THE SIMPLE LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS SIMPLE.

We try to slow down and enjoy the simple life. We farm. We forage. We make. We create. We gather. We teach. We nurture the soil and our animals, but at the end of the day, we often forget ourselves. Even though we spend countless hours doing what we love, we forget to love ourselves. I have been left feeling restless and about to burst at the seams. I am fearful to tell people “no” because I am scared of that one missed opportunity that could forever set the path to reach my dreams. I am becoming a mere shell of a woman. The stirring in my core needs to escape, she wants to grow and be nurtured by herself and those around her. I want to take the time to nourish and love myself. To treat this sacred vessel the way I treat everything else around me; with a kind and gentle hand, with thoughtfulness, intention, and love. I want to build my being and my health like I build the soil. I want to protect and adore myself like I do my animals, and I want to embrace those around me who hold me up. I want to go through my days without fear because I know I am taking care of me.

BITS & PIECES

Sorry I have been so absent from the blog lately! Planting season is here and we have been slammed with countless to-do lists, but I love it! I wish I had time to go into detail about everything that has been going on, but here are a few photos instead:

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It started raining yesterday right when I got done with some planting, but I wasn’t a happy camper like I would normally be. The wind was terrible and ripped the side of the hoop house off. I was able to repair in, but got drenched and mashed my thumb with the hammer in the process.

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I got a third round of onions in yesterday, and our rhubarb is coming back!

g d qOur tomatoes are looking so pretty!

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We have been working till well past dark every night and I have even worked with Nick doing lawn care this week.

unnamed (8These are my burdock babies. I have never grown burdock so I am super excited that they are doing so well!

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Here are how some of our rows are looking. This onion/garlic bed has really taken off!

unnamed 5These girls are about to get a new fancy coop!

unnamed 4 unnamed 3 unnamed 2I am so thankful that some of my perennial herbs made it through the last freeze. I am not sure why these turned out so blurry, but here is our lemon balm, lamb’s ear, and St. John’s Wort.

unnamed (1)Even though we have been super busy, we made time to go listen to our lovely friends play. It was a great show!

unnamedI have been making some custom blends for people lately. This is probably my new favorite thing to do!

So, what have you been up to?

Peace, Nicole