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We lead a small quiet life.  Or at least I believe it to be small and quiet.  I like to think of my life as a tiny jewel box.  It’s something that is precious, but also something that can be easily missed by others.  If you walk into a room, a jewel box sitting quietly on the dress may not be the first thing that you notice.  But it contains beauty none the less.  And for someone who takes notice, who bends down to notice the details and the craftsmanship, that small jewel box contains wonderful secrets and delight for anyone who cares to take notice.

That is how I see myself, and that is how I see my life.  It is how I see my home and my marriage.  Quiet.  Simple.  Beautiful.  Pleasing to God.  That really is how I want my life to be.

I’m enamored with the “Little House” books.  I love reading and watching about pioneer life on the American plains.  I realized one day why I love it so.  I love it because life was simple and real.  Now don’t misunderstand me.  Pioneer life was hard and challenging.  But I love how that families living on the plains didn’t have a false pretense of safety or security.  They relied on God for their help because they knew when you take everything away, that’s all you really have anyway.

Today, at least in the current country and culture that I live in, it is hard to really remember that all you really can rely on is Jesus.  Sure, we say it.  We might really think we mean it.  But how do you really know you mean it till you start stripping things away?  How do you know till you quiet all the noise in your life?

At my core, this is what I want.  It is what I have fought to maintain most of my life.  And this is what I want to document on this blog.  As the saying goes, we are going to kick this ting up a notch.

My husband and I have decided to become full fledged scholars/practitioners of homeschooling and homesteading.  We are not experts at either subject but we each have backgrounds that lend themselves to each.  This blog is a place for us to document our research as well as record our successes and failures as we move to live a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle.

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