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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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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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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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

The Homemade Homestead Apothecary~ Tea Love

Making tea is a wonderful start on your path to herbal healing and wellness. Tea can be a wonderful soother for a busy, stressful days.  Making ‘tea time’ a family tradition is a wonderful way to include the kiddos, as is learning, gathering, growing, blending and preparing herbs and herb for tea. The boys love to blend their favorites.  Their…

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