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Adventure // San Diego Zoo

We have moved out of California twice. Each time to Idaho. The first time around it was because we were newlywed and wanted a standing chance at ever affording a home. It lasted about 9 months. The cold was rough and we missed the familiarity of home. So we moved back. 8 years later the farm itch struck and we decided we would try Idaho again since we now had three boys and what's more important than providing them a life with adventure and land to roam. We stayed a year. Turned out I still hated the cold and honestly we didn't feel like there was enough to do. We felt like the focus was on building houses for those moving vs things to do with the family. Don't get me wrong,...

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Farm // Beauty From Ashes

When people heard what happened to our house, we had a lot of people proclaim Isaiah 61 over us. I had people I had NEVER seen in my life tell me that this was a ' beauty from ashes' story. When I finally sat down and re-read the verse I was shocked on the words used in the verse. --- The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor     and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3     and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty     instead of ashes, the oil of...

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Farm Visit: Primal Pastures

I recently visited a farm from our hometown of Murrieta, Ca - Primal Pastures. It was actually the farm that really sparked my interest in farming and it was amazing to see it grow! Here is a shoot I recently styled and shot in Southern California....

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Why Our Dream Is Not Broken

It would be SO easy to just give up. Throw our hands up, pack up the little bit of belongs we have and scream WE ARE DONE. I mean, I’ve thought about it a couple times. But deep down, in my core….giving up has never been how I roll. I still very much have a dream in my heart and walking away from it wouldn’t get me any closer to achieving it. It’s been hard….yes it has…. but still I get glimpses throughout the day of things I’m incredibly thankful for. Right now, we are all currently cramped inside a RV. It’s small and not luxurious but it does have the basics, a small shower, a toilet that tends to leak (thanks JAYCO, you might want to look into that) and a small...

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Our Move

It wasn't easy and it took us 4 (FOUR - yes I said four)  days of driving to NW Arkansas to get here. We had a tire blow out (that was extremely scary for me) in Kansas and it was hotter than anything I ever felt before. We were exhausted but excited. Excited to finally get our own land and excited to start working on our home. After we arrived in Arkansas we were told we weren't going to be able to close on time (well of course!) So we had to hang out in a RV park. We thought it would be for a couple days and ended up being over a week - not complaining ...

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Folk and Flora Barn Raising

For about 5 years now, my family and I have had the dream of owning our own land, planting a beautiful garden, taking care of our own animals and giving back to our community. After having our own backyard chickens and a small suburban garden we knew that in order to make our dream a reality we had to give up the words "someday," "maybe" and “after we retire.” We knew we were in charge of our destiny and the only way to make anything happen was by getting up and doing it. So we sold our home in Southern California, moved to Arkansas (a state we knew nothing about) and found an adorable 1920's farmhouse. The ambiance was intense and such a dream location for a our future farm. Nestled on 2.5...

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This Old Farmhouse : Starling Meadows

This weekend we checked out an adorable farmhouse built in the 1900's in Caldwell, Idaho. It was great to meet another family that wanted to do the samething we are wanting to do. Homesteading and restoring history! I asked the owner, Rachel a few questions about her plans. What made you want to buy a farmhouse and restore it? I was born and raised in Wisconsin and seeing so many different farmhouses around, I always envisioned owning one one day and making it my home. I like old vs. new. When we came across this farmhouse, we knew we had to snatch it up quick! What is the scariest part of renovating an old home? The scariest part about renovating a home is staying on a budget. I always worry renovating this old of a...

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Stylepiration : Farmhouse Bathroom

Even though we haven't closed on our farmhouse yet , I am still very much thinking, planning and dreaming about all the projects the house needs. The kitchen, the bathrooms and a couple room additions are what we will start with and I am having such a fun time pinning all the things I would love to see in our home. The bathroom is a place I want to make a bold statement. I haven't decided if that will mean a dark black accent wall, fun tile or wallpaper but here are some of my favorite bathroom inspirations on Pinterest right now. If your interested you can follow my Folk & Flora board here. Designed by Kirsten Marie Inc Everything about this is perfect! I love the fun floor tile, gold accents and round mirror. Photo...

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