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Author: Valerie

Resolution Revolution

Resolution Revolution

They asked me back! Walland UMC Pastor, David Fugatt, asked me to come back again. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is GOOD! This, my second sermon, was delivered on January 3, 2016, the First Sunday of Epiphany and the […]

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Altar

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Altar

I was asked by my former pastor, David Fugatt, to substitute for him at his new assignment, Walland United Methodist Church, Walland, Tennessee, on October 11, 2015. I want you to know, I was bowled over. Floored.  David was the first person I approached about wanting to […]

For GtG (The Knot Prayer)

For GtG (The Knot Prayer)

Some days you’re just tired. Some days your mind just won’t process one more iota of the world. Some days you just whisper “tomorrow” and go to bed. My friend herein called GtG had one of those the other night when she tried to read […]

Memory Lane – VFW Essay Contest

Memory Lane – VFW Essay Contest

About a million years ago (1974 or 75), my high school English teacher persuaded me to write and submit an essay in the VFW’s “Why I’m Proud to be an American” contest.  And trust me. He worked hard to convince me. I wrote the essay […]

What’s My Life Verse?

What’s My Life Verse?

If you’re new to Bible Study, trying to live the Word, or Christianity in general, choosing a life verse can be rather daunting.  After all, there are 31,102 to choose from!  Here are some link that might help you get started down the right path […]

Being Prepared – Woodland & Grazing Management

Being Prepared – Woodland & Grazing Management

I wanted to share something with you. While this video focuses on a couple western states, its message is important to all of us. Sometimes the smaller farmers don’t think about things like managing their woods. Pasture rotation can also be tricky when you only […]

Deep Calls to Deep – Psalm 42:7

Deep Calls to Deep – Psalm 42:7

  I have been agitated for some time now, and recently it grew worse. I couldn’t sit still when problem solving. I had to pace. I couldn’t think clearly unless I was completely alone. I was frustrated, worried, and vexed. So many things were careening […]

We Want To Welcome You To The Family

We Want To Welcome You To The Family

If you’ve ever read Matthew 1, you know that it contains a long list of names. Some of which will twist your tongue in an untangleable knot. Most of us skip over it. Yeah, okay. Jesus is related to Abraham. Got it. Some of us […]

Come As You Are … Anytime

Come As You Are … Anytime

  On Sunday, May 30, I posted the following on my personal Facebook page: “Sunday, June 7, is communion Sunday at my church. I’m inviting you for ALL the reasons in this song. I’m inviting you because we don’t get hung up on religion or dogma […]

Journal Galleries (for the impatient)

Journal Galleries (for the impatient)

For those of you who want to cut to the chase visually, I’m adding a gallery for each journal that I keep.  I encourage you, however, to read the articles relevant to each image as they become available, or you’ll miss the “chase” entirely. The […]

Come to The River …

Come to The River …

At some point last summer, Aidan and I were driving along and I mentioned to her that  a youth group at church based loosely on the premises of the hit television show, “Glee”, might be fun. She agreed and we started brainstorming ideas for the […]

Illuminating the Word

Illuminating the Word

My majors in college were art and music. I was seeking a teaching degree and K-12 certification. Life happened and, with about as much accuracy as a SCUD missile, I missed the target by 30 credit hours. One would think I would have gone back but, […]

Game Plan …

Game Plan …

Don’t ever let anyone on any blog anywhere tell you farming, even on a very small-scale, is easy. It isn’t. Sometimes you can drop back ten, punt, and salvage the game, and sometimes you just have to keep on keeping on and look forward to […]

Drop Back Ten and Punt

Drop Back Ten and Punt

One thing I’ve learned since my husband’s recent 8-day hospital stay is that we are not set up for either one of us to do everything alone. I don’t have his physical strength. He doesn’t either. That means a lot of our “contrivances” will need […]

Goin’ to the Fair …

Goin’ to the Fair …

It’s Tennessee Valley Fair time in East Tennessee, and our 4-H-er, Aidan, has done pretty well.  We decided to share some of the fun with you in this new photo gallery.  Is there a fair coming up in your area? Take some time to go […]

Container Gardening for Food

Container Gardening for Food

This is for my friends over on Pinterest and comes from the kind of knowledgeable folks at www.Homesteadingsurvivalism.com who get the credit for doing all this work.  All of these 66 food plants can be grown in containers.  I encourage you to visit their website […]

The Big(ger) Picture

The Big(ger) Picture

God’s mercy when He has to grab me by the shirttail and say, “Whoa up!” is amazing to me, each and every time. Like this time. This particular “whoa” involved a trip to the hospital with my husband.  What could have been a heart attack […]

Poor Farmers

Poor Farmers

A Facebook friend, Amie Gall, posted this story and picture on her wall and I really loved it.  I thought you might, too: One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his small son on a trip to the country with the express […]

Pick Tennessee Products

Pick Tennessee Products

We’re so excited! We are now officially listed with “Pick Tennessee Products,” an agricultural marketing program of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. We hope you’ll stop by their website (click on the image) and find out more about all the wonderful things Tennessee farmers have […]

Spirit Dog Farm is Certified Appalachian Grown!

Spirit Dog Farm is Certified Appalachian Grown!

When you see the Appalachian Grown logo, know you’re buying fresher foods that support family farms, strengthen the local economy, preserve rural culture, and protect the region’s natural beauty. When you buy food or a farm product with the Appalachian Grown label you are getting a product […]

If You Could See What I Dream …

If You Could See What I Dream …

Spirit Dog Farm is very much a work in progress. Planning (and amending those plans) helps me while away rainy or off-season days, stay enthused, become re-enthused and prioritize the work.  At first,  our planning was verbal and frequently led to an occasional difference of […]

Is it really Fall already? Whew!

Is it really Fall already? Whew!

It seems the older we get, the faster time moves. The crop bed is winding down.  Over the next month, we’ll be digging sweet potatoes, harvesting the last of the tomatoes, peppers and Asian green beans, enjoying some fall plantings of fresh spinach, Swiss chard […]

American Goathic

American Goathic

Just about the time we throw our hands in the air and wonder (again) why we have all these critters around here, we are given a gentle reminder like this one: Nell and Chino pose for their version of American Goathic.

Weeding Worries

Weeding Worries

My sister-in-law called me one day while I was in last season’s crop bed diligently pulling weeds by hand. What started off being a girl talk session ended up being the inspiration for my first installment of Backyard Theology and my first tangible affirmation of […]