Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A mini Tour of our homestead

I went around the homestead this chilling morning and took some pictures of our homestead to share.

This is our front pastures:



Our Driveway


Standing in the middle of the pasture into the backyard


Concord Grape vine


Grapes!


Our Garden (with fall crops)


backyard


Chicken coop (left) Goat shed (middle) Tom's workshop(right)

Back of house, deck , pool , temporary laundry line


We have really settled in here. We have introduced 6 Easter Egger chickens to our homestead and will be also getting two kittens on Sunday to have a home here :) Still amazes me that we went from a small house in town with a dog and two rabbits, to now having a bigger house, yard and 11 animals! God is so Good and we surely do give HIM ALL THE GLORY  for all He has given us! I hope you have a wonderful day!

~Katie

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Modesty

I know this is a touchy subject for a lot of people. But I am wanting to know your input on this. What is modesty to you?



For me modesty is for me to dress covering everything nicely. ( not saying long sleeves dresses). But I have two sons and even though they are young. I want them to respect me and the way I present myself and I  hope one day they will want to find a girl who does the same.



Today's styles I can honestly say, are NOT my styles. I am not a mall person, I will gladly stay on my little homestead and be very happy. But the last time I went to the mall I was shocked at a lot of the clothing. I couldn't believe how short the skirts and shorts were, how low the shirts were cut! Any one else feel this way??




A lot of people who know me, know that I am a tomboy. But I am still a girl who likes to dress up when I can.  I was searching for a company who was feminine but also modest, this company hit the mark!  She has beautiful clothing and other things for not only women but girls as well. I would recommend checking her company out.




Also, if you have time she writes a great blog as well! Go here to check it out! Every Monday she has a Modest Monday , where she shares a picture of what she wore a day that week. Also has some great things about homeschooling as well.


Just a thought on my mind and was curious what your thoughts were!

Katie

Monday, August 4, 2014

We have finally made it!!!

Well we are here on our little homestead in the country!!!! We have been a week now and wow has it been busy. We have moved all our things into the house and the boxes are lessening, thank goodness!
It is starting to look like a home.



We have begun somethings on our homestead to get back ready for animals. We have planted pasture grass in the front yard which will be used for rotational grazing the goats. We will have about 4 paddocks. so we are hoping it grows well. We have been having  some wonderful rain showers to help the seeds along and beautiful sunny days as well.



The chicken coop is underway! My husband built a stand for our nesting boxes , the set up look like something like these nesting boxes. We wanted something simple and easy to clean out, which these looked the best. We are going to be using an old ladder to make their roost out of as well. Thank you Pinterest! haha   We will be getting some Easter Eggers chickens in 3 1/2 weeks. These types if you don't know , lay a pastel colored eggs. We thought these would be a nice kind to have for when we start selling them. Next spring we will be getting some Black Australop,Buff Oprington, and some Rhode Island Red. We still have not decided what type of meat chickens we are going to get, we are still researching that.


This week/weekend I am hoping to plot out the area for our garden next year. So we can plant rye and field radish to break up the ground. ( Plus using the chickens).



Only things left that we have done are hang temporary laundry lines till we can go and get the poles for the permanent line.



Other then that we have been just enjoying the quiet and beautiful sounds of the country, ( and the gun shots from the shooting range every once in a while )  haha.  We are so amazed and blessed that God has put us here and pray everyday we use it to His Glory! This Homestead is not ours, but His , we are just the managers of it.  We hope to use this homestead as a place of  fellowship, love, comfort, friendship, and to bring Glory to His Name!



~ Katie



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