Farmer Franny

Food. Farm. Family.

Want to see the farm-aily (my farm-family) life? This is my favorite place on earth. Let me show you around!

We moved from the suburbs of Dallas to a town about 45 minutes east of the Dallas area over 3 years ago now. Seems like we have been out here a lot longer. We bought 25 acres with a “fixer-upper” 1500 sq.ft. house. Maybe we lost our minds, maybe we are dreamers, but what is life without dreams anyways? We are going to make this place great (and safe)!

We knew we didn’t want to be in suburbia anymore. Kevin and I always dreamed of property that we can make our own and have flourish. There were sacrifices that came with making that dream a reality such as remodeling the house and adding additional sq footage to it, purchasing farm equipment to keep up with the land, and acquiring animals for the agriculture exemption. There has been a lot to do but, we were totally ready for that to start…although the progress of remodeling is excruciating. Does remodeling actually end? humph.

When Kevin and I met, he was working on this truck, a ’66 Chevy pickup. Being he was my neighbor across the street, I watched him bring the parts in bit by bit and built this beauty who’s name is Sheila. She’s a sweet thing. So sweet, she was apart of our wedding day. Now, she’s a farm workin’ girl.

And now, these two find it to be their own. 🙂

We are a blended family. I had 3 kids with an ex-husband before Kevin and I met. He wanted more kids, so we had 2 more. So here we are!

This is US! Say cheese? hahaha.

The zookeepers… although, they may be also part of the zoo. hmmm.

There they are…in order. John, Makena, Phoenix, Kate, and Knox. I love this picture ’cause it really says a lot about the fun dynamics going on.
This is my beautiful and amazing husband. He loves me no matter what. He’s the bronze and the brains.

The zoo…

(Below) is LeRoy. He’s our Angus bull. We brought him back from Lufkin (where Kevin is from) as a young lad. He’s quite the lady’s man at this point. The two other Angus are Esmerlda and Chiquita. Esmerelda is a little on the crazy side, so we felt the name fit well. We don’t think Chiquita speaks English, at least that’s what she acts like.

Almost everyday we go and given them carrots or cubes. It keeps them docile and friendly. Knox’s theory is if you get a carrot, so does he. He’s a classy guy and prefers not to eat the grain cubes. Good choice Knox! He must have good parents.

This is Fern and Chuck. I looove these two. The way they gallop with joy and eat your shorts while trying to feed them makes you love them more. They keep things interesting to say the least. Eating is never optional for these two, shorts or no shorts.

Phoenix, who is 10 years old has been bottle feeding them twice a day. This has been her farm duty during the summer. We thought this would be fun and beneficial to the farm instead of the flying monkey she begged for. Phoenix walks them, cleans, feeds and waters them everyday. What a girl! (In her little farm world)

Kissing? Maybe. More like licking the milk left on each other’s faces. Are they hungry? Always. Don’t tell them they are getting as big as a cow. That’s rude. 🙂

 

 

 

 

He’s so charming!! I just want to kiss him all over that face!

This is our chicken coop. Look at the center part…at one point it was a playhouse for the kids. Kevin and his Dad (both of whom are outrageously handy) built the sides out, and added a yard in the back. It can fit up to 25 chickens comfortably. I have about 13 right now including a couple roosters. This includes (but not limited to) Thelma and Louise (who is on their 3rd year here), Scabby and Gabby (you’d understand if you saw them), Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia, and Rose (the Golden Girls), Rupert and Freddy (roosters), and of course Elise, Annie, and Brenda (from the First Wives Club, you know, Goldie, Bette, and Diane). Those gals are a good time. I use to prop open the gate and let them free-range the property while I was home, until my dogs started “playing” with them. I think they see them as walking steak bones. They also started laying in very random places around the farm. Now they free-range in their backyard of the “coop-dominium”. 

This is part of the garden. I ended up with 50 grape tomato plants this year, but not much more. It’s always an experiment. I never know how it’ll actually turn out. Sure is fun to see what ends up growing. 

 

 

Why should he lounge on his bed or, hey, the ground? Because you get more air circulation under your belly when you lounge on top of the table. It’s hot in Texas, gosh darn. He even has a nice cup of refreshing ice water as well. This kid.

This is the back of the playhouse for the kids. What a dream, huh?! On the front is two porches with hammocks to sit in. They may never move out. We better take this down. 

The place is crawling with children. They even show up in the laundry. 

Have I mentioned we don’t actually ride horses?

What a blessed life we have to end our day with such breathtaking beauty. 

To be continued…

 

11 thoughts on “Meet the Farm-ily

  1. Anne Handley says:

    Love reading about your life

  2. Judy Collins says:

    I always knew you would love a big farm house with lots of babies!! Make them all do chores. They will learn so much more than if they were on the couch in the city!! Great, entertaining blog, Lisa!

    1. Lisa Bryan says:

      Thanks Judy! There’s chores for all, and all the time 🙂

    2. Lisa Bryan says:

      🙂 thanks Judy! Means a lot 🙂

  3. Jennifer Northcutt says:

    Beautiful place to raise your family. You guys must work really hard there, but must be very rewarding.

    1. Lisa Bryan says:

      It is hard work — never ending but always rewarding

  4. Sara says:

    This is my dream! Unfortunately it’s not possible with my kids autism it’s not possible. We did manage 3 acres & 5 dogs! Ones a 200 lb English mastiff so he’s part pony.
    I miss you & I’m so happy you’re doing well! Love getting this glimpse into your life!

    1. Lisa Bryan says:

      Miss you tons sister!! You might need a saddle for that mastiff 🙂

  5. Toni says:

    So cool! Love this so much!

  6. Tiffany Sainton says:

    I love reading your blog, and I definitely need to come visit during the day time – it’s gorgeous! Farm work is definitely a never-ending list of chores for sure, but so worth it! You guys need to come visit us at the farm and we definitely need another wine & taco night! Maybe I’ll bring one of my saddles and teach you how to ride. 🙂

    1. Lisa Bryan says:

      Don’t tease me Tiffany Sainton! Let’s riiide ‘em! Wine, tacos, and horses oh my!!

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