6 Thoughts on Parenting Toddlers

Why do they turn into insufferable little goblins at 4:00pm every day? It's as if they've held a staff meeting and decided that strategically, that's the prime time to destroy everything productive I've done all day. "4:00pm, guys! She'll be starting dinner, so #2, you take off your pants and run around outside naked so … Continue reading 6 Thoughts on Parenting Toddlers

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Butternut Mac ‘n’ Cheese

I love Mac 'n' cheese. That was honestly one of the most heartbreaking losses in the "going gluten-free" part of my life. I've since learned to cope with rice pasta and corn-free real cheese instead of the modified food starch cheese-like dust. But I tell you, it was a difficult road for this pasta-holic. But … Continue reading Butternut Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Pickled Peppers

Last year I made 2 quarts of fermented pickled jalapeno pepper rings. Oh. My. Goodness. They were one of those seasonal foods we talked about after we ran out like, "man, this would be awesome with some of those peppers in it." Or "Dang-it, I miss those pickled peppers." So I've got a bowl full … Continue reading Pickled Peppers

Dining Room Paper Floor

So white is not a color for this clan of mine. Nope. We're too... Well, I was going to say messy, cruddy, and mucky, but we'll go with rugged... We're too rugged to pull off white. White is a color for pristine, childless, petless, showplace homes. So, we (and by we, I mean I, because … Continue reading Dining Room Paper Floor

Listening in the Spirit

A few years back, I really fought a battle between knowing what was the voice of the Holy Spirit convicting me of sin, and leading me to repentance and what was the accusatory voice of the enemy, trying to keep me living in guilt of the past and hinder my spiritual growth in Christ. In … Continue reading Listening in the Spirit

Farmhouse Renovations Continued

I realized that all you lovely people haven't seen our basement since it was gutted. Well, actually, you've never seen our basement. Because it's a little scary down there. So I thought I'd take you on a post-deconstruction tour. This is what it used to look like in one of the storagey areas. Dark, scary, … Continue reading Farmhouse Renovations Continued

Farmhouse Renovations!

You ever have a dream about something in your future, and you think, "Yes. This is exactly what I want." Well, that kinda crystalized for me. I mean, I by no means dreamt that the ripping out of the baby poop green carpet would come after we'd already been moved in for 3 years. Nor … Continue reading Farmhouse Renovations!

Marriage on the Homestead

Marriage and family are big passions of mine. Not just because I love the people around me, though I do love them tremendously. I'm passionate about marriage and family because of the things they represent; our relationship with God, Christ's relationship with the Church, the unity of the Trinity. That said, marriage on the homestead … Continue reading Marriage on the Homestead

August Homestead Update

Today's been cool so far y'all. All the babies were awake before 7 so we all did our morning Bible time. Read from Matthew 21, and sang a bunch of hymns together. Different than my desired slow-burn start to the morning I prefer, but still good. Just louder and busier. I made a big ol' … Continue reading August Homestead Update

Green Tomato Pie

I did a weird thing. It was out of necessity, of course. We've got these giant tomato plants. And they haven't been super awesome this year. Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was my spacing, maybe it was the new placement in the terrace rotation... Who's to say. But I was out tending the … Continue reading Green Tomato Pie