A homesteader’s teachings-# FMF

This post is part of Link-up-Five Minute Friday

This week’s word prompt-DEEP. 

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She greets us within her clay hut, the light so dim I cannot see the colour of her eyes even though it is midday. She tells us she is a neighbour taking care of her friend’s five children while she goes to town to buy a few goods. Her friend’s husband is away, you see, she explains, harvesting deep in the fields. I look around. One double-sized cot covered with a tattered quilt takes up half the space on the dirt floor. A clay stove, and the wooden chair where the woman sits wearing a cotton printed dress and wool mittens, are the other furniture pieces in this place that is not much more spacious than my bedroom in my home not too far away.


She’s playing her part well, this woman actor at a historical village that teaches and reminds us of those that played a part in creating our prosperous province today.


A family of seven had lived in this home deep in the Alberta prairie lands. They sculpted clay to form their home walls and chopped what wood they could find to keep warm during the harsh winters. It was the late 1800’s when free farm land in Canada became a draw to move away from their home land of Ukraine.

This Monday is our Thanksgiving in Canada. And I’m in awe and grateful for those early homesteaders who farmed, and harvested, and helped on the railway, and created an economy for those that followed them to flourish and grow.

And I’m also grateful for the deep-dish Apple Pie I bought at their bakery shop that day!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

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13 thoughts on “A homesteader’s teachings-# FMF

  1. “It was the late 1800’s when free farm land in Canada became a draw to move away from their home land of Ukraine.”

    It is interesting to look back and relive the stories that brought us here. It seems the whole world is a diaspora.

    I like the simple life presented here. I’m sure they’d trade their difficulties for the easy food we have now and the heaters we turn up whenever we feel like it, but maybe I would trade a few things for their quiet and uncomplicated days.

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    1. Yes, their life did seem quiet and uncomplicated too. Every generation and time has it’s trials and conveniences doesn’t it? I think it’s human nature to have to have something to overcome and wonder if we create our own challenges just for this reason. Something I often ponder. I wonder if I should have studied philosophy? 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend Sandi.


  2. They are the modern homesteaders,
    those many who have fled their land;
    and we think ourselves their betters,
    and don’t even deign to understand.
    They were desperate, true enough;
    what lay behind them chills the soul.
    But to walk in hope takes sterner stuff
    and its taking takes a toll.
    You see in tired, faded eyes
    what the trek in hope has cost,
    and there is nothing can fair disguise
    what’s now irretrievably lost.
    We have so much, and yet we dare
    to tell the world we cannot share.

    Spot #1 at FMF this week.


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  3. Beautiful! You drew me in with your vivid storytelling and images. Yes, we do have so much to be thankful for, so many who have gone before us. I pray that thanksgiving would become so much more a part of my life. And may you have a Blessed and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! xoxo

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  4. I love going to the Pioneer Village at Fanshawe Park here in London ON. I have so many photos of the different buildings as I have been there many times. You have to admire those who came to homestead. And to be thankful they did. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures. It’s a good reminder to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving Lynn and all of the Canadian visitors here.

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  5. Sometimes we need to peek at other lives in other times to realize how very blessed we are. It’s a great re-awakening and recalibrating.

    As ever, your photos capture my heart. I love being here, soaking up the beauty of your images and your warm words, friend.

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  6. Lynn, I loved this. Your photos and your words. Homesteaders were brave, resilient people. I love how you brought that place alive for us.

    When we celebrate our Thanksgiving, I always find myself pondering the hardships the first settlers endured, and how brave they were.

    I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful! Eat a piece of apple pie for me. 🙂

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