One year later.......
Life is good, they have had a year with loads of change. They have lived in 3 states and now  their settled down here in Tennessee.....we are thrilled to have them near. They have now moved to a home with lots of land, they have planted a garden and acquired a couple of friends along the way.....
Fudgee


Ellie Mae
 
Happy Anniversary!!!
 
 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The look of utter frustration!


A Mary Ann moment at Dollywood.....


UGH!!!!!

 
What do they mean I'm to small to ride that ride?????

I'm not to small, I'm big!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mary Ann is 3!!!


May 8th
Miss Mary Ann turned 3!!!!
 
We had a little birthday celebration last night at Grammy's house,
and next week we'll have a party at home.
Cinderella is Mary Ann's favorite princess...
and she is one of mine ;)
 Mary Ann was born on Mother's Day  3 years ago,
she was the best Mother's Day present I could ever have been given...
she continues to bless us with her silliness, cuddles, and  love!



We love you...
 Princess Mary Ann

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

9 Months Today


Miss Susanna
turned 9 months old today!

 
She is about as rotten as they come,
we're all so smitten with her!
She definitely knows that she is loved.


 Our family nick names for Susanna are.....
Susi,
Susi Poozie
or
Duh' Pooz

I know we're weird ;)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Blogging made easier....

 
I now have Windows Live Writer on my laptop....WoooHooo!!!!!! Oh it's been on my computer all along, but hiding....Windows 8 has been a switch for me. Our dear friend Jonathan got it up and working for me.
 
Anyway, I'm super excited about having this on my laptop, it means I can write blog post off line at home! Then once I get to our store where there is Internet I can publish them! It's been very different not having Internet at our house, other than on our phones....we have missed our DSL and streaming videos :( We've looked into several Internet options. The one we liked the most (Verizon) can't be installed until the house is finished, the other options were either pricey for the service, or very s-l-o-w. So, for now we have chosen not to have Internet at home.
 
 Now I need to gather pictures from all the birthdays I have neglected to post and so many other things :) Squeal...I just thrilled about this!!!!
 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Our little yellow house...

We have now lived here in the country for 7 months! It's hard to believe time has passed so quickly, we are loving the country life. I don't have an ounce of regret having moved from the city to this great land called the country. Only once have I thought wow, if we were in our city house it would be easier....but it was once for a brief evening;)
Our dream of living in the country started many years ago, and it took many years of saving to get us here. The farm was in rough shape when we purchased it and the house unlivable, so the purchase price was good. After a year of owning the farm we put our house on the market and prayed for a buyer....33 showings later the Lord sent one! In September we moved and we have never looked back, we are looking forward to all the potential that is ahead.
We had a long cold ~cold for Tennessee ~ winter so the work on the farm and house was slow. Now that spring has arrived new energy has too. Our little yellow farm house has taken on new shape over winter giving lots more space. No, it's not our 3,000 sq ft city house, but I wouldn't want it to be! This is our new house, the house that I have dreamed of. Once finished our little yellow house will be a different color, around 2,200 sq ft....with lots of old wood!!!! I'm loving the thought of no more white trim to clean little finger prints off of;)  Over the winter the walls took shape inside, the stairs went up, and bathroom showers/tubs were put in place. We had our metal roof put on last week, it turned out great. Next week our siding will be here, another big step we can mark off the list.
With the sell of our house it has given us the ability to build on and restore the yellow house. It's been so wonderful to for the first time in our lives to be completely debt free with no mortgage....the farm may need some work done to it but it's ours! We have plenty of time to get it just so :)
Well, it's getting late and my phone battery is getting low. I've been sitting on the porch writing this post and thinking about what life will be like in the fall...when we hope to fully be moved in the house.