We are a small farm family (hoping to someday buy a larger farm).  On our farm we raise grass fed beef, sheep, chickens and a large garden.  We strive to produce health, natural food for ourselves and our customers by utilizing sustainable and permaculture based techniques.  Each year I preserve as much as I can from the garden along with a variety of fruit from local orchards.

Our family is gluten free.  I was diagnosed with hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2012.  While researching hashimoto’s I discovered that many people with hashimoto’s were also gluten intolerant.  I began to reduce my consumption of gluten and noticed I had less bloating and brain fog.  After 6 months of going gluten free we found out I was pregnant.  This was a miracle for us, as we had been told that my tubes were blocked and we won’t be able to have more children without medical assistance.  I believe that my “infertility” was a result of inflammation caused by my gluten allergy.

My husband and I have been married for over a decade (wow) and we have three boys.  I can’t believe we have two teenagers (I’m not really that old).  One will be going to college in a couple of years!  We also have a toddler and a baby on the way.  I feel like I am starting all over again with the toddler and new baby to be.  So many things have changed in the way people parent and the products available to parents since I had my second son.  Also being an older mom I find that I parent a bit differently this time around.  I don’t know if it is my age or the fact that I’ve parented before but sometimes I surprise myself with the differences.

My third son was born with a number of intestinal issues.  He suffered from reflux, colic like symptoms, and green slimy poos until we were able to eliminate eggs, dairy, soy, gluten, and corn from his diet (or I should say my diet since I was breastfeeding.  I wasn’t eating gluten but when we started solids we found that he couldn’t tolerate gluten either).  His dietary needs changed the way our whole family eats (since this momma doesn’t have time to cook multiple meals).

Through this blog I hope to share my experiences and encourage other mothers.  I want to share the ups and downs of motherhood, homeschooling and farm life.

Disclaimer:  my life can be a mess.  fashion and make-up are not my strong points.  my house may sometimes be in disarray (I love to teach & play with my kids, garden and cook more than I love to clean).  Please forgive any messy photos…