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.

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.

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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.

Balanced by Tricia Goyer, a Review

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Mar 112014
 

In accordance with the FTC, I was given a copy of Balanced by Tricia Goyer for review as part of her launch team. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

I am a stay at home mom. My days are spent homeschooling the girls, keeping up the house and wondering how in the world it is the end of the day already and it seems I have gotten nothing accomplished. I have dreams of several big projects that have been swimming in my head for several years now. This blog being one of them. Yet, it seems that when I sit and work on my dreams, the house falls apart, the girls need something right that minute, and the doubts come creeping in that maybe my dreams really don’t matter. Then things seem to settle down in our lives (can we say the last year and a half has been super chaotic at times?) and I make plans to start working on my dreams and another surprise comes down the pike at full speed.

Tricia Goyer wrote Balanced to show that it is possible to live out the dreams that God has placed in your life while being a mom (and homeschooling), a wife, volunteer and living the life we are called to. She makes no bones about it being easy, but lays out the foundations for us women who work at home in any capacity to show us that with the proper attitude and priority we can get more done. This book is centered on faith and being grounded in God and how everything else stems from there.

Be encouraged, you can work from home successfully as a super busy wife and mother. It isn’t some elusive dream that is unattainable until you finally drop your last child off at college. My girls are 7 and 6 now, they are in the super hands-on stage of homeschooling for me, I have a house to take care of, meals to cook, groceries to buy, and in October a new baby to add to the mix. I know the journey towards the fulfillment of the dreams God has given me will never be easy. It will always be easier to just put it off until later. But later never comes. Balanced has given me the hope that even though life keeps happening, there is still time for dreams I have in my heart.

Grab yourself a copy of this book if you are wondering how in the world you can get anything done with your life. You will be so glad you did. This book blessed me beyond words and it will do the same for you.

Sep 202013
 

I am so tired of clutter.

I don’t know about you, but we have too much stuff in our house.

And it is past time to do something about it.

October is nearly here. Then comes the busy season of holidays. Anyone want to purge a room a week in their homes in preparation for the winter season? A room a week is doable.

So from October 1-7, the focus is on making the living room a warm welcoming haven to your family and guests.

October 8-14 will be the kitchen. Get rid of those appliances you don’t use, all those extra plastic containers taking up room, rearrange the silverware drawer if you’ve been putting it off. Organize the canned goods. Make it a joy to walk into your kitchen in the mornings to start that coffee maker (or tea kettle if you are like me and use a French Press).

October 15-21 will be clean out that bathroom! Trash those half used bottles of shampoo, that perfume you were given that you hate and all that really old makeup. Make your bathroom a nice relaxing place to take a hot bath in. Is there something small you could do to make it more inviting? What about candles, replacing the dingy shower curtain?

And October 22-28 is clean out your master bedroom! Ditch all those magazines sitting beside the bed waiting to be read, purge the tops of the dressers, fluff up the pillows and make it a retreat for you and your hubby.  Make your room a place you want to go to at the end of the day.

So, who’s in? I won’t make you take before pictures as I really don’t want to take the before pics of my house after the insanity of this past summer…Yeah, my house is really embarrassing currently.  I will do a link up if anyone is interested in joining in!

Apr 152013
 

I use a lot of vinegar for cleaning in my home. I find it does just as good of a job if not better than the chemical cocktail cleaners you buy at the store, and it is so much cheaper. Add in the fact that it doesn’t aggrevate my migraines or cause other allergic reactions in my family, it is a great deal for us health-wise too.

However, I really don’t like the smell of regular vinegar. My husband doesn’t either. In fact, he absolutely can’t stand the smell of vinegar. Which, is mainly my fault. You see, when we were in college, we got into a prank war….I left an open bowl of sauerkraut in his closed up car in the late spring for about three days…Granted, I didn’t think he wouldn’t go anywhere for that long and that it would have been found well before then…But to say that he wasn’t impressed is an understatement (and he still married me, believe it or not. And before you jump on my case for something so “mean” let me say, he did some pretty good ones too).

While I can tolerate the scent of vinegar (and I know that it normally doesn’t take too long to dissipate), I did find myself wishing for something that would have a better scent to it. I read somewhere online (couldn’t tell you where) that you can take orange peels and put them in a bottle, dump vinegar on them and let it soak and you get orange scented vinegar. I decided to try it, and low and behold, it worked. I just added orange peels as my girls ate oranges (mainly cuties, a few tangerines got in too) and let it sit for about three weeks. I left the peels in and just pour some of the vinegar out when I am needing to clean.

It works like a charm. The vinegar combined with the orange leaves a nicer scent behind. It helps to clean beautifully too, plus I get the purported benefits of the orange oils that have seeped out of the peels. You can look and find articles online about how good orange oils are for you and for cleaning.

If orange doesn’t work for you, you could try lemon or even lime peels (or why not a combo for a fun citrus scent so you can at least pretend you are in the tropics). And I have mixed up a spray bottle of half vinegar and water plus about fifteen drops of a thieves/germ fighter essential oil blend and added some peppermint essential oil to it to make it smell a bit better. That stuff cleans very well too, especially in the bathroom.

I think if my lavender takes off this year (I’m sprouting some, we’ll see how they grow) I may make some lavender infused vinegar for cleaning later and perhaps even mix in some eucalyptus oil or tea tree or rosemary with it. The possibilities are near endless with this project. I may like it even more than when I made my own homemade enzyme cleaner!