Nativity scenes need muddy cows and red dragons

What’s wrong with the nativity scene? My first Christmas as a homesteader I noticed quite a few problems with our nativity scene… That was a few years ago, but think of it again every Christmas… A Cherished Childhood Tradition We released the ceramic animals from their blocks of styrofoam and arranged them under a rustic wooden stable. She had […]

Chocolate Brittle Crackers

Because I’ve felt a little brittle at times this week, and because, well, chocolate is always a good thing, I thought I’d share my recipe for Chocolate Brittle Crackers with you. Scroll to the bottom for the yumminess. It’s been a week of blindsides. Which are harder to deal with when you’re feeling brittle. It’s a funny thought, brittle. […]

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 […]

Ummmm, Do YOU Know How to Celebrate Pancakes?

Hold everything–I literally just learned that Tuesday, Februrary 13, 2018, is PANCAKE DAY. Ummm, how have I never heard of this holiday that has apparently been celebrated for centuries? Admittedly, I do have maple on the brain these days. So of all the times to discover this amazing day of yum, I guess now–the season […]

Questions to Ask Mom and Dad on Valentine’s Day

This week marks my first holiday of love without the two people who loved me the longest; and I’ll be missing my mom and dad on Valentine’s Day. This is the third in a four-part series about grieving the loss of a loved one. In the final post, I’ll be sharing very specific ways others helped me throughout these […]

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 […]

The 4 stages of grief

Saying goodbye to a loved one takes a while. It happens in stages. I’ve been saying goodbye to my Mom and Dad for many weeks. I imagine I will be for a lifetime. But I’ve learned, for me at least, there have been four stages of grief: DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find […]