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.

Strawberry Happiness Feel free to pull up a chair under an interesting topic, like homesteading, homeschooling, or nature study. 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 a two-centuries-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 nature study?

While I enjoy writing about all kinds of homesteading and parenting topics, when it comes right down to it, I’m a language-arts-kinda girl who loves nature. So I often mention nature study in my writing. Over the years, I’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. It’ll be heading to the presses soon. I’ll keep you posted.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 8.09.46 AMIn the mean time, this site is chocked full of free resources, so poke around. Or take a second to follow along here on SoulyRested and you won’t miss a thing. Plus, 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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Keeping it Simple  — Homesteading and Homeschooling in Rural New England — Being “Souly Rested” in Christ