from the shelves of my library

Currently reading:

The Housewife’s Handbook: How to Run the Modern Home by Rachel Simhon

This isn’t so  much something you’ll want to read from cover to cover, but rather to use as a reference guide.

*How to eradicate mold from your bathroom
*How to clean that oven you’ve let collect grease drippings for the past 10 years or more
*How often to clean your windows or curtains
*How to dust properly (an important one for me)
*Green household cleaner recipes

As I get ready to move into my first home-of-my-own with a husband with allergies (to I haven’t yet figured out what) and a newborn baby, these are important things for me to stay on top of. It applies very well to my situation as well, as I intend on becoming a full time housewife and stay-at-home-mom starting July 1st.

Recently watched:

True Grit by The Cohen Brothers

Okay, this one isn’t from my personal library, but was rented from Redbox.

This is a Cohen Brothers (The Man Who Wasn’t There, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Burn Notice) remake of the movie True Grit, originally out in 1969, starring John Wayne. Never saw that version, so I have no comment as to how they stack up against one another.

I wasn’t a personal fan, but that’s not to say that it wasn’t a good movie. It was pretty decent and well acted. I’m just not one for enjoying westerns. I did enjoy that for the most part (other than when Jeff Bridges character, Rooster, slurred his speech when drunk) there was no use of contractions. One would think that would be irritating, but actually I thought it made everything sound more old fashioned and authentic to the time period.

Listening to:

The Valley by Eisley

The same hauntingly beautiful vocals as ever, and lyrics so heartbreakingly sad. As much as I want to play this over and over, it is so depressing to me right now.

weekending: father’s day

This year Joe and I had or first Mother’s and Father’s Days  as parents. Now if we could only just meet our child… 🙂

Today was a nice day spent with friends and family.

Happy Father’s Day to the patriarchs in my life!

My mom and her dad – my Papa.

My dad.

And yes, ladies and gents, this is the love of my life and father of my child – Joe.

thursday thanks

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

I’m thankful for:

  • Thunder showers in the early morning, with sunshine before Joe has to leave for work.
  • Joe having a job today.
  • A husband who reads the Bible with me.
  • Having food, shelter and clothing, even if it’s not the ideal food, shelter, and/or clothing.
  • Loving and generous parents.
  • Discomfort, because it means there is a healthy life being formed.
  • Being trusted to raise a precious little life.
  • An apartment being built specifically for us.
  • Friends and family who give their time.
  • People who pray.
  • My church family.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you.”

last minute nesting

I’m doing my best to keep myself occupied getting ready for ‘Baby Corridoni’ to arrive. I’m loving all of the tiny things one can make for a baby!

This is the Double-Knot Stocking Cap which is a free pattern found on

These baby hats are made out of my old t-shirts which still hold some sentimental value to me. I used the Top Knot Baby Hat tutorial from PrudentBaby.

So many things left to do, but really…what to do next?!

sorry for the absence…

I’ve been away for quite a bit, but I’m hoping to get back to posting more regularly.

I actually don’t know who reads this, if anyone, but it’s nice for my own delusions to think that people do. I hope to make this blog as interesting to as possible to the hipster/homesteader/stay-at-home-mom demographics, and anyone else out in cyberspace who happens to care.

As of right now I am back to living on my parents property. Joe and I are living in a pop-up camper in their back yard which is closer to the things which we want to be doing – planting, living closer to our animals, being in our own space.

Construction on our apartment is under way, though it is going slowly and I am unsure whether or not this baby will be born in a home or in a camper. God is pressing us pretty tightly these days, but maybe that’s just what happens when you have convictions and then try to live them out. Oi vey.

On the plus side, we are excited! We have our goats to feed and hopefully stud this summer and milk this fall/winter, we have our rabbits (not pictured) to give us manure for our garden, pigs for slaughter in the fall and meat for the coming year, and chickens because fresh eggs are superior.

We have the following plants growing right now:
garlic – pictured above
watermelon – pictured above
sweet potatoes
barley – for homebrewing
and more on the way!

In preparation for the baby, I have bought just about all of my home birthing supplies. I just need the plastic sheeting for covering everything up. I’m at 37 weeks, and the baby will be arriving any time between now and the next 5 weeks! Eek! Still, preparing for his/her arrival is so much fun.

Really hoping our apartment will be done and we’ll be moved in before this little one decides to grace us with it’s little presence.