Our Peepaw How can it be We wonder aloud Four weeks ago He stood so proud Ornery smile  Kind old eyes Our Peepaw So full of life With shaking fists and buried heads We scorn this life, so cruel He still had so much more to give It seems his time had come too soon Peace, Lord, bring your peace Comfort us, that we may release This precious one into your arms For You alone know our hearts You’ve numbered… Read more »


If your kids eat as much PB&J as mine do, I have a feeling you will appreciate this guilt-free (since it’s totally sugar-free!) 4-ingredient jam as much as we do.I have been making it for the past 2 years, and have tweaked the amount of pectin repeatedly since the original recipe I found for Strawberry Honey Jam resulted in more of a pancake syrup consistency.  One box (3 Tbsp) of pectin was too little.  Doubling it resulted in an over-gelled… Read more »


Exchange: The act of giving one thing and receiving another…  “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ, liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  -Gal. 2:20 “…and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it…” -Matthew 16:25 *** I spent what should have been a relaxing day of Sabbath… Read more »


In case you’re looking for a last-minute side dish to bring to your 4th of July celebration… I had this salad for the first time last week, and it was SO GOOD.The bowl was scraped clean long before the party was over, so of course I had to have the recipe!This is what I’m making for our family get-together tomorrow, with only a couple little tweaks.I also suggest you double this recipe!Ingredients:3 cans of corn, or use 1 bag frozen… Read more »


First some snapshots from the past couple weeks… {Photos: Via Appia, Wild Raspberries,~fresh and free, Me & my walkin’ buddy, Getting the Homeschool area re-organized, Our garden oasis, Fresh-picked produce, At Mingo with friends, My little Roman soldier, Baby turtle~found and released, Our “big” beet harvest, Creek Walking, & Pebble-tasting.} The Journey Continues… Ah, summer break!   Well, in between the days spent soaking up golden sunshine–gardening, swimming, hiking, berry-picking and creek-walking, plus just lots of uninterrupted lounging and playing,… Read more »