Lessons Learned in the Hay Field

The only things I knew about hay when we started were that horses ate it and it made me sneeze like crazy (did I mention I was a city girl with lots of allergies?!) Over the years, I have had a love/hate relationship with hay. It is an exhilarating feeling to be caught up in the rush of getting everything done just in time and beating the weather. It never fails, you are always working against the deadlines Mother Nature imposes. And with hay, you do it several times per summer which means that as soon as the challenge is met, you are already thinking about the next round.

Where in the World?

Life moves at the speed of sound most of the time but it’s important that we enjoy the fruits of our labor. Perhaps it’s a homemade dinner provided from your hard work or a relaxing evening walk with your significant other. Maybe it’s taking time to play a game with the kids while the dishes wait. I will likely never be as productive as I secretly hope to be or conquer this twenty acres of my corner of the world but that’s not really the point. I want be sure I’m not striving toward your future goals so intently I forget to count my blessings. It’s really sinking in that these years are precious and all too soon the kids will be out on their own. The quiet will become deafening and things that suddenly seemed so important will be insignificant. My world is here and now.

Health on the Homestead

On one hand, the homestead setting is a hot bed of potential illness but on the other hand, we are building up immunities. Somewhere there has to be a balance. Surprisingly, this is a topic not covered much in homesteading circles. Many articles are written about animal health and the various ailments that may befall our livestock but little is said about the human side. When one considers the ramifications of an illness or injury to someone who is self-sufficient on any level, homestead health and safety seem worthy of discussion.

How to Get Started with Bread Baking

If bread making and grinding your own wheat is intriguing to you, here’s some valuable information to help break down the mystery. Starting the journey does not have to be complicated or require a lot of specialized equipment. A basic understanding of wheat, storage methods and the variety of recipes available will have you off and running in no time.

Labor and Love

This young man standing in front of me, at the tender age of seventeen, has had some phenomenal influences in his life. He has been blessed to be surrounded by real men; grandfathers, uncles, cousins and the friends he wisely chooses. By far, the greatest teacher has been his father. Teaching a boy to become a man is a not for the faint of heart and I believe so much of it centers on helping boys focus their energy and instilling the value of labor.

Resolutions and Resolve

Like many of you, I was eagerly anticipating the chance to start fresh and had several resolutions rolling around in my head. None of them were new: lose weight & get in shape, cook healthier meals, financial goals, homeschool objectives, and business plans. This list was all-inclusive of a life that still feels like it’s in free-fall on many days. Coupled with a serious lack of real motivation and a mind that can’t seem to stay focused, it felt really overwhelming.

Turning One

When someone tells me that something I wrote was helpful or share their similar experience, I know this is the right thing for me. These shoes fit perfectly no matter what I’m doing and knowing that it resonates with someone is somehow comforting. The feeling that we aren’t alone, our experiences are not unique. Life is tricky; navigating it with an audience is a bit unnerving but at the end of the day we are all the same – doing the best we can for ourselves and our families.

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