Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy 6 years to us....

To our dear readers:

On the eve of our 6 year anniversary of moving to the north country and our beloved Maple Valley Farm, I can truly say that I am 'Ok' when we drive by this precious place. My studio, 'Angiepologie' still sits on the property with our barn, (I still can't believe we get to own part of this life) some of our animals and the peaceful pond. I have a deep respect and great reverance for this place and I will NEVER forget how much work it entailed and how close we became as a family. This time of our lives was a force to be reckoned with and we are glad we followed God to this place. I can also say that I do not miss it. We did this life for over 5 years! Only a few may understand this kind of journey and we know that there is nothing that can take this away from us. We learned alot. We became free.

We are so grateful that God drove us to this new place now that we now call home.#Heisstilldrivingthis Here is to many more years of#hisplans and thank you for your support xo" 

The Matts

Monday, September 22, 2014

a Angiepologie weekend for sure... xo

Fall is in the air in Maple Valley!
 Love my front porch at the homestead but need some straw bales yet #dimeadozen in these parts
 this boy loves all things #livinghistory and he is decked in his #civilwarmuster attire  and Mable's pup is getting big too!
 we lit a fire at the #studio today!  Corn casserole, chilli and zuke bread was on our menu
 This is my #freespace for #creativity and more!  The #oldandimproved studio of #angiepologie
 what is #angiepologie ? It's all about  #rustic #prairie #offgrid #vintage #realfarm and its all on a #twisttiebudget xo
what are you up to in your neck of the woods?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

coolest Civil War Muster ever xo Fall weekends in #puremichigan

What a day for a beautiful Civil War Muster!  We stayed the entire day and just could not get enough.  Everything was true to the Civil War era including the delicious homemade food of Johnny cakes, baked beans, applesauce, beef stew and much more.


 One of the few reenactments with horses in action during battle

our youngest son choose a Confederate uniform...  We have some more learning to do (smile)

What a gorgeous Saturday in #puremichigan

Our children were enthralled with this day of living history practically in our back yard!

Thank you Holland Museum for the reenactment day!



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

it is looking like Fall at The Maple Valley Homestead

What is your favourite fall decoration?

I really cannot pick just one


This is a little prim, turbanish (earthy), rustic, some modern on my twist-tie budget (tm) and what you cannot see is a little German glitter on the farm sign on the left...  This is what makes Angiepologie (tm)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A special place! My new studio xo

More details coming soon. 

 But for now I am just having too much fun xo

Who wants to come for a cup of cowgirl coffee?  This place is truly special xo

Happy Fall!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Everybody wants to love

Yes, I have fallen off the blogger wagon as some would say.  Truth be told, it feels I just fell off that darn stinkin’ wagon of life.  And yes, I do wear my heart on my sleeve to broadcast this announcement to the mean old world, the vigilantes of the social media sphere…   
There have been so many changes this year beginning with our precious daughter’s marriage…. Now let us add the sale of our beloved Maple Valley Farm (but this was such a God thing that we are still celebrating), the sale of my 99 year old Grandmother’s home that she abided in for 60+ years, our next daughter graduating from our homeschool, the death of my beloved said sweet Grandmother, (who always said that, “You don’t always get what you want" #truedat) our son working full-time this summer and the move of my parents up to our north country.  Some changes have been bad (the loss of things in my life) (I have been the recipient of some internet venom, scorn and black beast) but there are just so many blessings (my parents moving within minutes of us – been over an hour away for most of our 23 years of marriage) (New grandbaby) (being in a German documentary) (My husband working for such an amazing company of integrity that I have ever seen) (an awesome church family that we can call home) (Our freedom in Christ) (to many things to list here of course- God is so good) God is so good!  Compared to the current world problems of ISIS cowardly cutting off people's heads, precious people losing loved ones at young ages and real tragedy we have a perfect darn life...
*And the partial truth:  I think I have been hiding because I just cannot seem to bare one more negative dumb thing... 
“But here, here is the real stinking truth:  Life changes, we must adapt to this whether we like it or not.  In life, not everyone will like us or even love us for that matter but this is life!  People and friendships can change and it is o.k. to move on and to go to different levels in our spiritual growth while leaving others behind or they just do not want to follow along.  Life is full of learning… The internet and social media are not r e a l life… Yo, Facebook is not real life peeps…As I tell my children, “Sometimes today is not just a new day, but this minute is a new moment to turn it around”.  I am choosing to have a new moment with God still driving us…. I am choosing a new day with God hauling us around in a huge 10+ passenger van with kick butt tires all over this life on this imperfect weird and amazing planet because our family is cool and big like this…  And I am no longer hiding...Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn… and sometimes people are mean" 

And, yes we do not start paragraphs with and but I am doing this.  And these two sentences do not make a paragraph .  . …..

AND, if you are not a fan of ours this is completely A.ok with us but also know if you post negativity here you are not welcome.  Don't be creepin' around here and why for heaven’s sake are you even reading or following us if ya be hatin'? We will promptly delete your comments because I truly know you have much better things to do than waste time on this stinkin’ internet to dog us just like I do not have a ton of extra time to pin cute aprons and couches on Pinterest.  Anonymous comments will not be posted. Let’s all get a life shall we xo ? 

This is not a fight starting post.  This is a from this day forward post on how things are going to go on here from here now on :) 

just a few pictures from the last few weeks 

I am no longer hiding, I am embracing change, I am brave because I serve the One that is the creator of this universe and loves me unconditionally with a grace I could only hope to grasp 10% of the understanding in my lifetime…

"Happy is the heart that still feels pain
Darkness drains and light will come again
Swing open up your chest and let it in
Just let the love, love, love begin"

Let us love one another shall we xo

God’s drivin’ still… in this kick butt van...
Who is coming along?

