What I Read 2017| What I’ll Read 2018

2017 was a good year of reading for me. It might sound silly (and I talked about this in my rambling post last year about my reading list), but after college where I was reading multiple books of theology and literature a week, I had fallen away from the art of enjoying literature. Last year was the year I finally began to reclaim my love of reading.

At the beginning of summer, some friends of mine and I started a book club and it has been wonderful! We meet about every month and a half at each other’s houses with food and wine, and whoever hosts gets to pick the book for the month. It has been such a great experience to read (or reread) books of another’s choosing, as well as to have the opportunity to discuss them with friends.

I didn’t exactly follow my reading list from last year. It was probably overplanned and too detailed for me (I work best with a set but loose outline). Not to mention, I became interested in other books along with our book club’s pick. So here is what I actually did end up reading:

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

This was my first Wendell Berry novel, and I now consider it as one of my most favorite books. It is heartwrenchingly beautiful. It follows the life of the main character, Hannah, who lives in a small rural town in Kentucky. Highly, highly recommend it.

The Last Gentlemen by Walker Percy

My favorite Percy book that I’ve read so far.

The Second Coming by Walker Percy

The satisfying follow up book to The Last Gentlemen.

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

nonfiction. Written by an American expat living in Paris, this book was an entertaining look at the differences between American and French parenting. The French aren’t perfect by any means, but I found their refined approach to food and manners really valuable.

No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel

I never had the chance to finish the book, but I should probably read it again in the future. Very enlightening and practical read.

33 Days to Merciful Love by Fr. Michael Gaitley

I absolutely loved this. This is essentially a consecration to Divine Mercy in the school of St. Therese.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

This was our first book club selection and my first Austen read other than Pride and Prejudice! I had probably read Pride and Prejudice two or three times but never anything else, but now I prefer Sense and Sensibility over it. Such delightful characters and Colonel Brandon 4eva.

Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

This was our second book club pick and my third read through of this merry, adventurous book. A classic and fun, summer read.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Another book club selection. Technically I had previously read this in high school, but this read through was like reading it with new eyes. I definitely did not appreciate it as I should have when I was a young teen. Such a haunting and heartbreaking (yet frustrating) story.

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

This compilation was released last year and is the last book of J.R.R’s writings that Christopher Tolkien will publish. It contains several versions in prose and poetry of the story of Beren and Lúthien. I loved it, but if you have never read The Silmarillion you may feel a little lost at first. I would definitely recommend at least reading the chapter on Beren and Lúthien in The Silmarillion first.

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollerla

This was a book club read and the novel that I selected. I probably loved this book the most out of the group (everyone else seemed to have some qualms about it) but I adored it. I think in many ways this book has some wonderful insights on love, relationships, and culture without taking itself too seriously.

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

This was another book club selection and reread for me. My first exposure to this book was when Ross read it aloud to me when we first started dating. My second and third reading it, I was still a starry eyed girlfriend. However, this was my first time reading it as a married woman, and I believe it impacted me the most this time – particularly the last section regarding Davy’s death. If you have never read A Severe Mercy, I highly highly recommend it. Easily a favorite book of mine (if it isn’t obvious).


And this is what I hope to read in 2018, with room for growth (with any other books plus book club picks) :

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigurd Undset

I started reading this trilogy in December, and I am still in the midst of it. It takes place in fourteenth century Norway and follows the life of the character, Kristin. The story is captivating, the characters complex. Undset received a Nobel Peace prize for it in the 1920’s. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Oh. My. Goodness. Just read it.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

This is our first book club selection of this year!

Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy

Need more Percy in my life.

My Antonia by Willa Cather

I absolutely loved her Death Comes for the Archbishop, so I’m looking forward to this.

The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery


When We Were Eve by Colleen Campbell

This was recently release, and I’ve heard wonderful things about it.

Brave New Family (collection of G.K. Chesterton’s writing relating to the family)

Theology and Spiritual Reading:

33 Days to Merciful Love by Michael Gaitley (reread)

I’ll be renewing my consecration this lent.

Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict

I love love love Papa Ben/Ratzinger’s writings, but I have not actually read his Jesus of Nazareth books yet.

Apostolate of Holy Motherhood by Mark Miravelle

This has been on my list for awhile but I have never gotten to it yet.


