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Saturday, July 12, 2014

the clutter that weighs me down.

lately, i have been in the mood for change. i am in the process of going through every room in the house to organize, sort, and purge
it feels good. 
it's freeing. 
i love to get rid of the clutter...the things we are no longer using or needing. i'm the type of person who becomes easily overwhelmed by clutter. it makes me feel anxious and it becomes all i can think about.
today i focused on benny's room. i put away 9 & 12 month clothing, reorganized his 18 month clothing, rearranged a few things, and created a rainbow library on the top of his dresser. that dresser has been a dumping grounds of sorts -- full of junk since we've moved in 2 years ago. it was high time something was done with that little space.
i feel good about getting one room completely done. now it's onto the next room... 
(thank you to any of the loyal readers who are even reading this! i know, it's been a long while. please say hi!) 
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Saturday, December 7, 2013


I needed to read this today:

"You are exactly the mom your children need. He created you for these good works from before the foundation of the world, and as you walk this great call of motherhood with Him holding your hand, you will be amazed at how He weaves the beautiful thread of redemption through the pattern of your life. He brings light to the dark places through you, something you could only have accomplished by embracing His wonderful call and embracing these very precious children who were inextricably created as part of the design for your life. May He bless you and fill you with great joy in this journey."
-Sally Clarkson [Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe]
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Monday, September 16, 2013

harvest barn.

last year, by accident, my mom and I stumbled upon this adorable barn just outside of town.  
I had no idea it existed, but boy am I glad we decided to stop and check it out.
if I could live on site, I probably would.
we took a trip back to the barn on Friday and it was just as I remembered...
where do I even begin?
when you first pull in, the entrance to the barn has a beautiful display of pumpkins and all things fall/harvest.
I nabbed several small white pumpkins (my favorite!) to display at home.
aren't they the cutest?
  there are also tons of kid friendly activities to do on-site...
visit the farm animals (J loved seeing the cows, sheep, and pigs up close!),
walk through a corn maze,
play in a real combine harvester,
play in a corn bin,
wagon rides...
the list goes on and on!
then you go inside.
the inside is fiiiiiiilled with holiday decor.
the main level has fall decorations perfectly placed about,
and a counter to purchase a huge variety of homemade fudge,
as well as other food items.
I sampled these two and, well, couldn't leave without them.
DELISH, I tell ya!
moving along...
then you walk up the stairs to the top floor (the most magical, in my opinion!)
and find that it's ALL CHRISTMAS! 
do they not have the cutest decorations?!
I wanted one of everything...
oh, and check out the arched ceiling on the second story:
   the detail is just beautiful!
everything about the barn is cozy and perfect.
if you're ever in southern iowa during the Fall season
do yourself a favor and stop by the barn!    
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