Rainy Day Blues

It has been a very wet spring here in Northern NY. This is mostly good, because God is cleansing the Earth and we certainly need it, especially in preparation for gardening. But the downside to so much rain is a mucky yard and lazy days. We went through a little storm of our own during all of this, we have had to re-home our two dogs as they attacked our birds and killed one of the ducks. It saddened me but I have to protect my flock. I am not waiting long enough to “maybe” break them of it only to have them kill more. The boys were completely fine with it and therefore so are we.

The sun-breaks in our life recently include an amazing camping trip this past week and the completion of my first semester grad school with excellent grades. The boys are winding down 2nd and 5th grades and looking forward to all that summer holds for us.

My husband will be starting a new job soon which will allow for more family time, God is so good! And I’m almost ready to launch my Etsy shop and have just signed on to sell Usborne books again!

I’ve got a growing to-do list though loves, so I hope you have a blessed weekend! Take a moment to remember those that fought and died for your precious rights!

~Melanie

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Spring is in the air!

It’s been a busy and hectic few months, grad school has definitely had me strapped for time and we have had some weekend getaways in there as well as a growing flock and another furry addition to our family!

We have gotten more chickens as well as added some ducklings into the mix, that has kept us quite busy because ducks I will tell you, are way messier than chicks! Should you be considering them, you’ve been warned! Ha! But they are worth it, so fluffy and fun and in several months time they will be laying some decadent eggs for us that I cannot wait to do some baking with!

The boys are growing like weeds, and their interests and hobbies are ever changing. They are thriving in their school work as well as being our little helpers here on this little homestead. We are so incredibly blessed to have all this time to share with our sons!

We have many fun things planned for the summer and I am ready for all the fun to begin, and to share some photos and stories with you all along the way! Concerts, camping, gardening, mini vacations, home improvements, and also some big news that I’ll be sharing with you as soon as the details are final!

I pray that all is well with all of my lovely readers, and if I can pray for you in any way please let me know! It’s time to get back to writing my next essay so this will be a short one again. Have a blessed Easter weekend, God is SO good!

~ Melanie

 

Off we go!

The new year is already off to a great and busy start! We spent a weekend in VT, the boys and I are back into the swing of school again as well as weekly snowboarding with their homeschool group. Even the chickens have been busy laying away! lol

I am really excited and optimistic about this year, we have a lot to look forward to and many plans for some great new changes in our life and home! I begin grad school this coming week and I’m really looking to kick off this blog a little better so if you’d like to link up or guest post please get a hold of me via email or social media!

I am going to keep this one short, I just wanted to connect with you and reach out for anyone who would like to network. Writing has always been a passion of mine and it is time I do more with it again!

Have a blessed week!

~Melanie

Happy New Year!

I trust everyone had a good Christmas? We certainly did! My last post was called seasons and we certainly went thru another rough season of life again in December. Nothing I want to make public, but I will just ask that you join me in praying for our teen while he tries to figure out this thing called life! 

So after all that we went thru in December, Christmas week itself was amazing! We had our usual quiet Christmas at home with the boys and then spent a few days with my family in Canada, it was so nice! We rang in the new year at home with our boys and God has already begun blessing us in the new year as we have welcomed home our first of two dogs! Her name is Rosie and she’s great! 

2016 was a bad year for a lot of people and a lot of reasons and I am happy and relieved to say we are already looking forward to several blessings in this brand new year! Promotion, grad school, dogs, more chickens, worship in the adirondacks… are just a few things  that have me excited! I look forward to seeing our list of blessings grow and I pray that you are blessed this year too! 

God recently showed us what trusting Him looks like as well as what our faithfulness leads to! I hope that you never forget who created you and who is in charge, sometimes it is easy to forget that we don’t always get what we want when we want but that God is in charge of what comes in and out of our lives. It is also easy to sometimes forget to lean on Him in times of trouble but He stuck thru our recent storms with us and I will always praise Him for that and the ways He blesses and strengthens us!

Some of the biggest things I have learned in 2016 are that if you can bless others in any way, do it and go big if you can! The feeling of knowing you made a difference in someone’s life is pure joy! I’ve also learned a little more about leaning on God. Nothing is ever too big for Himand worrying solves none of it. 

The boys and I are easing back into school and lessons, and I have been having fun rearranging our house. Here is to a blessed and fruitful year for all of us!

~Melanie

Seasons

We go thru many seasons in life, the natural seasons of our world as well as our own personal seasons. The last two earthly seasons have been a long seasons of turmoil for me. I have been going through a lot and not been in the mood to be a cheerful or committed blogger like I would enjoy. The election season certainly took a toll on me and I am not even going to get into all of that. But here I am trying to pick up all my pieces and get back to things that bring me joy.

Our chickens are doing well, we have laying Easter eggers now! We, as a family are in the process of learning to use bows to hunt in the spring! We are super excited about that! The boys are thriving with their school work, extra curricular activities, and social commitments. We are super excited that Christmas season is upon us because it brings the boys and I immense joy! We are continuing our fun traditions and adding some new ones, I will share along with you throughout the month!

I don’t have much to say right now because my heart is still mending, I am slowly getting back into all of my hobbies and goals. I am also going back to school in January, grad school! I am super excited about that, and I have taken up writing again and am working on a novel.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving week everyone, be safe and enjoy! ❤

~Melanie