• 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

    July Updates | The Garden in Bloom

    This is what my garden looks like these days. It is a beautiful mess. When I originally planned my garden, I envisioned immaculate beds that I would, of course, keep weed free. I envisioned well tended pathways, an organized layout, and everything in its rightful place. I envisioned growing enough produce to feed us all summer long (HA!). Much like my life, my garden turned out completely different than I imagined! My beds are overflowing, my plants refuse to stay where I want them, and weeds grow everywhere. Some of my plants are thriving while some of them have died. I’ve had to fight hard against invasive pests. I’ve won…