Holy is there

You may be wondering what all this wholehearted, spiritual mumbo jumbo has to do with homesteading. Let me explain. It is in the everyday ordinary, in the simplifying, in the refining of priorities that I find peace. That I feel God. There is a spiritual current that runs deep in living and working close to…

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Wholehearted Living

What does it mean to live wholeheartedly? It means showing up everyday, being vulnerable, open, willing to fail, but wanting to put it ALL on the line anyway.  It means that we expose our tender spots so that we can connect deeply with others.  If we cannot show any tenderness from our own hearts, if…

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Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Sounds a bit like an anomaly.  But seriously, why didn’t I think of that.  It is kind of a no-brainer, but we don’t do instant oatmeal all that often, minus the rare camping treat.  We usually do steel-cut oats in the crock pot, or homemade granola with cream. That said the boys relish their rare occasions…

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Simple Goodness: Strawberry Jam

Oh the sweet taste of summer! Strawberry, in all its glorious goodness, sweet and tangy, surreal in January.  We enjoyed an afternoon of jam making waaayy back in July, and looking back at the pics I thought perhaps, I would share the simple recipe I enjoy using.  I make mostly freezer jam on our homestead.  It preserves the wholesome…

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Sweet Summertime, A Season in Photographs

Winds roar whipping whirling dervishes against panes as we cozy up on the homestead in blizzard conditions.  Somewhere in the distance I can hear the barn door banging in the wind, as treetops bend.  ‘Tis the season for homemade afghans cocooning, woolen socks and mittens for toasty toes and fingers.  All are shored up tight, riding out the…

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Fall Gifts

  The the biggest gifts come in the smallest of packages.  It’s the moments you miss, if you blink.  First fresh early morning snowfall glittering jeweled gift across fields, tradition and love becoming one in first days light. These are the moments, gone in blink, captured in heart, wrapped in beautiful paper, tied with heartstring ribbon, stored…

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Blog??? What Blog?!!!!

Ok, so it’s been a while.  Please don’t give up on me 🙂 I promise that I will blog again, I just needed time to focus absolutely and completely on life. God unfolds wonderful, mysterious, blessings when we least expect them. Our family has been busy on the homestead with summer garden chores, aka, hauling water to…

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Early Morning Blessings & Heart-Full Chocolate Chip Scones

Why is it that some mornings one wakes with a sense of blessedness, heart full and eyes open, and other mornings lids are leaden with a heart to match?  Is it the simple fact that the sun is shining?  Or is it more likely that your heart is open, and you are shining? Wake up…

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It seems the world could use a little more grace today.  As we open our hearts collectively as a country, as a community, as families, as individuals, we work together to raise the energetic vibration.  Rise above adversity.  Rise above violence.  Raise your voices in prayer.  Count your blessings.  Share your gifts.  Forgive what needs…

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“Blessings keep our awareness of life’s holy potential ever present.  They awaken us to our lives…..with each blessing uttered we extend the boundaries of the sacred and ritualize our love of life.  One hundred times a day, everywhere we turn, everything we touch, everyone we see.  The blessings can be whispered.  No one even need hear.  No one but the Holy One.  ‘Holy One of blessing, Your presence fills the Universe, Your presence fills me.’ “

~excerpt from One Thousand Gifts Devotional, by Ann Voskamp