Parenting is always a little stressful. That just comes with the territory of being responsible for other tiny, virtually helpless humans. But there are certain circumstances that can make parenting particularly challenging. For my husband and I, that is being introverts with extroverted children. I am an introvert. I never knew that, because I've always … Continue reading Introverted Parents with Extroverted Children
This silly thing has been in the works for 3 years. I had initially planned this space to house the bulk of my medicinal herbs. For whatever reason, it never truly worked out. I ended up with a ton of weeds, or a series of higher priority projects. It seems that this may be the … Continue reading Keyhole Herb Garden
In the last 4-5 years or so, I've been disappointed and confused as to the utter lack of celebration of Easter in Christian circles. Christmas is wonderful, Advent is great, and we wouldn't have Easter without them. But I submit the holiday that bears the most significance in the Christian faith is Easter. The Birth … Continue reading Resurrection Garden
This is something I never thought I'd ask in a million years... but, my husband is through his first 3 seminary courses and as he prayerfully seeks a ministry job, I find myself bursting with questions. So I thought I would list them here for any number of pastors or PW's or PK's (pastors, pastor's … Continue reading Questions for Pastors and their families
Oh, gracious... It's been a nice, but exhausting weekend. Frankly, I woke up this morning already ready for my afternoon nap. But, there's work to be done! I have a ton of luffas that need processing, seedlings to be thinned, chickens to be fed, and I'm hoping to get some garden paths built. I was … Continue reading Work Day!
It started out as a way for my mother-in-law to do a left over make over turning what was left of the corned beef into shepherd's pie. That turned into a bit of a family tradition of eating exclusively Irish (or Irishy) fare the week leading to St. Patrick's Day in celebration of our family's … Continue reading Irish (food) Week!
Tonight was my first experience of an Ash Wednesday service with my children. Not only were we visiting a United Methodist church, which is far more formal than the Southern Baptist Church we're members of and with which my children are familiar, but we were late... As usual. Fortunately, the church had a really wonderful … Continue reading Even the Rocks Cry Out
Y'all, (I say y'all now. I've been in Tennessee for 4 years, I'm allowed) if it weren't for the children waking at 10:30PM 11:15PM, 12:45AM, and 4:00AM, I would have slept more soundly than I have in a long time. Why? Because we've finally fully committed to cleaning up our financial lives and gotten serious … Continue reading How we eliminated $13k of debt in 3 weeks
We use Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (BOSS) for our chickens instead of corn. Especially in colder weather, I supplement our birds extra protein, where most people supplement more grain, usually corn. I have a few reasons for doing it differently. First off, BOSS is roughly 17% protein, 44% fat, 24% NDF (fiber)¹ Corn, however, is … Continue reading Black Oil Sunflower Seeds vs Corn for Chickens