A quick September list you don’t want to miss

We are entering my favorite time of the year. Pretty soon I’ll break out the pumpkin bread recipe and then it will be officially official

Here’s a little list to get things started:

**I finally fixed the issue on my “In My Kitchen” page and my favorite recipes are finally linked up. Yes, I may have cringed a bit at the photography but the recipes are my old faithfuls. Fixing the page inspired me to revisit a few of them these past few weeks. Healthy chocolates, I had forgotten about you! 

**If you don’t follow me on Instagram or if Instagram isn’t showing you my posts (most likely), click over to check out an important little update on Birdy. I’ll probably be talking about it more on here, as I learn more. I’m so grateful for the support from so many of you–your comments and messages have been so encouraging. And many people have been coming to me with their own stories and questions–so I’m doing my best to get back to each of you. 

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**This summer I finally got around to ordering an essential oils starter kit. I actually had one years ago and never did anything with it. But after some health stuff this summer I really felt the tug at my heart to be more proactive about my family’s health. And I’m totally hooked. I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on and I can’t tell you how many things oils have been helping with–mentally, emotionally, physically and hormonally. It feels really good to have a new approach to our wellness as a family. I created a page for essential oils and will update it as I go.  But what I’d really love is to foster a community for learning and support. If there are enough people interested in a starter kit and in being part of that, I will put something together, most likely on Facebook. I would love to have that support and learn together. Feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment. 

**This month, Emily, Tara and I have quietly brought habit back, but on Instagram. We’ve decided to dip our toes in the water and see how it felt to move the community onto Instagram. We’re using the hashtag #habitblog. I would love if you’d join us. 

**A few months ago I started leading a Rising Tide Society, TuesdaysTogether group for my area. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to connect with other creative business owners, writers, photographers. It is just what my heart needed. We meet once a month and last month spent time talking about creative risk-taking. I’ll be sharing more exciting news on that before the end of the month.

**And of course, I can’t sign off without a sheep update. We are in the midst of downsizing our flock a bit to prepare for winter and to give our fields a break. They were grazed hard which meant lots of feed and hay expenses and dealing with parasites. So we’re trying to scale back for the winter and soon we’ll be down to a flock of 3. The lambs have all found wonderful homes and this week Tillie and Harriet will make their way just up the road to a lovely little farm owned by some friends from church. It took a little convincing to encourage Birdy that Tillie would be happiest and healthiest somewhere else. The bribe cost me a new “wife” for Otis. Gosh, that kid. 

More soon friends. xo. 

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A favorite space: the Waffle Hill porch

My girls often like to ask me what my favorite room is at Waffle Hill Farm. It’s not easy to answer. I love the kitchen, with it’s wall of windows looking over my clothesline, and old linoleum kitchen floor, old painted cabinets and creaky old stove. It’s a workhorse of a kitchen. Or our bedroom–breezy and bright. Or the living rooms–dark and cozy and overflowing with books. 

It’s hard to choose, when you love a place. 

A beautiful farmhouse porch space decorated with Enbrighten Cafe Color-Changing lights

But one of the favorites at the top of my list is the Waffle Hill porch. In the spring and summer, we slide open the windows to let in the breeze from the top of the hill. We escape the heat of the kitchen to enjoy our dinners with the coolness of the porch breeze and ceiling fans. During the school year, the younger girls and I sit around the big farm table to do school lessons. In the winter, the warm sun streaming through the windows makes it the perfect spot to sneak away for an afternoon nap in the sun. (Someone else in the family has discovered it’s good for napping too. Ahem. He has four paws and also prefers the sofa.)

The porch is where we gather for family dinners. It’s where I find the kids hiding out  in the afternoons or just before bed–a quiet space to escape. 

A beautiful farmhouse porch space decorated with Enbrighten Cafe Color-Changing lights

It’s our overflow for big family parties. The “kids table”. The “hors-devours and drinks are the on the porch” space. 

It’s the place in my house where I can slip out with a book or magazine and it feels like maybe I’m actually on vacation. 

A beautiful farmhouse porch space decorated with Enbrighten Cafe Color-Changing lights

You can ask my husband, but before we even moved into Waffle Hill last summer I was already telling Dan that I wanted to hang lights on the porch. I had it already pictured in my head. We temporarily strung up some Christmas lights when we took down the tree, but they looked sloppy and weren’t the look I wanted. 

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Our giant map wall mural

giant wall map mural

I have been dreaming about doing this for a really really long time. Like 3 moves ago–long time. But I’ve never had a house with the right sized wall, or the right space, or a house that was special enough to take on such a nostalgic, dear-to-my heart project. 

This is a picture of what we called the “pantry” in my grandparent’s house. You’ve probably heard me talk about this special place many times here before. There were 15 kids and this pantry was a long narrow room with a wall of cupboards on one side and a giant map on the other. Down the middle were two long farm tables with benches on either side. It was where we’d gather for meals. Some days every spot at the benches would be full with extra bodies overflowing into the kitchen. Other days there would be a quiet 3 or 4 gathered at one end for a cup of soup or a glass of iced tea. 

The giant map covered the wall from floor to ceiling. Every so often it would get replaced with an updated version. It was great for conversations when talked about someone’s trip or things happening in the news. And served as the backdrop to many meals, craft projects, coloring sessions or games of cards.

large wall map mural

One of the things I love about our home is including things  that remind me of my family. 

And hanging a map wall has been on that list for a really long time. 

I purchased our map from Amazon* several years ago (but it’s still available). It stayed tucked away in its shipping carton in a corner of Woodlawn. I knew I wasn’t going to hang it there. 

But when we moved to Waffle Hill Farm, getting the map hung was high on my to do list. (aka Dan’s to do list.) This winter when we had a big gathering for a Christmas party, Dan decided to take on the map hanging project and we had the perfect place. 

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