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Big News!! Shop Update :)

Big News!! Shop Update :)

Hey Friends! I wanted to share a really big update with you about our shop.  

After many years of your support and after MUCH deliberation and prayer on our end, we have decided to sell out of our current inventory and take an indefinite break for the shop side of Beholden.

week old baby chicks

Chicken Chronicles I

Welcome to the Chicken Chronicles- I thought it would be a little bit of fun to have a series chronicling our adventure of raising chickens. We've never had chickens and this is a new type of venture for me. I was a little hesitant about having creatures I need to feed and water every morning and night no matter the weather.  But, I hoped it would ground me and force me to get outdoors each day whether I wanted to or not.
Cardboard Fires

Cardboard Fires

We have a lot of extra recycling at our house right now. I don’t know about you, but the bin in our garage is overflowing. We’ve been ordering so many essentials online due to staying put at home, which means boxes. So. Many. Boxes.

Don't Lose Heart - Cling to What is Good (+ Free Printable)

Don't Lose Heart - Cling to What is Good (+ Free Printable)

I have had a hard time finding the words for this post trying to both spur others on and encourage in the midst of COVID-19 sweeping the globe and my country. This post has sat on my laptop for the past two weeks with two sentences painfully written. They weren't right so I wrote again and erased and then wrote again and then erased before writing this today (with plenty of erasing).
Dear Santa

Dear Santa

“Dear Santa,” the daughter of one of my dearest friends wrote, “I would like you to do what I want you to do. Here is my Christmas List: Superher...
Intent to Be Content

Intent to Be Content

As Thanksgiving approaches, my recent struggle with gratitude and contentment weigh heavily on my mind. I’ve been finding myself restless and busy, unsettled and striving. More than I’d like to admit, I’ve been astray in a losing battle of comparison over my home, appearance, and children. I’m neck-deep in it. Major transitions and changes - though I’ve become adept at the outward processes - have a way of thrusting me into self-made trenches.
Imperfect Holidays

Imperfect Holidays

November is here. The Halloween candy is on clearance and Christmas decor is stocked on the shelves. The fall that just started is already fading into winter here in the northeast. Let’s be real—some of us are already playing Christmas music, while some of us feel completely overwhelmed by the to-do list the upcoming holidays create amidst our already full lives. 
Fall Is For...(with free printable)

Fall Is For...(with free printable)

Fall is such a sweet season to me. I know I'm not alone in this because Pinterest tells me so. Living in the northeastern United States, it's a season of crisp cool air, crunchy leaves underfoot and vibrant colors above. 
Here, Where It's Quiet

Here, Where It's Quiet

Disconnecting from the constant clamor of ever streaming noise is an astoundingly loud endeavor at the beginning.  It's been almost 24 hours since arriving at a little cabin in the woods, just the four of us. No other voices to be heard, considered, checked or responded to. It's been beautiful.
A Slow Summer

A Slow Summer

Living in western Pennsylvania, the idea of elusive summer calls to me about 9 months out of the year. Our winters are long and cold and dark. I think about spring and the fleeting summer and short fall during those cold months. 
Rest is a Statement of Faith

Rest is a Statement of Faith

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in ...
Embracing the Stillness

Embracing the Stillness

still·ness /ˈstilnəs/noun the absence of movement or sound. sol·i·tude /ˈsäləˌt(y)o͞od/noun the state or situation of being alone. The...