Being Available For God

Being Available for God

I realize now that I never truly understood what it meant to be “used by God” for something. Four years ago I gave my life to Christ and started my spiritual growth journey. My path so far has been like the stock market; ups and downs, but trending upward over time. Lately I am experiencing…

10 Marriage Tips Every WIFE Needs to Hear

There’s a blog post that’s recently gone viral, written by a divorced man featuring some really sound advice about marriage (click here to read it).  I really have to applaud this guy.  It takes guts to stand up and be transparent about your failures.  It’s equally as commendable to stand up and say how you’d do…

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Elderberry Syrup: The Natural Flu Shot

First things first, I don’t get the flu shot.  I don’t give my kids the flu shot either.  By their own admission in the flu shot package insert, the manufacturers can’t guarantee the efficacy of the shot, and you may or may not be getting the strain in the vaccine that happens to be going…

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Dear Mary: 8 Months

Dear Mary, Every time I write this letter, I’m blown away by how soon it seems that I’m writing another one.  We’re now eight months into our new life since God blessed us with you and I can hardly believe how fast time is moving by.  Everybody says that, I know.  When you have kids,…

The "PVC Chicken Feeder Meter"

PVC Chicken Feeder with Meter

I’m not sure if anyone else has done this, but if you have, it will confirm that my idea was a good one! I just finished my coop and I wanted a way for my wife and kids to tell if the chickens needed more food without having to open the coop, unhook the feeder,…

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Chicken Coop from a Playhouse

My wife and I tried our hand at chickens about 3 years ago. We loved having them, but we made some mistakes in our setup that ended in the termination of our chicken ownership. We mixed aggressive and passive breeds, had a big coop that was built by a rookie, and our run was in…

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Frankie’s Anniversary Gift

As Frankie mentioned in his post, we agreed to gift each other with handmade items for our 2nd anniversary this year.  My husband is incredibly handy – me, not so much.  So with that in mind, I knew I was going to have to come up with something meaningful, since me and jigsaws don’t jive.…

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Free Scrap Wood Workbench

I needed a simple workbench. I went to a construction site with a hammer and saw yesterday and asked if I could pick through their scraps. I ended up with enough wood to make a 60″ x 22″ workbench. I also needed some clearance on the end for a wood vise. It’s a small workbench,…