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Mother's Day Sale


  Hi friends!~
    Just popping in to let you know that I have a sale going on in my etsy shop, starting today! As of 4/29/19 ALL PRINTS are 20% off! Just enter the coupon code LOVEMOM20 at checkout.

   This sale lasts through May 8, and I've started early to make sure you get your gifts in time to celebrate Mom.

Thanks so much for your support here! I love painting for you....and I hope you've been liking my new creations! :D
Happy shopping! You can get to the etsy shop HERE.

A Little Sheepfold

The Good Shepherd and his sheep. He knows them all by name!

    Good morning, friends!~
          As we enter into Holy Week, I thought I'd share with you a bit about our atrium at my parish this. Last summer I began training as a Catechist in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. I've finished part one, and should complete my training for level 1 this coming summer.
    I first learned about this program from my wonderful friend Joanie, who is also a Catechist at her Catholic parish. She grew up as a child in the Catechesis program, and it was so meaningful to her as a child that she is now running a wonderful atrium in her home parish.

   After spending some time in Joanie's atrium, I felt like it was something I'd like to bring to my own church.  As luck would have it, training was being offered in my area for the first time and my parish approved my being able to take part.
    What I felt so drawn to about this program is that it is so gentle, and so full of joy. The program uses Montessori learning methods to help guide children towards contemplation and connection with God. And above all, it roots children in the knowledge that God is The Good Shepherd who loves them, knows them by name, will come looking for them when they are lost, and will celebrate when they are found. It is about love and belonging, and about letting a child's thoughts wander in a meditative way to think very big thoughts, without we grown ups getting in the way.
Our atrium at work

   Each morning the children and I gather at our prayer table, and we begin in a quiet and soothing manner that sets the tone for our time in the atrium. Here, we work with real things--- real glass, real water, real fire even. The children pick up quickly that we must move quietly and gently so as not to break our special things. They take the permission to handle these things quite seriously, and know that when they begin their 'work', the whole work is theirs alone to complete as many times as they wish. No one will interrupt them, and they can sink into a deeply meditative state of mind-- whether they are working with a small nativity, or sorting rocks, exploring The Annunciation, polishing candle sticks, or pouring water from one carafe to another.
Our "practical life' works, with a Montessori emphasis on fine motor skills and repetition. Things kids this age love to do.

   A lot of my job as the catechist is to get out of the way. I handle the matches for any candle lighting, and am on hand if a colored pencil needs sharpening or something spills. But other than first presenting a work for the children to see for the first time and leading our prayers and songs, I am mostly a silent watcher.
   Which can be so hard, when we, as parents, want to show them the short cut, or explain the meaning, or cut to the chase and tell them what every thing is all about. But that's not how Catechesis works and honestly, it is much more meaningful for it.
 
   The children slowly, over time, start to realize who the shepherd is. Then....they realize who the sheep are! And after nearly a school year's time in the atrium, they are comfortable with a map of Israel and can name the three major cities of Jesus' life, know the liturgical colors of the year and what they mean and explore many of the best stories and parables from the Bible over and over again until they know them by heart.
Some cards we use on our prayer table

    Our little atrium is small and modest in size and works. I create the pieces used for each presentation by hand, or generous parishioners create them for us. We had a man build us a child-sized altar, and another parshioner, who is a potter, gave us a handmade chalice and paten she had made.  The latest work I completed was for the story of "The Precious Pearl", about the pearl merchant who sold all the pearls he had in exchange for the one, perfect, precious pearl that he found. (you can see my son with that particular work in the photo below.)
   At my parish, (which is Episcopalian), our Christian Education classes run concurrent with the school year, so we have just about a month's worth of time left in the atrium. In that time, we will celebrate "The Liturgy of Light" at Easter, and the last work I hope to complete for them is a small model of The Last Supper, also called The Cenacle.
"The Precious Pearl" work

   It is my hope to share more with you about this part of my life from time to time, especially as I get more experience under my belt with it. In these past few months, I myself have felt a lot like a wobbly little lamb trying to find my footing. But I am so proud of our atrium, and of our kids. I'm thinking I might have a little art show to display some of the art they've made throughout the whole year (being able to draw at their leisure is another big part of the atrium, and something I would have loved as a kid!).
   Here's hoping we all grow and learn as we look towards the end of our first year. I'm looking forward to completing my training, and I know I'll have a lot of projects to work on for it during the summer! I often share bits and pieces of our atrium life and some of the works I've made on my instagram, if you follow along there at all (you can see it on a webpage HERE).

