12 Things We Don’t Allow our Children To Do

We’ve been parenting for over 25 years. Mr. Patient and I have three adult children, three little children and two in heaven. This fact means we know a lot and we know nothing, depending on the topic or whom you ask. 😉

Every family dynamic is different and this makes for a colorful world. What a bore if we were all the same! Our Heavenly Father made our families and situations unique. A grand arrangement is that we can all learn and share from one another. Recently Mr. Patient and I received various questions regarding how we manage certain family and child situations and issues. Apparently more than those who’ve questioned us are interested in our responses. Almost 400 folks have viewed our YouTube videos of “12 Things We Don’t Allow Our Children To Do” (parts 1 and 2).



The topics we cover include

  • manners
  • respect
  • complaining
  • whining
  • lying
  • bedroom usage
  • electronics usage
  • dating
  • materialism
  • picky eaters


We welcome you to give these videos a look-and-listen. Make sure to subscribe to our channel, please, so we can continue to improve it.

We’d love to hear your comments on these topics and how you handle these situations in your own homes.

Thanks for walking this life with our family as we share IDEAS and GRACE with one another. We appreciate ya’ll ❤️


Walking in March 2018

Katie here….

Oh my word, ya’ll! How can March have journeyed past me without one little post or addition to our home-on-the-web, this HERITAGE WAYS website. I am so sorry for not checking in with ya’ll but I’m here now…. giving a little update of life with us. Maybe you’ll understand why I’ve been covered up with …… well, life and stuff.

A few buttercups and a dab of snow

Our plans are still on track as we prepare for our HERITAGE HOMESTEAD JOURNEY. Actually, this whole path we are on–from last summer until we plant our Roma tomatoes in new soil — is the HERITAGE HOMESTEAD JOURNEY. The whole thing. You see, I do enjoy journeys just about as much as reaching destinations. (I think I need to go back and re-read that sentence since I’ve let my nerves get a little hairy over the busyness. Thank God for my Mr. Patient to ground me and those hairy nerves.)

**YouTube News**

We’ll start here as it seems we’ve been having just so much fun sharing life on YouTube. The community is growing and, for that, we are grateful. Our goal is to have various content on the social media platforms, so you are sure ’nuff invited to head over there and subscribe so you’ll be able to follow our journey. We want to walk life with you! Please subscribe, comment, and share the videos! It is the next best thing to sitting down at the same table and sharing a pot of dark roast coffee with raw cream.


It appears that our playlist about HOME EDUCATION was the most popular last month with our HOME TOUR: PREPARING TO SELL playlist coming in close-second. We were honored to participate in SUPER SIDES SATURDAY COLLABORATION with some great cooks, as well as, host our own collaboration, HOMESCHOOL DADS’ PERSPECTIVE.


**Instagram News**

IMG_5651The big deal this month was our SPRING GIVEAWAY! We love turning heads toward folks who are using their God-given talents to handcraft some beautiful works of art, whether they are consumable or enduring. This fabulous giveaway featured David and Denise from Robinson Design Studio , Stephanie from @my_steps_are_oiled , Claire from @grapevine_homestead and Bubba and Wendy from Lucky Buck Jewelry. This giveaway was a huge hit and rightfully so! Congrats to Instagram winner @jubug24 !!

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention Continue reading “Walking in March 2018”

Walking in February 2018

Hey ya’ll!

Thanks for being here and walking life with us! We love the community that is building here and on Instagram and YouTube. We even show up on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest sometimes. Please share us with your friends on your social media sites. We sure would be appreciative.


To make walking life with us a bit easier, we will summarize at each month’s end what has been added on this home-on-the-web that month. This should make navigating our additions much simpler and faster for ya.

So, in February of this 2018 we added a page in our RECIPES section entitled Using Leftovers and Cleaning out the Larder and Freezer (by popular demand), as well as, some more SANDWICH recipes. One of our blog posts even chats about USING LEFTOVERS when I made a sweet treat with items in our pantry.

