I had a funny conversation with my oldest. He likes for me to pray with him before bed, asking God to prepare our hearts for the coming day. I mentioned something about mother's day in the prayer and afterward, he asked, "Wait- is it really mother's day tomorrow?" "Yeah," I said. "How can that be … Continue reading Homestead Update: Happy Mother’s Day!
In the lakeway region of the Smokies, I have the benefit of being rural enough to see the stars and moon at night. Over the course of the last year or so, I've been paying a lot more attention to the "sky clock" as I like to call it. The moon is all at once … Continue reading Lunar Planting: Gardening by the Moon
This afternoon I finished up the first section of the prayer garden. The focal point will of course be my lovely peonies. Alongside them, between the peonies and the rock border, I planted some Columbine (which hasn't sprouted yet). I think the blue-green foliage will be really complimentary, and hopefully, they'll flower beautifully the second … Continue reading Prayer Garden Progress
I've waited through this seemingly unbearably long winter for this day- Planting Day!!! This morning, the kids came out with me to do some farm chores; washing out compost bins, watering the chickens, weeding the gardens, etc. Then they helped me plant our pole beans. My plan for nap time is to get the bush … Continue reading Planting Today!
In the last 4-5 years or so, I've been disappointed and confused as to the utter lack of celebration of Easter in Christian circles. Christmas is wonderful, Advent is great, and we wouldn't have Easter without them. But I submit the holiday that bears the most significance in the Christian faith is Easter. The Birth … Continue reading Resurrection Garden
What. A. Night. We got slammed with rain, and subsequently work. Driving home from church last night, we hit torrential rain and the country roads back to our house were flooding and washing out like crazy. Ended up hitting something that had washed into the road and was hidden under high water, resulting in a … Continue reading Flash Flood Clean-up
I'm a firm believer that God gives you what you need, when you need it, and you just have to receive it. Today, we were given clear, 60°F weather; perfect for getting some of the outside work done. We had some pesky cedar trees between us and our neighbors that were harboring cedar apple rust. … Continue reading Outside Work
One of the biggest challenges of homesteading with 3 small children is... homesteading with 3 small children.It's almost impossible to get a job done without interruption making it take 4 times as long.It helps a little to have my husband home helping, but we rarely end up working on the same task to completion. Usually, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead
We spent the morning working outside. My husband hauled mulch while I worked on the weeds in the overgrown potager. As a reminder, it hasn't been under control since we bought the property two years ago. This is what we've gotten done so far: There's still work to be done, obviously, we have some more … Continue reading Potager Progress
Part of my brand of creativity is organization. Many don't think of organizing as creativity, but it is. Think about it from God's perspective- the first three days of creation were spent organizing! Separating the earth from the sky, gathering the waters together, separating day from night. God brought chaos into order. (Genesis 1:1-16) That … Continue reading Bringing Chaos into Order