   I'd love to know if you have any experience with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or if you are training, have trained or are interesting in training! If you're curious about attending a training (attending in no way obligates you to start an atrium, the things you learn can be applied, if nothing else, to how you talk about God with kids just in your own home!) you can find info on the US Catechesis of the Good Shepherd HERE. This program began in Italy, and has spread all over the world. It is also used by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians, and now they have an Orthodox Christian program as well!

  Anyhow...thanks so much for your visit today! Have a wonderful Holy Week this week to my western Christian friends, and almost Holy Week to my Orthodox buddies. So thankful for all of you!~
Take Joy!
H

Spring Time Chickens & Other Updates


Good morning, my friends! It is a sunny beautiful day out here in Oklahoma, and we have all been enjoying it-- people and hens included!
  The bulbs I planted last fall in the little garden of our backyard chapel have sprouted up and are looking lovely. Dolly the Silkie Chicken and all her lady friends have been going through, kicking up and clearing out the dirt, and snacking on any little bugs they find there. Thanks for the gardening help, girls!

   And speaking of springtime and chickens, my little painting "Easter Chickens is now available as a PRINT in my shop! You can find it HERE.....


     Some of us are less excited about the outdoors than others.....like Miss Bailey, who's main goal in life is to find anything freshly laundered and then set herself upon it for a good nap. I found her in the bedroom on a stack of table runners and pillow cases I'd just washed, but really....she looked so sweet there, I couldn't really be mad. In fact, I may have just run for the camera....being a cat mom sometimes makes no sense ;) I can lint-roll a table runner anyway, can't I? In exchange for a bit of feline ambiance?


   Oh! But yes, the real reason Im popping in today....letting you know about a shop update...I've also got prints of Painting the Dala Horse! My first 'dad art' of 2019. Im hoping to make more :) I know I'm heavy on the mama art here, but ever so often I'll pay homage to the good dads too. You can also find this print--- and the original--- in my etsy shop!


  Well, off I go for now....we are in the process of getting our house painted this week!!!! It is a huge undertaking! Thankfully, done by professionals and NOT me, lol! My painting is done on a much smaller scale....and with no threat of lead. Cant wait to share it all with you--- and I am sharing the process over on instagram. Most of the day-to-day updates are done with my "stories", but when its all finished I hope to collect all the stories to be one of the main tab features there. Its lots of fun to watch the process, and there is SO much to be done. Im excited, and a little nervous to see the whole thing come together. We are taking the house back to its original color of classic white with a bit of dark trim. It's going to look so fresh and crisp--- at least that's my hope! Will have more to share about that soon!

Til then,
Take Joy!~
h

New Art: Summer Porch Nursing

 
         Last week I finished a new painting that I am very happy with--- and one which my friends online have very excited about as well. This piece is called "Summer Porch Nursing" and was inspired by those early days of mama and babyhood, and also the wonderful calmness that comes with snuggling with your little one while being outside.
    Both my babies were immediately calmed if I went outside to rock them. Perhaps it was the sounds of nature, or the feel of the gentle breeze, but it was always the best way to cure a spell of fussiness. I was also able to nurse both my babies, my son the longest at just over a year. It is such a special thing....and something that forges such a strong bond between mother and child.
   My nursing days are now long over, with my baby now a big kid PreK'er, but this painting is a bit of a nod back to that not so far back past, when I had my own tiny baby to nurse. And it is a special memory I know a lot of mamas have, and also something to look forward to for those expectant mamas. It is without a doubt, not an easy thing and sometimes it isn't possible. But when it can happen, and a rthymn is found, its such a tender, wonderful thing.



   The original is, happily, sold and on its way to its new home. BUT--- I do have prints now freshly listed in the shop for anyone who would like them! I've already sold several, and I have a feeling this piece will become a shop staple. I'll just have more done up as the others sell! But if you'd like one now--- head on over and get yours now :) each print will come signed and dated by me. And I just got new bookmarks printed to send along with any order, so you'll get that little treat too while the bookmarks last!

