The Grovestead

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Our newest farm hand!


It’s a boy! Introducing Elias Anton Groves.. born on Sunday morning, 8lbs 7oz.

Mom and baby

Mom and son (and dad) are doing well. Just going through that sleep-deprivation stage with newborns.

Growing family

Becca writes:

Newborns are so wonderful. I mean, so, so wonderful. Elias is darling and snuggly and squeaks a lot. We landed on his name just on Monday morning. We had been stumped for 9 months trying to come up with a boy’s name. My great uncle’s name was Ellis, and that was in the running. Ivar liked Elliot. We also thought about Elijah, but none of these names felt right. Then finally one morning Rory said, “how about Elias?” We had heard it once before, but it’s not a family name. Immediately, I felt my heart swell and knew we had finally landed on his name. Something about it felt right to us.

We looked up the meaning and found that Elias is an alternate spelling (Greek) of Elijah, which means “Jehovah is God”. We later found out that Elias is the source name for Ellis and Elliot (!!).

We will likely call him Eli, but for now I am trying to use Elias, mostly so I remember it! It’s a new name to us, not any of our family, so I have to go through my own foggy memory to remember…Elias. Mostly we call him “Alden…I mean, Elias” and likely will the rest of his life. :)

Rory’s great grandfather was named Anton. And his grandfather’s middle name was Anton.

The nurses that delivered Elias were the same two who delivered Alden two years ago and we all remembered each other. I ordered french toast four times after delivery, as well as three different omelets and bacon every time with everything. The hospital food service people kept saying to me, “it’s nice to find someone who likes hospital food. We’ll be sure to tell the workers in the kitchen.”

And now we’re back home, just the three of us. We just woke up from a good nap in our own bed which was wonderful. Rory said, “sure beats the school bus seat cushions I slept on the last two nights.” The kids will come back from Mimi and Papa’s tomorrow, and then life will pick right back up, I’d imagine. But we’re ready for it.

We’re going to have corn on the cob and tomatoes and mozzarella for dinner now and then I’ll go take a bath in my super clean tub. And then we’ll try sleeping for a few hours at a time all night long, working on nursing, trying to get a good burp. I feel seasoned at this newborn thing, and yet it is amazing how awkward it can all feel at the same time. I changed him into an outfit before we left the hospital and he flailed all around. It felt like I was getting my sea legs back. So that’s what we’ll do this week. Elias and I will work as a team, finding our rhythm. And the fab four will come back and we’ll transform into a family of seven as we find our footing.

My heart is positively overflowing.


Farm Camp 2019

Farm Camp 2019

Well it is hard to explain the joy and gratitude I feel for our first ever week of Farm Camp. This was a little dream of mine that combined all the things I love: camp ministry, farming, crafting and family. Way back in February Rory and I had a conversation about giving it a go. It felt a little crazy at the time, knowing that I would be 8-months pregnant, but it also felt very much like it was time to move forward with this dream.

That very afternoon we sat down in the living room and shot the little promo video. We had the four kids upstairs with a sleeve of club crackers to help keep them quiet. And I just began talking. That night Rory edited all of my thoughts together and by the next morning, we had posted the video to facebook. It was fast and we both felt the fun of throwing something out into the world.

It felt bold at the time, and looking back, I would still say it was bold! And I’m so glad we stepped out in faith like we did.

Baby chicks hatched

We had five awesome campers come to our first week of Farm Camp and They. Were. Awesome! So special to me, was that Elsie and Hattie were able to join in each day and be a part of the fun.

Kitten time!

And we did so much! I mean, so, so much! We made garden stepping stones, goat milk soap, butter, jam, strawberry pie, easter egg bread, rope rainbows, marble paper, flower head bands, wooden picture frames and personal art journals. And we had special guests come to teach us about honey bees, spinning wool into yarn, making bread and a session on the ways we can hear God’s voice.

Bread making lesson

Jam making

Homemade butter making

Soap making lesson

Bread, jam and butter

Our Bible studies each day were location specific: learning about the Good Shepherd while surrounded by the sheep, learning about God’s timing while holding baby chicks, learning about how sin can take root in our lives while weeding the garden. The week was full and fantastic. All of the campers had so much fun and asked to come back next year!

Devotional time

Quiet time

In the garden

In the garden

Beekeeping lesson

Wool-spinning lesson

Campfire lunch

farm camp 2019

Arts & crafts

Arts & crafts

We have lots of hopes and dreams for the future. Rory and I were filled with so much excited vision and have ideas for more camps, more ages and different themes. So we will keep you posted.



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