Summer Tantrum Solutions

Ahhhh....summer. Long, hot days full of work, fun, and growth. Summers are busy for us check out why here: Finding Happiness in the Hay Hauling orIt’s a Zoo. This busyness brings a lot of fun and experiential learning; however, it wrecks havoc on our daily rhythm and sleep schedule. If any of you readers have … Continue reading Summer Tantrum Solutions

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Finding Happiness in the Hay Hauling

Finding joy in the journey is my quest in life. I love the notion of enjoying the small moments, soaking up delight from the ordinary pieces of everyday life. But, I also struggle with this. I tend to get bogged down in the drudgery and repetitive nature of life. The cycle of laundry, dishes, sleepless … Continue reading Finding Happiness in the Hay Hauling

God Bless America

Happy Fourth of July, Independence Day, or birthday of the United States to all! I love living in a free land that is safe, secure, and brimming with opportunity. I hope all you fellow Americans enjoy celebrating today and find some time to be thankful for all we have. Everyone else, I hope you have … Continue reading God Bless America

Principles of Home Management (also: how to have kids, homeschool, farm, and adventure without losing your mind)

If that title doesn't catch you eye what will? I've been at this marriage thing for six years and this parenting thing for almost five years, so I'm pretty inexperienced at both! The few lessons I have learned are probably no-brainers for most of you, but for me they have been earth-shattering revelations. Today I … Continue reading Principles of Home Management (also: how to have kids, homeschool, farm, and adventure without losing your mind)

Bikes for Everyone

Everyone can ride a bike now! Becca has been working so hard on mastering her balance bike, last night she did! She sat in the seat and propelled herself with her legs. She even held both legs up and glided along. By this time next year I'll be able to take both girls biking around … Continue reading Bikes for Everyone

Morning Time

And the blocks are out once again. At least the Little People village set isn't out too. There's a wonderful pile of laundry lurking in the corner (wonderful because it shows all the clean clothes we have to wear!). Someone really should fold that. And put it away. I'll make Henley do it. Just kidding. … Continue reading Morning Time

Risky Play

I've been following the 1000hoursoutside challenge, I'll link to that blog below, since March 2019. We haven't exactly tracked our hours, but I know we've been outside much more since hearing about this challenge and researching the many benefits of outdoor nature time for children and their developing minds and bodies. One benefit plenty of … Continue reading Risky Play

It’s a Zoo

Current total of animals under my care: 100 cows 4 bulls 2 horses (okay so these top three are Mr. Racncher's responsibility but I'm counting them because they totally impact the rest of my life as well--wanna go on a date? Cows are out. Wanna have an early night? Cows are out. Wanna leave town? … Continue reading It’s a Zoo

In true farming fashion, Ty was baling hay during our local Fiddle Festival this year, which means that the girls and I were on our own at the fried food stands and carnival. We were lucky enough to meet up with some awesome friends and wander around with them--more adults to keep track of the … Continue reading Festival

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