Missing aprons and tomato plants

We’ve been in our new home for a little over two weeks, and it feels like we’ve barely made a dent in getting the farm up and running, let alone unpacking the house. When we were prepping to move, I was in awe of how much stuff we had in our little house. Three years ago, when we had first moved in, I’m pretty sure I unpacked all of our belongings in a single afternoon. Ahh, newlywed life. But a few years of married life and two babies adds a lot of stuff.  Now that we’re in the midst of unpacking, it seems like boxes are coming out of the woodwork. Empty one box? Three more appear, minimum. But alas, we press on.

Speaking of unpacking, has anyone seen my aprons? Yes? No? Me neither. So this week I improvised with a flour sack towel tied around my waist with ribbon.

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Am I rocking this farm life, or what?

Other farm life-y things we’ve done this week include marking out our garden plot and transplanting our seedlings. Our primary goal in moving to the country and starting a homestead was to be able to grow and raise most of the food our family will eat for the year. Knowing that we’d have (basically) unlimited space to garden this year, my goal was to have twenty tomato plants. This week, I separated my seedlings out into larger containers and with multiple seeds sprouting in single containers, we ended up 30 tomato plants.

Y’all can come around here anytime in August to pick up your barrel of tomatoes.

And if y’all don’t come around, expect packages of canned tomato goods as Christmas gifts.

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We aren’t entirely sure of the history of our new home, or the ins and outs of any renovation done in the past. But in our living room, we have a stunning brick wall. We think there may have been a fireplace in this room at one point, but aren’t entirely sure. Either way, the brick adds an awesome texture to the room. To give a pop of color to the white brick, I dug out a blue mason jar to use as a vase and filled it with the brightest yellow flowers I could find.

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Outside, I picked up just a few flowers to plant because I’m still trying to decipher how much sun our front garden bed actually gets. In the meantime, we have some beautiful geraniums planted in pots that I’m constantly moving around the property, trying to find the best home for them. And our geraniums are already doing their job and encouraging some sweet little bees to hang around our property!

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Given that most of the house is still in boxes, I picked up some fresh cut flowers to liven up the space and give some life back to my weary, every-unpacking soul.

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I’m still a total newbie when it comes to identifying flowers, but one flower I always seek out, especially in cut arrangements is alstroemeria. Those are the light orange flowers in this week’s vase. I absolutely love the shape and smell of this flower! So much so, when I made the bouquets for my wedding, I filled them with alstroemeria – white, of course. Here’s a little flashback for ya,

Ahh, swoon. I can’t wait to design and plant a huge cottage flower garden. Guaranteed they will be filled with alstroemeria. And a wisteria tree, slowly climbing up a pergola, where I’ll sit and sip my coffee in the mornings before my children come rushing loudly out of the house.

One day …

In the meantime, I’ll be here tackling box after box, dish after dish, and dreaming of where we’ll build our chicken coop, cottage garden, and sheep pasture.


Until next time, may your heart be full.

One thought on “Missing aprons and tomato plants

  1. Jen-I am so happy for you and Phil. This new phase of your journey is going to be amazing. I can’t wait to see your farm. If you need help with anything, let me know. I love working outside……and unpacking boxes. Love you and so proud of the life you are making for your family.

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