Reflections on September and October, 2017

alis paint over earthbag walls

Ah, the power of music! I’m going to let you in on a little October secret: if you are facing a tumultuous task, turn on some music. You won’t be disappointed. I have been nudging Aaron to get us a subscription to a music service for a long time. “It will motivate us to get […]

Reflections on August, 2017

green august porch swing

Welcome back to the homestead, readers. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Our pastures are as green as my birthstone, the emerald, and it’s been this green all month. A birthday blessing just for me! I think we surpassed August’s rainfall average in the first week. And our spray-foam-elastomeric-coated-pallet roof is […]

Reflections on July, 2017

pallet blocks under swingset

What a contrast this July has been compared to last year! Saul, my name for the wind, has taken a hiatus for some reason. I usually complain about his presence, acting like a blow-dryer in the already hot, dry climate. But this July, I’ve secretly been begging for him to grace us with a breeze […]

Reflections on June, 2017

boy in front of beans on trellis

It is the 30th day of June and I type this next to a window that frames a glorious rain which broke the pattern of heavy and hot humidity smothering us. The cool breeze, distant thunder, and soft drops of rain are the ultimate reprieve. Thank you, Mother Earth.

Our middle guy celebrated his third […]

Reflections on May, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! I am serious; mothering is hard work. We have 3 children, 2 dogs, a cat, 9 chickens, 1 remaining guinea, and 35 cows to care for. Building a home with no electricity or plumbing, out on a windy prairie, and trying to keep everyone alive and […]