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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New Growth


I have been growing my hair out for a LONG time. And during my pregnancy with Naomi my locks were glorious–healthy, full and shiny. Fast forward a couple months after her birth and I am losing it by the handful and it has turned dull and limp. So this week I cut off about three inches. … Read the Rest

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Hat Weather


Indian Summer has faded away and here in the Shenandoah Valley we have entered into hat weather. This temperature shift compels me to pick up my knitting needles and crochet hooks. Both the kids need new hats and even John could use a new topper. I cannot wait to get my hands on my new … Read the Rest

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