Month: September 2012

Miscellany: Eight Days

I promised myself I wouldn’t post a freak-out post. These things are best done in private, I think, but it seems like my mind is becoming an increasingly jumbled mess these days. There are only eight days left until we leave for Ethiopia and that […]

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On Odd Jobs

Lately, the Small Humans have been spending much of their after-school, but pre-practices-and-dinner time on the straw bales that are stacked out back. They’re haphazardly lined up, one after another, in row after row, awaiting the winter season when they’ll be all that stands between […]

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Meal Plan: September 24 Edition

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Little Things: Hero Pig Edition

Normally, in these Little Things posts, I try to share a list of five things for which I am grateful, but today I ran across a video that I just couldn’t pass up. It so succinctly sums up why I am grateful for pigs that […]

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Three By Thirteen

Last year — I think it was in December — I made a ‘Twelve by Twelve’ list, twelve things I wanted to accomplish by the beginning of 2012. It was, needless to say, entirely too ambitious. Trying to accomplish twelve extra things in the last […]

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Miscellany: It’s Not The First Day of Fall Edition


Today it’s raining. Raining rain and a crisp fall breeze, mustard-tinted leaves and tiny specks of hail. The sky is both blinding and dark, bright blue and filled with billowy puffs of white.


It’s not the first day of fall, not yet. But it feels like it.


I’m filled with hope and excitement.

I’m conflicted with trepedation and doubt.


I’m trying to reconcile the fact that I really like myself with all of my shortcomings; the weight I need to lose, the money I need to make, the house I need to keep cleaner, the dinners I need to make more often, the friendships I need to nourish more regularly.


I’ve only recently realized that I am a storyteller. There is both a lot of fear, and a lot of freedom in that realization.


I’ve never loved anything as much as raising hogs. I worry a lot these days about how much longer I’ll be able to do it.

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Also? I changed the main column size to be able to display larger pictures here, but I wonder how my readers feel about that decision. Is it too big?

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DIY: Frozen Carrots

I don’t grow carrots. In fact, I despise growing carrots so much I’d rather not eat carrots at all than grow them myself. And you know, it’s not actually that I despise growing carrots as much as I despise harvesting and washing them. Unlike their […]

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Meal Plan + I Get Around

You may notice that some of this week’s meal plan looks awfully familiar. That’s because when I was making last week’s plan I forgot The Man and one of the Small Humans would be gone all week. It was way too quite around here and […]

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Everyday Beauty: The Shop

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Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are those things you’re surrounded by each and every day. You can see more of those things that beautify my world here.

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In Which I Make The Man a ONE Dad

The Man and I consider ourselves particularly fortunate in the marriage department. I wouldn’t say marriage has been easy, but I get the distinct impression it’s been easier for us than for many couples. We met young, dated young, married young and there have been […]

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