Tis’ the Season


I did not grow up in a hunting family so the world of ducks and deer and camouflage was completely new to me.  While Caleb and I were dating I got to tag along on my first hunt, one that he looked forward to all year- the Thanksgiving duck/goose hunt in Arkansas.  We stayed in what … Read the Rest

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A Little Poetry


Years ago, when I had loads of  “me” time, I called myself a writer. From highschool through college I maintained a daily writing habit and even had a few pieces published. The last 6 years have taken away much of that free time to write. Though I wouldn’t have it any other way, a part of … Read the Rest

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Quilt on the Horizon

Swoon for Mom

It’s the time of year when the weather begins shifting to fall and my love of quilting kicks in. This year I promised to make a quilt for my mom. So in September, we went shopping for fabrics and she settled on these absolutely beautiful prints called Horizon by Kate Spain. I’m in love. Then … Read the Rest

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A Farm with a Vision


After the last of our chickens were processed, our family packed up and took a road trip to Michigan.  My mom’s family is from the Ann Arbor area and in many ways it feels like a second home to me.  I grew up going to our family cottage in Northern Michigan, or what locals refer … Read the Rest

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Did you know “Virginia is for [Apple] lovers?” Yet another reason I love Fall in Virginia. The apples are in abundance here with the state producing an average of 5-6 million bushels of the fruit each season. That’s a lot of apples. And with a harvest lasting from September through November, we have plenty of … Read the Rest

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A little Summer for your Fall


As you may imagine, moving from the city to the farm was quite an adjustment.  Grocery store trips now encompass an entire morning instead of a thirty-minute errand.  Paying attention to the gas gauge is actually important when the nearest gas station is more than ten miles away (I say this from experience).  And meeting … Read the Rest

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Meet Betsy


Hi, my name is Betsy and I am excited to be joining the Hen House blog! I grew up in Colorado, moved to Illinois to attend Wheaton College and after graduating, married Caleb. Caleb had just finished his first year of military training and one month after our wedding we moved to Alaska. Three short … Read the Rest

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“Come, ye thankful people, come”


Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin. God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied; Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home. –The United Methodist Hymnal Number 694 The Autumn months are by … Read the Rest

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I Can Do All Things…


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 The above verse served as my mantra during childbirth. Boy was that experience painful, but I pushed through it (literally) and received a wonderful gift at the end. Life is like that. Experiences can be tough, even unbearable. But what I feel I cannot … Read the Rest

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