December 2020

Oh, how we love December!! The girls were so excited about their new holiday dresses for their dolls that my grandma sewed for them. 

The best gift of 2020. So thankful for this sweet baby boy!

Merry Christmas from our crew.

Weston turned 9 years old on December 22! It’s hard to believe this boy is half grown. We celebrated with family. 

Haddon’s first time milking with mama.  Loving these sweet baby snuggles.

Winter evenings are perfect for playing cards. 

These two. 

I spent some time inventorying and organizing our freezers. They had gotten a little bit sloppy from the past year of me dealing with morning sickness, not caring about details like organized freezers due to pregnancy and tiredness and then having a newborn. It as time to get them back in order – plus we’re planning to do a pantry challenge for the month of January so I needed to know exactly what we have on hand.

Anytime I’m outside doing work (or a lot of times when I’m in the kitchen), this is what I look like with Haddon snuggled up. 

I spent the last week of December planning for our spring semester. I always enjoy sitting down and planning the things we’re going to study in the upcoming semester. Looking forward to learning alongside my children.

We’re looking forward to 2021 and all the things we’ll grow here on the homestead.

November 2020

November was full of lots and lots of baby snuggles. 

Our sweet little farm girl. She loves helping her daddy milk.

Laura loves “squeezing the teats”. 

Sweet baby Haddon and his first cow.

This sweet baby who doesn’t even really look like a baby – he looks like such a big boy!

Haddon was 1 month old on November 14. 

I picked up this precious little gown for Cecilia at a local consignment sale. It’s such a classic, old fashioned gown. 

Love these five children.

We still had zinnias blooming on November 24th! These were sheltered by our mailbox and never had frost damage them. I was just amazed!

 

 

October 2020

October was baby month!!! The countdown was on. My due date was October 11th but my last three babies were born 9 days, 11 days and 9 days early so I thought it was likely that the baby would be born at the beginning of the month. We were all nesting. Almost everyday Laura wanted to look at baby clothes!

We had all of our newborn neutral clothes in the dresser but I had 2 boxes of baby clothes we’d thrifted – one box of boy things and another box of girl things that the girls loved looking through – especially the baby girl things!!

The kids and John David spent time in late September and early October helping friends chop silage. While the kids were in the fields, they ‘salvaged’ ears of corn. They borrowed a corn sheller from them and had a shelling operation going on! It was fun watching their work/play.

The week before baby’s due date, John David and his dad were in the hay field! I drove the truck two days and we were hoping during that time that baby would wait!

October 11 – 40 weeks! This was the very first time I have ever reached my due date – there’s a first time for everything.

He’s here! Our son Haddon arrived on October 14th! Birth story to come!!!

So thankful for this new baby and all FIVE of our children!!

Soaking up some sunshine and newborn cuddles on the beautiful October days!

Everyone is completely in love with this sweet baby. 

Haddon’s first walk around the homestead.

There was a recent trend on social media of “how it started and how it’s going”. This picture of Laura and her daddy popped up on my memories and they just so happened to be dressed alike that day so I couldn’t resist this little comparison. This girl has been a daddy’s girl since day one. 

Aunt Jill made Haddon an Arrow Hill bodysuit.

He’s so little.

Cecilia is loving having a baby in the house. She loved wearing him.

Happy Halloween from our crew. There were no celebrations of parties attended due to the realities of life in 2020 but they still dressed up and had fun! Paxton was Percy Jackson, Weston a football player, Cecilia was Moana, Laura was Cinderella and Haddon was the sweetest baby in the entire world.

September 2020

Love peaceful moments like this when everyone is happily working or playing together. I take pictures and cherish these moments. 

Our back to school picture…taken weeks late! Ha ha! We actually started our school year back in July to get a jump start so we could take a few weeks off when baby comes! September rolled around and I finally took pictures. 

This may be my 5th baby, but it’s still completely amazing! I’m so thankful for the gift of this baby!

Cecilia loves the cats!

I’ve been sewing – have a big stack of wipes ready for baby!

Cecilia and I worked together and made this little apron to go with her prairie dress. 

One of Laura’s favorite books right now is “Little Mommy”.  In this book, the little girl talks about making Ginger Cake so I helped her make one.

Laura’s Ginger Cake. 

The page of “Little Mommy” talking about Ginger cake. 

Love these sisters and their dolls. These two  dolls belonged to my sister and I when we were little girls. It makes me so happy that they’re playing with them now.

Sunday morning before church. Now that kids ministry has started back at church, things are starting to feel somewhat normal. 

Daddy and Laura. These two have a special love for one another. 

I found these color illustrated Little House books at a local used bookstore. I love them! Looking forward to reading these and enjoying the illustrations. 

38 Weeks

We have made several batches of soap this month. The kids helped make a few batches. Here’s Weston with his block of soap.

Here’s Weston’s soap cut. It’s beautiful!!

Cecilia’s Confetti Soap. 

Some more of Cecilia’s soaps. I love how the confetti soap turned out!

Now that September is over, we’re getting so close to baby! October is baby month!!

August 2020

Weston made all of this by himself! I think it may be time to let him start cooking dinner!

Lots of canning happening.

We’re trying out canning potatoes this year. It’s a pretty simple process – especially when I have help. 

Laura is an excellent potato peeler. 

So is Cecilia!

Weston was a big help filling jars. 

