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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 16

Day 16: Dream house

We would love to have a self sufficient homestead with an autonomous house.  We want about 50 acres with a wooded lot, fruit tree orchard, cleared land, and a water source.  We’d love to be able to produce almost all of what we eat, from milking our own milk to growing our own wheat and everything in between.

We’d love the house to not be reliant on any outside electric or water sources.

We have house plans, farm plans, tree plans, schedules — it’s all worked out in our minds and hearts.  We just need to find the perfect land and build the house.
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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 14

Day 14: A picture of you last year – how have you changed?

This is a picture of me, my daughter Kaylee, and my son Johnathan almost exactly a year ago:

How have I changed?

Gregg is home.  That is the biggest change from the date this picture was taken.  He’s home, my family is complete, our lives are beautiful.

We’ve started releasing my books, we have Scott in preschool, Kaylee is in high school, and when someone asked me what I did for a living last week, I said, “I’m a full time writer,” instead of, “I’m a homemaker.”

God is amazing and I cannot thank Him enough for this life He has given me.  I hope that in everything I do I give Him the glory.
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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 13

Day 13: Goals

My daily goals include: making sure my husband feels all of the love and respect for him that I have inside of me; raising my children with integrity and discipline — teaching them to love their neighbors as themselves and to love God with all of their hearts, souls, and minds; keeping my home orderly and loving, making it a haven for my family daily.

Hallee the Homemaker BlogAs for my future goals, ALL I desire is to do God’s will in my life — whatever that may be.  There was a time when I know without a doubt He wanted me to start Hallee the Homemaker.  Recently, I feel certain He wanted me to start publishing my books, and put the right people in my life at the right time to mentor me through the process.Now that Sapphire Ice is published, it’s very difficult not to set “sales goals”.  I never want this to to be about making money, but I want it to be serving God.  There’s a human side, a prideful side, of me that I battle with that.

What’s next, I don’t know.  At this time, I’m guessing it’s to keep writing for Him — in my blogs and in my novels. If that changes, I’m certain He’ll equip me.
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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 12

Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without

When my husband, Gregg, was in Afghanistan, the answer to this would have been my phone.  I had my home phone and my cell phone set to ring simultaneously, so that wherever I was, whenever I was, he could reach me.

Since he’s been home, though, I tend to not think about my phone so much.  I try to remember it if Kaylee isn’t with me, but she can always get a hold of Gregg if she can’t get me, so it’s less vital that I have my phone.

So, as I read the question, I wasn’t positive what the answer would be.  What do I have with me everywhere I go?

A purse.  That’s a definite.  Sometimes it’s a small purse, sometimes it’s the big bag that has mommy-survivalness happening in it.  But the purse is always with me.  And, no matter what size of purse I have, two things are always in it: my wallet and my slim purse Bible.

I always have that Bible with me.  When I’m waiting to pick up a child, or when I’m in a waiting room, or even if I’m just eating a meal out alone (HA!  Like that happens) I read my Bible.

Do you have something that you don’t leave the house without?
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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 11

Day 11: A TV show to which you’re addicted

I don’t watch a lot of television.  We don’t have cable, and wouldn’t really watch anything that came on, anyway.  We do have Sky Angel, which is a Christian satellite company.  It has a few dozen Christian stations, The Weather Channel, some sports channels, and a 24-hour news channel, but we don’t put it on very often.

When we watch anything at all, we stream it through Netflix.  So, anything we watch is quite old, because it has to be released to DVD and then released free to Netflix.

There are two exceptions to this.

Doctor Who

and Downton Abbey

With Doctor Who, I have to wait until it’s on DVD, then on Netflix, and that wait is INTERMINABLE.  I just finished season 6, and I’m so sad that I have to wait an entire year for the next season to be available.

I love Doctor Who.  David Tennant is my absolute favorite Doctor, but the final episode of season six is likely my favorite episode.  I’m re-watching all of them to see if I really mean that.  It is a BRILLIANT production.

