William Luke Elliott: A Birth Story

Baby Will's Birth Story | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

I can only assume that the Lord wanted me to retell this story in a different way because the 'Publish' button I struck earlier today resulted in a completely lost birthing story that was approximately 1,592,492 words long. Let's pretend like I totally kept my cool and didn't slam the laptop shut and shuffle off (hey, I can't walk very well yet!) to the bathroom to weep and weep and weep. It … [Read more...]

How To Preserve Cherry Tomatoes

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Oh. Hi there. Did you wonder where I'd gone? Did you think I'd gotten eaten by a rattlesnake? Stepped on by a rampid hog? Locked in the barn?  Alas, I have not. I've been right here these past few days - okay, not right "here" but right here, if you know what I mean.  Summer, as we've learned, is like every season on the homestead - not for the faint of heart. If one … [Read more...]

An Unplanned Cesarean.

An unplanned cesarean | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

I'm only a few weeks away from having my third baby since starting this blog (way back when I didn't have any fine lines surrounding my eyes). Wow. I can't believe so many of you have been on this journey with me for so long. As super-pregnant, hormonal woman normally do, I've been thinking a lot about the new baby and what that will mean for our family over these past few days. Especially as … [Read more...]

Homestead Barn Hop #171

Homestead Barn Hop | The Elliott Homestead

It's that time, once again! Time to share what's been going on at your homestead! It's been a busy week here, once again. Our cow's pregnancy test came back negative (BOO!), we lost a chicken in the watering trough, we've been busily prepping for baby #3 who could arrive any day, and our pigs escaped on top of it all. Another week on the farm! Another lesson learned. What have you been up … [Read more...]

No Sew Curtain Panels.

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Something about having a baby makes me want to entirely redo my house. Like immediately. Urgently. Like somehow I'm supposed to have it perfectly designed and constructed and cleaned before the madness of a new child arrives.  Some may call it nesting. I call it a sickness. Because only a sick person would attempt to redecorate, organize, clean, and perfect their entire habitat … [Read more...]

So this is disappointment.

Pigs on the Elliott Homestead

I just took a 45 minute bath. Want to know what I was doing in there? I was scraping bits of pig feces from my legs, hair, and face. If you're wondering how I became covered in pig feces, I'm happy to explain. This is, after all, a farm blog on which I get to share with you the joys and pains of my farming life. It began last night, when I sat down to do some work at the computer. I was … [Read more...]

Postpartum Vaginal Healing Spray

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If only I had been wise after the birth of my first two children. Advil was taken. Medicated pads were used. The water that they gave me to "rinse myself" with wasn't cutting the mustard. And the uterine cramping when I first began nursing was almost unbearable. As my sister prepared for having her first baby a few months ago, I knew that I wanted desperately to alleviate some of that … [Read more...]

The Best Bruschetta Recipe

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There's one reason I garden. Well, I should say, there's a reason above many others why I garden. And the reason lay right here: Sweet morsels of angel deliciousness. How I look forward to you each year - succulent, sweet, juicy, bright. The flavor of summer. The juicy fruit of the Gods. Once tomato season hits, you'll be hard pressed to find me cooking anything besides caprese salads … [Read more...]

MightyNest Lunch Goodies Giveaway!

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I may be in a slight form of denial. After all, I can't posssssibly be old enough. I'm still young! Still vivacious! Still full of youth! But deny as I will - it's true. My baby, my wee little Georgia Knox (whom many of you helped me to welcome into the world back when this blog first began) will start KinderPrep this year at her Daddy's school.  The school uniform has been ordered. … [Read more...]

How to Braid and Store Onions

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The Lord has smiled on our homestead. Even though we lost over 40 (YES, 40!!!!) meat birds to an owl last week, I was still able to harvest the most incredible bunch of storage onions I've grown to date. Yes. Life on the farm is a give and take. It's a balance. Things live. Things die. Things grow. Things have their necks broken by a bird of prey. It's all in the daily life. But let's not … [Read more...]