Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the garden

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

homeschool & Family life

Just two years ago, I would've laughed at the thought of country living. 

When my mom dragged me from Washington DC to nowheresville, NC as a kid, I was beyond upset. I resented it. Immensely. I missed my friends, my school, that fast-paced life. Moving to a place where it took about 15 minutes to get to the nearest grocery store was unbearable.

But slowing down was what I needed then. And it's what I crave now. 

When we moved from our 1,300 square foot home in Virginia Beach to our 2,700 square foot, 3 acre home in rural Virginia, I thought we’d have nothing to do. 

But I've learned that slower doesn't mean boring. Slower just means intentional.

Instead of being dragged from one thing to the next, we focus on what we actually want. 

Having margin in our life allows us to do what we value most. And what matters to us is family, space, healthy food, exercise, and truth.

I invite you to follow our story as we explore this new life. 

A Slower Pace for What We Truly Want

living life intentionally

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the livestock

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

THE shop

Take yourself way too seriously sometimes? Yeah, me too.  🙋🏽‍♀️

When’s the last time you just said, “that can wait” and let loose a little?

We workout consistently. Homeschool our five and seven year-old children. Have extracurriculars. And somewhere in there, we try to have fun. 

Before our transition to country living, my Type-A schedule was eating away my sanity. We did all those things in perfect order, perfect time, and with excellence. I bought into the lie that we had to be the best and do everything. All the time.

When I stopped to examine the standards I was setting, it felt wrong. And something hit me. God doesn't call us to be the best. He is the best! He calls us to honor Him. Which set my heart free. So now, we chart a new course- to structure our lives to do just that. 

This means my kids don't need to be the smartest. My house doesn't need to be the cleanest or prettiest. We just need to keep Christ at the center. So, that's what we strive to do.

Homeschool & Family Life

how we do

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Most of our #aHomeofHope orchard and plants started as sprigs and shoots, seeds, soil, and bare root trees. Now we've got over 20 container pots in our garden (with plans to till next year) and 10 growing trees. 

We've never been big into gardening. I can't say this was a passion of ours before this pivot. But we've always been into taking care of what we put into our bodies and eating healthy. For a long time I was of the mindset of just doing enough to keep my head above water. Doing what was easy and maybe not necessarily better. Let me be clear and say we are by no means of the mindset that store bought food is evil. We still consume a LOT, but are aiming at reducing our footprint.

Growing a garden is certainly a huge investment of labor and time...but it's one we are loving taking on as a family. Not just because of the sweet quality time but because it's an investment in our health, for our future.


The Garden

how we do

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the bees

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the ducks & chickens

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We started with a simple raised bed garden and five little ducklings in our backyard in Virginia Beach. We had no idea those strides would lead to what we have now.

Now we have 50 animals on 3 acres of land. And let me tell you taking care of 2 dogs, 2 cats, 37 birds between our ducks and chickens , and tens of thousands of bees is no small thing. And we have plans here soon to add at least 3-4 pigs, 2-3 cows, a handful of goats, and probably a few more hives.

The best part? We do it, together. 


Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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Would you guess that eggs is one of the lower reasons on the totem pole of why we have over 30 ducks and chickens?

Why then? Well we love meat. Especially GOOD meat. We HATE bugs. And lemme tell you ducks and chickens are great at taming and trimming back the ticks and mosquitos and other little pests that may be all up in your yard.

Also they are HILARIOUS to watch. Our flock is a huge part of the ecosystem of our homestead and we couldn't do a lot of what we do without them, but its pretty hilarious to just sit and watch their antics, fights, mating dances, and all around awkward shenanigans.

Our Flock

It's not all about the eggs...

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Eating healthy to us is pretty simple. We like to keep it simple.

That being said one of the major things we've done is cut out as much refined and processed food as we can. No sugar, minimal potatoes, and definitely nothing that comes in a can. 

Replacing our sugar with honey has been an expensive cost. Pure honey isn't cheap! So we decided to raise our own. Because there's nothing like local honey - especially when you have pollen allergies like I do!

Hundred Thousand Bees and Counting...

Nothing better than local honey

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