more to homesteading.

So far as this blog has been concerned, I haven’t talked a WHOLE lot about my spiritual beliefs. For the most part, I wanted to keep those kind of things off the blog to make it more accessible to to the masses. I haven’t shied away from talking about my faith completely (I did have Thursday Thanks going for a while), I just chose not to make this the forum for talking about faith.

I didn’t want to offend people by my beliefs and get hate/controvercial comments. I was afraid I would end up making enemies of the people who like me based on what they don’t know about me.

I believe this was a mistake.

For a while I was able to make this blog work. Talk about farmy things, talk about family things, talk about kitcheny things. Blah, blah, blah.

The problem is that my faith is the essence of who I am. The way I look at farming, family, food, my entire world is based on what I believe (or don’t believe) about God. Without connecting my life with my faith, my world seems duller to me; uninteresting. When I connect my life to God, my world becomes beautiful and alive. By disconnecting the two, I ran out of things to write, and the motivation to write.

My apologies to those who like to read my blog. I will be writing more, and the content will become skewed to my moral biases. You can continue to read if you like. If what you read offends you, makes you mad, and you don’t like it, well… 3 things. 1) You can talk to me in a kind way about it, and my mind may change, 2) you can talk kindly to me about it and my mind may not change, but we can agree to disagree, or 3) you can stop reading this stuff that upsets you so much.

The things I will talk about:

  • This is a homestead blog after all so I will write about the earth, and what we believe our responsibility is to it from our Christian perspective
  • The home, and what we believe our responsibilities are there. Homeschooling, housework (cooking/cleaning/playing),
  • Marriage
  • Gender roles, which I believe are equal in importance, but different.
  • Eschatology (how we view the future)
  • Probably other related stuff that I can’t yet think about.

People will get a good look at how abnormal of a person I am. But you know what? Who wants to be the same?

thursday thanks

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On this cold cold day, I thank God for:

  • living next door to my parents and their wood stove. so even when our apartment won’t heat up beyond 58 degrees, we can go a-visiting 😉
  • being “The Great Physician.” prayers of healing for my dad who is down with a stomach bug.
  • warm healing soups
  • the skills to have a hobby like knitting
  • nesting and making lists
  • a week of sleeping through the night before more teething started
  • our hopes and dreams

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

**Concerning my previous post: There will be 2 more parts to Piper’s Story. 1 per week. Stay tuned 😉

thursday thanks

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

Being thankful to God for:

  • Piper having slept through the night 3 nights in a row! (praying this will continue to be the norm)
  • We are all healing (even Joe…finally).
  • Moving into a new decade of my life this weekend (thankful, but not pleased…).
  • Being a wife, a mother, a teacher, a keeper of my home.
  • My wonderful family.
  • New adventures to be had this year (updates as they happen).
  • An easy pregnancy, and healthy baby (prayers for more of the same).

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

 

**Concerning my previous post: There will be 3 more parts to Piper’s Story. 1 per week. Stay tuned 😉

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

thursday thanks

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

Thanking God this week for:

  • our pigs being able to drink the milk when the goat gets her hoof in it (along with any milk that’s gone sour).
  • morning sickness. Because it’s a sign that the baby is alive and well inside me.
  • a book series that have grabbed me this summer – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (next book out in March of ’13).
  • antique store finds, and favor with the owner!
  • farmers markets we hope to be a part of one of these days.
  • as always, my truly amazing husband, and adorable daughter.

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

thursday thanks

1 – our 1st ripening tomato / / 2 – pretty purple potato blossoms / / 3 – summer squash / / 4 – nursing kid / / 5 – goat hugs

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

Thanking God this week for:

  • restoring my computer to me!
  • the added blessing of a second goat in milk
  • fresh raw milk every day and homemade yogurt from said milk
  • learning new skills
  • the provision of food that is brought forth from the earth whose source isn’t the supermarket
  • cheap thrifted finds
  • a long afternoon nap for the little one
  • keeping me humble when I start to get a little self-righteous
  • my husband; without whom, my life would not be what it is. That he works so hard to make a reasonable place for our family and animals and that he challenges me to become more industrious, a harder worker, and a gentler wife, mother and woman.

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

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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