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Tales from the Farm Part 1

Between working, raising two kiddos, starting up Dustin’s small business of woodworking, starting up a Springfield wedding venue business, structuring a new homestead for our needs, raising as much of our food as we can, renovating our home, hosting a small group, being involved with our church, extended family, and friends, there just hasn’t been a lot of time (read energy) to give you guys the updates you deserve.

So today I want to share with you a little tale about last summer.  Someday I would like to look back at this to remember the beginnings, remember the struggles, and ultimately, laugh.  But today is not that day.  Its been almost 8 months and it still seems all too fresh.  But I digress.  Let me begin my tale…

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Featured, Homelife, The Co-Op

The Co-Op… A new adventure

Hey y’all, I hope you have stayed warm and cozy this winter. Our family seems to always hole up for a couple of months during the miserable cold and lifeless months. This year was no exception. Well actually, it was a bit of an exception because instead of being snuggled under blankets waiting for spring, we have been slaving away on our next big adventure.

So now without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to…

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Barn yard, Gardening, Homelife, Uncategorized

Not a quitter

Life is busy for most of us.  Especially those with small children.  We run from this thing to that, to work, and back home again.  And for my family, we thought it would be a smart idea to add in extra stuff like a massive garden, livestock, acres to maintain, a poultry assortment, a home that needs some minor renovation, and starting a small business or two from the ground up.

Life is busy to say the least.  And stressful.  And sometimes it all creeps up on me and I have to let off some steam and the poor soul who bares most of that brunt is my husband.  He is a saint.  There have been some occasions where other people have seen me at my worst and those are just not my proudest moments.  Lets just say my mom and my mother in law are both wonderful woman who must love me A LOT.

So in these moments of compounding stress, in letting the chaos get the best of me I keep hearing myself and others say things like “you take on too much”  “you shouldn’t do so much” “simplify”  “do you really need to raise your own turkey?”

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Post Partum (and pregnancy) Depression honesty

I’ve come to this place many times over the past few months hoping to write something quick and light hearted but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Light hearted just hasn’t been my reality these last few months and I want to remain open and honest with you.

So here we go… Honest truth? The past few months have been hard. And this mama is tired. Not new baby tired. But “emotionally wrecked and in despair of not knowing if and when things will ever get better so I’ve settled in to this dark space” sort of tired. Tired of being optimistic.

You see, I have two beautiful kids. The latter of the two has given me a run for my money ever since he was born four-ish months ago. And you know what? It’s not okay.

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Homelife, Uncategorized

Pryce Freeman: A birth story

That’s right.  It’s time for me to share with you the wonderful story of my baby boy coming into the world while it’s still somewhat fresh on my mind.  I hope you are prepared for it to get long-winded.  Because it’s the birth of my son and I’ll be danged if I paraphrase just for your reading convenience.  And I mean that with all the love in my heart.  Also be prepared for some tasteful birth pictures.  Having babies does something to a woman.  Modesty is just thrown right out the window.

If you’ve been reading my other posts for a while then you know the saga that was Dottie’s birth story.  If you don’t know, you can read about it here: The PrequelPart IPart II

And just like Dottie’s story, let me start with the background info…

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A mother of two

If you have multiple kids then you’ve been there, felt that, and you can just shake your head at me and say “silly girl, you will get it soon”.

What I’m talking about is sharing.  Sharing my heart, my time, my physical, mental, and emotional strength with multiple children.  With everything that we have going on right now I really haven’t focused much on the fact that very soon, all of the “hard parts” of mother hood will be doubled.  But with that, I also haven’t thought at all about how all of the amazing parts will be doubled.

I am so excited to see what’s in store for our family and to meet the newest member.  I am excited for Dottie to meet her little sibling and interact with him/her.  Gosh, so much excitement! What will the baby look like?  Will it be a girl or boy? Will it have the same personality as Dottie? Will it sleep through the night? Will Dottie show interest in the baby? Gah!!! I am so excited!!!

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Homelife, Uncategorized

Thank you just isn’t enough

Well friends, it is with great pleasure that the aimless wandering of the Stewart Settlement will soon come to a close.  We bought a farm!  We are still in negotiations and everything but should close toward the beginning of April.  So please keep us in your prayers that everything will go smoothly and we will be getting all settled in this time next month.

Now that you know the exciting news, let me walk you through the mental process that has been the last two months for Dustin and I…

We weren’t just looking for a house, we were looking for a home.  We were looking for someplace to raise our babies.  Both quite soon and literally.  (I’m planning on having a home birth and my due date is May 1st)  We were looking for a place to start fresh, to call our own, to begin something big.  We were looking for a place to bring not just us, but all of our farm critters also.  A place to bring in foster children and start a ministry we feel deeply called to.  A place that Dustin’s mom could move to and comfortably call home (she is currently in Dallas and we can’t wait for her to get her butt up here!)  A place to start our little farmstead adventure in a more sustainable way.  Sure growing my own food is fun, but it ain’t cheap folks.  We were looking for a place to not only feed ourselves, but provide supplemental income in order to have the time and money to do it.

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Barn yard, Homelife, Uncategorized

Our first lambing season

Hello friends,

While my heart is still very much heavy and I have one million thoughts I would love to share with you, I thought it was time to lighten things up a bit and share with you what else has been going on in our lives besides the whole, ya know, our house burned down thing.

Ladies and gentlemen may I present… the story of the winter lambs.

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Homelife, Uncategorized

It takes a village

So as you may have heard… the Stewart Settlement house burnt down.

But you guys, I LOVE my community. Each and every one of you.  And by that I mean this online community, my church community, my friends and acquaintances in Springfield, friends and acquaintances in St. Charles where we used to live, those in Marshfield where I grew up, those in Texas where Dustin grew up, those that we went to college with, or those that live in community with a random friend or family member of ours.

Everyone. is. awesome.

The past (almost) three weeks have been such an incredibly real picture of the concept of “tag three people and they will tag three people” thing.   You know, that ole cheesy Facebook reference. But you guys. It has happened. In real life. Not just on a screen where people mindlessly click the “like” button.  But in reality, with physical contact and verbal conversations.

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Barn yard, Gardening, Goats, Homelife, Layers, Pigs, Uncategorized

With a heavy heart…

My dear ones. There is seriously nothing I can think to say to accurately express all of the feelings going on inside my brain. But alas, I will try to give you some sort of picture of whats going on. I owe you so much more than that but that is all I have to give. I hope you’ve got some time on your hands. Because this is going to get long winded.

Let’s start from the beginning…

Dustin and I moved to Springfield in 2011 because we had dreams for our future which included family, land, and self sufficiency. Our house and jobs in St Charles were quite the opposite of that so we took a leap of faith and moved everything to Springfield so that I could start working in the family business.

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