Half Way Farm, Week One (VLOG entry)

Oct 22, 2012 | From France to the Farm, Half Way Farm | 26 comments

No, we are not in yet.
Probably another month.
It’s floor to ceiling boxes around here.
Probably gonna be doing a lot of vlogging lately. 
(Though the sound of my own voice gives me the heebies.)
It’s been a long week.
The farm is now carpet-free.
Oh, and a big thank you so my Sister and BIL (who kneeled into a two sided screw while pulling carpet- please pray for him, he’s a– hurtin‘). They helped us for 4 precious hours the other day. As you can imagine – with four little ones ANY help feels like the National Guard has come to the rescue.
Check back soon…
The before and afters are incredible.
Oh, and, it’s true
“La Ferme a mi-chemin does NOT work. Thanks to some helpful French major bloggers and my new Parisienne friend that I found at the kids’ AWANA club (of all places).
My own French tutor, Patrick (from Brittany) is visiting the “mother-land” and will be back on the 13th so between the two of them we hope to come up with something au français that resembles our English name of Half Way Farm – meaning that it’s our temporary farm as we save for our dream farm.
Darn French language.
(Don’t mind the Owl hanging from my mirror. It was a gift for my Niece that I was so paranoid I was going to forget to give to her yesterday so I hung it from the mirror for a week.
Now, I have been an in-town girl my entire life – (with lots of country exposure though) and one thing that IS going to be really weird is feeling alone and exposed. (Between coyotes and loons I’ll be packin’ all the time if you KWIM).   I have to say, I really like how private this farm is as you will see when we pull in the drive.  And, the area is soooooo forested and spacious at the same time.  We back up to 225 acres!!!!  I just love that! We are, after all about 50 yards from Wisconsin. We tried our best to get out of this wretched state of Illinois, but at least we’ve got one toe over the border!
Oh, and I swear, the weird sounds you hear on some of these videos are NOT me getting ready to hock one. It’s my daughter – she went thru a phase last week of making these freekazoid animal growls. Irritating. I swear there is a point on one of these videos where it sounds like a I need a spittoon. It is NOT me. It’s Miss Kitty.
More to come.
I would have posted this 4 days ago but my video camera is the size of Will Ferrell’s phone in that old SNL skit with Pierce Brosnan, and I am forever losing it. This time it was actually charging in the back of the Mac – whoopsie.
These videos look so crappy – maybe I will use YouTube the next time.
Until then.


  1. Miranda @ Pressing On

    It looks like a great home! So much space, and the outside is stunning.

    So,I gotta know…did you keep your beloved chandeliers?

  2. Justine

    Its beautiful… on a retro sort of way I am over the moon about your laundry room I have a dungeon one 🙁 and your kids are hillarious love it!

  3. Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima

    And all that sunlight coming through those wonderful windows, you will do wonderful things there! I am sure!

    The children are already in love with the farm I see! So…. just perfect!


  4. amy

    How wonderful!!!
    We share in this dream and I share in your joy.
    Many blessings to you and your family as you embark on the new adventure.
    God is so very Good!

  5. Tina Leigh

    I’m so disappointed… I couldn’t play the videos! It sounds like heaven to me….espc having 200+ acres in the back. You just don’t know how much we love seclusion! I know that our varmints are different from what you have there but you will LOVE the sounds!

    So how far are you from your home in town? Can’t wait to see more!

  6. Elma

    How exciting!! The kids are sooo cute!! I can’t wait to see how you make the farm your home!!!

  7. suzanne schmitt

    This looks awesome!!!!Where is it?? Would LOVE to stop by and see you all sometime!!! The joy of the children is priceless!!! <3

  8. celkalee

    What a great experience this will be for you and yours. Making the house and grounds your own will be an experience. Best of luck and don’t work too hard!

  9. Lylah Ledner

    Sweet Angela…what fun you are going to have! Love the VLOG!

    xo lylah

  10. Lylah Ledner

    Sweet Angela…what fun you are going to have! Love the VLOG!

    xo lylah

  11. Susan Hawthorne

    oh my! I love it and can’t wait to watch your magic happen! PS I kinda like that pink floral carpet!
    Susan at Romancing the Home

  12. Mandy

    oh my GOSH!!! that porch! i am really trying not to covet right now, so excited to see the progress you make!!!

  13. Mari

    Tears in my eyes when Aidan ran with pinwheeling arms – out of the car. He’s going to have such amazing times growing here. So will the girls. You all look so happy.

    Oh that carpet though. The horror… 🙂

  14. Noël

    Looks great! Keep us posted on progress. It seems like its going to be a wonderful place to live!

  15. Lady Courtney

    Soooo exciting, and it has sooo much possibility! Looking forward to seeing how you turn this into Home! 🙂 congratulations!

  16. à la parisienne

    Your new farm looks like a place full of wonderful possibilities!
    Love the excitement from your little chickens.
    I look forward to seeing the steps you take as you transform your farm.
    Funny, I was an AWANA kid. Too bad we don’t have AWANA here…

    I’m trying to think of a better French expression for you…


  17. janet

    It looks beautiful..I am lovin that porch..I like how the kids are running around having a blast..Can’t wait to see how it looks with the lovely carpet gone..LOL…Have a wonderful week..

  18. Dana

    Unfortunately, I can’t hear what the video, (my computer isn’t allowing it for some dumb reason) However! I cannot wait to see the Parisienne Farmgirl stamp on the house! It’s so charming!

  19. Dana


  20. Ti Bo

    Wonderful! and I love that the kids are in AWANA!!!!
    love the barn! love the proches and the paned glass doors!!!

  21. Ti Bo

    Wonderful! I love many things about it… but the free open space!!! and private!
    (love the kids are in AWANA!!!)
    … love the barn,
    love the closed porches, loved teh paned doors!!!

  22. Kristie

    I cannot wait to see the before and afters! Congratulations Angela! Let the wonderful farming adventure begin!

  23. Priscilla

    Oh, what fun!!!
    I love your kids – they are so darn cute.
    Amy said she couldn’t play the videos. I couldn’t either – had to come to my MacBook to see them. For some reason they don’t play on my iPad. Oh, well, now I’ve seen them and all I can say is:

  24. Sue@CountryPleasures

    I’m loving tagging along, but I’d have to buy it and make it the forever farm, it’s perfect!!!

  25. cestMoi Sandy

    Oh Angela,

    Your new home is wonderful truly amazing.
    I love how forgiving little kids are!
    They always love moving to a new place and home.
    “this is my room” is the line we always immediately hear!

    Love your sunroom almost wrapping around! Gorgeous with a nice cuppa.
    And daydream!

    I am so in love with your laundry room.
    I am the laundry freak in our family.
    The smell of fresh linen and ahhhh.
    Sigh! Sorry I can’t help you with the French title girl.
    But, I can translate for you to Dutch… (Halverwege daar!)
    But, you don’t want the Dutch huh?
    I understand.



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