Feb 232018

I’ve not really written in a very long while. I mean a very long while…Obviously.

So much. Just so much. I have struggled with so much. I go back and forth with depression. We didn’t have internet at the house for a long time (nearly 2 years) because we just couldn’t afford it. I had to get a part time over night job to help make ends meet for a while. That was so hard. Here I was, writing a blog called Created for Home and I was having to work outside the home. Then, we couldn’t get the house in town sold, finally got a renter for it, and hubby lost his job at the university due to budget cuts. He was blessed with an incredible new job with a way better compensation shortly after that test of faith. We have internet at the house again. Real internet. I’m no longer having to help supplement the income with an overnight job.

I’m still dealing with issues. I always will. For the longest time, I felt like I had nothing worth saying. I was taught that from an early age. That no one cares. That I don’t have a story or words to help others. That I shouldn’t even try. I still struggle with the voices of my past telling me what I can and can’t do. What others will think of me if I try. It’s hard to sometimes shut those voices up.

I still struggle with the fact that I had an outside job for 7 long months. I let my house go. I did the bare minimum with schooling the kids to get by and survive that. It was a long and hard 7 months. I did learn a lot about myself and people and management styles (or lack of real management…). I learned what I’m fairly capable of (I worked overnight at a local donut shop cleaning, frying donuts, decorating donuts and picking up people’s slack. I’ve learned that two people can do crazy things when tasked with prepping 200 dozen donuts by themselves along with operating the store and regular supply on top of it.) While part of me misses adding to the income, I don’t miss that job. I’m glad to be back home, where I belong. It’s been six months since I got to quit, and I’m still dealing with the insomnia from being awake all night long multiple nights a week, getting back into routines with housework and homeschooling, plus I’m learning how to balance it all with HubbaHubba’s new job which allows him to telecommute frequently.

I fail. I fail often. I regained weight I had lost 4 years ago. I’m back on working that off thanks to Trim Healthy Mama. I’m relearning routines, finding new ones and always learning how much I matter as a human. It’s a never ending process. That learning to live with the hand the past dealt me and being a better person because of it. I’ve not really talked about my upbringing before. I’m working on being able to share it. But I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t been through it. A person redeemed, dealt mercy and grace and an understanding how to relate to others who’ve also been abused.

I suppose I should start regularly writing again. With the desire to start writing again comes the desire to rebrand Created for Home. Since we now live on a small acreage, I want to expound a bit. More like Created for Home….Schooling….Steading…Keeping. I have plans for future income streams from the land. I can write about our (mis)adventures as we branch into a bit of livestock (we have chickens and ducks currently. Debating an alpaca or two, goats, pigs, geese, quail and turkeys). Planting a massive garden and branching out into selling herbs locally, perhaps cultivating mushrooms and having beehives and even branching out to aquaponics. I’m studying up on the different things we could do with our land and deciding what the best way to utilize it will be for us.

I’m not making any promises with the future of this blog. I know it needs a complete redesign. I need to update that header drastically (It is missing the youngest after all, and she’s going to be 4 this year…). But this is a start. A start for something new for me. Hope you stick around for the ride.

Passion Whole Heart, Review and Giveaway

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Feb 232018

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Do you like worship music? Do you like large, live worship experiences but find that you live where these don’t happen frequently? Did you know that Passion has a new album, recorded live made for people like you?

Passion Whole Heart is out today! Just the thing to help turn this gloomy time of year into a worship fest. Passion Whole Heart was recorded during the Passion Conference 2018 in Atlanta GA, so you get the sound of having been there live yourself. You can listen anywhere and turn mundane tasks like driving on errands and housework into a time of worship with this album.

Whole Heart features the artists you’ve come to know with the Passion movement. Included are songs featuring Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran, Melodie Malone, Brett Younker, and of course Matt Redmon and Crowder. It’s a blend of very familiar voices and some newer ones in the music scene. Some songs include All My Hope, Great Are You Lord, and Almighty God.

I’ve enjoyed having new worship music to play during the day in the house while going about our routines. The sound that Passion is known for is quite prevalent in this album, so if you love their sound, you’ll love this album. These were all recorded live, so they do sound different than a few of these songs that have already been played on the radio rotation in recent months (Great Are You Lord for example). I like the fact that most of the songs are outwardly focused worship songs and it’s not all Jesus is my boyfriend style. They relate to the holiness and majesty and power of the Lord.

Would you like to win a copy for yourself? Simply leave a comment on this post telling me about your memorable worship experience by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday February 28. We’ll put the names into a hat and I’ll let my children draw one out! Please leave a method to contact you with for when you win! (I was going to use Rafflecopter, however, I’m having issues with it…)

Don’t want to wait to see if you’ve won? Why not buy the album yourself! You can PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE.

To learn more about the Passion movement and their conferences, you can FIND OUT MORE HERE.


The Essential Amish Cookbook, Review

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May 122017

I love cookbooks. I have quite a collection of cookbooks. Years ago, I was given a copy of the Amish Cook’s Anniversary book by Lovina Eicher. I’ve loved that book for years. So, of course, I absolutely had to review The Essential Amish Cookbook by Lovina Eicher. I mean, absolutely had to.

