It has been a long time since I’ve written a post here, which I miss doing, but life has a way of throwing curve balls and sometimes it takes you in a direction you never would have expected. During the pandemic we sold our house and moved to a suburb of the city we were living in. We weren’t really even looking to move, but you know us and houses, God always has a plan. Our new home has provided a quieter life, with more land, and endless potential. If you had told me 3 years ago, I’d be where I’m at today, I would have told you, you were crazy, there was no way, but here we are…
Before we moved into the house we did tons of projects to get it livable. The house had been very neglected and needed some love. We repainted the whole house–inside and out, we remodeled the guest bathroom, turned one of the bedrooms into a gym, and did tons of deep cleaning. Once we had been here awhile we decided to tackle the master bathroom, which was very outdated. I came up with master bathroom remodel design and my contractor did a great job bringing my vision to life. Here’s the before:
And here’s the after:
I really loved our Sunriver bathroom remodel, but I have to say, this master bathroom remodel is my favorite. I love the big windows and the marble. You can’t see it from these pictures but there’s also a window in the shower so it looks like you’re showering in the redwoods.
After tackling most of the house (I’m still begging my husband to redo the kitchen… one day), we moved outside. This was all new to us because we’ve never had land before. Here’s what the back half of the lot looked like when we moved in.
It was overgrown but a blank slate, that I had no idea what to do with, until one day all of the sudden my head was filled with so much vision. Here are some glimpses of what it looks like now.
Looking back it almost feels unreal how much has changed in such a short amount of time. Sometimes I laugh because I have always been a city girl but now I’m a chicken mom, small scale flower farmer, with an orchard, a vegetable garden, and most of the time I have dirt under my fingernails. It’s the strangest thing.
We have worked harder than we ever have, but the fruit (literally and figuratively) we have to show from all of it, is worth it.
This summer was our second year of flowers, but I learned so much from my failures last year, that this year we had more than triple what we did last year!
I learned a lot this year too but it was fun having so many flowers to play with. I can’t even tell you how many buckets of flowers I gave away this year because I was not prepared for it! I never, in a million years, would have thought I’d be organizing and planning garden beds instead of drawers, but flowers bring so much joy to people and it has brought me unexpected fulfillment, I didn’t even know I needed.
I’ve also discovered that flowers are a great way to bring people together so, from planting parties, 1st day of school mom’s bouquet making & champagne, to last day of harvesting bring your own bucket and cut as much as you can–the flowers have given us even more reasons to gather with our friends and family, which is always a blessing.
I still have SO MUCH to learn, and have no idea what’s next but I’m incredibly grateful for this unexpected move, and season of our lives. We have learned so much about life, our marriage, our family, the importance of things like death and manure, and God’s never-ending faithfulness, through this process of building our little farmstead.
From a master bathroom remodel, to flower farming, it has been an adventure! While I’m not posting here and talking about organizing, cleaning and home remodels, it’s almost guaranteed I’m getting my hands dirty outside or organizing my spreadsheets trying to figure out what to put in next years garden, and how to fit in even more flowers!
If you want to follow along on the adventures of our little farmstead, you can find us on Instagram at @Little_Wagon_Farmstead. I hope I get to hear from you soon!