Little Gardenhearts

So, unfortunately my little Gardenhearts aren’t actually baby carrots, because neither has red hair. Trust me, in our home, this is SAD! My husband has red hair. As I like to jokingly (but dead seriously) tell people, “I married a ginger and I deserve to have ginger babies.” Low and behold, no gingers… yet!

Although neither of my girls are red heads, they’re both pretty dang precious anyway. I know, all moms think their kids are the best, and I’m definitely one of them. That being said, I also know that my girls are not perfect, but they’re pretty close. My husband and I have two daughters, one is six and another is nine months old. (Caveat: That’s their age at the time of writing this article, but you know, kids age really quickly and daily, so check the date of this post, they may be much older now)!

For the purpose of protecting my girls identity, I don’t plan on sharing their names. So on my site I’m going to refer to them as Big Garn (six) and Little Garn (nine months).

My husband and I adopted Big Garn officially in March of 2018, after she had lived with us for six months. She was five at the time and had completely stolen our hearts. I plan to share much more about her adoption, and the fear that comes along with it, as time progresses. Here’s what makes most people think we’re crazy though… I was seven months pregnant on the day of her adoption! She is an absolutely amazing older sister, a natural born leader, and hilarious.

Little Garn was born five weeks early (much to our surprise) and very quickly after we officially adopted her older sister. Having a baby is one of the most amazing things in the entire world. It’s a gift that I have not yet figured out how to put into words, but am hoping to try eventually. Her smell, her smile, and her newly developing personality bring a light to our world that I didn’t know was missing (or even a possibility).

Our girls are giving us a run for our money and I can only imagine what the future holds with them. Hold onto your hats folks and stick close to share this crazy parenting ride with me!

What’s in a Name?

As promised in my first post, I need to explain why I have named my site, (something that was painstakingly difficult for me) Garden of Heart. My family’s last name is Garnhart. I am frequently referred to by coworkers and children alike as; Gardenheart, Garden, and Garnie. When I asked my friends to start brainstorming names it took them less than ten minutes and only twelve name suggestions to land on Garden of Heart (Yeah, my friends are super stars).

It’s catchy, it’s fun, and it’s a cute little play on words and my name. Just to be super clear though, if you are looking for gardening information of any type, you have come to the wrong place. I cannot garden… at all! I am really good at killing plants, but not keeping them alive. So if you stumbled upon my page on accident, while searching for gardening goods, please stick around and enjoy what you find, but please don’t be shocked to not have your gardening needs met.

Sticking with the play on words though, and a catchy Garden of Heart theme, you will notice that all of my page headings are garden based. Because honestly, it’s cute. And more importantly, my brain can’t handle for it not to all be related in some way! Below you can find a little introduction to what you’ll find on each page on my site. That being said, explore it all!

Tending the Garden

This section will be focused on the random thoughts that come to my mind that I feel are worth a bit of writing. These might include family, career stuff, wrestling with mental health, life, anything really! Nothing in here will be overly philosophical, might strike a nerve occasionally, and will most definitely include some curse words (it’s life, it deserves colorful language). Hopefully though, philosophical or not, you will find something that touches you, strikes you, or at the very least entertains you!

The Greenhouse

So, our house isn’t green. Even as I’m typing about these catchy-named pages, I’m realizing that this is pretty much all a lie, but forgive me. Our house isn’t green, although it does have some green trim! Again, this is just a play on words. This page will have all things home, specifically house upgrades! I try to channel my inner Joanna Gaines as often as possible and want to share with you my failures and successes. We just bought a house in August and fully (and I mean FULLY) remodeled the whole place!

Baby Carrots

Again, I can’t grow anything… so this is not actually about carrots, of any kind. This will be a section focused on the little Gardenhearts that we are raising. I’m a new mom, of two (more of that to come later), with very little experience, so please don’t be expecting a ton of answers. This will mostly be funny stories of my girls, crafts, all things little people!

Feed Me

Duh! This section is about food. Recipes, cooking secrets, pictures of me stuffing my face!

I’m anxious to keep posting and growing my site. I’m pretty much an open book and would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have along the way!

Here I am!

So, let me give you the quick version of what you’re in for here… a little bit of everything!

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to starting a blog (who knew?!). So, as per my usual, I’ve done a lot of research, reading, and mulling over the ideas surrounding blogging for a couple years now. Each time I decided I was ready to start I found reasons (fears) to push me away. But here I am, giving this a try, so here are some things to know about this blog:

First, I was supposed to come up with a niche (something to focus on)… I didn’t. I don’t have one specific thing that I’m an “expert” at, or one specific topic that I am super passionate about. Actually, I’m just learning blogging as I go (as with all things in life) and I have a lot of passions. I am a passionate person about so many topics, and just really enjoy writing, so why not try to hit them all?

So the next piece of starting blogging was the name. I’ve never thought of myself as a person with commitment issues, turns out thought, I might be! This naming business was a seriously stressful task for me, and actually kept me from starting this blog for a long time. I finally called in reinforcements. Two of my closest friends and their spouses put their heads together to help me. Let me shoot straight with you, Garden of Heart was not our number one choice. The G Spot was choice number 1 because, hello… it’s hilarious!! Sadly, that domain name is already taken. (Now that you’re wondering what that domain name takes you to, go check it out. Disappointing, huh?!) We finally landed on Garden of Heart (more to come on this name later).

So, now I had a niche (or non-niche) and a name, but I still didn’t feel completely ready. Turns out though, the biggest challenge with starting a blog, as with most things in life, is fear!

I have played around with the idea of starting a blog or vlog or combo for several years but have never been brave enough to take the plunge. Until now! So, what was the sudden change? Life!

In the past few years my life has changed drastically. Some for the bad, most for better… far better (more of that to come later). With drastic changes in life, comes changes in self. I finally decided it was time to be brave, trust in myself, and take a shot on me.

So here I am. I’ve officially taken the plunge and started the Garden of Heart blog. Actually, this is hopefully going to be a seamless (hahaha yeah right) combination of blogging and vlogging. It’s going to cover the gamete of life; food, kids, exercise, random thoughts, raw truths… all of it.

I have no promises about this blog. I can’t promise it will be amazing and influential at the beginning, or ever. I can’t promise it will be anything life changing or paradigm shifting. I can’t promise consistency, although that is a goal. I can’t promise anything other than to give this my best, share myself with you, and BE BRAVE!

Thanks for joining. Can’t wait to share with you all!