Evelyn’s birth story

The Birth of Evelyn Jane. 10/22/16 Evelyn was late. Reeaaallly late. And what made it worse was that we were all convinced that she was coming early. And she was so low. She was number two for me, and somewhere I had read that your belly doesn’t drop until the week beforehand after baby number…

Waiting and moving and why I haven’t written in 14 months

What a year! Good heavens first of all I’ve felt like I’ve had nothing to write. I got healed from my intestinal damage (due to strep b while pregnant and an extreme but necessary dosage of antibiotics) after my husband prayed for me last November. It was a miracle. It was incredible. It was unexpected and…

A Broody Hen!

Our Buff Orpington, Arnold (get it?), is broody. I went out to collect the eggs this morning, and there she was, puffed up in the bucket, same place as yesterday. When I reached in to get the eggs from underneath her, she gave me a warning squawk, and it hit me…she’s gone broody! HOW EXCITING!…

Munchkin

9lb 6oz! Beautiful home birth. April 17th, 12:30pm. Othniel Joshua Payne   

And you thought you didn’t like beets

My Ukrainian Baba makes the best pickled beets in the world. I’m sorry to anyone else who’s Baba makes beets, but they aren’t as good as these beets. My Baba also lives in Alberta. Which means when I run out of Baba’s pickled beets, we’re really out. For a looooong time. With the addition of…

We live in the desert.

We live in the desert. No really we do. My husband took that picture  on a little mountain behind our house. The beautiful, beautiful, albeit very hot, dry, windy, predator-filled desert. An interesting place to make your homestead…no? But aside from a 120 degree summers and coyotes that are perpetually trying to eat my chickens,…