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.

Dec 102015

A Thousand Shall Fall—A Litfuse Book Review

I was given the book A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar as a member of Litfuse for the purposes of this review, all opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

PLEASE!!!!!!!! Please don’t make me wait another year for the sequel!!!!!! How’s that for a review?
If you enjoy historical fiction, specifically historical fiction set in the American Civil War era, you should really like this book. It is like you are along with Carrie Ann she sets off to search for her wayward sister or die trying. Anything is better than staying where she is, basically an indentured servant at the inn, under the thumb of a mentally unstable mother, and a sister who pawns her duties off on her. Until she gets stuck in the middle of a battle. Literally. She’s finally rescued by none other than Colonel Peyton Collier of the Union Army. Oh, that’s right. Carrie Ann’s family (well, all but her and her missing father) and most if not all of the people in her region are southern sympathizers.

Carrie Ann is on a mission. She won’t let a little thing like the Union Army stop her from her task. However, Colonel Collier may have other plans. Does he get in over his head with trying to help Carrie out? What happens when a man from Carrie’s past arrives, and he isn’t what he seems? Will Carrie Ann find her sister and be able to return home?

I seriously absolutely loved this book. I stayed up way past my bedtime after my nursling went to sleep to read it. The choice of syntax and grammar reflect the time period. Carrie Ann isn’t a weak southern belle by any stretch of the imagination. The scenes were alive to me. It was wonderful. I am so saddened by the fact that I will have to wait a year for the sequel.

To see what others thought of this book, go visit the LITFUSE BLOG


Sep 242015

I received a copy of God Made All of Me through Litfuse in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, and no other compensation was received.

Sexual abuse is unfortunately an issue in our world. The statistics are very high that you or someone you love has been or will be sexually abused during their lifetime. Something has got to change those numbers. 1443149281811-676180443

This book may help you to protect your children.

In God Made All of Me by Justin and Lyndsey Holcomb, your child learns that it is OK to say no about being touched on ways they don’t want like a hug from Grandma, to reporting someone trying to touch them sexually. The book is written in a story form of parents having the safe touch/bad touch talk with their children. Proper terms for body parts are used. This book is a good springboard for parents to teach their children what is and isn’t ok for others to do to them and to give children body autonomy.

The illustrations are bright and simple. They aren’t very complex. And no private areas are illustrated. Children are seen in bathing suits to show that those areas are private parts, and the girl is in a two peice for illustrative purposes.

This is a great book for parents of preschool and early elementary aged children. I just wish there was a book for girls and a separate book for boys.

Aug 282015

readyd tanSo much has happened in the last many, many months.

Our neighborhood has gone downhill rapidly. Drug busts are becoming commonplace, random fires, police foot chases through my backyard…This summer it got crazy. Too crazy. So HubbaHubba and I decided it was time to seriously start looking for a new place to live. We’ve lived here for 7 and a half years. After a good month of looking, searching online and talking with our Realtor, we found the perfect place. Kind of out in the country. We found a terrific deal on just under 4 acres on a quiet country lane. We close two weeks from today. And we can’t be more excited. Now to finish packing (quite the adventure with a very mobile 10 month old) and getting ready for the move. We want the move to go swiftly so hopefully this house can be emptied, the necessary repainting done and on the market asap.

Anyone in the market for an investment property? I’ve got a house we can let go of for a bargain…Word of advice, don’t just buy a house to get out of renting, don’t settle on a house to get out of renting, and really research the neighborhood…And if for any reason, you get a hitch in your spirit about said house you are considering, listen to it. We have learned our lesson over this many times over in the last seven years. We should have been more patient. We should have heeded the signs that maybe this wasn’t the right decision to have made.

But we can’t be more excited over moving in two weeks. I have a countdown timer going on my phone. With just under 4 acres, we are planning on having a running homestead eventually. First we are moving in, then this winter we hope to finish off the chicken coop. It currently doesn’t have a door. In the spring, we plan on chickens. I am wanting Marans and Americaunas for sure. The Bigs are begging for a pet pig. After we get the chickens up and running, in two or three years, I’m debating between dairy goats or honey bees. I’m not totally sure I want to mess with both nor if I would have room for both. I’m also thinking of raising composting worms to sell for composting and as bait. Our property is fairly close to a campground and several fishing holes.

So, as I ease my way back into writing regularly, I’ll be adding the topics of homesteading and chickens to things to discuss along with homeschooling, hopefully reviewing things again for you all and the random topic that I feel needs to be discussed.

Thanks for bearing with me during the craziness of being pregnant and the postpartum period.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go scrounge lunch before I go clean out the fridge. We have a Bountiful Baskets pick up tonight and I need room in my fridge for the ten pounds of plums I bought…Along with the regular basket of produce…YUM! And my fridge is disgusting. And I want it clean for when we move it. It’s going along with.

Apr 032015

Wow. I haven’t written since June of last year. I’m sorry. I’m working on writing again. Now that I’ve had a cute baby and we are getting used to having her in our lives (man, it’s been a long while since we’ve had an infant in our home…)

So don’t totally give up yet on reading here. I will be returning. Hopefully shortly.