Tag: home

a new sense of home: gratitude, grace, and growth

Through the gift of grace and family and friends, my daughter and I are in the process of remodeling our home.  In years past, I might have said “house” as the clutter of stuff and shadows of memories seemed to create a bit of… Continue Reading “a new sense of home: gratitude, grace, and growth”

lessons learned: what handprint turkeys can teach us about simplicity and gratitude

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what handprint turkeys can teach us about simplicity and gratitude”

lessons learned: walking with flashlights

Recently, we adopted two rescue dogs, and we couldn’t be more happy!  LuLu has returned to us from her time in the New Leash on Life program, and while she was there, I fell in love with another dog, Chula Grace.  Now, we’ve got… Continue Reading “lessons learned: walking with flashlights”

an Iroquois Thanksgiving prayer

Thanksgiving Prayer We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks… Continue Reading “an Iroquois Thanksgiving prayer”

thrifty thursdays: egg cartons

Ok, so school systems and child care centers have begun avoiding recycling egg cartons because of salmonella issues, but how many years and years and years have folks recycled these great containers without getting ill?!  If you’re concerned about food poisoning, this post is… Continue Reading “thrifty thursdays: egg cartons”

a prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving O God, we thank you for this earth, our home; For the wide sky and the blessed sun, For the salt sea and the running water, For the everlasting hills And the never-resting winds, For trees and the common grass underfoot.… Continue Reading “a prayer of Thanksgiving”

lessons learned: handprint turkeys, simplicity and gratitude

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “lessons learned: handprint turkeys, simplicity and gratitude”

autumn homecoming

When I was a preteen/teen, we visited Charleston, SC every spring.  My parents invited (to be read “forced”) my sister and me to tour homes, visit museums, and explore landmarks.  As a young parent, I returned to Charleston with my family for several September… Continue Reading “autumn homecoming”

the gifts of Thanksgiving

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart Autumn is my favorite season, not only for colorful leaves and cooler weather but also because she brings with her Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.  While most… Continue Reading “the gifts of Thanksgiving”

dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in

Dear Chicas, I have tried to provide you with the best plant matter money can buy–organic kale seeds, swiss chard, winter rye and clover.  I have even made you your own special salads with delicacies like blueberries and freeze dried meal worms.  I must… Continue Reading “dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in”

lessons learned: anything can be

Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves then listen close to me. . . Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein I am looking down at my… Continue Reading “lessons learned: anything can be”

waitin’ on Mama

I was a little late putting the hens up tonight. I heard pecking on the front door and opened it to find the Sisters disdainfully waiting on me.

there’s nothin’ better than. . .

Today, as I was working out in the gardens, I picked a few fresh green beans, and uttered, “There’s nothing better than eating green beans off the vine.” Awhile later, cool raindrops began to fall and quench my hot skin even though the sun… Continue Reading “there’s nothin’ better than. . .”

thrifty thursday: upcycling, freecycling, and recycling pallets

Ok, I’ll admit it.  When a friend said to me, “Oh, you don’t know about Pinterest?  Just wait, you’ll be addicted in no time,” I laughed thinking, “Ha! When do I have the time to create virtual bulletin boards and pin things to them?” … Continue Reading “thrifty thursday: upcycling, freecycling, and recycling pallets”

slow food–homesteader style

Several months ago, in a “next step” to live more simply (and declutter), I looked around the kitchen and asked myself, “What can I live without?”  Being a homesteading family, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen–it’s where we try out new… Continue Reading “slow food–homesteader style”

in the quiet

We listen too much to the telephone and we listen too little to nature. The wind is one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps, but soothing. Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for—sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive, or… Continue Reading “in the quiet”

every laugh line on your face, made you who you are today

This is for all you girls about 42 Tossin’ pennies into the fountain of youth Every laugh, laugh line on your face Made you who you are today. ~This One’s for the Girls, sung by Martina McBride Thank you, Martina McBride, for singing those… Continue Reading “every laugh line on your face, made you who you are today”

10 ways to turn off the tv and turn on nature

So last night, our Just Be women’s group met at the community garden at church for a night of prayer, fellowship, and laughter.  We started this garden a couple of months of ago, but it’s been slow to take shape given weather and time… Continue Reading “10 ways to turn off the tv and turn on nature”

lessons learned: raising chicks and raising teens–going back to the basics (a Mother’s Day meditation)

