Oh, the Brokenness

Let me just start this one off with the warning that it contains semi-zealous ranting. I was washing dishes and got to the beaters for my hand mixer...my 10 year old hand mixer... that's seen a LOT of action in 10 years... we're talking Lebkuchen dough, folks. (Google it.) And one of the beaters just … Continue reading Oh, the Brokenness

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English Paper Piecing

I stumbled across English Paper Piecing (henceforth referred to as EPP) last winter as I was feverishly crocheting Christmas ornaments for Christmas gifts. I thought to myself, "That would be a much more productive use of my time and scrap fabric than what I've got going on now." Except then Christmas happened, and life happened, … Continue reading English Paper Piecing

Transitioning to Stainless Steel

Let's go way on back to 2010... My husband and I got married that April, on a Wednesday morning, at the county courthouse. No, it wasn't a shotgun wedding, we just really wanted to be married, and unfortunate family circumstances led to us choosing super low-key elopement over the formal church wedding I had spent … Continue reading Transitioning to Stainless Steel

The Awkward Side of Vocational Ministry

I am brand new to this whole "pastor's wife" role. Frankly, it's incredibly awkward. Mostly because my husband is not yet a pastor. He's still in the process of finding work as a vocational minister, either in chaplaincy, youth ministry, or worship ministry. It is his calling- undoubtedly. Every time I hear him speak, I … Continue reading The Awkward Side of Vocational Ministry

Disappointment on the Homestead

Well, today was a bust. Not only was it rainy and dreary, but no one came to our workshop today. Which is just as well because my daughter ran a fever (likely due to seasonal allergies) and wasn't feeling well. And the garden needed the rain, so I guess all is not totally lost. It … Continue reading Disappointment on the Homestead

Havin’ Fun Just Messin’

Today was bee installation day! 1) nucs are way easier than package bees. 2) that's a LOT of bees. 3) the trepidation goes away after you've done it once before. It was an adrenaline rush for sure, or maybe I'm just a scaredy cat... Either way, I'm happy with how it went. I had to … Continue reading Havin’ Fun Just Messin’

It is Swale with my Soul!

Hey y'all! In honor of our Summer Workshop Series, I designed an exclusive T-shirt. Our love for the Lord and our love of permaculture meet in this punny addition to the Etsy shop. While you're at it, there are less than 12 days to the 1st of our summer workshops on Back to Eden gardening! … Continue reading It is Swale with my Soul!

Easter Weekend Projects

First and foremost, we celebrated our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ! My in-laws came down and we really had a wonderful visit. We celebrated with an Easter Seder, and told the Passover/Passion story with food. It was delicious and it was a great, tangible way for us to share with the kids that Easter means Jesus, … Continue reading Easter Weekend Projects