Community Gardeners

Community Gardeners

Oh, how full of gratitude we are for the work of the “Heroes” and staff at Mount Jubilee Ministries for joining in with us to plant the 2024 Spring Community Garden at Magnalia Farm. At the end of the day, it left us singing stanzas from one of our...
Homestead’s Paddington Bear

Homestead’s Paddington Bear

With my excess holiday chub and my knee-high yellow farm boots, my family is calling me the Homestead’s very own Paddington Bear. (But they’re perfect for a rainstorm like this, and the cows like them, though the sheep less so.) Fashion follows function on...
On Creating Community, Together

On Creating Community, Together

A beacon is regarded by many people as a symbol. But it’s more. If it does its job, it’s also functional in the way it warns and welcomes travelers. It’s inspirational, in that it can be a harbinger of hope. And it’s motivational, too: those who have been helped by a...
A Gift of a Guest Journal

A Gift of a Guest Journal

Our daughter Elizabeth has blessed us by helping to coordinate guest logistics at Magnalia. What a joy it has been to host people from near and far, carrying with them stories and points of view very different from our own: people of many colors, creeds and...
On the Power of Story

On the Power of Story

In working to create a community at Magnalia that is a “Beacon of Hope,” we’re trying to be intentional in creating spaces that prompt people to experience simple awe and wonder, to think critically, to be rooted and yet forward-thinking — and to...
A Holy Hush

A Holy Hush

Sometimes a holy hush is just what we need at the end of a week of bustle, to put us in a Sabbath state of mind. But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth hush and be silent before Him. -Habakkuk 2:20 A holy hush came upon us during our recent Summer...
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