A Perfect Picnic

Truly the pig thinks apples are scrumptious!

Thursday, March 14, 2024
We had a picnic lunch outside, because the weather is beautiful.

We saw the baby goats kicking inside Cinnamon, watched the ducks we moved take a splash in the turtle swimming pool, saw a red tail hawk and 2 eagles flying overhead, and had a cherry pit spitting contest (I had a jar of cherries as part of our lunch, and we shared).

Now the kids are feeding some apples to all of the animals.

We aren’t going to get to as much academic work as usual today. It is a good learning by doing day, and there has been much successful practice at cooperating and concentrating until a job is complete.

Ducks are now in their nesting area

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Make Way for Ducklings!

It was fun to see a muscovy mama taking her ducklings out for their first walk down our driveway this afternoon!

Now we have them safely contained in a pen so that the predators…

namely crows, hawks, eagles, and coyotes…

won’t be a concern.

The swimming instinct is really strong!

The ducklings are piled into a low water container we set out for them.

We realized that the hatch of 30 ducklings was actually from 2 muscovy ducks, so the mamas will co-parent the brood.

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Music, Motion and Imagination classes

Experience music and community in a way that is fun and freeing!
No experience or musical training is necessary.

Ages 4-16 $180 for 12 classes

Friday afternoons 3-3:55 pm and 4-4:55 pm

September 16, 23, 30

October 7, 14, 21, 28

November 4, 11, 18

December 2, 9*   (12 classes)   

*Extended family and friends are welcome on December 9 for a sharing class.    

Contact Samuel@culturedhome.com for more information and to register.

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“Cultured Home”

What is a cultured home?

To “culture” something is to cultivate it. Cultivating has several meanings, all of them useful. It can mean to prepare soil for growing crops; to improve yourself by labor and study; to cherish or foster; to improve.

Cultivate the land. Cultivate your talents. Cultivate a love of excellence. Civilize.

So how does this relate to the home? It has EVERYTHING to do with the home! Have you ever thought about what you are cultivating in your home? What is nurtured there, what is labored over, what grows in your home?

Many families, often without realizing it, are trying to cultivate the true, the good, and the beautiful in our homes. For our family, the journey of faithful cultivating began with a change of direction over food and health. This led us down paths we could not have predicted when we first began. Homeschooling started some of our like-minded friends down this path. For you it may be something else entirely. What it all has in common is faith in the LORD God to lead our families.

So here we can share what God is doing and provide resources, roadmaps, hints and helps for others as He calls them. Your family may not look like ours, but you can also cultivate what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful in your own Cultured Home.

Join us!

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Get some fresh air, enjoy the autumn colors, taste apple cider and see animals!

Bring your friends (but not your dog, please)!



2-5 PM, open house style

19506 SE 138TH PL

RENTON, WA 98059

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Autumn is Here!  It was a chilly 35 degrees the other morning but the fall colors bring beauty to the gray sky!

With autumn here, preparing for the winter is exciting.  Cleaning my chicken coops out with essential oils and water was a new task on my list this fall.

I like to use DoTerra Essential Oil, from my friend Janel Ecker. You can also purchase from her at  https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/pondera

I have 2 portable coops that have attached runs.  To clean, I opened up the large door into the coop, pulled out the nesting boxes and moved my trays that catch the poop. Each nesting box was washed and set to dry.  I was then able to reach into the coop with a garden hose that has a spray nozzle attached.  I first power washed off as much poop as I could and then sprayed the inside with my homemade, economical, and safe essential oil spray.

I then resprayed with water and let the sun dry everything out as much as is possible here in western Washington.  Replacement of the nesting boxes followed. (The reason I have chickens!!)  🙂

Too much essential oils can cause respiratory issues for the chickens so do be careful and make sure the ventilation is great!

Chicken Coop Spray Recipe

  • 1 32 oz. spray bottle
  • 1 cup vinegar, either white or apple cider
  • water to fill the bottle
  • 10 drops of Lemon oil
  • 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 5 drops of Lavendar Oil
  • Mix and use immediately!

Clean environments mean healthier chickens and delicious eggs!


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New Classes for Cultured Home

Cultured Home 2017-2018

19506 SE 138th Pl   Renton, WA 98059

Cultured Home builds virtues and life skills through experience.

Classes are held on Thursdays in the East Renton Highlands, near the Maple Hills neighborhood, and 15 minutes from Issaquah.

8 -10 am Math Lab will be taught by Samantha Zistatsis.  Instruction will be customized to the students enrolled in the class.  Samantha has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and has taught at Renton Christian School for the past 8 years. 