I found this Wildcraft game at a local thrift store for $2. Looking forward to using this to learn more about herbs. 

Sweet sleeping girl. She’s wearing one of my t-shirts (that currently doesn’t fit) as a night gown. I love it!

33 weeks.

Weston and I had to milk one Sunday morning when John David went into work early. Thankful for this boy and his help.

July 2020

We started July doing Connect Camp…at home. All of the kids had a box with crafts and activities and really enjoyed the 2020 camp from home experience.

Nature journaling. 

28 weeks. 

Weston’s pumpkin. We actually cooked this one and made pumpkin puree with it. It made amazing pumpkin pie. We have big hopes for pumpkins next year. 

Laura insisted on having her picture taken with the pumpkin too!

Oh how I love July and finding so many yummy and beautiful things in the gardens.

Fresh dill pickles, tomato and homemade mayo sandwich. Yum.

This kitchen works hard in July. 

The boys finally decided to move upstairs. When we moved in to this house 3 years ago, we put the three big kids in the downstairs bedroom, while Laura was in the master with us. We moved Laura into the kid room about a year ago and all four have been sharing and it’s been pretty good but it’s constantly messy with so many kids and their stuff. The boys now have their own space and the girls have the downstairs bedroom to themselves (and their girly things!)

Harvest. 

Canning tomatoes.

June 2020

Cecilia got a haircut!

 

Weston found this young cardinal.

Pulled out newborn things – I didn’t keep everything from Laura but I did keep most of our newborn neutral items. So excited to pull these things out and think about the sweet baby who will be wearing them soon!

I love  summer time and the beautiful fresh cut flowers that I get to enjoy at my kitchen sink. 

Weston found another bird. 

23 weeks.

Some of our beautiful homestead products. Soap, kale and lavender.

Our lower garden. It’s not perfect but it’s green, producing and is beautiful to me!

Love this beautiful dill plant!

We had our anatomy scan on June 25th. Baby is growing perfectly and everything looked great. So thankful for a healthy baby. 

Paxton’s cabbage that he grew in his little garden. 

I tidied up the school cabinet and this corner was clean! I love this view.

May 2020

May is one of our favorite – an busiest month’s as far as celebrations go. We celebrate Laura’s birthday on the 12th, Mother’s Day, our anniversary on the 27th and John David’s birthday on the 31st. We love May!!

With my precious children on Mother’s Day. So thankful to be their mama!

Her last night as a 2 year old.

Laura is 3!! We celebrated with Mimi and Papaw and also had a little party at our house. The big kids put their money together and bought her a little Lego Duplo farm set. So sweet!

We gave her a ‘look and found’ book which she adores right now…and I love she calls them look and found instead of look and find!

Zinnias.

Our upper garden on May 25th. Things are growing!!

 

April 2020

April means it’s time to start planting!! Cecilia was my little gardening helper!

The local school system has been providing free ‘school lunches’ for pickup at various schools in the county. The drop point school in our area is less than 5 minutes away so we’ve picked up lunch a few times. It’s a big treat for our kids since we rarely eat out and don’t purchase packaged/convenience foods. We enjoy eating our lunches outside on our picnic table.

I stopped in one of our local thrift stores and was able to snag a bread machine for $2.50!! It was priced at $5 but everything was half off. Worth every penny!

Our family on Easter Sunday. 

Cecilia has been loving wearing her ‘prairie dress’. I adore this shot John David got of her and Buttercup with Copper and the chicken coop in the background. 

Paxton turned 10 this month!! 

One of his gifts was this little kayak. They boys have been loving it in the pond and the pool!

Cutie pie Laura. She’s such a little ray of sunshine!!

March 2020

Baby chicks. We are friends with one of the local high school agriculture teachers and she hatched some of Weston’s eggs as part of her classes. Once the chicks were hatched, we were able to get them. Everyone loves sweet baby chicks!

Laura is my little kitchen helper!

My birthday was March 4th and John David surprised me by building this greenhouse! So excited.

Getting seeds started. So excited about gardening!!

I feel like this is a fitting image to use for noting that on March 12th, the world basically screeched to a halt. Thursday, March 12th was a normal day for us – we went to my ladies small group that morning and then went to the library to watch Frozen 2 that afternoon (our library frequently has movie afternoons and evenings!)

When we arrived home that afternoon, we started hearing of school closures and the library closing due to Covid-19. It really was the last day of normal. Our church decided to go online and life changed. 

On week after ‘the shutdown’ our washing machine died. It had been having some issues with spinning water out properly so we knew it was slowly dying but it decided to die by cracking during a wash cycle and flooding the laundry room. That was a mess but thankfully we caught it right as it happened and were able to get things cleaned up fairly quickly.

The death of that machine led to the purchase of a brand new machine. We had been talking about purchasing a Speed Queen thanks to their amazing warranty and the fact that we do so much laundry as a cloth diapering large-ish family. It cost a pretty penny but we were able to pay cash and are thankful for a new machine that actually spins all the water out of the clothes!

Cecilia turned 6 years old on March 20th! We celebrated quarantine style with just our family. 

Our new normal – church in our living room. The girls have been enjoying bringing their baby dolls to church!

Dad’s bike shop. 

My girls. So thankful for these two. 

My seed babies are really growing!!

Our garlic is looking amazing!

Enjoying the beautiful weather during quarantine life. So thankful we have lots of outdoor spaces to enjoy during these times.