Runs Like a Deer

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I love the Fourth of July!! It’s my favorite gathering of family and friends all year, next to Christmas. But first thing this morning, I got to see the best fireworks display I’ll see all day: I love sunrises. I should see them more often. I’m back to running (truly running, not just walking). I dragged myself out of bed this morning and headed out the door,... Read More

Coincidental Snails

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Some days feel like God is pushing me along… I’ve been training for a 5K and had hoped to participate in my first one within a few weeks. The training started better than expected! But when school let out, things slowed… to a stop. Last week, my husband booted me out the door (as tenderly as possible, of course) to go run! Having a mind of my own, and feeling groggy... Read More

Blood, Guts, Gore, and Brownies: Processing Grass-Fed Chickens

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My husband and I were up until 3am last Wednesday night, processing 32 massively oversized grass-fed chickens. Unfortunately, the chicks don’t hatch out of their shells, neatly plastic-wrapped in packages of white meat for me. This spring, our family has been redefining backyard chicken-keeping, by putting them in the front yard. I think it is the only relatively flat piece... Read More

My Cross Training Session

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I’ve taken up running this past week – which you already know, if you’re friends with me on Facebook. And you already know that my husband bought me some dedicated running shoes… And that I completely shocked myself yesterday morning, by running the distance of a 5K! I’ve been wondering what to do for cross training, on the lighter exercise days.... Read More

Fluffy, et al. Settle into Farm Life

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I’ve posted before about my struggle to settle into farm life… …which must seem idyllic to some people, considering the number of families in our church who are moving to little acreages in the country recently. It’s just a lot of work, especially for a family with four very young children and a dad who works the equivalent of two other jobs. And it’s... Read More

Pearls and Priests (and a Hoof Trimmer)

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I’m not proud of myself for this, but several weeks ago, if you had visited, you would have found me curled up on the sofa, throwing an impressive pity party for myself. I was afraid I had irritated a friend, exactly the type of thing that can color my entire world gloomy. Black confetti was raining down, and mentally I was poking pins into any upward-bound thought bubbles. This... Read More

Born in a Barn

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When my husband and I first married, he was the type to hike up Pike’s Peak, his chin-length blonde hair temporarily pulled out of the way, then come back down and strum a little guitar beneath the Rockies. After we got married, he started hunting and cattle ranching. When he takes up a new venture, he never does it in a small way. At the risk of being too honest… this... Read More

Catching Grasshoppers

No one can say that this squinty-eyed cowgirl is afraid to dig her hands in the dirt! Grasshopper wrangling’s her favorite thing. Oh my… She has good company, and it (Click here to read more or leave a comment on Catching Grasshoppers) Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterGoogle +1Pinterest Read More

A Visit to a Local Farm

We spent a day at a local organic farm recently. There were games on the lawn… a hay rack ride… (Click here to read more or leave a comment on A Visit to a...) Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterGoogle +1Pinterest Read More

The Amazing Adventures of Kitty Kitty

Last week we had to say goodbye to one of our cats from this post. The hero of the story is alive and well, but his orange buddy has gone on to greener pastures (the back west pasture, to be exact). This story happened when they were both tiny. (The pictures were taken when they had grown up more.) We try to celebrate these good, fun things, keeping in mind that faith is a relationship,... Read More