Wanna make your own garden trellis for free?

I’m excited today to give you a glimpse into my DIY garden trellis idea that my daughters and I hatched many springs ago. We needed a good trellis but had zero money to go buy one. Who am I kidding? Even if I had hundreds to invest in a trellis, I would have preferred THIS […]

12 reasons to take your daughter to the fair

If you’re blessed to be a parent to an amazing daughter (or, like me, four), you may know multiple ways to braid hair. And you’ve probably hosted your share of  tea parties. You may paint a really mean manicure, especially on your daughter’s dominant hand. And you’re really good at listening (because she often has a lot […]

A Big Fat Mistake

I was debating if there were any good reasons to have a rooster. I was furious and heartbroken at the same time. I had made a horrible mistake that wound up costing the lives of many precious chickens on my farm. I make mistakes. A lot of them. Sometimes I wear a brown belt with […]

What Defines an Opulent Home?

Would you like to increase your home’s value? In your own eyes? In the eyes of your children? Surprisingly, all that’s sometimes needed is a little distance… There’s a story I love to tell about the house with golden windows. (I’m not just a crazy chicken lady and homesteading homeschool mom; I’m also a professional storyteller, so I […]

Counting it joy

When did we start thinking things needed to be quick and easy? When did we think happiness should be easy? Nothing’s quick or easy if we’re going to really learn something. But we can always find joy, if we try, even when life is really hard. I was thinking about this when I came across […]

Training My Dog to Like My Birds in 5 simple steps

My sweet labradoodle is the smartest, most loyal dog I’ve owned. His loyalty is deeper than deserved. But training my dog to like my birds? For that I do deserve some credit. As I type tonight, my labradoodle is a black-and-gray-streaked crescent curled at my feet. His long nose wraps across his front paw to lie down parallel with my right […]

My Tapestry… a rich history of family farming

I come from a history of family farming. Needless to say, with that history of family farming comes a beautiful history of family stories. Family stories that are often treasured memories and unforgettable heartbreak woven together. The tapestry often turns out to be beautiful, in the end, and for that I am grateful. This past week my daughters and I […]

Homemade Italian Dressing and a 4:8 Attitude

Homemade Italian dressing is always–always–in my fridge. But it didn’t used to be. In fact, I never once contemplated homemade Italian dressing until the day a double disappointment lead to this new joyous staple in my fridge, my new wish-I-had-realized-that-sooner thing. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you like to know how […]