I am Mama Cow: Baby Quill’s Unplanned Unassisted Home Birth (Part 2)

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This is the second part of Baby Quill’s unplanned unassisted home birth story. To read the first part, click here. Baby Quill’s Birth Story, Continued… Pushing and Birthing 11:24 AM- 11:37 AM In case you forgot, my husband had gone out to start the car so we could head to the hospital. He came back […]

I am Mama Cow: Baby Quill’s Unplanned Unassisted Home Birth (Part 1)

Home Birth Part 1

If you follow me on Facebook, you know the birth of our second child, baby Quill, just occurred at home- completely unplanned and I’d say pretty much unassisted to top it off. It was hands down the most amazing experience of my life. (And one that makes me want to have zillions of babies, at […]

Homestead Emergencies: And the Importance of a Good Homestead Network


This is a guest post on “Homestead Emergencies: And the Importance of a Good Homestead Network” by my friend Erin from Homesteader Hub (of Blue Yurt Farms fame). Meanwhile, I am busy writing up Baby Girl’s amazing birth story- I can’t wait to share it! There are a lot of reasons why it’s great to […]

Flame Retardant Freak Out (Avoiding Flame Retardants in Baby Gear)

Flame Retardant Freak out

Photo Credit: memekode, Flickr Creative Commons Attribution, edited 2014. I recently spent a several day period of time in a flame retardant-induced freak out. I started digging out all of Bridger’s baby gear (swing, carseat, pack-n-play, ect.) and wondering which flame retardants they all contain. What concerned me most was that his gear was purchased […]

Garden Update: Heirloom Veggies

Garden Update

Yes. We do still have a garden. Not that you would know it from my lack of regular Friday updates…  Sorry about that. I’ve been in crazy baby mode, and poor Farmer Dickie has been doing everything farm related around these parts. Everything. Thank the Lord for that man’s work ethic and energy level. But […]

Maternity Photos by Jennie Pyfferoen Photography

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Well this worked out perfectly. If you can’t tell by my silence lately on the blog (and Facebook, and Twitter, and Pinterest, and Instagram…ahem), I am in super baby mode. Baby girl is due in two weeks and I am busy as a bee getting everything ready. I actually have tons of things I want […]

Zero Waste Grocery Shopping

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Even though I haven’t written about it lately, we’re still plugging along with the Local Bite Challenge, and it’s getting so much easier now that we’re used to it. One unexpected side effect of eating very local has been the dramatic reduction in the quantity of garbage we generate. Most food from the Farmer’s market […]

Mondays on the Farm?

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So, I completely forgot to post my Friday farm update last Friday… These things happen, you know. This past weekend was my baby shower for baby girl (due in ONE month!), and so I was busy with friends and family and had a great time. But of course, I must bring you a quick little […]

Rethinking Broiler Chickens

rethinking meat chickens

Pregnancy does something to me, y’all. I just have no patience or energy for things being harder than they need to be. This translates into ruthless simplification across the board. As I’ve been periodically checking in with my husband about when we’ll order our batch of broiler chickens (for meat) this summer, I started wondering […]

Fridays on the Farm {Dear Mama Cow, I’m Sorry I Wanted to Eat You}

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Happy Friday, friends! I come to you well rested after sending Bridger boy for a “spend the night party” at the grandparents, during which I slept the vast majority of the time. Two naps in two days followed by a trip to the chiropractor… I die. In a good way. And now for the farm […]