Saturday, November 21, 2009

Homemade Life

I went to a funeral this week. My childhood friends mom had a brain aneurysm and died at the age of 56. She didn't get to say goodbye, or hug her one last time, she just died. But even though she had to go through such a traumatic situation, her mother was truly an amazing woman.

Sharon (her mother) was my brownie and girl scout leader when I was a kid. She went to school for nursing and later taught nursing to others encouraging them the whole way, She was a cheerleader for her family and the activities they were involved in, she was a loving christian wife to her husband, she traveled to China with Patch Adams and went into the orphanages and cared for the children, she was active in her church, and when she was buried their was barely any standing room in the church.

So you're asking what does this have to do with a homemade life? Through her life, Sharon taught me that its what you do in life that matters. It matters to the garbage man who she used to put inspirational messages on the garbage can to lift him up. It matters to the nursing students who are now nurses who said without her they would have never made it through. Sharon chose a homemade life. She set out and put herself in charge of her life. She didn't allow others to make the decisions she made and she was in control of her actions.

I choose a homemade life because I want to be in charge of what I put on the table, in our mouths, and in our hearts. I think that when you choose to live a homemade life, you are choosing to live life to the fullest.

Even though Sharon is passed, she still continues to touch our hearts. She still continues to teach us good things, for when you open your heart to the idea of a homemade life......the possibilities are endless.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tis the Season!!

Its days like today that make me smile. You know, the dreary cold ones that make you want to stay in the house and bake, can, or sit with a big cup of coffee and read a book. My daughter and I (and hubby not by choice) are already in the holiday spirit. We have decided to make homemade gifts for everyone. We are saving money for our farm and well....I love homemade. I think it really shows someone how much you care by really taking the time. Not that other gifts don't do that but you get what I mean. This year I am making fresh bread and applebutter for adults and for the kids....scarves and gloves. Are you making anything from scratch this year? Please share your ideas!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

New in town

Ahhh so we are finally homeowners after years of deciding where we wanted to live and so forth. We settled into a little homestead in Bowmanstown, Pa across the street from great friends and a population of 800!! Our home is 1300 sq ft half double with about .13 acre. Not much but its a great place to hang your hat at the end of a hard day. We have a beautiful farmstyle kitchen that Im extremely territorial of because its what I've always wanted. The house smells of pumpkin spice and makes me want to run out to antique stores to furnish it.

So first things first. We took down the pool and put up garden beds!! Who needs a pool anyway?My 2 almost 3 yr old can use her plastic pool to throw her rocks in (besides she's rather be helping us in the garden). Next, up went the compost piles and demensions for our wooden fence that will protect our little homestead from intruders (trust me, we've had them).

My husband Zach sold his subaru for a 89' 4x4 Ranger. Best 1000.00 bucks we spent since moving in!! It does its job and then some. As for me (Shellee), Im looking forward to the next few years on our first homestead. I look forward to the garden veggies, our greenhouse going up in spring, fruit trees, and campfires where that pool once stood. I look forward to us sweating in the summer pulling weeds, washing clothes and lugging them to the washline to dry, and new motivations to keep us moving forward. Homesteading may be living the simple life, but its far from that....its so much more than that. Its hard work and dirty hands, its staying up till midnight on a second job so you can quit the first one that you hate, its learning from mistakes but you pick yourself up and you keep going, its fullfilling your life with your faith and your family. After all you only get one chance to get it right.......