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    Introducing Hawthorn Hill

    I almost didn’t go see the house we just purchased. When we were searching for a new home, we had our hearts set on another farm. We quickly realized that what we were looking for just didn’t exist in our price range. Instead, we decided to settle for a house on a couple of acres, enough to keep a few chickens, bees, and the gardens we love. Our long term plan is to keep an eye open for a larger plot of undeveloped acreage nearby for future projects, but a couple of acres should keep us busy in the meantime. Still, even with our adjusted expectations, we almost didn’t go…

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    Going Back to our Roots

    The longer I live, the more I see patterns in my life. Our biggest life changing decisions and events always seem to come in May. I have no idea why this is. It all started thirteen years ago, in May, when Brandon bought an engagement ring. 😉 (Although, on second thought, maybe it started the May before that. . . the one where I packed up my car and left Nebraska to move back to Arkansas, in order to see if this thing with Brandon was going anywhere. 😉 ) Twelve years ago, May brought our graduation from college and our first “real” jobs in our hometown. The following May, we…

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    2019 is off to a great start!

    Facebook is full of memes about January feeling like an entire year, but my experience has been the opposite. Our January was a beautiful, happy month that flew by almost too quickly. My last post was a hard one, so I feel I need to speak to that. Just as the solstice brought the return of the light, it also brought us many blessings and joys. Our difficult year left us with new vision for the future of our family, an even stronger commitment to finding joy in each day we’re given, and a deep appreciation for each other. While I would never want to relive 2018, I was able…

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    The Dark Nights

    December is here, and I must admit that I have never before looked so forward to saying goodbye to a year. 2018 has been brutal. I will be happy to see it go. 2018 has been marked by grief, loss, disaster, and the lesson that sometimes things simply don’t go the way we hope. It has been the hardest year of my life, and I can feel that it has changed me deeply in ways I can’t even begin to put words to. I’m writing this while sitting on the floor in a bare, unfurnished rent house. This certainly wasn’t in my plans for the year. When I last posted,…

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    RV Life: Campground bathrooms, PB&J, and Dog Farts

    We’ve spent the last seven weeks living in our RV, adjusting to our new life in Arkansas. Seven weeks. It has flown by so quickly that it is hard to believe. Yet it feels like a lifetime ago that we pulled out of our driveway in our traveling caravan, saying goodbye to our sweet little farm life. The first few weeks in the RV were a learning curve, just like the last time we did this. In some ways it has been worse this time because we do not have sewer hookups. It’s sort of unbelievable. We’ve stayed at five different campsites so far and NONE of them have had…