The White Family

"Fair-weather" Homesteaders

Hi there! Welcome our little slice of heaven.

This is a blog about all of the things that I love, cherish, and have grown to love. My husband and our 5 fun and busy children, our new-old house, all types of gardening, entertaining, and filling our children full of wonderful food and even better memories.

If you would have told me 10, or even 5 years ago that I'd be spending my summer days tending to vegetable and flower gardens, and eating picnic lunches with our children in an orchard...ha! I'd have thought you were crazy! But time changes everything, and here my husband, Adam, and I are, 5 children and 1 new house later and completely loving it.

I don't know if I would call it homesteading...I suppose in some of my daydreams we have an extra 40 acres with grass-fed cattle and horses, chicken and sheep, and those cute little baby goats that people apparently do yoga with now. Oh, and a milking cow for fresh milk and cheese and a group of volunteer agricultural students who like to show up at 5:30am to milk the cow and clean the animal stalls for free! And let’s not forget the big beautiful mahogany colored rustic barn with the huge windows, where the animals live at ground level in their pristine stalls smelling only of fresh hay, and the upstairs doubles as a place to throw parties! Ahhhhhhh.

But let's get real people. Mama doesn't have time for all that! I work part-time and we are raising 5 kids... which means school drop-offs and activities, and dance, swim lessons, gymnastics, and just keeping them alive and healthy. Let's not forget that I love sleep, and nights out with my husband, and being able to throw all the kids in the car to leave for the weekend on a whim.

So while I adore the idea of my kids growing up on a farm and being able to make all of our meals from scratch from organic ingredients we've grown or raised, there just isn’t enough time in the day for all of it. That doesn’t mean we can’t do some of it though! So we take the parts we love the most- the vegetable and flower gardens, the orchard, and making things for cooking and entertaining- and we do those things, as a family.

I guess that makes us “fair-weather” family homesteaders… and I think I’m just fine with that. Hopefully we can share a few things and inspire you to create your own wonderful family garden.

With love,

Brigid White & Elizabeth Grace Gardens

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Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.

— French Proverb

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

— Audrey Hepburn

Whoever said money can't buy happiness has clearly never been to a garden center!

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