My name is Maggie Lyon. I’m a 44 year old homemaker in Southern Virginia. My internet nickname has been Miss Maggie since 1999. I’ve been a part of the online frugal food movement since 1999, and a member of the modern Christian modesty and headcovering movement since 2001. I’ve been cooking mostly gluten free and casein free since 2008.
My husband, Fred, and I have been married for almost 27 years. We have 2 children together, both boys, ages 18 and 21. They are both still at home. My husband has 2 daughters from his first marriage, who have given us 2 beautiful grandchildren. We wanted more children, but every quiver is different and God only gave us our 2.
Psalm 127: 3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.
I am the original owner of Hillbilly Housewife, which I sold to it’s current owner in 2007. Since then there have many changes in my life. I discovered both of our sons are on the Autism Spectrum or just the “Spectrum” as it’ now called. Our diet changed to eliminate gluten and dairy, which was an enormous learning experience. We began homeschooling our boys, which took a great deal of time and effort, but was infinitely worthwhile. Our youngest, who has ADHD, is in his Senior year of homeschool, while our oldest, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is practicing deliberate life-skills. I’m hoping both boys will attend college in the near future.
My husband retired in 2011, so we are now living on a fixed income. We make about 1/3 of what we did before he retired. It’s been a sobering change, but one we were both equipped to manage with at least a small measure of grace.
Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.
In August of 2013 I found my weight at the highest it had ever been. Well over what it had been when I was pregnant. I had tried everything over the years–every diet, every way of eating, from vegan to low-carb, from Paleo to the DASH diet, from diet shakes to pescatarian. I finally realized that I could not do it alone, so I joined a Christian 12-step group called Celebrate Recovery, or CR for short. You can find it at www.celebraterecovery.com. I’m having more success with this program than I ever have in the past. So far I’m down 52 pounds and have another 60 or 65 to go. I’ll share my experience along the way.
This website is intended to be a place to share my activities, recipes and thoughts with others. People have been asking me for years when I would take up writing again. I hope that now that the kids need me much less and my life seems to be more settled, I can fulfill this request and contribute my own 2¢ to the blogosphere.
Titus 2:3-5 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.