Blogging from my Better Half – His Perspective

Today’s post is a little different from what you typically see here, but I thought it would be fun to show you some of what goes on behind the blog… from my husband’s perspective! I’m giving the microphone… or keyboard, I suppose… over to Jeremy to share what life is like being married to a blogger. Don’t worry, more DIY’s, recipes, and kitchen updates are coming up next week, but I promise this post will make you laugh (sometimes at my expense) and give you insight into how Jeremy and I work together. He is the calm to my creative storm, wipes my tears when I fail, and is my biggest cheerleader when I succeed. I think you guys are going to love getting HIS point of view today on the blogging business and learning more about what he does for a living… farming!

My sweet friend, Shayna, from The Wood Grain Cottage is a fellow blogger AND farm wife, and she is interviewing her husband today too! Be sure to check that post out here, and keep reading here for a fun surprise coming on Friday!

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You’re up, babe!

What role do you play on the blog and in the blogging business?

I am the all-purpose “hey, what do you think/how would I do this” multi-tool she keeps in her toolbox. I also move all the furniture she feels the need to rearrange weekly.

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What is your favorite project that Liz blogged about?

The door that we turned into a bench was one of my favorites. Liz had the basic idea for the build, and I sketched the curves for the sides, giving it a church pew feel. Liz is usually the artistic one, but it was nice to have the opportunity to show my artistic side too.

See how an old wood door transforms into a gorgeous, rustic bench! Get the full tutorial on LoveGrowsWild.com

If you could change one thing in your house, what would it be?

A living room with a recliner that no one else is allowed to move or sit on. Or put annoying throw pillows on.

How do you describe Liz’s job to others when they ask?

She is a business woman with a multifaceted organization that requires a multitalented, hardworking, and dedicated CEO/COO.

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What is one thing about Liz that would surprise people?

She’s a ginger.

What’s the most rewarding thing that’s come from the blog/business?

Being able to help my wife grow as a business person, and watching the success that she has earned all on her own merits.

Has there ever been a project you’ve worked on with Liz that caused some friction or brought you closer together?

The kitchen renovation and book project accomplished both of these. While having the house torn apart and making toast with a propane torch was somewhat of a challenge, it was a wonder to see my wife work her magic on such a large scale.

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This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

What is your favorite part of living on a real working farm?

The freedom that I have to make my own decisions and the fact that it is, at its heart, always about family. It is harder than having a job with a steady paycheck, however much more rewarding to know that I am the one responsible for the successes.

A husband's perspective on being married to a blogger | LoveGrowsWild.com

A husband's perspective on being married to a blogger | LoveGrowsWild.com

A husband's perspective on being married to a blogger | LoveGrowsWild.com

A husband's perspective on being married to a blogger | LoveGrowsWild.com

What does your typical day on the farm look like?

Right now we farm corn and soybeans. Spring through fall we keep the wheels turning on the equipment, whether it is tilling the soil and planting or just trying to keep up with mowing yards and ditches. Then finally when the days start to grow shorter and the leaves begin to turn, harvest arrives, and we have the wonderful opportunity to reap the rewards of all our hard work and take in the crop. Then in winter I become the blogger’s husband again and do my best to keep the CEO happy.

A husband's perspective on being married to a blogger | LoveGrowsWild.com

A husband's perspective on being married to a blogger | LoveGrowsWild.com

A husband's perspective on being married to a blogger | LoveGrowsWild.com

What would you say your style is? How does your style differ from Liz’s?

I reckon it would be rustic, with just a hint of gun powder. I like wood… and metal. Liz likes white, with just a hint of white.


 

Seriously… isn’t he the sweetest for coming on the blog today and giving me a day off? Show him some love by leaving a comment below! Feel free to ask any questions you have for him/us too!

But I’m not letting Jeremy off the hook just yet. We’ll both be back on Friday for a fun, little style challenge that you won’t want to miss. Husband vs. Wife… who do YOU think will win?

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Little Bits of Love

I know it’s been quite awhile since my last Little Bits of Love post, but I feel like now is a good time to take a quick break from home renovation and projects to share a little bit of my heart with you guys. Let’s grab a cup of coffee and catch up on life!

