This Week’s Miscellany: (Winner of My Biggest Giveaway Ever! & Benjamin’s LOTR Birthday Party!) Vol. 149

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If you're just here because you're dying to know who won the giveaway of the Everyday Oils set of 10 essential oils from Young Living, scroll ye to the bottom of the post and all will be revealed. But before we get to all that, CAN YOU HANDLE THIS big farm girl? Can you believe that's Gwen? OK, next up. Benjamin had a 7th birthday party. It was his 3rd Tolkien-themed party which I just think … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 148

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It's not even that cold here. I mean, it's Texas after all. We've had a few days of short sleeve weather (I mean look at the dress Gwen wore the other day!) But I definitely have a case of the February-ies. I don't know if it's that I haven't had enough balance with time out of the house and away from the little ones or if it's just that time of year. Today we're doing some Sunday lounging … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 147

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This. This right here. You know how some photos are just super flattering, but you know in your heart of hearts that it's not really quite what you look like? I find that whenever I see a photo of myself that I think I look really great in, Daniel will tell me, "that just doesn't quite look like YOU." But this photo right here is us. On a regular day on this muddy farm. And I just love it to … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 146

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Greetings from the muddy farm! It was a full, but fun week starting with Daniel's birthday. We just had a few friends over to eat sausage from one of the pigs and to sit around a campfire. There was also a giant cowboy boot piñata. I always get nervous about throwing Daniel birthday parties because he's very good at throwing birthday parties and I always feel like his birthday isn't as fun … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 145 (plus giveaway winner!)

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Well, were something else. There were some rotten parts, for sure. 1.Trying to sell a house while homeschooling three small mess-making humans in it. 2. My chronic illness that reared it's ugly head for the first time in five years. But we did some pretty incredible things this year. Like getting that house sold, getting rid of half our stuff, and moving across the country to … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 144 (And a little gift for you)

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We're halfway through December and this is the first TWM I've had time to put together! I feel like we're still recovering from Thanksgiving travel. Speaking of Thanksgiving... We had a lovely time with family in Florida. We snuggled our friends' babies. And we even went to the beach....because Florida. Then we drove for two days to get back to TX. Why is the trip home … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 143

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I know it's been awhile, y'all, and I'm sorry it's been so quiet around here!  There's been a lot going on and in addition to all that my brain has needed a little break. I always seem to need to slow down as Advent approaches and get refreshed with some quiet space. I've got a list of things I want to write about and it's a mile long, but I've just needed some quiet. As I've been working … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 142

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"Don't climb on the gravestones, Lucy!" "I just want to hug them when I pray for da souls." Baby girl getting some serious prayin' done at an old Catholic cemetery we found to visit on All Souls Day. My kids really look forward to visiting a cemetery on All Souls to pray for the dead. They also enjoy that Halloween candy is discounted when we're still celebrating Hallowtide two days … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 140

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Gwen displaying her usual joie de vivre. How I love this girl. Just another typical week at the farm over here. Lots of fun, dirt, and compost toilets. I haven't even had a chance to wonder if moving was the right decision for us. Because we're having too much fun. The only thing I worry about is what in the heck we're going to do after this year! But I'm trusting that we'll figure that … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 139

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Girl meets goat. Farm life is treating us well, friends. In the Liturgical Year: We baked a big Michaelmas feast for everyone at the farm on Tuesday. It was a blast. The blackberry crumble was the crowning glory. But we also had fun roasting two geese that the farm had raised last year and had been in the freezer waiting for the perfect moment to be gobbled up. They had already been skinned … [Read more...]