I also need more poetry in my life, so I plan on revisiting these poets throughout the year.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

John Keats

Richard Wilbur

Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you have any new favorites or suggestions? Let me know! 🙂


Introducing Ruth Siobhán

I wrote the following while I was probably 4 days postpartum. Now little Ruth is 8 days old.

Welcome to the world, Ruth Siobhán. Birth story following…whenever I get to it. 😉

The last time I was able to write a full blog post and actually publish it was in…August?! (There are so many drafts in my WordPress files). Here I am once more after a whirlwind of a stressful and emotional but blessed autumn and Advent and Holiday season.

We are currently living with my very generous in-laws who just happen to be 2 miles away. They have a live-in elderly Aunt and Uncle, so this was the best solution until we can get back on our feet (my husband had to get back to work just 3 days after the birth). I’m currently trying to take it easy and be gentle on myself, and soak up any alone time I can get because I know things will get cray-cray once it’s just me, the kids, and the dog.

How am I doing? How are we all doing? Well. We are doing well. I am so grateful for how everything is working out thus far. I can sense that God is being generous with us to prepare for the weeks and months ahead. Ross, however, is honestly working the hardest between the both of us and bending over backwards to support us all. I won’t elaborate, but I will say that I have never been more honored and proud to have him by my side and the head of our family.

So far the transition to a family of five has been gentle and gradual. I don’t know if it’s the fact that this is my third newborn, and I am much more calm and confident in my mothering, or if Ruth is just extra darling, or both; but oh my goodness, she has been way more relaxed as a newborn compared to the other kids. I know, I know, this is JUST day 4, but I am so grateful. (I’m sure I’ll be laughing next week, but for now, I’m just thankful for the past few days).

The two other children are adjusting alright so far, and they are certainly keeping their Mimi and Paw Paw as busy as possible. Lúthien loves her little sister, and Rainer is mildly interested in her. I haven’t quite allowed them to spend that much time with her, only because they are getting over colds and right now in Louisiana cold and flu season is the worst (literally). Hopefully I’ll soon be able to confidently let them love on her (safely). As far as adjusting to the new family member goes, Lúthien wants her to “always stay little” and Rainer is missing his snuggles with his mom. He’s a bit of a mess right now, but he is still his usual goofy, sweet self.

Little Ruth is a darling. Compared to her siblings, so far she seems to be the most relaxed as a newborn. She doesn’t often cry, except when she needs a new diaper. Nursing was a little tricky the first few days, but we’re doing really well now. And to my delight, she loves to be swaddled unlike her siblings.

We are so in love with her name. As per tradition, we waited until she was born to name her. With Rainer and Lúthien we weren’t able to settle on a name until the next day, but with Ruth we gradually came to the name “Ruth Jeanne” or “Ruth Joan” during labor. Her first name was inspired by Old Testament Ruth. Each of our children, including our two in heaven (Charles Dominic and Lily Zélie), bear the middle name of a patron saint of ours. St. Joan of Arc has always been a favorite of mine and Ross since we were children. About an hour after she was born, Ross learned that the name, “Siobhán,” (pronounced shiv-ahn), which he had been drawn to throughout the end of my pregnancy, is the Gaelic form of “Joan” or “Jeanne.” He looked up, telling me with tears in his eyes, and I knew, this was Ruth Siobhán.

My 2017 Reading List

I am ashamed to confess that after I graduated from college almost four years ago, I virtually stopped reading regularly. Yes. I might claim to be a “lover of literature,” but it turns out I was a pretty bad lover. I graduated from college just in time to see the sudden rise of netflix, hulu, and amazon prime, and soon enough my husband and I were sucked into the vacuum that is binge watching (Downton Abbey? Sherlock? Mad Men?). Don’t get me wrong, during all this time my husband was also re-reading all of his favorite Tolkien books among others, while I was maybe only reading what I needed to in order to complete my freelance assignments.

And then I became a mother. Motherhood is an absolute blessing, but if I didn’t have anything outside of home-life to read up on such as lesson plans or gardening, then the only things I found myself reading on a regular basis were board books and then soon children’s books. The occasional completed novel found itself here and there, but leisure reading always, always fell by the wayside – as do so many things.Then at some point a few months ago I rediscovered my love of reading and I intend to keep up the momentum.

I have enjoyed reading other’s yearly booklists and the occasional “What I’m Reading” post, so I’ve decided to compile my own for the sake of order and keeping myself accountable. When I put it together I had a few goals in mind…reading what we already own and finishing what lay unfinished.