There’s been so much going on over the last few months, and I’ve been so focused on keeping all the balls I’m juggling up in the air, that I haven’t had a chance to tell you guys about all the exciting things that have been happening. First, we had Christmas here at the farmhouse, and it was one of the most wonderful, memorable, relaxing holidays I can remember. We didn’t have to travel to a million different places or drive through slick, snow-covered roads to get anywhere. We took a day trip over to see Jeremy’s family in Illinois and sang Christmas carols the whole way there. Then on Christmas Day, we had some of my family come to stay with us, and we just ate lots of food, played games, and enjoyed spending time together. It was pretty much perfect.

Fourez Christmas 2015

On the Monday after Christmas, I decided I better get all the Christmas decor put away while I had a chance. I knew things were going to get crazy around here quickly, and if I didn’t get it all done then, it might end up staying until Christmas of 2016. As much as I hated to see all the greenery and lights get put away, it felt good to get a clean, uncluttered space to start off the new year with.

Then, I got the phone call. [Read more…]

I’ve Been Keeping a Secret!

UPDATE: You can now preorder my book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm, coming out on December 6th, 2016! Click here to get your copy!


 

If you took a snapshot of my life four years ago, here’s what it would look like…

I was married to a farmer and had two little boys under the age of 5. We had just closed the doors on our business, a livestock feed mill and pet food store, which Jeremy and I ran together for a few years before prices skyrocketed and money wore thin. We were living in the middle of nowhere in Illinois and desperately needed a fresh start, so we decided to pack up our family and move over to Indiana, where Jeremy’s mother’s family farms. We were lucky to find a little farmhouse close to the main farmstead, and although it needed a lot of updating, I was excited to have a new project to start on.



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For the last several years, I had worked as Jeremy’s secretary at the feed mill, and now that that chapter in our lives had closed, I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. We definitely needed a second income, but paying for child care for the boys while I worked would almost put us in the red instead of help with our tight budget. Oh a whim, I decided that I would start a blog. I didn’t even really know at the time what a blog was or what you were supposed to do with it, but the idea definitely intrigued me. The Pinterest era was just beginning, and I had this gut feeling that I should be sharing all the ideas we had for our new house with the world. Or more accurately… my mom, sister, and maybe, if I was lucky, a handful of readers.

I remember for the first few months I posted, if I heard my phone “ding” with a new email in the middle of the night, I would shoot out of bed, scare Jeremy half to death, and wipe my sleep-filled eyes to see if it was a new comment on my blog. Most of the time, it was a just a spam comment, and my excitement would be crushed. But over time, I got a clearer picture of what I wanted my blog to be and what I might be able to do with it. I worked hard for probably way too many hours of the day. I studied photography, design, and business, and slowly but surely, my blog began to grow.

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There were so many times, you guys… SO many times that I cried to Jeremy about what I was doing with this blog. I felt like I never fit into the mold that so many other bloggers fit into. I didn’t want to just be a food blog. I didn’t want to be a cute craft blog. I didn’t want to write about black and orange Halloween decor just because it was October and everyone else was doing it. Being most popular didn’t matter to me (well… obviously it did a little or I wouldn’t be blogging), but being authentic and showing my readers the real Liz is what mattered more. I had this vision for something bigger… a brand that was uniquely me that incorporated everything I love about our home. The food that fills our kitchen and bellies, the design and decor that makes our house feel like home, and the story of our family that ties it all together.

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Cooking and writing about food came naturally to me. What did NOT come naturally was finding my decorating style. I’d put weeks, even months, into decorating my living room, only to photograph everything and realize it didn’t turn out even close to what I wanted. There have been many times that I wanted to just say, forget it… I quit. Or maybe I’ll just be a food blog and forget all the decorating stuff. But thankfully, I never allowed myself quit. I love to cook, but it’s nothing like the passion I have for design and decorating our little farmhouse. This year, I finally got some traction with decorating our home the way I always wanted it to look. Rather than trying to fit in with the modern, colorful blogs that I admire and love to read, I embraced our little farmhouse and the beautiful Indiana countryside that surrounds us. We did a ton of work on our living room, dining room, and my office this year, and we’re currently working on our master bedroom and bathroom. I was actually in a meeting about our bathroom design earlier this summer when I got the big email…

“A Love Grows Wild Book”

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Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sweet orange muffins loaded with chocolate chips and drizzled with a delicious orange glaze. The chocolate-citrus combination is so yummy and perfect for breakfast or snack time!

