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Wordless Wednesday: Still CANCER FREE!

by Texas Homesteader ~


Today's a special day for me, since April 12th, 2013 was the day I Kicked Cancer To The Curb! Praise God, today I'm still cancer free! #TexasHomesteader

Today’s a special day for me, since April 12th, 2013 was the day I Kicked Cancer To The Curb!  Praise God, today I’m still cancer free!

My prayer today is for strength & healing for those still struggling with this awful disease, and to remember those gone way too soon because of it.


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The Power Of Love: Helping Our Neighbors In Need

by Texas Homesteader ~

It seems our world is filled with turmoil.  Everywhere I look I see dividing lines of “us” versus “them”, with so much anger hurled towards each other that it hurts my heart.  Sometimes people have so much passion for their point of view that it almost becomes a shouting match to see which side of the line can shout louder to win the game.   Win the game?  I’m not sure there’s much to be won that way.  It seems we all lose when there’s hate, no matter what side of the line you’re on.

But recently I was reminded that it’s not all pushing & shoving in our little corner of the world.  So I figured amid the ugly stories we’ve all been pounded with, I’d share with you something beautiful. A story that demonstrates the power of LOVE!

Amid the ugly stories we've all been pounded with daily, I'll share with you a beautiful story of community love & support. #TexasHomesteader

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Many Flowers Makes For A More Beautiful Bouquet

by Texas Homesteader ~

All the ugliness I see on the news makes my heart sink. We each have the right to feel the way we do. I may not agree with you, and you may not agree with me and here’s a secret: That’s OK!!

But I wish we could all practice a little more tolerance for opinions that differ from our own and show a little more love toward our fellow humans. What a wonderful world it would be!

Let's show kindness & tolerance for others whose opinions may not exactly mirror our own. Remember: Many Flowers Makes For A Beautiful Bouquet! #TexasHomesteader

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Generosity Shouldn’t Be Judgmental – Just Show LOVE!

by Texas Homesteader ~

It’s easy to overlook others when your life is going well. You know, when your career is holding steady, your children are healthy and happy, your marriage is strong and you have no sudden unexpected medical conditions to plunge you into that place where no one wants to land…

But what if that weren’t the case?? Think about these real-life circumstances for just a moment: What if your spouse left you or died?  What if your child developed a serious and very expensive medical condition?  What if you were laid off from your posh well-paying career without warning?

Don’t kid yourself, these things can happen to any of us.

We're all just one terrible situation away from being on the receiving end of others generosity. Don't judge a book by its cover! #TexasHomesteader

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Our Way Of Life: Sunrises FOREVER

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I have a saying: “Sunrises Forever”.  It means that every new sunrise is a blank slate, a new beginning, a brand new start.  Today’s sunrise is fresh & new – different from yesterday’s and even tomorrow’s.  Today’s sunrise is full of possibilities. What will you do with it?

Will you make that leap of faith & follow your passion today?  Will you build on yesterday’s success to make it even better?  Will you wipe away yesterday’s failure and do something great?  Our sunrise may look different than yours and that’s ok.  Today is a day to start new – to do something amazing that works for YOU.

What will you do with today's possibilities? Don't waste it, today's sunrise is a fresh opportunity great things! Sunrises FOREVER! #TexasHomesteader

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Why Can’t We Get Along? We’re Different Yet The SAME!

by Texas Homesteader ~

I read the news stories and I’m shocked, sickened & saddened beyond belief.  How could this be??  An evil person filled with a dark, boiling hate strolled into a place filled with happy people – and just instantly eliminated several innocent lives.

Not just names in a news story, but sons and daughters, friends and beloved family members.  People who got up that morning and went about their normal day, not knowing the terror that lied ahead.

My mind screams “no, no, NO!” but as I see these images on the nightly news I’m forced to accept its reality.

Hate cannot drive out hate - only LOVE can do that. I pray that one day we may all just accept our brother or sister for just what they are... Fellow Humans. #TexasHomesteader Continue reading

Let’s Support Others In Their Simple-Life Journey!

by Texas Homesteader ~

My latest article submitted to Mother Earth News about 6 easy ways to live a more Zero-Waste life was posted online. Then Mother Earth News shared that post on their FB page recently. How exciting!  Most of the comments from their Facebook share were helpful and positive. But there were some snarky ones too about how some of these tips were nothing new.

But it got me to thinking – unless you’re talking about solar panels or new technology, almost NONE of our environmentally-friendly living steps these days are new! Not everyone can afford to install high-tech equipment on their home to live simply. But almost anyone can take easy daily steps in their own home to move along that simple path – and it costs little or nothing!

SUPPORT OTHERS ON THE SIMPLICITY PATH! Remember we're all in different places in our lives, let's support each other in our path to living simply! #TexasHomesteader

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Building Life With Your Own Two Hands

by Texas Homesteader

Why do I do it??  Why do I go through the trouble (and expense) of raising my own chickens?  Or why do I plant a veggie garden and then spend countless hot summertime hours over a steaming pressure canner to preserve the bounty it produces?

And why do I haul my laundry outside when there’s a perfectly-good electric clothes dryer RIGHT THERE?  Doesn’t it all take a tremendous amount of time?  Wouldn’t it be easier to pop open that snack-pak chocolate pudding cup instead of making it from scratch?  HECK YEAH it would!

Building Life With Our Own Two Hands. Through the all the good & bad we toil for this a life we love, but we really do love this life! #TexasHomesteader

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Facebook: Friend or Foe?

by Texas Homesteader

Recently on my Facebook page I shared a story that I read about how much food is wasted in this country – everything from harvest waste or culls in the field to grocery store waste.   I commented that it was a shame that more edible & in-date food destined for the dumpsters for whatever cosmetic reason couldn’t be used instead to feed hungry people.

Many of my followers chimed in that it was a shame indeed. But one person was angered by the story for some reason that I still don’t quite understand.  As a matter of fact he was indignant and abrasive to many various commenters.

Now I love FB and I typically enjoy it immensely. But this internet troll incident got me wondering if public social media sites like Facebook are really a friend or a foe?

A particularly unpleasant Facebook interaction with an internet troll makes me wonder why we can't just support each other - the similarities & the differences #TexasHomesteader

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New Streaks Of Platinum Blonde? I Earned EVERY ONE!

by Tammy Taylor

Recently I attended my mother’s birthday celebration – a gathering of family & friends.  We all met at a local bistro and many tables were pushed together to make room for all the guests in attendance.  Of course there were family members there, but helping to celebrate were many super-fun friends as well.  Most older than me but beloved like family.

As RancherMan & I arrived we greeted these wonderful people, sharing hugs all the way around the table.  As we all settled into in our seats talking, sharing and laughter were the sounds that filled the cool spring air.  Just then one of the older ladies who uses a walker was passing slowly & gingerly behind me when she stroked the back of my hair and said “Tammy, Dahlin’, I do believe you’re getting a little whiter back here…”  To which I replied without skipping a beat “Hey, I’m PROUD of those new platinum-blonde streaks – I earned EVERY ONE of them!”

Read what my newly-emerging 'Platinum Blonde' streaks say about my life. Why would I want to change it? I've found happiness in life. #TexasHomesteader

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