   Well, off to finish more projects! I actually have another little painting done that I'm really pleased with and can't wait to show you!
Til then, Take Joy!~
H

*Little Creations*

   Hi there friends,
      Popping back in with you to share some of my latest creations--- and one, the painting above, about creating! I am wanting to make a concerted effort this year to celebrate dads more in my art, and this newest piece is all about a dad and his kids taking some time to create.
    In this painting called "Painting The Dala Horse," a dad is putting the finishing touches on a traditional Swedish wooden horse as his kids watch early. They are settled in a cozy winter kitchen, woolly knits drying over the old wood stove, and a room devoted to fiber art visible just past the doorway.
   I have a soft spot for Swedish art and traditions, and thought it would be fun to make a painting that nods to this without being 'Christmas art' as I usually make....and also about a Dad getting creative with his kids. The original painting is now available in my etsy shop.
   Of course it was winter when I started the painting, and now we've got a spring world in bloom as its ready to share. No matter though, I hope that this is a piece that can be enjoyed all year round!

   And speaking of creating for enjoyment....

  I recently finished many stitching projects that I've been cuddled up with this winter, one of which was this little series of flowers from the book Zakka Embroidery by Yumiko Higuchi.  Her designs are sweet and whimsical and have a lovely mix of Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetic. I finished up these little yellow flowers on orange linen that used to be one of my painting aprons. Now its going to be a little zipper pouch to enjoy!

   And speaking of stitching, I am still very much enjoying cross stitch embroidery, and have ventured out into playing around with my own designs (you knew this would happen, I've always got to run off on my own with creating things...)

     These three little pin keep pillows are all my own little designs. The middle pillow was just a free-form playing around with different motifs I saw in various books, but the two Easter themed pillows (the one on the right and the one on the left) were both two I designed specifically with an embroidery software program that I purchased at Christmas time. Its fun to 'draw' these patterns and then see how they come out with needle and thread!

   After a bit of interest, I've decided that I will offer some PDF patterns of some of my favorite designs I come up with, and the first one I've gotten in my shop is the little "Easter 1851" pillow. You can purchase it now for instant download and make your own pillow pin keep, or use the design in any other stitching project you'd like to make.

    I personally like small projects that are simple to complete and are more 'comfort stitching' than a complicated work. If you also like a little stitching project that can be completed in a couple of sittings and can be used for seasonal decor (or a little bag, pocket, sewing roll, whatever you want to use it on!) this might be a project for you! I am all about the cozy projects.

   You can find the PDF instant download HERE in my shop. The pattern comes with the chart and instructions on how to age your fabric and make the pillow.

   Well, its a beautiful spring day here with the wind whipping through the peach blossoms. I've got the windows open in the studio, and its time to get a little work done.
  Hope all is well,
Take Joy!~
H

Easter Chickens


    On Saturday, I was able to slowly get myself out to the studio and sit down at my big paint-covered desk there. On it, sat this little painting of a sweet folksy girl with all her chickens, going through her Easter basket of sweet treats and colorful eggs.
    It was so good to get to sit down with my paints again, and spend a few hours bringing this little miss and her creatures and all the pretty flowers of her rustic home to life. I am happy to report that she is finished, and now looking for a home in my etsy shop!

   Suddenly, the world outside is waking up and blooming...precious daffodils have sprung open, and these new little Dutch Iris that I planted last fall have jumped up with gusto. I love their little purple flowers, and they are so petite! They made the perfect back drop for my Easter Chickens painting when I took her outside for her final sealing....

   This past week was spring break, and of course we were all so sick....sigh....me worst of all, I am afraid. All the blooming seems to have my little system go haywire! But I have enjoyed peeking out the window at the world as it wakes, much like Miss Bailey Button looking out the old window of the mud room this afternoon...

   I am also so thrilled to see the peach trees in bloom, their beautiful blush blossoms always capture my imagination. They are the perfect antidote to a long, cold winter. Keeping my fingers crossed though that we have no frosts or freezes now that they've bloomed....poor things really got it last spring with a late frost that withered all the flowers and cost us an entire season's peach harvest. We had nothing to show for our peach trees last year, and I heard that they even had to truck in peaches from Texas for the annual peach festival in Porter, OK. last year. The indignation of it! So please, frost....please head on up north and leave my poor peaches alone....we're eager for pie come late summer!


