Food Culture Part II

In this episode of At Home Jennifer Naraki leads the discussion on food culture. This is our second time discussing this topic, because Jenn really loves to talk about food. And this time we cover everything from teaching our kids to shop, to what it means to cook with love. She asks us to describe our morning breakfast rituals, our favorite meals, and how we include our kids in the food culture of our home.
This episode is sure to make you laugh, and sure to make you hungry. Enjoy!


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It can’t ALL be important….

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I was listening through many of our episodes and noticed how many times the word “important” was used when referring to different things. It’s “important” to expose your children to different food cultures, nature journals, keeping a garden, having children cook meals, art, nature groups, having dinner at the same time each evening… you get the picture?

I started to grow a concern that we could possibly, and unintentionally,  be discouraging other moms! Do you guys ever walk away feeling you don’t have the time, ability, resources or budget to make all these “important” things happen? Do you start to feel like you’re unable to offer things to your children that are being held high by these crazy podcast ladies? I’ll be honest, I have felt something similar to that, sitting right there at the table with my friends. So, I get it.

Here is the thing though. We are six ladies with six different perspectives. We have six different families. We have six different budgets, available time, upbringings and marriage dynamics. All these things, and others,  form the ebb and flow of our homes. All these things form what we sift through and bring to the top and title “important”. That will look different for every family. There are things I will probably never call important in my family, that is important to another. There are some things that won’t be important to my home life because it’s simply not possible. There are things that won’t ever be labeled important in my life, because I don’t want them to be or don’t see the value in them as another person does.  THAT’S OKAY!

Please keep two things in mind:

  1. We are offering our different perspectives and why we have placed value on certain things in our home and family. It’s not law. It’s not what we think everyone has to do. It’s not the standard.  It’s our personal values we have knit together in our own families for different reasons. Please don’t be discouraged by it. Take it or leave it. Be inspired or laugh at it. Start doing it or put it in the “nope, not for me” file of your mind. We might try to nudge you to see why we have placed value on it, but it’s not authority.
  2. On the other hand, if it’s the word of God. If it’s truth, council or ideas deduced from the bible…feel the weight of it. We hope that if God says it’s important, you will label it the same in your heart and home. We all need to feel the conviction or grace that comes from the biblical perspective. Starting with the six of us gathered around that table.

We don’t take this platform lightly and have felt the weight of it on many levels. We want to be faithful and encouraging. We need you guys to be great discerners. We need you guys to give us the benefit of the doubt or ask us if you have a concern.  We only have so much time to cover things in our 30+ minute episodes. To give all the clarities, contexts and qualifications is a luxury we don’t have and that can feel unsettling at times. Hence, why I’m writing this blog post.

Please, don’t add unnecessary weight to your already full load of parenting. Make sure you’re discerning between preferences of us moms and instruction from scripture.

We are FOR YOU! We pray for you guys! We want to bring good things to your day! Thanks for letting me get this off my heart. Hope it helps. It did for me.

Work in Progress,

Kristin Rogers


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Creating a Nature Group

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on “Creating a Nature Group”. After getting questions about this topic from so many of our listeners, Greta was really excited about this episode.
She dives right in with a discussion about why nature study matters. And then we go on to discuss everything from the ideal number in a nature group, how to keep people invested in the group, and what our nature study days look like. We share a little bit about taking babies and little ones out on nature days, as well as some of our favorite nature day essentials.
There was so much material to cover in this episode, that we just scratched the surface. Be sure to look at the show notes for our nature day essentials, and for a special blog post next week with even more information about creating your own nature group.
We so hope this episode will inspire you to get out in nature with your kids, and your girl friends. Because, like Richard Louv says, “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our chidlren’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” Cheers to nature groups!


Show Notes
Greta Eskridge:
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Jennifer Dees:
A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levinson
Kristin Rogers:
At Home Podcast episode Hands On Nature

Our Nature Day Essentials

Greta Eskridge:
Favorite Lunch: pack a fresh baguette in your backpack, and some cheese and salami or turkey in a small cooler bag, and assemble sandwiches on the trail. Just rip off a hunk of bread, stuff some meat and cheese inside–no plates required! It will save you from making sandwiches ahead of time, and from soggy sandwiches. The best!
Favorite Backpack: Jansport Adobe Heritage series–perfect for packing that baguette!
Favorite Phone Carrier: running waist pack –great for easy access for lots of picture taking
Favorite Baby Carrier: Ergo baby carrier — I didn’t have an Ergo baby carrier until my last baby. Having him in that carrier made a tremendous difference to me on long hikes.
Favorite Tips for Hiking With Little Ones: 1.  Get your little ones a small backpack and put a lightweight water bottle and favorite snack inside it. Get them used to carrying their own supplies when they hike. 2.  Start with short hikes, in a place that feels safe and comfortable for all of you. Nature centers are great places to begin. As you all get better at hiking, you’ll be able to venture into wilder places and hike longer. But don’t be afraid to start small and grow into hiking.
Favorite Field Guides: foldable, laminated field guides like this one

Kristin Rogers:
Favorite Water Bottle: for ice cold water ( Worth carrying weight) Hydro Flask
Favorite Tools for Helping Kids on Hikes: I carry my 8 year old on my back or pull her in my all terrain wagon when her foot/leg brace hurts her – Ergo Carrier  All terrain Wagon
Favorite Binoculars: like these

Brianne Busky: 
Favorite Nature Day Tip: Everyone carries their own backpack!

