You should know something: I’m a failure.

That’s me. Michelle. Newbie homesteader. Seasoned homeschooler. Writer. Wife to my high school sweetheart. And a failure. But I seem to learn a lot while I’m failing, so I write about it here. Michelle of SoulyRested

Turns out, I’m a failure at lots of things.

Feel free to pull up a chair under an interesting topic, like homesteadinghomeschoolingnature study; my experiences in dealing with grief, living in a two-centuries-old farmhouse, or tapping, boiling, and bottling our own maple syrup. Or search on your own, through my many years’ worth of ramblings thoughtful contemplations about many topics near and dear to my heart. (Just choose a post pictured below to start with, and you’ll find lots more, and a search bar too, from there.) Whether you catch up on a few caring-for-chicken tidbits, gardening tips, or making-your-own-maple-syrup how-tos… whether you enjoy musings about an old farmhouse, or glean a little parenting insight from this momma who’s been failing at the effort for almost 2 decades… my goal is always to help you Keep it Simple while being Souly Rested on Christ.

Why so much talk about maple syrup?

Ever since my husband tapped our first maple tree, I’ve been intrigued by the notion that we enjoy amazing sweetness–in liquid, granules, candies, and even smooth cream spread–that we’ve harvested from a tree right in our own backyard. If you’ve liked reading any of my posts about our DIY maple syrup experiences, you’ll love my new book that’s currently in production: Beautiful Sugar (how to make maple products & bake with them beautifully). Not only will it be the perfect guide for anyone who wants to try making backyard syrup, but no maple tree taping is required in order to fall in love with this book. It will include fascinating historical facts about maple syrup production, as well as details on how everyone can make maple sugar and maple cream (YUM!) right in their own kitchen, using real maple syrup that can be purchased in any store. Be sure to follow along here on SoulyRested, then you’ll be one of the first to know when my new book hits the presses!

Why so much talk about nature study?

When it comes right down to it, I’m a language-arts-kinda girl who homeschools her daughters and loves nature. So I often mention our nature study in my writing. Over the years, DSC_1588I’ve discovered a simple way to enjoy learning about nature as a family–even though, I’m not gonna lie, “science” intimidates me. So I’m putting together a complete nature study resource for even the least science-oriented parent (or grandparent) ever. Really. If you homeschool, you’ll want a copy. If you don’t homeschool, but you’re a parent who wants to encourage their child to notice a few details outside every now and then, you’ll want a copy. If you’re a fun grandparent who likes learning about a cool creepy crawly every once in a while with an intrigued grandchild, you’ll want a copy. When it’s ready to head to the presses, I’ll let you know.

I have a Resource Library to share with you.

In the mean time, my Resource Library is chocked full of free resources, so take a second to follow along here on SoulyRestedScreen Shot 2016-06-02 at 8.09.46 AM and you’ll have instant access. In my Resource Library, You can snag a FREE 7-page, chock-full-of-information printable that will get you started on an unbelievably easy, unlimitedly rewarding journey of nature study with a child. The free printable even includes an ID page for studying mammals. So, welcome to my New England homestead, where the floorboards creak, the barn roof sags, the lights and water are not always guaranteed to work, the land is rocky and unforgiving, and yet it is perfect. Because it is where God has placed my family. And I’d love to have you join me on this part of the journey.

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