  Of course now that spring break has passed and the flowers are starting to wake, there is much work ahead. Time to wake up the garden, and the birds are already busy feathering their nests....I hear them each morning, twittering like mad....and the chickens are laying with much enthusiasm. I've been checking the mason bee house and the baby bees havent come out yet, but I know its any day, any hour perhaps, with these blossoms now out....its time for new growth and possibilities. I cant wait to get back to painting......

thanks for your visit here today!~
Take Joy!
h

A Little Greeting


   Hello there, it's been a bit! These have been some rough few weeks around here. Not one, but two bouts of family illnesses to work through (I'm still now 100%) and a death in the family have made it hard to get back into a productive routine. I've missed making though, and talking with you here....and although I loaded these pictures up onto blogger nearly a month ago, I thought I'd still share them with you. This is a bit of what was going on in late February, projects finished, animals loved, bulbs just starting to bloom, chickens out and about in the yard....






    The weather is starting to stabilize into being decidedly 'springtime' now.....and while it makes things very beautiful, it also seems to make my allergies go haywire! I cant wait to be well enough to go out and explore though, see all the blooms and enjoy the sun....I love when the world is full of flowers again, and I'm anxious to get back into the garden after months of sound sleeping....



  Will write more, and hopefully more cleverly, very soon!~h

New Original: A Mother's Prayer

   
    A few days ago I finished up a new painting, and although I was a little nervous about how it was going, I think it ended up looking nice. This is "A Mother's Prayer", and depicts a young women with a little baby, standing before an icon of Mary and the Christ Child. In the shadowy background you can just make out other icons in the candle light....but standing before the icon, that is the true source of the light.

    This piece came to be out of my sketch book....and I have been drawing and sketching even more at the table this cold morning. We are expecting freezing rain that turns to snow at, of course, just about the time of school pick up! Im planning to bake a chicken for dinner and have candles going (and the kettle, of course) it is a quiet, gray day good for sketching and painting.



    This new little painting is now available in my etsy shop, and I'm thinking about Lent and Easter and spring art. There are plans for a spring open house in the works with my friends at Blue Heron. But for now....I'm watching the frostiness outside and enjoying my little potted plants inside. I got this African Violet at the grocery store a few weeks ago, and it's blooming like mad...I love the light edges of the dark purple blooms. I've got my photo of the family from St. Petersburg resting against it...I just love looking at the photo, it makes me so happy. I still wonder each day who they were...

   And now, time to brew some more tea. Change out the laundry (always, its never ending...) do the dishes, sit down to my sketch book. Each painting is done one sketch, one mark at a time...

Til the next post,
Take Joy!
H

{Crafting On} Gnomes & Weaving

  Good morning, friends! Hope you are well!~ Today I thought I'd join Frontier Dreams for her Crafting On series and show a bit of what I've been working on this week....as always, I have about 25 projects going on at once, but these are a few of my favorites :D

   I just finished these little gnomes for my son to give him tomorrow as a St Valentine's Day treat! I got the idea from Sugarhouse Workshop, as she has a tutorial on making little Waldorf gnomes on her website. I highly recommend it! They were simple and a pleasure to create. I used some my dyed wool for rug hooking and wool applique for their hats and capes and I love the earthy colors of them. This wool is a bit of a hoarded stash for 'someday' projects but I decided "well, I have a project NOW and I'll use it!" So, here they are....I also painted a little paper mache box I had on hand to look like a little cabin to store them in. So they have a house as well :D

   I'm also thrilled and very relieved to have the loom up and running again with a fresh warp. I have decided that warping a loom is very much an activity that takes a village. I have tried to do it on my own, but I cant get the tension right. Luckily my mother-in-law used to weave a lot and she was able to come over and help me get this thing operational. It is still a bit of a work in process--- when I got the loom it didnt have its crank any longer, and to buy another one is about $80-- at least. And, well, I just can't bring myself to spend $80 on a crank! So I do it by hand ;) seems to work alright! This is what I've got on the loom right now:

   I've woven a tartan style cowl for myself, and at the moment I'm just playing around with some multi-colored yarn that I handspun myself, and I like the colors its weaving up. Looking at it here, it sorta goes with my gnomes, doesnt it? Maybe I should sew it up as a little gnome bed to put in their cabin when I get the whole warp woven and cut off the loom.

   I think on my next warp, though, I'm going to cheat....you can tie a new warp onto an old one by tying the old strings and the new ones together and then winding it all on again...that way there's no need to re-thread it all. Isnt that deviously clever? (I did not come up with this old idea, haha, but I'm happy to swipe it!)

