3 Easy Easter Traditions (that are fun & educational!)

Three easy Easter traditions that my family could never do without? They’ve been part of our Easter celebrations since the girls were too young to even understand their significance. But in simple ways they help even little ones get a glimpse of the immensity of Christ’s amazing love. Read on for all the details. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips […]

3 Resources That Comfort When Life is Tough

It’s been quiet but productive around the homestead this week. There has been cold wind, treacherous ice, and standard difficulties, but when I focus on those things then sings my soul from somewhere in me but apart from me, reminding me I am blessed. I am reminded that even in the hard moments there is indeed reason to […]

How We Made a Gingerbread Farm

  We didn’t make a gingerbread house. We made a gingerbread farm. Our inspiration? Our own 200-year old farmhouse, our own farm animals, and a Christmas without presents.   I’d been out of town for most of November and December. I’d looked over the girls’ school work from my mom’s hospital room 400 miles away, video […]

Fall deliciousness & Blueberries for Sal

Fall ushers in deliciousness. Heirloom pumpkin treasures draped over our garden fence mean homemade pumpkin bread. (See this post for my family’s favorite pumpkin bread recipe.) Marked maple trees on our New England farm promise yummy possibilities of winter syrup. Just-picked apples are a downpayment on fresh apple cider. While our apple harvest was tiny […]

Looney Nature Study

Nature study in our homeschool turned a little loony this week. And it was spotty. And uncolorful… The lake who stretches her clear waters out northward from the base of our slopping property supports an array of wildlife and picture-perfect sunsets…

12 Things to do With Fall Leaves

I’m always somber this time of year; sad to see summer fading. To get out of my funk, I focus on the vibrant beauty that next month will bring and think of things to do with autumn leaves. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you like to know how […]

Celebrating Teens’ Independence

  I became the new owner of the most amazing old treasure at our library book sale. It’s dusty. It’s huge. It’s a tome of words… a dictionary printed in 1920. A daughter sauntered over to me as I perused the historical fiction table and announced I had to see THIS. She knew I’d love […]