MyNameisEsther
Jesus lover. Wife to my best friend. Momma to 7 blessings. Heartstrings tugged by all things simple, sweet, natural, purposeful, meaningful, authentic, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and worthy of praise


Location

Midwest, United States


 i blog about


homemaking
, marriage, parenting, adoption, homeschooling, sustainable & natural living on our little farm.
Along with anything else, that I feel will benefit, encourage, or allow readers to think, relate, inspire or just plain laugh.

I don’t have it all together, but I know The One who does! My frayed edges are being shaped and re-formed on a daily basis. I desperately pray my very flawed writings; will only point you ever closer to the one who so graciously makes hearts whole, and fills them with an everlasting joy. Now, my only hope is, to not  obscure the breathtaking view of these moments .

who i am

follower of Jesus: I realized my need for a personal relationship with Jesus in my own life at the tender age 7.  At fourteen I truly started to desire to know and grow more in the Lord. I dedicated my life to the Lord through believers baptism. Today, I strive, I fall, and grow because of this undeserving thing called, grace. 

blessed with: my husband of 17 years {my best friend, and “high school sweetheart”} who loves Jesus, and leads our family to the best of his ability, he’s hardworking, and loves deeply.  I’m honored to be the mother of 7 beautiful children here on this earth – 5 through birth, 2 through adoption, and 3 precious babies residing in the presence of Jesus.

my days & weeks are spiced with: numerous doctor appointments, peanut butter & jelly, mud-puddle, dandelion, laundry laden, therapy filled, sticky finger, crazy homeschooling, fully chaotic bliss.

with great honor and much grace: I’m homemaker who’s been given the great privilege of being able to stay home, and homeschool our children for the past 12 years, while also caring for 2 of our children with multiple special needs.

small business owner: along with my husband, I help manage our families small business, where we offer an array of organic teas, herbs, spices, botanical’s, fresh produce and home crafted goods from our farm. Every sale assists in bringing another orphan home to their forever family.

 

 i’m learning…

 

…to love the Lord more intimately, to love my man more passionately, to train my munchkins more joyfully, while letting go of  what I see as “perfect”.

…God’s love unglues and unhinges us, when we set aside our perceived expectations. He moves us to the most unthinkable, and the most incredible amazing blessings through the most uncomfortable of ways. I’m finding myself wanting more of this crazy faith stuff.

 heartstrings tugged by

 

JESUS    THE  BIBLE  •  BABY CUDDLES  •   ADOPTION STORIES   
FAMILY PRESERVATION      PRACTICAL BUT USEFUL ANTIQUES   
MY HUSBANDS HANDS    MY CHILDREN LAUGHING FRESH FLOWERS •   FARMHOUSES   FREEDOM THAT COMES FROM KNOWING CHRIST  •  ORGANIC GARDENING  •  BARNS • FOCUS ON JESUS MUSIC 
OLD WINDMILLS  •  PICKET FENCES  •  WATERFALLS  •  HORSEBACK RIDING
SWEET TEA WITH LEMONS    SUNSETS    SUNRISES    INSPIRING QUOTES 
BOOKS THAT ENCOURAGE GROWTH IN THE LORD    BIOGRAPHIES  
NATURAL HERBAL & SUSTAINABLE BOOKS    TYPOGRAPHY 
HANDWRITTEN MAIL  •   INVIGORATING AROMAS    PIANO PIDDLING 
ESSENTIAL OILS  •  HERBS  •  TEAS    FLEA MARKETS  • SINGING
SALE RACKS  •  SECOND-HAND SHOPS    BOOKS WITH REAL PAPER  
CHANGING OF LEAVES  •   HOMEMADE CONFECTIONS    SWEET CHERRIES  
FRESH STRAWBERRIES  •  OLD TICKING, EYELET & LACE  • DARK CHOCOLATE
SPICED CHAI   LONG WALKS  •  SLOW DAYS

one of those families

a natural – sustaining family with “a lot” of kids who homeschool:  living on our 26 acre farmWe’re striving to glorify the Lord in every area of our lives while aiming for a healthy way of living, however, not everything we eat is always whole grain, organic or stevia laden. We kind of like our good old-fashioned bacon fat, a little white flour and butter, lots of butter!  The majority of our food and household products are made from scratch and we find great pleasure and satisfaction in growing, hand crafting and preserving food from our garden, and orchard. The hubs and the boys hunt and we butcher and process the vast majority of our meat.  Our natural medicine cabinet just keeps expanding, as I continue learning and taking herbal and apothecary courses on how to appropriately formulate and use essential oils and herbs. I’d like to think our natural way of life spills over into our everyday lives. The way we clean, the way we eat,  and the way we care for our bodies, and then I find myself throwing in a frozen pizza, because it’s been an extra chaotic day.  ::cough:: 

on the “side of life”

 

daily reality: I’m probably reheating my mug of tea for the 3rd time, working on achieving a small dent in my mount-never-rest pile of laundry, wiping sticky fingers, and smelly bottoms, trying to keep a child focused on their school work, while simultaneously cleaning up spilled orange juice all over my freshly mopped floor, kissing owies, prepping for dinner, trying to keep up on preserving home grown produce, pulling weeds and snapping a few unprofessional photos, or maybe, just maybe, blogging, right here. ت

i blog freely

 

and try to live life in the moments. You may, or may not see much of me, as far as consistency goes. I blog when I have the time, and when I’m certain that my priorities are in place. Because of my inconsistency, you may find it helpful to follow me through these avenues:

button up,
share some blog love!

 

Graced Simplicity