In February of 2009, my husband and I bought our first home located on a few acres in Johnson, Vermont. We live here with our dog, Ollie, two cats: Elvis and Atticus, six Nigerian Dwarf goats: May, Chutney, Poppy, Juniper, Willow, and Jokers Wild, and about fifteen laying hens. And to top it all off we welcomed our daughter, Isabel, into the world on January 11th, 2011.

We're slowly updating our 1850's farmhouse while steadily working towards a healthy, meaningful, self-sufficient life together.

This blog details our endeavors along with our successes and failures- all in good fun. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!


May and I enjoying some sunshine


Another year of firsts.

Lovingly Posted by Melissa Monday, August 30, 2010

Last year had been a whirlwind of firsts.  Our first house, marriage, goats and chickens.  We made it through in full force last year and haven't slowed down yet.  Kyle and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary this year.  We had decided not to go overboard in the name of frugality- so it was a day without cards or flowers or gifts.  We both agreed afterwards that this had been a mistake, but we're good at learning from our mistakes.  Days like that, the day of two lives joining together as one, should always be met with a celebration of some kind.  Our wedding day had been perfect.

Its hard to believe that over a year has passed already since we tied the knot and I'm beginning to realize just how quickly these years are passing now.  So much has happened in the past few years, especially in this past year.  I look back to where I was five or six years ago and compare that to where I am today and I am exceedingly thankful and satisfied with the difference.  Life has a purpose.

I've said it before, our life is no picnic, we work hard at our jobs and we come home to work hard some more.  We have to work through disagreements and sometimes have our days where we just don't get along.  But things are always worked out.  We're two peas in a pod- two very stubborn peas.  The kind that keep coming back in your garden year after year despite how sure you are that you got them all out at harvest time.  Yeah, we're those peas.

Kyle and I have always shared our goals and our dreams with eachother- so even early on in our relationship we talked about our feelings about money, relationships, marriage, and even children.  We are lucky that we share the same views on all these things, it has made our relationship much smoother.  (As I said before: two peas.)  Instead of arguing about what to do with our money we get to focus on more important things, like how old Meryl Streep is or how long it takes to drive from our house to New York City.  You know, stuff like that.

After giving it lots of thought, we decided to take action on one of the previously mentioned topics of discussion.  We're having a baby.  This was one of the main culprits for our lack of anniversary-celebration this year, I admit, we had all these fun activities for the day planned but as my "morning sickness" lasted throughout the day it made it difficult to want to eat out or take the kayaks for a swim. 

SO!  Now that the cat is officially out of the bag I'm hoping to get back into my regularly scheduled blog posting as I've got tons to update you all on regarding the house and nursery.  Talk about renovation nation going on at casa Senesac- we're pushing to get the entire second floor finished by the end of the year!  Plus the dining room!  OH and getting our chimeny/woodstove installed next month!  Plenty of goings-on and I hope you'll stay tuned for all the long-overdue updates!

So folks, thats the big news that I've been holding on to.  My estimated due date is January 26 (which puts me at almost 5 months right now).  You can see in the picture below I've started "showing" as it is so lovingly called- note the elastic waistband pants and my prepregnancy t-shirt that just isn't long enough anymore.


  1. Baker Betty Says:
  2. OMG M you are soooo cute! I hope you two are doing fantastically! Thanks so much for you're lovely posts. I always enjoy hearing about all your adventures even though I'd much prefer to hear about them in person. But life is a whirlwind and there aren't enough hours in the day. Hearts to you and the fam!

  3. Rebecca Says:
  4. Wow! Congratulations!! Very happy for you! What a year... and so much wonderful stuff to look forward to in the year to come.