Currently… summer edition

Thinking… how grateful I am that my kids like to read. Here they are enjoying a few new bookmobile books in the back of the suburban one day last week. I was busy in the garden and they were happy as clams to enjoy their newest finds. We’ve also plowed through 3 or 4 chapter books in the last few weeks. They love it when I read aloud to them at night and I like it too. We just finished all three of the books in the My Father’s Dragon series. I highly recommend them!


Feeling… excited for the weekend! My younger sister, Sarah, (there are 6 kids in my family all together, 4 of them girls) is getting married in Boise, Idaho and I have lots of family flying in the for occasion. I’m super grateful she met such an awesome guy and I’m really looking forward to being with my family for the weekend. Weddings are fun, especially when you just get to go and enjoy them!

Watching… my garden grow! It’s crazy that little seeds turn into huge plants and then produce from water and sunshine. It’s a miracle. I’m also watching the weeds grow fast as lightning and feeling a little overwhelmed with them.

Fresh rainbow chard from the garden

Reading… too many things and loving them all. I need more hours in the day. I’m currently reading Carry On Warrior, Hands Free Mama, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, The E-Myth, Love Does, and I have The Storyteller on my nightstand stack as well as house planning books, my scriptures, and a few other gems. And yes, I had to clean up the night stand to take the pictures 🙂


Excited… that my youngest sister is living with us this summer! I picked her up this week and I’ve enjoyed every minute since. She’s 17 and going to be a senior in high school this coming year. My mom was kind enough to let her leave Kentucky for the summer and that means I have a few short months to convince her she loves Southern Utah enough to live here one day. I’m always trying to get people to move down here 🙂 She’s been a great help and friend already. I’m so glad she’s here.

Missing… owning our own house. It was so fun to decorate and paint and feel like things were “mine” and worth the time and investment to improve. I like our rental great and it’s clean and nice, but I don’t have much of a desire to improve it or decorate it. Soon we’ll build our dream house though and it’ll be worth waiting for!

Wondering… when my baby will start sleeping through the night. He nurses 3-4 times a night still and I wouldn’t mind if that changed to 1 or 2 (or none) times. We are rearranging kids and beds and rooms this summer. When we kick the 3-year-old out of the crib and put the baby in it then I might try a little sleep training. I’ve gotten soft in my old age though… he might just nurse all night long until he’s one. Time will tell!

Working… on Christmas! The wooded ornaments I had in my Etsy shop were so successful last year and I’m already looking forward to this year. I have some amazing designs for nativities that we are working with and we are starting to make prototypes. They are going to be so pretty and so much fun. I’m really excited to show you.

Frozen Grapes

Stressed… about our hardware store project. If you don’t know, let me fill you in. We moved to Husband’s tiny home town a year ago this spring to start building a hardware store with his dad (they currently own a grocery store and this is their next big project). They’ve been working on it for over a year and it should be open in the next month or two. It’s a huge project and they don’t hire anything out, literally, they have done everything from poring the concrete floor to insulating and drywall to shelf stocking (that’ll happen soon anyways). Thomas decided that he wanted to polish the concrete floor (that’s the type of finish that Home Depot and Lowe’s have on their floor. It lasts a lifetime with very little maintenance, but it’s a lot of work to get it that way). So he drove up to Salt Lake last week to spend a small fortune to rent the polishing machine. He worked from 7am to midnight every single day since last Monday (including Father’s day 🙁 !) and it is still not done (for a million reasons but his effort and time spent is not one of them). My sister’s wedding is this weekend I’m not sure he’s even going to make it. He has to have the floor done so that they can put the shelving on it which comes on the 23th. It has to be done, he has no other options. Feeling stressed about it is an understatement.

Proud… of my blog. I feel like things are going so well and I have you all to thank for it. I’m making a little money from it which is really helpful to our family right now (even though Husband works a million hours on the hardware store, it’s not open, so he isn’t getting paid). I like how it looks, I’m proud of my content, I’m grateful to have made so many new friends (and reconnected with many others from my past), and I feel confident in who I am as a blogger. It’s a great feeling. Thanks for being part of it.

Wanting… to be a better storyteller. I’m not sure how to do that. Practice I guess? I have a burning desire to be a great storyteller and to have my children remember the tales I told. Any thoughts on how to improve my written and oral story telling?

Wishing… baby-weight disappeared magically when the baby turned 9 months old. Now that friends would be a gift.

smoothies for days

Eating… rhubarb, fresh spinach/butter lettuce/rainbow chard from my garden, avocado toast, lots of grilled lamb and pork chops (it’s time to use what’s in the freezer from last fall!), frozen grapes and homemade ice cream.

Drinking… homemade lemonades. Since I started making them for the farmer’s market I find myself making them all through the week now too. ! love fresh lemonade and my family is just as addicted to it as I am. I’m also loving Southern Utah’s version of sun tea which is a big stick of lemon basil leaves and 2 stalks of rhubarb in a half-gallon of water, left on the porch in the sun for a day or two. Strain the solids and pour over ice. The rhubarb is delicious like this, it almost tastes like sugarless lemonade. My old lady friend Myra told me about it and I been enjoying it all week.

Loving… school being out. I adore having all of my kids with me. We get all of our chores at the house and garden done in the morning and then we do something fun together in the afternoon like swimming, hiking, picnics, park outings, or having friends over. In the late afternoon they watch a show while I cook dinner and then it’s time for a bike ride, family walk, or more time at the garden. Baths and then bed make for a perfect day. Summer is the best!

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Love your blog Melissa! Great food ideas and beautiful pictures. I also adore all things summer; fresh strawberry rhubarb pie and warm evenings spent with our girls are on the top of the list! I hope you get more sleep soon, our youngest is six, but I remember those days…take care!

We love the ‘My Father’s Dragon’ books! Currently my kids are loving the Shel Silverstein poems and Calvin and Hobbes–I love when they are hysterically laughing out loud! I’ll have to swipe some of your book recommendations, I’ve been on an audiobook kick while doing chores and need some new stuff.
My fingers are crossed for you on getting your baby to sleep more! Ugh, it can be super rough. And hopefully the store floor turns out wonderful and is done soon. I’m super jealous that you have a sister with you for the summer! My sisters are all currently at a family reunion that I couldn’t make it to. Sad day. I consoled myself with mint brownies though, so it isn’t so bad 🙂
You should be proud of your blog, it is awesome and I love it. I love the food, the real life, and your writing. I enjoyed your story memory post a little while back, keep trying it out! happy summer friend!

good luck with the store! That does sound incredibly stressful but I am sure it will be worth it when it’s done!

Wow, lots going on! Summer is definitely the best 😀

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.