Raw and Real

It has been one of those evenings.  So much going on.  Right now I just want to crawl in a hole and never come out.  At least not until I don’t feel like this any more.  Here are some of the reasons.  I hope you don’t mind if I let my guard down a little bit and share some of the behind the scenes stuff.

  1. My wonderful mom has had the flu for five days.  Not only is that normally unusual for average person to have the flu for that long, but my mom doesn’t get the flu.  She has been sleeping all day for five days.  My mom doesn’t do that.  To say I’m concerned is an understatement.
  2. There are things going on in our home that I am not at liberty to discuss, but they are hard things.  Very hard things.  Life changing kinds of hard things. Multiple things.  On many levels.
  3. My older dog has something going on in his nose.  He sneezes a lot, it is stuffed up, it is tender to the touch – it’s not a cold.  I’m not sure what is going on.  I am not one who believes in spending thousands of dollars or even hundreds, on surgery or even exploring what might be wrong for an animal, no matter how precious that animal is.  I will do everything within my power.  I will pray and anoint.  I will buy herbs and spend hours administering them.  But I draw a line when it comes to surgery or expensive vet visits.
  4. I am having a really difficult time adjusting to this season with my family.  The young people are all working and driving and therefore gone a lot.  It’s so hard on me after having them around me all day long for their first 18 years.  I miss them.
  5. Today for the first time in 26 years, they closed the river that my husband guides on.  This is his life and his way of making a living.  He thinks it will be closed until January.  We can definitely make it on what he has put aside and my income from my home business, but it is just another thing to add to the list.
  6. We just came back from a 14 day road trip and I’m still recuperating.  It was lovely seeing everyone, but even good stress is stress!
  7. I am researching and studying some very uncomfortable subjects which is weighing on me.

I think that covers everything.  I apologize for venting.  And I am SO thankful that tomorrow is SABBATH!  HalleluYah!


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The Ministry

My latest discoveries have been about what a ministry is.  It started with a book by Dani Johnson titled “Spirit Driven Success”.  In the book she speaks of how the “church” leads us to believe that there is clergy and then there are the people.  The special ones are called into ministry and the rest of us do lesser jobs just to make money.  This is definitely the way I was conditioned, whether it was intentionally taught or not!

I thought I wanted to start a ministry of some kind.  My vocation would pay for the ministry, but in reality, the ministry was my purpose in life.  In fact, maybe you saw the tab on this blog that talks about my ministry.  I have since taken it down.

So is that the case?  Are those of us who are not full time pastors or missionaries really less useful in the kingdom?

According to my latest book I’m reading, God at Work, by Rich Marshall – no!  What an eye opener!  His view is that Israel had priests who served full time, but they also had kings.  The kings related to the people and brought them to the priests who related to the Father. Both were equally important.  Both fulfilled an important role in the nation and today to further the Kingdom.

So where does this leave us?  I believe that every aspect of our lives is an opportunity to minister to others, to reach out, to show kindness, to live as an example, to be a light.  In xianity it might be called lifestyle evangelism.  In Scripture and in the jewish way of thinking, it is how they have lived their lives for thousands of years.

I could expound on this so much more, but let this be a taste to whet your appetite.  =)

As always, comments are welcomed and encouraged!


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Tis the Season

I don’t know about you, but I am getting SOOO excited about the coming celebrations this fall!  Maybe it’s because today feels autumny  (is that a word?)

This is my favorite time of year, hands down. Starting with the first crisp air, and harvesting from the garden, the crunchy ground, the falling leaves and colorful trees, the cheerful fire in the wood stove  and yes, even the snow.  But the absolute best part of autumn is Sukkot ~ gathering with other like-minded followers for a week of praise, study, fellowship and fun!  That’s what I’m talking about!

We’ve been casually looking at various places to go this year, but suddenly it’s just around the corner.  I think we need to make a decision in the next week!  I would love to hear what each of you are doing this year for the Feast of Tabernacles.

I’m also excited to tell you what I’m going to be studying over the next several days, particularly on Sabbath.  It was referred to me by a dear friend and I’m really looking forward to it with great anticipation.  Check it out with me and let’s discuss it together – comment here!


I apologize for not posting as often lately.  I have been super busy with my home business. I’m planning to be busy through the end of the year and then slowing down a bit.  I’m so thankful for this opportunity.  It has made so many things possible for us!  All credit card debt is paid!  We were able to go out of the country for 3 months last year.  We took a 2 week trip to PA to a family reunion,stopping to visit folks along the way.  None of that would have been possible before.  Also we paid off our mortgage last year.  What freedom!  All praise to YHWH for His provision!  The business is expanding, and we are always looking for sharp, motivated people, so if you would like to know more about it, contact me here.  Leave your phone number and the best two times to call you.  (BTW, I don’t sell anything, it’s not MLM and I can do it from anywhere!  I have business partners who live on a boat… they call it a business in their pocket.)


