Sarah Koontz is a freelance writer, inspirational speaker and stay-at-home mom to daughters Anya (8) and Nadia (7). She’s been married to her husband, Ryan, a Mechanical Engineer at SDSM&T for 12 years. They live in a quiet spot just outside of Rapid City with plenty of room for Sarah to garden, raise chickens and write for her blog at www.groundedandsurrounded.com.
The beams of light sneaking through my blackout shades wake me from a dreamy sleep.
I grab my fluffy red robe and shuffle to the kitchen to start the coffee. I hear my two girls playing in their room, even though it’s Saturday and I was hoping they’d sleep in.
I quickly check on the baby chicks in the garage and grab my first cup of coffee before settling into my morning routine of updating social media, replying to e-mails and writing a post for my blog.
Work is interrupted when I hear one of my girls shout, “I’m gonna huff, puff and blow your house down!” Out of curiosity, I peek in their room and am greeted with an enthusiastic invitation to watch their reenactment of the Three Little Pigs. How could I possibly say no?
Breakfast is ready. I love my husband (for cooking) and my hens (for laying delicious eggs). Once breakfast is done, Daddy and the girls finish last night’s movie while I wrap up my computer work for the day.
The closing credits of Star Wars beckon me out of the office.
After cleaning the kitchen, mediating two fights, starting the ninth load of laundry for the week and grabbing my second cup of coffee in a to-go cup, I trot outside to help my husband in the garden.
The kids join us outside and I get to referee fight number three.
Children, weary of garden chores, are tasked with transporting our twelve baby chicks from the garage to the outdoor baby coop to enjoy the sunny day.
Kids convince me to take a short break to join them on the trampoline with the sprinkler on. But first, we’ve got to get all the bugs off! So I catch Maddi (our beetle loving hen) and task her with the job.
With the garden watered and weeded, the rocks picked and the raspberry plants transplanted, we pile into the car and head to town for some errands.
They have the cutest baby ducks at the feed store. We contemplate buying a few.
We realize that an impulse purchase of waterfowl will most likely end in a case of buyer’s remorse.
Run into my blogging partner (and best friend) Sammi at our favorite burrito place. She giggles while I strike a pose in my garden overalls, dirt-smudged, makeup-less face. No, I wasn’t planning on seeing anyone I knew on this trip to town.
After a stop at the dollar store for the kids to spend the $1 they earned working in the garden this morning, I discover that I have food stuck in my teeth (neither my best friend nor husband said a thing). Nice!
While the rest of the family enjoys some computer time (and Daddy arbitrates fight number five), I run a hot bath and rest a while.
Ding Dong! My aunt shows up to play with the kids and I get busy preparing dinner. I revel in the sound of merriment as my girls reenact the Three Little Pigs for their
Finally pass dinner prep to my husband, the “Grill Master,” and agree to a quick game of Mario Party while we wait for our dinner guests to arrive.
Our next-door neighbors (also known as Grandma and Grandpa) show up just in time to enjoy a feast of homegrown beets, turkey burgers and Greek salad.
Gluten-free Chocolate Cake! I’m in heaven…
Hugs and kisses to our extended family and it’s snuggle time on the couch. Tonight, we’re watching the newest episode of Fixer Upper.
Kids are in bed. After tidying up the kitchen and living room, watering plants, grabbing eggs and locking up the hens, my husband and I call it a day. I do my very best not to think about the seven loads of laundry I had intended to fold today.
I drift to sleep while my husband watches a re-run of the Office.
What she’s reading: Unstuffed: Decluttering your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup Favorite indulgence: Getting a massage Signature meal: Sweet and Spicy Chili Hidden talent: I can make a flower with my tongue Biggest challenge: Living with fibromyalgia. It forces me to say no when I want to say yes and keeps me humble. Favorite quote: “God never said it would be easy, He just said He would go with me.” – JG Holland On her iPod: Taylor Swift, Norah Jones Workout she manages to squeeze in: Jumping on the trampoline with my kids Personal hero: My father On her nightstand: Essential oil diffuser Can’t miss TV shows: Covert Affairs, Fixer Upper Favorite movie: Anne of Green Gables Favorite family outing: Fishing
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