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Believer in Eternal Hope. Craft-a-Holic. In love with Coffee, baking and frugal living. Called to write. Determined to live life to the fullest. Convinced every life is important. Blessed with a family. Honored to pour out my life for the Glory of God.

Forget fences…be a good neighbor

When I moved here to the MN prairies 12 years ago I thought it was so so strange that no one fenced their yard in. Coming from a place where everyone has fences, it seemed too open, too intrusive, not clear where the boundaries were. I fought against it. I begged my husband for a [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:19+00:00August 16th, 2017|Homesteading|Comments Off on Forget fences…be a good neighbor

When Its Time To Start Again…

*************** "Storms make trees create deeper roots.." Dolly Parton *************** I have missed you, Welcoming House Readers. And I have missed blogging. I have struggled with how to share with you so many things over the last 8 months as I have walked through some dark times in my life. How to keep up with [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:19+00:00August 14th, 2017|Challenge Me|2 Comments

Dear “Jesse”–an open letter to the guy who I wish I knew in REAL life…

       Dear Jesse, Its been 1187 days since the beginning of our rather strange relationship, and I felt that I should finally openly introduce myself. You see, believe it or not, I know quite a bit about you, and have talked with many of your friends, family, coworkers, students, and probably even your vet by [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:19+00:00January 26th, 2017|Challenge Me, Faith|1 Comment

Tasty Tamales and the InstaPot

I have a little confession to make. I'm a tamale addict. I also have an un-explainable need to stop at every roadside taco truck that we drive past in our road trips. But honestly, that's another post for another time. But back to the tamales....the tamale ADDICTION... As in, we absolutely HAVE to have them [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:20+00:00January 24th, 2017|Cook, Dinner, Fast & Easy|Comments Off on Tasty Tamales and the InstaPot

Because Yarn is for more than Crochet….

If you happen to be over on our Welcoming House Facebook page, or even on my Handcrafts page, you would be seeing some fun new crochet animals I have been working on for Spring events coming up, and for filling up my Etsy store later in February. Actually, one of the fun things I have [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:21+00:00January 18th, 2017|Adoption, Craft, Kid Fun, To Wear|Comments Off on Because Yarn is for more than Crochet….

Saving Money with Baggies! (A guest post by Dagne of The Yankee Frugalist!)

You all KNOW I love guest posters, right? I love finding people who have similar tastes and interests, and love to share with others, and giving them a chance to connect with our readers! Dagne Goodwin, of The Yankee Frugalist approached me after I posted over on our Welcoming House Facebook page about looking for [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:22+00:00January 16th, 2017|Breakfast, Cook, Guest Bloggers|2 Comments

Why Canning is Something We Do Year Round….

Its Friday, you all, and if you have been a part of our community for ANY length of time, then you know that we often do Fabulously Frugal Friday posts on Fridays throughout the year! Welcome to today's! I want to talk about why Canning, in any form, is a skill you should learn and [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:22+00:00January 13th, 2017|Pressure Canning, Waterbath Canning|Comments Off on Why Canning is Something We Do Year Round….

Hawaiian-Style Rice–a quick meal for Lunch using your InstaPot!

If you happened to read my post last week on how we were "instapotting" before it was cool, then you know I promised many more simple meals that we use our electric pressure cooker for around here. :D Today is one of those days. My kids love this meal for lunch, and I love that [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:23+00:00January 10th, 2017|Cook, Dinner, Fast & Easy, Food Storage|Comments Off on Hawaiian-Style Rice–a quick meal for Lunch using your InstaPot!

17 years…bringing me to tears…

I write this with tears streaming down my face. Happy tears, lest you worry something bad happened and immediately want to read further to find out what. Actually happy tears because I never, ever, thought we would get here. My sweet, sacrificial, lion-hearted, gentle-and-strong spirited oldest daughter, Annalise, turns 17 today. And for those of [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:23+00:00January 8th, 2017|Heal|2 Comments

I was “Instapotting” before it was COOL….

I love all the different posts I keep seeing from others on my newsfeed about how they got an Instant Pot for Christmas! Who knew that electric pressure cookers would be all the rage this year? And how satisfying it was for me to smile and say: "I was insta-potting before it was COOL..." lol. [...]

By |2020-09-10T01:27:23+00:00January 5th, 2017|Cook, Fast & Easy|Comments Off on I was “Instapotting” before it was COOL….

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