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Another New Household Member

I’ve been wanting another dog for a while.  We tried a couple of years ago, but it didn’t go so well.  I really thought I wanted a gentle giant, like a Newfypoo… but they are all far away and shipping costs as much as the dog!

So I began looking locally for a poodle mix of some sort.  Even though I have the $, I really didn’t want to pay $800 for a dog.  I looked at all the shelters within 5 hours – mostly lab mixes or ranch dog mixes.  And then I saw him.  =)

He was on Facebook on a pets for rehoming page and I inquired on May 31st, but then I thought he was in Oregon, so I said never mind.  It took the owner until June 13th to respond to me (probably because the message was in her “other” folder)  She was in Montana!  She had someone coming to look at him on the weekend, so I had to wait… and wait…  I knew that if the Father wanted me to have this dog, He would work it out.  I stayed in touch with the owner to let them know I was interested and then finally the day came!  On Monday, June 20th, he came to live with us for a fraction of the cost of a registered poodle.

He’s a miniature poodle.  I think the color would be considered cream.  I admit it, I love poodles.  I have had a Tiny Toy Poodle for 11 years and he is an amazing dog.  In the five days that Driggs has been here, he has been just as amazing.  He is sweet, mellow, smart, obedient, loving, and well-mannered.  I am so grateful that he is here!  Guess what else?  He keeps Shabbat too!  He is laying at my feet as I type this!  =)

Shabbat Shalom, my friends!

Meet Driggs Finley Deyoji!





Driggs and Little Bear

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The Kids are Here!

I am so excited to report that our sweet little doe had her kids on June 8th.  Three beautiful, blue-eyed kids.  A gorgeous little buckling, a beautiful brown doeling with black stripe on her backbone and a tiny little brown doeling with white splashes on her face and sides.  The mama is an excellent mama!  Very attentive and loving.  The babies are frisky and thriving.  All is well.

Our little ducklings should be arriving soon too!  We are getting some Indian Runner or Penguin ducks.  They are prolific egg layers and they don’t need a huge body of water.  I’m super excited!  We will add that to our menagerie or goats, chickens, dogs and cats.

Speaking of cats… we haven’t seen one of our kitties for a couple of months.  =(  He was such a great cat and only 13 years old, but he had a great life and in the wild anything can happen.  We are probably better off not knowing!  Thankfully, we still have two cats and they like each other!


I am also *considering* getting a couple of bum lambs.  They are Icelandic and you can keep them with goats.  Here is what they look like!  They can be used for milk, meat or fiber.


In a week or so I hope to be traveling across the country for about 10 days.  My daughter and/or my dad will probably be with me.  I plan to stop along the way to see many people I haven’t connected with in decades!  I’m not crazy about being gone so long, but I know it will be fun to reconnect with everyone!

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Summer is Here

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Photo by Christian 1776 at Deviant Art . Com

In Montana, that is quite a feat!  Today is the first day I can remember in 2016 where it has been hot.  The goats were out grazing, the plants are thriving, the chickens are running around eating bugs, the pets are chilling and the family is outdoors just enjoying the Creation.  So much to be thankful for!

It’s a busy season with my home business, so that makes me EXTRA thankful also for Sabbath.  A day where I can go hang out with the goats, enjoy the garden, sleep in, take a nap, snack on delicious treats, and just listen.  Right now I hear crickets on the hill and birds chirping in the tall grass.  Our road is a dead end, so only every once in a while do I hear a car drive by on the gravel road.  A few dogs are barking in the distance.  Such serenity in life on the farm and a day of REST to boot!

I have been neglectful of this blog… so let me catch you up.  Our last doe of the year is due to kid in the next week or two.  I am very excited to see what she has for us.  We are keeping the herd small this year.  Four does, a wether and a buck at this point.   I just want to sell enough babies to pay for the keep of the herd… not worried about profit.

I miss the slower times of  making sourdough, cheese , yogurt and kefir… but this is only for a season.

This summer I will be traveling quite a bit… in the last half of June I am driving from Montana to Florida via Minnesota and then via Denver on the way back.  Then in the beginning of August I will be driving from Montana to Pennsylvania and back.  If you are on that route and would like to connect, contact me and I’ll see if we can arrange it!  I would love to find place to spend Shabbat while on the road!  =)

How about you?  I would love to hear from you about what you plan to do this summer.  What you are learning on your journey.  Anything you want to share!  I am also interested to hear what kind of recipes you are most interested in…

Until then – have a lovely and wonder-filled week!

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Mandala’s and Yoga

I thought about posting this article about adult coloring books and mandalas on my fb page but then decided most of the readers there are probably not interested in hearing this.  I think ya’ll are open to other perspectives and learning, so I am sharing it here.

I know for me it was a real eye opener.  While it only mentions yoga in the comments, I included that in the title because I hope you will read through all the comments and take to heart what she says about Yoga and Mandalas.

PLEASE read this with an open mind.  I searched through several adult coloring books on Amazon and bought one that is produced by Christian Press and was extremely disappointed to find it has 8 mandalas in it.  I am tearing those pages out and burning them.  My next book I will need to take even more time to look through it!

