Today was the day. My thirtieth birthday. Wow. Three decades. A drop in the proverbial bucket in view of eternity, but a spanse of seemingly endless years to my children. And admittedly, it feels simultaneously like an eternity and an instant. Today was full of my favorite things. Mostly good food, good smells, good books, … Continue reading The Big 3-0.
I am a connoisseur of fine writing instruments. I collect quills, nibs, inks... My hobby in middle school and high school was dissassembling the various pens my dad would bring home from conferences and study the mechanisms. What made this one write so smoothly? What made this one so satisfying to hold? What made this … Continue reading How My Spiritual Life is Like a Fountain Pen
I thought I'd share a list of all the stuff I've been able to do with the time I used To spend handwashing my dishes. Some of you may get a kick out of this, others may not. All I'm saying is, give a homesteader 2 extra hours a day, and WATCH OUT! Finish knitting … Continue reading In My Spare Time
I love when my in-laws visit-- my productivity quadruples! We had a lovely Christmas together, delayed shipping notwithstanding. We even were blessed with a gorgeous Christmas Eve snow!! It's only the 2nd white Christmas I cam recall since we've lived in Tennessee. We also celebrated our Baby Bear's first bear-thday 🐻 And delayed our Christmas … Continue reading Holidays and Project Updates!
What a year, right? I'm not even talking about the covid stuff. I mean, just personally, for our family, it has been one ordeal after the next, and I know MANY families who've experienced the same thing, many of them to a higher degree than us. I'm so thankful for my husband. I've been learning … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving 2020
I've long read knitter blogs that chronicle gorgeous projects from cast on to cast off. And never before have I felt worthy to join their ranks. And I still don't! But, as I have 3 scarves and a prayer shawl going, I thought I'd chronicle my progress. I imagine that 5 years from now me … Continue reading What’s on the needles?
"Your children don't need you to be perfect, they need you to love them." Those words from Sally Clarkson were reverberating in my mind, my house full of rambunctious kiddos. I was struggling. I mean really, truly struggling emotionally and mentally. I had so much rage I couldn't stop crying. Everything was frustrating and angering. … Continue reading When I need a little help
It's that time of year again. We're about 1/2 way through the new school year so all the wonderful 24 packs of crayons I purchased back in August are now reduced to half-eaten bits and bobs of various shades and sizes. So, I gather them all up, set the little Crayon Eaters to work peeling … Continue reading “Circle Crayons”
My Baby Boo turned 4 years old today. Frankly, I don't know where that time has gone. The last four years have been a happy, sad, scary, stressful, joy-filled, laughter-and-tear drenched blur. My teeny one, my little premie, who surprised us big time by coming a month sooner than we expected, is somehow transitioning from … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Boo Bear
It has been a while, friends! The last 2 weekends in a row, we've had company. Which was nice. But that means that in focusing our efforts on the inside of the house to make it a haven for hospitality, we've been doing the bare minimum outside. My husband spend the day Monday running errands. … Continue reading Homestead Update