Homesteading & Life on the Farm

Our Homeschool Year in Review 2015 – 2016

by Dawn Oaks on June 24, 2016 · 5 comments

  The 2015-2016 school year has certainly been one of transitions and accomplishments from start to finish.  We have seen firsts and lasts.  We have cheered and cried.  And yes, we have learned some things along the way. Our school year actually kicked off with moving Rucia into her new life at college. Once we […]

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Saturday Happenings on the Farm

by Dawn Oaks on May 7, 2016 · 0 comments

So many times friends are intrigued about life on the farm.  Today’s happenings include trimming and weeding our little blackberry and raspberry orchard.  Phase 2 of this project is bringing in materials to start building raised beds around them.  This will eventually be filled with wonderful organic black platinum mulch supplied by the wonderful ladies […]

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Spring Brings New Life on the Farm

by Dawn Oaks on April 29, 2016 · 0 comments

The signs of Spring on the farm just have a way of reminding me of new life.  New life can mean so many things.  Hope.  A Promise of the Future. Growth.  And Life Itself. It is a reminder that there are cycles to life.  A season for all things.  I am not sure what season […]

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10 Years of Provision

by Dawn Oaks on March 6, 2016 · 0 comments

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of when our life entered the surreal.  On March 6, 2006, Gary was the target of a sting operation by Federal and State governmental agencies.  There was no basis for these attacks except for the utterly evil intentions and personal agenda of a few.  There was no criminal activity, […]

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Fitting the Use of Apps into our Homeschool

by Dawn Oaks on January 22, 2016 · 0 comments

I have to admit that I am one of those parents that has been slow to incorporate the latest technologies into our homeschool experience.  My love and passion are in great literature and hands on experiences for learning.  There is so much isolation among our children today, because of technology.  Rather than playing in an […]

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A lot of the products that our family reviews fit nicely into the homeschool curriculum category, but this review is a bit different.  We recently received some great body care products from Koru Naturals.  Among the products that we received and used were their Skin Clear Creme, their Manuka Honey Propolis Soap, and their Emu […]

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Farmers are a season ahead, but God is in Today

by Dawn Oaks on August 26, 2015 · 2 comments

These days seem to be marked with struggles to live in the present.  As our oldest recently left for college, there were so many moments when I found my mind drifting back to the past.  Moments of her learning to walk, teaching her to read just before bed as we poured over Charlotte’s Web, and […]

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A Spring Day on the Farm

by Dawn Oaks on May 4, 2015 · 0 comments

When you live on a farm, the things before you each day are just part of your normal.  I was reminded today by a friend that others really have no idea what it may be like to live on a farm.  So here is a glimpse into our day, at least what today had in […]

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Welcoming Spring on the Farm

by Dawn Oaks on March 26, 2015 · 0 comments

Spring is Coming Clothes hanging on the line Carhardt overalls getting a final wash Cows happily grazing and napping on the hillside Flowers rising through the soil New strawberry shoots erupting Gardens plowed And fat worms found under rocks Empty woodpiles Schoolwork on the front porch Shooting basketball when the work is done So glad […]

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Finding Blessings in Extreme Weather

by Dawn Oaks on March 5, 2015 · 0 comments

The last 48 hours have been quite the rollercoaster on the farm with regard to the weather.  On Tuesday afternoon, we had temperatures up near 60 degrees.  It felt like Spring!  All of the ice and snow were melting and we actually saw the grass that was just waiting to start turning green and lush […]

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