Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sundays at Home {Link Party}

Welcome back to Sundays at Home! We're happy you've joined us and look forward to seeing your home and garden, decor, DIY, and crafting ideas!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

An Update on Our Babydoll Southdown Sheep...

Hi Friends! We've had our Babydoll Southdown sheep for about five months now, so I thought I'd give you a little update. We've really enjoyed having sheep - they add personality to our mini farm, life to the barn, and are about the sweetest animals you could imagine. 

They are helping us keep grass and foliage down in certain areas on our property, and I am thinking of ideas for how to use their cozy wool. But primarily, they are our pets. ;)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Sundays at Home {Link Party}

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! We are so glad you have joined us here today at Sunday's at Home. We are so grateful for all the fabulous inspiration you all share week after week- so keep it coming! Before we jump into the party, here's what Kristy, Jennifer, Sheila, Susan, Kelly and I have been up to this week...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Our Summer Vegetable Garden...

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. 
~ H. Fred Ale

I'm still working on my green thumb, but there is so much truth to that quote, isn't there? This is the time of year we wish we could freeze our garden. We've hit the sweet spot and are harvesting zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers...

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sundays at Home {Link Party}

"If you're not barefoot, then you're overdressed." - Unknown 

Those words definitely describe summer life here at our little farmstead! I've stopped faking shock that our kids don't have shoes on when guests drop by. Half of the time, I don't either.

We hope you're enjoying these warm August days, and we're so happy you've joined us for Sundays at Home! Thank you to everyone who linked up your posts last week. Some of you are clearly hitting your summer stride, while others are getting a jump on back-to-school and fall ideas. We're looking forward to seeing what you share with us this time. But before we jump into the party, here's what Kristy, Jennifer, Sheila, Susan, Kelly and I have been up to this week...

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Summer Farmhouse Family Room {The Mora on the Move...}

Happy August! We've had a nice, long stretch of summer sunshine and warmth, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s here in the Seattle area. Now I know those of you who live in places like Arizona and Texas are thinking, "You think that's hot!?" But we don't have air conditioning or a pool... So I spray my kids with the hose as they jump on the trampoline, or take them to the lake, or sit under a tree if there's even a slight breeze because it's hot inside! We've been roughing it over here, I tell ya. ;) But we dare not complain because here in the Pacific Northwest, I'll take all the sunshine we can get! The forecast is calling for cooler temperatures and even a slight chance of some showers, which our garden is hoping for...

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Story of a Vintage Quilt, Dreams, and Cherries...

Can a time-worn and tattered quilt symbolize something intangible, like a deep hope and dream held in the heart? 

I think it can. And for me, it did.

When I spotted the quilt at a yard sale that I look forward to each year - in a colonial-style neighborhood that feels like going back in time - hope for my dream was hanging by a thread. It was nearly five years ago, and we had a contingent offer in on what is now our little farmstead. The home we were living in had been on the market for several months, and our renewed contingent offer was about to expire...

We could almost taste the change in lifestyle we craved for our family. We dreamed of our three active boys running free on acreage, playing and exploring. We wanted to get them a dog that our oldest son had been begging for. We - okay I - pictured chickens and sheep in the backdrop of our home, a vegetable garden, and entertaining friends and family outdoors. My husband was set on a fire pit where he said our boys would sit around and talk to us as they grew older... 

We prayed. We hoped. We worked hard to keep our current house "show ready" for any potential buyers who may drop by - not the easiest task with a 4, 7, and 10-year-old. It felt like we were running out of time. Would the seller of the little farmstead renew our contract again? Would we keep our house on the market with young children over the holidays? Would it sell? 

When I saw that lovingly-stitched quilt, I pictured it at the farmhouse. I remember telling myself - half filled with hope and half preparing myself for disappointment - if we get the little farmstead, the quilt will be perfect! And if we don't, I can always sell the quilt... In my heart, that vintage quilt represented hope.

Just a few weeks later, a family came through and was excited to purchase the home we were selling! We moved into our little farmstead the week before Thanksgiving, and we have not stopped giving thanks for this wonderful refuge where we are blessed to raise our children since. I think we had to pinch ourselves every day that first year. When spring came, it was like Christmas. New things were popping up all over the yard. We discovered we had three cherry trees on our property. 

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Nearly five years later, when I see the quilt, all those memories and feeling come back...

Do you have a similar story of a keepsake that reminds you of a significant hope or dream you held on to? Or maybe you are looking for something you can tangibly hold to remind you to pray, hope and dream for that desire that's in your heart? I'd love for you to share in the comments below...


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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sundays at Home {Link Party}

Sundays at Home Link Party

Wow! Can you believe it's almost August? Where has the summer gone?! With the days flying by, we're making time to purposefully celebrate these last few days of summer, and this week's roundup has lots of ideas to help you make the most of these gloriously golden days!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Vintage Galvanized Planters on the Porch...

I hope you are enjoying these long, sunny and warm summer days! 

You may remember when I did a similar grouping of galvanized planters on our porch a few years ago. I really enjoyed the simple farmhouse look of summer herbs and collected containers. So I did it again this summer, but changed up some of the containers since I had found a few more vintage galvanized buckets...

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sundays at Home {Link Party}

Happy weekend and welcome to Sundays at Home! 

We used dried lavender from the garden and wildflowers we found down the road to dress up the picnic tables for dinner with friends last night. I hope you're able to enjoy some of the simple joys of summer...

And now, let's jump into this week's party!
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