LIVING WELL

So here’s that thing I’ve been working on for months

It’s hard to believe, but this little blog has been ticking along for more than 13 years, I’ve given you all quite a glimpse into my life and my heart–new babies, the ups and downs of motherhood, heartache and loss, moves, life on the farm, raising sheep and chickens, and even recipes straight from my little farmhouse kitchen. 

But the one part of my story that I don’t always talk about, is what I’ve been doing for more than half of those years. Maybe because it seemed so opposite from the kinds of things I share here. It felt strange to share that I had this other very “un-farmy” life that was so different from what I figured everyone expected from me. For years, I have been working as a social media coordinator for one of the biggest parenting sites on the internet, poring over the ins and outs of facebook and pinterest, twitter and instagram–algorithm changes and newsfeed updates, best practices and new features. 

I take off my boots from morning chores and tuck into my computer to schedule and study and work with clients and colleagues spread around the country. I’ve tuned in to conference calls while standing in a barn stall with a vet pulling a tooth from a horse’s mouth, and missed meetings because I was shearing sheep. 

But over the past few years, I’ve felt this pull on my heart to use this knowledge and skill set to help and serve others. Though the journey has taken me down several winding paths, what has emerged from all of this thought and work and reflection and months and months of work, is The Farmhouse Creative

At my heart, I’ve always considered myself a storyteller–from the things that I write to the photos I take, to the things I share online. And that is my heart behind The Farmhouse Creative–helping small business owners and farmers, and artists and creative entrepreneurs, tell their story online in meaningful ways, through social media. I like to think of myself as a social media coach–working alongside my clients to teach and empower them to create a simple, smart and unique social media plan. And helping them connect with their community online. 

The funny thing is, I’ve had a hard time giving myself permission to admit that, actually, I know A LOT about this stuff. And it turns out, I have a lot of knowledge that I can pass along to others. And most importantly, I love doing it. I love helping and serving others and seeing them grow, thrive and succeed. It gives me great joy. 

So what does that mean for this space? Well, as you might have noticed, I’ve had to pull way back on the time I’ve put in here. Any time in my already full schedule, needed to be directed to The Farmhouse Creative as I built and designed the site, and experienced all the twists and turns of growing my own business. 

But I have a plan for this space that I’m really excited about. I’ll still be here, now and then, but I’ve felt the tug to create a more personal communication with all of you. So for now, I’m starting a monthly newsletter called Sunday Letters. I find Sunday to be one of my favorite days to reflect and write and I’d love to pop into your inbox once a month. For now, the newsletter a condensed version of the things you read here–updates and photographs from the farm, a recipe or reflection, or good finds I’m loving. 

But I have two favors to ask of you. Would you click over to this survey and answer just TWO questions that will help me as I craft and create this newsletter? And the second question will let me know if you’re interested in one other idea I have. I would so appreciate your feedback. 

Favor number two? Sign up for Sunday Letters below. I’d love meet with you there, just one simple Sunday a month. 



And finally, my friends. Happy New Year and thank you. As always, my heart is so full and grateful for this space and the friendships and community that have grown from such a simple thing. xo. Molly

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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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