California poppies




Yellow rose

Red rose

Flowering kale

First fruits! Strawberry

Young apples

“Spring is the Period
Express from God.
Among the other seasons
Himself abide,

But during March and April
None stir abroad
Without a cordial interview
With God.”

–  Emily Dickinson, Spring is the Period, #844

Spring!   Spring is a time when creation manifests its glory upon all those who live on this good earth.    With the holy season upon us and the glorious creation around us, we are grateful for our all blessings — too many to count!

Postings will be light this week as we step back from the hustle and bustle of farm life for a little time off to be with family, friends and even travel a bit!

Our family wishes you a meaningful and blessed season.

Care to share what you are thankful and grateful for?


  1. Kristi says:

    I’m thankful for the Lord’s presence, and for Spring. Matter of fact, the two go hand in hand as I spend time in my garden, talking to the Lord and allowing Him to talk to me. Love this time.

    Beautiful pictures, btw!

  2. Colleen says:

    What beautiful pictures! Someone there on the homestead is a very talented photographer! I am grateful for so many things. The abundance of the earth, fresh air, pure water, a simple lifestyle, and the constant guidance of the Holy Spirit running through it all. Thank you for this post. Many blessings to you all as you go forth in truth. ~Colleen~

  3. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, What there are actually things on the homestead that can’t be eaten? Have a great time off traveling and spending time with family and friends. As always love your pictures of things grown on the Urban Homestead.

  4. Chris says:

    Too much to put in this little comment box so I’ll just say my whole life!

  5. Sue says:

    Beautiful pictures! We don’t have many buds or blooms yet here in Portland…due to all the rain, but I’m grateful for a dry weather report and some sunshine that’s been peeking through! Happy Spring!

  6. Dawn Mathews says:

    Thankful to God for a wonderful husband, beautifully spirited children, a home to live in, jobs for the both of us, amazing friends, our little furry critters (goats, chickens, and rabbits) and the chance to be a mom to my newest babe, a gosling that’s being shipped this week, I shall call her Agnes:)

  7. c says:

    Wishing you all a peaceful Holy Week and a very Happy Easter.

    I am grateful for the generosity of God in my life each and every day.
    And I am grateful that spring is (mostly) here despite our wacky (snow 3 x so far in april and we don’t get much snow even in winter). But things are growing and days are longer. 🙂

  8. Elle says:

    Thankful that I have food to eat,
    clothes to wear,
    a roof over my head,
    and my family living harmoniously together.
    Oh yes, and most of all, that we get to celebrate Resurrection Sunday.
    I’m excited about that.

  9. Candice says:

    I’m curious… how do you grow your strawberries? I just received about a dozen strawberry plants from a friend to add to my little urban garden and I’m trying to decide how best to grow them. I didn’t know if maybe you had a preference for type of container, hanging vs raised bed, etc.

    • c says:

      @Candice, I have lived in several climates and found that the method I prefer depends on the climate. In a mild wet climate rows or pots are fine. In a hot climate the 3-4 food wide mat method works well to conserve moisture and keep soil temps moderate. (This is bad for cooler, wet climates with slugs. The mat method is a slug hotel.).
      Just remember to water well when in fruit, prepare the soil with compost and manure before planting and clip off those runners once they start setting. Fertilize in late summer for next years berry crop. Hope you have fun.

  10. Judy Songer says:

    Truly beautiful photos from your little bit of heaven on earth.

  11. Fiona says:

    Thankful … thankful to pioneers like yourselves to led the world into a way that CAN AND DOES work even in city life and living 🙂 Many blessings to you all for the wonderful awareness you are creating. Promise I will try from here in Australia but still a little shaky with knowing what to do and when.

    Many thanks for your beautiful unity of inspiration.

    Journey well with dirty hands 🙂 Love always, Fiona

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