Hope in Hard Times

When I reflect on the year of 2011, I can see so many hard times but so much we learned through them.  Last evening as I sat crying and telling Mark all about these trials.  Trials after trials, things that seem bigger than life sometimes.  Then I started looking back to my whole life, a …

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Water Bath Canning

There is much debate online about waterbath verses pressure canning, especially with “low acid” foods.  My experience has been through the Amish.  They do not have internet, nor do they know about most of the books out there that talk about the canning process.  This has been a process they have handed down through centuries …

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Want Not Waste Not

Yesterday was a typical situation for us homestead folk.  I had about 5 bushel of rotten apples that others would serve the local deer.  I look at the dirty brown apples and say, “lets make applesauce!!!!”  Everyone else says, including my loving husband, “Are you sure they are safe for us?”  I smile and say, …

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Homeschooling Joys

If you never heard of the charlotte mason style of educating, it is a very amazing concept involving creativity and eagerness to learn.  I love it.  I have been doing it for years without ever knowing.  Proof is in our homesteading DVDs.  Life is a learning turf and we live to learn and grow in …

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Grasshoppers

“It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the Earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers.” Isiah 40:22 This is a verse we used as we studied geography.  The earth is like a circle, right?  But when I told the children that we are as grasshoppers, Junior started sobbing.  He said, ” I …

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Our Miracle

I just got a phone call right from the kidney specialist yesterday.  She wanted to tell me herself.  She told me that Molly’s kidneys were completely healed from the last time!!!!!!  God be praised!!!!!  We are so thankful for all the wisdom from above to do all the measures we did, all the many prayers. …

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