Building a Life on Four Acres

I want to make this home building journey

a refreshing experience and inspire others

to take the risk, enjoy the process,

and create a beautiful sanctuary.

Building a Dream: Phase 2

Six years ago I sat on the couch in my pink robe with my second newborn baby swaddled in my arms. I was a nesting, first time stay-at-home mom eager to nurture and serve my family with all I had. Every day I was loving on my littles, cooking and cleaning, all while basking in…

Building a Dream: Phase 1

Tucked away in one of the many totes flooding our storage unit is an old white binder. Barely hanging on the front cover is a clear pocket with a hand-smeared sketch. Inside, separated by dividers, are pages of bent corner cuts-outs and amateur computer mock-ups. I’ve had my house plans drawn since I was 19.…

5 Steps to Building a DIY Ranch Style Fence

A while ago I was at the property staining and sealing the fence we had built. It was the hot Louisiana summer but I didn’t mind the sweat that day. The sun was shining but the oaks were creating the perfect shade and breeze. It was quiet. I was alone. I couldn’t hear anyone around.…

What is Meadow Haven and Why You Should Follow This Blog

Years ago we fell in love with this Cajun countryside and decided to dig our family roots with its oaks. Just as we have been caring for the land, it has been nurturing us with special life lessons. Appreciation for God’s magnificent work. The beauty of the sunset, wildflowers and berries. The wildlife and the…