Female by Design

There is so much going on in our culture regarding sex and gender and identity and any combination of those subjects, that I can't speak to them all here. My primary goal in this post is to speak to the majority of women who are struggling with the typical daily struggles of life as a … Continue reading Female by Design

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What Girls Need to Know: Part One

I foresee this turning into the blog series I never wanted to write. Lessons learned the hard way are never easily shared, and often times painfully remembered. But in resisting the call to teach out of my own mistakes, I have grown dim in my zeal for the Lord. And that is wholly unacceptable. If … Continue reading What Girls Need to Know: Part One

But What Can You Eat?

It's a question I get at pretty much every social gathering. It used to give me outrageous social anxiety. Will my abstinence from this food offend the hosts? Will eating this out of politeness result in a month of migraines and gastrointestinal pain and discomfort? (The answer to question 2 is always "yes.") I had … Continue reading But What Can You Eat?

Christian Hospitality: Preparedness

Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real. 1 Timothy 6:18‭-‬19 HCSB There is a "hoarder" element of the "Prepper" mentality … Continue reading Christian Hospitality: Preparedness

Luffa Gourds: Natural Sponges

I had been looking for something unique to grow on the homestead. I tried heirloom purple broccolis and cauliflowers to no avail-- cabbage loopers and cutworms destroyed them despite my efforts to save them. The same happened with my cabbages and brussel sprouts. The asparagus didn't turn out either. However-- the luffa gourds took off! … Continue reading Luffa Gourds: Natural Sponges

Potager Progress

We spent the morning working outside. My husband hauled mulch while I worked on the weeds in the overgrown potager. As a reminder, it hasn't been under control since we bought the property two years ago. This is what we've gotten done so far:

Cut-away Embroidery

Whilst cleaning out the garage, I found a treasure trove of cut-away embroidery made by one of the matriarchs of the family who built and established our estate. Long forgotten, I'm sure, I was in awe of the intricacy of the needlework and the delicate beauty of something as simple as a tablecloth. There were … Continue reading Cut-away Embroidery