Meet the Minis! Thursday Thoughts

I wanted to take a brief moment to introduce you to the super-star lesson horses that your precious kiddos will be working with when you sign them up for our Little Legs, Big Start courses in 2018!
Meet Jewels and Lola: both are sister miniature horse mares. Miniature horses are often confused as, “ponies” but I can assure you, they are different! Ponies are larger and stockier in build than miniature horses but still smaller than full-sized horses, meaning they are under 14.2 hands high (hands high is a unit of measurement used to differentiate how tall a horse is from their withers). Miniature horses are even smaller than ponies but are still bred to resemble full-sized horses in that they are not stocky like their pony friends. Most miniature horses you see are trained to “drive” carts and some, like these two, are also trained to ride for small children.
It has been officially one year since we brought Jewels and Lola home to Farmhouse on Five Mile. They were adopted from my sister-in-law who was looking to find them a new, loving home. After having received my certification as a riding instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association in November 2016, these girls were on my mind as future prospects to providing lessons for small children. And now…here we are!
May 2017, when we first brought the girls home!
Since then, we’ve been working on a lot of grooming, hand-leading, and groundwork with my young nephews. These girls have been so patient and willing for us through our training to prepare for these lessons.
My objective for this program with your students is to provide essential safety skills and build confidence in your little riders. Often times, small children in this age range of 3-7 years are paired with ponies or full-sized horses that much larger than they are. While ponies and larger horses can be safe enough for small children (provided they have received proper training), they can often times seem intimidating to the eyes of small children by their mere larger size. By pairing small children with size-appropriate horses, they can build a foundation of trust and confidence that will lead to further success as they grow older and advance their skills and are able to ride ponies and full-sized horses


My hope for 2018, with your support, is to expand our facility even greater and provide an additional full-sized lesson horse (or pony!) that can cater to children ages 8 and older as well as adults. By signing up for these courses, you are helping to make this hope a reality.
A big shout out and THANK YOU to everyone so far who has purchased horse lessons with their kids for the Early Summer course starting June 4th! I am excited to offer a unique program that caters to the young and brilliant minds of your little ones!
If you are interested in signing your kiddos up for horse lessons, you can contact me here with your email to get on the Farmhouse VIP list! We will be opening up enrollment very soon for our Late Summer 6-week course with the Little Legs, Big Start program!

“All horses deserve, at least once in their life, to be loved by a child.” -Unknown

Thursday Thoughts: Blooms & Unknowns

Farm update: April showers (and apparently April snowfalls) bring May flowers…

Our strawberry patch is looking great and the berries are starting to come in nicely! Hopefully I can beat the birds to them when they’re ready to be picked. I’m thrilled that we succeeded in relocating this patch last October. They look and thrive much better in this spot, next to the old brick smokehouse!

Also in bloom is our Catalpa tree in the front yard. If you’ve read through all my blog posts (and why wouldn’t you?! 😉 ), you might remember me saying that we planted this tree together after our wedding, which was held from the front porch of our farmhouse. In lieu of a unity candle, we poured soil from our parents’ yards into the pot of this tree which is now located in this spot. It’s one of my favorite things to look at as I roll into the driveway. Inch by inch it is growing taller and it’s simply marvelous to witness.


In other news, I have a lot of unknowns in my life at the moment. Unknowns with the security of my current part-time job, unknowns with what the launch of the Little Legs, Big Start Horse Lessons will look like and how I’ll manage this new schedule, unknowns on when projects will get started or completed….somehow I’ve managed to keep calm despite all the uncertainties. I’m battling self-doubt and momentary failures simply with trust in God’s plan for my path. I keep searching and praying for specific answers but at the end of the day I have to truly give my worries to God and rest my head on my pillow in peace, and I don’t even bat an eye with how cliche that might sound to some people. Doing this really helps my days get started with gratefulness and focus on my definite, known blessings: my husband, his jobs that provide for us, this farm, our health, our loved ones…I never want to waste a moment taking these things for granted because I spent too much time worrying about things that are mostly out of my control anyway. No matter what happens, staying positive and picking up the pieces after they fall- they will evidently fall one way or another- is much better than wallowing in a constant state of fear. I also think often about my services and how I can love others around me better when I remember on how much God has blessed me. We shouldn’t make it a law for ourselves but out of desire and intent we can and should be an encouragement to others- every day, every moment, every matter of conversation. I write often about the subject of driving ourselves out of self-doubt, circumstantial stresses, and remembering our blessings- it helps to keep reminding myself- but also because it’s never enough to for us all to keep reminding ourselves this….known…fact.

You are loved and you have a purpose and you can thrive and rejoice in that. And when you cup overflows, you can pour it into others.

So do that. Thrive, rejoice, and pour.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalms 23: 1-6



Thursday Thoughts: Launching Horse Lessons, Tuesday Tutorial Update, and Goats!

First, I want to briefly update on Tuesday Tutorials:

It is looking like I will be posting these DIY project posts on a monthly basis rather than weekly (unless I have guest bloggers that are being featured)! I have a full list of exciting projects to work on and share with you all. However, I am still working on finding a good routine in my week. It’s a process! I love it but it does take some getting used to as a beginner blogger. I am feeling good about not getting discouraged like I used to with starting something new. Every venture or idea I pursue, whether it be deemed a success or failure, is just one step closer to finding my niche. I know I’m supposed to be here…I know I’m supposed to blog. Figuring out how I want to fill these pages has been a challenge but I’m embracing it all to get there.

Weeds can be beautiful too 🙂

Next, I’d like to introduce Thursday Thoughts….yet another idea that came to me for the blog. These Thursday Thoughts are going to be simple farm updates, where we’re headed next, what Jesus is teaching me and other things that come to mind.

Thursday Thoughts for today:

I’ve set an OFFICIAL start date of June 4th, 2018 for the Little Legs, Big Start horse lessons at the farmhouse! I couldn’t be happier to have made that decision. While I have much to do over the next month to be fully prepared, I have found a new drive to embrace this new small business venture for what it is, with what I have for now. You have to start somewhere, right?!  I’ve already had Farmhouse VIP members signing up and it’s only been 3 days since enrollment opened up! (Hint: If you want to be included as a Farmhouse VIP member: contact me here with your email and you’ll be added to the list!). Farmhouse VIP members get the first opportunity for reserving lessons as there are limited spots for every six week course. I am BEYOND excited that people are already signing up! Even if the enrollment number stays small for this launch, I am truly grateful for the interest I’ve been receiving. Everyone I know has been so supportive of this venture in one way or another and it doesn’t go unnoticed.  Thank you, all!



I thought I would also include a little update on our two Nigerian Dwarf goats. They are now one year in age and we are nearing our one year anniversary since bringing them home. They’ve grown so much since they were 12-week old kids but they’re still dwarf and cute as ever. Chomper has a heck of a voice and Ducky is just a sweet, precious follower. People ask me all the time what I plan to do with them. I’d love to breed Ducky over the next year or two and add another doe and a buck to the herd. I’ll know when the time is right for that. For now they just make excellent companions.

Chomper found a good patch of clover!
Sometimes I let them out of their pen to follow me around as I do farm chores. They love participating in farm activities!

I hope you enjoyed the first edition of Thursday Thoughts! Looking forward to many more!




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