Mud Pies and Mimosas

Over the weekend, the algorithm powers-that-be decided my feed should be filled with photos of the beautiful Mimosa Tree because they are in full bloom here in Tennessee. It’s funny how a photo can bring back vivid memories. Mimosas are one of my favorite trees. When I was growing up, we had a huge oneContinue reading “Mud Pies and Mimosas”

A Year at Arundelle Green

It’s hard to believe it has been exactly one year since we turned the key in the lock and began moving into our new home! In some ways the year has flown, but in many others it feels like we have been here forever. I remember the first week in our house, the sense ofContinue reading “A Year at Arundelle Green”

Wildflowers and Squash Blossoms

I often wonder who decided what is a wildflower and what is a weed. Every morning, as I feed the animals and inspect the gardens, I find things where they supposedly shouldn’t be such as dandelions in the flower beds, clover in the vegetable gardens, or vines running through the shrubs. I pull them upContinue reading “Wildflowers and Squash Blossoms”

The Bane of Our Existence (and the cure!)

Have you ever had a thought that sounded like you, but you have no idea where it came from? A thought that troubled you, discouraged you or led you to a place mentally that you didn’t want to go?

A Spiritual Pandemic

2020 was a year like no other I have ever lived in my now 49 years on this planet. As chaos and fear swept the United States (and the world) I watched men and women I know and love become caught up in countless dangerous philosophies and ungodly practices that have infected the Church moreContinue reading “A Spiritual Pandemic”

Walls and Fences

When we brought home our dog, Curry, we knew we could not just throw the goats in there with him and expect him to know what to do. He is a big, energetic puppy who had obviously not had any training, so we had a lot of work to do to make sure he sawContinue reading “Walls and Fences”

Endings and Beginnings

As we have built this little farm, God has revealed Himself in quiet, unforgettable ways. From teaching a dog not to chase goats to watching our cat care for her newborn kittens, there are parables awaiting discovery on almost every inch of this beautiful place. I am making a list as I discover them and plan to share them with you here…

Creating Space

As I stepped outside this morning to gauge the temperature my senses were assaulted by the sounds of hundreds of birds singing joy from the Shadow Wood. One perched nearby seemed to be proclaiming, “hello, hellooooo!” as the geese glided gracefully across the pond. A chilly early spring breeze blew strong, threatening to topple theContinue reading “Creating Space”

Miracle on the Farm

After two days of freezing rain, we awakened to a beautiful snowfall. Hoping to break out the sled (for the first time in many years) I trekked out to explore and take some photos of ice-covered branches and the animals excitedly traipsing about, oblivious to the cold. I walked near the pond, hoping to captureContinue reading “Miracle on the Farm”

My Word for 2021

2020 was a year I’m certain none of us will ever forget. It was a rollercoaster of emotions: fear, dread, hope, joy, darkness, beauty and grief. As I reflect on the year I realize I learned a lot about myself. For one thing, I discovered my problem wasn’t being too busy, though I always claimedContinue reading “My Word for 2021”