I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wilderness Woman

Even though I grew up in West Virginia, I'm a certified 


I like being down the street from the grocery store and around the corner from a bank.  I hate bugs. I hate yard work.  I hate wind blowing my hair into my face.  ... We don't live in the country, per se.  But it's a good 15 minute drive from the nearest Starbucks, gas station & atm machine.  Having grown up on a farm, Aaron's thrilled.  As for me - well, I'm adjusting.  I'm adjusting much better now that Orkin got rid of the mice.

After living in the wilderness for 7 months, I'm trying to focus on the cute aspects of it (rather than the bugs, weeds, spiders, hundreds of tree seedlings growing in our mulch, and the mosquito sanctuary that's located somewhere in the vast beyond that's our backyard).  So far, on Dogwood, we've seen (and have living under various bushes) ...chipmunks, squirrels, & rabbits.

We've also seen deer and groundhogs. (Yes, Aaron wants to shoot it.  He just hasn't gotten a clean shot yet.)

Oh yeah - and turkeys too.

I haven't started taking pictures of other birds on the property.  But I should, because I don't recognize all of them.  So far I've identified: robins, morning doves, cardinals, blue jays, gold finches, crows, grackles, sparrows, hawks ... and bats. There are probably 10 more that I can't name.  And we don't have any bird feeders - just lots of worms and bugs.

We've heard frogs singing in the evenings, and this evening Alex found polliwogs in an empty planter beside our garage doors that's filled with rainwater. (Excuse the bad photos - they're surprisingly hard to photograph!)

At this rate I'll be sewing our clothes out of flour sacks and buckskin, serving squirrel for dinner, and wearing one of these by the end of Summer.  I'm turning into a Wilderness Woman. 


Charity said...

Wearing one of these........ ? Strapping frontiersmen? Or his hat? lol It must be so difficult being so far out in the country. ;)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Hate to be the one to tell you this city girl, but your darling pollywogs look like mosquito larvae to me :). I grew up in the woods and we had both. Polywogs have a fatter head and smaller tail. I hope you dumped it!

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KGM said...

Your fellow city loving cousin got a good GOOD laugh out of this!