Here’s a just for fun post. I am still catching up…. I took these pictures while we were in Pittsburg, Missouri in April of various butterflies, bumblebees and such on a “Butterfly Bush”.
…. is having friends you love, nearby.
While I don’t have a picture of me and my friend, Laura yet… I have a few of their children and ours playing together in their yard back in April. Their beautiful property… I love their beautiful candle holder/chandelier in the yard. We’ll have to consider doing this too! How could one not love the beauty of the farmlands here? Finally, a good friend to play with. Hi, sweet Noah! Doggy taking nap… Lazy afternoon.
These pictures are already a month or more old. We have done so much to the house already. It’s still a bit hard to get in the swing of things on blogging. : ) Outside pictures…. Elisabeth in the garden they left behind. We are getting lots of tomatoes right now. Lots of them! View of the front yard. We have a swing on that tree for the kids and a little one for Benjamin. We have another swing on the tree to the right that you cannot see. My husband tearing down (by hand), the porch. It is already done and cleaned up by now. It’s beautiful to see the simplicity of the home. Can you picture the house without this deck? Won’t it be pretty? I like these pictures of my husband putting up the swings, you can really see the beauty of Missouri. The front porch looking North. Back towards our garden. We’re looking for a contractor to come out to do an add on for my mother to come live with us. I am hoping they can put the add on somehow off the back there so she can have a view of the garden and fields. Our progress on the deck… You can see it’s coming down…. Mom, if you are looking at this, they would probably put an add on to the back where the three windows are. We’ve had two no shows with Contractors so I’m a bit frustrated. One of our fields, looking South from the deck side that Matthew was tearing down. We have BIG plans for this field to plant an orchard of apricot trees, apple trees and blackberries along the fence. See this white building that’s leaning? It was in terrible shape so Matthew took this down already too. All by hand.
Some of our 30+ acres extends to that back treeline. There are two ponds back there… one with fish, but I just see a bunch of frogs. : ) This green, grassy area my husband has mowed and we’ll probably put chickens or turkeys here one day. More of our property, looking North. It extends all the way past the wheat colored field to where it’s green as our neighbors are growing soybeans there. Zooming in… They found me taking pictures… you little critters. : ) So, of course I had to take pictures of them! Matthew ElisapupHannah Tabitha Anna Cute boy, again. : ) Here’s two close ups that you asked for, Elizabeth A. : ) Our pretty garden. We’ve had tons of tomatoes so far so we’ve been eating some homemade pasta dishes. By the way, I didn’t gain a pound on our entire move last year. Still trying to figure that one out. ; ) Lots of collards in between the planter boxes here…. I love collards. Pretty, green tomatoes. We’re working on the house this year but I can’t wait for next year to start some real gardening (though my husband is the gardener). I feel like we have so much to look forward to here. It feels like the year of Jubilee to us. : )
The Living/Family Room – We sold some of our furniture to make sure we had enough room on the trailer. I bought some sitting chairs and a little table for $5 each to get us by for now. I’d like to buy a rug for this room in the winter.
Another angle of the family room. We were still unpacking and still am as I will need to buy a dresser for our office supplies. I’m buying something for our home each month, we’ll need a bookcase for all of our books as they are still in boxes. I think in a year, the house will look more lived in and cozy.
Big, walking, two year old boy. Yes, this is Benjamin. He’s two now and changing so quickly. There are two doors here that close off the living and dining room from the kitchen. I believe they used to shut these and have a fire in the fireplace to keep warm, years ago.
Our tiny kitchen. It is so cozy to me though…. I think we’ll put beautiful, old dressers and such in here to replace the lower cupboards. There are wood floors underneath the vinyl. I’d rather redo the kitchen over time, rather than expand. We have the upstairs to do still and many other projects, but you will see the pretty, wood floors soon enough. I replaced the first countertop to the left of the picture, with an old dry sink of ours, just yesterday. It looks so much cuter and fitting in our home. The little table to the right has been replaced with an old piece I found from the 1920’s. So, already I need to update the pictures. : ) Here is a good site to buy beautiful, used, older, solid furniture. You can find pieces from the early century here as well: https://highendusedfurniture.com/
They are local, so I only have to drive a little over an hour to pick something up.
The laundry room is in behind that door to the left of the refrigerator. We have some different plans for that…
The stove will eventually go to where the sink is so we can have the exhaust hooked to the outside. The sink area will go beneath the windows so I can have a view.
Our back storage room that gives me much relief from our lack of kitchen space. I’ll share more pictures later. We have an extra freezer and refrigerator back here. Matthew built some shelves for me in the closet for extra pots and pans and dry food such as beans. See our stairs that go up to the bedroom/attic up there? I already tore the green carpet off to reveal the beautiful wood underneath. We have an extensive project ahead of us as this green carpet covers the entire floor up there. We couldn’t fit boxsprings up the stairs so another thing on the list is to buy platform type beds or just some old pretty beds with the wood slats to put their beds in. It’s like a fort up there for now. Six of our children are sleeping in the one room. My friend Laura shared with me the other day that she thought it looked cozy. You’ll see upstairs when we are ready to remodel when summer is over. We had to put two air conditioners in there when we moved in. Since there is no bathroom, they are using a commode in a private cubby area. They don’t seem to mind. : )
The twins being all happy in their new home.
