When I Forget…

     See this cake?  It’s Black Forest Cake,  something I love and enjoy.  Until recently, that is.  Last week I had a colonoscopy, during which my doctor found a polyp and an autoimmune disorder.  I’m in my early 30s, it was a huge blessing these concerns were caught before it turned into serious health…

With Hope

It is hard to imagine the power in our purchases.  My friend Emily Moore has created a thriving business by Trades of Hope, a Fair Trade Federation Certified company which values women and seeks to help them out of poverty.  I am enamored with most of their products, but especially their mission.  When you purchase from…

Hooks and Hearts

On Monday two wonderful, genuine people launched a business.  I was so excited for them; more importantly, I was encouraged by them.  So often it is easier to lament an evil or problem rather than look for a way to help.  Brad and Maggie Perrine have found their way to address a visible need through Hooks…

The Wait

I was waiting so patiently for this egg.  Ok, not really.  I had waited impatiently for my hen to gift me with one of these.  It’s gorgeous, and I now want to raise more colorful egg layers.  Waiting is never wasted  (especially with these beauties ).   As crazy as it sounds, the egg pushed…

When We Are Tired

I am tired.  Exhausted.  Overwhelmed by unimportant things.  Yes, none of that last thought was grammatically correct.  The broken thought is a reflection of my mind right now.  My children haven’t been sleeping well the last couple weeks, neither am I.  I live a zombie life for the moment and pray that we can return…

Message in the Broken

I was incredibly upset.  I had gone to our local Christian bookstore to pick up the last few items for a book study I was facilitating, and my kids had a bad day.  All listening halted the moment we walked in.  There were lots of bright, cheerful, and shiny items to catch their attention, and…

Changing Perspective

This weekend my husband and I took our 4 and 3 year olds for a walk.  If you have never taken young children into the woods, let me caution you: they will complain!  The moment the terrain became rocky, the incline grew steep, and they felt the grumble of snack time come around, the whine…

Revealed in Pictures

I’m learning to embrace my new normal. Sunset has been my favorite time of day because of beauties like this! Then fall began creating these gorgeous morning pictures with the sun coming through the fog.  I can’t believe it’s real at times. I have seen countless pictures of my father-in-law’s patriotic barn with bright red paint…

What’s Underneath?

I made ricotta cheese this week, and it was a moment of bravery in my homesteading adventures.  I watched speaker/author Gianaclis Caldwell this past weekend create the same goodness while she gave a talk on cheese making.  Surely, I could do it, too?  It looked so simple!  Well, I’m not much for the exact sciences of the kitchen. …