There is a Time and a Place

chickens, hens, farm, mini farm, country life, weeds, fence, farm fence

I forgot to lock up the chickens last night. I've only done that a handful of times, but it's always a shock when I realize it because a predator could easily saunter into the coop and turn my ladies into a late night snack. Thankfully, that didn't happen. I noticed they were out as I…

Look. A Man.

Over Valentines weekend, my husband and I left Arundelle Green for a quick overnight stay in a Franklin, TN hotel. It’s a favorite getaway for us, close to home but still feels touristy. In the center of town on the Franklin square stands a carefully sculpted soldier. We were just around the corner from the…

The Hope of Autumn

Time feels like someone put their foot on the accelerator and just keeps pressing down, speeding things up, causing the scenery to blur. I feel my age, not so much physically but in how the world feels foreign. Aliens and strangers, the Bible tells me. We are all aliens and strangers.

Morning Mist

I ventured out for a walk early this morning, just before the sun peeked over the horizon. When I opened the front door, it was still almost completely dark and the fog greeted me, quite literally, by glowing in the lights flanking the front porch and clinging to my face. I could see the droplets…

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 up…

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 more…

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 saw…

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 the…