We’ve had a lot on our minds lately and a lot of running errands…. so here are a few pictures of our home in Missouri – $150,000 = Low Mortgage Payment – 32 acres, 3 bedroom, 1 bath. With two to four years to put some time, labor, love and money into this home, we’ll be really set.
See the deck to the left, Matthew has nearly removed by now. We think the house is beautiful by itself and we enjoy the open outdoors.
Pretty, old front door…
Entering in…. remember, we were still unpacking when I took these pictures. This room and the dining room were so filled with boxes, we almost couldn’t walk through here. I still don’t know where it all went! That’s the kitchen up ahead and the dining room to the right.
Our pretty dining room! The prettiest one I’ve had! Look at the built in hutch and pretty panel door to Benjamin’s room. The chandelier was the original put in when they got electricity. The “Keltner’s” lived here for over 50 years. One day when our projects are done (The whole upstairs kids bedrooms), I’d like to have a pretty piece of stained glass put in where the yellow piece is in this picture. There’s another on the other side in the living room.
We just love this house.
The girls looking out towards the front yard… See the phone on the wall?
I think it’s beautiful! It still works, we just don’t have a landline and may not get it hooked up as our cell phones seem to work alright here.
Here are a few outdoor pictures. Dad is putting up a swing here. He put up another on the other tree to the right. The three windows up above the porch… that’s going to be Elisabeth and Hannah’s room. It is it’s own room (unfinished) with a pretty door at the end of the large upstairs where they are all sleeping on mattresses on the floor right now. We could not get boxsprings up the stairs so I will probably buy old twin beds that will take just a top mattress, eventually, as we need to focus on getting a bathroom and a couple of rooms and insulation put upstairs. We have had two air conditioners put in up there already which seem to do a pretty good job.
The far right window is actually my overflow room. We have an extra freezer and refrigerator back there as well as other kitchen items. I have a small kitchen so it works very well for us. The back stairs are in this room and go up to the upstairs.
Because we had all of our belongings on a 27′ ABF trailer in storage, we had to rent vacation homes as they are furnished. The home in Pittsburg, Missouri had some vacationers already scheduled to arrive in late June so we reserved a place in Huntsville, Arkansas. Unfortunately, we all were extremely sick (vomiting and fevers) just the day before having to pack and leave for Arkansas so it was very hard to get up and go to get here.
We just loved it here. These people own over 400 acres and have other homes on here that they rent out to vacationers. They do weddings here and other events. Yet, it’s out in the middle of nowhere. It was so beautiful here, we had a wonderful time healing up here.
A week later we had to go to Pittsburg again for a week and then Columbia for a week…. then we get to move in our new/old home built in 1909. Here we are in Columbia, Missouri for a week. The older kids swam in a hot tub nearly every day. They all played outside so much here that Matthew and I got some good time alone. So, here’s Benjamin.
Say, “Bye”, Benjamin, “See you at our new house!”
On our drive to Bolivar to stay at the Super 8 motel that night, Matthew had a major problem with his truck. We spent over 4 hours working on his truck with a nice gentleman in 90+ degree heat in a Wendy’s parking lot. Soooo many people bought the kids soda and ice cream or offered to help Matthew or to feed the kids. We finally had his truck towed to a shop, they fixed it in under 2 hours and we made it to the hotel that night by 8:00 or so. Thank God for all the people who helped us that day, it made me feel so good about the loving, giving people we always seem to meet in Missouri.
We had the most pleasant time signing papers for our home the next morning. We met the owners once again and they then headed for Texas. They will be here to pick up their belongings in storage at the end of July and will stop by one last time at this house. They are good Christian people. Okay, see you at the house next. I have over 300 pictures and certainly can’t post all of them so it may take a few days. 🙂
This is the tiny house we stayed at in December for a month as well as April and May. For the most part, it was comfortable in size for all ten of us, but it had many problems from lack of upkeep that made it difficult to live there. The large yard and the kind, neighborly neighbors that we made friends with made it bearable.
The kids “fishing” from Dad’s truck with his tie down straps. : )
Still having to do school work amidst all of our travels.
We had a delightful view from our kitchen table, watching these sparrow’s mother sit on her nest until they were hatched. Then we watched her throughout the day, gather food for them and clean up her nest. Pretty soon we saw their little heads peeping out and before we knew it, they were ready to leave. And leave they did. We missed seeing these happy, little birds while sipping on our coffee or eating a meal.
Here they had left their nest and were perching on the ledge adjacent to where their home was. Soon after, they flew away while the kids happily ran out to see where they went.