We own a ton of books, too many to house. Just last week my husband brought up maybe 5 or 6 boxes of books into the attic that have just been sitting around the third bedroom collecting dust. Eventually we will turn our little storage room into a library, but that won’t happen for a while. While combing through the books deciding which to shelve and which to store, I realized how many great books we have that I have never read or even books that I started and never finished. So most of my reading list will come straight from our own library with the exception of a few books.

Though I am not a naturally organized person, I always work best when there is a goal in sight. Plus, if I have something new to look forward to, I won’t fall into old habits and stop reading. I formatted the list by month to have some sort of loose time frame, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I plan on strictly sticking to it. I’ll allow myself the freedom to move things around or add or replace books as the time comes.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I started this book in December, and it was such a delightful read during Advent and the Holiday season. While I have always loved the movie, I had never read the book. Alcott wrote the novel modeled on the old family diaries, and that’s exactly what it felt like. All the characters are so lovable, yet so human.  While the book may have been a little too sentimental for me, I do realize that it’s meant to be a children’s book, and I so wish that I had read it when I was a girl!

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

My husband read this book earlier last year and loved it, and I had also heard a friend sing its praises. I read it alongside Little Women during the Advent/Christmas season, and I absolutely loved it. This was my first Cather book, and I look forward to reading more of her. The novel takes place in the mid-19th century and follows the missionary life of a young priest who becomes the bishop of the mission diocese in newly acquired New Mexico and beyond. Cather’s writing was captivating in both her descriptions of the desert landscape and in the personal reflections of the missionary priests.


Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

This was a book that was not previously owned, and I gifted it to my husband for Christmas. I just finished this book a few days ago, and it totally blew me away. It is certainly a new favorite. This was also my first Wendell Berry, and I am in love with how he writes. Though the story might be simple, there is such effortless truth, wisdom, and beauty in the book. It’s written in first person, told by the character, Hannah Coulter; and takes place in Berry’s familiar and small rural community in Kentucky. Coulter begins her story from childhood, through World War II, the death of her first husband, and her life with her second husband. This book has caused me to get weepy more than once, and it has moved me to reflect more on the importance of family, community, and the homestead life. I highly, highly recommend it.

The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildenbrand

Nonfiction, reread. After the recent events in January, I decided to reread this gem. We are bombarded with so many conflicting ideas of what it means to be a woman, and Hildenbrand goes through these and sheds light on our unique calling and virtue as women. It’s a short read, and not at all daunting.


The Last Gentlemen by Walker Percy

My husband loves Walker Percy, and Percy spent the last several decades of his life in our hometown, so I’m eager to continue to read more of him.

33 Days to Merciful Love by Father Michael Gaitley

This was another book that was recently purchased. My bible study is following Fr. Michael’s video series on Mercy, so I thought this would be a good supplement to that, as well as a great Lenten read.


Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Though I own all of Austen’s novels, I have only ever read Pride and Prejudice! A friend of mine recently finished this one and loved it, so I’ll be happy to give a read.

The Everlasting Man by GK Chesterton

Nonfiction, reread. I read this in college for a Theology course, and while I enjoyed it then, I couldn’t dedicate enough attention to it. I often find myself thinking about parts of the book, so that’s a good enough sign that it deserves a reread! From what I remember, it was an enjoyable and rather enlightening read.


A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry

Because I was loving Hannah Coulter so much, I really wanted my husband to read Berry alongside me, so I picked this book up at the library for him. He seems to enjoy it just as much, so I plan on reading it later so we can discuss it together.

The New Faithful by Colleen Carroll Campbell

Nonfiction. This is a book that I started but never finished years ago. I have read Campbell’s memoir, My Sisters the Saints, which I absolutely loved. The New Faithful is not a memoir or biography but more of a study of  why more young people are embracing Orthodoxy. I’d like to re-read it because the book was written over ten years ago, and I’m interested in reading it in light of today.


Lord Peter by Dorothy Sayers

I have never read Dorothy Sayers before, and I’ve never really read much of her genre of detective fiction so I’m excited to explore it!


The Second Coming by Walker Percy

This book follows the same main character as in The Last Gentlemen. 


The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

I do not own this book, but it is a Fountains of Carrots book club read, so of course I’m interested. 🙂 From what I’ve heard, it is one of the few novels Montgomery has written for adults.

The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton

Another Chesterton. This is one of his most well-known novels and a must-read from what I’ve heard.


