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    The Kitchen Counter

    Most years, I spend the week before Christmas in a flurry of baking, gift making, and gift wrapping. This year, I spent a few days replacing the kitchen counter around the sink. You may recall that a few years ago, I put in a whole new cabinet, sink, and countertop in the kitchen. The cabinet setup that had been there was very badly damaged and rotting, and we ended up replacing everything. We decided to put in a tiled countertop the first time around, but not without some apprehension. The biggest concern was that we were not sure how well it would hold up over time. But tile countertops are…

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    A Mudroom for the Homestead

    “Here me out… What if we turned my office into a mudroom? We could even put the washer and dryer in there so you have a first-floor laundry.” -Scott And that’s how we ended up with a mudroom for the homestead. The house just finished getting painted, and Scott was talking about putting a porch on the back of the house. We were debating what to do about with the current entryway of the house. It’s tiny, and not nearly big enough for a family of 8. Plus, the back stairs (concrete) are damaged and will end up needing to be replaced or repaired at some point in the next…

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    October 2020

    Praise the Lord! This election cycle is almost done! What a ridiculously stressful year when it comes to all things politics. I don’t think it matters where you stand, this political season has been awful. But I digress… October has turned out to be a surprisingly productive month for us. The house is being painted, the yard is almost completely cleaned up, the small garden beds have been put to sleep, the plowing is almost done, the outbuildings are getting cleaner, and the house is being purged and organized and almost done. We’ve tackled a few big projects in the house that really helped facilitate the cleaning process, and we’re…

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    Busy Season

    Well, I dropped off the face of the earth again, so that must mean it’s our busy season! Starting a new school year, harvesting from the garden, preserving the bounty, and doing my best to maintain a clean house… it all adds up, and it’s quite a challenge! The month of July was spent preparing for parties, or so it seemed. Independence Day, Rocket Club, Christmas in July (not at our house), and Miss Lady’s Tea Party all happened that month, and in between those events, there was lots of yardwork and party prep! But everything went off without a hitch, and we had perfect weather for it all. August…

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    Homesteading for the Beginner

    I was recently asked a question that, on the surface, seems fairly straightforward. “How do you start homesteading?” What a great question, but what a loaded question at that! The answer is not ever going to be the same for any two families (or individuals, for that matter). I’ll do my best to answer this question though, and go through ten points to consider as you embark on your homesteading journey. #1 Find Your “Why” If you ask me how to start homesteading, my first question to you will probably be something along the lines of “Why do you want to homestead?” As a homeschooling parent, I know all too…

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    Dull of Hearing

    “For the people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.” -Matthew 13:15-16 (KJV) How many of you have felt like you want to speak up about what’s going on out there in the world, but if you would say anything you would not be heard, or you’d be shouted at and belittled? Maybe not just the…