A Minute in the Word

John 15:12-17 AMP This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends. You are my friends if you keep on doing what I command you.…Read more »

Fences, Buildings, & Pigs

Two steps forward, then one step back.  Sometimes it feels that is the way our homestead progress is going.  Late last fall, we began the process of fencing the areas needed for animals.  The process of finding a fencer, getting an estimate, reevaluating our plans, and settling finally on what part we would do versus…Read more »

Who I Am

Since we sold our valley home, I have felt a little lost.  Until this week.  What changed this week?  I reintroduced myself to me. To all the little things that are important to my daily life, that fill my soul and fuel my family.  Who knew?  Something as simple as beginning a new sourdough starter…Read more »


I have always viewed myself as a person that thrives on variety.  I love for my days to be full of different types of tasks, hobbies, and activities.  Parenting, however, has taught me the importance of embracing routines.  While I only had one child, a lack of home systems did not affect us as much…Read more »

Country Driving

One of the first things I noticed out here in the rural world is the country driving styles.  Basically, there are only two types of drivers out here.  One type seems to think that they have all the time in the world, with no place to be in any hurry.  The other type of country…Read more »

A Sentimental Minimalist?

My heart wants to be a minimalist.  I love countertops that are empty of appliances or other things.  I do not like trinkets that need dusting set around my home.  The more things that I see out, the less my brain can function well.  My heart also loves all things vintage.  Old coffee mugs, plates,…Read more »

A Garden Is Born

Seeds.  They never stop amazing me.  Each one holds a miracle, and I am in awe with every single sprout.  How can a tiny little black ball become a cauliflower in merely a matter of months?  Or those strangely shaped rock-looking seeds grow into Swiss Chard with vibrant, colorful stems?  The arrival of a new…Read more »

Pig Day

Y’all, we have finally done it!  We have our first farm animals on the new homestead.  Thanks to our local 4-H program, my Buddy has two pigs.  He has named them Bacon and Moolah since the program allows the family to keep one and sell the other at auction.  Our young man spends his money…Read more »


I choose Happy, I choose Healthy, I choose Whole. I will be Better Today than yesterday, and I have the Power to Live Above my circumstances. I will choose to Heal, Not Harm, my temple, and I choose Courage over Comfort with my thoughts, my words, and my actions. Every day, we make choices.  For…Read more »

Forsake Not Yourselves

I am a Christian.  I feel that this fact is obvious throughout my posts because I believe firmly and decisively that the Bible sets forth precedents that are relevant not only to how we behave at church but also and more importantly to how we act and think in our everyday lives.  Being Christ-like at…Read more »