Snapshot Saturday

1) We moved.
2) As you can see by Cam’s giddiness, we couldn’t be happier.
3) That’s my new island. I’m in love.
4) I will not commit to when we’ll ever get fully organized or pictures on the walls. For now, it’s enough to be in and enjoy the house and 15 acres of freedom.
5) For those of you out of the know, we relocated to Minnesota from Wisconsin last summer; after being homeless for 7 weeks, we ended up in a tiny house in town while we prayed and waited for a bigger home to work out for us. It did! We’ve spent the summer remodeling the new place whilst living in the old place and amazingly met our deadline of moving in before school started. And we feel very (times a thousand) blessed.
6) We are now officially “country living folks.”
7) That scares me a bit.
8) I’ve been without internet for a week now and still have a week to go. Heaven help me (and my phone’s hotspot data plan).
9) I have a clothesline! I never knew I could be any happier. But I am. Now that I have a clothesline.
10) Our future plans? Chickens (yes, real live ones), a more functioning garden than we had this year (it was pitiful) and finally getting a dog for the kids (they’ve been begging for at least a century). Oh, and lots and lots of cooking and baking in my new-to-me kitchen.

Moving. It totally stinks while you are going through it (as in, I never want to move again, ever) but once a few boxes get unloaded and the chaos subsides, it’s kinda sorta worth it. But let me reiterate, I never want to move again, ever.

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55 Responses to Snapshot Saturday: Moving

  1. Lauren says:

    I just love love love your blog! You teach me so much. I would love to see how your kitchen looks now—I saw the post of your kitchen before you moved (I think), but have you posted about your new kitchen?

    • Mel says:

      Lauren – I never posted about my new kitchen really – a few tidbits here and there – the irony is that I was just going to put a post together about it and we found out we are moving again (out of state)! So much for that!

  2. Jude Vile says:

    Greetings! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  3. Amy Ziehl says:

    Totally loving Cam’s face and piggy tails. Miss you all so dang much.

  4. deena says:

    just saw your “note” at the end of the recipe about the heat level…sorry missed that the first time

  5. Jen T says:

    Yeah on the move! We are country folk too, and we love it. I never want to go back to town/city life, and we only live outside a small, small town. We have chickens and I LOVE them! They are the best! Your breakfast burritos will never be the same! Happy settling in!

  6. Kristin says:


    Congratulations! I’m thrilled for you. I know you’ll love it and I’ll go ahead and live the country life through you and then walk down to the sweet frog behind my house for dessert 🙂


  7. First and foremost, THAT is truly, absolutely, the cutest picture EVER!!! I love laughing, happy kids and yours are adorable.
    Second, congratulations on the move -your new island is beautiful and we all can’t wait to see what is going to come out of your new kitchen- type of congratulations.
    And, of course… I am very excited for you to get chickens! You know you can ask me for lessons learned with our ladies. You will love it… and a dog!! Love our canine friend/family member. Bless you all, this is just so exciting! (As your kids already know) 🙂

  8. Ruth says:

    So, so happy for you! Also, like the others, I can hardly believe how little Miss C has grown. What a precious family you have! Thanks for sharing them with us. All that cuteness makes my heart sing.

  9. Finally, so happy for all of you! Especially you my friend…ja. Let the kids go wild outside right? Your clothesline just cracked me up! And reminded me when I was a kid. And btw, that girl is growing up so fast… I sound like the old aunt I know, but it’s true! Enjoy your new digs Mel!

  10. Congratulations! What a blessing! That’s my dream too, the country. And I know that if it’s in God’s plan he will get us the perfect house. Until then I choose contentment with my 3 chickens in the suburbs on a 1/3 of an acre with the best garden I can grown.
    So happy for you!!!
    Kids are adorable.

  11. Kate says:

    Congrats on the new digs and welcome to Wisconsin! I’m a born & raised northern Minnesotan, but recently crossed the St. Croix river into Cheeseland. We love it and hope you and your family will too! 🙂

  12. Alisha says:

    Cam. How did she get that big so fast? She’s adorable but it’s really not fair how time flies at this age. Enjoy your 15 acres and country living – what a wonderful life. Also,fresh eggs are the best!

  13. Ellie Fuhriman says:

    So nice to see you all so HAPPY. Why would you want to move? Happiness is where you make it so enjoy the yard, the house, the chickens(when they arrive), etc.

  14. heather bell says:

    :Also, we movedf rom Vegas to Iowa lst year and had a clothesline and it is heavenly.

  15. heather bell says:

    We did country for a year. Hard in winter, wonderful all other times.=)

  16. Mariah says:

    So excited for you! I’m backing your chicken plan, 100%! I want some (yes, real live ones) so bad!

