Finally this month the weather warmed and we conquered a lot of projects here at our house. Most of our motivation was not only our desire to get them done but that we are refinancing so we wanted the house to looks it’s best before the inspection.
Our first two big projects were creating the clothesline that I’ve been dreaming of. I can’t wait to hang our sheets in the sunshine! I bought the frames two years ago! It was about time to get this project done.
We also decided to hang a hammock in our backyard which we are absolutely loving . We bought a Pawleys Island hammock (not sponsored) becuase we wanted something American made that would last for years. It’s super comfortable and we’ve enjoyed many evenings outside watching the sunset from our hammock!
Probably our biggest update was to the old smokehouse. It’s embarrassing to show, but the door has slowly fallen apart over the years. We were at a loss of how to fix it because the door at the top is 30 inches and at the bottom, it’s 32 inches and the height is not standard. It was overwhelming trying to figure out how to fix it ourselves.
Then, my brother had the GENIUS idea to create an exterior barn door which was an easy fit for the smokehouse and looks great! It’s not water tight but that’s okay, as you can see it hasn’t been sealed in awhile. And with a very big overhang as most old buildings have, it works perfectly!
Other outdoor included picking rocks out of the field so my brother could plant, planting our first garden (finally!) and my brother helping us to fix the old fence line that is a mangled mess. It felt so good to be outside this month!
I also finally took out the old windows from our barn to clean them up from our home. We found them when we took down our barn. I thought they were stained glass but it turns out they have contact paper on them. I still love them and I’m trying to find a place to hang them in our home.
With things just starting to open up, we took the time with the cousins nearby to visit their new pig they are raising and to plant flowers at the cemetary.
Thankfully my brother was able to start and finish planting this month. While planting is not quite as exciting as harvest, in my opinion, I know he’s relieved to have everything in the ground.
One of the highlights this month was when the crop duster flew directly over our house to spray the field next door. It was amazing to watch and I absolutely love this picture so I wanted to share it with you.
I started a new hobby this month when I purchased a cross stitch pattern for the first time. I started with a pretty complex pattern but I’m enjoying the process. I’m about 1/3 done with it and have about 20 hours invested. I will never look at a cross stitch the same ever again!
All in all, we’ve enjoyed continued adventures outside as a family. However, I’m a little overwhelmed by the thought of this summer. To be honest, in the past we’ve filled our days with the pool and visited places that are all closed this year. This summer will look different and things around here will be slower as well as I continue to navigate my work life balanced with the kids here.
But amidst everything going on in the world, my heart was filled with hope with the people and community that surround us when we were able to attend church for the first time in months. It was outdoors but our family really enjoyed seeing friends and worshiping with others in our community.
I don’t know what June will hold, but I do know that we’ll keep pressing on as a family navigating this uncertain time together by enjoying our home and doing everything we can to show love to others.