Perpetual Jar of Iced Tea

The rooster crows indignant of the stifling heat and humidity that is already billowing in through open windows of the old farm house. He seems to be daring the day into being, his mighty crow a lusty, bring it on dare. I, on the other hand, am not feeling so bold this morning, longing for…

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I believe in Miracles Miracles happen when we open to them.  God wants us to be whole, holy.  He calls us to him, he uplifts, he heals.  He sends Angels to hold our hands to witness our becoming, to gently guide us into alignment.  All of creation sings our birth song.  Calling us to our…

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The Sacred Everyday

Sunshine dances across diamond dunes outside the homestead kitchen window.  Late afternoon stretches across shadows as light plays fairy-like ascending into ether. Sparkling crisp breezes call my soul out of doors, while my mind and body tend to the bread rising and baking in the oven.  Comforting wisps of fragrant ferment permeate the air and tickle nostrils, reminding me to…

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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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Wherever you go, go with all of your heart

Wholehearted.  In the remaking of my blog I was contemplating letting go of my subtitle, my meaning of what this blog was when I started writing nearly two years ago.  After all, we grow and change, maybe this no longer fits my mission, my statement, my purpose.  Maybe its not glamorous enough, or maybe it is the…

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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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Preparedness has been on my heart and in the forefront of my thoughts as of late.  It is something that I am very familiar with, having been brought up with it.  My Dad always had a “little extra on hand,” just in case.  We stored an extra 25 lb. bag of flour, sugar, and dried…

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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