Country living

As I sat there, at my daughters horse back riding lesson at 8am on a Monday, I was pleasantly aware of how beautiful life can be. It was about 70 degrees, german shepherd puppies were playing at my feet as I typed, and the view wasn’t half bad either. I used to hate Mondays. I used to stand in my …

Summertime in Summertown

I’m not one for heat. Even though school is out in the summer and I remember liking that as a kid, I would have to say that summer is pretty much my least favorite season. I just don’t like being hot. However, I still stand by the fact that Tennessee summers have been WAY better than I could have ever …

Who let the cows out?

Today was upper body day at the gym of my front porch. The last week has been upper body day if I’m being honest, because I officially have an injury. You heard it here first people, I’m an athlete who has an injury! I’ve been called a lot of things in my day, but athlete has never been one of …

Tornado warning

I was just checking Facebook, as I’ve been known to do from time to time, and wouldn’t you know it, one year ago today we were issued our very first tornado warning. I remember it well! We had only lived in Tennessee one month, and I thought it was hilarious that we were already experiencing the adventures of the south. …

The latest

We’ve been busy down here on the farm recently. Busy with all kinds of different thing, ┬ábut busy in the best ways. I actually hate the word ‘busy’ because people use it as a life avoidance technique, as an excuse, and as a badge of honor, and I use it in none of these ways. When I say busy, I …

A pig in a bucket

I started my day yesterday, being summoned by my 4 year old at the front screen door… “Hurry, Mom, Dad needs you at the pigs!” This is never good. It’s not like he just wants me to come socialize with him. And it’s before 8am, so it had better be serious if I’m meant to be up and dressed and …

MOOOOve on over

So we’ve got cows! I imagine, that from the Reader’s perspective, it would seem that we are just randomly adding animals to our repertoire here, but I promise you that is only sometimes the case. I mean, the ducks- random. The cows and the larger livestock- not random. Thomas has been diligently praying about whether or not to get cows, …

Year one

One year ago yesterday, a family of seven- 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 Goldens- arrived at Shalom Farm in Summertown, Tennessee. We had left Minden, Nevada nearly three weeks before that, and had been adventuring across the country as we transitioned from Westerners to Southerners. We were weary, tired, and ready to settle into our new home. We pulled …