In the spirit of farming, family and faith as always,

Xo  HomemakerAng +9  and counting 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Twas The Night Before Our 17th Homeschooling Year" By Angela Kuncaitis

" 'Twas the Night before Our 17th Homeschooling Year" By HomemakerAng
Dedicated to all of you home school moms... I know you can relate xo
'Twas the night before our 17th homeschooling year, when all through the house
There was a Mom that was stirring, wishing she could be a mouse;
The books were placed on the kitchen table with care,
In hopes that Jesus soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While reading a book and/or arguing while little ones jumped on their heads;
And mamma in her sport shorts, and I in my c-pap,
Well, I had just settled my brain for a short nights nap,
When out in the library there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the books I flew like a flash,
Tripped over a lego and threw it like trash
Her face in the light of a new fallen epiphany,
Gave a lustre of mystery to my suspicious aware,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a woman and 6 children of all ages and size,
With a look in her eye so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment she must be upset.
More rapid than eagles her personality came,
And she sang, and she shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Abby! now, Anna! now Buddy and Penny!
On, Peter! on, Favour and 2 dogs too plenty!
To the top of the library shelf! to the top of the farmhouse wall!
Now dash away! Please go away! Go to bed all!"
As emotions that before the wild hurricane fly,
When she met with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the upstairs the coursers they flew
With hands full of books, and yes, ME too!—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard very close by
The jumping and yawning of each little goof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Up the stairs Mom came with a bound.
Now she was dressed all in jammies, from her head to her bare foot,
And her pjs were not matching and tarnished with loving age;
A bundle of papers she had put in her robe,
And she looked like a teacher just organizing her load.
Her eyes—how they twinkled! her dimples, how merry!
Her cheeks (not those) were like roses, her furrowed brow was clearly!
Her serious little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And thankfully she did not have a beard on her chin that was as white as the snow;
The black hairband she held tight in her teeth,
But the smoke of her excitement and energy, it encircled her head like a wreath;
She had a small face and a not a round belly
But it still shook when she laughed, due to 9 pregnancies, like a bowl full of jelly.
She was thin and soft, a right jolly old gal,
And I laughed when I saw her, in spite of myself; ahem…
A wink of her eye, just like when we met
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work,
And placed all the books; I was hoping I was not a jerk,
And laying her finger aside of her tea cup,
And giving a nod, to our bedroom she went;
She sprang to her knees at the bed, to her God gave a prayer,
And away she silently spoke like I was not aware,
But I heard her exclaim, as I peaked in our room—
“Jesus I need you to start our homeschooling year and for you to drive it so I have no fear!”
-Angela Kuncaitis September 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hey friends!

I still blog a ton but its cheating really J

Its on facebook…

Life is simple but moving fast…

Going to be a Grandmother soon!!!

Daughter graduates tomorrow…

One got his license…

It’s a sappy Saturday for sure but I am so blessed!


In the spirit of farming, family and faith,

HomemakerAng and Co.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

***UPDATE** I left out a very important part!!! Waiting for spring 2014 while the beat goes on...

My heart...

Be still...

I would never have imagined this past June while getting ready for a wedding for our precious daughter at our beautiful farm that so many changes would lie ahead in the same year...  Someone once said you cannot stop time and I have found this so true more recently.

In one years time we married a daughter off, sold our precious farm, gained a wonderful son, have a child graduating highschool while the next one will get his driver's lisence all while another turns a teenager...

and my heart beats on...

In the same year's time we will become grandparents, see our youngest learn to read, watch 2 grandparents go into nursing homes and have some important relationships restored.

God is good, time is not...  And this is where my heart is right this very moment...  I am reflecting on what is ending and excited for what is to come!  Just like spring...  It has been a long winter - I am ready for what is to come in more ways than one...

and my heart beats on...

We are slowly getting our bearings here at the homestead.  It is different for sure...  It seems to easy sometimes and I do not really like this yet... However, I am slowly getting used to it and learning even more what "living simply" really means...  I am trying to find my new purpose and asking God my true purpose...

I have received many kind emails from you asking why we sold the farm.  It is not real deep but in a way I guess it is.  We still are following God and it was really miraculous how it sold.  **We did not plan to sell the farm but we told God that if He wanted us to sell it we would because it was His anyways.  But, we asked Him to just about come down and practically tell us too :).  Well, you can figure out the rest...  After our 5 years of literal blood, sweat and many tears with some of the most precious times of our lives, God choose to reward us for our hard work is the best way I can say it.  It was not an easy decision but it was a good decision.  *** The really cool GOD aspect of this entire transaction is that we got to KEEP a part of Maple Valley Farm for us with some of the best of the buildings ***  I feel really blessed by this and feel it was another gift straight from God xo

and my heart beats on...

With change comes sadness and joy.  I am at both ends of the spectrum right now...  During Lent I have been deep in the word and reflecting and asking God what I need to purge, what I need to tweak and what I need to be open for.  Truly, "He is still driving this thing", I just need to be reminded of this on occassion...

There is a lot of "new" here... New chickens in the "new" chicken coop - a new puppy from the litter - daisies from a sweet and kindred new friend (thank you Lord) - new, "old" buildings to put to use...  (And a new studio in the making for me :)  yippee!!!!)

I am slowly embracing these changes so my heart can keep up with all of it and God is speaking to me in His still small voice,

"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away."

Song of Solomon 2 KJV

and my heart beats on...,


HomemakerAng and Co.

Monday, December 23, 2013

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