Okay, I am finally ready to to this......

I have wanted to create a blog for quite some time now.  Just some place I could collect all my thoughts, maybe teach a thing or two and maybe learn something. That being said I wasn't sure what I would write about, would I even have the time, does anyone care about what I have to say?  But after mulling over it for a while now I am finally ready to put all my thoughts, trials and tribulations in one place. My goal is to write something at least once a week, maybe more. So without further ado I present to you for the first time my blog, Raising Sweet Grace.....

A little about me......Well for people who don't know me first and foremost I am a mom. I have three amazing little girls.  They love being outside, helping me cook, tend chickens and garden.  I am a wife to an amazing, wonderful and supportive husband who, yes honey I wrote this down for the world to see, allows me to do lots of really crazy and kooky things without a second thought.  He calls me his crunchy little farmer and kinda just goes with the flow, chuckling (or grumbling) every time I change my mind about something. I have great friends too who are also my family, they are a great support system and I don't know what I would do without them!  Family and friends are the most important elements in my life and they keep me grounded.  I am a gardener. I love being outside and in my gardens, every single day. I love the feeling of the dirt in my hands and watching my plants grow.  My dogs, Chloe and Bear, keep me company outside and my two cats, Hardy and Abbott, well they just do their own thing!  We also have six Golden Comet pullets, whom I lovingly call my chicken bitches, we raised them from day old chicks and I am totally in love with my gals! In the future, we are hoping to add ducks, goats and bees into the mix but we are trying to take it one thing at a time. My life is truly full of blessings!  

So enough about me.....What will this blog be about?  Well it is my musings and ramblings about our adventure to a simpler, greener, more sustainable life. Less than a year ago my loving husband and I decided (well I decided, he had very little choice but nonetheless was in total agreement) that we no longer needed to keep up with the Jones' or anyone else for that matter.  We wanted to start living off of our one acre plot and start a path towards green sustainability.  We feel that it was important for our family to live in a chemical free, organic world (as much as possible) and we wanted to get back to the basics and the one thing that matters most, family.  So with no real plan we have been trying to form the simpler life we craved.  It is still a work in progress and probably will be for a while.  This spring we broke ground for our organic raised beds, a compost bin and a chicken coop. It was a very exciting step for us! 

Just one more thing before I end, I have just one simple rule......I understand that everyone has an opinion and while you are certainly entitled to yours please respect the opinions of myself and others, I will extend the same courtesy to you. In a nutshell don't be mean. I also will not tolerate any name calling, derogatory or racist statements, these statements will just be deleted.  I reserve the right to remove anything that I feel is offensive. This blog is about what is working for us and our family and it may not necessarily work for you.  If you find something didn't work for you feel free to let me know, but be nice!  

I hope you will follow me and watch as our adventure unfolds and our gardens grow!    


  1. Anne, You brought tears to my eyes. It is so wonderful in this day and age to see a beautiful little family that cares about the little things. I will certainly follow your blog. I am not really into organic, but I feel if it is working for you God Bless. I love that you are into gardening and want to give your family the best that can be offered. You are also setting such an awesome example for them as well as teaching them that even though our world is all about technology sometimes simple is much better. I look forward to seeing how your adventure continues. Love you! xo Mrs. C

  2. Nicely done! I have added your blog to my Google Reader, so I won't ever miss a post.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. This is great Anne! It was a nice read! It was nice to get home from walmart, & the annoyance of the world, at bake a second cake for Aiden's 1st birthday because Shawn's parents are coming tomorrow (to which I have to still make salads, grocery shop, finish this cake, & clean house) all before 1pm now....ahhhh but sitting down to read your 1st sweet little blog was SO nice after all that! It was stress free! Thanks! xoxo Bridget

  4. Thank you guys so much for taking the time to read this! It means a lot to me! Hopefully I will keep up with it and not let it go to the wayside!

  5. I love this!!!!!!!!!!! You gave me inspiration and I too am on that path... I love my little "girls" and we are going to add a rooster to the clan.. so he can protect my lovelies.... I love living off the earth, and i love that my kids take part in all my husband and I do.... Anne, I will be checking daily! thank you again for this breath of fresh air!

    xxoxoxoxo, vicki