About Melissa Norris

Melissa K. Norris writes inspirational historical romance novels. Her stories inspire people to draw closer to God and their pioneer roots. She found her own little house in the big woods, where she lives with her husband and two children in the Cascade Mountains. She writes a monthly column, Pioneering Today, for the local newspaper that bridges her love of the past with its usefulness in modern life. Her books and articles are inspired by her family’s small herd of beef cattle, her amateur barrel racing days, and her forays into quilting and canning—without always reading the directions first.

When You Want to Feel God’s Presence

Do you ever long to feel the presence of God? To feel His touch as surely as the sun upon your skin?

I know God is faithful, I know His promises in the Bible are true, no matter if I feel Him or not. But sometimes, I want to feel Him. 

The past few weeks have stretched me thin, like the fabric of my favorite sweat pants I’ve worn since my junior year of high school. Continue reading

Podcast Episode #31 6 Ways to Preserve Food at Home

6 ways to preserve food at home. Love the time saving tips, what not to do, and the methods that aren't always talked about much.

Learning how to preserver your own food at home is a skill anyone can and should learn. Knowing how to use all 6 skills ensures a well stocked pantry.  Continue reading

Podcast Episode #30 Raising Backyard Chickens Meat Birds

Raising backyard chickens for meat provides you with hormone and chemical free meat. It’s also an excellent way to improve your self-sustainability. Podcast on raising backyard chickens for meat. Great tips on what to expect, plus a break down on the cost.
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Do You Need a Jesus Refresher?

Do you ever have one of those weeks? Both hands stretched high in the sky and waving here. My son had a day camp which required early rising and 12 hours away from home on my part. My husband hurt himself and will be going in for a MRI Tuesday morning. While he’s pushed through, there’s been a few chores he couldn’t do on our homestead and I’ve stepped up. Or stumbled up may be more appropriate. Graceful, I’m not.

We’ve been packing water to our two pigs in five gallon buckets. Lifting it over the fence is a great bicep workout. Making sure you aim the water into the tub and not on top of the electric fence wire next to it requires a level of skill. A skill level I’ve not really accomplished. However, pigs love water, so when I ended up dumping almost four gallons of water on the pigs head, he was quite happy.

We now have a hose going to the tub, thank you very much.Even if it's been a long time since you spent time with Jesus, His arms are open wide and waiting to take you back.

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Home Canning Giveaway

Home canning is the major food preservation method I grew up with. It’s also the way we preserve a lot of our food at home. Last year we did over 250 jars of home canned goodness. And this year my goal is to do at least 300. If you’re new to canning, been doing it forever, or want some new canning gear, then this my friends, is the giveaway for you.

Normally, Monday’s are the day I share what Jesus is doing in my life and heart. After listening in to the Summer of Survival webinar last Thursday on Christian Principles of Preparedness I pondered on what Steve shared. (My webinar Home Food Preservation Made Easy is tomorrow at 8 pm Eastern time, click here to snag your seat for free *referral link)

This is one of my favorite verses in regards to being prepared.

A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. Proverbs 22:3 (NIV)

I realize there can only be one winner of our Home Canning Giveaway, but I’ve created an awesome resource that all of you can “win”. Are you ready for this?

Free resource guide to home food preservation. Over 80+ resources from canning, dehydrating, root cellar, salt curing, and alcohol and oil.  Perfect timing for all our summer and fall harvest coming up!


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