10-noon Conversational Spanish for the Beginner with Juanita Cazares.  Juanita is a native speaker of Spanish.  Her training in Early Childhood Education, years of experience working with elementary students, and professional expertise in translating materials from English to Spanish are a great combination.

12-2 pm Continuing Spanish with Juanita Cazares.

3:30-5 pm  Art in Many Forms is taught by Deena Rumsey.  She has an A.A. in Fine Arts and believes that art is beneficial to all as it allows the expression of emotions in a healthy and productive way.  The class age will be from 9-16 years old. 

Each class is $75/ month         Materials Fee: $50 for Art in Many Forms only

Last Sunday of the Month

2:30-3:30 Farm Life Tours Sunday afternoons are a delightful time to learn how God has created the order in our world through humans, animals, plants, insects, and soil.  Nathan and Kathy Rausch will teach this through their own experience and success in running a farm.   This is a free event!

3:30-4:30 All Age Sing Along This community event will follow the Farm Life Tours.  Kathy Rausch has a Master’s in Music and will lead the singing.  This enjoyable time will focus on Folk Songs.  This is a free event!

For more information or questions, email: info@culturedhome.com

All the dates for the class and events are placed on the attached calendar.

CH 17-18 calendar

2017-Cultured-Home-fall-class-registration-updated 9-5-2017


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Cultured Home Presents–FALL CLASSES!

We are thrilled to announce classes will be held in Art, Spanish, Math, Farm Life & Music!

Cultured Home is focused on building virtues through the Fine Arts. 

19506 SE 138th Pl, Renton, WA 98059

(About 15 minutes from downtown Issaquah, near the Maple Hills Elementary)

Starting in September, on Thursdays…and running through May, 2018, the teachers of Cultured Home are developing virtues through Art, Spanish, Math, Farm Life & Music. Each teacher is looking forward to investing in your child, culminating virtue and learning together.  Each class will be 1.5-2 hours long.  The monthly rate is $75 per student.  Art In Many Forms will have an additional materials for each semester.


TIMES                                                               CLASSES

8:45-10:45 a.m.                                                    Math

12-2 pm                                                                 Conversational Spanish for the                                                                                                 Beginner

4-5:30 pm                                                              Art in Many Forms


        2017                                                                                         2018

Sept. 21 & 28th                                                                   Jan. 11, 18, & 25th

Oct. 5, 12, 19, & 26th                                                         Feb. 1, 8, & 15

Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30th                                                          Mar. 1, 8, 15, & 22nd

Dec. 7 & 14th                                                                        Apr. 19 & 26th, May 3 & 10th

Farm Life Tours: Free to All ages, held on the fourth Sunday of each month from 2:30-3:30 pm (see dates listed below)

Community Sing Along for all ages, focusing on Folk Music.  Held on the fourth Sunday of each month from 3:30-4:30 pm

Dates for Farm Life Tours and Community Sing-alongs:  September 24th, October 29th, January 28th, February 25th, March 25th, April 29th, May 2oth, & June 24th


Please click on the links below to register for the class!

2017 CH fall class registration

The Teachers’ bio page is coming soon!

For more information: email info@culturedhome.com




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First Joys of Spring!

What a glorious day! Thursday,  March 23rd, the sun was shining brightly and the warmth was embracing us.  A few  wispy clouds floated in the sky as we walked in a lush field, patiently awaiting Mo (aka Maurine), the cow as she was showing great signs that her calf would be born that day.  It was a calm, life-giving process to watch her give birth to her 8th calf…HE is a brown bull.

Mo giving birth

Mo cleaning her new calf

It’s a Bull!

He looks to be brown!

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Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!


How do we know? Eggs! Eggs! Eggs!

My very first experience with chickens has occurred and they actually do lay eggs!  I, Deena, was getting quite discouraged, along with my hubby and the kids but on February 28th, my daughter ran into the house to announce…WE HAVE 2 EGGS!  The house was in a state of sheer excitement!  So, our girls are doing their jobs.  We have collected 14 eggs ranging from a nice brown to green to white.  Boy, are they yummy!

With the help of the Rausches, this has been thrilling for our family.  This leads me into the whole reason that we even have chickens…soy.  Hmm, who would have ever thought that it really wasn’t the egg that was causing my daughter’s stomach to hurt but the feed that the chickens were given.  Almost all chicken feed is soy based at about 17%.  I found this very interesting and started to ponder if that was the root of my daughter’s stomach aches…and it was.  The Rausches & Rumseys feed only organic, soy & corn free feed to their chickens which leads to no tummy troubles and very pleasurable children.

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