Category Archives: Relationships / Humanity

Personal or familial relationships or living in a community of humans with different values. #TexasHomesteader

How Much Is ‘Enough’? The Pursuit Of… Happiness!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It seems in our culture there’s a constant struggle for more. A larger house, a newer cell phone, a flashier car.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with pursuing the things you truly desire. But I think many times the drive for newer/bigger/better has nothing to do with things that we ourselves want.

Pursuit of happiness - being satisfied with your life and what you have. #TexasHomesteader

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Finding Time For Each Other In A Busy Life

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Relationships require tender loving care to stay strong. RancherMan & I are 25+ years in love, y’all. It makes us smile that so many people (including complete strangers) comment that we must be newlyweds.

But like any relationship, it doesn’t just grow on its own. We take steps to keep it strong, we make sure to find time for each other.

Keeping Your Relationship strong by finding time for each other. #TexasHomesteader                   

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Gift Ideas For Dad – RancherMan-Approved Gifts

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

In thinking about gift ideas for dad, I asked RancherMan to share his opinion. What do dads really want???

He listed several things in many price ranges, which was helpful. Here’s a list of gifts he thinks would please any dad.

You can click the link or the photo for each item to get further details.

Gift Ideas For Dad #TexasHomesteader

(NOTE: If you need a little more inspiration a helpful, categorized Amazon list is included at the end of this post for your convenience)

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What Is The Definition Of ‘Mother’? Lessons I’ve Learned

by Texas Homesteader ~

I’ve learned some important lessons about motherhood. I’ve learned it’s much more than being the woman giving birth to a child. Much more!

Not all mothers were present at their child’s birth. There are some amazing moms out there – whether biological moms who have been there from day one to moms who came into their child’s life later.

There are adoptive moms, grandmothers raising their grandchildren and so many more.

What I've learned about being a mom. You don't have to give birth to that child to be his mother. #TexasHomesteader

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Meal Ideas When Bringing Food For A Family

by Texas Homesteader ~  

Whether mourning a death in the family, dealing with illness or even just feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a new baby, those going through hardships are comforted when others bring food.

I’m sharing a handy list of meal ideas when taking food to a family, whether for illness, grieving families or ‘just because’.

The Gift Of Food: Meal Ideas When Bringing Food To Families #TexasHomesteader

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Learn To Recognize Family Stress

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

This Covid-19 thing has people nervous, scared. Their whole world has changed. In our area people had been requested to stay home from work. Some were struggling to home-school their children, necessities were hard to find in the grocery store.

Worries abound

  • Will my family get ill?

  • Will we have enough to eat?

  • What about my bills?

  • Learn to recognize stress and seek help if necessary. #TexasHomesteader


Learn To Recognize Stress In Your Family

Anxiety is high. So high in fact that there are news reports of children suffering extreme abuse due to the stresses their parents were feeling about all that’s going on.

Child abuse cases are up. Domestic violence cases are up. Stress is high.

So y’all, be sure to recognize your own stress, or stresses experienced by your family members.

Here’s a link  from Health & Human Services with tips for recognizing & managing stress in your family due to COVID-19.

Find Joy In Your Days

Do what you can to bring joy into your life. Get outside when you can and feel sunshine on your face. Putter in the garden. Serve lunch picnic style in your backyard or even your living room floor.

Turn on the music and have dance contests with your kids. Open the windows at home and let in some sunshine. People are fearful & stressed. Learn to recognize stress in your family. Do what you can to find joy in your days. Seek help if needed. #TexasHomesteader

Get dressed in the morning, don’t just languish in your pj’s. Play a game together as a family – laughter is the best medicine.

I don’t have all the answers y’all. But I do feel those same stresses of uncertainty just as all of you do, so I understand.

We’re in this together.

Please, take care of yourselves.

This too shall pass…

Love & peace to all.



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In our area earlier this year, shelter-at-home had been ordered for all but essential reasons. Many people were feeling the pressure of being stuck at home for an extended length of time.

But as is typically the case, your perception could very well determine your outlook. Consider this:

You’re not stuck at home – you’re STAYING SAFE at home!

People are fearful & stressed. Learn to recognize stress in your family. Do what you can to find joy in your days. Seek help if needed. #TexasHomesteader

If shelter-at-home is ordered in your area, it’s an effort to stem the tide of new infections. If not for yourself, then please, please, PLEASE stay home for the sake of those whom you love!