Most mornings John and I sit on the front porch before the rest of the house wakes. We enjoy our coffee, conversation and sometimes shared peaceful silence. Its my favorite way to start the day. Recently we have been blessed with the most amazing sunrises. This morning, in fact, every few seconds one of us said, … Read the Rest

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Summer Up North


Ever since I was a baby, we traveled to Northern Michigan to spend a week at our family cottage.  The time was full of water activities- fishing, water skiing, tubing, and swimming, adventures to the “big lake” (Lake Michigan), and if we were lucky, a night of putt-putt and ice cream.  It was the sweetest … Read the Rest

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Summer Knitting


While the days continue to be quite busy, and somehow we find ourselves in July already, I have managed to eek out some time for knitting in the evening. The feel of the yarn sliding through my fingers and the occasional clicking of my needles relaxes me after a full day on the farm. In … Read the Rest

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We are busy, busy here at Briarmoore and this week has been filled with lots of cuteness. Two of our rabbit does had litters this week. All the kits seem to be healthy and happy. This is encouraging as our last round did not fare as well. All of us are enjoying this new endeavor. … Read the Rest

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Peach Cream Tart


As we are in the midst of egg season, I am constantly trying to think up new ways to use the cracks (the eggs with a cracked shell but an intact membrane).  Breakfasts often consist of scrambled or poached eggs, or my favorite- baked oatmeal.  We almost always have a handful of hard-boiled eggs in … Read the Rest

Happy Father’s Day!


Happy Father’s Day to the most amazing man, best friend, and father I know…my husband John. Our children and I are blessed to have him in our lives, leading our family on this journey. He lives thoughtfully and purposefully with God at the forefront of everything. We are certainly not where I thought we would be seventeen years ago…and I would … Read the Rest

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With every transition, be it a new job, a new baby or otherwise, we have to manage our expectations.  When our first daughter was born Caleb and I had to work through what we subconsciously and/or consciously expected of one another and of ourselves.  Who was going to change the diapers?  Who was going to … Read the Rest


This First Week of June


Honestly? This week was exhausting. It rained EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And yes, rain is a blessing, especially for pasture raised products, but it also means damp feed, filthy eggs, and lots of changes of clothes for chores. But the Bible says,”This is the day the Lord has made; rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) And … Read the Rest


Gentle Stewards


How to be gentle can be a tough lesson for parents to teach children. I can still hear my Dad’s voice saying, “Gentle Tamara, gentle,” as I held my new kitten when I was around seven years old. I am sure he feared I would pop her head off with my tight hold. Babies and young … Read the Rest

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