I’m really excited to begin my journey into blogging and sharing my interests and passions with others! I hope that you will find my posts interesting and encouraging. I am in no way an expert writer, blogger, or an expert at any of my passions, but I found blogs and posts on my interests from others very helpful. I’m hoping to return the favor to others out there who might be looking into some of these things.
A little about me and my family. My husband and I have been married for 12 years. We met in high school and dated for 3 years. We got married at a very young age. I don’t regret it one bit. We grew up together. I think that is what has given us a good foundation. We have six beautiful children. There is our 11 year old son, Boston, 9 year old son, Dewy, 8 year old son, bug man, 5 year old daughter, lady bug, 3 year old son, bumble bee , and a 2 year old daughter, cupcake. They are my life. The last two years we have felt that God was telling us to homeschool. We decided to listen to God, take the big leap, and educate our children at home. The first year was rough. I mean really rough. I felt like it was me, myself, and I trying to get into the groove. We did it, though. The kids finished the year and actually learned from their Mom and Dad! That was a big surprise to a lot of people. Honestly, it was a big surprise to me too. We are now on our second year. It’s going a lot better than the first. We decided to use a Christian computer based curriculum and the kids and I are loving it. I really enjoy having our kids home. It is extremely stressful at times. But it is wonderful to be able to enjoy them growing up. We are a very close family. We enjoy playing board games and try to play a game several times a month. The kids are usually laughing about something. They do get into arguments with each other from time to time but that is to be expected considering how much time they spend together. They are extremely close to each other, though, and usually resolve conflicts very well. But, we have taught our kids about God’s grace and that they should be an example and show grace to each other. They have learned at an early age how to ask for forgiveness and, sometimes, be the ones to forgive. I honestly think it is harder for us to forgive than to ask for forgiveness.
My husband is the grower. I have the hardest time keeping a plant alive. If I touch it, it will die. He grows apple trees, pumpkins, melons, squash and so much more. When we first got married, he had never planned on growing apples. He is an amazing guitar player and had wanted to get into music. When we found out we were pregnant with our first, we decided that it was the best, for our family, for him to work at the orchard. He knew that it was important for me to be at home with our children. We weren’t sure how long we would be here, but God gave us grace, and we have made a wonderful life here. At first, I wasn’t crazy about it. We used to live in the suburbs outside of Chicago and I had every thing at my finger tips. It was a bit of a shock to come out to the country and have very few neighbors and have to drive FOREVER to get anywhere. But now, I am very happy here. I have found friends and things that I enjoy. After a couple years, we decided that this was what we wanted. We were given an amazing opportunity to raise our kids on an apple orchard and close to my family and my husband’s family. What kid can say they have apple trees in their back yard? Plus, a huge play area with a carousel and an battery operated train. It is stressful for about 6 months of the year, but when the season ends, I’m very proud of what my family accomplished. With the help of their father, the older boys want to start a veggie and fruit garden this spring. I told them if they grow the fruits and vegetables, I will can them. I love to can apple sauce and figured I could learn to can almost anything, but I’ll have to get a good book and a pressure canner ( hint hint hubby). The thought of being able to expand my canning prowess is exciting. We are also going to plant some cherry trees, and maybe some grapevines.
One other large change in my life is I decided to embrace farm living. I thought about starting to get into homesteading. But, I thought we were too busy with raising the kids for me to be involved in growing our own food or raising animals. Eventually I started to feel more strongly that this was a meaningful thing for our family and worth the time and effort. We already had 6 chickens at this point. We have added about 30 more within the last year. We will be selling some of the eggs to help with the feed cost. I also wanted to try goats and sheep. I learned a lot about them and decided to take a chance and purchase a couple doe (female) goats. I also saw an ad for a wether (male) babydoll sheep not too far away from us and felt I couldn’t pass him up. He’s been a great companion and extremely sweet. We now have a source for milk and wool. I’m not sure we will actually drink the goats milk, but I’m willing to give it a try. Just the thought of being able to use it for soapmaking and cheese was enticing enough. I can’t wait to try and spin wool from Olaf and the 6 sheep in the petting zoo. I never imagined I would want to do that, but I bought a drop spindle off of Etsy and looking forward to trying it. One day I would love to get a spinning wheel.
In my free time, which isn’t a lot, I like to crochet. I taught myself last year and went a little crochet happy. Now I have a huge collection of yarn. My husband thinks I have a yarn problem instead of a shoe problem. I make items to sell in the orchard’s market, plus some other things on the side. I will be opening an Etsy shop next winter. It has been a blessing to add some extra money for our family, plus the kids really enjoy getting new hats, mittens, blankets, and the girls enjoy their new headbands. My extended family have been getting a lot of crochet items as gifts. They have been very sweet about wearing them.
My newest addiction is essential oils. I was thinking about using essential oils in my soaps. But after talking to a friend, I decided that I should be a wellness advocate for dōterra. I know some people are set on the company they use for essential oils, but in my personal opinion, I think dōterra are the oils for us. I don’t judge others for using different oils, but I’ve felt after researching others out there, that their products were high quality and easier to understand. I used to think oils were for the “hippy, crunchy” people, but I have noticed that I am getting a little on the “crunchy” side. I am not a fan of highly processed foods, but when it comes to my kids being sick, they will see a doctor if they need to. If they need medicine, they will take it. But, if there are ways I can help prevent them from having to see the doctor in the first place, why wouldn’t I try it? I’ve tried the essential oils now, and I was surprised how well they work. My 3 year old had a cold the other day and he was waking up every half hour screaming. He couldn’t breathe out of his noise. I got my order of essential oils the next afternoon and my husband and I thought we would use some of the oils to give him relief. We put some oils in a diffuser and diluted oil on the soles of his feet. He normally wakes up a few times at night when he isn’t sick, but that night he slept all night long! I am now a believer in their effectiveness. God gave oils to people in biblical times, just like He has given us modern medicine. These natural treatments have been around for thousands of years and have proved effective throughout that time. In the age of modern medicine, we have tended to move away from holistic treatments when really a healthy diet and treatments like oils, can solve many people’s ailments and improve their overall health. I feel there is a place for modern medicine just like there is a place for herbal, all-natural, holistic treatments as well. If you would like more info on essential oils, I would love to chat with you about them.