  17. Caitlin says:

    Hey, I just moved too! Only, I moved to China, where I have a grand total of 23 inches of counter space in my kitchen and – get this – NO OVEN. Um, what?! I do, however, have a clothesline and a washer, so at least my laundry can get done. 🙂 Glad you guys are liking the new digs! Moving is a beast, for sure.

  18. Sandy K says:

    The picture of the kids is priceless!

  19. Crystal says:

    Mel- Baby Cam is so dang cute. She has gotten so big. Congrats on your move and Im totally jealous of your clothes line I feel your pain on moving though and am hoping that one day i will get to my forever home. Im on my 15th move in 11 years. I can officially pack an entire house in less that 12 hours. ( it might not be pretty but i will be packed. lol Oh the life of a Marine Corp wife) Im hoping that you’ll give us a tour one day of this new place.

  20. Royce Robertson says:

    Congratulations on your new move and for sharing your experiences with us (your fans). As a grandmother, I am amazed at all the things you are able to accomplish with such a young family. Moving in itself ranks right up there with death and divorce. It’s nice once you get there but me oh my, prior to that it is awful. Wishing you all the best and sending blessings to you and your wonderful family. Don’t think you will be using that clothesline much in the winter. Ha ha. Hugs……

  21. Nicole H says:

    Congratulations on moving! I hope you and your cute family love your new home and land. All those acres sound like a kid’s dream. Thanks for all the hard work you put into your blog, and for sharing your love of being a mom and a wife. And food 🙂 You truly are inspiring.

  22. Vicky says:

    You are living the life we dream of! We can’t wait to get some acreage so our plants don’t have to smother each other in the garden and we can have chickens and all those fun things! But mostly we can’t wait for the space! Congratulations on the move!

  23. Penny says:

    Take your time…..and just know that you’re there…….space……..quiet…….and it’s all yours…….. We too have 15 acres in the middle of central Pa, and “sometimes” in the middle of dark, dreary, won’t stop winter, I question our choice, but not on the other days. Oh, and plant blueberries!!! congratulations!!!!!

  24. Stacy Wiebe says:

    Congrats on the move! We just moved this last week too and I totally agree with you, never moving again. Enjoy the new home!

  25. Jessica says:

    My goal in life is to have an island with nothing on it…except for maybe a small prep sink….think of the cinnamon rolls you can roll out, cookies to cool and treats to wrap up…for now enjoy til I get mine. Hope things settle down for you soon!!

  26. Charlotte Moore says:

    Bless you!!! Hope you all enjoy your new location.

    GOD BLESS!!!

  27. Cyndi says:

    YAY!! Congratulations on your move! We just moved too and I agree with you, it is crummy.. I never again want to move. It used to be easier (is moving really ever easy) without kids, but now with kids it feels 100 times worse. Enjoy your new kitchen and can’t wait to see all your new yummy recipes. I swear my blog’s every other recipe is one of yours. Hehe.. Have fun and enjoy your new home! Hope the kiddos love it too. 🙂

  28. Kelie says:

    It is ridiculous how cute Cam is! Love the pic – cant wait to see farm pictures!

  29. padnerual says:

    Yay to new-to-you things, kitchen islands, longed for pets and a hearty amen about the joys and angst of moving!!!!

  30. Stacie D. says:

    I don’t know how you keep up with your blog with five children in the middle of a move (you’ve been at rockstar status in my eyes for a long time already…what comes after that?), but I am super impressed and super grateful. I cannot use or recommend your blog anymore than I already do. (Basically, people think I am obsessed. I guess it’s true!). Love ya! And congrats! Can’t wait to see the new kitchen!

  31. Kim in MD says:

    Oh my gosh, Mel- baby Cameron isn’t a baby anymore (although I know she will always be your baby)! She and her big brothers are just the cutest! Congratulations on your move. Moving is just the worst, isn’t it? I equate it to childbirth. When you are in the middle of it all you can think of is how painful it is and that you a NEVER doing it again. But, with some time, you forget all about the pain because of all of the joy! I hope you never have to move again, but if you do you will! I hope you will share pictures of your new to you kitchen…I love the granite countertops! Have a great weekend!

  32. I love having a clothesline! We live in close-proximity suburbs (they’re barely suburbs at this point; it’s just that it’s single-family houses instead of apartments and high-rises), and one of the first things we did was put up a clothesline. In fact, the ability to have a clothesline is one of the reasons I’m not ever going to be interested in living somewhere that has HOA restrictions.

