The Family

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote. Sorry about that. With the move and settling in to our new place, it was just easier to post pics, etc to Facebook than to create posts on this blog (you are a fan on Facebook, right?). But I am committed to doing a better job with blogging. Anyway, here’s one of the posts I’ve been meaning to do since before we moved. So, without further ado, please allow me to introduce…My Family.

It’s a bit late since you’ve already seen them in posts, but I want to take this time to introduce you to my wonderful family (which at the moment includes my wonderful hubby and children, my loving in-laws, and a tiny Chihuahua with a big personality.)

My husband (aka โ€œThe Hubbyโ€)


I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful man as my life partner. He is caring, sensitive, and loving.

Joe (3)

He is funny and adventurous and responsible.

Joe (5)

He is a wonderful father to our two girls. He plays with them, teaches them, and listens to them.

Joe (2)

Photo: JKH Phtography 2012

And a 98% awesome husband to me (a Facebook quiz told me so!).

Joe (4)

My eldest child (aka “Princess Girl”)

What can I say about Princess Girl without sounding like I’m bragging? Not much. I happen to think she’s pretty amazing! Mommy’s helper, Sushi lover, outdoor girl, a princess but not a diva, responsible, hard working, smart, creative, even tempered, and loving. Yeah, she’s not perfect, she still gets in trouble (she is only 8 afterall), but she’s amazing nontheless.


Mommy’s Helper

Princess (11)

Lover of sushi (especially salmon eggs – ewww, how can she stand to eat fish bait??)

Princess (2)

Her first fire she made all by herself before we had to leave the homestead.

Princess (8)

She is such a good helper that sometimes I have to remind myself to leave her be to do her school work or just be a kid ๐Ÿ™‚

Princess (12)

My beautiful Princess Girl

Princess (10)

First time alone behind the wheel this last weekend as we visited the homestead.

Princess (9)

From digging in the sand to doing ballet on the beach, that’s my girl.

Princess (5)

A true princess is kind, generous, responsible, and smart. No wonder we call her Princess Girl ๐Ÿ™‚

Princess (1)

First day of 4th grade – she’s growing up so quickly!

My younger child (aka “Flower Girl”)

It took 7 long years for our longing for another child to be fulfilled. Flower Girl’s adoption was a dream come true and we are extremely blessed to be called her parents. At not-quite-two years old, she is full of life and spunk. She will try almost anything new (except food!), is very independent, gives the best kisses and hugs, and is just a joy to watch. She also doesn’t let much stand in her way. Though she has a temper, she is learning obedience and I have hopes that the “two’s” won’t be too terrible. She loves animals, especially “sorseys” (aka horses), and has an amazing ability to pick up on and mimic conversations. It is such a pleasure to watch her learn and grow.

Flower (11)

This girl loves MEAT! That’s about the only food she’ll consistently eat. And that’s fine by me!

Flower (8)

She loves “helping” and doing everything that Mommy and Sissy are doing. She quickly learned how to pick blackberries without getting poked. How many 21 month olds could do that? ๐Ÿ™‚

Flower (6)

OMGosh! This girl and dirt! She loves playing in it.

Flower (5)

Even a broken leg couldn’t keep her down for very long. By the time she got it off after a month, she had been running on it for two weeks straight!

Flower (10)

She finally learned how to “blow” and I foresee a fun birthday this year.

Flower (4)

I was so sad when we had to move and couldn’t take our chickens with us. Flower Girl was too, she loves “chichins”.

Flower (3)

Not afraid of creepy-crawlies. She is enthralled with lizards and all kinds of bugs. (Not so fun when she hands you something and when it drops into your hand you see that it is a live ant!)

Flower (1)

As I said, she loves to help. Here she is helping her grandpa with the trimming. Look at her face!


Even though they are 7 years apart in age, the two girls love each other and playing together.

Both (2)

Princess Girl is an awesome big sister to whom Flower Girl already looks up to with adoration.

The In-Laws (aka “Bachan” and “Pagee” or “Mom and Dad”)

So, my in-laws are really great. And I’m not just saying that because they might read this post. They probably won’t ever see it since they are not on the internet very often. They really are some of the best in-laws I could ever hope for. Though leaving Nevada has proven to be one of the hardest things we’ve ever done, it has been a pleasure to be able to help and serve these two wonderful people.


Mom and Dad’s 40th anniversary

The Pooch (aka “Scooter”)

One of the harder aspects of leaving the homestead was knowing we couldn’t bring our dog, Obsidian, with us. But a big black Lab and a tiny yard and a small house with white carpets just don’t mix. So, we found him a good home with friends and hope to get him back when we move home. But, I guess God decided we still needed a dog in our lives, because only about a week after moving up to Oregon, this little girl followed us home one day. We put up fliers, posted her in the found dogs at the local shelter, and checked the missing dogs posts every day. No one ever claimed her. And so, with us she will stay. Not sure what we’ll do once we move back to the homestead, but as tiny as she is, she’ll probably just live in the trailer with us (Obsidian was strictly and outside dog because he was so huge, the trailer so small, and we didn’t want him tracking in dirt).


She’s a teeny, tiny little thing, and I love that her ears droop. So cute!

Scooter (2)

We’ll definitely need to get her some sweaters for winter, she’s always seeking out the sun for warmth. Hmmm…maybe she’s part cat?

Scooter (1)

See, itty, bitty

Scooter (3)

Love this one. The hubs passed out for a nap and Scooter made herself at home. She is definitely a cuddler!

So, there you have it. That’s my family. I think they are pretty awesome. God has blessed me so very much!

UPDATE: In September of 2015, we brought another family member home from Nevada with us. We now have two dogs!

Obsidian is a black lab whom we’ve had since he was 7 weeks old. He spent a year with some friends in Nevada while we adjusted to living in Oregon.


Such a handsome boy!

But now he lives with us. He was the piece of our family that was missing, and now he’s back where he belongs.


So glad to have him with us again!

Yes, it’s challenging having a large dog on a tiny city lot (his poops are ginormous!) but it’s not as bad as it would have been a couple years ago when he was much more rambunctious. At 7 years old, he’s now older than we are (in dog years, of course). Though as a lab, he’ll never grow out of his goofiness, I don’t think. ๐Ÿ™‚

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About Maridy

Hi, I'm Maridy. I have many interests in life. Right now, my husband and I and our two girls (ages 14 and 7), along with a couple of dogs currently live in a 33ft trailer while we build our house on our homestead property in Northern Nevada (Castle Rock Homestead). Follow us on that journey to building our high desert homestead from the ground up! I also have a passion for hiking and have a blog for that, too. (Journey in the Wilderness) Join me there as I explore the beautiful outdoor landscapes of Northwestern Nevada and Eastern California. And finally, I love historical costuming. Though I haven't been able to do much of that in recent years, I'm hoping that "once the house is built" I'll be able to get back into it more. See what all we've done with that on my Yesteryear Productions blog.

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