A comment on men protecting women by discouraging temptation.

A while back a commenter at The Courtship Pledge wrote a thought-provoking comment to men about their role in protecting women from temptations.  He writes: Continue reading

Survival homesteading on one acre: a free talk by David Goodman (but it’s only free for the next 24 hours)

Ladies and gentlemen, this is so exciting!

David Goodman is a highly accomplished gardener whose methods are eclectic, but he is mostly of the forest gardening persuasion.  He’s written several books and many articles, and I have a great deal of respect for his knowledge of small-scale homesteading.  You can find his blog here:

Florida Survival Gardening

I “know” David (aka “David the Good”) through one of my old blogs, and we also used to chat about faith, family, modernism, gardening, and homesteading on Twitter now and then, though sadly he’s no longer on Twitter.  That is why I was SO excited to see that for the next 24 hours, we can watch a one-hour teaching segment Mr. Goodman did for the Home Grown Food Summit for free!  After the 24-hour free period passes, it’s necessary to pay to watch those segments, so if you’ve got insomnia tonight or are up very early tomorrow, and if gardening and homesteading interest you at all, I highly recommend watching David’s talk.

One of my favorite parts is when he talks about all the mistakes he’s learned from in all his gardening and homesteading years.  Those of us who are trying to learn more about producing some or all of our food can relate to that; sometimes it feels like success is a rare thing in food production! But we needn’t become disheartened; that is a normal part of learning to grow and raise one’s own food.

I do hope some of you will have the chance to watch it!  Here is the link:


Seedy doings.



Most of us aren’t relying on our gardens for sustenance, so why bother with a vegetable and fruit garden?  Here are a few reasons off the top of my head: Continue reading

Oh dear, oh deer.

SOMEONE has stripped my little apple trees that I planted last fall.DSC04437


The peach tree didn’t get it too bad.  Yet.


Now who would do such a thing, I wonder?

Well, consider the view from my front porch a few evenings ago: Continue reading

Know that you are happy.

The rash that had broken out all over my arms finally drove me to the doctor today, who advised me to get rid of our new chicks.  You see, when I had allergy testing done a number of years ago, I reacted to chickens and most other livestock.  I didn’t think touching them would cause me to break out in itchy red welts like this, but it has.  And not only I but also one of our daughters, our little animal lover who has had her hands in the brooder petting and playing with them, feeding them mealworms by hand, everyday…red itchy bumps up and down both her arms, both of us sneezing and uncomfortable. No one else has developed any allergic reactions to them, thankfully.

We moved them to the garage because they aren’t big enough to go outside in a coop yet (and we hadn’t prepared a coop yet, either, though we planned to do it this week).  But my husband talked it through with me, letting me know that this was not going to work because he would not be able to take on the sole care of the grown hens and didn’t think I’d be too happy to have to completely avoid them.   Continue reading

He is risen and He will come again.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them,

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”  

And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.


And he said to them,

“What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?”

And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him,

“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

And he said to them,

“What things?”

And they said to him,

“Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”

And he said to them,

“O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”  

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther,  but they urged him strongly, saying,

“Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.”

So he went in to stay with them.  When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.  And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.


And he vanished from their sight.  They said to each other,

“Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”  

And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying,

“The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

(Luke 24:1-35)

Hosanna, Hosanna

to the Lamb that was slain!

Hosanna, Hosanna,

Jesus died and rose again.

He was crucified, He died, and He rose again.  He ascended into Heaven, but He is coming back again:

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen.  Come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)

Even so, come Lord Jesus!


Thoughts on Christian permaculture from The Cultured Home.

With Easter preparations, household chores, and work, I’ve been too busy to write a post this week.  I have, however, been doing some reading, and I’ve found a handful of resources on Christianity, forest gardening, and permaculture.  I thought I would share one set of links with interested readers here.  The Cultured Home has a three-part series that I found interesting:

Permaculture & Genesis, part 1 — “Dominion”

Permaculture & Christianity, part 2 – “Replenish”

Permaculture & Christianity, part 3 – “Native vs. Exotic Plants”