  33. [email protected] says:

    That picture is priceless! I love how your kids have their arms crossed and the smiles, especially on your little girl! Seeing this picture made my day as I love children and yours look so happy! You are so blessed! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  34. Andrea says:

    Love it! Wishing you blessings and joy in your new home (and on your homestead).

  35. Jennifer Smith says:

    I love this picture and these kids. Wish I could sit at that counter and solve the worlds problems with you…

  36. Andrea says:

    So happy for your new house! Moving sucks! Packing sucks! Uggh…
    We just moved 2 weeks ago (our house sold) and we have to rent for the next six months or so while our house gets ready. Ugh.. I don’t wanna pack, unpack, repack and move again. Hopefully this next house will have forever roots. 🙂

  37. amy says:

    Congrats! Your kids are sooooooo adorable. The little girl is way too cute.

  38. Sheila H. says:

    Clotheslines are great except for sudden showers (especially when you aren’t home) Other benefits of acreage–kids driving battery powered vehicles, running races, picking blueberries and blackberries, gardening all year long, and chickens. I make my own feed for our flock so that there is very little corn and no soy in it. Thank goodness that our dog is too old to chase the chickens.

  39. Tricia says:

    Congrats on your new place–lots of possibilities. My family & I once moved twice in two months, between two states (600 miles). I grew up in the country & except for a brief time when I was first married, we still do. Looking forward to pics of your house & especially your kitchen.

  40. Mainey says:

    I have lived on acres for many years and I can honestly say you will probably never want to live in the city again. There is freedom to plant and create on your property whatever your heart desires, not to mention privacy. Your parties or social gatherings can be as big as you like…Many of God’s Blessings to you and your family…..

  41. Michelle says:

    I’m so happy for you! You do such a great job of enjoying the little things and appreciating all of your many blessings. Enjoy the clothesline before winter hits!! And thank you for your wonderful blog that is a blessing for all of us! PS-We’d love to see your new kitchen on a future snapshot Saturday. 🙂

  42. Jess in ND says:

    Living in the country can be a windy experience during the cold winter, brace yourselves. Can’t wait to see what this upcoming weather will bring out of you cooking wise, maybe a hot dish or two.

  43. Gail says:

    Congratulations – sounds simply wonderful!
    We’re on 2 heavily wooded acres in the suburbs with nothing behind us for at least half a mile (so we pretend that’s ours too). We enjoy every bit of it and feel blessed that our children have grown up here/are still growing up here. We’re not allowed to have chickens though which makes me shout “but why?” and “no fair!”.
    Three families that are friends of ours have made the country move in the last two years and are thrilled (and are now doing everything from chickens to goats to ducks to horses to meat rabbits!).
    Enjoy your new bliss!

  44. Marge says:

    How CUTE! Your kids are so adorable.. I can look at this picture and it makes me happy. Best pic I seen in a long time.. Congrats on your move and new place!!!

  45. Jenna says:

    Congrats on the move! 15 acres=heavenly. I miss being a country folk, but we live ONE HOUSE from the country, so I say we have the best of both worlds. But I can’t wait for chicken pics!

  46. Tricia says:

    Fifteen acres, a clothesline and the most adorable kids ever — what more could you want!!! I know you’ll enjoy every minute. We had to move into town when my husband’s health (he’s almost 85) no longer allowed him to take care of our country place — still miss it.

    Best always —

  47. Kalyn says:

    Congratulations on the new house! I moved in March after living in the same house for 25 years, so I can relate to the pain of moving. But totally worth it.

    And I am never moving again either!

  48. Such cute kids! Congrats on your “never moving again” house!

  49. Natalie says:

    Moving is tough!! I want a clothesline too! Wow, 15 acres of freedom. ENJOY. Your little girl is what really pushed me to get over here and comment. Holy cute. I could eat her for dessert!!

  50. Natalie says:

    Moving is tough!! I want a clothesline too! Wow, 15 acres of freedom. ENJOY. Your little girls is what really pushed me to get over here and comment. Holy cute. I could eat her for dessert!!

  51. Sheila says:

    Yea . . . so very happy for you! You truly are blessed. I can’t believe how much little Cam has changed since the last posted picture. The little ones are so adorable I hardly noticed your new island until I read your post. 🙁 This country girl has always had a clothes line and love it. It’s great therapy when things become overwhelming to walk outside in the sunshine and fresh air to mindlessly hang freshly laundered clothes while watching the kids run around the yard. The snail paced (supposedly high speed)internet thing is so frustrating not to mention to use your cell phone you have to stand completely still without moving or breathing in one small corner of the house or you will lose your connection. Welcome to country life! You are going to love it! 🙂 Congratulations!

  52. Marsha says:

    Congrats on your move!! Lots of excitement in your future!! 🙂

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