This week has truly been one of the fullest that I can remember in recent years.  We began our week with getting baby chicks and ended it with  a 3-day middle school musical and a 2-service Youth Sunday.  In the mix, we also had… Continue Reading “lessons learned: raising chicks and raising teens–going back to the basics (a Mother’s Day meditation)”

thrifty Thursday: cardboard canisters

So you’re an oatmeal eater or drink smoothies with protein powder–chances are you have cardboard canisters that are waiting for a bit of creativity and upcycling!  Here are some ideas for for kids and kids at heart. Canisters are birdfeeders waiting to happen.  Seriously! … Continue Reading “thrifty Thursday: cardboard canisters”

necessities and guilty pleasures for the gardener

So we covered this topic for homesteaders, and now that I’m spending my free time outside, I thought we’d give the gardeners their due!  Here are a few gifts and gadgets I love to use when gardening. 1.  A good hat–seriously!  There’s nothing worse… Continue Reading “necessities and guilty pleasures for the gardener”

quiet saturday mornings

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. ~Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book When you have a tween or teen with extracurricular activities, rarely do you… Continue Reading “quiet saturday mornings”

small, simple things and friday on the farm

Morning here started chilly and rainy but by afternoon, we had cool, sunny weather.  As a part of my Friday afternoon sabbath, I spent time appreciating the small things on the farm.  Yes, I was practicing what I preached in my post on “relaxing… Continue Reading “small, simple things and friday on the farm”

lessons learned: taking down the walls~creation’s journey

Those of you who follow this blog know how deeply I connect my time on the farm with time spent with God.  I believe as human beings we miss so many valuable lessons that can be learned in the simplicity of nature and creation. … Continue Reading “lessons learned: taking down the walls~creation’s journey”

let’s hear it for the girls: raising girls who know how to homestead

Today, my 13-year-old daughter and I worked finished her extreme bedroom makeover.  Yep, 3 months after we started it, we committed to finishing it.  We both agreed we would commit to the following: no whining lots of humor and laughter to ward off frustration… Continue Reading “let’s hear it for the girls: raising girls who know how to homestead”

lessons learned: in surburban farming, anything can be

Listen to Mustn’ts, child, listen to the Don’ts. Listen to the Shouldn’ts, the Impossibles, the Won’ts. Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.       Anything can happen, child, Anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein, “Listen to the Mustn’ts” Sometimes, I… Continue Reading “lessons learned: in surburban farming, anything can be”

rainy day got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown It’s a cool, rainy March day here–the kind of weather that makes me want to lie on the couch and doze on and off, dreaming of warm, sunny days and veggies… Continue Reading “rainy day got you down? ideas for gardeners on a rainy day”

“homesteading” the homesteader

This weekend, I am taking a bit of a sabbath.  My tween is gone (’nuff said), I have no work or ministry obligations, and most importantly, I’ve made the commitment to homestead my myself.  Yes, that’s what I said “homestead myself.” I consider myself… Continue Reading ““homesteading” the homesteader”

grace comes in like a spring breeze

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.  ~William Penn I came home from work yesterday worn out, and then I walked in my kitchen.  Argh!  Give me a garden… Continue Reading “grace comes in like a spring breeze”

why did the ducks cross the road?

Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone.  That’s where the joy and the adventure lie.  ~Herbie Hancock On the way to and from my daughter’s school, we pass a rustic homestead with room set aside for a large… Continue Reading “why did the ducks cross the road?”

homemade suet for the birds

One of my favorite activities is to put a bunch of seed and suet out for the birds, make a big cup of green tea, then sit on my little red stool by the back door and watch the morning feeding time.  It’s amazing… Continue Reading “homemade suet for the birds”

canning

I recently had someone refer to canning as a “lost art.”  I snickered to myself that for us homesteaders, it is not an art, it is a tradition.  It has function and purpose.  Its history goes back generations to women who stood around boiling,… Continue Reading “canning”

simple living

Living simply was something I experienced as a child but lost somewhere on the journey to adulthood.  It included playing in the backyard, gardening with my dad, cooking with mom, and loving on my grandparents.  We climbed trees, visited with the neighbors, picnicked on… Continue Reading “simple living”

sometimes hope comes in small packages

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – ~from “‘Hope’ Is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson This morning, I stumbled across the… Continue Reading “sometimes hope comes in small packages”

surburban farming

Tonight, I was reading a blog post by slowfoodsmama.com entitled “Is Urban Farming Really Farming?”  Great post if you’re interested, and it caused me to reflect on what makes a suburban yard a “farm.” My tween daughter seems to define farm as “an area… Continue Reading “surburban farming”

upcycling

Ok, so now you want to know, “What is upcycling?”  A friend asked if that was an excuse for hoarding, and my tween daughter thinks I’m just trying to be cool using that term instead of “recycling.” (cue the eyeroll. . .) For me… Continue Reading “upcycling”

what makes a “house” a “home”

Welcome to our house.  Here is the room we are most proud of— The kitchen, Crossroads of friendship And the world’s blessings. ~Modern prayer from Bilbao, Spain One weekend, I committed myself to cleaning out the entire house.  For me that included throwing out… Continue Reading “what makes a “house” a “home””