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Do you ever...
feel like your life is a hot mess constantly struggling to pull it together?
Me too! As a mom of two littles, I know how hard it is juggling motherhood. And while we are trying to raise littles, it seems like the world is constantly on fire. With every new fad, new social media platform, or the way our economy is trending, life feels so chaotic...
Is it possible to live a simpler life despite all the noise?
Let's be real...
Yes, you can! Here's the tea....
My husband was let go from his job at the beginning of the pandemic. Our son was 6 months old and we lived in this beautiful dream of a subdivision and had the white picket fence house. To some, we were living the American dream. Maybe we were but...
Just 6 months earlier after my son was born and my dad was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, I decided to take some time off of my full time job to take care of my family. There was no plan. It was purely an emotional decision and I knew we would figure out how to make it work.
My husband, Rafe, was killing it in sales. Awarded rookie of the year his first year and another huge award for the most booked business in the company his second year. He was unstoppable!
Being fired over a zoom call in less than 15 minutes for no reason just didn't make sense. I remember laying our son down for a nap and pressing my ear up to the door. I heard everything. It was one of the worst days for our family.
From there, we sold our house and moved several times over a span of 3 years. It was the hardest 3 years of our lives. There is so much to unpack in that but to summarize, we literally survived. All the years of not sticking with a budget, feeling like we have to "keep up with the Joneses", all came crashing down.
We spent some time out on a farm after we sold our house when Rafe lost his job. The whole world was dealing with the pandemic and we lived our lives carefree and normal in the country. I never felt so alive!
After several events occurring from that point, we knew that living a simpler life what was our family needed. We want to disconnect from all the noise. Raise our children to run barefoot and chase fireflies. Enjoy playing outside making mudpies and having an imagination.
So we made a plan...
Rafe started working for a small town construction company and was the first sales person they hired. They specialize in barndominiums and pole barns.
Then the light bulb went off! After reading all the hype about barndominium living and Rafe working in the industry, we knew this was what we wanted for our family.
To live simply, intentionally, and enjoy every single moment we have with each other and our children. We only have one life after all. So why not unplug from all the junk this world tries to consume you with and LIVE.
If you are wanting that for yourself or your family, then grab a coffee or a glass of your favorite drink and stick around!
I'll be posting a mix of progress photos of our barndominium and all the tip we have learned along the way!
You'll even catch some mom life moments and hear how we are organizing and living our life more intentionally. Be sure to comment or reach out on Instagram. I can't wait to meet you!
Hi, I'm Mary Beth
the girl behind Just a Farmhouse Chic.
I'm a wife and mom of 2 sharing how-to tips that I'd wish I'd known years ago! Making memories with my family is what I enjoy most (well besides sleeping)! My love for DIY projects and hiking has given me so much joy and it's even more fun with the kids.
I have a passion for helping Moms and it all started when I became a mom in 2018. There were so many questions I had about motherhood and I researched Google way more than I'd like to admit (which I don't recommend). I learned along the way tips that I wish I'd known beforehand and I want to share them with you so you're not panicking at 3:00am typing questions in the search bar about your little one. The internet is full of so much information and it's hard to know what you can trust.
Before becoming a mom, one of my favorite hobbies included DIY projects and crafting with my cricut machine. I enjoyed creating things and even sometimes sold them, which was nice extra income too. Now things look differently for me as a Mom because I'm having fun creating things with my little ones. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my family. DIY projects are just a fun way for me to continue my hobby and make memories with the ones I love.
I grew up in rural...
southern middle TN on a small 7 acre goat farm. I loved goats before they were considered cool and goat yoga was a thing! When I was 12 I asked for a goat for Christmas and wanted him to have a red bow around his neck. On Christmas, I opened a ring box thinking I was getting jewelry but to my surprise it was a bottle nipple to feed a baby goat! I ran outside and saw this precious baby goat that resembled a deer. He had a red bow around his neck and I instantly fell in love with him. I named him Buddy.
We became inseparable!
Before Buddy, I participated in a 4-H program showing goats at the Tennessee Fair which led me to showing Buddy in multiple fairs after.
He was like a dog to me and we were the best of friends.
Fast forward to college, I met the love of my life and we said, "I do" after graduating.
We called Columbia, TN (Mule Capital of the World) our home after getting married and welcomed our sweet son Rhett in 2018. Isn't he the cutest?
Early in 2021, we were surprised to find out we were expecting another new addition (our pandemic baby)! We welcomed our precious daughter Ruby Kate.
Motherhood has been a beautiful but hard experience. It's full of days of going without showering, a messy house, and asking yourself how many days you've gone without washing your hair. It's also full of days of baby giggles, smiles, warm hugs, telling stories, and soft kisses that make your heart melt.
There's so much joy and beauty in motherhood and I'm happy that we get to share this journey together! I'm really glad you're here and I'm looking forward to connecting and getting to know you. Be sure to comment on a post and as most typical southerners say, don't make yourself a stranger!
What most people don't know about me:
I'm a wild card, an introverted extrovert, hate public speaking, could wear yoga pants every day (comfort is everything). I have fun dancing, have a tattoo (surprise mom haha!), risk taker, recovering people pleaser, and brace yourself for the last one... my first career was a juvenile probation officer! I know, hard to picture right?!
Short & Sweet
Call Her Daddy, Crime Junkies & Counterclock
The Blacklist, Sweet Magnolias, YOU, and Outlander
Sushi, oatmeal cream pies, and Mexican food.
Type 2 Wing 3
Go rock climbing, open a children's boutique, write a book.
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