Farmhouse Dining

Change is hard.

I shared all about the changes we’ve been through recently (you can read about that here and here), but one of the changes I was dreading most of all was back to school.

What I didn’t share in my previous post, was that during all of that mess, the boys started school a week after we moved in back in March.  They were in school for a month when we had to pull them out since the corporate housing we were moving to was going to be an hour away.  That was probably the hardest part of of it all because I just knew we were messing up our kids by moving them from their friends, starting them in a new school and then moving them again.

I’m pretty sure they’ll bill me for their counseling sessions when they’re older!

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So, when the start of school rolled around, we all got a little anxious.   There were lots of tears shed the week leading up to school starting.

Lots of talk about wanting to be homeschooled.  (Say what??)

Lots of fake gagging and running in the opposite direction whenever the word “school” was spoken.

It was THAT bad.

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Then the morning of the first day of school was here, and to my surprise the boys got up without hesitation, ate their breakfast, somewhat smiled for the first-day-of-school pics, and left for school without tears.

I couldn’t believe it.

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Then, for the first time in a really long time, I was alone.

It was quiet and I now had all of this time to…

.. rearrange the furniture!


I spent all day moving furniture around, repainting the farmhouse console table we had built weeks ago, and working on redoing this flower arrangement.

I actually loved the original flower arrangement, it just didn’t match my decor anymore, but I LOVED the old sugar mold it was in, so I simply removed the flowers and added these white hydrangeas instead.

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Isn’t it amazing how much brighter just changing the flowers made?

So while all of this change has been a hard one for us, it has also taught us a lot of very important lessons.  Lessons like, being grateful for what you have. I can’t tell you how many times I complained about our little farmhouse because the tiles weren’t the wood floor I wanted, or my kitchen wasn’t big enough.  Now, I would give anything for those tiles and my old kitchen.  I can’t help but think God wanted to teach me something… of course.

I need to spend more time being thankful for what He’s blessed me with today and stop looking to all the things I want because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed and EVERYTHING is a blessing from God. 

I remember a quote floating around Facebook a while back that said, “What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”

Ouch!  Right?



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So, I’m choosing to be thankful and trusting God through it all.

So the kids had a pretty good first day.  They still want to move back to San Antonio, but I’m hoping over time God will show us our purpose here and they can love their schools again and be thankful for what they have and where they are.

Let’s spend today being thankful.

Love you all!



My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Love the bright look, and what a blessing your boys went off to school happy! Such a beautiful reminder to first and foremost be grateful.

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