Merciful & Simple Meals

Our family has certainly been on a journey over the past few years!  The Gospel call of living mercifully and simply has permeated every facet of our lives in new and exciting ways.  Food has certainly been an integral part of this transformation in our lives.  You know what was the turning point?  When we wanted to plant an orchard.

We wanted to plant an orchard, but we also wanted to have chickens “someday.”  Oh, how many of us want to have chickens “someday,” right?  Well, we eventually decided that “someday” should be now, while our children were still little.  We wanted them to grow up with a healthy understanding of where their food comes from.  We wanted them to have a healthy understanding of the reality that something has to die in order for something else to live.

The Lion King nails it with the Circle of Life song, right?  But we wanted something more tangible, something more visceral for our children.  They deserved something more, and we hungered for something more.

We were living in a neighborhood with a ridiculous HOA that prohibited just about everything fun.  No chickens, no new garden beds without permission, no visible clotheslines (we fought that one successfully by the way).  And we made plans to escape.

“Are you going to have time for that?” my friend lovingly asked, when I shared our homesteading plans.  “We’re going to make time for that,” was my reply.

And so, we make time for farming.  We’re not farming and homesteading on some grand scale.  We are blessed to care for a very small flock of laying hens, a seasonal garden, fig trees, blueberry trees, a couple of grape vines, and some blackberry bushes.

So, we do it.  We make time for this, and we’re learning, and we believe deep down that this is what God is calling us to do.  (He might be calling all of us to do this, too, by the way.  More on that later…)

This morning, I’ve got a lovely little printable for you called “Merciful & Simple Meals.”  It’s a peek into how my family keeps food simple and down-to-earth.  We are currently eating gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-optional, nut-optional, and low glycemic-optional.  HA!  That’s a mouthful, isn’t it?!

The combination is pretty close to paleo, if you’ve heard of that.  But we feel great, and no one is getting sick or turning bright red after meals anymore – so that’s GREAT!

If you’re looking for fresh ideas, you can download the free printable here – Merciful & Simple Ideas!

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