Welcome to Home-steeped Hope.

I’m Mary, admittedly old-fashioned thanks to my love of the Lord, my KJV Bible, family and a life of simplicity. And quilts. And enamelware. And devouring deep theological tomes by our roaring fireplace. Sadly or happily, depending on how you look at it, time to read is limited when you’re busy living, learning and loving the life God gave you!

I’m thirty-nine, 21 years married to my cowboy, homeschooling stay-at-home-mom, raising three daughters, several horses, a few goats, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, chickens, and Jersey and Guernsey dairy cows here on our thirteen acres in the beautifully agricultural mid-west.

My blog entries reflect my interests. Bible history, Christianity-culture clashes, family traditions and crafts, marriage, parenting, alternative health, homeschooling, cooking, canning, reading and writing. And chickens. We love our laying hens and these  past five years have been delving into all things organic and are enjoying much better health as a result!

Be sure to check out my sidebar, and the live blog feeds I feature:

Writer…Interrupted is an ezine belonging to fellow writer friend, Gina Conroy. It began as a webring for busy writers and is a very encouraging place to meet God and explore the writing craft. I contribute once monthly “homeschooling encouragement” articles at Writer…Interrupted.

I also contribute to a Parenting Q & A column at WordExplain.com.

Did I mention that I love hot drinks? And good friends? Nothing like both for some good ole home-steeped hope!

Rejoicing in hope…Romans 12:12

11 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. I just came across your website as I was looking for recipes for apple pie filling. I got more than just a recipe!!! I started browsing around. What a blessing to find you. Not many are KJV.. I’ve read a few a the articles. Can’t wait to find more time to read more. I have a lot of apples to get working on. Thank you and Many Blessings Psalms 68:19

  2. Hi Gladi!
    I’m so glad you took time to leave a note! I’m amazed that the top three draws of this website, the apple pie filling recipe, my salsa recipe and the Amish Friendship Bread recipe, have resulted in so many emails from women who are like-minded in Christ concerning the KJV issue! They are out there! I appreciate your kind words. Come back anytime, maybe there will be something new on the issue once you’ve read all the archives! ;O)

    Happy Apple-pie-baking to you!


  3. Hi Mary,
    I was making friendship bread and and refrigerated it for the ten days LOL I realized it on the tenth day I spooned it into one cup of the mix into gallon bags and I am starting from day one. Will this work?

  4. Yes! Absolutely…fudging a day or two on either side doesn’t mess it up, in my experience! Go for it, and enjoy!

  5. Hi Mary,

    I just posted a question on your other site?…I think. Anyways, I used a metal fork for mixing the yeast and warm water and I mixed it in the sugar and flour mixture and then added the warm milk. that was about an hour ago (it’s 11:25 now) and my mixture is not bubbly. Is that ok or should I start over?


  6. Hi Virginia,
    I’m sorry I missed your comments here, 2 days later. I hope you just went ahead with your AFB batter. I think the metal issues come from non-stainless steel utensils…so your fork, most likely being SS, is probably okay. I think. :O) I would go ahead with it, but from now on using wooden or plastic utensils.
    Hope all is well with your bread!

  7. I found your website quite by accident. What a wonderful blessing! I was trying to find Gooseberry Tea! See how God works! Your site is inspiring and blessed. I read several articles and will visit here often. God bless!

  8. Thank you, Wendy! I love to hear how God brings fellow believers across my path here. Looking forward to hearing more of you…hope you find that Gooseberry Tea!


  9. Hey Mary,
    I was always dreaming about living far away from a big city, eating only organic food and keeping a self-sustainable ecosystem. By reading your post I could imagine everything, just I was there… I hope one day I can make this dream come true.

  10. Ahh, Rosemary…maybe for now you can be a city farmgirl? Many are trying their hand at that, right where they are, whether it’s growing thing in containers on the balcony or raising a handful of chickens in the backyard. Perhaps you are already doing what you can! It’s funny, I was brought up in a huge city, and always thought the city life was the life for me. Then I married a country guy, and wow, this life agrees with me! The nearest town has a population of 2,000. ;O) Every year we learn more and our love for this life grows. I hope your dreams come true very soon! Thanks for sharing that here.

    God bless,

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Rejoicing in hope…Romans 12:12