• chickens,  Homesteading,  horses,  Uncategorized

    Daily Animal Chores

    I am a firm believer in chores. They are not only necessary to delegate tasks and make life more productive but also so that children can learn responsibility and the fact that they are an important, contributing part of this family. Our chores are varied here. Some include things that are tied to feeding our family, others have their roots in keeping our home clean and in working order, while others are responsibilities that help others (younger kids and animals). Today I am sharing with you our daily animal chores. We have 22 chickens, 3 cats, 4 kittens, 2 horses, a dog, a snake (Faith’s personal pet), and a rabbit…

  • curriculum,  Homeschooling,  Uncategorized

    Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2021-2022

    It is time for another year of homeschool (already!) This will be the beginning of my 15th year of teaching my children, and each year that number grows it makes me really the saying, “The days are long, but the years are short” hit the very CORE of my heart. While I have eight children total, one is graduated and one is in public school, which brings my total class size to six. Student Roster: Andrew – GRADUATED in 2020 Maddie – 11th Micheal (Public School) 9th Faith – 8th Georgia 6th Ezra – 3rd Cora – 1st Cypress – Pre K In the last few years, we have settled…

  • bread,  Home Cooking,  side dishes,  Uncategorized

    Everyday Bread Tutorial

    I’ve been baking our everyday bread on and off for about 14 years. I started when my oldest was a preschooler, and he will be 19 this year! While I am not an expert on pretty much ANYTHING, I have learned a lot along the way. The most important thing I have learned, and I try to communicate with my followers, is – YOU CAN DO THIS! You don’t have to know everything to start! Just start! Wisdom and experience come with, well, experience… and failure. Another important idea is that failure is a better teacher than success can dream of being. So, yes, you’ll probably mess up a time…

  • bread,  Home Cooking,  Uncategorized

    Sourdough Starter Tutorial

    Why, oh why do we over complicate the heck out of easy, simple stuff? Are we just bored? People have been capturing wild yeast and making naturally leavened bread from them for thousands of years. Before modern day kitchen scales and even before super accurate measuring cups. Creating a sourdough starter is simple. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You WILL need a few things though. Wide mouth glass jar or other glass or plastic https://amzn.to/2OHPyAG Lid for your container https://amzn.to/3eMXzit Wooden spoon https://amzn.to/3eMXzit Flour Water (if you have city water with chlorine added it may not work as well, or it could work just as well… I don’t really…

  • decorating,  Home Projects

    Boho Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover

    YAY! I am SO excited to share with you our living room makeover! I mean, if you remember the gold duct tape holding together the red leather chairs that have been around for WAY too long, then you understand why I am so excited. Sectional or No Sectional? When we went all in and replaced all our living room furniture, we debated about getting several different pieces or one large sectional. The downside to getting a sectional is if we decide we don’t like it or want to rearrange the room later, we are kind of stuck. Also, there are only so many places sectionals can be placed in (even…

  • Home Cooking,  kitchen,  pantry,  Uncategorized

    Freezer Cook or Not?

    I may lose my “large family” card, but I really don’t freezer cook. GASP! If you came here for instructions on how to cook 489 casseroles at once and for me to give detailed directions on how to thaw them and serve them, you might be in for a disappointment. BUT, if that *is* your jam, there are so many large family mommas out there who are freezer cook champions. If you like to freezer cook and want resources to do traditional, large batch freezer cooking, Jamerill is your go-to girl! She is the large family freezer cooking MVP. She can be found on her website The Large Family Table…

  • decorating

    Our Boho Farmhouse Master Bedroom Tour

    We finally finished our master bedroom makeover, and I am so excited to share it with you! Like school-girl-with-a-crush excited. I was going for Boho meets Farmhouse with a little West Elm inspired mid-century modern mixed in for good measure. It turned out even better than I EVER expected! Mike and I have been talking about making over our master bedroom for YEARS. It is the ONLY room in our whole house we never even attempted to decorate. That’s sad, you guys! It should be our sanctuary. I mean, we have EIGHT kids, for crying out loud. We need an oasis! BUT it also needed to function as a workspace…

  • faith,  Home Life,  marriage,  parenting

    Love is a Verb

    Love is a verb. It doesn’t always resemble the curated love stories and the filtered and posed images we are bombarded with daily. It’s more than one dimensional. It’s a complicated action that takes on many forms. Sometimes love is gentle and meek. It looks like the way you help scoop up the pieces of daughter after her first real break up and remind her of her strength even thoughthe enemy is whispering lies of her weakness to her. It’s when you finally just give in and say, “I am sorry,” because you’re BOTH in the wrong, and being right never feels as good as it does when you’re enveloped…

  • decorating,  diy,  Home Projects

    Cheap and Easy DIY Shiplap

    Oh, shiplap! Thanks to Mrs. Joanna Gaines, it has developed a life of its own. Today I will share how to update any space in your house with a DIY cheap and easy faux shiplap project. Make sure you watch the video of installation! Select a location. Before we started we picked an easy place to install the shiplap. I try to avoid walls we have windows or doors because our trim is irregular. This would mean we would have to make intricate cuts to accommodate the trim or remove the trim and reinstall after. Neither of which we wanted to do. Remember the “easy” part of this project? What…