I will not be posting any example of mandalas on here.  The author of the article has photos in her article, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that.  I did my own research on mandalas too and everything she says is spot on.

Folks, this is nothing to mess with!  I have many christian friends who unknowingly open themselves up to evil spirits through yoga, through thinking the spirits in their house are “cute” and “friendly” when they turn off lights in the house or move items around.  They might start out this way, but as the lady in the article states, eventually their true colors show and then it becomes frightening.

I hope you will take this warning to heart!  I am posting it because I kare about you.  Truly I do! =)



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Olive Oil from Israel

I am SO excited!  I just placed my first order for olive oil from Galilee Green.

I had a dear friend recommend it to me.  She has been using it and loves it.  They have an automatic shipment that comes every 90 days right to your door.  I know the value of a quality olive oil, so rather than risk getting diluted oil at the store, I am ordering this.

This is from their website:

Enjoy our Premium Boutique Olive Oil

canOur Galilee Green Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil is among the finest you can find anywhere in the world. The olives are lovingly harvested from Olive Groves in Northern Israel.

It’s a mild blend of Barnea, Coratina and Koroneiki varieties. Each of these varieties are grown and harvested here in the Galilee and nurtured by the waters of the Jordan River. It’s very smooth and mild when you taste it with just a bit of a tang a few seconds later. You’ll love its delicate fragrance.

chatam soferYou can trust you’ll be getting 100% pure Olive Oil, and it is certified kosher under the supervision of Rabbi Shlomo Didi of local Kinneret-Emek HaYarden Rabbinic Council as well as Chatam Sofer of Bnei Brak. It is supervised Kosher which means that the olives are only picked from trees that are over three years old and all Biblical tithes are taken.  The olives are  brought directly to the olive press the same day. As part of the Kosher supervision, the machines are washed and cleaned before our oil is cold pressed.

And here is a video about how the oil is made:

What type of oil do you use?  Do you have a favorite olive oil?  Share with us in the comments!




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A Day of Rest

Oh how I love Sabbath!  Refreshment of the soul, of the body, of the mind…  I guard it carefully and look forward to it with anticipation each week!

I thought it would be fun for everyone to share what they do on this special day?  How do you set it apart?  What kind of meals do you eat?  Do you stay home and rest or go visit others?  What is your favorite thing about Sabbath?  Do you have a favorite teacher you like to listen to?  A favorite version of Scripture?

I will start.  We set the day apart first of all by not working.  We don’t wash dishes unless we run out, we don’t bake or cook from scratch, we don’t do any housework except putting the dishes neatly on the counter.

Our usual meals are cold cereal for breakfast (that’s a treat we only have once a week) and salad or sandwiches for lunch.  Sometimes we will  start a chicken in the crock pot the night before and then snack on that all day.  We usually try to have a special dessert and some chips too.  All things that we don’t normally have during the week.

We stay home 2-3 weeks out of the month.  I just find it more restful.  The other week we will drive to visit other couples or families that we know and spend the day with them.  We love doing that too!

My favorite thing about Sabbath is resting.  I don’t understand why anyone thinks that is a burden.  =)  It is such a PLEASURE!

At this time we don’t have a favorite teacher, but in the past we have enjoyed Rico Cortes, Test Everything, Zach Bauer and others.

Our favorite two versions of Scripture at this point are The HalleluYah Scriptures and The Scriptures.

Please share with us!  I am so excited to hear all the responses!  Make it as long as you want!


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What is Leavening?


When we first began this journey 6 years ago I had no idea what we were in for! I’m so glad everything was not revealed at once because it would have been so overwhelming! Can anyone relate?

Like many others we saw the traditions and errors of christianity and jumped right into the traditions and errors of Judaism.

It has been a continuous process of questioning, studying, learning, changing and then starting all over again. I used to feel like I knew all the right answers. Apologetics it was called.   I had the verses memorized and the words were ready to be said at any moment. Now I wonder how I could ever have all the answers. Even the simplest thing like what is leavening must be questioned and researched!

For the first years that we kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread we searched the entire house for any crumb of bread, any box of food with yeast in it, gave away our yeast, etc. It was lovely to have the house so thoroughly cleaned once a year, but then something occurred to me that made us do things differently this year.

Yeast only leavens if it is added to other ingredients. Also bread that is baked no longer has active yeast. If you leave out a jar of yeast or a piece of bread, it is not going to leaven anything.

HOWEVER, there is a type of leavening that would be able to do this. It’s called sourdough. If sourdough is left out, even without adding anything, it will create leaven. In fact, if water is added to flour and left out, it can also create leaven. I believe THIS is what we are to remove from our house! Yes, we could also rid the house of all yeast and yeast bread… but those are not going to do any leavening on their own.

This year we did throw out or give away our yeast (we don’t have much any more, we are trying not to use it as much these days), yeast breads and crackers and we cleaned out the toaster and some basic cleaning, but the main thing we did was use all the sourdough so that there is no *live* leavening in the house.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this!


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