The Homesteaders’ Spirit

As part of our homeschooling, it's my intention to share great literature with my children; to give them a broad, Christian worldview, and to feed their imaginations with wholesome stories of virtue and faith. We read an abridged illustrated version of The Swiss Family Robinson and it ended up being such a favorite, we decided … Continue reading The Homesteaders’ Spirit

Wild Violet Jelly

It's that time of year! The flowers are blooming, and we're foraging and harvesting to get some of that fresh early spring goodness in our bodies. And, sick as I am of hearing about a virus, all the more reason to load up on vitamin C rich greens and to be out in the sunshine … Continue reading Wild Violet Jelly

Real Life Homeschool Lesson

Let's be frank for a second- kids are oftentimes counterproductive. But, with clear instructions and guidance (at times I swear I'm a drill sergeant...) my kids can become my greatest asset. Instead of book work today for math, I brought them with me into farm mode and together we did some work for the chickens. … Continue reading Real Life Homeschool Lesson

Practicing and Perfecting Skills

You know what changes for homeschooling, homesteaders in the midst of social distancing ordinances? Not a whole lot, actually. In fact, it has been pretty difficult to frame this whole virus thing with rationality because of all the highly publicised "toilet paper crisis alerts." I'm praying for those affected by sickness and hardship (as I … Continue reading Practicing and Perfecting Skills

Homestead Update!

We've got a lot of irons in the fire right now as we gear up for spring time. Gardening We've started tomatoes, peppers, and onions indoors to be transplanted after the last frost. Chickens We lost a total of 6 birds this year, the bulk of them to hawks or other unidentified wildlife. That said, … Continue reading Homestead Update!

Life with 4 under 5: A Day in the Life in Pictures

Bobby pin in my coffee... Baby snugs 😍 School time! Even homeschooling moms have "problem students..." Out. Like a log. Quiet time reflections Good afternoon, Captain Crazy Hair McPantslessness Keto bread win! Yay dinner! Bed time! ...kind of...

In the Kitchen: My Postpartum Recovery Process

It hit me the 3rd day postpartum that I actually love being in the kitchen barefoot (I've never liked socks and shoes) pregnancy and hot spills on my toes notwithstanding. I was standing there prepping dinner thinking, "This is my element; I'm in my happy place." Cooking delicious food for my family is actually helping … Continue reading In the Kitchen: My Postpartum Recovery Process

Homestead Update

Family Well, my Ingrid is 9 days old. Just like peas-porridge-in-the-pot. We are settling in to "new normal." Settling never feels peaceful to me. Settling is transition, and transition for us means chaos. And by chaos, I mostly mean a lot of toddler whining and crying and managing behavior. Fortunately, I've had family and good … Continue reading Homestead Update

Goal Post 2020

Goals... I love 'em in hockey, football, and soccer, but... I'm terrible at setting and achieving them in my life. You wanna know the difference between a measurable goal and a lofty unattainable goal? Commitment and discipline. Unfortunately, I've accepted mediocrity in many of my life circumstances, lots of times to the detriment of my … Continue reading Goal Post 2020

Homestead Update

Here we go... Pregnancy/Baby #4 I had an appointment yesterday afternoon. Let's just say it was my final straw. So after several phone calls and a stack of paperwork, I managed to transfer OB care back to my previous office. Is it farther away? Yes. Is that inconvenient? Definitely. But I will take inconvenient over … Continue reading Homestead Update