History of the Lilac Bush

Before we moved to our New England farmhouse, which was built around 1800, I had never even considered the history of the lilac bush. Once I discovered the beautiful antique blooms in so many corners of our homestead, I was inquisitive to know if these fragrant trees had possibly been planted here long ago. DISCLOSURE: Do […]

A flower awakens. A circle closes.

Our move to NH has officially come full circle. One year ago today marks the end of an almost 6-year process that led our family to our humble New England homestead. One year ago today we became NH residents. We’re still learning our way around the state. We’re even still learning our way around our rocky, forested 14 […]

Shards of Little Moments

Bittersweet. Summer’s final breath. Boxes, a mini fridge, and baking pans neatly stacked in her van. An exuberant college Junior ready to return to friends and professors and her life, apart from me. This time of year always reminds me that amidst my feelings of sad separation spring joyous pride and immense gratefulness that God helped me […]

Reaping a Harvest

Surely it had been bathed in the light of the Harvest Moon hundreds of times before–our little red cape that sits at the bend in the road. There where the lake greets the river in rolling melodies, spilling over the dam, the full moons of many Septembers have certainly rolled their bright lullabies over the humble clapboard walls […]

Investigating. Admiring. Worshipping.

A fascination with creation will never grow old. A child will be mesmerized by creation for a lifetime if they are immersed in nature investigations at a young age. She, 15 short years ago, became entranced by a caterpillar inching its way along our patio. By the age of three, she had a butterfly-themed birthday and become […]

10 Reasons to Play in the Dirt

We should all play in the dirt every once in a while. But months ago, when she asked, I didn’t wanna… DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you like to know how you can support my efforts? I may receive monetary compensation for any link to any products or […]

Thwarting mosquitos

I always prefer homemade; so I figured why not homemade bug spray as well? Whether you would like to keep unwanted creepy crawlies at bay, or are looking for some great inspiration on ways to know more about creepy crawlies “of the good kind,” read on! DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find […]

Heart-shaped lessons from a white-tailed visitor

The corn was getting just tall enough to offer real promise of delicious August meals. The tomatoes were the size of bright green golf balls, starting to show hints of pink, longings for red adulthood. The cucumber plants were ready to reach out their tentacles and crawl along the ground because we had not yet built them a […]

When a Crumb is Like a Stone

Discovering Cookie was a huge excitement on our little New England farm last month. The next gray tree frog sighting was just as monumental, albeit, well a Crumb of a Cookie… He was amazingly docile and calm, only jumping out of her hand a few times but, for the most part, letting her hold him and […]

A perennial, paternal harvest

We pass a lot of things on to our kids, but what do we really give them when we pass on a love for gardening? I have been pondering this a lot lately…   It arrived via Fed Ex today. Shinny and ready to use. She was so excited. She couldn’t wait to fill it. […]