Christmas: Through the Eyes of a Young Farm Girl

Christmas: Through the Eyes of a Young Farm Girl

I have many, many fond memories of Christmas at our farm growing up. The sights, the smells, the crispness in the air. How mom & dad decorated our wonderful little farm cottage. And I my playhouse… just envision tinsel. Lots and LOTS of tinsel! You know the fluffy garlands you buy at the Dollar Tree? 😖 It all just takes me back to yesteryear when I was little and carefree.

Our slice of heaven was a little green farmhouse in the outskirts of Ashland, VA on about 5 acres. The property had a two-story red barn that dad would hang this gargantuan vine wreath on. It was cross-fenced with three board wood fences, open fields, a gravel drive, enormous, old trees and, as I have today, lots and lots of critters.

It was everything you could imagine – a genuine sense of peace, the smell of good food cooking, beautiful hardwood floors with puddles of melted snow by the doors. Chickens flittering about the back porch and some even brazen enough to make their way inside the farmhouse.

Except for the clucking of chickens, neighing of horses, and baaing of goats, there was a still quietness that softened even the worst of days.  A stunning life.

Yep, I’m a farm girl at heart and will always be one. Though I don’t mind a quick trip to the city here and there. I do love to travel. Read more

Thanksgiving Dinner: Farm to Table Style 🦃

Thanksgiving Dinner: Farm to Table Style 🦃

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🦃

FROM BROOKS AND JIL of FOR THE LOVE OF JOY BLOG,

JACK, ANNABELLE, LAMBIE, AND ALL OF OUR FARM CRITTERS.

MAY YOU HAVE BLESSING UPON BLESSING AND

THANKFULNESS IN YOUR HEARTS TODAY AND EVERYDAY.


Let’s make today fun and light shall we?!? I am sharing a farm to table style setting live from Brookview Farm in Goochland, VA! This farm is chock full of history and doesn’t disappoint in views, that’s for sure.

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The Pursuit of Thankfulness

The Pursuit of Thankfulness

I am not going to pretend to be an expert at thankfulness. I can say I’m pretty good at being an optimist and full of joy, but it’s hard to be thankful.

God expects nothing less. As righteous & blameless as this puny human would love to be, I’m still made of flesh. And because of this, thankfulness requires an enormous amount of effort on my part. It takes a response that can only be intentional. Read more

Farmhouse Squash Soup

Farmhouse Squash Soup

Fall harvest. Those are words of love in my household. Apples, winter squash, kale, collards. Yummy deliciousness… that’s what it is. Fall is my most favorite food season. “I want Squash Soup from Panera” is all I’ve heard for several weeks from friends and family, which has inspired me to breakout my own fall recipes. Brooks and I love food from our own farm kitchen.

Fresh. Clean. Healthy. Homemade Food. Read more

So, How Much DOES Infertility Cost???

So, How Much DOES Infertility Cost???

The financial cost of infertility is substantial.

Almost immediately, after deciding to seek medical help, dollar signs began orbiting my thoughts. I knew treatments were expensive but I wasn’t counting on them being rejected by insurance… thanks a lot Anthem. 😠

Yep, infertility treatments as well as diagnostic tests are all forfeited by our insurance. Read more

Infertility: My Heart Abandoned

Infertility: My Heart Abandoned

Often when we are facing adversity of any kind, be it illness, loss, marital, financial, or child rearing, we are taught by the world to look it in the face and take charge. To take the bull by the horns so to speak. I’ve often repeated this mantra and have adopted the thinking. It’s certainly worked in many of my situations. But, the more molded to His image I become, I realize just how silly that thinking is. Read more

Farmhouse Tour: Fall 2016 🍂🍁

Farmhouse Tour: Fall 2016 🍂🍁

Photography Credits: Ashley Duke, Faith Photography

Resources: Listings at End of Tour

W E L C O M E!

It’s that time of year again! Time to peruse all of the details of a decorated farmhouse. Before it gets covered in muck boots, farm-wear, and the aspects of a farm that don’t need to be highlighted here… ahem… let’s follow Miss Lambie to the front porch.

View More: http://faithphotography.pass.us/fall-farmhousetour-davis

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He Speaks: One Month Miscarriage Anniversary

He Speaks: One Month Miscarriage Anniversary

I just had to share with you something that happened this morning and truly blessed my socks off.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve found myself more anxious and physically tired than usual. I ran through the possible reasons why – too much coffee, an increased work load, unending demands of my time because of said workload. But despite all of that, it really didn’t make sense. I felt off and couldn’t put my finger on it.

The reason dawned on me this morning. My heart has been anticipating today, September 22, 2016. Read more

How to Thrive as a Stay At Home Wife or WAHW

How to Thrive as a Stay At Home Wife or WAHW

When Brooks and I decided I was going to be a SAHW/WAHW, we knew to expect certain challenges. Things like striving to live off of one income, downsizing our lifestyle, etc. was all known to us.

But, there are, also, mental challenges to being a stay at home wife {SAHW} or work at home wife! Early in my transition, I found myself tempted in unexpected ways. Things like how easy it is to let the day slip away.

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