We have an abundance of oak trees on our land. This week I have been freeing many that were still surrounded by junipers. As I have worked next to them, I have been thinking about how strong they are. These trees have literally been smothered by a fast growing, invasive species that suck the water… Read More Lessons From An Oak Tree
The past 3 days have been full of butt-kicking-hard work. I am sore in places I didn’t know I could be sore-like my thumb muscles. Who knew thumb muscles could be sore? This picture is at the end of day 1. Nice dirt mustache, huh? No joke, clearing land is not for the faint of… Read More Dad’s Cookies
For years now Preston and I have been planning and dreaming of putting a permanent home on our farm. The vision has blossomed, changed, transformed and, finally, it’s ready to be birthed! As I mentioned before, we are big on simplified living, and our new home will be a reflection of this conviction. We are… Read More New Home Site-The Very Beginning
Many of you know that my Grandmother passed away earlier this year. She imparted many things to me, but one is a love for writing. My Grandmother was a journalist before she married my Grandfather, and always held a deep love for all things written. I have had fun reading through her writings that are… Read More Mehitabel
Over the years countless people have contacted me with a dreamy look in their eyes. “We are moving to 5 acres and plan to live off the land. I am so ready to get back to a simple life!” I once held this dreamy eyed look. The thought of a simple life, carrying my milk… Read More Is Homesteading The Idealistic Simple Life?
The Christmas season is here. Today my kiddlings and I put up the tree and all the trimmings. We live in Central Texas, which means that while we were putting the tree up, we also had the windows open and were all wearing short sleeves. But, to my little’s exclamations, it was chilly enough, (50),… Read More 4 Ways to Simplify Christmas
For those that know me, and those who watch from a distance, you know well that Simplification has become the theme of my life. A theme that plays over again, and I just keep turning up the volume. In the near future I will share a lot about my journey to purge our life of… Read More Rum Cider