The Outside World


“It is amazing how lovely common things become,
if one only know how to look at them.”

-Louise May Alcott

When there is a need for me to go to a store and run an errand, I am always so happy to pull back into our driveway and return to our little home and our tiny plot of land. Crunching up the gravel driveway and walking through our creaky screen back door makes me think “Home! Here it is!”


There is no sweeter place …


While out in the world I am always amazed at the depressing, lifeless music played in the background of the stores, the way plastic-wrapped junk food fills up grocery carts of young and old alike and the general hurry and rush attitude pushes it way on the roads and lineups. Mothers are distracted and looking at screens instead of their sweet baby’s face and you will rarely see a back pocket without a phone sticking out of it. (Do we really need to be that connected 24-7?) I know there are pretty places out there to visit but, it feels, in general, the quick-paced, brand-name wearing, electronic-infused world does not feel right to this old soul. I am always happy to step out of the world and return home.

What feels like home to me is the sound of an early May rainfall (hopefully jut the right amount for the garden) and beautiful birds singing in the treetops. Just listening in the calmness of the morning makes me feel as if I am listening to a peaceful soundtrack to life!

There is something romantic and peaceful about living separate from the “modern world.” I don’t even know how to explain bit, but surrounding this family with an old-fashioned lifestyle of hard work, homemade foods, old fashioned chores and simple pleasures seems right for us. I don’t really want to adjust to modern life. It does not have a draw for me …  I enjoy rocking my babies on the front porch or by the fires in the winter, reading outloud to the girls in the shade of a pine tree with clean clothes hanging on the line… waiting to see if our Mourning Dove hatches her eggs safely …


… there is comfort in making an actual pot of tea and carrying it out to the front covered porch at 3 p.m. in the afternoon and sitting …


there is joy, yes, even in the daily tasks of laundry, cooking and cleaning. These are tasks that many may feel mundane but perhaps there is another way to look at such chores.


I feel as if women have been lied to from society in general. We have been asked from the beginning of age … “What will you do when you grow up?” Very few females are encouraged to be stay at home mothers. And yet, it is not only Biblical, it is wonderful. There is much to be done just in your own home and it is not all dull and boring. Just yesterday, I made a fresh batch of honey soap and crocheted up a few wash cloths in pretty, delicate colors. It will be a gift for a friend who is having a baby soon.



I baked bread and scones and weeded the garden with a chatty crew of young maidens. I made bone broth in the crockpot and saved the broth for a future recipe.


Perhaps that sounds silly and trivial to some, but to me, it was a soothing and peaceful  task.  This week, we also worked in our vegetable garden, planting our vegetables and herbs and gently patting the seeds with anticipating for a great fall harvest. There is a new reason to read gardening books and discover proper ways to store root vegetables and fruits over the cold, long winters.


I  also love to use old fashioned items in the home – it brings charm and they generally work better than the new products!

There is the such a thrill to be sitting still and listening to the strong flap of the wide wings of the Canadian geese as they fly over my head while I am in the garden. Hearing the wind whistle through their wings leaves me breathless.  It is beautiful.

Have you ever sat still and quiet and heard a chicken snore?
I have. And yes, they do snore!






There is a pull inside of my soul for me to stay home – not just because of the care that is required for the children, but I actually want to be here – I truly enjoy being  in this place we call home.


May 26, 2018 - 9:23 pm

Monica You described the way I feel “out and about” exactly! I have before described it as feeling dirty and unclean after shopping. Feeing like all is wrong out in the world. I love to order from Amazon so I won’t have to leave the house, but then feel guilty for the mass marketing and all of the China made products I’m supporting. It truly is hard to find the balance with it all. Home does draw me tho! Love the peaceful scenes from your day!

May 25, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Gigi That sounds like a great move, Milessa. I have less trips to the grocery store and it is wonderful. I only have to pick up a few things now and then — makes all the work in the garden and all the time canning and putting up so worthwhile!

May 25, 2018 - 11:06 am

Milessa We moved from North Carolina to Maine, in the country, on the our skirts of a small village, in the woods to get the quitness and relax way of living. I hate leaving the house and will find any reason to not leave. I am also a house wife and have been for 26 years, only one underage child left in home. Have to go to the grocery store today. Looking forward to getting the new to us house and land the way we want for producing food so grocery store trips are less frequent. Enjoy the weekend.

May 25, 2018 - 10:45 am

Kristal Beautiful words of encouragement.

May 25, 2018 - 9:30 am

Gigi I’ll have to post a recipe. I have a mold which works well for this soap. I also made soap in the crockpot and poured it into bars. It is a great soap to use! Very good for your skin!

May 25, 2018 - 9:29 am

Jen Oooh!!! How delightful your home sounds!!! How did you make those sweet honey soaps?

May 25, 2018 - 8:14 am

Gigi Oh Bobbie, where are you moving? Maybe you could make your way to visit us. 🙂

May 25, 2018 - 7:53 am

Our Home of Many Blessings Oh how do you make your honey soap??!!The baby washcloths are darling.It all sounds so lovely.I knit baby washcloths and mine have out lasted any store bought ones I have had.I also love being at home and have no desire to go town…its a little on the scary side anyway.Im truly happy and content being at home…by the way we are moving a lot closer to you!!!

May 25, 2018 - 7:38 am

Kimberly Wonderful! Beautifully worded and beautiful pictures! Home is so important!

May 25, 2018 - 5:48 am

Gigi Julie, thank you for your encouragement.

May 25, 2018 - 5:48 am

Gigi Well, maybe you could make ice tea! 🙂
Your garden sounds lovely!

May 25, 2018 - 4:41 am

Julie Thank you for being such an inspiration to me! We must teach our daughters that it is an honor to stay home raising a family and teaching your children. You have a lovely family and I look forward to your next post. Blessings! Julie

May 25, 2018 - 4:33 am

Julie Thank you so much for reminding us that we are not alone in the quest as mommas and homemakers. I too love to be home with the children and have no desire to go into town. We have to teach our daughters that it is a blessing to raise your family and guide their learning at home. Your blog inspires me! each time I read how you care for your beautiful family. Blessings!

May 25, 2018 - 12:39 am

Regina Hi Gigi! I haven’t commented in awhile and I’m sorry. Anyway, I love being at home too and I actually recent running errands.
I love your idea of making a pot of tea and taking it outside. We have a lovely covered patio and patio furniture so I’m going to do just that. Of course my family might think I’m crazy because temperatures here in Arizona have been in the upper 80s and 90s!

We’ve planted some tomatoes and green beans but I also want to plant some red or yellow bell peppers.
Well you have a blessed weekend!