It Has Begun…

I. Love. Christmas. Especially with kids in the house. As a child, I loved the holidays during school. All the crafted Christmas ornaments, the Christmas word searches that filled time when my teachers had gotten through the required materials ahead of schedule (or maybe just given up?) I love being able to do those things … Continue reading It Has Begun…

More Winter Homestead Preparation

Our place is really beautiful in the fall, but Oh. My. Lanta. I almost haven't had time to enjoy it!! We have been outrageously busy here. This past weekend we had a wedding in the family. Our oldest was the ring bearer in my husband's cousin's wedding. It was pretty, and fun, and we saw … Continue reading More Winter Homestead Preparation

SMH Back to Eden Demonstration

It's Fall!! and that means we're building another Back to Eden terrace (our final one in this garden) and we thought we'd take the opportunity to make it a teachable moment. We'll cover the basics of permaculture land works, B2E site preparation, planting, cultivar selection, pruning, and more! Join us for a demonstration/master class/tour on … Continue reading SMH Back to Eden Demonstration

Back to Eden: Barrenness to Abundance

This is the start of our 3rd year on this property. Lately I had been really discouraged about all the things we need to do, and the things we haven't been able to accomplish (goats, windows, roof, doors, floors, kitchen, bathrooms, etc...) But then, I happened across an old picture of the place before we … Continue reading Back to Eden: Barrenness to Abundance

Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told

I recently pruned my cherry and peach trees. Yep, I did a soft pruning in October. One of the biggest lies is that you can only prune your trees in dormancy. That's like saying you can only trim your fingernails while you sleep. Here's the thing about pruning- if you had a broken bone, you … Continue reading Gardening Lies You’ve Been Told

Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 3

Today is clean up day. Yesterday the plumber came out to remove the obstruction from the drain... He found: A pair of toddler underpants A wash cloth And a dog collar, complete with tags. (We had been wondering where that got to after Cyd's bath) So... After about $1600 in damages and clean up, I … Continue reading Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 3

Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 1

Operation Poo-Purgation is underway! We had the plumbers out on Tuesday. They determined there was not a blockage in the drains (thank goodness, and miraculously so with toddlers who love to flush random things...) But, that meant our septic tank was full and in need of pumping. The first major task at hand was location … Continue reading Operation Poo-Purgation: Phase 1

Not How I Wanted to Spend my Day…

We finished some of the outside work (halfway is our specialty) and set our sights on the basement. We planned to gut the room that saw damage after the pipes burst earlier this spring and get started on renovations to move our school room and laundry room downstairs... Let me preface this by saying we … Continue reading Not How I Wanted to Spend my Day…

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

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