• Life

    January on the Farm

    As January comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on this life we are building here. Winter has been both easier and more difficult than I expected. Easier, because the weather has been beautifully mild. Harder, because we have finally slowed down enough for me to realize just how deeply I had put roots down in Mississippi. As the newness of our farm has worn off, I’ve found myself missing everything and everyone we left behind. I miss evening walks around our neighborhood, with the kids on their bikes, saying hello to all the neighbors we would meet.  I miss front porch chats and wine nights with the friends on my…

  • Life

    What’s Working for Us Wednesday: LiveGFree Lentil Pasta

    I recently discovered this product at a nearby Aldi’s. It caught my eye, tucked on a bottom shelf. When I picked it up and looked at the nutrition panel, I was sold! I went home, texted pictures to my mom, and cooked up the box. If you follow the blog, you know we went paleo-ish (again) a couple of months ago. In the process, we discovered that one of our sons really is a different person without gluten. He has always struggled with major insomnia. I’m talking climbing the bookshelves at 3am insomnia! His sleep issues have completely disappeared since we went GF, which means I try to stick to…

  • Life

    The Best Laid Plans

    Isn’t there a saying somewhere about the best laid plans? 😉 I had big plans for my New Year. I had detailed schedules and lofty goals for our homeschool and for my own personal development. I had checklists for my checklists. 😉 So far, 2017 has not gone according to plan though!   It started just three days in. We were doing awesome, checking off all my little check boxes, accomplishing so much each day, learning good habits. . . and then I injured my right shoulder. Ahhhh. My shoulder. This is not the first time it has ruined my plans. I dislocated it the first time about eight years ago, and…

  • Homeschooling

    A New Year, and Our “New” Homeschool

    When we stopped school for Christmas break, I knew we needed to make some changes to our homeschool before starting again in the spring. This is so hard for me! I can be very Type A, and I cringe at the thought of leaving boxes unchecked in my MFW teacher’s manual! I purchased a box curriculum (the deluxe version, with all the add ins, of course) and it feels wrong and wasteful to let it go unfinished. But I had to ask myself, what is my goal for my son this year? Is it to complete a set of curriculum so that we can say we did it, and I…