Aelfheim Homestead in the Winter


This week, the kids and I are visiting my parents at their homestead, Aelfheim in the Meramac River valley in Missouri. The property is off a small country road, surrounded by thick forests dotted in open pastures for cows and horses to graze. Aelfheim is right next door to my Grandma's country home, Frogbird's Farm. There are wooded trails, a pond, meadows overgrown with Missouri wildflowers and a big barn. We've spent many summer and autumn weekends here but this is our first time in the country when it's snowy.

In the afternoon, mom and I had a little lunch, then joined grandpa and the kids outside to explore all of the beauty of winter. As I've previously written, winter is always a difficult time for me and I often dread the slush, grey skies and biting temperatures but being here reminds me that winter has unappreciated beauty. The last time I was in this meadow, it was so hot that the grasses crunched under my boots. The brush chirped and moved with frogs and huge grasshoppers. This time, I see things from a much different point of view.

I walked alone through the silent meadow, picking samples of different plants for a winter bouquet

The kids screeched and ran around the front of the barn, pelting grandpa Dan with snowballs and mom and I followed a few different sets of tracks- a rabbit, a few deer and maybe a fox or coyote

Mom headed up a project to make a snow lady to feed the many varieties of birds.


  1. So pretty :) You might like to look into some of the homeschool resources out there- not to homeschool but to find the nature study links! It's fairly common- and will help you share some of those fantastic resources with the kidlets (it is so much fun!).
    Here's a start:

    I envy you your little oasis in the country :) How wonderful to have multiple family dwellings there!

    1. P.S. love the name of your mother's place :)

  2. looks beautiful... Hope you have a nice visit..

  3. Sounds like a wonderful place and you've done a great job of capturing the beauty of it all. This whole post feels like going home to Grandpas. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing :)

  4. What a serene, reflective location, which these image capture the soulful beauty of so very well. Thank you for sharing this meaningful area with us in all its wintertime glory.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. The snow lady is so perfect! What an awesome, creative idea :)

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  7. What a beautiful post! The snow looks so beautiful and the landscape so pure. I love the idea of following animal tracks and guessing which animal made them....but the snow lady was the real show stopper for me- I'm sure the birdies appreciate it. xx Shauna


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