Building Our House · Family · Motherhood

My Handsome Helpers

I managed to capture some cute little memories this week, and I wanted to quickly document them before we head to the park today!

Here are my ridiculously handsome boys all ready for church. This was Rhett’s first time wearing a tie. He loved it until the middle of the first hour, then he ripped it off. Still progress!


Kender is always so eager to help me with tasks and chores, and Rhett is starting to follow his example. Kender helped me cut our green beans to prep them for blanching and freezing. Rhett really wanted to help, but I don’t trust him with scissors so he got noodles instead πŸ˜€


They’ve both been helping me a lot around the house, and I love it! I love that Kender naturally loves to help, and is teaching Rhett to love helping too. I’m very blessed to have two such awesome little helpers β™₯


Rhett is at the age where even when he’s a terror, he’s just too dang cute. I’m gonna miss this!

Here are a few more photos from when we were at the property last week:

I know this picture will probably scare some people (*cough*Β MOM) πŸ˜€ but don’t worry – the excavator was totally off, and Rhett was laying uphill of it. And we were right there to grab him in case the excavator came to life and decided to start eating children.

They just love machines! And getting dirty…


Here’s the left side of our circle-ish driveway! It makes exploring the property much easier for the kids and I.


Kender helped Ryan work at the property for hours, and he loved it. He was so proud of the progress they made cleaning up the driveway, and he was so excited to show Rhett and I β™₯


I love all these boys of mine! They make my heart full.

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Excavator Rides

Ryan has been hard at work at our property on his days off from policing. He’s almost done clearing, and soon he can start digging the foundation hole. Things are really moving along!

The other day I took the boys over to see if we could help pick up any branches, but we ended up just having fun riding the excavator with Daddy. Our boys LOVE excavators… And Daddy, of course πŸ˜‰

I had to get a few pictures of me enjoying the boys too. And a short video compilation of their rides, put to music to make things more interesting πŸ™‚ I feel like the song (Better Together by Jack Johnson) describes perfectly how they make me feel. Everything’s better when we’re together β™₯


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Building Our New Home: Clearing the Land

Almost 8 years of marriage and two kids later, we are finally going to have a house of our own! And our own land. 5 glorious acres, and we will have a fenced in yard… No more worrying about the kids and dog escaping and getting into trouble…

Someone pinch me β™₯


Since Paul owns the land, and happens to build houses for a living, he is graciously helping us with the project. We are doing a lot of the work ourselves to keep costs down, so every moment of free time that Paul and Ryan have goes toward our future home.

Currently, they are clearing out the hundreds of trees that reside there so we can get some sun (and have a place to put a house). In the evenings, Ryan brings the boys and I out to the property so we can see the progress they’ve made, and do little odd jobs to help out. This week we are picking up all the branches from the fallen trees and putting them in piles that are easy to grab with the excavator. It seems like an insignificant job, but it makes it easier for Ryan and Paul to move around. And it feels good to do something to help them.

It’s amazing to watch the land develop. It started as nothing but forest, and it was hard for me to visualize anything else being there. Now that some of the trees are down, in my mind’s eye I can see Kender and Rhett playing with Sadie in the yard.

I can see friends and family pulling into our future driveway to visit us.

I can see the beauty of my future garden, and I love it.


It feels so surreal. We’ve wanted our own home for so long, and now it’s finally happening! I can’t believe this beautiful place will be ours soon.

Most of all, I love that we will be able to look at our house and say, “we built this together.”

UPDATE: We’re actually only going on our 7th year of marriage… I can’t count πŸ˜‚