After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Rabbit Hutch

I feel very fortunate to have married the man I did.  Zac is an excellent Dad, an amazing husband, and truly, my best friend.  I love spending time with him and our house is filled with energy when he gets home from work.  He is a very handy guy too.  If you too, have married a handy guy, you know what I mean when I say that we ALWAYS have a project going on around here.  :)  I used to get annoyed with the unfinished projects, but I've learned to not mind them much any more.  I look around me and see all his hands have lovingly created for me and I know I'm blessed.  The bathroom WILL get finished one day.  ;) 

So here's one of his latest creations...the rabbit hutch.
He made the front solid to supply the bunnies with the much needed shade they will need in our hot summers.

Both sides are wire for good ventilation and cross breeze.

I often find the kids laying on the ramp, visiting with the bunny girls.  Honestly, I sometimes find them IN the hutch with the bunny girls. 

The main door above the ramp swings open for the girls to go in and out as they please, but the left door also opens up for easy cleaning access.  The kids like to open both doors so they can visit the bunnies who get pretty snugly when the kids invade their hutch.
Lissy has a natural way with animals that I can very much relate to.  She just seems to get them and really enjoys their company.  I find her like this a lot....just chit chatting with the bunnies.

I almost forgot to mention that Zac made the rabbit hutch out of our old fence boards!  I LOVE repurposing something that would have otherwise been hauled to my mom's burn pile, AND, this hutch hardly cost us anything since we only had to buy the lumber to make the frame, and the wire.

And while we're at it, here's the bunny run.  This used to be our kitchen garden.  It looks pretty bare because we nicely weeded it for the girls before their arrival.  Little did we know they'd probably have preferred us to have LEFT the weeds for them to mow down.  In the front right there, is a granny smith apple tree.  Just this week we planted two more trees (a nectarine and a pear) in the other corners of the run.  The baby trees are so small, I don't think you can even see them in this picture.  But they'll grow fast and supply the bunnies with lots of shade in their run.  The run does get good shade during the heat of the day from another large tree in our backyard.  You can see a small grape vine starting out there on the fence.  The bunnies have eaten every lower leaf they can reach, but the grape, which seems to grow an inch a day, doesn't seem to mind the pruning.  That fence was an idea I had which my handy husband made into a reality years ago.  He cut all the branches from my mom's property while trying to rid her land of Ailanthus trees.  Our front yard is fenced the same way and it's one of my favorite things about our house.  I love the homemade love that was put into it.  :)


  1. Thanks for reminding me to appreciate my handy husband. It's so sweet and comforting too look around at all the things he's made, just because I made a comment. I'm getting used to the fact that I'll never know when it'll actually be completed though. It always does get finished, eventually :) THanks again for some perspective.

  2. Love love love that bunny run! I'm curious about the fence there chicken wire there? Or can the bunnies not fit through?? Anyway, I so get the unfinished project thing, but I've got plenty of my own around here so I cannot complain:) Thanks for your kind words by the way, I am slowly on the mend...enjoy those bunnies, I know my kiddos would.

  3. Jenny...I've tried a few times over the past few days to leave a message and received a problem with blogger. But tonight, it's working:) Love your fence for the rabbits. Beautiful! And what are their names? I just saw your comment over at Melanie's and would love to talk curriculum. Forrest is going to do Kinder again (we barely touched on it this year as he is a November baby so kind of young). I bought the Live Ed curriculum for Kinder because it had lots of resources but this fall we will do a combination of Kinder and ease into class 1 Waldorf using Christopherus. What was the curriculum you had wanted but was too expensive? Here in BC we get funding from the government to purchase homeschooling supplies. We are very blessed to live in such a socialistic province. I'd love to chat more...perhaps an emaail?
    xo Jules

  4. Jules, blogger is having major issues b/c there were other comments here, which are now magically gone. ??? Felicity named her rabbit Butterfly, Logan named his Sunset, and Felicity named Kian's Bee, which we lengthened to Bumble Bee. Yes, let's talk curriculum via email. I won't write much more here in case blogger is still hay wire. But my email is I'll leave it on your blog too. Thanks! Look forward to emailing with you!