A Farmer by my own Definition

The farmer poem

It’s knowing there are other people who value hard work that gives me motivation when I need it. Continue reading

Whiter than Snow

“Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.”  Psalm 51:7


I awoke at midnight from pain in my stomach and hips, being stricken with a large uterine fibroid and an acute illness of some kind.  Having fallen asleep when the outside temperature was 37º with rain clouds, the soft silence drew me for a curious look.  In the faint lamplights I could see all was lighter in color than usual.  Arousing, I turned on the outside light to see pure white snow falling thickly, blanketing everything in its path.

We don’t typically get snow.  Joyfully, I woke my eldest two children (the ones likely to fall back asleep) and showed them the glorious sight. Continue reading

How I Do It All

This post was originally written in March 2014.  Now that I am actively blogging, I have decided to post it.  My children are now five in number and 9-1 in ages, and I have indeed continued in the lesson from that week without my husband.

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Easter 2014

This post is likely not what you think when you read the title, and I hope that will be a refreshing revelation to you.

For a whole week my husband had to be away from us right at the beginning of our Spring planting.  All of the chores and other areas of teamwork that were normally carried out by my husband had befallen me, and it was a great, eye-opening experience for me.  I learned quickly, in the first couple of days, that I had slowly grown to put off a lot of things until my husband would come home in the evenings or be available on the weekends.  Continue reading

A Beautiful Day


It was a beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading

Mother-to-Mother: Breastfeeding a Newborn

This is a candid letter I wrote to a brand-new mother 1500 miles away I never met.  My husband thought it was so practical and full of first-hand experience that I ought to share it on my blog.  Unless you are a man who is reading this to help his wife with her breastfeeding, I politely ask men, for modesty’s sake, not to read this article and leave it instead for the ladies.  Thank you.


Cradling my fifth blessing two days after her birth. Continue reading

Postpartum Letters From a Mother of Four

I am a mother of four children between two months and six years old.  Life in our home is very full.  May I share with you a glimpse of that fullness?  Perhaps you may be encouraged, inspired or reminded to treasure the fullness God has for you as well.  These are the thoughts of a mother freshly delivered into motherhood for the fourth time, still postpartum.

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You Have Too Many Children to Give Them What They Need – a repost from Generation Cedar

When I get the time, I enjoy stopping in at Generation Cedar to read Kelly Crawford’s latest posts. Her most recent, “You Have Too Many Children to Give Them What They Need“, is (as usual) very forthright and on topic with so much I see and hear in society today. I wish I could be so articulate to say the same things! So, here are some excerpts to give you a taste and I hope you will click over and read her full article.

This is a great preview into some upcoming posts on how I have had more to give, not less, as each child has come into our home and lives. You would think a parent would be spread more thin, having more children, but the opposite is true when we give children what they need

Be sure to come back again to see what I have grown to have more of to give with each child added to our family. Until then, here’s some wisdom from Mrs. Crawford…


Somewhere along the line, we created an imaginary set of rules about what kids need for healthy development and if you’ll listen closely, you’ll hear it: “To love my children is to buy them things.” Suffice it to say, if love equals providing material comforts, American children are the most well-loved children in the world. Ironically, they also suffer the most from narcissism, ingratitude, and a grandiose sense of entitlement.


I’ve been asked, outright, how I could possibly give each child “what they need” since I have far more children than the average family. But the question I ask is, “What do you mean by ‘what they need?’ ”


But usually the people who ask me such questions have two parents working outside the home and their children are in school. With homework and school functions considered, that means parents and children are spending an average of (studies indicate) 36 minutes during a weekday together, and 7 out of 10 admit that time is mostly spent watching t.v.


The god of consumerism hates children because “too many children” curb our spending.


Read more here to find out what Kelly, mom of 10 children, has to say about what children really need.

Here’s what children need, whether you have 1 or 20.

And I Linger…



I used to dwell on many things that to Eternity hardly matter,

But now I sing a different tune, and instead now I linger.

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The Newbie Homesteader: June Harvest & A Go At Organic Pest Control

So, I realize it is now July 1st, but I harvested and took the photos on Friday; I’m just late getting this out.  By now, I have a huge bunch of carrots, several heads of cabbage, enough Swiss chard to feed us and our chickens, lots of weeds, etc.  But it’s glorious work.  It must be.  It has to be done! Continue reading

Enjoy Your Little Tag-Alongs

I saw a young mother with eyes full of laughter
And two little shadows come following after.
Wherever she moved, they were always right there,
Holding on to her skirts, hanging onto her chair–
Behind her, before her–adhesive pair.
“Don’t you ever get weary as day after day
Your two little tag-alongs get in your way?”
She smiled as she shook her pretty young head,
And I’ll always remember the words that she said:
“It’s good to have shadows that run when you run,
That laugh when you laugh, and hum when you hum;
For you only have shadows when your life’s filled with sun!”

~Anonymous, “Letters From Our Readers” Keepers at Home Summer 2014 issue.


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