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Here it is, our handcrafted jewelry store! We officially launched Rooted (and by officially, I mean Facebook officially, just like when all relationships get serious) on Thursday night, and we got just under 100 likes to our Facebook page in the first 24 hours. It was exciting. We are really thankful for all our friends and family and their support.

Oh, right, the links! 🙂

Here’s our website for our store of handcrafted jewelry.

And here’s our Facebook page.

Orders have started pouring in even faster than we anticipated. It’s all very exciting! Phil is so good at bending the wires (after 8 years of orthodontic lab work bending retainers and appliances he is extremely accurate!), and I am loving working on all the web-related stuff and packaging.


So far, we are really digging Storenvy, where we are selling our necklaces. It’s kind of like Etsy, but not exclusively handmade/vintage stuff, and instead of charging fees, they are free. We like free! And I just like their whole atmosphere and their support, etc. I think they are going to grow. So, it’s a nice place for us to start.

So, that’s what’s been keeping us busy lately, on top of everything else we do. But who doesn’t love to be busy doing something they enjoy?


dollar tree is great.

I haven’t been updating as much lately, but that’s because… Phil and I are working to start a business! We are really excited and we want to have the online store running this week. We will be selling handmade jewelry. I’ll provide a link when it’s launched!

We are really looking forward to having our own business, no matter the forecast on small businesses. Thankfully God can cause us to prosper. I’m excited to see where it goes!

In other news, the chlorine is clearing out of our water so hopefully in the next week or two we will be able to drink it after it gets tested!

And yesterday I had an awesome time at dollar tree. It’s amazing how much you can get for just over $28… 27 items to be exact! 🙂 I got us a couple of cute stockings for just a dollar, and now I just need to find a tiny one for Bear 🙂


As you can see, I put a bow on mine so you could tell she’s a gingerbread WOman. I also scored a $1 wreath and a $1 red flowered garland to wrap around it to make a new holiday wreath for the front door. Not too terribly shabby for $2.


a not-so-girly bow

I’d like to get a bow and arrows someday and get good at archery. I tried it at summer camp when I was younger and I really enjoyed it. I enjoy shooting guns too, but I think this doesn’t require a permit.

I don’t know all the differences between compound and traditional bows–I think maybe compound are designed to have more force? But, I am fond of a traditional bow. Makes me feel more like I’m an Indian or in the Hunger Games. 🙂 Plus compound bows were harder for me to pull back and control (although I was like 13 last time I tried.)

I saw this one on Cabela’s website and I think one like this could be fun to practice with.


Archery is a good life skill to have I reckon.

her price is far above rubies

I thought I’d post tonight some sections from God’s Word from Proverbs that I enjoy in light of being a good steward of what you have, working around the house, being diligent, etc. They inspire me to grow in those areas.

“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Prov. 14:23 [I love that–in ALL labor there is profit. If you want to do something profitable, just get to work on something!]

“Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.” Prov. 27:23 [We don’t have any flocks or herds at this point in time, but I’d like to think the same principle could be applied to our little garden, and maybe if we get chickens some day :)]

And of course, Proverbs 31:10-31, about the virtuous woman:

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  [Who wouldn’t want to be that kind of woman?]

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. [I guess these days I do get up before the sunrise with the sunlight changing… does that count? :)]

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. [This is one cool kind of woman. She’s very enterprising.]

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. [She must think before she speaks :)]

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. [Quite the example of a stewardess!]

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth [reverences] the LORD, she shall be praised. [That’s the most important thing!]

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

water water water

Our house came with a 25-foot shallow well from 1960, which was working fine for a few months, but a few weeks ago, the water table got too low and it could no longer pull water to the house. Turns out we only had 6 feet of water in the well… geez! We waited to see if it would rise on its own, but it didn’t so we are having to drill a deep well. But, that will be good, because then we will have a lot more water that is a lot better quality too.

In the mean time, our well pump repair guy we’ve been working with brought over a 1000-gallon tank and hooked it up to our house, so we’ve had water! It was such a blessing. We’ve been praying for our well situation and for our water needs to be supplied, and so far we’ve been so taken care of.

Yesterday I noticed the water tank was down to about 1/3 left (we’ve been using it for a few weeks now) and I wondered how much time we had left on it. In the afternoon we left for a bible fellowship a little less than an hour away, and were gone for a little while. When we came back, I got nervous–I looked at the water tank and I couldn’t see the line–it looked like all the water had leaked out somehow.

Then we looked up. The water line was a couple inches from the top! Walter (our well guy) had come by and filled it up for us for free again! Another awesome blessing! So now we can even take full showers until the new well is drilled. So cool. What luxury–a full shower! 🙂

We’re going to put an old fashioned hand pump on the old shallow well so we can use that water to water plants, and if we ever had an emergency situation with no power, we’d have a backup supply of water. It’s good to think about what you’d do for water and food if electricity was down and stores were closed. One Second After was a good read that got me thinking more along those lines. (A fictional story of a post-EMP situation). We don’t live in fear or anything, but it’s good to be prepared. 🙂 Even a hurricane or ice storm sometimes knocks out power around here for several days, so it will be good to have water to use during those times.

Lots of answered prayers so far. We are praying for the well driller to be able to come out this week. Hopefully we’ll have a new well in no time!


I mentioned in a previous post that I’d like to grow herbs in our yard for culinary and medicinal use. I find herbs really neat. I think they have a lot more value and use than most people realize, and I’ve definitely seen my body respond very well to echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, cayenne, ginger root, chamomile, and mint. I have a whole lot to learn though.

While ordering some heirloom vegetable seeds for the garden, I started reading about the herb seeds My Patriot Supply had to offer as well, and some of their descriptions and uses. You could say I got slightly carried away. I think sometimes I go on these tangents of learning about a new topic… what can I say? I like learning and the internet makes it so easy.

So, I ended up ordering a ton of herb seeds to try growing and using, in addition to the book Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. I liked the book, although I’d like to read some others to compare information. Hers seems a little more focused on recipes using herbs (I know, I should have gotten that from the title), but I’d also like to have a reference book with just a simple explanation of each herb and what it’s good for (which hers also includes, but didn’t have every herb I had bought). I’m not convinced I’ll get around to making fancy herb concoctions and teas that often with her recipes. But maybe someday.

I still have this goal/dream/idea that at some point I’ll plant a ton of herbs together somewhere in the yard and it will be a beautiful spattering of wild flowers and amazing scents… but for now (and since winter is approaching) I just planted some echinacea, chamomile, and borage in an old plastic planter that the previous owner of this house left behind :). But I love the idea of planting some useful herb plants that flower among your landscaping–not only pretty (like the echinacea a.k.a. purple coneflower above), but also practical!

Here’s a not-so-great picture of my borage seeds sprouting up. They look happy 🙂

new beginnings

I have begun a new blog. This is sort of a new time in life, so it seemed appropriate. I am a newly wed with a newly-bought house and a new puppy, so I am a lot like the seedlings above. (Those were planted in our garden we started this fall).

This blog will contain my adventures in learning to be a wife, keep up and improve a home, help train a puppy, grow a garden, and hopefully learn to be a lot more self-sufficient along the way.

Hope you enjoy!