Breaking Free From Social Media

Breaking Free From Social Media

The sense of urgency for a social media break had been hovering over me for some time. So, on December 24, I signed off of my personal sites. I still managed my business and blog pages but only minimally; And I mean very minimally.

I can honestly say, I didn’t scroll. Not once. My thumb is grateful for the downtime… 👍🏻 

December 24, 2016 It’s that time again! Time to declutter the noise, regain focus, and get some clarity! 🤔 It’s time to unplug. 🔌 I will be offline on my personal accounts (FB and IG) for a while. If ya need me email me or call/text. 📞📲 Farm and blog accounts will still lightly be maintained. ❤ Have a blessed and wonderful CHRISTmas!!! ✌🏼 #unplug #takeabreak #socialmediabreak #socialmedia #declutter #gainclarity #regainfocus #minimalism #getridofthenoise

I wanted this break for a lot reasons. I was deep into a season of busyness and finding it difficult to surface for air. My aptitude for optimism, multitasking, and enjoying life were suffering. This naturally affected my health, marriage, finances, and quietness with God. Read more

Healing the Great Divide: Caroline of In Due Time

Healing the Great Divide: Caroline of In Due Time

HEALING THE GREAT DIVIDE

CAROLINE OF ‘IN DUE TIME

GUEST BLOGGER

Caroline, a fellow blogger and sister in Christ, has a unique approach to her infertility. Instead of chasing treatment after treatment, she and her husband, Colby, have chosen to remain still. In fact, as you will read in a bit, they haven’t dove hard and fast into the medical treatment world that many of us find ourselves swimming in these days. Very literally, they are sitting and waiting.

I’ve always admired this about Caroline. I myself waited 8 years before truly talking with my OB about our lack of pregnancy. Still longer before seeing a specialist and giving IVF a shot… pun intended. That is why I love Caroline’s testimony so much. Read more

Healing the Great Divide: A Word to Infertile Couples

Healing the Great Divide: A Word to Infertile Couples

One of the things that has really disappointed me about myself and other infertiles is that we tend to expect everyone to read our minds. We know better than that and so I’ve often wondered why we do this. Do we really think the people around us have special, magical powers? None of us holds that belief… at least I hope not. Ha!

I’ve come to realize, we hope they read our minds so that we don’t have to do the brutally hard work of opening up about something so painful. Read more

Healing the Great Divide: Meredith of It’s Positive

Healing the Great Divide: Meredith of It’s Positive

Healing the Great Divide

MEREDITH of ‘IT’S POSITIVE’

GUEST BLOGGER

Meredith was one of the first long distance friends that I ‘met’ on this journey through infertility and blogging. She is a dear sister in Christ who shares the heartache of empty arms but also triumphs the despair by helping others through the heartache through her blog It’s Positive. Her walk is inspiring and her delightful ray of sunshine is contagious.

In today’s guest post, she shares some of the ways her family and friends rallied around her during the toughest times of her journey. For those of you finding yourself in the company of an Infertile Myrtle, take heed her advice and tips on what to do and say.  Read more

Christmas: Through the Eyes of a Young Farm Girl

Christmas: Through the Eyes of a Young Farm Girl

I have many, many fond memories of Christmas at our farm growing up. The sights, the smells, the crispness in the air. How mom & dad decorated our wonderful little farm cottage. And I my playhouse… just envision tinsel. Lots and LOTS of tinsel! You know the fluffy garlands you buy at the Dollar Tree? 😖 It all just takes me back to yesteryear when I was little and carefree.

Our slice of heaven was a little green farmhouse in the outskirts of Ashland, VA on about 5 acres. The property had a two-story red barn that dad would hang this gargantuan vine wreath on. It was cross-fenced with three board wood fences, open fields, a gravel drive, enormous, old trees and, as I have today, lots and lots of critters.

It was everything you could imagine – a genuine sense of peace, the smell of good food cooking, beautiful hardwood floors with puddles of melted snow by the doors. Chickens flittering about the back porch and some even brazen enough to make their way inside the farmhouse.

Except for the clucking of chickens, neighing of horses, and baaing of goats, there was a still quietness that softened even the worst of days.  A stunning life.

Yep, I’m a farm girl at heart and will always be one. Though I don’t mind a quick trip to the city here and there. I do love to travel. Read more

Thanksgiving Dinner: Farm to Table Style 🦃

Thanksgiving Dinner: Farm to Table Style 🦃

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🦃

FROM BROOKS AND JIL of FOR THE LOVE OF JOY BLOG,

JACK, ANNABELLE, LAMBIE, AND ALL OF OUR FARM CRITTERS.

MAY YOU HAVE BLESSING UPON BLESSING AND

THANKFULNESS IN YOUR HEARTS TODAY AND EVERYDAY.


Let’s make today fun and light shall we?!? I am sharing a farm to table style setting live from Brookview Farm in Goochland, VA! This farm is chock full of history and doesn’t disappoint in views, that’s for sure.

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The Pursuit of Thankfulness

The Pursuit of Thankfulness

I am not going to pretend to be an expert at thankfulness. I can say I’m pretty good at being an optimist and full of joy, but it’s hard to be thankful.

God expects nothing less. As righteous & blameless as this puny human would love to be, I’m still made of flesh. And because of this, thankfulness requires an enormous amount of effort on my part. It takes a response that can only be intentional. Read more

Farmhouse Squash Soup

Farmhouse Squash Soup

Fall harvest. Those are words of love in my household. Apples, winter squash, kale, collards. Yummy deliciousness… that’s what it is. Fall is my most favorite food season. “I want Squash Soup from Panera” is all I’ve heard for several weeks from friends and family, which has inspired me to breakout my own fall recipes. Brooks and I love food from our own farm kitchen.

Fresh. Clean. Healthy. Homemade Food. Read more