Let me say, this book blows most every other Amish style cooking cookbook so far out of the water, you might consider getting rid of others. I absolutely love the personal style of the writing, the incredible photographs, the glimpses into their lives and the recipes. The recipes by far are some of the best tasting I’ve ever tried out of an Amish cookbook.

The directions in the recipes are quite clear cut and simple. In fact, my ten year old can follow them. I had her make the Carrot Cake from the cake section of the book. It was the most fabulous carrot cake I’ve ever had. Ok, let’s put it this way, I’ve had several bad experiences with carrot cakes in the past. Everyone insisted carrot cake was this incredible delight and that I didn’t know what I was talking about when I said that I despised carrot cake. Well, let me tell you, I didn’t know what I was talking about apparently. This carrot cake is the most incredible carrot cake I’ve ever had in my life. I love it. My husband and eldest have always loved carrot cakes, and they absolutely fell in love with it too. We ate the entire pan in under 48 hours…That was with great self-control…And I mean great self-control.

I loved the descriptions of Amish church services and wedding services and accompanying recipes for dishes that traditionally are served at those functions.

I do have one issue with The Essential Amish Cookbook…In a lot of the recipes that involve baking, it tells you that you can line your baking pans with parchment paper or wax paper. I really don’t recommend that you line a baking pan with waxed paper. The wax will melt into your food and destroy your bakeware… I’ve learned that from previous experiences. I bake a lot of cheese crisps, and wax paper will not work. So use parchment paper instead when you bake, and you’ll be just fine.

So I highly recommend this book for everyone who loves to cook, is interested in the Amish and whomever loves to eat good food.

The Essential Amish Cookbook
Join Amish cook Lovina Eicher in her kitchen as she prepares recipes used every day in countless Amish homes in Old Order Amish communities across North America. Many of the more than 100 recipes are richly illustrated with step-by-step photographs to help you learn Amish cooking as if you were in Lovina’s own kitchen. From hearty main dishes to substantial sides—plus a generous sampling of scrumptious cakes, pies, cookies, and other delectable desserts—learn how to make the hearty, simple dishes that the Amish cook together and serve at home, church services, and weddings.
$22.99 USD
7 x 9 in. paperback
ISBN 978-1-5138-0029-5
eBook  $18.99 │ 978-1-5138-0030-1
Release date: April 18, 2017
Available from Herald PressAmazon, Barnes and Noble and your favorite bookseller.

Prayers For a Simpler Life, Review

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Mar 152017

I received Prayers for a Simpler Life by Faith Sommers from MennoMedia and Herald Press for the purposes of this review. All thoughts are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received.

I don’t know about you, but I need a devotional that is short and to the point. I’m a busy mom between having three busy girls, homeschooling, home keeping, starting a homestead, being a wife and working part time. While I would love to have time for uninterrupted study, it just isn’t going to happen during this season of my life.

I was glad to review Faith Sommers’ book, Prayers For a Simple Life. Each devotion is about a page long, it isn’t full of fluff and it each day brings points to ponder. Taking you to look at the attributes of God, growing closer to God, to dealing with stressors and service, she cuts to the chase and has great points to ponder for during your day. This book is designed to be done daily, for thirteen weeks.

I appreciated Faith’s view, even though I’m not a Mennonite myself. I do lean towards the very conservative side and have a lot of similar leanings. However, this book should appeal to a broad range of denominations. It isn’t strictly for those of the Anabaptist heritage. I do like the fact that she addresses a lot of the commonly asked questions regarding being a Mennonite in a portion of the book.

Mrs. Sommers’ writing style is easy to read and to relate to. At times it seems like you are just having a conversation together over a cup of tea. And that is something I really appreciate.

I’m Home

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Dec 212015

Life sure takes many twists and turns in life it seems.

We’re finally nearly all settled in our new home. Never, in a million years would i have dreamed we could be settled on nearly three and a half acres in a house about twice the size we were crammed in. We have room to live without tripping over each other. The house isn’t crammed full of items that have literally no place to go.

I have an actual laundry/mud room now.

I can send the girls outside to play without worrying about who might have just moved into the rent by the week apartments next door or police chases through the alley. Or having federal snipers the next block over along with a full blockade trying to take in a guy on federal warrants. Now our excitement consists of watching one neighbor’s baby goats frolic in the pasture. The neighbor’s across the lane have a horse that loves getting pet. Then there was the evening they had friends picking up a horse they were horse-sitting and the yearling they brought along to get used to the trailer got out and ran off.


Right now, the girls are outside blowing bubbles, pretending it is snowing. Hubby got an unexpected day of and he is out cutting down a locust tree. I’m thinking of using the thorns to make crown of thorns for Easter. We have a lot of locust trees to take down. I’m supposed to be making the menu and grocery list for Christmas.

I can’t wait for spring. I’m planning my future poultry order. Can’t wait for fresh eggs and meat. We’re considering a few goats of our own. And i need to research beekeeping. We’re going to slowly build a good vegetable garden.

This is the first home I’ve lived in for a good twenty years, where i feel like I’m at home. At least my temporary earthly home. But this feeling of being where I belong is wonderful. I’ve not felt at home in any of the places I’ve lived in many, many years. I feel welcome and safe in my own house. Peace and contentment floods me everyday here.

Merry Christmas from Created for Home and Kairos Acres and Academy. May your season be blessed as ours is.