it’s a little far into the year for another blog post, but I’m pretty much out a computer and Joe’s tablet is all I’m able to use for any internet use.  It’s not the most convenient medium.

Life updates:

– joe has completed barber school and has a profession now. Exciting times for the Corridoni.

– our apartment is expanded and we are no longer living in the close quarters of a single room for our entire family.

– our family has expanded to 5! Welcome Allistair Gregory!


– we’re starting to get our homesteading act together again. If you ask joe, he’ll tell you how behind we are, but I think we’re much further ahead than any year previous, so I’m optimistic. We already have some of our seeds germinating in flats, chicks, and have bettered our garden plan and strategy. I’m pretty excited about the prospect of a no-till no-water garden. For more info, see http://www.backtoedenfilm.com


– I’ve gone sugar, gluten, and for the sake of the bbaby, dairy free. I’m following the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan, and find that as a result, I’m eating the healthiest I’ve ever eaten in my life. It feels so good!!

– bridget turned 2 at the end of March


I believe that is the major updates from our place! Until next time.


my end of summer reading list

I’m not going to lie. A lot of this is going to seem pretty boring to most folks. I am on a non-fiction christian book kick. I will do my best to add a brief description of subject matter. I will also be adding books I have read and completed thus far over the summer.

Three Decades of Fertility: Ten Ordinary Women Surrender to the Creator and Embrace Life (Kindle) read

Ten women share their stories of childbearing and being mothers over the course of three decades, from their 20’s – 40’s. I gained a lot of wisdom from this book. These ladies reminded me of my mom and I felt as though I were being taught by true Titus 2 women.

Diapers, Dishes, and Dominion: How Christian Housewives can change the World by Leah D. Smith (Paperback) read

Leah covers a variety of topics from gender rolls, to child-rearing, to government, to eschatology. I found myself either nodding in agreement or being wowed by insights I had never considered before, yet made perfect sense. This was just the right book for just the right time in my life – a mom with young children, preparing them to enter their practical and spiritual educations. This book was a gift to me, and I wish I could gift it to every woman I know. A true treasure for those who are wondering what in the world they are doing as a mother.

Born-Again Dirt: Farming to the Glory of God by Noah Sanders (Paperback) currently reading

Great read so far. Another gift from a friend. The author makes a case for what the Bible has to say about farming. Put into practice, farming according to the Word will look different to different people in different regions, but the principles are the same – take dominion of the earth, and animals, take care of others, and have a godly business ethic.

Paradise Restored by David Chilton (Hardcover) currently reading

I have only gotten a couple of pages in so I haven’t formed a whole lot of opinions. I am reading this because I have lately become curious about the Postmillennial Eschatology. This book supposedly gives solid scriptural evidence for an eschatology of hope. So far the idea makes sense to me, that if Jesus finished His work of defeating sin and death on the Cross, that sin and death no longer have power over the Christian, and not just the Christian, the earth as well. “The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” Postmillennialism was the dominant eschatological view of the Church up until WWI. However, contrary to an eschatology of hope, there now reigns in Christianity an eschatology of fear. That is: Antichrist is coming, Satan is winning, this world is going to hell in a hand basket until Christ’s return, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Looking forward to this read a lot.

Family UNplanning by Craig Houghton (Kindle)

Point of interest for me. Sometimes it’s nice to just have a little encouragement when you feel like  the minority.

Fully Alive: A Biblical Vision of Gender that Frees Men and Women to Live Beyond Stereotypes by Larry Crabb (Kindle)

This is also a point of interest for me and as I’m going to blog on gender roles (at some point) thought this book came across my eyes fortuitously. I would probably not read or purchase this book normally, but Kindle was offering it for free yesterday so I figured why not. Don’t know if I will agree with it or not, but maybe there is something to be gleaned. 

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (Kindle)

I asked my facebook community to offer some book recommendations on parenting and this book came recommended by a few women who’s parenting I respect, and also I was warned that his books did more harm that good to one father’s parenting. I think I’m a good judge of things I should and should not believe in, so I expect there will be things I will take away as helpful and other things I will disregard. That’s just how I roll.

Thats it for now. I have a few more on my Kindle that I want to read, but we’ll see how I do with these. I will update either in September or when I’m done – whichever comes first.

note to self 1.11.13

Oh, hello 2013. Where did you come from?

Hello often neglected blog. I’ll try to do better in giving you some attention in 2013. I’ll try.


IMG_1347A portrait of my child. once a week. every week. in 2013

Happy New Year everyone out there. So far this year, our little family has been sick, sick sick.

New Years resolution : to be more faithful to this blog.

