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It’s Official- We Are Parents


Blog everyday in May challenge…

Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of

This is the girl who has nightmares all the time, cannot watch a single scary movie, and might walk down the hallway with a kitchen knife if I hear a noise and I’m all alone gets a tad nervous when I’m home alone at night.

But what am I most afraid of? Most?? 

I am most afraid of never accomplishing the goals I’ve set out to do. I am afraid of forever saying, “Someday I’ll…_____” and never, ever doing it. 

Therefore, I’m so excited that today I crossed one of those “someday” items off of my list. Ever since Greg and I got married we’ve said we want to get chickens. Welp, it was about time…..

Today we woke up. It started out like any other day. We made our coffee. We ate our breakfast.

And we knew we’d finish our chicken coop, and we knew we’d end the day with some chickens.

Building the coop was quite a process, but we got it done! All you need is this:


An engineer father-in-law who helps you with your so-so coop plans

Less than $100.00 (yes, it’s true)

Patience with the stupid chicken wire!!!

A love of chickens. 

writing, chicken coop, chicks

Greg, working hard

chicken coop, building, writing

Frank, teaching me a thing or two about cutting wood

chicken coop, chickens

I didn’t slice off my thumb! yay

chicken coop, chickens, writing


chicken coop

at the beginning, before getting tired from all this coop business. oh yeah, and a million ghosts in my in-law’s garage, apparently

The first half was done in my in-law’s garage. (with adult supervision)

The second half was done right at home in the South Valley. This is where the chickens will live!

chicken coop, building, chickens

house, but needing some work

chicken coop

getting there!

chicken coop, chickens

ALL DONE!!! woop woop

So we had the coop finished. It felt great. Next up: CHICKENS!

Really, we thought we’d get some grown up hens. Eggs right away, you know?

But then we got to the store and oh man, the babies. The little chicks were so cute. So, so cute.


So my maternal instincts kicked into high gear.

And they gave them to us in a paper bag. Kinda weird, but what do I know?

We picked out four total. Two Rhode Island Reds and two Barred Plymouth Rocks. Good egg layers!

chicken coop, chickens

said paper bag

Safe at home…

chicken coop, young chickens


And now… we are a happy little family of 6.


chicken coop, raising chickens, baby chicks

proud moment for this mom

I’m SO glad I’ll get to hold them, learn their personalities, and watch as these chicks grow into adulthood. I can wait six months for eggs. :) 

What goal or dream are you going to dive into? Remember, you only live once, so go for it!

<3 Lou and the chicks

p.s. once we know who’s who, we’ll name them. We already have the ah-mazing names picked out, but I’ll wait to reveal those!


Author: Melinda Haas

Melinda is a writer, blogger, artist and teacher. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.

14 thoughts on “It’s Official- We Are Parents

  1. This is my favorite post! I love it when people actually accomplish a goal – especially a fun one. I love your dedication. I love your hard work. I love your chicken coop. And I love your cute little chickies!!! (Are you going to name them?)

  2. Soooooo cute! Can’t wait to hold one!

  3. How fun! Congrats on your coop and little chicks! We have a chicken coop, too, but as of now there are no chicks. We need to predator proof it before we put any babies in there and as of now it’s just not top priority. I do want chickens bad though!!! (and a pygmy goat) ;)

    • Danielle- we are totally on the same page! Next on our list is bees… then pygmy goats! Maybe you’ll get yours first and you can give me some pointers before we do it! That’s a way bigger responsibility that Greg and I need to work our way towards! Thanks for reading! :)

  4. You are the most beautiful mother hen I’ve even seen! I love the way you think and express yourself. Thanks for writing it all down for us to read and thanks for my new great grand chicks…can’t wait to learn their names! May they be as productive and dedicated to laying eggs as you are in all those things you set your mind on!

  5. If you find you ever need chicken help or advice, drop by my blog or drop me a line. :)

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  9. I LOVE READING your blog :) Bet ya didn’t know I did!
    Can’t wait to meet your chickies and see your amazing garden. Keep inspiring us all <3

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