We made it!

We’ve now been living in our camper, on the new property for 2 and a half weeks.  We’re getting pretty well settled in but it will still take some time to adjust to things.  Our first night here was one of the coldest we’d had in a while, and it was invigorating to wake up…

Trying to make the big move

It’s been a while since I talked about the goings on of our homestead endeavors, so I think an update is in order. Mom has been moved to her new house for about a month now, which was a very big, important step.  Unfortunately for all involved though, it means we are now in the…

Offal Day

Some months ago we slaughtered nineteen meat chickens (called broilers) that we had raised up from chicks.  It had gotten to the point that all we had left in the freezer was one whole chicken, nineteen necks, one carcass, and offal (in this case hearts, gizzards, and livers). My brother-in-law recently went hunting and had…

It begins…

Well, the whole process has actually started.  We’ve found 60ish acres with a house for mom, and everything else we were hoping for.  It’s a great piece of land, about half and half woods and pasture.  The house is very nice, and there are nice building spots for us and the other family.  It’s been…

Tiny Home Part 2

I did decide to paint the ceiling purple.  It’s a rather dark purple, and no matter what I do it turns out blackish in pictures, but it really is a nice purple. My sister-in-law remarked that the ceiling color makes the room look less institutional, and I agree. The more we work on the trailer,…

Tiny Home Part 1

We bought a trailer!  I’m very excited about this.  We will live out of it while we build a house, sometime in the near future. We got the trailer for a good price, and were very fortunate to find a layout that will work perfectly for us — a cozy (which means mattress-sized) master bedroom,…

Musing on Dampness

Dampness is a devil.  Whether it be breastfeeding, postpartum care, or diapers, dampness will keep you in pain and airing out will promote healing.  This may contain TMI for some people. Breastfeeding isn’t always comfortable at first.  Even with my second child it hurt for a while, just getting used to it. But with my…

Musing on Children

One of the cool things about babies is that they’re not surprising.  I have never woken up and been surprised to find that I have a baby.  You’d think they would be surprising, considering that you go from just having to take care of yourself, to suddenly having to carry around and care for this…

Musing on Babies

Expect to change a baby two times in a row.  There’s nothing like a fresh diaper to trigger a bowel movement.

Musing on Babies

Never announce your intention to do something productive (e.g. clean the living room, start dinner) because your baby WILL hear you, and WILL go out of their way to prevent you from doing it.