Mid-week “hello” from the middle!

Hey there friend!

Anyone else feel like you’ve been running non-stop the entire month of October? The fall is a busy time for our family out here in the middle. With school well under way, we find ourselves on the go in the evenings. We are typically running to one of the kiddo’s practice or game every day of the week along with before school activities, meetings, and conferences sprinkled in. Dinners have been made to eat on the run, making the cooler an absolute necessity this season.

Between limited windows of time with running the kiddos around, the inconsistent temperatures have made it a bit challenging for Aaron and me when it comes to wrapping up projects around the homestead. All month long it has felt like we have been bouncing back-and-forth from one project to the next. It is the reality, I think, for anyone during this transitional time of the year. It can make us feel like we are spread too thin or running a marathon but never seeing the finish line come into view. But somehow, we always find the fortitude to press through those busy seasons of our lives and eventually catch a breath or two before we lean into the next season that awaits us.

If you find yourself in a similar position this week, know that you my friend are not alone. In fact, you are in good company and while you may not be able to see the end of that project you are currently working on at work or you’re still working down your to-do-list for Halloween this season, it will soon feel as if it all came and went much too quickly. So, when you find a brief moment, take a deep breath, enjoy a quiet cup of tea or coffee, or maybe count a few blessings. For it’s in those small moments taken for yourself that will help ground you where you are and recharge you for what’s ahead.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

Xo,

Just a thought

New this week on Grounded in the middle podcast

If you’re on the go this week, you can tune into this week’s latest episode on Grounded in the Middle podcast. When is the last time someone said “thanks” to you? When is the last time you’ve given thanks or shared how much you appreciate someone? In today’s episode, I’m sharing how I’ve found a theme of thanksgiving this week out here in the middle of nowhere and how it can be helpful to drawl on when times get turbulent.  After you tune in, I’d appreciate if you would rate the podcast. It will help others, like you, find my podcast. You can scroll down just a bit on this page to listen in.

Johnny + Christina Cison-What it's like to go against the grain. Grounded in the Middle.

Have you ever heard of the Old House community? If you aren't familiar, there is a large social media community who own or just love old houses and every day they gather around the world to chat about their experiences and share what they've learned about restoring and living in their old house. In today's episode, you're going to get to meet Johnny and Christian from the account @ourcornerofcurrituck and who were also one of my first old house friends when we moved out here to the middle. They are opening up today on why they chose to leave suburbia and their new build home for old house life and homesteading. Connect with me on social media @farmhousestoryteller Have a question or want to be on the show? Email me at thefederalfarmhouse@gmail.com  — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/danielle-foulk/support

Where to read my latest work

This past week Link2Us Magazine published their Fall ’22 issue and it includes an article I wrote titled, Reawakening Traditions at the Homestead. While my article will give you a peek into our holiday traditions, you will also learn of the traditions that came before us! You can request a digital copy here or you can pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Nobles, Kroger, Books a Million, Fred Meyers stores, Albertsons, Hyvee, Kmart, and Amazon.

In addition, you can also read another article I wrote, Restoration in the Farmhouse, about how we found our way out here to the country on Make Me Available which is a website out of London, England. You can click here to read.

New! Farmhouse Storyteller Playlist

If you’d like to tune in to what I’m listening to out here in the middle, you can join me on Spotify where I have a playlist titled, Farmhouse Storyteller. You can easily find the station by directly clicking play to the right or searching for Farmhouse Storyteller on the Spotify app.

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