Family

On Being Born

On Being Born

0 by / on December 20, 2013, 10:59 am / in Chickens, Faith, Family, Ponderings

Part I: Chicks chirp at me from the living room, though at the moment they are mostly sleeping in heaps, settling into a morning nap after filling up their tummies. They hatched out on December 17th, which is kinda like being born, only different. They never met their mamas, but cluster instinctively toward the white thermometer hanging in their brood […]

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Sarah's daughter, Eden

Birthing Babies & Family Size: One Side of the Debate

0 by / on March 22, 2013, 4:33 pm / in Community, Faith, Family, Ponderings

31 years ago today my middle daughter, Sarah, slipped out of my womb and into the world.  Actually “slip” is a bit of a euphemism.  It took hard work to birth her, but in the end it appeared as though she suddenly slipped into my world, changing it forever. I remember the weekend–planting our Tennessee garden on Saturday–heading to church […]

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

0 by / on February 14, 2013, 8:17 am / in Celebrations, Community, Family, Ponderings

  Valentine’s Day gets a whole essay in Dirt and The Good Life and while I’m sentimental–I’m not Overly so.  Still,  I like what I learned about when I researched Valentine’s Day for the essay, so I’m posting it here–my gift to those of you who love it, hate it, avoid it, embrace it! Valentine’s Day from Dirt and the Good Life […]

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Anyliss is in my Kitchen

Anyliss is in my Kitchen

4 by / on February 4, 2013, 2:34 pm / in Community, Family, Farming/Gardening, Ponderings

The aroma of baking bread mingles with sautéed cabbage, onion and ground beef.  I can’t make Kraut Berok (Cabbage Pockets) without thinking of my Grandmother, Anna (Anyliss) Koch Schauermann, who immigrated from Russia as a 10-year-old orphan. Grandma’s father, a tailor who traveled to Siberia for work, died of pneumonia when Anyliss was two.  Her mother, a young widow with […]

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Blina (German Pancake)

Blina (German Pancake)

7 by / on February 4, 2013, 8:40 am / in At the Break of Day, Family, Farm Home Cooking

During our Family Reunion last summer Mom hosted a Blina breakfast for whomever was free to come.  She had a good smattering of her own children show up, along with a son-in-law and granddaughter.  Mom treated us to Blina on special occasions growing up, so even now when she makes it I’m over at her house if I can get […]

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