We love to read, and we are a homeschooling family.  It only makes sense that we would be developing a library of our own.  A bookshelf full of books is nothing unusual in a home.  I dare say, most homes probably have at least one.

I guess ours has the typical books you’d find in a Christian home.  We have a few fiction books, a few literature books, several shelves worth of devotionals, parenting, and marriage books, a few old yearbooks, some textbooks for reference, and a few other miscellaneous books.  I noticed recently, though, that what may seem out of place are these:

and these:

After all, we live in a huge city, in a house with a postage-stamp yard, where HOA regulations and city ordinances wouldn’t allow any type of animal other than general pets.  We are also in the middle of the desert, so gardening just doesn’t happen here without some major financial investment and a lot of hard work.  I just can’t help but wonder how many people have seen our bookshelf and wondered why on earth we would have shelves full of books on farming, gardening, livestock raising, self-sufficiency, carpentry, root-cellaring, and many others. 

I guess it is pretty obvious we are feeling a bit displaced for now, and eager to get to the farm!