The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I’ve been having a hard time trying to articulate the past couple weeks. Life has been full, and truthfully quite draining. I have been anticipating a day of rest and the ability to organize my thoughts here.

Allow me to catch you up on what’s been happening…

Just after our anniversary I began working on our upstairs remodel. We needed to get our bed upstairs because my family was coming from South Carolina to stay with us. The remodel got to the halfway point and is at a bit of a stand still until we have more time and energy.

My mom and newly adopted one year old sister stayed most of the week with us and we had so much fun! The baby loved spending time outside and continuously asked to go see the pigs. My 17 year old sister and my stepdad came up later in the week. Together me and my sister tried our hand at soap making… The next morning I woke up to semi-successful bars of soap and coconut oil covering my entire kitchen counter. (PSA make sure the lid to any oil is all the way on before throwing it in a grocery bag.) I spent at least an hour taking care of that mess. After that discouragement I thought my attitude might change once I checked on all the animals. It didn’t. I discovered that the connection between the hose and the pigs drinking nozzle was loose and had been spraying in the barn portion of the pig pen all night. Not knowing what to do I simply turned their water supply off and waited for Luke to get up. We didn’t have too much fun cleaning up that mess but at least he thinks I’m cute in rubber boots…

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Overall, it was a full and exciting week with my family. While they were here we (mostly Luke) built another chicken tractor and it is amazing! He will be writing about this one soon! We also scored a great deal on a nice little truck for the farm as we maxed out our Chevy Malibu with 300+ pounds of feed. Every farm needs a truck! Not excited to say bye to *my* Fusion but excited that the truck will be so much more efficient for us.


When the excitement of the week was coming to an end we received a phone call from our sister-in-law informing us that Luke’s brother was having health concerns. The diagnosis is cancer but we remain hopeful and confident in The Lord. The team that’s been working with him has been incredible. They are using the word curative more than treatable which is so encouraging. Everyone in the family is still digesting everything that’s happened over the course of this week. Life throws these unexpected things toward us but luckily our family is so blessed by such an amazing community.

Asking any believers to pray for abdomen pain to subside so he can come home and begin his road to recovery. Continuous prayer includes wisdom, peace, and super natural healing.


We warned you that we’d be sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thanks for joining us.



18 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

  1. You all are in my prayers ❤ peace be still. So happy to meet a fellow soaper. Are you cold process (CP) hot process (HP) or melt and pour (MP)? I make melt and pour soap. If you have a Facebook page, I can recommend a few soaping community pages I look to for inspiration and information. : ) I also recommend Soap Queen on youtube!!

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  2. Farm life has to be exciting and very high maintenance, that’s the Green Acres lifestyle! Not like the cats and dogs people. 🙂. Building cars and having a car person is always handy, saves on mechanic cost because those guys are like lawyers. Sounds like you had a bubbly time making soap, and know that the blog community is praying for you! Keep smiling and stay positive and keep writing! 😊

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  3. Hi Samantha (so weird typing my own name to someone else – I just had to do it!),

    I love the pictures, your sister looks so adorable ❤ And I wish your brother-in-law all the best in his recovery. "Curable" definitely is a goooood word to hear during a cancer period. Sending you all lots of positive energy!

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