Sunday Musings: Life as a Lumber

I hope everyone had a blessed week- we had spring break, so I chose to take a week off from blogging to focus on my family and getting a few things done around the house. It was a much needed break and I feel so much better.

I’m happy to be back at it again, from work to blogging. I’d like to share what we’ve been doing with you.

1. We went to church

We have been listening online to a local church for more than a year, and on Easter Sunday, we visited in person for the first time. We had a wonderful experience there and will attend again. It was wonderful to be back in God’s house again amongst other believers.

2. Our greenhouse is thriving

I’ll be the first to admit- I often just DO things without researching or reading the directions. Sometimes it works out well and sometimes it doesn’t. This greenhouse is only slightly different: I researched a bit, but I am mostly learning by doing. So far, it’s working well. We will plant our garden at the end of the month.

3. We plowed a bigger garden

Last year, the garden we grew was a little two small in square footage. Our veggies grew too close together, which often meant that we missed ripened veggies since we couldn’t see them. This year, we tilled a much larger area than we actually need so we can spread things out. We use a Wizard chain-driven tiller I inherited from my grandpa. It is older than I am but it works great. It’s a workout for sure, but I know he’d be happy to know we are using it. Plus, he has a hand in my garden, even though he isn’t here physically.

We will plow the garden one more time before planting.

4. Back to school!

Miss E went back to school this week- as in back in the building to school. In class. In person. She resisted a bit at first, but I think she is happy to be back. I’m also getting ready to get most of my students back four days a week.

5. The chickens went outside!!

Our chicken littles are no longer living in a wash tub in our bathroom- they have transitioned to our coop! I think they are much happier living outside. I’m much happier not finding chickens flying around my bathroom.

Have a wonderful week, everyone! Join us for the following articles this week:

1. Scrap wood challenge: chicken coop/rabbit hutch part one

2. Healthy school lunch ideas

3. Farmhouse Friday: spring decor roundup

Have a wonderful week!

Home Improvement: Things To Consider When Planning Projects

Home Improvement: Things To Consider When Planning Projects

We’ve been blogging here for a good five years now, and in that time, we’ve had a lot of questions from readers. One question we’re often asked is this: “You all seem to always be doing something to your house. How do you do so much?” Today I’d like to share how we prioritize our projects.

1. Do projects a little at a time

We just did a small remodel of our master bathroom. We replaced mirrors, hardware and light fixtures. We eventually plan to replace the bathtub and surround and flooring as well, but it simply isn’t in the budget right now. So we started with the cheapest, easiest items on our “master bath to-do list” and we completed those.

2. Find cheaper options for the things you want to do

We love carriage house garage doors, but we neither need nor want to buy a $2,000 garage door at the moment… so we took to Amazon and ordered faux Coach house door hardware and a faux window kit for $50. We spent far less money something that looks like the real deal.

3. If you can DIY it, do it.

Custom closets are expensive, but my dad and I built this closet organizer ourselves for $100. It only took one day and it was a fairly simple project. We saved a lot of money by doing it ourselves AND it was a lot of fun.

4. Before you do any part of the project, ask yourself these questions:

1. Who will it benefit?

If it’s something that will benefit everyone in the home, bump the project up higher on your to do list.

2. Can I do the project in phases, or must I do it all at once?

If a project must be done all at once, but it’s small, it’s probably OK to raise it on your list. If it’s a big project and you can’t do it in phases, it’s probably expensive and should be lower on your priority list.

3. Do I need to do it, or just want to?

Projects that you want to do, no matter how much you want to do them, are never as important as the projects you need to do.

5. Save money for the things you can’t afford right now

Even if you can’t afford the things you want at the moment, save money until you have what you need.

How do you all prioritize projects?

Have a wonderful weekend.

What’s happening with Lumber in My Minivan

The Christmas season is upon us, and we are doing well. We have made some wonderful memories and have spent lots of time together as a family.

Our Christmas pictures were beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with them!

Photos by Hildaberry Creatives

My oldest lumber child and I went with some friends to see The Nutcracker. It was a blast and we loved it! We also got to take pictures with the stars of the show.

We also took random pictures at our town Christmas tree. These could have been good pictures, but the littlest lumber wasn’t having it.

This one is kind of funny though.

Our Christmas season has had some rough moments. Our sweet yellow lab mix passed away last week. We had him for 13 years and all four of us miss him terribly. Despite how much we miss him, we are in no way ready for a new pupper. Please keep my family in your prayers as losing fur babies is tough.

The kitties have been getting some extra love, as they miss him too.

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Our next few days will be busy, as we are celebrating Christmas with both sides of my family and both sides of Mr. Lumber’s family.

Someone didn’t want us to leave.

We will be posting one final Christmas post on Monday and will then resume regular schedule on December 26. Have a wonderful and safe week!

What’s Happening at Lumber in My Minivan?

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Recently, we made the decision to change both the niche and the name of our blog. I still love organizing and simplifying, but I want to write about so much more than that. Since we’re not quite on regular schedule yet, and it’s been a while since I posted, I decided I’d write a short post catching you up on our comings and goings. I know a lot of you also follow me on social media, so some of this will not be news to you.

This girl got older. I’m not going to tell you how old, but I’ll give you a hint. I’m 25…with nine years of experience 😀

My birthday gift to myself was my first ever Tarheel Ten Miler. It was a challenge! I didn’t think I could do it, but I did. I even ran faster than I thought! I loved the race so much I have already signed up for next year!

Yeah, I’m dealing with some rough stuff right now. But my two baby girls make me smile and keep me going. ❤️ They will turn eight and four this year and they’re both sweet, cuddly little balls of energy.

And as for the hard stuff- Everybody go to counseling. Even if you think you think you don’t need to. I have been going weekly for a few months now and I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need. I recently saw a quote that mentioned how we go to the doctor for check ups to keep our bodies healthy, so why not do the same for our mental health? It makes sense!

And as for the blog: what I want to do with it is feature a DIY, something hone related and something family related each week. Basically, not a huge amount of changes but enough to keep it interesting.

Here’s to new adventures! Thanks for supporting us along this new journey.

 

Why I Started Blogging

Why I Started Blogging

I’m often asked why I started blogging. The simple answer is that I first started blogging as a means to document our pregnancy and birth of our firstborn. Our firstborn is now almost a sassy, intelligent seven year old.

We’ve also added another sassy little lady to the brood.

We are still blogging, but our focus has changed. I’ve always loved making crafts, decorating my home and redoing furniture.

I came to realize at some point there were tons of blogs about these very things. And if they could share their homes, projects and ideas with the world, I could as well.

I started a blog about a passion of mine: getting organized and simplifying your life. I made a lot of online friends, I shared my ideas, and I made a little money.

I’ve learned so much about life and about myself. There have been times when blogging has been difficult and frustrating, but I’ve never regretted starting up this little o’ blog.

I’ve now been blogging almost seven years. It’s been a great seven years and I can’t wait to see what the next seven hold. Stay tuned, friends. Big things they are a comin’.