Our First Two Weeks

Our first two weeks at the farm has been a bit of a whirlwind. I was so tired from the move it took me three days before I could make it through the day without feeling like I was going to fall asleep at a moments notice. I might not have been the nicest mom for those couple of days, but we made it though. I had the opportunity to show Lottie that mommy’s a sinner too and needs forgiveness.

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So far I’ve spent countless hours cleaning the kitchen. Not only had the house been vacant for several years, there was also years and years of sticky greasy fingers all over the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand touching sticky greasy cabinets. Especially if it’s not my dirt.

before picture: farmhouse living room with wood paneling

On Wednesday, August 2nd, I embarked on what I thought would be a one or two day kitchen cleaning endeavor. However, extreme tiredness and the adrenalin crash from moving, years of grime and grease and small children interruptions have significantly extended my project. Thank the Lord for my Mama! She came and helped me clean and scrub for several hours almost every day last week. I think if it had been completely up to me, I probably wouldn’t have finished for a month. Some might think its overkill to spend so long cleaning but I’d rather put in the time and effort to create a kitchen space that feels like mine (and clean). I still have those last few cabinets to finish but at least most of the cabinets are clean and I’m starting to find an order that works well in that new space.

before picture: dark dated kitchen with wood paneling

Much of the nonessential unpacking still waits in boxes but as soon as I’m done with the kitchen I feel pretty confident I’ll be able to clean and unpack the rest of the things rather quickly. And then I will allow myself to get to the fun stuff!

Just because I’ve been up to my eyeballs in kitchen cleaning doesn’t mean I haven’t been dreaming a little, especially about my future chickens and chicken coop.

Here are a few pictures I’m hoping to base my future coop off of.

natural wood chicken coop with board and batten siding

chicken coop with board and batten siding

chicken coop with cedar shingles

We made our first big and very necessary purchase for the farm the first weekend. After a little research, Ben decided on a Club Cadet 50″ riding mower. I’ve nicknamed the mower the Bumblebee! It’s one loud bumblebee too! We definitely will be needing some earplugs.

For August, we are trying to keep our goals simple, like unpacking and fixing issues that we’ve run into like a leaking bathroom toilet, and cleaning out the gutters. There might have been an unfortunate event that involved water filling up in one of the window wells during a rain storm and pouring (I mean gushing) into our basement… Thankfully nothing was ruined. But that’s a story for another time. Stay tuned.

sunrise over apple tree, white fence fields in the distance

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one small family moves to the country, first week on the farm





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  1. I’m so happy for you that your sweet family has room to grow. Such exciting days ahead with memories only available on a farm! You and Ben are doing well, Laura.

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