My Antonia by Willa Cather

I don’t currently own this book either, but I loved Death Comes for the Archbishop so much, and I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this novel.


Lilith by George MacDonald

George MacDonald is such a delight. I have read a handful of his fairy tales and novels but never Lilith.


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Finish. Hah hah. There is no way that I plan on finishing this book from start to finish. I will just pick up where I left off a year and a half ago – which I hope is somewhere in the middle.


For now I’m going to leave this month blank, and add on when the time comes.

If you have any recommendations leave them, please! I love hearing what other people have enjoyed.

7 Quick Takes, Vol 5 – What’s Up 

It’s been quite a while, but here we go! I’m typing this on the fancy smancy WordPress app on my phone, while my husband uses my laptop. 


This book. I initially put it on my reading list after the Fountains of Carrots podcast did an episode of it last summer. Wendell Berry is an author I’ve heard great things about but had not yet read. Though I am only one third of the way into the book, I have already managed to cry twice. Berry does an incredible job of conveying such beauty and truth through the simplicity of Hannah Coulter’s story. This book is in danger of becoming a new favorite. 


This guy. This past month he has begun to show up so much more personality, and he is such a delight! He is now pulling up to standing, as evidenced by the photo. So if he has any notion of refusing to nap, he’ll just stand up at his crib rail. Funny thing is though, he hasn’t figured out yet how to sit down from a standing position. He has a lot of upper body strength, but his chunky, fat legs don’t match. So he’ll often fall backwards, and just today I put the baby walker back in the closest because he was just not ready. He’s eager, but his lower half needs some work, haha! 


This man. Last weekend, we went to the New Orleans’ New York Life annual kick off banquet. This was the first fancy work event that we have ever attended as a couple together, and we had an absolute blast. I was a little hesitant because I didn’t know what to expect, but everyone was welcoming and pretty easy going. Ross and I had the best time on the dance floor. We could have stayed much longer, but we left around ten so I could be home in time to nurse Rainer. I am still reeling from how much fun we had. Fun fact, it took a while for me to finally decide on an outfit – whether or not I should get my MoH dress for my best friend’s wedding this summer and wear it to this – and I ended up going with one that I got four years ago before our own wedding when I worked at LOFT. 


I recently started going to a bible study with some wonderful women, and I am loving it so far. I had been meaning to go for months, and they started back up again after a little hiatus. While I have a few friends in the study, I didn’t previously know the others. Most of my friends are married and are moms as well, while not everyone in our bible study fits that description. It’s been meaningful to hear more from single ladies and working wives, when I am so often in my “mom bubble.” 


Speaking of community, I have been reflecting lately on how grateful I am to have such a wonderful community of friends and family here. Not everyone has that, and I am reminded of when we lived in West Houston for 10 months and had no friends at all there except for family. It is such a blessing to share in fellowship with other moms and young families. It is also a blessing to have such wonderful and generous in-laws just a couple miles away. I honestly don’t mean to brag, that’s not what I’m getting at, I am just grateful for what we have because I know what it’s like to not have a community nearby. 


My daughter. Shout out to her, because she is beautiful, wonderful, and such sweetness. She is surely trying to help sanctify her mother and teach her patience through her toddler ways. 


This is so silly, but I got a haircut before me and Ross’ banquet night and I’m slowly beginning to love it. Yes, so silly and probably vain but hey that’s what’s up lately. I loathe taking selfies, so here’s a super awkward one where you can barely see my hair and my kids look blah. 

There, satisfied? Hah!

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7 Quick Takes, Vol. 4 – Let’s Redirect

Linking up with Kelly for this week’s quick takes! 

Ok, I know I’m not the only one who has been dismayed all week long at the state of practically everything in our country now. Therefore, here are a few things to inspire and/or distract.


My friend, Hannah, wrote this post essentially about the sanctity of mundane household chores, which really struck a bell with me (is that even a saying?). For the past two weeks, my attitude has fallen into “I just need to get through this and that,” so the simple reminder that we can love through all things helped change my tune. Also, I loved how she related her experience of dishes and laundry – in that she usually only has 3 minutes of perfectly folded clothes and a shining kitchen counter. It is so true! Oh the irony of working so hard for a few spare minutes of cleanliness!


Teresa, offered a short and sweet reminder that the best thing that we can do is – as Mother Teresa hearkens – “to go home and love your family.” This also something that I have been striving to actively focus on – my family is my ministry, my children are my ministry, making sure the household is still running is my ministry. Drying those tears, changing the stinky diapers, even cleaning the kitchen floor from a broken bowl filled with my leftover gumbo is my ministry.



