Update on My Boy

Little man has seemed better today; more agreeable and pleasant all around. He even managed to go potty on his own all day, and several of them were without my prompting him! Hooray for progress!! We're still waiting on results from some labs sent off Monday, and depending on whether or not they rule out … Continue reading Update on My Boy

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Prayers for my Boy

My two year old son has been having some odd symptoms lately that suggest, according to the internet, everything from low potassium levels, Celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, or cancer. I'm hoping to eliminate the worst case scenarios from that list of possibilities, but as a mama, I'm naturally concerned for my little man. I … Continue reading Prayers for my Boy

Homestead Name and Logo Reveal

My husband and I have been praying on starting a business to help sustain our animal feed costs.  The answer I got came from Proverbs 31:18: She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night. That among other passages of scripture and much time in prayer led us … Continue reading Homestead Name and Logo Reveal

Christmas on the Homestead

Yes, I'm aware it's still November. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and overall, it was pretty good. Pros: Family, friends, safe travel, great food with no food allergic reactions, 4 of 4 chickens present and accounted for (and living) when we returned. Cons: LONG trip, little sleep, fussy kiddos, a day of mucous induced vomiting … Continue reading Christmas on the Homestead

Why I Stand By TBC

Here in East Tennessee, there's been a bit of a controversy in the news lately over a local Baptist Church who was voted out of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC). The issue stemmed from the church hiring a female pastor, a role which according to Baptist polity only a man is elligible to fill. In … Continue reading Why I Stand By TBC

Back to Eden: Soil pH

This is the end of our first year doing the Back to Eden garden and I wanted a tangible way to guage the results of the soil condition. I decided to test the soil pH with a very rudimentary and simple experiment: vinegar and baking soda. The concept is simple; alkaline soil will react in … Continue reading Back to Eden: Soil pH

Heat ‘Em Up Hot Cocoa

This afternoon we sat on the porch and talked future farm additions while our son played fetch with Cyd. Nothing like golden leaves, crisp weather, train whistles and a sprinkling of autumn rain. To counter the chilly weather outside, when we came in the house I made some cocoa for me and my boys. Heat … Continue reading Heat ‘Em Up Hot Cocoa

Planning and Preparing Our Market Garden

It's always nice to have a little bit of revenue coming in from your homestead produce. In fact, part of me staying home with the babies is that I then have the time to spend developing our property into a productive piece of land that hopefully one day our children will decide to continue farming. … Continue reading Planning and Preparing Our Market Garden

When Predators Attack

We lost two chickens today. I heard a ruckus that I thought initially was an "egg song" but as I listened, I could tell it was more than one bird and it sounded distinctly distressed. I went out to take a look and didn't immediately notice anything suspicious looking, until I got within 20 yards … Continue reading When Predators Attack

Teaching Your Toddler

My son is a great kid.  I don't mean he's perfectly behaved or never throws tantrums. Quite the opposite actually. He's just really great at being a kid; really loud, curious, smiley, goofy, weird, sticky, tactless, sticky, and did I mention curious? When I was working in North Carolina as a substitute teacher and subsequently … Continue reading Teaching Your Toddler