Wednesday February 9, 2011

After a whirlwind week of meeting so many new friends on Xanga I thought I should use my manners and properly introduce myself; tell you a little about me.

This is my husband.  My high school sweetheart.  His father married us on a perfect day in June, back when I was a 22-year-old slip of a girl (but that is a story for another day).  He sings hymns at the top of his lungs, he is fiercely loyal, and he makes beautiful babies.

These are the faces I wake up to every morning.  What can I say about motherhood?  It has made me strong.  Stronger than I ever thought I could be.  It has also made me vulnerable in a way that sometimes overwhelms me.  It has forced me to come face to face with my weaknesses and failings.  It has made the world around me a brighter and better place.

This is our home.  We bought this double-wide trailer and 3 acres of dirt almost 2 years ago.  We signed the papers in the hospital the day after I gave birth to Eliza.  It needs a little work.. okay a lot of work.  But we are having fun, playing in the dirt, building memories~

I spend a lot of time here.  Thinking. Praying. Brainstorming.

This is one of my favorite rooms in the house.  This is were the creativity happens.  This is how I keep my brain from turning to mush.

Be still my beating heart!

I collect cake plates.  All kinds.  If there’s a more frivolous thing to collect, I don’t know what it would be

I love daffodils, and getting my hands dirty.  I’m a doer. I am most happy when my hands are busy.  Give me a task, give me a chore, but don’t ask me to sit around twiddling my thumbs.

The name of my blog, inanorchard, was chosen when I first started blogging and we lived in our little house in the peach orchard.  I love this house.  So many precious memories.  

Bringing Jude home from the hospital on the first warm day in May, and 20 months later (on a cold raining day in December) we brought Gideon home too.

We took countless walks through the peach orchard.

Puddle jumping and first birthdays… so many good times at that little house. 

Once upon a time I was a preschool teacher and then a nanny, but now I stay at home with the children, and I feel tremendously blessed to be with them each day.  My blog is really quite simple.  Just the everyday hum of our little world.  Recording all the  things I don’t want to forget, celebrating milestones and small victories, and occasionally I share some of my own projects.  So there you have it… that’s me in a nutshell… a little look into my world.

33 thoughts on “Wednesday February 9, 2011

  1. Donna7

    So nice to get and know you, thanks for opening the door to your life with us here. I love your little space for creating, I would have a blast in there. That would be my favorite room! LOL However, I would love the orchard as well because the fruit is worth all the hard work in the end! Yummy.

  2. foreveranoatneygirl_n2Hisown

    this is SUCH a great idea April! so interesting to see the little corner of the world that you call yours, and to hear some of your ‘story’. and, i love, love, love your ‘nutshell’ of who you are and why you blog. you may say it’s simple, and well it may be, but i am a girl who can relate and connect on the simple. because for me, that’s where life happens. 

  3. ABAHM

    Great to meet you too!  Thanks for sharing your peek into your life and family.  Your favorite room looks something like I would like our computer/office/schoolroom to look.  It needs more organization!  Love those little faces…keep enjoying them…it really does go by so fast.  Mine are 17, 25, and 27 now.
    I am hoping to put up a post soon about a museum we went to. The exhibit was of early California impressionists.  The orchard picture looks amazingly like one of the paintings. 

  4. appalolly

    Very fun to read. And yes, I have wondered about you, cuz you just kinda popped up on Xanga and now I see you everywhere. Did you have other friends on Xanga that caused you to join? Either way, glad you’re here. We live in a double wide too, btw.

  5. lifeisadance

    So nice to meet you too! I LOVE your space for creating… I dream of that one day! I’m with you on the purpose for your blogging – just to record simple everyday life, and the way God meets us there… I grew up in the middle of an orchard too, and just loved it, so these pictures make me all warm and fuzzy. :) Looking forward to getting to “know” you more on here! :)

  6. inanorchard

    @appalolly - When I first started blogging (about 3-1/2 years ago) I had a lot of friends who had xanga sites.  My sister-in-law Alli (hOldfast) was the one who really inspired my to blog.  Slowly over the years most of my friends stopped blogging and I started to explore Xanga.  I found Alyssa (resolved2worship), Amber (grace2be), Rachel (foreveranoatneygirl) and from there it just grew.  Now I wish I hadn’t wasted so much time keeping to myself and being “shy”!

  7. totallycherished

    ….and I’m going to be just nosy enough to ask you if you have a German Baptist background.  The lady in the photo with the picnic table in the foreground looked to be GB.  Just curious.

  8. PlainJaneLife

    Wow, your photography is beautiful.  And cake dishes are not a frivilous thing to collect!  I love cake dishes and covers!  I’m a big cake baker at my house.  My dad sometimes eats them before I even get a chance to try them haha.  anyways, I’m pleased to meet you, and your highschool sweetheart story is so awesome!

  9. down_onthefarm

    so puh-leezed to meet you too new xanga friend!

    i really really love this kind of thing. seeing your world and what and who is important in it! you called this simple. i call it a great down to earth place to connect with real life. simple suits me fine too.

    i am having cake plate envy. gasp. i just love ‘em. do you have any special stories or generational connections with any of yours? i only have a few…so far. i see more in my future. lol. i even have one in my bathroom.

  10. inanorchard

    @down_onthefarm - Most of my cake plates I picked up here and there, but I have one that is very special to me.  My mother-in-law gave me a beautiful Faustoria cake plate for an engagement present.  It was the first of my collection and it is very dear to me.  I don’t have a bathroom cake plate though… I’m going to have to get one now

  11. Esther_lynn

    We put a double wide on a bare piece of dirt once-upon-a-spring about 7 yrs ago. But it was only on .25 acre on the edge of town. It was so much fun to work at. But we are wanting to sell it and buy something with a few acres for our boys to run and be boys. We actually are renting it out at the present and renting a big old farmhouse. But renting is not forever, so now we need to move on. Looking for something other than town, but back town and our doublewide it will be if nothing else comes up. I adore your creating space. Someday, maybe. So nice to “meet you.” And love your creativity!

  12. inanorchard

    @ABAHM - I keep looking at your picture and thinking “There’s no way she has a twenty-seven-year-old”    I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures of California Impressionists!  What part of CA are you from?

  13. singingrachel

    oh wow, i’m so very happy to have run across your site thanks to Rachel’s link.  and i’m thinking  how wonderful that i even got in on the intro thingy of you and a bit of your story.

    LoVe cake plates too and have several… and love crafty things so i think i will be back often for inspiration.  love what you did for Valentine’s… just screams happy.

    happy wkend to you and yours.

  14. mamaof3bugs

    It’s nice to “meet ” you too! Wow your cake plates are gorgeous! I don’t even have one of those!  I should probably break down and buy one, but I hardly ever serve cake.

    Your craft area in your home is amazing!!!

  15. Elizabethmarie_1

    I know I am very late in commenting…..I read this post and something must have happened, and I never commented, so here I am, back again!  This was very cute. I enjoyed learning little bits about you and your family. You are so creative, and have a great space to do so!  This is a very sweet blog, very warm. =)
    As for the cake plates…you and my mom would get along well! She has all sorts of serving pieces…lots of plates and punch bowls! I like that, then I can borrow things when I need them!
    Have a great day.


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