Striving Acres proudly announces…

9.24.2015 birth announcement

Striving Acres proudly announces Bindi

born September 22, 2015 at 4:56 p.m., @ 45 lbs

After much back and forth discussion, Ted and I finally settled on the name Bindi as a tribute to the late and great Steve Irwin (1962 – 2006).  He was an animal lover, a wildlife expert, a conservationist, and he was fully passionate about all forms of life.  He named his own daughter Bindi, a word from the southern Australian Aboriginal Pitjandtjara language meaning “awakening”.

We cannot think of a better name for our little Bindi because that is indeed what she is for us: an awakening.  Seeing her birth and seeing how Bessie, and now Beef, react to her, care for her, and love her goes beyond anything we ever imagined.  Our little Bindi’s birth has renewed our commitment to run an ethical and humane farm for all of the animals here.

We will never be wealthy by society’s standards because of the affirmation to live by this commitment, but in the ways that matter, we are rich beyond belief to simply be part of the circle of life and to perhaps inspire others to realize that you, too, can live this wonderful life-altering dream.

Smartcar mileage 

I am NOT happy about the lack of mileage my little smartcar is getting right now!  I can’t figure out what’s going on with it.  It was getting around 40mpg, but last time and this time, the mileage was just HORRIBLE!

The only thing I can think of is that someone is stealing gas from my little car.  The gas cap doesn’t lock, and it probably wouldn’t be hard to do.  The only other thing I can think of is that running the air conditioner is really messing with the mpg.  I wouldn’t think it would knock it down almost 8mpg from what it was though! 

I’m going to start parking in my garage from now on and locking the garage doors.  I will know if stealing was the issue the next time I fill up!

271.9 miles ÷ 8.268 gallons = 32.885mpg!  NOT ACCEPTABLE! 

Gardening with Gramma Izzie

Gramma had me help her with her plants earlier this week. That woman can grow anything (just like my Mom!).  I, unfortunately,  did not inherit this gene.  Here’s hoping one of the kids did.

Gramma has a big strawberry pot full of “hens and chicks”, and there are tons of little “chicks” growing out from under the “hens” right now.  Jake and Sahara wanted plants for their rooms after the field trip to the Franklin Conservatory, and she told me to get some pots, and she’d transplant some for them.

She literally just scooped them out with a trowel and stuck them in the little pots I brought her.  

She told me to keep them in a sunny spot inside and water them a little everyday until the dirt was just moist.  

Here’s hoping I can keep them alive!

We have a woodpecker! 

I was outside feeding the chickens on Monday morning when I heard something knocking,  knocking,  knocking in the woods behind the coop.  I snuck around the side, listening.  

It took me a few minutes,  but I found him!  I only had the cellphone with me so the picture isn’t super clear when I zoom in, but if you look closely, you’ll see him!  He’s got a red head, and he noticed me, too. He wasn’t afraid of me at all. He watched me for a few minutes,  and then he went right back to work on the tree.

Now that I know what to listen for, I hear him all the time out there, knocking,  knocking,  knocking,  and finding some bugs to eat!  I love living out here with nature so close by us.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else!

You can now access us at !

Guess what?  I upgraded the WordPress account for the blog, and with that, I received a free domain name!!!  You can now just type in , and the blog will open!


I also have 13GB of storage now (I had 6 before, and it was nearly all filled up so it was definitely time to upgrade!).

Happy dance, happy dance!!!

Fairy gardens at the Franklin Conservatory 

This was my favorite part of the Franklin Conservatory field trip; I love fairy gardens, and these take them to a whole new level!  

I found it so interesting that they utilized broken items to house the fairy gardens, and they all worked together so well!

I’m hoping to put a few together this summer from little bits of old junk I have stashed around here and there on the farm.

Some of them were themed.  This beach one in a giant cracked “seashell” (maybe an old bathroom sink bowl?) was particularly cute!

This one was made in an old Coleman cooler!

Look how this little tree and bush house this tiny fairy!

This was a large fairy garden, and it was housed in an old trunk 

This one used an old Red Flyer wagon.

This one was made from broken terra cotta pots.

This one was in an old wash tub (I have tons of these around here!).

There was an entire section dedicated to these fairy gardens at the Franklin Conservatory.  If you get the chance, definitely go, and take your kids!  Sahara and Jake loved this field trip and said they learned so much!

Franklin Conservatory field trip

This past Friday, I went on a field trip to the Franklin Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, and I took Jake and Sahara.  It was our first time there, and it was breathtaking.  Right now, their exhibit is called Blooms and Butterflies,  and the entire North Conservatory is full of hundreds of butterflies, all loose in there and flying around.  There are honestly no words to describe how gorgeous this place is so I’m just going to share some of the pics I took!

I’ll share the fairy garden pictures in a separate post tomorrow.