   As well as a multitude of projects, I'm always reading a multitude of books (or simply hoarding them!) but the latest one on top of my reading pile is this new-ish biography of the Romanov sisters, called, well, The Romanov Sisters. I've just started but its very well written and very readable. The story of the Romanovs and old Russia is a fascination I've had since I was a teenager, so when I came upon this book at a bargain book store I couldn't just leave it there, you know?

   And on top of all this...I am painting a bit! And always sending out orders! I also just made a fresh order for new prints and restocking much beloved prints, and those will all be in the shop ASAP!

   thanks so much for your visit today!~ Talk more soon,
h

Homespun Kitchen Pursuits


   I'm not really one for New Year's Resolutions, but the coming a new year does inspire me to make fresh plans and come up with new ideas for how I'd like to spend my time, money and energy.  One small idea has turned into a bit of a kitchen project for me, because I've decided to try to buy and consume less plastic in our grocery shopping.
   It came about, too, as I've started a weekly bread baking session, and wanted something quick and easy to store my bread in that also wasn't plastic. After spending a week clumsily wrapping and re-wrapping my bread in kraft paper, it struck me that I needed a BAG for this bread! I also felt like I needed some reusable little sacks that I could produce in when I bought it at the store. And so, a little sewing project happened one night, with some ticking I had on hand (another goal for 2019? Use the craft supplies I already have!)

   These are the bags I made, and I am pretty pleased with how they turned out! I made some loaf sized to contain bread, and also some small or longer ones that can hold produce while buying at the store. I was so proud yesterday when I was able to use NO plastic sleeves at all for my produce, just my little bags....

   Making them was relatively easy, just a little more work than a simple pillow case. I folded the ticking into the shape I wanted (square or rectangle) and sewed the bottom and one side together, leaving about 2 inches at the opening unsewn. Then I folded the opening into a loose hem with the side open so that I could run a red cotton yarn string through it for a draw string. I tied the ends of the strings together so they wouldnt fall out and voila! My bread and produce bags are ready to use! I'm even thinking I need more....

   Now when I make my bread, I will have something handy and easy to use to store it in. If I put the bread in the bag and then put it in my metal bread box, it keeps very nicely and doesn't go hard or stale. This is a simple white bread (sometimes with a little wheat flour added) that is good with savory or sweet things. I like it with a bit of butter and honey or jam, or as sandwich or dinner bread. I am planning on sharing my recipe I use in my upcoming newsletter if you'd like to sign up!

   And as if they knew there were some goings-on happening in the kitchen, my little flock suddenly started laying again with a vengeance, with two of last year's chicks now able to lay. Our 'naked-necker', Elvira, has started to lay the most lovely, olive green eggs! That is because her mother was an Americauna, which are known for their pastel colored eggs. She is so funny.....the most interesting girl in the yard, for sure, with her bare neck but head of black 'hair' as if she were a flapper from the '20s!
    We are now totally supplied with eggs, although I think that will depend on the weather in the next month or so....we get terribly cold days, and then romanced with days near 60 degrees! My daffodils have been tricked too, and have started coming up. But there's always a surprise cold winter day before spring really comes to stay.

   Well, I better get started with this day! I hope you are well and warm! And if you have any ideas on how to limit consumption of plastic in daily life, please share! I'd so appreciate it!~
til then,
Take Joy!
h

Hunters Home in January


Hi Friends,
    I hope you are keeping well and warm on this frosty January day! I know my friends north of here are experiencing extremely cold temperatures this Oklahoma girl can't even imagine....stay safe! And keep bundled up and warm!
    Here it is cold and clear day with beautiful blue skies. It's been a chilly month this January, but we've had no real snow. Since this is the start of the year, I thought a fun project would be to share with you Hunter's Home throughout the year as the seasons change. Hunter's Home is the living history museum where I volunteer as a historical interpreter. At most events you can find me there, usually with my spinning wheel and a basket of wool. This year is going to be particularly exciting at Hunter's Home because we will be getting more livestock and outbuildings to make the museum an even bigger and better working farm. And I love having a place where all my favorite 'old timey pursuits' are an asset and where I can meet people who love history like I do.

   In today's post though, I thought I'd give you a little peek inside the home and at the people who lived there. What makes this home so special is that it is the only remaining antebellum home left in Oklahoma (from the time when the area it is located was the Cherokee Nation). It was built in 1845 by a white man named George Murrell who was married to the niece of the Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Nation.

George Murrell
 Let's start from the beginning though....and as the months go by, explore the story of the Murrells and the Rosses and the people of The Cherokee Nation....

