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Month: November 2013

Being Thankful in Difficult Times

Phillipians 4: 4,6I’m not gonna lie: this has not been an easy year. We’ve experienced a lot of loss — extended family loss, pet loss, employment and income loss — and not a lot of gain to make up for it. All of that grief and stress piled on like that can make it really difficult to be thankful, let alone to find the joy in each day. I confess, some days I cave in to thinking that it’s downright impossible.

But it’s not. Would my God command me to do something that isn’t possible? No, I don’t believe that He would.

The thing that I’m finally starting to figure out, though, is that, for me at least, it’s not possible apart from Him. I need help with it, and that’s okay.  Continue reading

Welcome To My Fresh Start

Welcome new readers and former readers of both and Daydream Believer! This is a merger of those two blogs, the first of which focused on disaster preparedness and the second of which was basically a diary of my attempts to conquer various health issues via natural and homeopathic means and, eventually, to become a mother.

Both of those blogs have been stalled for quite a while now, and rather than trying to jump start either or both of them, it seemed best to simply start anew. This new blog will cover both preparedness and natural health topics, as well as sustainability and natural living. There’s also likely to be a lot of talk about faith and spirituality, my husband and our four-legged “kids,” food, gardening, knitting and crochet, and my occasional attempts at other crafts. Oh, and plenty of DIY.

If that all sounds good to you, then I hope you’ll stick around, and maybe leave a comment to say hi. As you can see, I’ve moved over all of the old posts from, since that site will be going the way of the dodo when the domain expires next week; so there are plenty of old posts with good info to catch up on while you wait for my next new post!


A few things…

  • Nanowrimo’s not happening for me. There’s just too much on my plate right now for me to be able to make it a priority.
  • Relatedly, I think I need to take a semi-hiatus from this blog until things settle down and I figure out exactly what I want to be doing with it. I’ll still post if there’s news, but for the time being I won’t be posting just for the sake of putting content out there.
  • Since my freelance writing resume page imploded, I FINALLY made time to reconstruct it. Except instead of a page on this blog I set up a whole website for it. If you happen to know anyone who could use a freelance writer or content development coach, you can point them to my credentials here: Jean Marie Bauhaus – Writer for Hire

  • I am really, really glad it’s Friday.