Reason number #67 of why I love my Christmas tree up early in the year: ....serenity at night 💙🎄 #christmas #homesteading #homedecor #farmher
My doTERRA reed diffuser came this week! I am in LOVE with it! Handmade by Moroccan artisans, and featuring designs inspired by the landscapes and culture of Morocco, these decorative yet functional vases represent knowledge and skill passed down from generation to generation since 1830. When you purchase these vases, not only will you have a beautiful addition to your home, you're helping support a workshop that frees hundreds of young people from a life of poverty. It's absolutely beautiful, and I'm honored to have it in my home
Late yesterday afternoon I received some news that took me off guard. A situation that I felt was going to go just as flawlessly as it had before, hasn't started off flawlessly at all. Immediately a wave of doubt, stress, and frustration came over me. I threw a little tantrum, prayed, closed my eyes, and realized how foolish I was acting....over the course of a few hours, obviously. I'm not a saint, here..... Silly me. Who am I to doubt the hand of God? This year He showed me just how much He can move mountains and part seas. He proved that He truly does work among us and cause things to be. This year, He showed me that. He proved Himself. And now, I doubt it? I doubt Him? Now I'm stressing about the same situation that He ruled over this year? The same situation that I literally placed in His hands and said, I don't want to do this, You do it.....and He did. We have an alarm clock that turns the radio on when the alarm goes off. This morning as it turned on, the words that rang out were literally like salve on my heart.... God You don't need me But somehow You want me Oh, how You love me Somehow that frees me To open my hands up And give You control I give You control Isn't it funny how we can literally see the hand of God at work in our lives—we praise Him, love on Him, share His glory with others—but the moment something goes wrong, we doubt Him. And not just little doubts, we literally just all out say, He can't fix it....now what. And we always end up trying to fix it on our own. But that never works now, does it? This morning, my friends, as I remind myself, I remind you.... Do not EVER dig up in doubt what you've sewn in faith. How hypocritical are we when we do this? Thank goodness the Lord doesn't get offended by my thoughts and my heart. This year was my year of planting. Next year is my year of faith. Because planting is easy, it's the growing and harvesting that's the hardest
OH my lands. I wish I could share this recipe with you. I know you've seen the pound cake photo in my header for months now, and some of you vividly remember when I made this lavender lemon pound cake...because I couldn't stop talking about it! We munched on this delectable treat while chopping wood one afternoon, and even the boys thoroughly enjoyed it. Not much longer now, my friends. We're getting ready to head into production with The Homesteader's Herbal Companion book, and then...well, then, I might have something else in store for you. We'll just have to wait and see ;)
We are not lacking in the egg department, by any means. Whew, boy-howdy, I am getting about a dozen eggs a day right now thanks to these beautiful egg laying Leghorns. They are certainly on a roll! The lack of sunlight during this season hasn't slowed them down one bit. We do not use supplemental lighting, heat lamps, or any of the like in our chicken coop. It's just good genes, an amazing breed, and a natural holistic lifestyle!
Tonight we feasted on all of the things. All of the things filled with carbs, that is. Because a birthday celebration just isn't a celebration if you can't feast on all the treats. Homemade lasagna. Buttermilk biscuits. Butter. Strawberry jam. Sweet tea. Dear Lord, thank you for taste buds, and for giving me the skill of true southern, homestyle, farm to table cooking! And also, this man I get to call mine. Because none of it would be worth it without him
My garden sage is just as beautiful now as it was in the summer. Sage is such a wonderfully hardy herb. Ever gardener should have it in their garden! A lasagna birthday dinner for the man of the house this evening, compliments of sage and grass fed beef...amen. #herbalist #herbs #sage #grassfed #lasagna #realfood #homesteading
Today is his birthday