The Everyday Home is Back in 2015!


Before I start, I will warn you –

there will be no pictures with this post.

Just words.  Just honesty.  Just heart.

I promise the pretty pictures will come soon.  :)


Several months ago, I was diagnosed with an alphabet

soup list of symptoms and syndromes and “-isms.”

I won’t lie. There were a few rough months.

Let’s just say there was a lot of sleeping and

praying going on.

But, after a MAJOR lifestyle change and an even more

major diet change –

 I am slowly working myself  back to being healthy.

And, while I may not be anywhere near 100% right now,

there is a world of difference in how I feel today.

(I hope to share this journey with you this coming year.)

That said… I have decided to start blogging again.

During my blogging hiatus, I was able to really

think about blogging.

Did I want to continue?

Was my heart even in it?

Did I have the time or energy?

Somewhere along the way, I realized I missed it.

I missed the creativity and writing and sharing and

teaching and being able to interact with you.

But, something had to change.

My true spirit had to come through, or I would

be right back to doubting my worth and value as a blogger.

For years, I felt I had been just floating around trying to

find my landing place in the Blogging World.

And, then one day – my sweet Mama said to me,

after a conversation about canning tomatoes…

“you are a Farmer’s Daughter.”

And it’s as if a light bulb went off and everything

fell into place.

I AM a Farmer’s Daughter.

I am a proud child of a family of Southern Farmers

who earned their living tilling the soil and

making things grow.

But, I am also a Farmer’s Wife’s Daughter.

One who cooks honest-to-goodness homemade meals, 

grows a garden, cans and preserves, and

makes from scratch.

Mama recycled and reused because she wanted 

to – not because it was en vogue.

I realized that living in Suburbia, I had in essence –

lost my “farming roots.”

So, in many ways – my sickness has “brought me home.”

These are the same qualities I hope to share with you

through my blog.

Which is why my tagline is now

Simple, Country Living.”

I always felt a little strange to talk and write and blog

about things “farmhouse” and “country” when I lived

in the middle of Suburbia.  

Yes, we live on 5-acres and I plant and garden and grow

lots of things – but it’s not exactly a “farm.

But, it occurred to me during this new awakening

that it doesn’t matter where you live –

it’s how you live and how you think 

and what is in your heart.

I may not live in a 100-year old home –

and there isn’t a beloved barn in my back yard.

 (yet!  haha)

But, the “farm” is in my soul and it’s in my blood

and most of all, it’s in my heritage.

And THAT is also what I want to pass down to

my grandchildren.

The love of all things simple and country

So, I hope you will join me on this new journey.

There will be some new additions which I will

introduce you to in these next few days,

gearing up to Monday.

If you are still reading, thank you for caring enough to

listen.  I am excited and renewed and hope to impart

this same feeling through my blog – to you!

xxoo, Barb






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  1. Welcome back!

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  2. Barb, You were the first blog I ever subscribed to and I’m glad you’re back. Happy New Year!

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  3. I’m looking forward to your posts! welcome back.

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  4. Patty Soriano says:

    Barb, I’m glad to know you are doing better physically. I hope your new year brings you good health. My mom and dad grew up on large farms, and I live with cotton and corn fields around me outside a small rural town. I have a lot of respect for farmers and many of my prayers are for them. They are the heartbeat and backbone of our nation. Can’t wait to see what you bring us this year. Have a great one!

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  5. Welcome back. I am excited to see what you have for us! I am also glad that you are feeling better. My mother lived on a farm and I loved all of her stories. It will be so fun to hear your stories as well.

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  6. Barb, I’m so happy we’ve connected, and I LOVE that you have seen the silver lining in that cloud that covered you! It’s amazing to me what God will do to get our attention. :) I’m excited to be a tiny part of your amazing piece of the internet, and I just know that 2015 is going to be a great year! Thanks for sharing your heart – it’s truly beautiful.

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  7. Joanne Boulter says:

    Barb, I am so glad that I have got to know you through your blog. You are a very lovely person with a gusto for life. I like your honesty and most of all your warmth and style. Thank you for touching my life. Being ill can really change your life and perspective in life, I know from experience, but life does go on and the good Lord always opens away. Looking forward to more, glad you are back. Have a Happy New Year. XX Jo

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  8. I’ve missed you, Barb, and I’ll be praying you will be feeling healthy really soon. Do what you want on your blog and I’m excited for you! Happy New Year!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

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  9. Hi Barb…so pleased things are going better for you now and you’re back with us. I contacted you last Christmas from the UK as I had just discovered your blog,asking asked how you kept your cranberries fresh in the water around your floating candles. Your home looked so lovely at Christmas! Hope your health continues to improve and you feel more chipper. This comes with all best wishes from across the pond. Carol x

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  10. What a beautiful post, Barb! I’m so glad you’re back and here to dazzle and inspire us with your never-ending creativity! (And, glad that you’re feeling better, too)! xoxo

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  11. Beautifully said. Glad you found your light again, and prayers that your health continues to improve. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us.

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