Sunny Days! 

Hi Friends! 

Today was the most gorgeous day here in central Iowa! Sunny, warm, almost no breeze kind of day. After days of cloudiness and dreary chilly weather, the sun was very much appreciated! It sure felt like spring! 

My husband is off on a fishing trip, so I am spending some much needed time with my family. My sister is back for the weekend. I am taking full advantage of my sister bonding time before she moves away on me! We spent the morning doing a little shopping, getting iced coffee (my caffeine treat for the weekend!)  hitting up a barn sale, and going out to our local hillbilly sale. Seen so many neat old antiques! Can’t wait to have my house done so I can decorate! 

Our mom used to take us out to the hillbilly sale every month with her best friend Kim and her son. At the time us kids weren’t that into the old junk. But as I got older I found it much more interesting. So I love to make it out there when the weather gets nice and look for treasures to add to my collection. 

After all our shopping, my dad helped me till up a spot at our new place for our garden. I’m hoping to get my potatoes and onions in tomorrow! 

Have a good Saturday!! 

Baby Shower! 

Hello Friends!

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Easter this past weekend! I know I did! My sister threw me the most beautiful baby shower for baby Wyatt on Saturday. She rented out pretty barn and went with a farm theme. How fitting, my favorite! From using our childhood barn, farm animal cupcakes, our dads toy tractors…. the list goes on! She put so much thought and creativity into the day. I could not be more grateful for everything she did! I think she is one excited aunt!

Sunday we spent the day traveling around to Easters with our families. We had brunch in the morning, a noon meal at another, and dessert later in the afternoon at my grandmothers. Holidays get to be a lot sometime. Sometimes I wish we didn’t have any plans and could just stay home and relax. Then I am quickly reminded how lucky we are to have such a big loving family to spend our holidays with. Some aren’t so fortunate. I definitely count my blessings twice when it comes to our families ❤️

Have a fabulous week!!

Maria

I smell Spring! 

Hello friends! 

It was a beautiful day here in central Iowa! Started out a little gloomy, but after dinner the sun sure did shine! I don’t know about you, but spring is one of my favorite seasons. Green grass, sunny days, flower planting, gardening…. the list is endless! 

But my all time favorite reason is smelling the fresh dirt being worked in the fields and seeing farmers out planting in the fields! Being born and raised on a farm; nothing hits home for me quite like the sights of spring planting. 

As mentioned before, I am from central Iowa. Webster county to be exact. My parents are crop farmers; corn and soybeans. Growing up on the farm is something that I have always appreciated. My father took me everywhere when I was little. To the co-op, pig chores, the field, etc. He just took me with! Sure there were times when I didn’t enjoy what we were doing (More when I was a teenager). But looking back now, I have never appreciated the time spent with him more than I do now. Hand scraping the barn to repaint it. To walking beans on those hot summer days; all have become treasured memories that I will never take for granted even if they weren’t the funniest activities at the time. Some of the best father daughter bonding time  has taken place in the cab of a tractor or combine. 

My mom is what keeps things together. She is the most amazing farmers wife and mother on the planet! From running to get parts when needed, taking the guys here and picking them up there, cooking dinners for the field every night, keeping up with the house, the yard, and can even hop in the tractor when dad is short handed. She can do basically anything. But what I admire most about her is her strength. She has been through so much over the years with her illness. She always pushes through. She is the strongest person I know. I look up to her everyday. I hope to be a wife and mother just like her one day ❤️ 

So here is to a fabulous spring! Enjoy each day. Appreciate the little things. And never take a day for granted. 

Night! 

The low down on our farmhouse 

So I wanted to share some photos throughout this journey we have had renovating our farmhouse. What an adventure it has been! It has definitely tested us. Our patience, time, energy, you name it! A friend of our told us; if our marriage can survive building a house together, let alone taking on this massive of a project, we should be set! (That was a joke; but looking back I think he was half serious!) 

We actually cut the existing house into three pieces. Moved the garage off to another area of the farm, buried the smallsection and then moved the two story part off so we could dig a basement. After he basement was dug, we moved the two story back and rebuilt the garage and center part of the house. The old part of the house we kept got completely gutted. So essentially, the whole house will be new when it’s complete. 

Today my husband, father-in-law and my dad have the whole house insulated and putting up drywall! It’s really coming together. It also got new plumbing and heating. My handy man husband is an electrician, so he did that with the help of his dad and brother-in-law. 

My husband has been quite the saint putting up with me and all my ideas during this project. We both have always planned on buying our own acreage; but I don’t think such a big project was in the original plans! He knew how special having my grandparents farm would be to me, so for that I am forever grateful! This is after we cut the house into three sections. 


Garage is moved!


And so is the house! What’s left got buried. 



This was after the basement was dug and house out back onto the foundation. 


And what it looks like today! 😍

The original design we had going into it. I would say it turned out just as planed! 

Let’s try this again….. 

So as you can tell, my master plan for staying frequent on my writing fell to the back burner rather quickly. (Opps!) Literally days after I created my blog, I found out my husband and I were expecting!! I sensed I was pregnant after being at work days later and wanting to vomit the minute I walked into the hog barn. I knew at that moment, something was not right and I had better stop at the store on the way home for some tests. Another day went by and it was confirmed by the doctor that we were indeed going to have a baby! I was super excited! 

I couldn’t wait to share the news with my hubby. However, we were right in the middle of harvest and we both work all day and then help my dad farm at night. So the timing wasn’t great. I knew I did not want to tell my husband he was going to be a dad for the first time through a phone call or text; so I decided to wait until it rained and we would have the night off. Two days later it rained enough for Nate to have the night off from ripping, but it wasn’t enough for dad to stop by combine so he still hauled to the bin site. Which meant this lady still had to work. So I made Nate bring me dinner and spend time with me at the bin site so I could share the big news! I had a onesie wrapped and ready for him to open! He couldn’t have been more excited! This is something we both have been wanting for quite some time! 

So for the first 22 weeks of my pregnancy I spent sick. I had enough energy to get through my work days and then the minute I got home I rested. The morning sickness was no joke! Sick all day and night. It didn’t matter what time of day; I could get sick at any given moment. The baby especially was not a fan of the smell of pigs! I was very sick at work; made for some long days. But all is well now and I am trying to get back into the swing of things and prepare for the baby! We are expecting a baby boy come June 💙 We are still plugging away at our house! Keeping our fingers crossed it is done by the time our bundle of joy arrives!! 

Tomorrow I will share photos and the progress of our house from the start! 

Goodnight friends!