Hi! I’m Jaime Rose. Since you’re in my neck of the woods, you may as well sit on the porch and rock a while. I live with my farmer husband and two daughters on our Indiana farm. We are in our fifteenth year of homeschooling. Our oldest daughter is a home school graduate. Everyone says it, and it’s true, time really does fly! Our youngest daughter is a sophmore this year. Everything we do revolves around rust, dirt, and grace…so, so much grace.
We can often be found at auctions, garage sales, and thrift stores looking for a new treasure. I have always dreamed of having a small shop one day. We are not yet in that season of life, though.
I am far from being able to call myself a “homesteader”, but in my heart, I will always strive toward that goal. I have always been a farm girl. I grew up in the country. I’ve had farm animals of some sort here for at least the past 13 or so years. I just never feel as though I measure up to the “real” homesteaders. Those people that seem to have it all together, can grow a beautiful, weed free garden. They never have to buy eggs at the store. They preserve everything that comes their way. I have learned, though, to give myself Grace. The world will not end if my garden gets put on the back burner because my husband needs me in the fields, or my daughter needs me to help with her schoolwork. I have a short season with these girls, and while they are slowly learning about gardening and preserving along side me, sometimes we just have to set it aside to do other work.
This blog has been on my heart for several years. I often push it back. Why would anyone need to hear what I have to say? There are so many voices out there already. People that are much more qualified than I. Recently though, the nudging has been getting stronger. I feel the need to encourage other moms and young women out there that don’t feel as though they measure up either. We have been given this life for a reason. God desires our hearts, ladies. All we have to do is turn to Him. Those weeds in the garden? The dishes in the sink? The feelings of inadequacy? None of it means more to Him than you do.
If you desire to learn alongside me, and maybe glean a little from what I’ve learned about bringing beauty to old treasures, homesteading, homeschooling, eating to heal illness, and what it means to give and accept grace, then welcome! I hope you will be patient with me as I dip my toes into the waters of the blogging world.