That pretty much sums it up.
If you’re hoping for productivity tips or housekeeping secrets, you won’t find much here.
But if you’re looking for solidarity in your ordinary, sometimes mundane life, you’ll be at home here.
Grab a cup of tea and let’s chat a while. I can’t promise it’ll all be pretty but it will be real.
Hey! Welcome here! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Jan Regehr, wife to Kev and mom to three. Our home is a little hobby farm in southern Manitoba where we juggle quiet and chaos. Between cooking, carpool runs, and supervising chores, I love working around the farm with my family on summer days, and catching up on endless indoor projects in winter. That’s the short version. For the long version, read on or go here.
- gorgeous illustrations
- books and quotes
- white kitchens
- landscaping my yard
- family farms
- a great sense of humor
- bright pastel colors
- bullet journals
- family traditions
- collecting inspiration
“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”Randy Pausch
11 Random Things About Me
- I’m fourth in a family of six children. We grew up on a small family dairy farm in the heart of the Canadian prairies – a rather idyllic childhood in many ways.
- My childhood pets were farm cats and a long line of Holstein calves. I halter-broke one calf and was known to ride it and take it for walks through the field when it was fully grown.
- My personal walk of faith began when I was sixteen. Looking back, it’s easy to see how God’s guided me every step of the way.
- As a youngster, my dream was to be a veterinarian. Instead I became a stay-at-home mom. Go figure!
- I married my man the summer we were both twenty-one. We set up house in a little trailer home in the country, surrounded by meadowlark song in spring, fields of wheat, canola and lentils in summer, and frosted spruce trees in winter. It remained our home for thirteen years, until we upended our lives and moved seven hours in the opposite direction of pretty much all we’d ever known. A blue house in the charming town of Souris, Manitoba became our new home until we found a place to call ours. It’s three years now since we moved to this farm with its rambling two-story farmhouse and old red barn, and began hobby farming with a bang.
- We have three spunky children – a girl and two boys, ages ten to four, who keep us on our toes. They’re the heart behind this blog and I’m so grateful for them. Even though I didn’t know it before I was a mom, they’re exactly what I needed to fill the missing pieces in my life.
- Together, we try to keep up with our assorted animals. Currently, we have one naughty black lab/Newfie/blue heeler dog, four cats, one horse and a pony, seven calves and a small flock of Suffolk sheep. In spring, the new lambs are so adorable. And in summer we add a few chickens to the mix.
- Some of my best-loved treats: a cup of hot tea, new-to-me restaurants, focaccia bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Greek chicken gyros, fresh strawberries with shortcake and whipped cream, chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and pretty much anything maple-flavored. As the saying goes, “If we are what we eat, well, then I am awfully sweet.”
- I’m an idea enthusiast. I’m constantly inspired by new things but live in the tension between inertia and an explosion of ideas.
- I love reading and always have a few books on the go, both on my phone and scattered throughout the house. My favorite, though, is listening to audio books.
- All the seasons are wonderful in their own right, but spring is easily my favorite. Everything is fresh and new and alive with possibility. I love the earth reawakening: tulips and tiny green shoots, returning meadow larks and robins, puddles of melted snow. It seems fitting to celebrate Easter during this season. “And hope, if it had a scent, would smell like spring, like rain, like something new and alive.” – Jennifer Rush
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”Alice in Wonderland