For a majority of 2020, on top of the macro stresses we have all faced, there had been a steady build up of stress and feelings of entrapment in my life. I found myself overwhelmed with burdens and responsibilities I willingly took on in years past. Though not bad in themselves, and in fact serving a very important role in equipping our family for the future, they turned into weights on my soul, and no longer something I could manage. It was time to let them go. I took an overnight trip to the high country, dedicated to purposefully offloading...

2020 has been a year of transition for our family. For our friends and loved ones who have been following along with us on this journey, you know that we had been building a cabin retreat in the mountains of Colorado for a while now. When we first began to build the cabin back in 2018, we didn't know that we would be moving to Colorado. It was to be our gateway to the mountains, to the wilderness of God's glorious creation. The more time we spent visiting Colorado to work on the cabin, the more we felt the calling to...

My brain was going just about as fast as my minivan was down the Kansas interstate, which was roughly 80-85 miles per hour (the speed limit on I-70 is a wonderful 75mph). I was trying the best I could to not think about next year, about our building plans for our future home, all the things we'd need to do to get our small farm bed & breakfast up and running. Ideas, lists, to-do's were swirling through my head. So many ideas, and yet, an inability to start on any of them, because we are still in the period of...

I feel like someone somewhere once said "It doesn't matter if you start small, just start." Part of my dream is to have our own small farm - with a focus on soil health, species diversity, and natural systems. I want to have sheep, cows, pigs and chickens, all working symbiotically together. I want to build a passive solar greenhouse so we can grow our own fruits and vegetables through all four seasons at 7200 feet (2200 m) above sea level. We're not there yet. But I've been encouraged to start small. So this past growing season, on the tiny deck...

If you believe something to be true, does it make it true? If you can identify it as a lie, is it possible to still believe it? Whether we like it or not, chances are, there are lies that we believe. There may even be lies that I can identify as a lie, and yet, I still believe it. How does this happen? In the Restoring the Foundations ministry, we call the lies that we believe, "Ungodly Beliefs". Because anything that doesn't align with God's truth, is simply a lie, whether someone believes it to be true or not. We may know the...

I feel like someone out there needs to hear this today - Just because you are in a period of waiting, does not mean that nothing is happening. I was reflecting today on how differently my life looked a year ago. Nick and I were at a point where we knew where we wanted to be, where God was calling us, and the dream He had planted was burning inside my heart. But we were just...

The Backstory After we moved back to the United States from Hong Kong, I started noticing that drinking milk made me feel uncomfortable. It progressively got worse to the point where I would get bloated and be in pain. I decided to give up drinking glasses of milk or eating bowls of cereal with milk, but I still wanted to have milk in my tea and coffee. So I tried the alternatives - almond milk was fine, oat milk pretty good. But in the end I went with lactose-free milk because I still wanted the milk taste. We also went with...

I compiled this list of things I didn't used to know about chickens. For most of my early life (i.e. before Nick), all I knew was what I saw on my plate. But my in-laws have had backyard chickens for about 15 years, and I have learned a lot from them. I've helped care for their flock and even brooded a few chicks myself, which we moved to my their coop when they got bigger. Now, I am a huge proponent for backyard chickens. We currently rent a house where the HOA restricts livestock & chickens, but I look forward...

Over the summer, I was able to tackle one of the projects that I had been wanting to try for a while - building an at-home vermicompost bin. Vermicomposting is the process of using worms to naturally turn our organic garbage (kitchen scraps) into nutrient rich compost that is one of the best possible fertilizers for gardens. Background I first heard about vermicomposting in one of my favorite movies, The Biggest Little Farm. The film features the beautiful story of Apricot Lane Farms, a regenerative, biodynamic farm based in Southern California. When the owners, John & Holly, were first trying to...