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It’s surreal to wash dishes in a sink that your mother and grandmother also washed dishes in. I didn’t know how I would manage in such a small space, but it has grown on me. We will make some changes, so these are before photos and a way for me to memorialize the way it was. We are fixing up our fixer-upper one paycheck at a time, so larger projects will have to be saved up for and in the meantime, we plan and dream and live in this tiny farmhouse so we can figure out where best to spend money on changes.
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The first order of business is bathrooms. There are busted pipes under the house (pier and beam) from a past freeze, which will harm the foundation if not fixed. There is most likely subfloor damage and leveling to be done under one or both bathrooms and their immediate vicinity. The work will begin December 26th.
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My grandma and grandpa used to call this tiny house “the camp house”. It really does feel like a small cabin on the prairie. I like to imagine we are camping out in the wilderness; and if you look around out here, you’ll understand why. Camping infers outdoor life with moderate or no luxuries... and that makes me more thankful for running water and comforts in this run-down 100-year old home. Sure, it may need updates, repairs, renovation... but it beats living in a tent!
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The camp house and I are coming to terms. I can be patient and wait for each new phase of changes that make it more useful and pretty. I can also be very grateful for the shelter it provides in the meanwhile, and ever so thankful that it gave us a way to live debt-free... and out here in the beauty of nature.
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#smallfarmlife #smallfarmhouse #smallfarmhousekitchen #tinyfarm #camphouse #memories💕 #familyheirlooms #familyheritage #inheritance #fromthepast #grandmotherslove #grandmaskitchen #mamaskitchen #tinykitchen #farmhousekitchen #fixerupper #tinytexasfarm #littlekitchen #smallspaceliving #debtfreelife
The making of the fire pit. The tiny pyromaniac in me is elated to be able to burn trash and to have a place to make a bonfire out of tree trimmings... and to have a place to gather and enjoy the warmth outside on a cold day, or roast something with the kids. They have enjoyed gathering up these leftover bricks from the car port that grandma left behind to make this spot... and the bricks provide a little stability from the wind.
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#texascountryliving #lifeinthecountry #burningtrash #firepit #burnpit #bricked #reallifeminecraft #getoutsidemore #outdoorproject #firelife #pyro #tinytexasfarm
Cutest small library award goes to Rockdale, Texas. We are in love 😍.
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#library📚 #librarylife #librarybooks #readingtime📖 #readabook #readersofig #bookshelf #bookclub #bookishallure #childrensbooks #childrensbookstagram #kidbooks #childrenslibrary #rockdale #rockdaletx #snowman⛄ #merrychristmas🎄 #merrychristmas2018 #hellodecember❄️ #hellodecember #decemberdaily #decembervibes
Yes, I was alive in 1991. Yes, I owned cassette tapes. Yes, I still have a truck with a cassette player. No, I don’t care if that dates me. Y’all hipsters think you’re so cool. LOL
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#tapecassette #cassettetapes #cassettetapeculture #80svintage #beforehipsters #mixtape #mixtapecovers #mixtapes #mixedtapes #variousartist #1991 #90svintage #oldskool #oldschoolmusic #alwaysinstyle😎 #memorex #tapeplayer #backintheday #coolbeforeitwascool
I miss the NW Austin limestone hills and scenery sometimes ... even though I do love the farmland here. Part of my heart is always there. Maybe my cat is, too. I need to call the new owner of my old house to see if he shows up over there. Poor kitty. Eleven years is a long time to be in one place and rudely get uprooted. Hope he’s ok... and staying warm.
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#texashillcountry #hillcountryliving #texasforever #burnettexas #bluebonnetcountry #texascountry #texasgirl #igtexas #atxphotographer #greateraustinarea #ilovetexas
We miss our Quaker kitty... but Lucky the farm cat is consoling us. Tonight Loki is sleeping with the boys and Lucky is out after crying at the door. Kelly had a fever today and was feeling rotten. Praying this week gets off to a better start than last week. Don’t want to lose any more cats or come down with any more colds.
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#beniceMonday #mondaymonday #farmcats #instagramtexas #farmhouselife #catandcactusfarm
We had two good days of rain and between 4-6 inches, I’m guessing... and I found a leak or two. Not good. Not to mention... the boxes 📦 are melting. Too many things on the porch and carport that wouldn’t fit in the house. Too much stuff in the house. Too much rain. So glad it has stopped.... but brrrrr! Baby it’s cold outside.
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We got an oil radiating heater to add to our growing collection of space heaters. Thanks, Lowes. Now I can move the small space heater to the bathroom so I don’t have to sit down on an ice ring in the dark.
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Man... this life isn’t for everyone. Kev said one of his buddies at work said, “I don’t  know if I could do that, man.” And yeah, there are comforts about suburban life (and our 10 year old 2400 sf home near town) we miss... but this is an adventure. It’s like camping.... but with electricity in a quirky cabin... and you get to do it forever. Ha!
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#rainydaystories #mylifeinanutshell #countryliving #upsanddowns #letsbereal #raindrops #raindrops💧 #rainraingoaway #outofthesuburbs #citygirlinthecountry #thisnewlife #hardshipsmakeyoustronger #firstworldproblems
If I had to pick a favorite smell, it would be new leather, old books, a fresh rose from the garden, or the smell in the Texas Hill Country after it rains on limestone and cedar.
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And yeah... that’s what we got each other for Christmas again. Boots. I re-soled mine earlier this year because I wear them so much... and poor Kevin needed boots fierce. I look forward to Christmas boots all year... they are my birthday/anniversary/Chrimmas gift each year. It never gets old wearing cowgirl boots.
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Note to Apple: your boot emoji doesn’t cut it. And can you please, for the love of PETE come up with a Texas state shape emoji? Texas is bigger than France.
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#texasforever #needtexasemojis #dearapple #yeehaw #bootsfordays #cowgirlboots #bootsforever #westernwear #mystyle😎 #bootlover #urbancowgirl #farmlivin #whywearanythingelse #nativetexan #waytooproudoftexas #freshleather #leathersmell #iloveboots #cavendars
“Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear... sing, sing a song!” - Sesame Street
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#doyourthing #beyourselfquotes #beyourbestyou #beyourownkindofbeautiful #beyourself❤️ #useyourvoice #useyourgifts #youareenough #godlovesyou #irreplaceable
Always a dreamer...
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#thesemillennials #teenmom #almost20 #daughterlove #shesocute #happyfaces #dreaming #smilesformiles
My big guy. Adulting in this big, crazy world... poor thing. It’s hard to be a millennial.
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Photo credit : @gracebreannaphoto - my sweet “adopted niece” 💕 (she’s going to be a photo superstar someday, just you wait and see)
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#adultkids #myboyisallgrownup #manchild #mobsociety #therearestillgoodmenoutthere #raisedhimupright #mamasheart #lovemybigkids #handsome💙
Suburbs ain’t got nothin’ on small towns. Ok, maybe they have Natural Grocers. Ok, and Mighty Fine, Freddy’s, Jason’s Deli, ZOËS, HEB, Chada Thai, Teji’s Indian, Juice Spot, Red Robbin, Whole Foods, Costco, Chipotle, Pieology, .... but hey, they don’t have CHRISTMAS pole lights! So there.
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#smalltownvibes #imissnaturalgrocers #ifyoucomeseemebringfood #fooddesert #downtownpodunk #christmasinasmalltown #candlelight #christmascandle #happyholidays🎄 #merrychristmas2018 #happychristmas #christmaslights #itschristmastimeinthecountry