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Preserve. Honor. Create.

I’m sitting here on my bed reading the first few inspiring pages of Jon Acuff’s new book, DO OVER. It’s so inspiring, in fact, that I just set it down mid-reading page seven so I could type this out.
Some things have to change around here. I’m not just talking about this website. I’m talking about this country. Heck, this entire world.

We’re all aware of the general mismanagement that has led to waning natural resources, historical levels of pollution, and lifestyles that perpetually demand that factories keep churning out newer better faster smartphones, laptops, watches, TVs, tablets, and the like.

We can’t continue to buy replacement plastic gadgets everytime we break the ones we used to have. The wasted piles of our old gadgets are the new mountains in the 21st century.

If, like me, you found yourself this Easter stuffing little plastic toys into colored plastic eggs, you may also have paused your annual ritual to ask yourself the question: Why do we keep doing this? Why do our traditions have to revolve around disposable plastic knick knacks and decorations with no meaning? 

When You Ask That Question, You Know It’s Time

It’s time for a change. A shift. A RADICAL shift.

The old ways may be simpler and more convenient than attempting something new, but we’re no longer satisfied with the systems we have. Sure, it’s easier to buy an Easter egg hunting experience at Walmart or Target, but there’s something all the more fake and meaningless because of our “plasticky” conveniences.

Things used to mean something.

100 years ago, a man would cut down a tree or a set of branches carve that wood into something functional. Something beautiful. Something with presence. When you put a natural resource into the palm of a man’s hand and he shapes it according to his imagination and will, you have something precious result.

When you buy that same object in plastic from the local superstore, you just don’t get the same result. Those things just don’t mean as much.

Here at, we’re in the process of a signficant culture shift. I’d call it a life-defining shift. Whereas we once were more focused on regurgitating pop culture with a personal spin, we’re now heading in a different and, hopefully, better, direction.

The time to waste words on cheap and easy things that entertain us is past. There’s something more out there for us to aspire to.

Hopefully, it’s something greater.


In the place where I currently live, there are customs and cultures that have existed for hundreds of years before I was ever a gleam in my daddy’s eye. Those stories, traditions, and customs are vanishing from human history every year as more and more elderly men and women die without passing them on to someone who cares.

We can’t afford to lose our past. The past tells us who we are, where we came from, what the land has endured, and what this land is most likely to produce well. We need the wisdom of our forefathers to guide us and lay a firm foundation for our future endeavors.

But we can only gain this wisdom if we are intentional. We must preserve this wisdom by listening to our elders in every arena. We must write down their sayings and their customs and their ideas so they will not be lost forever.


There are Native American, pioneering, homesteading, and colonial cultures in these parts that should never be forgotten or ignored. Through honor, we place value upon the history of our land, and we embrace the past as we embrace this land for our children’s future.

Honor is the gateway to everything worth having.


As we preserve and honor our forerunners, we would be remiss to not make our own mark.

Though we honor the past, we do not wish to repeat it. The only way forward is to take past teachings, wisdoms, and ideas and build something even better on top of them.

What can we do together to make this world a better place? Let’s ask this question day after day after day until we know the answer. Let’s ask the question until we live answer.

What can YOU do to make this world a better place?

The Risk of Not Committing vs Cost of Wrong Choice

Have you ever told yourself it’s better to hold off than to commit too soon to the wrong path? And has that waiting period ever turned into months or even years of nothing?
I feel ya.

I spent my twenties churning in angst, insecurity, and indecision. That’s right. I spent a DECADE following bad advice and obeying my fears and generally accomplished very little. It was like sweat detoxing without the cleanse.

Straight out of college, the dream was to become… a writer. Not just someone who writes. No. To become the next C.S. Lewis. To write today’s Narnia. That was the dream.

But then came college graduation day. And you know what, the next day, I had nowhere to live. I ended up sleeping on a friend’s couch in an apartment so full of smoky incense I stayed away as much as possible.

The Moment of Decision

I hope that, unlike me, you make the better choice during a moment of discomfort and uncertainty. It took m years to undo the years of stagnancy. And while dreams evolve as time passes, you can never get back the opportunities you never took. No matter where you are in the process, choose the better path today.

It took Jeff Goins years to finally call himself a writer. After pressing through the painful process of choosing without guarantees, Jeff offers us this timely advice:

The risk of not committing is greater than the cost of making the wrong choice. Because when you fail, you learn. But what happens when you don’t commit, when you choose to not act? Well, nothing. When you pause without intent, when you stall due to fear, you don’t learn a thing. ach wrong choice grows your character and strengthens your resilience, readying you for what comes next. Failure is a friend dressed up like an enemy.

– Jeff Goins, The Art of Work p. 27

Face the Next Step

Consider this your loving nudge out of the nest. You’ve sat there debating and contemplating for far too long already. You can wait to be chosen, but you’re living in the wrong period of time for that option to be effective.

Usually when we say ‘it’s your turn,’ we mean that it’s your turn to be picked, to be the next one, the person who fits in more than any other. The next pop star on the cover of Seventeen, the next news anchor, the next plant manager. Or the next customer at the deli. This is the model in which you wait for change to happen to you.

– Seth Godin, What to Do When It’s Your Turn

Whether you’re waiting to be picked by God, your boss, or some random editor or producer, consider the fact that you’ll never get back the years lost, when you could be out there giving, serving, learning, and doing something to establish the skills and experience you’ll need to be the person other people can count on. Or, as Seth Godin puts it,
Another model of ‘your turn,’ though, is the model of the person who makes change. We seek the change that is interesting, the change for the better, and most of all, the change that connects us to someone else. This is the freedom to make change, and the willingness to seek out the tension it brings.

So dust off your courage and let’s try something new. You can MAKE the change you have been waiting for, one tiny step at a time. Remember, “when you stall without intent… you don’t learn a thing.”

Make this season a learning experience AS you move forward.

Touring the Homestead with Blogger Friends

Our friends Genevieve and Michael of stopped by for a visit after Easter Sunday. It’s great to have friends who can identify with the lifestyle and the challenges of a blog-based business. We talked some shop as well as our plans for the future and some what if scenarios. Read more

Valentine’s Farm-to-Table Dinner at Roaring Creek Farm

For Valentine’s Day, Heather and I enjoyed a 6 course farm-to-table dinner at Roaring Creek Farm. Paul Schertz opens his farm house once or twice a month for these farm-to-table dinners. There’s a waiting list, and when a spot opens up, it fills up within 15 minutes of sending out the email. We’d been wanting to go for months, but pregnancy and children and work had prevented us from doing much outside the homestead. Read more

Visioneering Part 1: A Future Community

We bought some land that we love. Check!
We built a chicken coop. Check!
We raised some guineas to eat ticks. Check!
We adopted stray cats to control the rodent population. Check!
We brought in two English Shepherds to protect our land and animals. Check!
We began the permaculture questionnaire for our land. Check!
We joined the very local church. Check!
We put down a deposit on dairy goats. Check!
We shared our lives with other local homesteaders. No check! Read more

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