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Welcome Home, Archie!

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Our low-key, relax-and-recover Sunday got out of hand real fast. We had planned to go to the weekend’s auction – however when Isai and I caught a head cold and ultimately gave it to Aaron too – we were all down for the count. Luck would have it that Brian was at the sale again and kindly offered to bid for us …

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We’re Adding a Goat House

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Some of you likely aspire to one day own one of those gorgeous lakeside dream home with a backyard pool and boat house. I’m here to tell you where the fun is really at: a Goat House. You read that right. Naturally, with the acquisition of goats, we needed a Goat House. Most of you – the sane ones – would say …

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The Free-Range Chickens

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Day by day, it become more and more obvious that we only have a farm for the animals. Exhibit A: the freaking chickens. Not only did the chickens get an epic chicken palace as soon as they moved in here, but they are slowly making the entire farm their playground. Each and every morning – they impatiently wait at the …

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Crossley Family Photos

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Hi. I’m Laura and I have an addiction to family photos. It drives Aaron almost completely crazy – but after spending a couple of years snapping photos for happy families all over Kansas City, I am a firm believer in having moments captured. Sure – I usually follow through in the form of snapping photos all over the farm and documenting the …

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We Lost a Goat and Chick

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Any day in which we lose an animal is sad and gloomy. Today was a particularly crummy double-whammy. After treating a sick goat for the last couple of days, Aaron got out to the pen first thing this morning to discover she had passed overnight. Sadly, I don’t have a photo of her – a sweet little white gal with a …

Renovation Swatches to Drool Over

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We had the actual greatest time meeting face-to-face with Elaine this week to look at…swatches! As is usual – she killed it. She pulled together all of the raw materials that will go on the walls, floors, counters and more throughout the house. We got to touch them, shuffle them around and swap in new colors where they fit our style …

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We Have Goats!

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I can barely explain the excitement that has come to the farm with our truckload of goats. After the incredible adventure to the auction barn over the weekend, we’ve been giddy to see our new animals enjoying their space. After many warnings – we erred on the side of “that fence isn’t going to work.” Our farm friend Brian warned that …

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Our Family’s First Farm Auction

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With the goat fence built, Aaron and I set our sights on bring goats to the farm. We asked around on local Facebook farm groups. We talked with some farm friend experts. Ultimately, we learned that – to fit our just-getting-started budget – we needed to go to a farm auction. I grew up in a farm family and even worked …

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The Egg Game

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These cluckers are incredible. The chickens continue to add such epic personality to the farm that I honestly couldn’t imagine what this place would be like without them. I grew up with two chickens – Squirt and Pepsi – that were grown from eggs in an incubator in my 4th grade classroom. They came home with me one day and lived in …

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Big News from the Sunflower Fields

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On the way into Kansas City earlier this week, we made a quick stop by the Grinter Farms sunflower fields. Grinter Farms is about 15 minutes from our own farm and, each year, they plant a crop of thousands of sunflowers. It’s gorgeous to see in person and is truly an incredible kick-off to Fall in the Heartland. Aaron and …