Our sweet littles were thrilled to make their first sale of their hot pads. This gave us the opportunity to tweak shipping costs and design just the right package deal that would benefit both them AND you! Thank-you, again, Mrs. Barbara!!

Make the kids’ day, ya’ll, and place an order for hand-made with love, care and attention a package set of Cotton Woven Hot Pads.


We are always excited to share with you those who are Continue reading “Walking in February 2018”

All the Branches


A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity. Alexander Smith


Hi friends! Just chatting a bit with ya today….


We are very happy that you’ve chosen to stop by the front porch of our little home-on-the-web. We are simple folks. Or, at least we are at heart. Unfortunately we have allowed ourselves, now and in the past, to get caught up in the busy-ness of life and all those activities that the world tells us we must do in order to be…to be happy, to be successful, to be liked, to be intelligent, to be spiritual, all the other “to be”s. Are ya’ll the same? Maybe not. I hope not, actually. I hope for your sake that you’ve managed the beautiful art of enjoying peace and proper pacing of life. We’re still working toward that, by the grace of God.




This (almost) spring finds us continuing to downsize our worldly possessions, organize what we are choosing to keep, and simplifying our lives by selling our home and hitting the road in an RV with our three youngest children. (I think the simplicity of this endeavor is up for debate, however.) We call this RV life, our HERITAGE HOMESTEAD JOURNEY, as we are asking the Lord to show us where He wants us to set-up/build our homestead after our RV living has ended. Since we are about to a live in much smaller quarters, we won’t have the ample space to show hospitality that we have so enjoyed doing for almost 30 years in a solid, concrete foundation home. Showing hospitality will begin to look different for our family.


This is the RV layout we would like to purchase.


In a strange twist of Seeking Simplicity, we have found ourselves Continue reading “All the Branches”

Red Flags

Red flags are usually meant to indicate danger, warnings of impending harm or damage to people or property. As I sit on the Emerald Coast of Florida this morning I can’t help but notice the stiffly flying red flag which warns folks about the rough Gulf waves. I also can’t help but enjoy the oddly peaceful sound of the crashing waves and the fresh salty breezes which actually aid my youngest son’s breathing.

A stiffly flying red flag doesn’t physically have to be present for someone to be wary of a bad business deal or a dark cave or even dating the wrong person. “Too many red flags,” they might be heard to say.

This post forces us to just jump right into a topic which might be a red flag topic to some–well, to many. TOO many.

I may be jumping into a somewhat dangerous body of water, but the risk is worth it.

It is time. Continue reading “Red Flags”

Pantry Candy

Do you eat leftovers? I have only known one or two people in my life who didn’t. Well, I just don’t “get that”. When I was growing up, we ate everything until it was gone. Food meant money, or hard work from the garden. We just couldn’t throw money away.

Doesn’t everyone know that some things are **better** the next day?? Lasagna, gumbo and French onion dip are better after they set a while and my Mr. Patient thinks that my Chicago-Style Cast Iron Deep Dish Pizza is better the next day. Some items are even anticipated as leftovers.

Then there are those items that just S I T there in the fridge. In their present state no one seems to want to grab the lonely leftovers. That’s when creativity must enter the culinary picture. I suppose years of kitchen experience and what amounts to months of reading cookbooks like novels has taught me a thing or three about using up what’s on hand.

Recent questions from a young mom regarding this very topic prompted my thoughts and actions. One Saturday I gathered many items that were hanging around, laid them out and started to create–for the fun of it, really. (My idea of fun could possibly be different from yours. lol)

This is the outcome of that experiment to create a meal with random items.

You may know that we are planning to sell our home pretty soon and hit the roads of America to see the beauty in her land and her people. There are so many Heritage Stories to hear and Heritage Sites to see! And… there is SO much to do before we can leave. One of those chores is to use the food we have stored. (Remember, I just can’t bring myself to toss food out.) I actually share that overwhelming feeling with you right here.

Well, I have a full pantry…full, I say. As a matter of fact, you can tour the pantry here.

So on another day I pulled out a few ingredients that were begging to be combined into some sort of sweet creation.

This is what I did and it made my family very happy.  Continue reading “Pantry Candy”

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