I stumbled across Downton Abbey.  I saw someone mention something about it on Facebook, so I clicked the link and was absolutely intrigued by the plot.  I searched and discovered the entire first season was on Netflix.  I started watching the first one and think I watched the entire season in two days.  I was absolutely hooked.  I searched and discovered that it would be on PBS about two weeks later with season two.  It is the only show in the last four years that I streamed and watched when it came on.  Every Monday morning, I woke up and watched Downton Abbey.

Season 2 just ended and I hate that it’s a year before another season will begin.  It is an AWESOME show filled with flawed characters doing the best they can in their world and in their roles.  I love it.
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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 10

Day 10: Something you’re afraid of

I can safely say that the answer to this is spiders.

~le shudder~

Here is a post I put up about it on my Homemaker blog last summer:

 Arachnophobia

I haven’t always been afraid of spiders.  My mother is and always has been, but they never really scared me.  At least, until my senior year of high school, when my friend, Robbie, took me to see the movie Arachnophobia.  That movie scared me. 

Not long after, I was living in St. Augustine, Florida, and a wolf spider was in my bathroom shower.  I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Florida and seen the wolf spiders.  But, as harmless as they are, they’re BIG.  And scary looking.  I coated that thing with bug spray and it curled up in a ball the size of my fist and fell into the bathtub.  After work that day, I went in to the bathroom to clean it up and it was alive.  Holy cow, that scared me more than the movie did.  

The arachnophobia was starting to cement itself in my heart.  I tried to ignore it, but it was a losing battle.

When Gregg went to Afghanistan in 2002, we were talking on the phone one night and he mentioned something about the cobra that lived under his tent.  After growing up with the movie Rikki Tikki Tavi the thought of a cobra being under his tent was kind of freaky.  I said, “Why don’t you kill it?”  He said, “Because it eats the spiders.”  A cobra was better than a spider?  :::shudder::::

My arachnophobia was kind of solidified at that point.

I fight it.  I lived alone for about three years.  If a spider needed handling, I was the only one to handle it.  I couldn’t give into it.  So, my heart will start pounding and I’ll panic, then I’ll get a grip on the panic and move forward and force myself into action.

Since Gregg has been home, though, it’s like the phobia has taken a firmer root.  The other day, I carried my compost bowl out to the composter, dumped it, and carried it back inside.  As I set it down, a huge scary brown spider crawled out from behind it.  I hadn’t set it down outside, which meant that the spider was on that bowl the whole time I was carrying it.

In a panic, I tossed the bowl into the sink.  It landed upside down in a little bit of water.  The spider scrambled up the bowl and perched on the bottom of the bowl.  For forty-five minutes I skirted that thing.  My heart pounded.  Cold sweat broke out all over my body.  I felt that spider watching me.  Finally, in tears, I called Gregg into the kitchen and asked him to do something with it.

“It’s just a harmless garden spider, honey,” he said, “You should have called me in here.”

I tried to explain that I’d spent that time trying to get up the courage to kill it.  He said, “I’m home.  I’ll handle spiders for you.”

And then there’s my garden.  Not long ago,  I was happily following a vine of cucumbers through my tomato plants, just enjoying picking ripe cucumbers off of the vine, when I accidentally touched what I know of as a banana spider.  A banana spider, in Kentucky?  I knew of them in Florida, but I didn’t know there were any in Kentucky.  I totally panicked and didn’t go back into my garden for several days.

By the time I went back, spiders had totally taken over my tomato plants.  All different breeds and sizes.

Now, I have an organic garden.  Spiders are a good thing.  They eat the bugs that I don’t kill with chemicals.

Telling myself how good they are doesn’t really help me a whole lot.   It is a force of will for me to pick tomatoes at all.

I do it.  I can’t let the produce on forty tomato plants just rot because of a stupid phobia.

But, I’ll tell you what, it’s exhausting for me to go pick my garden.  And, I don’t think I’ve followed that cucumber vine since that day.  Which is fine – I wanted a cucumber for seed, anyway.  Which is my story that I’m sticking to.

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