Sweet orange muffins loaded with chocolate chips and drizzled with a delicious orange glaze! The chocolate-citrus combination is so yummy and perfect for breakfast or snack time! | LoveGrowsWild.com

So the other day I was grabbing a stack of junk mail out of the mailbox and discovered a letter from my oldest son, Alec’s, principal. “Hmm… that’s unusual…” I thought. My worried fingers quickly tore open the envelope and unfolded the letter. I scanned the page faster than I think my brain could actually read the words, so I went back and read it again.

Alec was just nominated as Student of the Month for his school, and we were invited to attend the next school board meeting where Alec would receive a plaque for his achievement. I’m pretty sure my mouth hit the floor. “Alec has been nominated for this award for his citizenship, respect, responsibility, and character.” The tears flooded my eyes.

We watched Alec walk in front of the entire school board to accept his award and listened his teacher commend him on his willingness to help others and his fierce passion for reading books. Then his principal read off a little interview they had earlier in the week where she asked him questions like “What’s your favorite food?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” He said, “I love my mom’s orange scones, and I want to be a farmer just like my dad.” I’m pretty sure my heart was in a puddle on the floor by this point. We were so proud of him!

I decided to celebrate Alec’s big accomplishment with a big batch of his beloved orange treats, but this time with a special twist. Hey… we’re celebrating, right? And what better way to celebrate than with a whole bunch of chocolate chips added into the mix? [Read more…]

Little Bits of Love

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Happy New Year, my friends! It’s hard to believe another year has already flown by, right? I’ve had so much on my mind lately but have struggled to find the right words, so today I’ll do my best. Maybe the extra cup of coffee I had will help me find them.

Most of December was centered around (any guesses?)… Christmas. Getting the house all decorated, shopping for gifts, baking way too many sugar cookies (and eating approximately 94% of them myself), and spending lots of time with family.

Take a peek behind-the-scenes of Love Grows Wild in the latest edition of our Little Bits of Love series! | LoveGrowsWild.com [Read more…]

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

I know that most of you are probably busy opening gifts, putting batteries in toys, making delicious food, drinking egg nog, and kissing under the mistletoe, but I wanted to take a moment to wish you all the happiest of holidays. You are an important part of the Love Grows Wild community, which means that to me… you’re family. Like it or not, you’re part of my crazy, chaotic, perfectly imperfect, dysfunctional family, so I hope your day is filled with love, peace, and plenty of Christmas joy.

Merry Christmas from the Fourez family!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from LoveGrowsWild.com

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from LoveGrowsWild.com

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from LoveGrowsWild.com

Fun fact: I took our Christmas photos myself using a camera timer and tripod. The boys were such troopers while I ran back and forth like a crazy person!

xoxo Liz


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Little Bits of Love

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Hello again, friends! I’m so happy you’re here for this month’s Little Bits of Love post. I have so much to share!  I’m not quite sure how we’re less than 3 weeks away from Christmas already… I kind of broke out in a cold sweat just saying that. #truth

So the big triumph for our family this month was finishing up harvest. Yay! In case you’re new to Love Grows Wild (by the way… welcome!), I’ll bring you up to speed real quick. My husband grew up on a farm and has wanted to be involved ever since he was a little boy. Over the years Jeremy has worked a variety of different agriculture jobs (hay baling, owned a livestock feed mill, worked at a fertilizer company), but he’s never had an opportunity to come home to the family farm and follow his one true passion in life… until this year. This year he worked side-by-side with his uncles, and we grew our first crop of corn and soybeans. I can’t even begin to tell you the joy it brings my heart to see my husband starting this adventure he’s always dreamed of, and although we still have a LONG way to go before we are where we want to be, we’re on the right path. We may not have much in our bank account right now, but we have big dreams and a hell of a lot of ambition and drive. I know we can do this. [Read more…]