George Michael Murrell was born in 1808 to an affluent, plantation owning family in Lynchburg, VA. As a young man, he joined his older brother in the operation of a mercantile store in Athens, TN, near the border of the Cherokee Nation in its original tribal lands.
 
    In business, he became acquainted with Lewis Ross, brother of the Nation's chief and a wealthy merchant in his own right. Lewis Ross was also the treasurer of the Cherokee Nation.
    Soon, George found himself deeply infatuated with Lewis' young teenage daughter, Minerva. He wanted to marry her, but was denied permission. So instead, George and Minerva decided to elope in 1834-- she was just 15 and he was 26.
 
  It seems all was quickly forgiven though, as George was brought into the family business and family life, and when the Cherokee were forced from their ancestral lands by the United States Government, he decided to travel with the Ross family on the arduous journey now called "The Trail of Tears" to Indian Territory. This was a harsh forced removal over land, in the dead of winter, with dwindling supplies. Approximately a quarter of the tribe perished on this journey.
Minerva Ross Murrell
    However, once they had settled in their new allotted land, the Cherokee Nation began to rebuild itself as a formidable nation in their own right. The capital at Tahlequah became a hub of culture and refinement. The neighborhood of Park Hill, where the Murrells built their stately Greek Revival home (much like what George would have seen growing up in early 19th century Virginia), was especially renowned. The Chief himself lived just up the road at his home Rose Cottage--- which was decidedly not a cottage in its stately beauty. A Cherokee Female Seminary (A women's college) was also just up the road.  George was an ardent Anglophile, loving all things English gentry, and would even host fox hunts on his lands. That is how the home came to be called Hunter's Home, and you'll see many references to foxes within the home and in the gift shop.

   
What may surprise many readers is that on the journey to their new homeland, many Cherokee also brought their own African slaves. And as a white southerner, George Murrell also owned enslaved people and would inherit more through the years. It was enslaved artisans and servants who built Hunter's Home, cutting massive stone, making intricate woodwork, building walls and installing windows. They then lived in cabins on the property, and essentially kept the plantation of Hunter's Home running while George set up his new mercantile business in the Cherokee Nation.

    Today, the home is open to tours Tuesday-Saturdays. The amazing thing about the interior of the house, is that many of the furnishings are original to the Murrell and Ross families. The living room set you see above, the piano, the art....these are all original family artifacts, lovingly sourced back to the home after they had been dispersed to different family members in the late 1800s.
   The photo above is the formal parlor, where affluent guests would have been received. The Chief undoubtedly was invited into this room to either talk the politics of the day, or play a genteel game of cards. It is also likely that this is where George spoke with delegates of the Confederate States and eventually let the treaty that joined the Cherokee Nation to the Confederate cause be signed in October 1861.
 
             This room is actually the second parlor, used as an informal family space. You are probably shocked to see a bed in this room, but this was actually Minerva's bed. In about 1850, Minerva was diagnosed with an illness called 'intermittent fever", which was most likely Malaria. As her health failed, Minerva still wanted to be part of family life, and so in the summer months she stayed in this beautiful bed while her family visited, knit, sewed, read the paper and relaxed with her.
       
Amanda Ross Murrell
    After 5 years of struggling with her illness, Minerva passed away and is buried in the Ross Cemetery just up the road. After a mourning period of about 2 years, George married Minerva's younger sister, Amanda.
  While this may seem a little out of the ordinary to our modern sensibilities, it was a common practice to marry a dead spouse's sibling in the 19th century. And in George's case, it was especially important that he marry another Cherokee woman so that he could stay in the Cherokee Nation with his home and business. In marrying Amanda, he kept his life mostly unchanged, even keeping his same in-laws.
    While George and Minerva had had no children of their own, George and Amanda went on to have 6 children. However, only one of those children was born at Hunter's Home, because the Civil War was on the horizon and would tear the gentile world of Park Hill apart....

   But let's save that for another time, shall we? :)

If you'd like to learn more about Hunter's Home, you can visit the website HERE. Thursdays through Saturday, they offer Living History with dressed interpreters (and sometimes, I'm one of them!). Even though it is winter, there is a lot going on as staff prepare for the spring planting season and planning for new livestock. It's a wonderful place to visit, and Tahlequah is a really neat town with a history much older than a lot of the state's towns. The Cherokee Heritage Center is just up the road, as is the Chief John Ross Museum and cemetery.

  Til next time,
Take Joy!~
h