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Bountiful Blessings

I’ve always dreamed of owning a farm. Acreage, chickens, goats, a bountiful vegetable garden, a beautiful flower garden. But alas, I only have 1/4 acre, and it’s mostly shade.

I’ve had echinacea and mint growing for years but I’ve been too busy to try to harvest them. I never knew what to do either. But this year I decided to do it. I cut a few echinacea and a bunch of mint. And now I have them hanging up in my house to dry. I’m really excited for the end result! Can we say mint tea? Yes please! 😄.

We have a small chicken farm here. 20 chickens. They’re fun. The kids love them. I love the fresh eggs we get every day! If you’ve never had farm fresh eggs, you’re really missing out. They’re so much better than store bought eggs!

And the berries!! I’m so excited about these berries! We’ve always had black raspberries but this is the first year for red raspberries. A bird much have dropped a seed because they just randomly sprouted up in the back yard! There was an invasive vibe growing back there, along with other weeds. I’ve worked hard to remove all the weeds to really give this berry bush a chance to thrive, and it has! There’s easily 100+ berries growing and I couldn’t be more delighted! It’s a small reminder to me that God will provide and give you all the desires of your heart. 💜

Do you have a farm or garden? I’d love to hear about it!

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Summer is for s’mores

Summertime is officially here! And summertime calls for s’mores.

I’ve got a lot of hungry mouths to feed this summer and it’s not always idea to make a fire outside. Let’s be honest, it’s hot! 90 degrees and 90% humidity is NOT s’mores weather!

I decided to treat the kids to indoor s’mores this week. They were delicious! Ooey and gooey just like on a campfire!

It’s also berry season around here! A mysterious raspberry bush has been growing in the back yard and no one knows how it got there! I think a bird must have dropped a seed. Who knows! All I know is now we have several red raspberry plants growing! I couldn’t be happier! My children all love raspberries. They could eat them everyday but they’re so expensive. We have black raspberries, those have been around for years. But the red ones are new! I’m delighted to be able to just go in the back and pick some for them! They’re absolutely delicious too!

Happy summer everyone!

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Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series

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The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents free summer fun for children with the Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series. This year they are launching into SPACE! to explore everything from music to crafts!

Join them for an out-of-this world Space Carnival! Make a UFO at our craft station, dance to the space themed playlist, and snap a picture in the photo booth, complete with planet and star props. Face painting, games, books, and so much more – join them for this exciting kick-off to the series!

The Hall is also partnering with a local charity group, Troy Street Soldiers. Every Thursday night in Barker Park, they share a free meal for anyone in need, and distribute food, household goods, and clothing. The Hall will be requesting and collecting donations of children’s books, clothing, and food to help assist their program.

The Hall will present a new performer or activity in Barker Park, located on the corner of 3rd and State Streets in downtown Troy, every Thursday at 11 AM, starting July 11 through August 29!

For more information on The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, check out their website at http://www.troymusichall.org 

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Baby number 4

We are 4 weeks away from baby number 4! I can hardly believe it! These 36 weeks have flown by. And it still feels like there’s so much to do. Baby boy has most everything he needs. I’m still on the hunt for a changing table but I believe it will come when it comes.

Miss Liz got a new table for her bedroom! She loves to have tea parties and play with all her friends. It’s so cute too! It’s from the new Pillowfort Line from Target. It’s great quality, sturdy, and super adorable.

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Hope everyone is doing well! God bless.

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Kids

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Boy, it’s been a tough year already. Managing three children and a house can be a challenge. It’s tough to learn to balance everything. But we’re getting there! I’ve decided to start implementing a more strict schedule. We need to be more prompt and accountable. I’ve heard schedules are the key to mamas sanctity, so I’ll try it!

My babies are getting bigger. I’m doing my best to raise them to be respectable young humans. I hope I don’t let them down.

Did you make any New Years resolutions? I’d be interested to hear them!

Best of luck in the new year! Blessings.

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Snow day!

We finally got some snow here in NY! My children, my husband, and myself love snow! We’re snow people. I think one of the things that really brings my husband and myself together is snow. I love how quiet it gets when it snows. You can almost hear a pin drop outside! I love the way the snow looks on the trees, I love how it looks it on the ground. It’s just so beautiful, and Christmas just isn’t the same without snow.

My children love playing in the snow. They love making snowmen, snow angels, snow forts, having snow ball fights. And I love the joy snow brings my children.

Has it snowed where you live yet? Let me know in the comments! I would love to know the weather where you’re at!

And if you haven’t yet, check out my giveaway post below! Thanks to everyone who has entered so far. I’ll be picking a winner soon!

Blessings to all. ❤️

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Happy Thanksgiving

This time of year is so beautiful. There’s so much love in the air. So much family and fellowship.

I’m thankful for my family this year. Thankful we’re happy and healthy. Thankful we have a roof over our heads and food in our belly. I’m thankful God has supplied all our needs and we’ve yet to go without. I’m thankful for my husband, despite how tough marriage can get. I’m thankful for my children. I’m thankful they love me. I’m thankful I have things to be thankful for. What are you thankful for this year?

Happy thanksgiving from my family to yours.