Smashing Success: Our Anniversary Getaways in Idaho

Squire received a couple of unexpected days off at work. We put them towards our 8th wedding anniversary. I asked my mom if she would be willing to come up to Idaho to watch our kidlets so we could get away for a couple of days ....more

Apricot Harvest Tips

If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with an abundance of fruit trees, chances are there are an abundance of people who don't want to deal with the fruit of their tree's labors. They may be friends, neighbors, or a stranger living in another part of town. If you notice a fruit tree, full of ripe edible fruit in hoards on the branches and on the ground, it doesn't hurt to ask the owner if they would be willing to let you pick for them and split the harvest ....more

No Buyer’s Remorse, Here; 30+ Kitchen Favorites

Thank you to all of you who responded to my quiz! The top-voted future post idea was: “10 things that Jami didn’t regret buying, later. (Maybe even by category? ...more

Stumped at the branches - A Poll for My Readers!

To any and all who take the time to read my blog, thank you! To those who take the time to read and comment, triple thanks! I’m stumped right now, friends....more

When Your Pullets Turn Out to Be Roosters: Coming to Terms with Eating My Home-Grown Animals

Food has been a topic of my deeper pondering for years now. The more I learn, the more the way we eat in our home has become a matter of spiritual importance to me. I have come to the conclusion that the necessary, consistent, and routine matter of eating presents a wonderful opportunity to practice spiritual awareness ....more

Why Warré? Intro to Holistic Beekeeping and Package Installation

Almost a year ago (our time in Idaho has time flown by!), I went on a hike to Cherry Springs with my friend, Heather, here in Pocatello. I didn't know her well at the time, but we knew we had homeschooling, natural health and other homesteading interests in common. We were spending the afternoon outdoors getting to know each other better while our kids played in the creek ....more

On Dusty Temple Lights and Seeing Things for What They Really Are

Last month, I spent several weeks out of town – traveling to Disneyland (for my 7th birthday!) and then to Reno, (to visit my family while Squire was on an away rotation in Boise.) While we were there, I had the opportunity to go to the temple with my mom. Her ward was in charge of temple-cleaning duty that week, so she signed us up to go and help. Our plan was to go through the last Endowment session of the evening, and then stay after to clean ....more

Hepworth Home School Resources

Background Image Credit: Curis Perry on flikr, Edited with text boxes over picture Now you know a little bit about why we are homeschooling, and my personal approach to education, here is a list of resources I have found. Many of these are resources I currently use, many will be incorporated more as my children get older. Check them out and research them for yourself! ...more


I have a dream, and I need your help to make it come true. I can’t unsee the Planned Parenthood videos that came out last year. I have become fully awake and righteously angry about the fact that babies are being (electively aborted) murdered, and in turn are being used for research in multiple areas: some current vaccines, future vaccines, food products, body products, and a variety of pharmaceuticals ....more

How Your Vaccine Choices are Connected to the Abortion Industry

**Before I get to the meat of my post, I have to inform you of what it is NOT about - this is NOT about the medical efficacy of vaccines. I repeat, this is NOT a discussion of the medical efficacy of vaccines! This post is about the morality of the use of some vaccines because of how they were manufactured ....more