I read something really powerful this morning. It got me thinking about self-doubt and the lies I allow to continually filter through my brain. Thoughts such as “I am not good enough”, “Who do I think I am?”, “And I am an inconsistent mess” play on my mind quite often disrupting my ability to faithfully pursue…

Our First Loss

Anyone who follows my blog knows that five months ago I became the mother to seven little baby chicks. Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Moanna, Tianna, Pocahontas and Belle are my fluffy hens who now reside in a largely renovated coop on our property and bless us with fresh eggs each morning! I shared in “Operation Chicken…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 I stumble upon this verse every so often, as I did again this morning. Despite knowing it well, I am reminded of its truth…

Zucchini Pizza Casserole & Double Chocolate Bread

It’s now mid-July and my garden is flourishing! I harvested my largest bounty yet this week, which made me excited to not only cook some of my favorite fresh-from-the-garden dishes but also, prep for the winter months. Last year I gave canning a try for the first time and just loved being able to enjoy…

Balsamic Brussels Sprouts from Frederick, MD

Last weekend I was able to get away for a girl’s night in Frederick, Maryland. My sister was turning thirty and decided a trip out of town with her closest girlfriends would be a fun way to ring in the milestone birthday! I have to admit, the thirties are my favorite thus far. I would…

Let’s Talk: Flowers & Homemade Essential Oil Tick Repellent

For me, late spring brings that nagging itch to be outside as much as possible! I love azaleas, tulips and the other early spring blooming flowers but my absolute favorites open up in late spring, greeting me just as my intense allergy symptoms tend to calm down.  Just this week both my peonies and rhododendrons…

Operation Chicken Coop – Complete!

Apparently chickens grow REALLY FAST!! The last post I made featuring our girls was in March and they could easily be held in our hands. Now just two months later, they are almost fully feathered and active pullets. At around eight weeks old we moved them into their new coop and it has quickly become…

My Window: Wide Open

My legs propel me forward. Faster and faster I glide over the pavement in the cool gentle rain. My heart is pounding steadily, a mixture of sweat and water dripping from my chin. I feel alive as ever – strong, solid, impenetrable. I repeat my mantra, “You can’t stop me!” over and over again (Andy…

My Top 10 (FREE) Things to do on a RAINY Day!

Yesterday my little one and I enjoyed a warm sunny day at the pool! I love those extra warm days that appear in May before the older kids are out of school and everywhere you go is bustling with crowds. There were about eight other kids at the pool, all of whom were little, cute…

“D” is for Digging…in Rice!

While I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, garden or chicken coop, the majority of my day revolves around my children.  Outside of keeping them clean, healthy and well fed, I try to nourish their physical and mental needs as well.  We love to be outside exploring in the yard or on a…