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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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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Intentions for a New Year

  A new year is a new beginning. Begin again, start fresh, wake anew. Intentional living allows one to be open to making changes in her life.  When she has the courage to openly see what is working, and what is not.  When it is time to build on, or time to let go. Cultivating a…

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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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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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Homesteading with Heart, Just exactly what does that mean?

Homesteading.  Urban Homesteading.  Modern-Day Homesteading.  Backyard Homesteading.  Sustainable Homesteading.  Self-Sufficient.  Back- to-Basics.  Back-to-the-land.  Agrarian Culture.  Simple Living. These are just some of the keywords that are being used to describe the movement that is sweeping our nation and others.  Perhaps it is America’s pioneering spirit that is energizing the wave of people, men and women,…

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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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