Be the Light

Gently, slowly, softly, light diffuses particulate through snow filters, allowing it to gently recede into stillness, into calm, into peace.  Dark of night comes on gradually enveloping the homestead in soft, inky, reflected light.  Midafternoon fades into eve, and all slows.  Lighting candles brings me joy this time of the season.  It’s as if in…

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Surrendering All

Morning dawns long and slow these days of deep fall.  Overcast skies have kept us quiet in the early morning hours longer than usual.  The bustling energy of the season is shifting to one of drawing in, drawing close, layers of quiet blanketing our old farmhouse enveloping us all in a gentle embrace. Mornings are…

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The Accidental Food Activist

So, I never set out to be an influencer.  Only a homestead mama sharing the joy.  However, sometimes, somewhere along the way, purpose finds you.  You can choose to step into the moment, lean in hard and listen good, or you can shrink back and shy away from it. One choice will feel right, good,…

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Gratitude

As I seek balance in the wake of abundant summer harvest my heart fills with gratitude.  I am learning to be still in the moment and lean into the presence of filling.  Learning to stand in comfortable awareness that there is much to do, yet allowing myself to be fully present with the task at…

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About: Me

Time spent in gardens and barns reminds me deeply of who I am.  Nurturing seeds, encouraging growth, gently allowing the season to unfold before my eyes in the garden brings joy with the arrival of each new, in season fruit, veggie, or herb.  The sweet nuzzle of Ms. Coco during the morning milking mingling with the smells…

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Letting Go

The Sky broke Crimson in the evening, with wisps of golden light illuminating the pasture.  Purple blooms glowed softly alongside brilliant gold, warm ivory, and a full spectrum of green played amongst the ground, whispering in the wind a gentle embrace rising up from the earth to cradle a tender heart.   I knelt close…

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Living Off-Grid

It has been a crazy week around these parts for so many people.  One week ago today we had a helluva thunderstorm, and yes, excuse the French, but we are calling it what it is, people.  A storm that shook the ground with a fierceness I have not felt for a good long time, if…

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A Simple Beautiful Life

Perhaps it is the way the morning mist gently gave way to softly nudging light through the windows this morning that makes me pause reflective before diving into the week.  It is the quiet of the morning hours as I watch chickens dutifully and tirelessly comb the lawn and gardens for tasty intruders, that I…

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How I got Locked in the Chicken Coop

This morning started out as a fairly normal day on the homestead.   I woke to slightly ambient light coming in the window, and cold sheets beside me where my husband had already rose.  My eyes felt heavy and crusty from a summer cold lingering.  It felt too soon to be time to get up.…

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Wild + Free

Thunder rolls dark clouds across window panes on the homestead, I pray for rain.  Our soils are thirsty and need all the hydration they can get.  Stacks of seeds await their destiny in the vegetable garden, and I as planter, guardian, and nourisher of life, bless them and pray they give us nourishment in return.…

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