• Life

    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…

  • Homeschooling

    Homeschool Review: Herb Fairies

    One of the areas of our homeschool that I’ve been working to improve is our nature studies. I love Charlotte Mason’s emphasis on nature study, but frankly had no idea how to implement it at first! When we began homeschooling, we were living in a subdivision with a tiny yard. Our curriculum scheduled a weekly nature walk, but didn’t give much guidance. I’ve always loved camping and hiking, but honestly didn’t know much about the natural world around me. I couldn’t identify birds other than the most obvious ones, I didn’t know any plants other than what I grew on my patio. I was so inspired by the homeschoolers on…

  • Life

    Changing Seasons

    For everything, there is a season. . .  We may still technically be in summer, but in our little corner of Ohio, fall seems to have arrived for good. The mornings have been crisp and cool, the cold air surprising me each day as I head outside to check on our chickens. The sun is a little slower to rise and warm the earth. The leaves are beginning to change colors, the pumpkins are ripening, and the sky has taken on that particularly clear blue that always signals the transition to fall. It’s my favorite time of year. Yet, I admit that I feel a sense of sadness about the…