Jennifer Naraki:
Favorite Water Bottle: Hydroflask

Jennifer Dees: 
Favorite Field Guides: I like to get super local field guides for the areas we are visiting. I usually find them at nature centers.

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Late Night Ramblings

In this episode of At Home, we stayed up real late.
It was something like our 5th recording of the night, and it was after midnight.
Some of us were tired.
Some of us were very tired.
So we decided to record an episode where we talk about a variety of light hearted topics, where we could laugh a lot, and where, hopefully, you could all get to know us a little bit more.
Or at least get to know us in our tired states.
We call this episode “Late Night Ramblings” and we hope you enjoy it!

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Promoting a Peaceful Marriage

For this episode of At Home, you better get out your tissues!
That’s right, this one is a tear jerker. And it’s not just Greta crying this time.We were all in tears at some point in this episode.
But rest assured, its chock full of such goodness that you’ll find the tears are worth it.
Brianne Busky does a beautiful job leading this discussion, one she tells us she did not take lightly.
We start with some sappy, funny, and touching stories about our marriages and husbands, and then dive into some of the real issues we all face in marriage. Brianne goes through some questions sent in by our listeners, such as, what do you do when you disagree, what about when your husband fails, and what are things you do to promote a peaceful marriage. We share some of our favorite scriptures and books about marriage. And we talk about the hard times too. Because we know marriage is not immune to struggle.
Like Brianne says at the beginning of the episode, we don’t have all the answers or a magic formula for a perfect marriage. We’re just 6 girlfriends sitting around a table talking real about our own marriages and the things that we’ve learned over the years. We hope very much that you will find it uplifting, encouraging, and helpful.

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Show Notes
Brianne Busky:
Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson
Federal Husband by Douglas Wilson
Homemaking by JR Miller
The Fruit of Her Hands by Nancy Wilson
Sermon: Reforming Marriage #1
Jen Dees:
My Life For Yours by Douglas Wilson
Jen Naraki:
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Home Beautiful by JR Miller
Greta Eskridge
CS Lewis quote on marriage

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In this episode of At Home, Rachel Reeves tackles a big subject: feminism. But Rachel handles it in such an approachable, thoughtful, and honest way, that we all ended up enjoying a conversation that at first felt a bit overwhelming.
Rachel begins by explaining the history of feminism and how it has changed over time. And then we go on to discuss such ideas as: can women have it all, do women need men, are there dangerous ideas in feminism, and why submission has gotten such a bad name.
Its a pretty loaded episode!
And by the end of it, all of us had cried once. Or twice. So please don’t mind the sniffing. Or our choked up voices. We may have new mikes to help us sound professional, but we’re still just real life women who are sometimes can’t help crying over a quote from a great book!


Show Notes:
Rachel Reeves:
Prager University–The Wage Gap
Prayer University–Feminism 2.0
Jennifer Naraki
What does the Bible Say About Feminism”?
Jen Dees:
Top Five Feminist Myths of All Time:
Prager U: Gender Wage Gap Myth
Kristin Rogers:
“I’ll take the whiskey”
“The Valiant Woman”
Greta Eskridge:
What Jane Austen can teach us about modesty
Quote from Caddie Woodlawn
“It’s a strange thing, but somehow we expect more of girls than of boys. It is the sisters and wives and mothers, you know, Caddie, who keep the world sweet and beautiful. What a rough world it would be if there were only men and boys in it, doing things in their rough way! A woman’s task is to teach them gentleness and courtesy and love and kindness. It’s a big task, too, Caddie–harder than cutting trees or building mills or damming rivers. It takes nerve and courage and patience, but good women have those things. They have them just as much as the men who build bridges and carve roads through the wilderness. A woman’s work is something fine and noble to grow up to, and it is just as important as a man’s.”

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Martinis and Yoga Pants

In this episode of At Home, Jen Dees leads the discussion on Christian liberty. Or, as we like to call it, “Martinis and Yoga pants”. We decided to cover this topic, even though it can sometimes be a tough one to wade through, because we feel that it’s a conversation worth having. And we don’t want to shy away from the hard stuff.
Jen was excited to cover this topic with us and dives right in. A few of the things we discuss are: drinking alcohol, modest clothing, healthy eating, and humanly raised food. We also talk about not judging others in their freedom, but not causing others to stumble in ours.
There was so much to cover, and we felt like we hardly scratched the surface!
Ultimately, we all agree that our hearts must be sensitive to God’s leading in this area. We hope this episode will give you food for thought as you listen with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand. Or on your earbuds while you are out for a run. Or standing at the sink, doing dishes. No matter what you are doing, we so appreciate you letting us into your lives and homes. It’s a privilege we don’t take lightly.

