I realized today what a challenge I have ahead of me in keeping each of my children engaged throughout the day. What do I mean by "engaged"? Actively listening, learning, and responding in obedience through structured and unstructured play and instruction. I've noticed that when the majority of my son's day is dedicated to "free" … Continue reading Keeping the Kids Engaged
I'm one of those people who can't make themselves rest. I haven't slept more than 2 consecutive hours at a time in the last three days, and still I chose a 2 mile run over a nap yesterday afternoon. Today, convinced of my need for a nap... I started building things instead. I'm a mess. … Continue reading A Nap time DIY
One of the things that makes our homestead unique is the fact that we don't use conventional growing methods. Everything up to this point has been done by hand. Why? First, we aren't independently wealthy and my husband works a "day job". We would love to turn this place into a full-time business, but realistically, … Continue reading Homesteading is Hard!
I have a to-do list that never seems to progress to a to-done list. On my docket for this week is kitchen deep clean, dishes, laundry (always laundry, but my husband folded at least 4 baskets full this weekend!!) and dusting. I'm not particularly fond of dusting, but my son loves it, and it desperately … Continue reading Living Your Seasons Well
I've just sort of accepted the fact that my physical body is temporary. My body is broken and I struggle with chronic health issues stemming from autoimmunity triggered by prescription medications and birth control usage. God has redeemed many of the issues I faced in my initial confrontation with sickness 5 years ago, one of … Continue reading What Keeps me Going
We have 3 kiddos babies. They're 3, 1.5, and 1 month. Babies. As the Mama duck around here, you might imagine it's difficult to wrangle all my ducklings outside while I do gardeney things, and you'd be right. I took everyone outside last week, and it was the first time all 3 of us have … Continue reading Children on the Homestead
I'm short on kitchen space. Until we get the whole durn kitchen gutted and redone, I have to find ways to make it functional. For now that means getting rid of the clutter and junk. My first priority was to maximize useable counter space. There isn't much to start with so it needs to be … Continue reading Decluttering Room by Room: Kitchen
I've finally done it. I snapped. I stepped on the last block, action figure, hot wheels car, etc. I have heard the last irritating jingle! I went to the garage and I got a box. And I'm currently filling it with all of the toys that drive me nuts. In fact, that's what it's labeled- … Continue reading Decluttering Room by Room: Living Room, Kid’s Toys
I'm so blissed out right now. Thank the Lord, postpartum weepies haven't hit (yet?) so I'm still Mary, treasuring these things in my heart, with just a tiny bit of brain fog and emotionally raw word vomit. I keep thinking about when my children first came to visit their brother in the hospital. It was … Continue reading Unapologetically Mom.
I'd like to take this opportunity to brag on my husband a little... Okay, a lot. And maybe brag is the wrong word; it's not a boastful sentiment I want to express as much as one of cherishing my husband. Since Baby Henrik was born, my man has been absolutely outstanding in the departments of … Continue reading Husband Brag