A Moving Surprise

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A post from Kelli–

A few months back, Jason called me and told me that we needed to talk when he got home.  Of course he would be home late and didn’t want to talk about it too much on the phone.  I surely wasn’t too excited about that and wasn’t going to be able to sleep after that so I stayed up until he got home.  When he finally did–around 11:30 pm–he informed me that him and his brother might have the chance to purchase another farm of about 300 acres.  The happiest part for me is that there is a house on this farm which means that I am moving!

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Would you like to know more about the house?  So would I!  Right now, all I know is that there is a 2 car attached garage, a large kitchen, a dining room that we are going to use as a living/dining room, and a living room that will be my sewing room (that was Jason’s idea).  There is also a large laundry room/mud room on the main floor.  Apparently the basement is in decent shape and Jason plans to add a shower down there for him.  Upstairs, there are 3 or 4 bedrooms.  I have heard different numbers from different people.  The reason that I don’t know?  I haven’t seen the inside of the house.

Yes, that is correct.  I’m moving in a little over a month and I have no idea what the house looks like inside!  Around here, with the farming culture, buying the land is the important part and the house is just an added bonus!  The boys are more impressed with the three sheds to raise steers and the machine shed that is partially heated.

As crazy as it sounds, I know that overall it is a good move.  Farmland isn’t commonly sold in such large amounts.  It is also very close (probably 2 miles) from the main farm.  It is also an improvement to the home that we are living in now because there is a two car attached garage and less than 4 doorways and 4 appliances that need to go in the kitchen, but the best part is yet to come.

A while ago, Jason and I were talking about houses and what features we valued in a home.  I told him that I always want to have a space on the main floor of the house to sew.  I didn’t care if it was just a small table in the corner of a dining room, but I want to be able to sew downstairs so that I can feel like I’m part of the family (even though it’s just me and Jason for now).  When he came home and we started talking about the house, he told me that the kitchen was bigger than our current one (a priority for me) and he thought that the dining room could be used for our living room so that I could have the room that would normally be used as a living room because he knew that was important to me.  With that, I knew that moving was the best move for us.

And don’t worry–I will definitely be showing updates as they become available!  Not many girls could just buy a house sight unseen…but that’s the life of being married to a farmer.  To make things more interesting, mom and I will likely be moving at about the same time!!

 

Celebrating Halloween with a “Ghostly” Surprise

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A post from Kelli–

If you didn’t know, I became an aunt this past April.  Jason’s brother Brent and his wife Rachel had a beautiful little baby boy and I have really loved being an auntie.  Because Rachel is a photographer, I’ve even gotten a few chances to sneak over and babysit while she has a photography session.  When Rachel told me she was going to be taking Mr. Joshua trick or treating, I knew that I needed to find him a halloween goodie of some kind!

After a little bit of thinking and bouncing ideas off of mom, I came up with this:

ghosts (180x300)Last week when I was in town, I picked up a couple containers of the little baby puffs, a cute halloween bucket, and some candy.  When I got home, I cut 2 approximately 24″ squares from an old sheet and a few strips about 12″ long and an inch or two wide.

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I wadded up some extra stuffing into a ball shape and held it on the top of the bottle.  I found the middle of the 24″ square and placed it on the top of the bottle, pulling it down tight.  I used the 12″ long strip to tie it around the bottle.

Ghosts 3 (181x300)I finished off the little ghosts with a pair of permanent marker eyes and an oval mouth.  I added them into the bucket with some candy treats for Rachel and Brent and Waalaa!  Halloween treats for everyone!

 

 

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