Monday, June 13, 2016

It's the big day!!!

Yay!!! Ben and I have worked so hard to get our Little Bitty Life website, Etsy shop, and blog just right for all of our followers. And today is the big day! Click the link below to check it out and follow us over there. This will be our last post at this Blogger address, but this blog will continue to remain up so that my new website can pull archived posts from it.
Check it out, 'y'all!!  And leave us a comment!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Exciting News!

It has been an entire YEAR since I last blogged!! Well, I have some exciting news. First off, our blog has moved!! Once it gets all ready I will be sure to share the link in a blog post here. Also, we became parents of a new baby girl in February!  Whew life has been crazy - but I've been loving it as always!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Annual Re-mulching, Garden Progress

Every year for my birthday, I ask my husband for the same thing.


Yes that is right, I ask for beautiful, red landscaping mulch!

I LOVE to have a nice, neat, and orderly yard.  It just makes me feel awesome. I love the smell of fresh mulch, and the way it neatens up our home on the outside.  It has become something I look forward to each and every year!  Take a look at my before and after pics, and I think you will see why:

Porch side:

East side:

More of the east side:

West side:

Ahhh.  It just FEELS so much better!

While he was at it, hubby got our garden tilled up again and the raised beds cleaned up.  So far we have planted lettuce, radishes, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes.  We plan to plant watermelon, corn, sweet peppers, and a few other things still yet!!  I am very excited for this gardening season.

Raised bed cleanup:
Tilling the garden:
I have so far had ZERO luck finding the right chicks at the feed stores around here.  But I *think* we might have a hen sitting so we will see what the future brings!  For now I am LOVING this weather and how neat and tidy our lawn is looking.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mommy Post: My 9 Month Post-Partum Update

*First I would like to be sure everyone understands what the term "post-partum" means.  All it means is the period of time after you gave birth to a baby.  It is not to be confused with the term "post-partum depression".  This is just an update on my weight loss goals post baby.*

So here we are, a little over NINE months since I gave birth to my sweet baby boy.  It is crazy that time has gone so quickly!  The reason I haven't given a weight update prior to nine months is because of a great thought I read before I had my Littlest Farmer.  It said that "it took nine months to get all that weight on, so give yourself at least nine months to get it back off".  So I wanted to be fair to myself and wait that long before evaluating where I am at.

I am very happy to say that I am the same weight I was pre-baby.  This makes me happy because I gained a pretty whopping 55 pounds while pregnant.  The first 35 came off fast, but then the last 20 pounds took a lot more work and dieting.

All that being said, I would still really love to lose another 10-15 pounds.  In the months before I got pregnant with my little boy, I was unhappy with my weight and wanted to lose 10-15 pounds then, too.  Now I would especially love to do that because even though I weighed what I did pre-baby, things just do NOT look the same!!  I have had to learn to dress differently to hide that flabby, post-baby belly.  It doesn't seem like I can do ANYTHING to get it tucked back in!  But of course, it was worth it for my sweet boy.  Being a mom equals sacrifice in a lot of areas, and the body is certainly not exempt!

The photos:
About a year before I got pregnant.
Nine months pregnant:
The night before induction.
Heading home from the hospital.
Nine months later:

During pregnancy and for a while after, I just felt SO huge.  I never thought I would see the scale show a number that I was pre-pregnancy EVER again.  And even though I want to lose a bit more, I feel pretty good about where I am right now.  So take heart if you were like me and gained a lot during pregnancy!  It CAN come off!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

New Tree Growth!

A couple of weeks back I mentioned that we had obtained some trees from the Beaver Watershed Alliance that serves our area.  Well I am happy to announce that I am seeing some growth on our little seedlings!  Take a look:

My Flowering Dogwood hasn't shown much life yet!  So I am trying to be patient. :)
These aren't seedlings, but I thought they were so pretty!
Our tree row!
A little budding action going on!!  I think this is a Serviceberry tree.
More buds.
Red Maple budding in the dog's yard.
Ahh I love spring and all the new beginnings!!  I am still keeping my eye out for just the right Bantam chicks so hopefully we will be adding a few cute little chickies to our mini farm soon as well.

Also we have officially started gardening - we have the plot tilled and bought some potatoes last night!!  We also have four tomato plants ready for planting.  I will try to get some pictures of our garden to keep track of its growth.  We are looking forward to a bountiful year!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Your Smile

The younger version of me seemed to be an unhappy sort.  I didn't smile a lot.  It really had more to do with being insecure about my smile rather than being unhappy, but many people interpreted it that way.

Ladies, we live in a world that makes us feel ashamed of being US.  Ashamed of stretch marks and those pounds we can't shed.  Ashamed of under eye bags and imperfect smiles, of acne and scars and wrinkles.

But I want you to be encouraged today.  Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) - "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."  Laugh!  Share your smile with a world that desperately is in need of it.  Forget any flaws you think it may have.  Can't you see that the world is sick, and in need of a medicine that you can help to provide?  God made your smile especially for you to wear, so put it to work for Him.

Your smile is so precious!  It is the one your family and friends would miss if it were gone.  Not some celebrity's flawless smile or the smile of that girl over there whose smile you wish yours was like.  It is the smile that has woke your sweet little baby from his sleep since the very day he was born, the smile of perseverance when you want to say something nasty, but refrain.  The little crooked smile that your parents remember when you were tiny and innocent.  The smile of kindness a friend needs on a dark day.  The smile your husband was beaming at when you walked down the aisle to be his bride.  The smile God gave you that started out gummy, and then a little toothy, and then missing some spaces and maybe even with a few braces, and then a beautiful grown woman smile.  And one day it will be an old woman's smile, and it will still be just as beautiful to your grandchildren, to your children, to your husband who has stood beside you for many crazy, wonderful, messy, beautiful years.

Love your smile and share it.  It means so much to those you love.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cleaning, frogs, and naps.

Tiny spring flowers right out our front door.
Oh the past few days have been so nice!  The temps have finally decided to warm up and stay warm.  We have gotten a lot of rain so the grass is starting to get green, too!

During our last snow just a couple of weeks ago, I got some good spring cleaning in:

Then it rained and rained and rained.  And of course, there will be more rain to come.  That is the way spring is out here!  I am allowing the chickens to free range again.  They did not love the rain:
After the rains, this little spring peeper frog decided to visit:
So cute!
And now today it is a balmy 70+ degrees.  Windows are open!  I took a walk outside and plan to run later.  Ahhh.  The animals are loving it too:

Now it is time for a nice nap...
Engine sleeping away in the kitty condo.
Sweet baby naps:

Ahhh.  What a perfect day!