My Holiday Tech- Free Challenge

I'm an old fashioned kind of person. Speaking of which, I'm in the midst of a hardcore down-scale in my tech consumption. In a confirmation to my already anti-smart phone leanings, I happened to leave my phone at church after small group one night. I was without it the following day and it was one … Continue reading My Holiday Tech- Free Challenge

Legacy

My grandpa made a trip down to our neck of the woods to bring me my grandma's sewing machines and paraphernalia. I tell you what, initially, it was almost overwhelming, because of the sheer volume of things to explore, but overwhelming in a good way. We had a wonderful visit. Grandpa got the basement lights … Continue reading Legacy

Family, Food, Faith

I've been focusing on involving the kids in my "have to's" like harvesting our peanuts. It turns everything into a big event, and slows things down and adds an extra element of policing the throwing of freshly harvested legumes at one's brothers... But, I figure, this is my life too, and there's no reason to … Continue reading Family, Food, Faith

Grief and Gospel Hope

It's been a weird and exhausting several weeks. Almost as if I've been watching things from a detached perspective. I attribute this sense which I used to struggle to describe to the presemce of God leading me and carrying me through otherwise difficult things. My brain and body want to quit, but miraculously, I am … Continue reading Grief and Gospel Hope

Homestead Update!

Hello there! It's been a hot minute, let me catch you up to speed. We've had oodles of celebration lately. My little (not so little anymore) brother got hitched earlier last week so the kiddos and I traveled north for the ceremony. And wouldn't you know it, it went from sunny and 75°F to 32°F … Continue reading Homestead Update!

Holidays and Project Updates!

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!

Homestead Update

July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update

God’s Design for Family

1 Peter 3:1-7 is always referred to as "one of those tough passages." But...why? Tough for whom? For what reason? Admittedly, I've been in the position where understanding and obedience to this passage was difficult, if not irritating to me. So I sought to understand it, and as a result, God began to show me … Continue reading God’s Design for Family

Birthdays and Identity

My oldest turned 5 years old today. That is hard to believe. The same kid who's pregnancy had me in fits of excitement, fear, joy, depression-- pretty much all the emotions-- and whose delivery lasted 32 hours is now a 5 year old kid, half my height and reading... I struggled with becoming a mom, … Continue reading Birthdays and Identity

Family Worship

Today (Tuesday) was weird. I went full out housewife and cleaned the whole house. Okay, the kids helped me clean up all the clutter. ...alright! Fine! It was just the living room! We folded and put away laundry, vaccuumed, and unearthed the sofas. Maybe all the clutter isn't cleaned up, but it sure is good … Continue reading Family Worship