Making Lemonade in Life.

They say when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade. Following this life guideline, it didn’t take long to re-plan an anniversary celebration after we had to cancel our return trip to Vermont.

One of the best parts of my relationship with Michael is the ability to have fun: anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Whether we’re making each other snort with laughter over a TV show after work, or we’re rendezvousing around on an adventurous week-long getaway, we make sure to laugh and have fun each step of the way.

Solar Powered Birds / from

Yellow Barn House / from

Despite the cold temperatures at the beginning of April, we trekked two hours north to a farm animal sanctuary with hopes of finding less tourists in the off-season. To my absolute delight, we were only accompanied by another couple and one small family on the farm.

Heading down to the sheep barn, I felt a kick in my step as my guy laughed alongside me about my farm-loving ways. It was as if the sheep barn was ours; without another soul in sight, we were able to settle down for a solid hour to have a chat and pet. (After all, I had to fill my sheep-watching quota of the week.)

Adorable Sheep Face / from

Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes / from

Baby Lamb / from

Anniversary Shot / from

After being pulled away from my farm favorite, we went to spend some time with cows nearby. The cows must have noticed we were celebrating our anniversary; they did their best to show-off tricks and tips in ode of mating season. Thanks for the hilarious show, farm cows.

Mating Season Cows / from

Beautiful Bull / from

My favorite part of the trip was all the moments woven between visiting the farm animals.

Every quiet conversation shared intimately of a future to come, a farm life to call our own, and dreams to hang your hat on. Each smile and knowing glance shared about a hopeful future and plans on the horizon. Each idea passed between two people, slowly being sculpted and shaped like sea glass in the tides, waiting to be perfected.

We’re so thankful to share another year with healthy bodies to carry us on adventures; for healthy hearts that allow us to share and be open; and for healthy minds that remind each other every moment is a blessing.

Do you celebrate any anniversaries (romantic or otherwise)?
What is your favorite way to celebrate anniversaries?

{shared on the Jack of All Trades link-up}

Small Shops, Big Hearts {Introduction}.

Ladies and gents, I’m really excited. You might even say straight up giddy!

While I’ve been pursuing my dreams I’ve come across so many touching stories of small shop/business owners. The dreams, hopes, and wishes poured in behind each handcrafted good inspires me.

This inspiration slowly evolved into an idea for a new feature on this blog: Small Shops, Big Hearts. I’d love if you took a moment to hear about this feature, and maybe even take part!

Small Shops, Big Hearts / Feature from

What is Small Shops, Big Hearts?
Small Shops, Big Hearts offers an inside look to small shops/businesses and shares the tales behind the shop. I’m extremely passionate about sustainability and supporting handmade/local to you/from scratch goods. As I’ve been pursuing my dreams of becoming a farmer and homesteader, I’ve been inspired by others who have followed their dreams and would love to share their tales.

How does Small Shops, Big Hearts work?
Small Shops, Big Hearts will introduce your shop/small business to my readers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for 1 week. Throughout the week, I will either link your shop, share a tidbit of your tale, or link one of your products to help you grow your dreams.

At the end of each month, I will publish a post on the blog to discuss the 4-5 shop owners featured over the month. The post will share more of your tale, a graphic link to your shop, and my favorite item from your shop.

What types of shops/businesses can be featured?
Any type! Whether you sell kites by the beach side or paint masterpieces of landscape, I’d love to help share your dreams and shop. The only thing I ask is that your shop/business is your own, not one you consult for (Avon, Thirty One, etc.)

How much does the feature cost?
Small Shops, Big Hearts is free in honor of all the hard work, time, and money it takes to be a small shop/business owner.

How do I get involved?
Simply send me an email to let me know you’re interested! Or, if you have a friend/loved one who is a small shop/business owner and you believe they would like this opportunity, let me know and I’ll reach out to them.

{Keep your eyes peeled for this feature to start on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on May 1st!}