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Welcome to the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop!


Happy week!

Remember last week when I said we were gearing up for cold weather? It came and stayed! Like all week, and it’s still way cold!

Woke up to zero degrees this morning, and boy, did that cause fun with our off grid homestead!

We got eight or so inches of snow, freezing rain, then a little more snow. It’s beautiful!

Snow on solar panels provided some big challenges. Frozen water lines–more of those challenges.

We’ve got a lot going on. Between health issues in the family, really continuing to hit it hard on the home build, plus the new cold-weather issues coming up, we’ve stayed super busy.


I’ve not left our homestead all week–our driveway is ice, and I don’t relish driving on that. But we did take a nice walk out on the property yesterday, which was invigorating! On my face! Brr!

To be completely honest, this blog has taken a backseat. I fully plan to throw myself back into it more fully once we get this home completed, but for now, I can only make my brain go in so many different directions.

With every new project, we basically have to research it enough to be semi-expert novices, then we have to research what supplies to purchase, where to buy them, and then get them here. After that, we get to dive in, make our many mistakes, and readjust. All of that just drains the brain.

Life will not be all sunshine and rainbows when we finish this house, but we will be able to redirect some of that brain energy towards other areas. Right now, honestly, I’m treading water.

So if you think I’ve checked out on the blog, I have temporarily. Blogging takes time and energy, but most of all, it takes mental quietness. That last element is what I’ve been in short supply of.

Enjoy a couple pics from around our homestead this week. Notice the absence of any cats, lol!

The Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop

This is a place to share some love and spread some sunshine!

The focus of this blog hop will be: anything related to making our homes more sunny and happy! If that’s through homemade cooking, a health tip that will help another, homesteading tips, homeschool successes or real-life struggles, or just whatever God is impressing you with in your home journey, please share it!

Guidelines for the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop 🌤

  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on my Pinterest/Social Media.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving me permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up! You are welcome to share home and family-oriented blog posts, focusing on homeschooling, homesteading and homemaking. Christian-friendly content, highlighting healthy life choices to encourage others!

Features for this week!

This first feature intrigued me so much. First, I’d never heard of them, then, reading over the recipe, I became more curious.

Magical Romany Cream Delights

And this feature is a good read for all of us in relationships–that would be all of us, right?

Language of Relationships

Thank you to everyone who came to participate. ♥️

Have a great week, and feel free to share the hop with others!


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Oh…before I go…

Here’s a couple links to what we’ve been up to on our homestead this week!

Have a great week!

Ridge Haven Homestead Blog, Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop ☀️

6 Replies

  1. We’ve been having the snow and cold here, too. Minus 6 this morning – Ugh! How many days until Spring??

  2. I can only imagine how tough it has been for you and your family lately but Kudos to you all for sticking it out so you can live the life you dream of…. BRAVO! Understand completely about your time constraints and that you need to do what you need to do for your family….
    With that being said, thanks so much for hosting this lovely party!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it!! Try to stay warm!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  3. Laurie, Your snow is gorgeous!!! So sorry though for the extra challenges of snow and freezing temperatures during this time when you are working so hard on building. Your family, your solar panels and pipes are in our prayers! Hope you get some relief from the temperature this week. Thanks so much for hosting the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop, I enjoy it and also reading your blog – Patty

  4. Dear Laurie. Thank you so much for your kind note and the honor of being featured and you sharing the Romany Cream recipe. It’s super super delicious.
    My links: 10+11 for this week. We will be so happy if you share your links with us at SeniorSalonPitStop. Link under BLOGGING.

What is your experience? 💜 I read every comment, and so many times I find that I gain encouragement from what’s shared. ❤️