Topics to cover in the coming…month or 2

  • thoughts leading up to the new baby
  • piper’s birth story in hindsight
  • my breast feeding story
  • more self-sustainability for everyone (bartering, being culturally informed,…)

New features to add

  • weekly knitting (so not to make everyone gag all at once)
  • monthly knit-a-long
  • siblings
  • baby led weening(?)
  • posts by Joe (barbering, gardening, primitive skills, hunting…)

Continuing features

  • Thursday Thanks
  • From the Kitchen
  • animal/gardening posts

In other news

  • we no longer keep rabbits – they became food for our tummies
  • pig butchering is just around the corner (anytime…anytime…)
  • I turn 30 this month. Yep. A wife. A mom. 30 and officially can’t pretend to be a kid anymore. *sigh*

YOU give some feedback! What on these lists will keep you coming back for more??

thursday thanks

7 of 8 chicks that have hatched…several more eggs remain unhatched

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

Thanking God for:

  • the opportunity to see chickens hatch. It is such a cool experience.
  • not being able to find my canner. There must be a reason I shouldn’t make dill relish today?
  • P being able to poop again, and for the wisdom to figure out it was a [cows] milk allergy.
  • being out of the woods with my morning sickness. Now just waiting for the burst of energy that comes along with the second trimester.
  • getting to meet with my midwife on Monday.
  • the wisdom imparted to me by my parents.

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

good intentions

Well I had great intentions for blogging when I finally got my computer back…only to find out I’m pregnant and to follow that up with morning sickness. Yes, morning sickness is what I’m going to blame my lack of posting on. While posting is easy, photography isn’t when all I want to do is lay down and wallow in my own misery.

However, I have not been! …wallowing, that is.

I have been chasing around a very whiney, very constipated 13-month-old though, and napping when she naps (for as long as she will nap). The constipation is being fought with irish oatmeal, sweet potato, and prune juice. I think we are on our way to a more healthy bowel.

I just have a hard time blogging with no photos. I know that the blogs I follow don’t just have to do with great writing. In fact, if I’m honest, I really mostly read blogs to stalk other people(who I have no relationships with)s’ lives through their photos. If you have a blog without photos and I read it, you are either a friend/acquaintance of mine who’s life I care/am nosey about or…you are ridiculously funny. So the fact that I haven’t been able to post photos makes me feel like my blog won’t be read anyway, so why bother…right?

But I feel the need to type, and here I am typing. Without photos.


Joe and I have both been frustrated homesteaders this week. Due to a storm, all our corn was rained on and fell over, not to be saved. Our tomatoes are plentiful, but blighted from a lot of rain early in the season. Hopefully our potatoes will fair better. Insects seem to be feeding on our other crops. However, our beans and summer squash are doing quite well.

I’ve been wanting to make lots of things from veggies either from our own garden or from things picked up at the farmer’s market, but I’ve been really useless in the kitchen these days. My mental ambition forgot to translate to the physical. Oh right…icky tummy.

On a happier note, we are hatching our own eggs, and they should be ready to break out at the beginning of September (in a little over a week). I’m hoping morning sickness will be over by then and I will be ready with my camera. I’m super excited for Piper to watch little chicks hatch.

Things I’m looking forward to getting to after the sickness passes are:

  • every maternity tutorial from this blog
  • baby/infant knitting
  • canning & pickling
  • pie baking (I’d love to get this book!)
  • january pig butchery

Hope to be back soon!

computer issues

Just to let everyone know, I have not left this blog intentionally blank. My computer is dead, as in, not holding a charge. I’ve tried a different cord, and that is not the problem. So, until we can get to Portland to bring our computer to be fixed at the mac store, blogging isn’t happening. Today I am posting from my parents computer which isn’t convenient.


(Thrifted Nine & Co. shoes $6.99 and baby Levis sneaks $1.99.)


Lately we / /

  • Have gone visiting Joe’s family in Kansas (photos forthcoming).
  • Have gone thrifting, yard-saling,  and antiquing (there will be more photos, but see my and Piper’s new shoes!?).
  • Are getting ready for a Memorial Day weekend – Friday, Saturday, Monday (we don’t work on Sunday) – yard sale. Please contact me on facebook for an address if you’re interested in coming.
  • Are planting herbs and veggies and plotting out my herb garden.
  • Are taking care of a teething baby who isn’t feeling or napping well this week.
  • Are cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!

So until We get our computer back, sorry for the lack of posting.

thursday thanks

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

Thanking God for:

  • Piper sleeping a really good nights sleep for the first time in 2 weeks
  • Piper getting her good naps back too
  • a new milking stand
  • painting work for Joe all this week and into next week (if you’re looking for a good painter, contact me).
  • tax returns
  • dirt cheap flight to Kansas next weekend for my BIL’s high school graduation
  • new clothes
  • fresh motivation today

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