Well now, that just looks ominous.... 😳 #latergram #pond #creepy
In a world where we glorify glitz and glamour, fame and popularity, even homesteaders and simplistic folk can get caught up in it all. In a society where we place our worth in likes, followers, and how good we can look online, we forget what our real lives look like. We've forgotten how to experience real life. The most complicated skill in the 21st century is to be simple. Even people who claim to live a back to the land life get caught up in it. Today, I choose to be simple. Today, I choose to be unbusy. Today, I choose to find my worth in the people within the walls of my own home...in the work of my hands...in the love of my Creator, not the created. Because quite honestly, it's far more important to me than anyone else...
Don't trade your authenticity for approval. I have to remind myself of this, even as recently as today. You were created differently than the person who sits beside you—your friend, your spouse, your mom, that blogger, that girl you work with. You were created differently, we all were—different talents, callings, necessities. Yet often times we are very quick to change who we are for the approval or happiness of someone else. We begin to find our worth in what people say they want us to be, or what we think people want us to be. And when we change, we find that we ourselves become irritable or unhappy. Suddenly we're trying to figure out why we are so frustrated or overwhelmed. In the end, that person may not stick around very long anyway. Or they may have even liked you just the way you were. So then we're left cleaning up the pieces of someone, ourselves, that we never really were, that we were just pretending to be. Don't trade your authenticity for the approval of others. Self-reflection is so healthy and necessary to live a good life. But changing just because someone doesn't like the way you are, without good reason or through Holy Spirit driven correction, is never a good idea. Your worth is found in Christ, and He is the greatest example of who you SHOULD be. And trust me, Jesus never lost His authenticity on the altar of approval from others. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. [Ephesians 5:1-2] #authenticity #jesus #worth #reallife #amyfewell
That time I almost picked up the wrong glass to drink 😳😳😜 #slowdown #gross #payattentionstupid
Bo isn't himself today. This old man has protected our flocks for years, and he's done a mighty fine job of it. He's taught me to respect a good rooster, because they are hard to come by. He has never attacked us, is sweet as a can be, yet incredibly fierce. I've seen him take on hawks twice the size of him, and he always wins. Today, he's tired. He's not himself. And that hurts my heart some kind of bad. I'm hoping he's just down because of all the rain, but I know in my heart that he's simply just getting tired 💚🐓He just doesn't have it in him anymore, and I think he's ready to just be a regular old chicken. #homesteading #bestrooever #chickens
I forgot to show the peas! Oh well 😉🌱 @tangithecaverswife challenged me to do #60secondsinmygarden I challenge @afarmgirlinthemaking @tcfarm @hopeshomestead and @offgridwithdougandstacy #homesteading #gardening #garden2017
Lemongrass is my FAV for cleaning products and air fresheners. I can buy this bottle for $10 and make at least 15 bottles of cleaner and even more bottles of air freshener. Rather than spending $15 for ONE bottle of natural cleaner at the store. Just one more reason I do what I do and love getting wholesale pricing 💚 Want to join? Just shoot me a message! Just want a bottle of Lemongrass? I'll give you my wholesale discount until the end of the month (plus minimal shopping), but you have to order it before May 31st! 😉🌱👍 #holistichealth #essentialoils #doterra #reallife #homesteading
I need this book in my life!!
Today in our Facebook Homestead Homemaking group, the challenge is to clean your entire Master Bedroom from top to bottom. It is believed that when your area of rest is clean and uncluttered, you sleep a more restful sleep. You are less likely to have a cluttered mind when you go to bed. But homemaking isn't just about cleaning. We're finding this out more and more each day as we connect in our group. Homemaking is about exactly that—making a home. Not a housekeeper, a homemaker. And so I've been slowly adding little touches as I go along throughout the daily tasks. I am not a perfectionist. My house still needs quite the purge to take place. And we've been in fixer upper mode for 9 years now. But it's these little things that I love the most. The little things that say who we are in our best of moments. And I love this about us when we're at our best. Whatever our souls are made of, it has been evidently clear from the very beginning, that we were made for each other. The amount of crazy that we've gone through over the past 11 years has only made us stronger together. We still make mistakes, we still grow as people, but my goodness, I don't ever want to walk this journey without him by my side. An old frame and a free Pinterest printable later, and the moment is created. A bit of the home is made. What you don't see is the laundry piled up on the bed that I'm about to sort through for donations. Or the comforters in the corner beside the dresser that need to be put in a storage container...or, better yet, just gotten rid of. But sometimes that's not what homemaking is about that day. Sometimes, it's just heart work. It's the reminder that you need on the off days, so you look at the home that's made beyond the laundry, and you're reminded of the love the lives within the people, not the task. Find the little things in your life that you love and put them on display in your home. We choose the best parts of our lives to put on FB, maybe we should choose the best parts of our lives to display in our homes, too
...and just like that—sourdough bread. I added a little more starter to this recipe. It calls for a half cup of starter, but I did a cup, so it rose quicker. But I think I can get away with two cups. We like our sourdough...well...sour. In the midst of chaotic life, I had forgotten just how much I loved to make sourdough. It really is a fun skill to have and master. I know that waiting seems like such a chore at times, but it is well worth the wait. The end product is so much healthier than regular bread (even homemade), and let's face it, it tastes better, too. Though, I'm a sucker for good yeast rolls. Mark has been begging for sourdough for the last few months, and I finally got around to making the starter again. Little did I know it would help my little soul out as well. So many of you have asked, so I'll respond here. I'm hoping to have this entire blog post and recipe(s) up this week. So keep checking back! #homesteadhomemaking #homesteading #bread #sourdough