Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Update!

Hello everyone! I know it has been awhile, so I thought I would hop on here and update everyone on what has been going on in our lives. In June we sold our little urban homestead and bought our new one. We are finally moving in on July 28th! We are beyond excited! We have been researching, drawing out plans, making future plans on what we would like to do on our homestead.

Some of the plans we have when we move in are:

Turn one of the sheds into a chicken coop and run

Plant and fence in pastures (for goats/chickens)

Till up garden and plant cover radish and rye grass

Get chicks to start our laying flock

Spring:

Start a meat bird flock.

Get goats to raise and sell.

Plant a garden  and some fruit trees.

For now I think that will keep us busy enough. I will try to be on here more with pictures and updates once we are moved in and settle.

We would like to thank you again for all of your prayers on this journey!

~ Katie





Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As I sit.....



         As I sit down on our couch and finally put my feet up after a long day of cleaning and packing. I look around at our little house and how empty it has become.  It is a bittersweet feeling right now looking around and seeing all your things gone.  We are so excited about our move to our larger homestead, but remember all the memories at this one.  Such as: being our first house when we got married, bringing home our first dogs (Mosley and Rex), bring both of our sweet baby boys home and watching them grow. Lots of firsts and lots of lasts that have happened here. Lots of laughter and some tears were shed in this little house.
Lots of first with my homesteading ...making noodles, butter, canning, pressure canning, raising rabbits, raising chicks, growing fruit trees, gardening, etc.

       So many ask me will you miss your house. Oh yes I will miss this little house with all of our memories, good and bad.  I will cherish those moments/ memories always.

     Now we are excited for this new journey on a new homestead. We are excited for the new memories and experiences we will get to experience as a family. We know there will be hard times and good times, but all we need is to remember that as long as we keep God first and follow His loving Will and Guidance , we will have an amazing journey!


    So come along with us as we go on this new journey on our new homestead! Invite your friends to come along as well !



~ Katie

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Giving God all the Control

Sorry I haven't been on in a bit, but wow there has been a whirlwind of excitement around here! So we prayed after we refinanced and just asking God to let us know we made the right decision with this. And just didn't feel completely settled in our spirits, even though we kept telling ourselves we were fine, happy and okay with staying here.

So, we decided to just put our house on the market and see if there would be any interest in our house. We were thinking there maybe a few that would come through and say" aww that's cute but not for us".  So we had many showings as soon as it hit the market. And even had a few 2nd showings!  So they came and saw the house, so we waited, waited and waited for comments or offers .We continued to pray that God show us if this is what He wanted and that for the first time at least for me, I fully put Him in control of the situation.

We got an offer we couldn't turn down, God truly showed us this is what He wanted. Then we found a house on 1.8 acres , where we can have goats, chickens and a huge garden! They took our offer!

When God is in full control and we hand over the what ifs and but I wants, and let God have it all, AMAZING things happen. Our hearts are so full of Praise, Rejoicing and Thankfulness!! We have learned so much on this journey of 6-7 years. That verse I love so much, ( and the verse to this blog)  Jeremiah 29:11 , " I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, " plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future."


We would like to thank all of our friends, family and you all here for the encouragement and prayers! Things might get even more busy while we back and get things moving on our settlement on our little urban homestead. But as soon as we are settle at our in laws for a few weeks I will try to get on and blog some more on where we go from there :)

Happy Homesteading!

~ Katie

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jesus Calling

This is the name of the devotional book I read. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  I was given this by a wonderful Friend Shannon. She thought I would enjoy it and I so, do very much!

On days I am feeling frustrated or discouraged the devotional for that day always seems to match up. I thought I would share two of the devotionals that I read on days I was frustrated about not finding a homestead for us.


             " Stop Trying to work things out before their times have come. Accept the limitations of living one day at a time. When something comes to your attention, ask Me whether or not it is part of today's agenda. If it isn't, release it into My care and go on about today's duties. When you follow this practice, there will be a beautiful  simplicity about your life: a time for everything and everthing in its time. A life lived close to Me is not complicated or cluttered. When your focus is on My Presence, many things that once troubled you lose their power over you. Thought the world around you is messy and confusing, remember that I have overcome the world. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have Peace."


           " I am taking care of you. Trust me at all times. Trust Me in all circumstances. Trust Me with all your heart. When you are weary and everything seems to be going wrong, you can still uttter these four words: "I Trust You , Jesus." By doing so , you release matters into My control, and you fall back into security of My everlasting arms. Before you arise from your bed in the morning, I have already arranged the events of your day. Every day provides opportunities for you to learn My ways and grow closer to Me. Signs of My Presence brighten even the dullest day when you have eyes that really see. Search for Me as for hidden treasure. I will be found by you. "


Those were some words I really needed to hear the other days. I hope maybe these helped you today , to remember God has it all worked out, just ask for His help and He will take it from there.  Have a wonderful day!


Happy Homesteading!


~ Katie

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cheddar Crackers

I made Cheddar Crackers yesterday. Now I have made a decent amount of different recipes for these but nothing seemed to great. Well I stumbled on this recipe in the Lancaster Farming ( a farming newspaper around here), and these are by far some of the best crackers I have ever had. So I thought I would hop on here and share it with you. These are a lot like a puff pastry type cracker.


Cheddar Crackers
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper ( I still used black pepper)
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
3/4 cup butter, chilled
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
6 Tablespoons cold water, or as needed

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt, white pepper and mustard. Cut in butter with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the Cheddar cheese. Stir in water one Tablespoon at a time, until the dough holds together. Press the mixture into a ball, wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 mins.  Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. On lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a rectangle that is 16x12 inches. The dough should be about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 1x3- inch strips. Place the strips  onto the parchment baking sheets spaced about 1 inch. apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden and crispy. Cool completely before storing.


I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. I recommend them with tomato soup instead of saltines. YUM!


Happy Homesteading!

~Katie

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Have a wonderful Sunday!



I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Sunday!


~ Katie

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The chirps of baby chicks

There is nothing like the chirp of baby chicks to bring a smile to your face. I love the way they all look up at me, when I'm out in the kitchen making the morning coffee , and they do sweet quiet chirps as if to say good morning. It makes my heart happy when my boys talk to them like they are old friends and tell them about their days. They make us laugh  as a family as they try to learn how to fly!


We have had 6 chicks be part of our family for a little over two week and they have certainly stolen our hearts. The boys have named them all ( after their favorite Nascar drivers, of course). They keep me company as I do the dishes at night and sometimes my alarm clock in the mornings. But I wouldn't trade any of it!

We got these chicks so our family would have the chance to raise them , even though sadly we can't keep them when they get older. ( Its against our borough's rules ) So when they are to old to stay inside they will be going to a wonderful lady from our church , who was in need of more chickens. So we are glad they will be going to a wonderful home. Yes it will be sad and probably very hard for the boys and I to say good bye. We are sure going to make the best of the time we have with them.


The chicks do bring the dream of living somewhere , that we can keep the chickens we raise. But that time will come in the Lord's timing. For now I will enjoy the company of hello chirps they give with my morning coffee, the escapees who flew the coop and we have to catch, the smiles and laugh of my boys, and the dream that one day we will have ones that can stay.


Do any of you have chicks/ chickens?  What breeds do you like? We have Black Austrolp and I think they are beautiful, even as babies!

Happy Homesteading!

~ Katie