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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On the Homestead

Happy 4th of July!  Independence Day strikes a chord in my homesteader’s heart.  It is today that we celebrate the independent spirit that is the undercurrent of our country.  It was independence that gave courage strong to our founding fathers to stand and fight for what they believed in.  This is what makes America great.…

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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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Makin’ Do

When life gives you lemons are you gonna make lemonade? That was my question the other day, as I was on the verge of making nearly 400 mini cheesecakes for a friend’s sons’ grad party, and discovered that my kitchen sink would no longer drain– at.all. Sink full of mucky water wishfully left to drain…

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Blessings

“Count your blessings.” Isn’t that always what Grandma would say? Why then, is it so easy to forget?! For nearly every school day last year, the kids and I did exactly that. We counted. Blessings. One at a time. It’s amazing how fast they add up, if you are looking with hearts and eyes wide…

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JOY

I choose JOY. Today and in days to come. JOY in little things. In simple everyday moments. JOY in each and every moment. Spine tingling bone aching JOY. JOY right to the very core of my being, to the soul of who I am. JOY is the expression of not only who, but why I…

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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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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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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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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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