The Secret of a Beautiful Life

“Thanksgiving must be wrought into the life as a habit – before it can become a fixed and permanent quality. We must persist in being thankful. Thanksgiving has attained its rightful place in us, only when it is part of all our days and dominates all our experiences. Every day of our years should be…

Community

As I was in the garden this morning, planting and caring for the fall crop of vegetables, hands dirty and soul full, He began to speak to me, yet again, through this farm life we live. As I listened and looked around, this is what I saw… Broccoli, growing with onions. Lettuces, tucked under peppers…

Shedding Skins

Five. The number of times a Monarch caterpillar sheds its skin during its lifetime. That wild concept of “progression” just keeps coming up, doesn’t it? I have come to realize, through the raising of Monarchs here on our farm, that the life stage of the caterpillar is one of incomparable beauty and growing wisdom. An…

Soul Grabbers

We are unschoolers. Simply put, we learn by doing what we love. Every single day. And for the past six months, a very large part of that learning, albeit not always out of love but neccesity, has been centered around raising four Nubian goat kids and a livestock guardian pup. This new adventure did not…

The Parable of the Pea Patch

We planted a pea patch this year. On a piece of land that belongs to our elderly neighbors, with an old 8N Ford tractor that belonged to my husband’s father, and a John Deere planter that’s every bit as old as I am. The nostalgia of that trio nearly did me in before the peas…

Of Okra and Superhero Capes

Our first, albeit small, okra harvest of the year. And I remember… One afternoon years ago, I was visiting with my grandparents and sharing with them the excitement of planting our first garden. During our visit, my granddaddy, better known as our “Honey”, rose from his chair and slowly shuffled to their laundry room. Upon…

Living Fractals

Many years ago, before my homesteading days, I read The Shack. The entire book rocked my world, but there was one chapter in particular that spoke to me so profoundly, so intimately, that I read it again and again, marking up the pages with a red pen as the words just seemed to come alive…

The Ripening Process

“I just don’t think these tomatoes are ever gonna turn red…” says many a gardener, every year. Isn’t that just like us? Always rushing things. The plants are barely in the ground and we wanna be plucking fruit. Results, now. Please and thank you. Oh, and make them ripe, juicy, perfectly round and blemish free….

Sanctuary Scutwork

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2:15 I love that verse. I love the fact that as soon as God breathed life into the nostrils of man, he put the man in a garden. To work it. To take […]

When you feel like a failure…

When you are having “one of those days”, feeling as if you’re doing it all wrong…  Bookmark this page. Come back and read it, being filled with the assurance that somebody out there is obviously doing it worse than you. :)))) The level of conversation constantly in progress around this home rivals that of scholars….

Holding Up Our Best (Life Lessons from a cow)

With the birth of little Ferdinand one week ago, things are beginning to pick up on the farm! There are always projects of various sorts going on around here, but his birth signifies the reality of a quickly approaching spring season.  I can smell it in the air. Ahh… But, wait, before we get ahead…

Perspective

Do you ever have an “Ohhhh…” moment? I’m referring to those moments when you finally slam right into the God who is so much bigger than you. You’ve been battling resistance and then all of a sudden it’s like, “Ohhhh… that was YOU the whole time? Geez…” Ya know?  That always makes me feel like…