And don’t forget to listen to the end for the quick question round! There are some surprises you’ll just not want to miss. (hidden talents) And Rachel’s late night recording frustrations coming out at the end. It’s a fun one!

Show Notes:
Jen Dees:
Bible Study on Wine and the Bible by Mike Dees
Brianne Busky:
Bikinis and Modesty from Desiring God blog
Jennifer Naraki:
Law and Liberty: A Biblical Look at Legalism
Scriptures referenced
Galatians 5:6
Galatians 5:13
Ecclesiastes 9:7
Psalm 104:14-15
Amos 9:14
Proverbs 25:16
1 Cor 10:23
Greta Eskridge:
What Jane Austen Can Teach Us About Modesty

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Overscheduled Life – Needing to practice what I preach.

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I wanted to sit down and quickly write this while I am in the thick of it. The thick of an over scheduled month. You know, the VERY THING we just released a podcast about NOT doing? This is something I am very purposeful of, so how I ended up here is slightly embarrassing and a bit frustrating. I know better. Why is it so important not to over schedule your life? Let me tell you some things I’m being sharply reminded of in this season:

  • It is much easier to view my children as interruptions of my To-Do list rather than view them as a gift and enjoyment.
  • My fuse is shorter. As I feel the weight of deadlines and time constraint for commitments constantly… my shoulders are tense and find myself quickly irritated.
  • I’m not as silly. Humor and laughter are medicine and I’m doing it less.
  • After my girls go to bed it is WORK WORK WORK instead of my slow-paced, date night feeling I like to have with my hubby.
  • I was tempted to say “no” to going and see a good friend get baptized or not make some phone calls to people I knew needed a friend. The very fact that I almost didn’t do those things so I can finish more work is devastating to my heart.
  • It made dealing with unexpected behavior issues or trial at any level feel enormous to take on.
  • We are eating out more, less homemade eating times together.
  • I have zero room for reading on the basis of enjoyment or learning about something that’s prodding my heart.
  • I’m weary.

There are seasons of life where this will fall upon you with no invitation or control. It can’t be avoided. Circumstances, emergencies or trial can make their way into your life in a heavy way and needs to be walked through with as much grace and patience as possible until it lifts.

There are times it can clearly be avoided. If we make a priority of keeping a peaceful pace in our life, saying no when needed, we will reap the fruit of that and avoid much of what I mentioned above. It is worth every effort to be purposeful about escaping the trap of an over scheduled life.  I miss that peace and pace. I’m not out of it yet, I will pay the cost for weeks to come. But, whoa, lesson learned AGAIN. I will tread more cautiously as I commit my time moving forward.

I’m thankful I was reminded of why I choose a peaceful schedule and all the fruit it bears in my life. I’ll seek it diligently…it’s worth is more valuable than gold in my heart and home.

Humbled….. Kristin

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The Overscheduled Life

In this episode of At Home, Jennifer Naraki leads the discussion on the Over Scheduled Life. Jen dives right into the topic with some fantastic quotes and research from the books, Present Over Perfect and Simplicity Parenting.
We talk about at what age we sign our kids up for classes, whether or not our kids play organized sports, and how we manage exposing them to new things while not being held captive to overly busy schedules.
Conclusion? Its hard!
We discuss our own lives too, as mothers, wives and friends. In this world where we can be connected with so many friends across the country and even around the world, how do we make sure we pursue deep friendships rather than superficial ones?
Once again, we conclude it is hard to do.
We live in such a busy time. But we hope this episode encourages you to find ways to add a little more rest in your life and the life of your family.
(But will you please make sure you still have enough time to listen to At Home? Thanks friends!)
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Show Notes

Jennifer Naraki:
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequest
Cloistered Away blog–Practicing the Sabbath and Learning to Rest
Wild and Free Community

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The Early Years

In this episode of At Home, Greta Eskridge leads the discussion on The Early Years.
The episode starts out with giggles, as we recorded this one late at night, and might have been a wee bit tired. Thankfully, we get on track and dive into this topic with gusto.
Greta begins by talking educational philosophies with the ladies, whether they had one in the beginning, or if they figured it out along the way. Turns out everyone had a different take on this, and that proves to be the theme of this episode—that the early years are all about figuring it out what works best for you the teacher, and for your kids, the students. It isn’t about doing what your friends are doing, or what looks good on Instagram. Rather, it is about trying new things, and giving yourself the grace to let go when something doesn’t work. It’s about approaching teaching with joy rather than fear.
We share some of our favorite activities for the early years, as well as some treasured pieces of advice, those things we’ve learned along the way. Be sure to check the show notes!
We know that beginning your home school journey with your little ones can feel daunting. You want to do it all just right. It’s our hope that this episode will leave you feeling a sense of peace and excitement about your beginnings. It’s such a wonderful time to study your kids, and find out what lights the love of learning in them. Cheers to the early years!
(and be sure to listen to the end of the episode for another fun Quick Question Round)
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Show Notes:

Greta Eskridge
The Early Years blog post by Greta Eskridge
102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
Quote by Plato:
“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent.”
Finnish Proverb:
“Those things you learn without joy you will forget easily”

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