Savanna McMichael

the moments that create my life

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


There's just something special about our pair of brothers that we have! At 4 1/2 years apart, it took them a little while to really become buddies, but now they are really loving and playing so well together. They are high-spirited, wildly adventurous and so stubborn! They are really good at making their presence known wherever we are.

It is so fun to see their little boy imaginations working together. They love everything American Ninja Warrior, fast cars, and bikes! BMX, lacrosse and trying to be exactly like their daddy are their most popular hobbies. We are always watching obstacle course races, talking about Bugatti's fastest car and their favorite Lamborghini that they're going to have one day! Reach for the stars, little dudes! 

There was a time when they really battled for attention and they still do at times. But, their little relationship is really becoming a beautiful thing in this season. Praying for their friendship to continue to grow and that it stays strong for the rest of their lives. 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Our little farm....

If you follow me on social media or know me at all in real life, you know that we have started a little farming venture. One of the main reasons that we took the plunge and accepted the challenge of renovating this property that we currently are working on was so that our family would have the opportunity to farm.
 I grew up surrounded by animals daily from a very young age....let's say around 5 or so when we got our first cows. Our family eventually got goats as well. Those sweet little animals played a huge role in my childhood. There is something so special about the excitement and anticipation of living on a farm where animals are bred and born. We also learned a lot about hard work and never giving up. It wasn't always easy and, in some situations, there was very little hope. BUT...that never stopped me from trying to save every animal, up until the very end. We have raised more goats on a bottle than I can count. And, unfortunately, lost and buried more than I can count. Through it all though, we cared unconditionally. Every animal got a fair shot and a LOT of help. And they were always loved and treated with respect. There is a lot to be learned on a farm.
So, when we got the opportunity to start up our own farm, we jumped in with both feet! As soon as we could, we got ready to welcome our first chickens onto the farm. Lots and lots of research. Lots of clearing and building and securing. We have eventually worked our way up to around 40 chickens currently. Several of those are roosters, but the vast majority are laying hens. We chose ISA Browns and Plymouth Barred Rocks with a couple of Silkies and Rhode Island Reds mixed in. Those breeds made the cut because of their excellent resilience, incredible production ability and family-friendly temperament. All of our chickens have been purchased as chicks and raised on organic feed with no vaccines or antibiotics. We have loved educating our kids on the process of raising animals and how to properly treat and care for them. The chickens spend their days out ranging on our property, which has unfortunately led to the loss of a few animals. The benefit, however, greatly outweighs the dangers of ranging.
Gray, our Silkie rooster. (Formerly known as Estelle Gray, when we thought he was a she!) 

It has been fun (and a bit disgusting, honestly) to learn about the production of food in our country. We have gained a wealth of knowledge and a drive to do things a bit differently. Our goal is to educate our family on food production and instill a drive in them to have high expectations for what foods they use to nourish their bodies.

Some of the ladies here with Cocky Locky (our jerky Leghorn rooster)

I am excited to share our journey to a full functioning, production farm. Our desire is to let our animals live as they were created to live, love and respect them, and then utilize them to the best and fullest of our abilities. I hope that you will follow along on this journey!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
I'm so excited to get this space started back up! I have changed the domain for the site, planning to spend a little more time on topics other than the little daily moments with the kids. Of course, those moments are still the driving force behind what I do. We just have so much else going on and much more that I want to cover. I've missed writing and am really anticipating sharing so much of what has been going on in our lives. I haven't ever been great at being consistent here, but I am counting on that changing.

The kiddos are in school. Sports have slowed down. And we are beginning to dive into the holiday season. I'm excited to see our Christmas decorations as they have started to slowly make a debut this past week. We will be hosting Thanksgiving this year, but we may have our Thanksgiving dinner by light of the Christmas tree. What more do we have to be thankful for than the birth of our Savior?!

We are in the middle, getting nearer to the end of a super fun renovation on a sentimental property. I will be sharing some before pictures and, eventually, a full home tour! In the mean time, I can't wait to share my favorite parts of the renovation project (the KITCHEN!!) and some tips that I've developed for helping make the process smoother. We are excitedly anticipating the project being complete and sitting on our new back porch, sipping coffee, and watching our animals!

A couple of progress peeks. 

So thankful that is finished now! (Stay tuned for a reveal!) 

I desire for this space to become a place of community and encouragement where I can share real life with you guys!

Here are just a few photos to peek into our days lately. If you follow on Instagram, they may not all be new to you!

Happy Wednesday, Friends! I hope your Thanksgiving is full of extra gratefulness! (and not too many mad dash trips for forgotten grocery list items!)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

With boldness

"For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:19-21

The apostle Paul lived such an impactful life for Christ. These verses in his epistle to the church at Philippi really stand out to me as an explanation for the magnitude of his life. Paul's hope and expectation was such that Christ would be magnified BOLDLY in his life. Honestly, Paul didn't care what that meant either, be it death or continuing to live his life day in and day out for Jesus. He just wanted to bring glory to God and grow His kingdom. 

Imagine what this world might look like if believers lived for Christ like Paul did. I'm working to see this changed in my life. I'm studying His Word, spending time in prayer and desiring to be bold like Paul, to proclaim Jesus in all that I do-not just at church or with my family, but in every encounter and every moment. I want every breath to bring glory to God. 

Let's be bold for Jesus and see His Kingdom grow and His name be magnified! 

Sweet reminder from my Mama. By Farmgirl Paints

Saturday, November 14, 2015

a bit of honesty

In September 2011, I opened up this little corner of the interwebs. I wrote on and off and eventually quit writing at all. I never let myself just write. My goal was to grow this little site into a crazy popular mom blog and have sponsored posts and make a little supplemental income for my family. My heart wasn't in the right spot. I got too wrapped up in statistics and comments and how quickly my blog wasn't growing. 

So I'm hoping to get back to writing, to truly writing.....not just telling what happened in our day and hoping someone finds it interesting. I pray that this little corner of the Internet will grow into a place where I can share what's on my heart, what I'm learning in the Word, and offer encouragement to other mamas (and to encourage myself) who are deep in the trenches of motherhood. 

I'm not funny. I'm not really that witty. I like to read and learn and share. I want to encourage mamas to be in the Word, not the world, and to ensure them that they were created and placed here for such a time as this. 

As mamas, we need to be in all of these little moments and doing our best to teach Jesus to our littles...because this world needs more of Jesus and more of Him in us. 

Praying for blessings upon this space! 
Friday, April 5, 2013

Easter 2013

There aren't many photos from our Easter weekend. Lots of time went by playing with Resurrection Eggs and spending time with family.  

the photo explosion: 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Because sometimes, you just need a good bubble bath

Around here, bubble baths serve a multitude of purposes...... They heal booboos, make sickies go away, instantly lift moods, turn a bad, busy day into good.
We all love a good bubble bath!
The proof is in the picture:

The resulting disaster is totally worth it.


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