Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Golden Nights

These are the Golden Nights, the novena leading up until Christmas.  At our home we begin the Golden Nights when we begin the O Antiphons.  We add golden metal leaves (easy to find at resale shops) to our Advent wreath.  I also have a golden cloth I will add.  I look for golden things throughout  the year while I am at resale shops to add to our decorations at this time of the year.   My eventual goal is to have something to add every night that leads from now up until Christmas.
It is just another way to help the children realize how extraordinary the feast of Christmas is, and how much we must do to prepare our hearts for the graces God wants to give us at this special time.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Tomorrow is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Here is a photo of our home altar that we have prepared for the feast.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

toddler shoes

I made these tonight in about 1/2 hour.  They are made from a felted wool sweater and lined with calico scraps.
Our bedrooms are a bit chilly because we are only using our cookstove for heat, and the heat is mostly in the main rooms of the house.  I already have the toddler in woolie pants for bedtime, and these will be good for keeping the tiny feet toasty when she kicks her covers off every night.

 I think these would be very easy to make in leather.

I made these this morning using the 0-6 month pattern for a sweet baby boy I know.
 They are so easy and fun!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sewing projects for baby.

Resale nightgown, women's XL, ready to be "upcycled"

I used this pattern, but shortened the bodice and only did one button with a loop in the back.

Finished product.  Cute, especially with the little Amish Cappli.

Wool Soakers, using the Katrina Soaker Pattern, which is free.
The tiny pants are made from the arms of sweaters with a waistband added to the top.

Monday, August 25, 2014

when the meat animals die before their time....

In the last week we have lost our steer and a pig.  I have no photos because photos of this sort are not pretty.

It is a difficult thing to drag your steer, worth hundereds of dollars, into the woods with a chain on the leg.  Coyote picnic now...no meat for me next winter...

Same for the pig..

But Gods will be done.  I told the children, at least we have a store, if that is what it comes to.  We are not the Irish peasants who will literally starve to death  because of crop failure.   Our Lord will provide us with the means to get another steer in time for next fall butchering.  Yes, beef is high....but our Father owns everything!  If He wants us to have another steer, He can manage that.

It makes you thankful for all of Gods benefits and realize how much we take for granted every day.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Traditional Catholic children play

Notice that the whole big family lives in a tiny cardboard box.  

the children are camped out for sleep in trundle beds in front of the stove

mom and dad with baby in between!

No matter how tiny the cabin, there is always room for Our Lady of Fatima!
(and more children)

And some good and wholesome, homecooked food waiting for the morning.

The rest of the family sleeps on the couch...nearby another devotional area for Our Lady.

when asked about her little make believe home, our 9 year old daughter replied simply
"it's fun."

Echinacea tincture, mid summer (before the root is added) an essay in pictures

Friday, July 25, 2014

July on the farm

Gathering wildflowers for the family altar.

Taking down baby burdock and thistle in the back pasture with a scythe.

My Zinnias. 


Harvesting Cilantro for our meatless friday soup.

Sacred Heart of Jesus garden.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Keeping it simple in the homeschool

I have homeschooled for 12 years and by the grace of God, this is ALL I have for school supplies!  I currently have 5 children in school and 1 baby "assistant" 
In the 3 big tubs are all of my "school books"..phonics, math, ect.  If I hate it, or if I will never use it, I give it away.
Most of what you see on the shelves is art supplies and tiny children "school toys"
The metal cart has a basket for each child.  It holds all the daily books and notebooks.  Mom is often heard saying, "If you can't find it, its not my problem!  I gave you a place to put it!"

We do like to use lots of living books, especially in literature, science and history.  I had a bunch more books, but a few years ago, ruthlessly gave most of them away to thrift shops.  The only ones I keep on my shelves are the Catholic ones, everything else I get from the library.  

Teacher desk.  
Thank you Father G.

The desk for the littles to do their daily work at.  They will use booster chairs.

Homeschooling is not always a joyous walk in the park.  Just following our bliss did not work for us.  We tried unschooling...hugely unsuccessful here.  This picture reminds me of my duty and my cross.  

Our school motto, from the Doctor of love.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Picture Essay in Fermenting Pickles

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Piggy piercing parlor

We have spent the last few days putting rings into our pigs snouts so when we move them to their new forest abode, they will be good pigs and stay in their place and not kill all the trees.  
The most striking thing about this process is how much I have learned that I do not want to go to hell.  This is why...  When you get that tool above around the piggies snout and pull it tight, the pig howls like demons let loose from the pits of hell.  As soon as you get the ring in and let the pig go, they are trotting around like nothing ever happened.  But while I have a hold of that tool and hubby is being the piggy piercing parlor expert, the noise is terrible.
Another way that piercing pig noses has changed my life forever.

Every time I see this

I will think of this.....

yep, judgemental...but its reality from the farm perspective folks!

Saturday, June 28, 2014


June home altar

 almost frozen chickens 

pigs are here!

the view from here

doesn't he look like he is telling us something?