I’m sure you’ve heard the news, we are setting off on our own farming adventure. We are excited to share, we have a summer moving date set and we are packing up the house right now. After a tumultuous week we have managed to get lots figured out and we are very excited for our new […]
Category: personal stories
Canning Fairytale Pumpkin and Sweet Meat Squash
We drove up north last week to retrieve our award winning produce from the Duquoin State Fair. Nathan wanted the experience of entering stuff in the fair so that we could show our daughters what it is all about (they have been eager to enter stuff at the fair but have only recently become of […]
Meeting Winnie, running over a lamb and shock fencing…
Last week was a roller coaster, we are still reeling from it. You see we were pointed in the direction of a homeless livestock guardian dog. We’ve known we needed one since our beloved family dog lost her life last fall. Luckily we’ve only had one farm predator issue since losing our farm guard dog, […]
Life, death & kids…
Country life is full of life and death encounters. It’s one of the great perks of farm living in my opinion. Some would disagree I suppose but either way it brings perfect “teaching moments” for the kids.
Our goat herd grows…
We found ourselves another milk goat, one in milk! I was getting pretty panicky after getting a confirmatory negative pregnancy test on our Alpine dairy goat recently. Buttercup, our new goat, found her way to our home a week ago. Her two newborn kids also came along! I happened to see a craigslist post for a […]
They were wrong…
Some people think animals, especially livestock animals, lack intelligence… What do you think? I agree that some animals are certainly smarter than others. Some animals are more trainable than others, some are more instinctual than others. I’ve not been sure what I thought about sheep and lambs. This winter we became bottle baby lamb owners. Our […]
And then there was one…
For months a certain someone has been begging to go to her sister’s school. You see we read in the newspaper about how PreK screenings were being done before the holidays and at the mention she was insistent on going. I was open to the possibility but very sure she’d change her tune as soon […]
You never can predict or control things on a farm…
Things haven’t been dull or slow here. Sure we bought a clearance hammock to hang in a tree and the change of season is nearing but… We’ve had a wet few weeks and our turkey tractor (aka the rolling poultry pen) has been flooded out twice. Last week a turkey became sick and died. I […]
It’s oddly quiet…
Things are in transition again. It’s very quite here in the mornings and oddly, I’m feeling a touch of calmness. Could it be that we are forging a new yearlong routine? Is it just that I’m down to juggling two kids during this time? Is it because needs are being better met in our new […]
It’s unfortunate when you “golden shower” yourself… Right?
Someone has popped two top teeth through and is getting quite active, so active that the worn out velcro closures on my five year old cloth diapers aren’t doing the job anymore. Must make time to covert the velcro to snaps, ASAP! Last night when I heard a tiny baby cough coming from the bedroom I […]
On uncertainty and quality of life on moving day…
As you know, we are making a big life transition right now to live our dreams. Emotions are a roller coaster right now. No, we don’t regret what we are leaving behind… but there has been some worry, of course, as that last paycheck comes in and the last day of being insured goes by. Then […]
Goodbye Evansville, Hello farm life…
The countdown has begun! We are moving away from city life and going to live in the country in 9 days. Things are wrapping up, Everly’s got her last three days of Montessori school this week and Nathan only has 8 days of work left. We are squeezing in last minute health appointments, play dates […]
We DID it, we are farm bound. An unconventional beginning farmer story.
We’ve been working hard to up our farming/ self sustaining situation. Even before we bought our house we were looking at farmhouses on some land. If you know anything about the area we live in, then you know that land isn’t cheap to own here. Most of the time you see really huge portions of […]
Infographic: The Straight Poop & Musings on toilet training
I’m elated! Adalyn has had two dry nights in a row! Yep, this is a post about toilet learning. Adalyn has been on the road to being diaper free for quite some time. She’s 2.5 years old now and is mostly dry and clean during the day. She’s only had a few accidents while out […]
Owned parents: Leaders of the crazy train and sometimes the best birth control ever!
I’m normally pretty good at solo parenting outings but they really don’t happen often. We all very much prefer to stay home in our PJs… After you read this you’ll understand why. My kids are experts on “packing their bags” with necessities and snacks for outings. Everly is such a pro at it that if […]
Big changes are in the works for this homestead!
Over the weekend we got a TON of outside work done here on the half-acre homestead because we just put our house on the market! That’s right, we can’t put it off any longer. Our house is in less that perfect showing condition and is VERY lived in with the five of us crammed in […]
If you want another baby…
Life with kids sure keeps things entertaining! I’ve always heard others mention this but you never really understand it until your kids are blowing your mind… My favorite line this month is… “If you want another baby you guys can lay together and connect your parts…” Everly casually informs us over dinner when her baby […]
How does anyone with an actual job have time to do all of these crunchy things?!
A while back I was the target of some crunchy flaming, as some of you know. Apparently people don’t believe I actually do all the crunchy things I’ve written about and shared here on the blog and it became this debate/ venting session for all of them. Anyway, one of the comments made was… Does […]
The post where I realize it’s been six weeks!
Six weeks seems like a long time when you are in that half-asleep-half-awake state following the arrival of a new baby. Yet it seems such a short time when you think “wow, I’m six weeks pregnant, only eight and a half more months to go”. And no, I’m not pregnant again! What I mean is […]
Grayson Prescott is born
December 4th 2013 After a morning of laboring at home and carrying on about our day we thought it wise to head towards the hospital. Here is the rundown of how the day went… Myself, Nathan, my girls, my doula and a lovely friend who was helping to look after the girls during labor all […]