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Sister Interview: Esther Emery

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Esther Emery and her family just moved…from a yurt to a cabin she and her husband built from scratch with trees from their property. She is a homesteader, working on the skills of homemaking and sharing her experiences and knowledge with her followers. It is an intentional, alternative lifestyle. And one she wasn’t planning on. Until life got difficult a few years ago and things needed to change.

In this episode we talk with Esther about the heartache that caused some external changes (like going off of the internet for a year), which led to internal reflections and work (her own coming to faith and reconciliation with her husband). We talk through what it means to choose to love your spouse and choose to trust when that very trust has been broken, the benefit of stopping and slowing down as a family, and the determination to make the ordinary count. From homeschooling to canning Esther’s life is filled with connection to God’s creation.

For the woman who has been hurt in her marriage, for the one who is pursuing God, but her husband isn’t, for the one who craves a simpler life and doesn’t know where to begin…this episode is for you. We hope you join us in this refreshingly honest conversation about choices we make and the peace we are searching for.

Find Esther on her YouTube channel or website.

You can listen to our conversation with Esther here.

A few things you heard on the show:

Esther’s new book, What Falls from the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds

The Encyclopedia of Country Living: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing it Yourself

“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.”      -Luke 23:34

10 Things We Wish We’d Known Before We Went Off Grid

Canning For Beginners

Canning Peaches (Water Bath Canner)

Canning Corn (Pressure Canner)

Recipe for Wild Apple Plum Butter:

4 parts quartered wild apples (or any apples)
1 part wild plums (or any plums)
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar per 2.5 gallon pot of fruit
–Wash fruit well, quarter apples but don’t bother with coring or peeling (also pit plums if you’re using a Squeezo)
–Put in a large stockpot 4 parts quartered apples and 1 part plums with 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar in the bottom
–cover pot and heat until apples are soft through
–cool slightly and put through food mill or Squeezo to remove apple seeds and peels
–Put smooth sauce back in heavy bottomed pot and heat slowly for several hours until it is darkened and thick (crockpot works well, oven and stovetop also work but watch that it doesn’t scorch!)
–When thickened to taste, add 1/2 cup honey per quart of apple plum butter and heat just long enough to mix through
–Process in pints or half pints in water bath canner 20 minutes, freeze, or eat right away!

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