I cannot remember the blogger who wrote this, but a few months ago someone wrote about how now is the perfect time to re-read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Beauty is our greatest inspiration, and Tolkien’s writing is transformative. My husband re-reads the Lord of the Rings every year, and this year I’ve decided to join him. Last week, I finished The Silmarillion (for the first time!) and was absolutely blown away. (Yes, I am aware of how ridiculous it is that I have a daughter named Luthien, and I am just now finishing The Silmarillion, but that is not the point). Throughout the book there is constant tragedy after tragedy, but despite everything there is always hope and good always prevails even in the most seemingly hopeless circumstances.


This excerpt from Wendell Berry that keeps popping up:

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.



Yesterday I took both kids to the library for only the second time since Rainer was born. I used to take Lu all the time when I was pregnant, so it’s been such a while. Hallelujah, it went so well! And now I might begin to take both children to the babies and toddlers’ storytime on Tuesdays, fingers crossed!


We are starting to make time for family prayer, which we really haven’t done before other than bedtime prayers. At the moment, we are just praying one decade of the rosary. I really want to make it a habit early on, plus we need that as a family. ❤


Lastly, I just started reading Little Women for the first time! Gosh it is too adorable, and the characters are already so endearing. I’m really trying to eliminate all the noise that netflix and social media provides and begin a habit of reading regularly again. So it’s Little Women and (re-reading) The Hobbit at the moment!

That’s it. This was probably my quickest quick takes ever. Have a great weekend y’all.



7 Quick Takes, Vol 3 | life lately |

I have not done one of these in forever, but I’m feeling the blogging itch. Don’t expect anything incredible.


Last night for the first time in what feels like MONTHS (because that’s the reality), I got together with some friends for a girls’ night out. It was my first time leaving both kids with anyone other than Ross and my mother-in-law, so I was a little nervous. By the time the babysitter got to our house, I was then so excited that I just got my stuff together and left without finishing getting ready. (I realized later that I never put on any make-up, but whatevs). ANYWAY, our time together was so blessed, and I came out of it feeling such gratitude. Also, I probably had one of the best glasses of red wine I’ve had in years.


Finally at some point in this week, I began to truly feel confident as a mom of two. Because of the nature of my husband’s job, he is often gone at night and I have dinner and bedtime on my own. After two nights in a row, I had a moment all of a sudden where I realized – hey, I think I really know what I’m doing this time! Things aren’t easy, but I’m grateful for finally feel more comfortable and confident because for a while I absolutely haven’t felt that way.


This rarely happens, but on Wednesday night Ross was home from work early and done for the day. I was out with the kids on a random errand aka desperate need to get out of the house. He called from home and suggested that we all go out to eat for dinner (we never do this on our own). Two hours later we found ourselves at a really neat restaurant which basically served Asian-Cajun-esque food. The menu was really interesting and the food turned out to be even more interesting. We ate outside and the weather was gorgeous. Once it hit 7pm though we ended up rushing through our food to get Mr. Fussy home to sleep. All in all, it was refreshing eating out (spontaneously) together, especially after me and the kids dining in without dad the previous two nights.


Here in Louisiana the highs are still in the mid 80s, but if we’re lucky – like last Saturday – we might get a low of 55 in the morning. img_4334I had left the house for a couple hours – at the suggestion of Ross – for the alone time. I think we’re going to make it a regular thing because I had forgotten how much better I feel afterwards. Anyway, coming home to the sight of both kids in sweatshirts and my husband in a flannel gave me all the butterflies.


While I was out I decided to do something that I can never do with both kids…and I just browsed a consignment/antique store for fun window shopping…alone…I hadn’t done that since college. I actually found some really interesting dining room chairs and a bench, (which we might consider if we didn’t already have a big list of things to consider), and I took a picture of this lamp because hey…it’s a fox and isn’t that fun. img_4305Lu actually has an antique elephant lamp in her bedroom, which looks amazing. I thought that maybe this might look neat in Rainer’s room, but…hmm….


I have been on the fence for a long time about buying a bumbo. I’ve seen both negative and positive things about it, but like most things, I’m sure you just need to use them in moderation. We ended up purchasing this Summer Infant seat, which is similar, but much cheaper and multi-functional, and on sale for $25!



