Tag: winter

Advent meditation: Hope

A self-sowing seed begins in the light. It holds on for as long as it can, but then weather changes, time passes, and nutrients fade. The bit of green it clings to releases the seed to the earth with a gentle reminder, “This is… Continue Reading “Advent meditation: Hope”

wintering

from the recently released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation I’ve put the gardens to bed and shored up the chicken coop. I’ve stored the tools and stacked the pots behind the shed. I’ve left the last of the coneflower dead… Continue Reading “wintering”

lessons learned: paperwhites and epiphany

Today is Epiphany in the Christian church calendar.  It marks the journey of the Magi to the Christ child and celebrates God being revealed to us as Jesus–coming into the world to experience both darkness and light just as we do and sharing the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: paperwhites and epiphany”

the wrens

morning, wrens chirping inviting in the new year with songs of welcome

wintering

I’ve put the gardens to bed and shored up the chicken coop. I’ve stored the tools and stacked the pots behind the shed. I’ve left the last of the coneflower dead heads reaching toward the sky, in case finch and chickadee grow tired of… Continue Reading “wintering”

lessons learned: even squirrels are welcome at the table

Living in the Southeast, I look forward to the excitement and anticipation the first snow day brings each season.  While people concern themselves with bread and milk, you can find me in the birdseed aisle stocking up on food for our backyard community. I… Continue Reading “lessons learned: even squirrels are welcome at the table”

wintering

I’ve put the gardens to bed and shored up the chicken coop. I’ve stored the tools and stacked the pots behind the shed. I’ve left the last of the coneflower dead heads reaching toward the sky, in case finch and chickadee grow tired of… Continue Reading “wintering”

Joyce Rupp’s Changing the Landscape

As part of my own Lenten study time this season, I have been reading My Soul Feels Lean: Poems of Loss and Restoration by Joyce Rupp.   Thank goodness for this poet of the spirit, for this singer of human psalms.  I have especially appreciated… Continue Reading “Joyce Rupp’s Changing the Landscape”

lessons learned: what birds can teach us about community

Yesterday, we had a brilliant snow here–I have been waiting and praying for it for some time.  On snow days, one of my favorite activities includes sitting by the kitchen back door or quietly out on the deck and watch the birds feed.  Continuing… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what birds can teach us about community”

for the birds: growing grace farm’s bird suet

Since it’s taken this long to get our first real snow around here, I celebrated by opening a batch of our canned mulled apple cider and sipping on it as I made this special treat for the birds tomorrow.  I’m hoping I’ll catch a… Continue Reading “for the birds: growing grace farm’s bird suet”

study of amaryllis

   

starting your seeds

It’s that time!  Every winter I pull up this post with the hopes of inspiring some new yard gardeners or suburban farmers.  Always glad to collect any other ideas you may have so comment away! ~cameron Oh, where to begin?!  It’s the time of… Continue Reading “starting your seeds”

John Birch’s prayer for winter

There is a winter in all of our lives, a chill and darkness that makes us yearn for days that have gone or put our hope in days yet to be. Father God, you created seasons for a purpose. Spring is full of expectation… Continue Reading “John Birch’s prayer for winter”

Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese

This morning as I traveled into work, I passed by a pond where Canadian geese often stop for a layover or take up residency for the winter.  As I approached, I noticed that the flock appeared to be glistening in the rising sun.  I… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese”

holding a little piece of creation in your hands

This weekend, I will begin some indoor starts for spring and summer veggies and herbs.  It is quite possibly one of my favorite activities on this little farm, for it is humbling to hold a little piece creation in your hands and nurture the… Continue Reading “holding a little piece of creation in your hands”

study of tulip bulbs

       

recipes: growing grace farm’s sunshine bread

I’m sitting here in the sun this morning and giving thanks for awakening to such a beautiful day.  My kitchen is now in working order after many weeks of transformation, and I look forward celebrating by baking holiday goodies soon.  You can bet this… Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s sunshine bread”

remedy for grey autumn and winter days–forcing bulbs

Tonight, I have the joy of a few quiet minutes on the couch before heading to bed.  As I look around me, I see bowls, pots, and mason jars filled with bulbs bursting forth with green shoots.  Made me think I should repost this… Continue Reading “remedy for grey autumn and winter days–forcing bulbs”

lessons learned: 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 “lessons learned: simple living”

Lenten meditation: when light falls on the creeping

With an unexpected warm day yesterday, I spent some time puttering around my front flower beds after dinner. In the garden directly in front of my house, I have a large blue ceramic planter that has become home to many bulbs and perennials. Last… Continue Reading “Lenten meditation: when light falls on the creeping”

spring begins

lessons learned: craving winter

For the past two weeks, I have been working in Wisconsin, in the middle of 2 snow storms and frigid temperatures, and I have loved it.  Seriously.  I don’t know if my soul has just craved a real winter for so long that it… Continue Reading “lessons learned: craving winter”

prayer on a snowy morning

Even on an official snow day, the dogs woke me up early this morning.  I have been sitting at my kitchen table watching God begin to sprinkle the earth with light snow, as if she were decorating Valentine’s cookies.  The woods fill with a… Continue Reading “prayer on a snowy morning”

