Who We Are at the Hoosier Homestead

Hi! My name is Vanessa and I am the author of this blog. I am a daughter of the most high God - He is my daily sustenance and guide. The foundation for all that we do and the way that we live is a desire to live wholly for our Lord and to follow His will.
I am married to my wonderful husband, Cole, and love learning more about how to be his helpmeet. We are parents to Meghan (February 2014), a baby we lost in May of 2015, and Katie (May 2016).  We believe in the biblical call of a woman to be a keeper at home (Titus 2) and I seek to be constantly growing in my skill knowledge and application that will help me better fulfill my roles of wife and mama.

What We Do & Why We Do It

We seek to live a life that is simple and natural, believing that we have been called by God to be good stewards of all that he has blessed us with. We enjoy working towards ensuring that our home provides warmth, comfort, and a reminder of God's goodness to all that enter.
We are actively pursuing a lifestyle of relative self-sufficiency, rational minimalism, and (urban) homesteading while living within the restrictions of our suburban home owner's association. We are not interested in 'keeping up with the Joneses' and instead choose to live our lives as we believe is best for our family and our children. 
We may live in Kansas, the wheat state, but I have celiac disease. Meghan & Katie have had genetic testing done which revealed that they both have the genes for celiac.. Gluten free is a way of life around this house! I enjoy working in the kitchen and trying new recipes in pursuit of the very best food for my family - food that is healthy and tastes amazing!

We believe that a child's education begins at birth and thus we have been very intentional in the choices we have made for our children in their toys, books, environment, and experiences. As they are growing older we are beginning our family homeschool journey. We believe strongly that home is a wonderful place to learn &  align most closely with Charlotte Mason education. Childhood is a magical time - our girls spend time in nature, time working alongside us, time being read to, and time in free play. 

the Hoosier Homestead Blog
On this blog you can expect to find glimpses into the things we are learning and doing as we journey - practical tips, glimpses into our days, routines & systems that work well for us, etc.

I will be sharing the way we do things around our home; this is not because I think you should do it the exact same way or that my way is the one 'right' way. I share what works well for our family in hopes that it will provide inspiration and ideas for how things might work well in your home with your family. 

We pray that this blog will be a place where you will be both encouraged and inspired in your own lives and homes.

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