Shannon

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I am wife to Stewart, mama of five, homeschooler, messy cook, and avid fermenter. This is where I tell our story... of building a sustainable off-grid homestead in a Christian agrarian community... of raising this growing family of ours... of the beauty and the hard and the joy in all of it.
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  • Thank you all for the kind comments on my recent posts regarding my journey to nourishing food and my reflections on the past year. Y’all are too kind.
  • If you visited my blog sometime this afternoon you may have noticed it was in a state of disrepair. I hope to make some changes to the design in the coming week/months, but for now this will do.
  • Next week I will be hosting a giveaway. I am really excited about this since it is such a wonderful product and I can’t wait to share it with you.
  • I will be on a bit of a blogging break between now and next week sometime. I want to spend a bit of extra time with our family and work on some organizing projects. The new year is motivating me to get more organized and to continue to simplify.
  • I have gotten the recipe index updated with all of the recipes I have posted so far. I have some more to share with you, but until then… head over to the recipe index if you’re looking for something.
  • Finally, I am excited for the new year and what it will bring for simple natural nourishing. I am debating a name change and a new look for the blog. I look forward to sharing more recipes, a highlight on local & seasonal foods, my journey to an organized and peaceful home and much more.

Have a blessed new year!

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I haven’t written much about the person behind this blog lately, but if you could indulge me, I’d like to reflect on the events of the past year.

Being a list maker and a goal setter I enjoy the fresh start of a new year. Since we are about to embark on 2009, I am overwhelmed with all of the gifts we have been given this past year. Some were perceived as easy and welcome, others were hard and challenging, but all were blessings given to us for a greater purpose.

My husband and I celebrated our third anniversary this summer. What a blessing it has been. We have grown so much since we were first married and I pray that we continue to grow and mature together. We continue to work on all of the aspects of a marriage that are so important and we pray that we will open our hearts to continue to grow closer to one another. I am in love with this man who is a wonderful papa to our boys.

Our oldest son turned two in September. I can’t believe how much he has grown – he has pretty much potty trained himself over the past two weeks. A couple of months ago I was unable to sleep and so I decided that I would try to organize some of our digital photos. I sat at the computer with tears streaming down my face as I realized what a thief time has been. I can’t explain where those tears come from – they are neither of sadness nor of joy, but a combination of both. Every day brings something new and all I want to do is scream at the top of my lungs: “Stop! Please don’t change. Please don’t grow up.” But every day he does. And every day I am filled with an overwhelming amount of joy, gratitude and love. It’s as though my heart has been taken out of my chest and is now walking across the room. It is such a miracle that it hurts.

Speaking of miracles… we were blessed with another son in August. His birth changed me. I am still shaken by it every time it runs through my head. I sometimes look at him and burst into tears remembering what it felt like to fear for his life. He is so healthy and so happy now that it could only be a miracle. It’s as though his current state of being could never coincide with how he came into this world. I do not have understanding, only gratitude. All of the physical scars of birth are a distant memory and by God’s grace the emotional ones will pass as well.

The life that we want for our children is becoming more real as well. While we aren’t anywhere near being able to pay cash for a home yet, we are seeing the end of our student loans within reach – perhaps in 2009. I have a husband who works tirelessly – at work, at home, on his vacation – to make this a reality. All the while he indulges me in spending my days with our two beautiful blessings and managing our home. What monumental gifts I have been given!

I also started this blog this past year. Thank you all for reading, commenting and visiting. I thoroughly enjoy the community that blogging has given me. All of your comments, emails, questions and answers have enriched my new hobby and taught me so much.

I hope that 2009 brings you many blessings. May our hearts and minds be opened to thankfulness in all things.