mollybalint Prep for a little training I'm doing this weekend on courage and cultivating the good stuff in our lives. COURAGE has been my word for this year...handed to me at a Bible study and painted across a smooth little pebble I keep with me always. We drew them from a basket, and as soon as I read mine, I knew it was picked just for me. So many new ideas I'm pursuing this year, all requiring heaps of courage that I have to dig deep to find. So many doubts and fears I have to quiet. But with it all, so much growth and anticipation of what's ahead. Yay for courage. 2d

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mollybalint Put the potatoes in the oven and the soup on the stove and headed out on a hike up the back hill with the tiny naturalist. She is curious and observant, constantly in awe, and game for anything. We left in a drizzle of rain and came home in a steady downpour. I'm not sure she even noticed. 4d

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mollybalint Visiting Teeny. Who may not know she's actually a calf, not a puppy. 1w

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mollybalint This girl. And her chickens. 1w

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mollybalint I've taken over the @todaysmama Instagram feed for the day. Talking about birth stories, granola and sniffing chairs. (Seriously.) 1w

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mollybalint This little teacup of flowers sitting in my bathroom is a good reminder for me. Birdy brought it to me the other day after playing outside chasing butterflies and exploring for HOURS. I asked her where she got them. I had no idea we even had flowers like this growing, let alone in bloom. She told me she found them right inside the woods behind the house and that they were everywhere. I had no idea. Every time I see these it reminds me to get up, go out, explore, look, search, adventure, move. A little Birdy wisdom to hold on to every day. 1w

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mollybalint Driving home the other night when the weather couldn't make up its mind. 2w

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mollybalint Signs you're getting older? When you're really excited about getting nice, new napkins for Mother's Day. 3w

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mollybalint I think it's time to call the shearer. #sheepofinstagram 3w

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mollybalint I've been itching to try this paint. Finally picked some up tonight when I was at @thegreendoormd shopping for a gift. Super-ugly bedside table, I'm coming for you. 1mon
  •   bridgmanpottery Oh Molly, it's addictive. 1mon
  •   hokieinmaryland It's fun, easy and such a quick way to spruce up things. You will be hooked 1mon
  •   gomcguirk Mol- did you know Wagner makes a sprayer designed specifically to spray Annie's paint (and others)? Spraying is so much faster and no brush marks. Available at Home Depot, Amazon and other places. 4w
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mollybalint Now all we need are guitar lessons. (Inspired by her musical idols @lennonandmaisyofficial ). 1mon

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mollybalint Seriously. Never. 1mon

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mollybalint Today's gift? Discovering that there was already mint popping up in the garden. I wish you could smell this. #ArbonneMollyBalint 1mon
  •   annie.c411 @mollybalint Gammy Jane used to grow mint right around the new room close to where grandpa is building his place. And she'd put it in their sun tea. I miss that. :-( 1mon
  •   mollybalint @annie.c411 you can come have mint and sun tea with me any time you want. 1mon
  •   lhepburnttm Is that a fizz with mint?! Um I'm coming over. 1mon
  •   annie.c411 @mollybalint aww thanks! :) 1mon

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mollybalint Keeping us pedestrians off the course. #manorraces #myladysmanor 1mon

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mollybalint Yesterday's lunch spot. 1mon

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mollybalint I thought this microscopic aquatic life thing might go way over her head. But apparently my #tinynaturalist has a knack for observation and detail. We looked at more than 10 different slides and she painstakingly drew every single one with meticulous detail and begged for more. I get discouraged sometimes at how slowly we seem to be moving towards the reading milestone. But this reminds me that we are still moving in a really good direction. 1mon
  •   remedialeating My latest, laggiest, most fiercely, vocally resistant reader (as in: 10 minutes at age 9 was A G O N Y) now, at 11, devours 500 pages per week. Often more. The blessed, blasted fact of each one, their own soul. (Also: the above, so, so good.) 1mon
  •   courtrussell Which girl, Molly? Lucie is a naturalist too. We've been enjoying Mystery Science's plant curriculum if you can fit anything else in. 1mon
  •   littlecraigclan Precious! 1mon
  •   yellowhousedays that is so great, molly!! 1mon

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mollybalint Another delicious dinner from @terraskitchen, a new to my area, farm to front door meal delivery. All the ingredients you need for your meal. A beautiful recipe card, real ingredients and it tasted amazing. $50 off coupon on the blog! #terraskitchen #tkway #spon 1mon

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