Tess Gallagher’s Choices

Choices ~ Tess Gallagher I go to the mountain side of the house to cut saplings, and clear a view to snow on the mountain. But when I look up, saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in the uppermost branches. I don’t… Continue Reading “Tess Gallagher’s Choices”

lessons learned: weathered spirits

Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before. ~William Butler Yeats This cloudy morning, I took the dogs outside for a walk around the chilly farm.  As they wandered through the leaves, I… Continue Reading “lessons learned: weathered spirits”

silent snow

I am reposting this one because we are on our third year of cold, wet winters, and I am longing for snow.  Today may be the day it happens, and my spirit will be joyful! Out of the bosom of the Air, Out of… Continue Reading “silent snow”

growing grace farm’s creamy chicken and wild rice soup (gluten free)

My daughter is not a fan of soup much anymore.  I attribute that to her fourth grade year when I believe she took soup to school every day. There is now only one soup that she’ll request, a creamy chicken and wild rice soup… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s creamy chicken and wild rice soup (gluten free)”

Mary Oliver’s The Winter Wood Arrives

I think I could have built a little house to live in with the single cord— half seasoned, half not— trucked into the driveway and tumbled down. But, instead, friends came and together we stacked it for the long, cold days that are— maybe… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s The Winter Wood Arrives”

prayer for renewal

As I stretch up to the morning sun, Renew my body. As I pray for peace upon my lips, Renew my breath. As I gaze upon my winter gardens, Renew my spirit. As I enter into this new day, Renew my heart.   amen… Continue Reading “prayer for renewal”

winter storms, upcycled Christmas trees–protecting birds in winter

Yesterday, my daughter packed away all of our ornaments, the creche and our Santa collection.  Our poor tree looked so pitiful standing there alone when I came upstairs.  I took great care of it, however, as I hauled it outside in the stand and… Continue Reading “winter storms, upcycled Christmas trees–protecting birds in winter”

lessons learned: on patient paper whites and epiphany

Last year when I started my seeds in January, I stumbled across a couple of bulbs that hadn’t made it into the ground.  I filled a tall mason jar with dirt, tossed the bulbs in, and set the jar with the rest of the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on patient paper whites and epiphany”

recipes: growing grace farm’s winter morning breakfast frittata

Being a bit limited by my grain-free diet, I have spent a lot of time experimenting with breakfast recipes.  I mourn the loss of my favorite breakfast, oatmeal with sea salt, sliced banana and a drizzle of maple syrup, but I have created some… Continue Reading “recipes: growing grace farm’s winter morning breakfast frittata”

reflection on a snowy morning

I love snow.  It’s as simple as that.  Whether it’s a powdered sugar dusting or an up-to-my-knees accumulation, there is something about snow that puts my spirit at ease.  Maybe it’s because the extra fluff absorbs all the sound and everything appears to be… Continue Reading “reflection on a snowy morning”

windowsill winter garden week 1

recipes: winter weather, summer salad

My daughter’s school chorus sold citrus to raise money this season.  We recently received our order and are overflowing in tangelos, oranges, and red grapefruit.  I’m looking forward to making this salad as a light and cleansing option after all the holiday treats.  Enjoy!… Continue Reading “recipes: winter weather, summer salad”

winter windowsill garden

When I was a little girl, I remember my mom taking carrots, cutting off the tops, and placing them in an aluminum pie pan near a window sill.  After a few weeks, green shoots would appear at the top then the lacy leaves would… Continue Reading “winter windowsill garden”

for the birds: growing grace farm’s bird suet

This morning, we are lazing on the couch for a bit before beginning out day.  It has been rainy, cloudy, and cool for two days now, and I can hear the leaves rustle outside the kitchen as the birds scratch around for more feed. … Continue Reading “for the birds: growing grace farm’s bird suet”

remedy for grey autumn and winter days–forced bulbs

When the grey, cold days of November start to put a damper on my favorite season, I love being able to look around my home and see fresh, green shoots preparing to blossom.  In autumn, we don’t just plant bulbs outside here at Growing… Continue Reading “remedy for grey autumn and winter days–forced bulbs”

recipe: growing grace farm’s soup stock

Thought I would repost this one given the delightful autumn weather we are having this week.  Looking forward to putting away some checking stock for upcoming cooler days and even chillier nights! Today, we are having our first snow of the winter–hard to believe… Continue Reading “recipe: growing grace farm’s soup stock”

lessons learned: old made new

The year I was diagnosed with cancer,  I spent a lot of time by my kitchen door.  I would sit on my red stool, drink tea, and watch the winter creatures in the woods.  That year, I happened to be blessed with a pair… Continue Reading “lessons learned: old made new”