About Me

     I'm Pam O'Brien, happily, a wife, mom, and grandma living in rural Vermont.  Those two little grandchildren of mine, a preschool boy and a toddler girl, bring a bit of euphoria to my days.
     I spend 40 hours of my week as the Program Coordinator of a Physician Assistant program, but the spark in me is ignited by family-time, being outdoors, and the creative interests in which I dabble.
     I like to snap pictures, just to chronicle our life; the mundane and adventurous.  I’m a small-time vegetable gardener… I find it rewarding and strive to expand the garden with each new season.  Right now, our "farm" just consists of eight dogs (the rascally, rescued eight) and one brave cat.  But, eventually, I'd like to acquire farm animals (next up - chickens) and be a full-time, sustainable homesteader.  
     I like to live naturally (avoiding toxins wherever possible) and cook with real food - from pastured animals and organic gardens, and prepare it traditionally... like grandma used to do it!  And, finally, it's a dream of mine to someday write my grandmother's story. Hers is a testimony of God's grace and provision that should be shared.

A get-to-know-me page is a rather difficult one to draft, but how about this for starters: 

  • I really look forward to that first cup of coffee in the morning.
  • I’d rather have salty foods than sweet ones.
  • I'd rather go hiking than go shopping.
  • I'd rather go to the orchard than go to the produce department.
  • I'd rather have lunch on a blanket in the grass than in a chair at a restaurant.
  • I prefer the practical over the luxurious.
  • I love color; in photographs, in art, in clothing.
  • I love when the sun creates dappled light through the trees, and the time of day that brings long shadows, whether morning or evening.
  • I'm an optimist and an encourager, quick with a smile. 
  • I love people and animals ...a nurturer... and that's how we found ourselves with eight dogs somewhere in the period after the empty nest and before we had grandkids. Our rascally, rescued eight.
  • I like to lose myself in God's word.
  • I try to keep an open hand in submission to His will, whether He gives or takes away.
  • I desire to lean into Him, seeking to become the person He intended when He knit me together.

I'm glad you stopped by and hope you are glad you did, too.  Perhaps you encountered enough grace and authenticity here to want to visit again... 

Blessings to you.


Lynelle Thomsen said...

Thank you so much, a pleasant read & enjoyed looking at the various recipes, photos etc../.

Pam O'Brien said...

Thanks, Lynelle. I hope you'll stop by often.

Adrienne @ Whole New Mom said...

Hi Pam. Don't know if you saw this or not but This page is using your photo. https://www.facebook.com/GrowingOrganicEatingOrganic/posts/508024895933668

Pam O'Brien said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Adrienne. I'm playing nice and asked them to modify the share to please link back. Hopefully that will get a gracious response so I don't have to report it.

Eastlyn and co. said...

Hi Pam. I'm visiting from a link for your strawberry rhubarb jam I found on FB. What a wonderful world of technology that links us all together! I will try to follow you or at least remember your site so I can look around some more. Thanks for your inspiration!

Anna said...

I’d rather have salty foods than sweet ones.
I prefer the practical over the luxurious
I like to lose myself in God's word.
I try to keep an open hand in submission to His will, whether He gives or takes away.
I desire to lean into Him, seeking to become the person He intended when He knit me together.


Me too! :)

joanne liegner, md said...

Dear Pam,
Thanks for the great idea of making a poison ivy balm with Jewelweed. My mini poodle must have found some in our woods and now my chest is covered with it. I look like I have Ebola or something really nasty like Bubonic Plaque. I looked up natural remedies and found your blog AND realized that my woods were full of Jewelweed. I am cooking it down now, but slathered some of the oil on my chest because I couldn't wait a moment longer. And my rash is better already! I'm going to make a big jar of that extract!
Joanne Liegner, MD, FACOG
Now I have to look through the rest of your site

Jayne Pierce said...

I just came across your recipe for refrigerator jam on Facebook.
Are the ingredients
2 T raw honey and
2 T chia seeds...teaspoon or tablespoon?

Pam O'Brien said...

Hi Jayne,
Capital T stands for tablespoon and lower case t stands for teaspoon. Hope you enjoy it!