We STILL have no idea what we’re going to be for Halloween…oops. I was ALWAYS last minute with costumes growing up, and I usually went with whatever my ballet recital costume was the year before. When we go back to Virginia for Thanksgiving I have every intention of going through mine and my sisters’ old dance costumes and bringing them home (dress clothes up for Lu!).

That’s a wrap. Not too exciting, but hey, it’s Friday and that’s great!


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Seven Quick Takes, Vol. 2

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, but I hope to be writing them more often!

These past several days have been fast-paced, slow-paced, exciting, nerve-wracking, joyful, and tiring. First we’ll get the serious out of the way. 😉


Last week and the last week prior my mother was very sick. During Holy Week, she has pleurisy which is an inflammation of the lungs. Then following the week after Easter Sunday, she ended up in the ER where they ran a whole host of tests on her. Nothing came back positive, but they sent her home with an antibiotic and a narcotic. After that ER visit, she began to feel worse and worse (I heard this all long distance, we live a thousand miles apart) and she had extremely painful migraines along with head and back pain. She could barely sit up in bed and eat. She saw a doctor that weekend, but he was not very helpful. We were all so worried because it seemed that nobody could determine what was wrong. Then, almost a week after the first ER visit, they took her to the ER a second time. It turns out that she had a spinal headache which is a rare complication of the spinal tap she received during her first ER visit. She received a blood patch, and hours later she said she felt like a new person. I read later that spinal headaches can been some of the most debilitating and excruciating headaches you can experience (the fluid in your brain and spine is all off). THAT being said, if you have a spinal tap or even an epidural and end up with a terrible headache and back pain, you probably have a spinal headache!


As I briefly mentioned in my last post, Ross pulled up the carpet in our living room and hallway. He filled in the nail holes in the concrete, sanded it, mopped it, and then applied a few coats of Benjamin Moore’s Distant Grey. It’s an odd name for the color, as it’s really very white. We love it so far, but the work is not completely done. The walls desperately need to be painted, as they look so goofy with the white floors. Luckily, the Christmas gift card we kept for paint should cover most of the rest of that. As for now, we were going to give the floor several days to “age” and then Ross will be applying a protective wax coating. Though we have our area rug for the living room, we have yet to find a super long runner and still need to install shoe moulding at the baseboards.


after the first coat


We had friends in town from DC for a job interview and to visit with us for a few days. While Ross was working on the floor and we waiting for the paint to dry, the three of us had been staying in the temporary home where his family have been for the past 3 weeks since the flood. (Our renovation was unnecessary, their’s is necessary). Therefore, our guests were all over the place during their short visit. On their last full day here, we were finally able to come to our place and sleep here due to the paint being dry enough. Regardless of our vagabond status, we all still had a very nice time together. 🙂


Lu and Chiara


The bunnies are getting bigger and bigger and cuter and cuter. We’re trying not to get too attached to them. 😉 They are still in the indoor cage with their mother, and Ross will be building their rabbit tractor for them to move to pasture this weekend. (We do a lot of things last minute or spontaneously around here). They are still nursing, but they are now enthusiastically eating greens and pellets.


The broilers (cornish cross) are getting bigger and bigger. They’ve been out on pasture for a couple weeks or so now. They are such strange chickens! It took a while for them to learn how to forage, and it is insane (and sad) how quickly they grow. I can’t get over how goofy and fat they look. We weren’t planning on using this particular breed, but you work with what you have!


Since the Spring has coincided with my third trimester, I really haven’t put as much time and care towards our garden. Ross has put forth most of the efforts. Though things are all over the place, we are gradually adding more and more. What I love this time around is the overlap we have from the Fall/Winter garden into the Spring garden, which we didn’t have last year. We’ve had an abundance of kale, and we harvested our first batch of carrots for our dinner last night. This weekend I’ll be adding more vegetables of the squash variety (summer squash, cantaloupe). Last year, I had a full on battle with squash vine borers (UGH). This year however, we’ve introduced a lot of new soil and manure that wasn’t formerly on our property, so I believe that will help to confuse them when they come back.


This is more of Ross’ update, not mine. 🙂 While his parents were out of town this weekend they found this beauty. My husband is blacksmith, who has never owned an actual anvil. (Apparently, they are very hard and expensive to come by.) They gifted it to him as a birthday gift, and he was over the moon.


handsome, happy man

Well, they wasn’t particularly “quick” but there you go! Until next time!