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    the fulfillment of promise

    we are moving. to zanesville. to the house my grandparents lived in and raised their eight children. to the six acres where I spent my childhood exploring and enjoying. i remember the cherry tree just behind the house and the pies that came from it. i remember the broken arm from jumping off the swingset and giant zucchini from the garden. i remember the love that was there, and the kindness I was shown. i hope for wild summers with my children and cabins built from scraps. i hope for abundant gardens and sufficiency. i hope to learn about the enjoyment of the earth and resting in providence. i am…

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    winter blues.

    Winter this year. Whew. I have been hardcore grumpin’ it since the holidays were over. I keep blaming it on the weather, the kids being sick, being stuck in the house, etc. But really? I just have nothing productive to do with my time. My day starts and I usually wake to a cold house due to weird furnace issues. I roll out of bed usually with the kids next to me and begin to make oatmeal in the kitchen. I clean up kitchen. Throw in laundry or wander around aimlessly. Tend to crying children or clean up a mess. Feed snack. Begin lunchtime prep with a small child who…

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    gardens in july (a video)

    I’ve had a lot of thoughts lately but every time I try to put them into words it sounds like a jumbled mess. So I guess I’m just meant to give garden updates all summer. All of the rain and storms haven’t been kind to our plants. Thankfully the raised beds keeps the water draining but the wind knocked down a lot of quinoa and tore through the tomatoes, and and the excess water has caused diseases and mold to grow. This is just a little taste of what farmers have to deal with all summer and it sucks. To have nurtured something for so long and then see it…

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    emerson.

    Somehow I stumbled upon Emerson quotes tonight.  I literally loved almost all of them so I thought I would share a few of my favorites. “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.“ “There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.” “I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.“ “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” “We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.” “Pictures must not be too picturesque.” “We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation,…

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    vacation.

    This week we are vacationing at my in-laws while they are taking their own vacation. The thought to use their house for our vacation occurred to me around February while I was researching cabins in Virginia. Once we did the math we realized our upcoming trip to NYC for Thanksgiving and Gentlemen of the Road concert weekend (yay!) had already pushed us over our non-existent vacation budget. I realized that house-sitting would be free, close to home and is as beautiful as a cabin in the woods somewhere. Their 25 acres set back from the road has provided the perfect spot to go fishing and creeking. Mornings have consisted of…

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    simple.

    Simple has been on mind lately. How to be simple. When we set out on our trip nearly 5 years ago we sold and gave away the majority of our possessions. Somehow 2 kids and a house later we have SO MUCH STUFF again. We have a bazillion kid toys, many snack choices in our pantry, enough clothes to go for weeks without washing AND a lot of stress and frustration that arises with too many choices. In this age of advertising and Pinterest I realized that I’ve been feeling a major guilt over not providing my kids with many choices of toys, food and types of play. I recently…