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I have some very exciting news. Exciting for me at least.

I am relaunching Dear Ordinary!

Just to get you curious, here is a sneak peak of the new blog.

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For the past couple of weeks I have been playing around with a different blogging platform called squarespace, and I’ve decided to move Dear Ordinary to this new platform and rework the entire look and feel of it. The content will very much be the same, but I am hoping to plan my content more, for more consistent posts.

On Fridays I will be sharing my favorite things from the week, under the headline “Friday Favorites”. It could be anything from a recipe to a blogpost, a picture to a song, a memory to a coffee shop or anything in between. I am excited to share more of my every day and for you to maybe grab some inspiration on the way.

In an effort to be more consistent and not have 3 posts one week and then nothing for two weeks, a new goal of mine is to post twice a week. I am also thinking about ideas for monthly posts like big events coming up, or sharing my goals for the month (that is if I ever get to the point of actually writing down goals, which I’ve been meaning to do since January, and still haven’t).

So when will this move happen, you ask? Well it is very much up to you. I have been steadily moving content to the new platform, and decided that once I reach 2,000 views (currently 1,930) I will make the switch, hoping to of course have everything moved by then.

What would you like to read about on the (new) blog? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to my list of ideas (again not actually a physical list, it’s all in my head – for now).

Day 29: Sprouting

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It’s been over 2 weeks since I put the first seeds in the ground and I’ll admit that at one point I was starting to lose hope that anything would ever sprout. But as it turns out, gardening requires patience, a quality that I possess in a very limited amount. But hey, here is a perfect opportunity to grow in patience, right? (I am currently smiling at my own gardening reference – opportunity to “grow”, get it?)

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And an up close of what I think is iceberg lettuce, not that you can really tell at the moment. The iceberg lettuce and arugula looks identical. the carrots however are still a no show. I am really hoping that their sprouting time is just a little bit longer than the lettuces.

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I also had to take a picture of the apple tree stick – just because it’s so pretty, with all the little pink and white flowers. Who knows, we might actually get some apples this year.

Day 28: Gardening

I’ve been wanting to write a post about our new vegetable garden, I know I mentioned it in a post a couple of weeks ago, the same post where i promised to post more frequently for my 365 Days project. So here it finally is, the 28th post about gardening (well the first post about gardening, but the 28th post in the series.)

I am constantly trying to make my home more of a Home, and one of my efforts have been starting a vegetable garden. We have a big backyard and there is more than enough space for the garden, we have even been able to fit a swing set, a sand box and a fire pit, and still have room to put up a party tent, in case we wanted to throw a party for Magnolia’s first birthday or something, in the summer.

There are a few reasons for wanting a garden 1) it’s a project I can keep working on 2) it’s a way to save money on vegetables 3) fresh-out-of-the-ground-carrots are just tastier than ones that have been laying around for weeks.

So far I don’t have any vegetables to show off, but I promise to make updates once I see progress. I do however have before and after pictures that I would love to share.

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This is the area that I had picked out for the garden.

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This is how far I got with digging out the grass before I had to ask for help my dad to do the rest. Who knew digging up grass was that hard?

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All in an afternoon. My Dad is a machine. This also displays the four new berry bushes, two black currant and two red currant, that my Mom helped me plant. (They were also a gift from her – She is a very generous woman.)

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Iceberg lettuce, spinach, arugula and carrots so far. Still waiting to sow green beans, snow peas, sugar snaps, potatoes, zucchini and beets.

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And last but not least, just to give you an idea of how long our yard is, the view from the garden to the house. With the new swing set on the left.

I am really excited to see all these little lovelies start sprouting and for this spring project to take form.

What are your spring projects? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

Will you donate a cup of coffee?

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Are you passionate about the Bible? Are you passionate about Jesus? And are you passionate about other people getting in the word and growing closer to Jesus? Then this post is for you.

Okay, here’s the deal. I am part of an online community called SheReadsTruth. They provide excellent Bible reading plans and devotional content and the community in the comments is awesome. This is not the first time I have talked about SheReadsTruth and I promise it is far from the last.

Today’s post is a little different than the usual posts. I am still sharing my heart, but more so I am sharing a conviction. I want to challenge and encourage you, whether you are a SheReadsTruth reader or not. Do you relate to any of the following scenarios?

– Your friend is interested in reading the bible, but doesn’t know where to start. Send her a link to the SheReadsTruth app and encourage her to follow along.

– You really crave spiritual community, but you live in a very secular city or your day to day life is too busy or something else. Go to your SheReadsTruth app and get hooked in, on your lunch break or commute (only if you are not driving a car.)

– You like reading your bible on your phone, taking notes and cool photos, and sharing them with your friends. You can do all that in-app with the new SheReadsTruth app.

Here’s the kicker: the app will be a reality for iPhone and iPad in July, it’s already funded through the Kickstarter campaign. But for the 12% of the SheReadsTruth readers that are Android users, it’s not. We need another $10,000 for that to become reality, which sounds like a lot. But it’s really not. The first $35,000 were raised in just 22 hours! So $10,000 in 20 days sounds absolutely doable.

This is where the coffee comes in. This is where I want to challenge, encourage and hopefully persuade you to support building the app. What if you gave up a cup of Starbucks (or Caribou if you’re a midwesterner), and donated the money instead? Think of how little that would matter to you, and how much it could matter to someone else.

So girls, (and guys, this surely isn’t limited to girls only, guy-money works too), let’s see if we can’t get this app in as many hands as possible, and support His Kingdom business, even if that means giving up a cup of coffee.

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