Pursuing God by Radical Gratitude

I've been reading Ann Voskamp's 1,000 Gifts. Many parts of it resonate with me, and I encourage you to check it out and give it a read. She has a unique writing style that utilizes colorful descriptive language, and a semi-stream-of-consciousness flow to her writing which I usually find unappealing, but the truth which punctuates … Continue reading Pursuing God by Radical Gratitude

Homestead Update

Well, we're as busy as ever here. Had visitors last weekend so this weekend is catching up/jumping back into regularly scheduled things.We had a nice and uneventful Father's day. That particular holiday usually finds someone sick or injured in our family, so it was nice that nothing terrible happened this year- yay for no stomach … Continue reading Homestead Update

Being Holy on Hard Days

Today has been terrible. The kids sneaked about 100 Hershey's kisses (which we had hidden and don't typically even keep in the house!) Just minutes before I was able to get up with them and start on their morning routines. Their ingenuity is actually impressive, albeit infuriating. They configured a way to use a rubbermaid … Continue reading Being Holy on Hard Days

Femininity Biblically Defined

I was out in the gardens the other day and noticed my red raspberry leaves were not lush and verdant as I expected them to be. Upon closer investigation I noticed that the neighbors had their side of the fenceline sprayed...and mine. And MY side got the worst of it. The raspberry hedge I'd been … Continue reading Femininity Biblically Defined

LifeWay’s Summer Reading Program

Last year, The kids and I were big library patrons. We had exhausted our ever-burgeoning home library and craved fresh material, so everyone got a library card, and a book bag, and we made weekly treks to our public library. That had been my plan for this summer as well- complete the summer reading program, … Continue reading LifeWay’s Summer Reading Program

Paper Floor Update: 10 Months Later

Last August (2019) we ripped out our pea-green 1970s shag carpet...yep... It was horrible. And since we hadn't decided what we wanted as far as long term flooring, we (I) decided to try a paper floor. 3 (now 4) kids, 2 dogs, and 10 months later, here's how it's holding up. The biggest issues are … Continue reading Paper Floor Update: 10 Months Later

Sing Through the Sting

Tonight I had a mom-isode (that's mom episode) which I will now sear into your consciences. You're welcome in advance. Last weekend, my friend and I planned a playdate for today (Thursday) which requires a bit of preparation because we live an hour apart. Admittedly the visit was more for me to hang with my … Continue reading Sing Through the Sting

Homemade Sunscreen

I've been making my own sunscreen for years. It started when my oldest son was a baby- he had unthinkably sensitive skin. Every commercial baby soap, lotion, diaper, even diaper rash ointment gave him a rash! As a result, I was forced into finding acceptible chemical free alternatives. Now what do I mean by chemical? … Continue reading Homemade Sunscreen

Baking with Einkorn

Maintaining a sourdough starter is like having a really finicky 5th child that eats exclusively einkorn flour and water. That might be an exaggeration. None the less, it is more effort than I previously thought. But it is DEFINITELY worth it. My family has been largely gluten free since 2013-14. Mostly due to my own … Continue reading Baking with Einkorn

Homeschool in the Summer

This will be our 3rd- wait, 2nd? No... 3rd- official summer doing homeschool. I decided after our first year which included teaching a preK pre reader curriculum and taking care of a 1 year old while pregnant with babe #3- yeah... That was a LOT- I decided to take a break from teaching lessons. Which … Continue reading Homeschool in the Summer