• Life With Chickens | One Month In

    If you follow along with my instastories, you’ve been getting a peek into our life with chickens for the past four weeks. We’ve had ‘the girls’ for a month now, so I thought I’d give a little update on how we’ve adjusted to life with hens. For those unaware, we bought four pullets (8 weeks) from a local hatchery. We have two Production Reds and two White Sussex. We chose these breeds because they are known for being great layers and both will produce lovely brown eggs. We do not plan to raise meat birds this year. As our pullets are only 12 weeks, we can’t expect to see eggs…

  • There’s Beauty In Every Season Of Motherhood

    While walking through the halls of my church last Sunday, I came across a woman nursing her baby. She sat quietly alone, and smiled as I walked past. “I really miss breastfeeding,” I said to her. She replied with surprise, and mentioned that she found it so isolating. I had forgotten that feeling. It’s funny how when you’re in one season of motherhood, the others seem so peaceful. It was only a few years ago that I was in that baby phase. I remember being awake in the middle of the night with a newborn, changing him, feeding him, rocking him. I lived my life in sweat pants and rarely…

  • The Best Thing You Can Purchase For A New Mom

    Approximately seven years ago, I had my first baby shower. I remember gathering with friends and family, munching on snacks, and smiling for photos despite feeling rather large. It was such an exciting time in my life! I’ve always loved baby showers. I’m a firm believer that all children should be celebrated, because each is a little miracle! And although gifts aren’t expected, it sure does help Mom and Dad out. When I shop for a baby shower, I tend to be drawn to the most adorable outfit or baby blanket I can find. Practicality isn’t typically at the forefront of my mind, but it probably should be as a…

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    And Then We Decided To Get Chickens

    … And then we decided to get chickens, because apparently three kids and two dogs wasn’t enough. Somebody smack me if I start talking about adding goats to the family. Ever since we began dreaming up the idea of moving to a rural property, chickens were a part of the conversation. When you have the space, it just makes sense, right? They’re low maintenance and give you eggs. That’s about as easy as animal husbandry gets. We felt that exposing our kids to animals at a young age was a wonderful way to grow up. Having them involved in the clean up and care is also a good lesson in…

  • The Many Different Forms of Homeschooling

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned in our journey of educating our kids, it’s how many different forms of homeschooling there are! Homeschooling itself is a fairly simple concept. It means your kids aren’t taught in the conventional four walls of a school building. But what homeschooling looks like for one family can be completely different from another. And I know people are curious! I truly believe everyone can find a system that works for their family, though I understand not all want/or feel called to implement a homeschool education. For us it was truly a calling. In this post I’m going to share with you a few of these…