3 Things Christians Should Stop Saying to Expectant Moms

I am really amazed at the amount of hurtful and offensive comments I get from other church members about children while carrying my third child. Let me start by saying that being offended isn't a big deal, be offended- nothing happens. I by no means would inhibit freedom of speech just because some people are … Continue reading 3 Things Christians Should Stop Saying to Expectant Moms

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Being Informed: Legal Issues on the Homestead

There are several things to consider before you begin the process of raising livestock for your own family consumption. What are my county zoning restrictions? If I live in a subdivision, what are my subdivision land restrictions? Can I process my animals on site, or do I have to use a USDA or FDA regulated … Continue reading Being Informed: Legal Issues on the Homestead

Adventures in Plumbing

This is DIY project #3? #4? I don't know. It wasn't intentional. This whole "If you give a mouse a cookie" scenario opened a can of nasty worms when I endeavored to un clog the sink. Simple enough, right? Theoretically, all I had to do was remove the drain assembly, clean the wig of hair … Continue reading Adventures in Plumbing

Great Homestead Expectations

My husband and I hit a low point about a week ago in our morale regarding homestead expansion. We were discussing the necessity of the kitchen remodel before the floor falls through to the basement (I honestly don't know if it's that bad or not, but I don't really want to find out after the … Continue reading Great Homestead Expectations

A Day on the Homestead

We get a lot done around here before noon, and you never quite know what a day will bring. This morning, I woke before the rest of the household and had my quiet time with the Lord. Then I made a breakfast of scrambled eggs and garden tomatoes (blueberries for my son who detests tomatoes) … Continue reading A Day on the Homestead

Multiplying Pasta with Meat Sauce

​Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. Mark 6:41, NLT I don't know how God does … Continue reading Multiplying Pasta with Meat Sauce

You’ll Have 3 Under 3!?

In my high school years, I never understood the desire for motherhood. Partially because of how my mother and father's marriage crumbled and disintegrated into a steaming pile of brokenness devoid of integrity. It made me a bit of a cynic regarding wifedom and motherhood. Flash forward to 23 year old me, I'd been married … Continue reading You’ll Have 3 Under 3!?

Budgets, Babies, and Back seats

I hate budgeting. I'm good at formulating budgets. I'm even diligent in saving and tithing each month. But I'm not good at change, unexpected expenses, or STAYING WITHIN my budget. Now, that said, I've taken Dave Ramsey's financial Peace class and I've tried the cash  envelope method. All that does to me is say, "oh, … Continue reading Budgets, Babies, and Back seats

Changes Coming

Now is as good a time as any... We're expecting again!  Baby #3 was completely a surprise to us. Our other two children weren't necessarily planned either, but my husband and I were able to at least vaguely pinpoint their conceptions. We are both befuddled as to how and when this little bean was conceived, … Continue reading Changes Coming