Saturday, December 30, 2017

A New Year and new goals

It is that time of year, when we all set goals. I love reading others posts about their goals, whether it be homestead, personal, faith, financial, etc.

I sit down every year and make a list of my goals. I usually have a set of homestead goals, personal goals and faith goals. I like sharing these with you all so I can stay accountable to them. I have decided to only have a few in each section. I have noticed in years past I have made these big lists and sadly don't get a lot of them done. So I want to make it more manageable, so I can meet more of those goals. 

Here are my goals for this year:

Faith Goals:

To be more consistent with my devotions and quiet time with God. 

Find a good bible study (studies) and be intentional with doing them.


Personal goals:

Make more memories with my family :) ( whether this be fun trips, game nights, or just snuggling on the couch reading books.) 

Continue to do my best and grow at my job ( I do wedding coordinating  part- time).

To grow my friendships stronger and to make more time for coffee, chats, etc.

Read 36 books this coming year. ( fiction and non fiction included)

Do something every month for my husband ( encouraging notes, coffee in bed, etc. )




Homestead goals:

Grow our flock to 20 chickens, to grow our egg business. :) 

Get a pig to raise this spring and summer. ( still working to see if we can make this happen)

Stock the freezer: buy a half or whole cow for the year. 


Those are my goals for this year. We have financial goals but as of now we won't be sharing those. But when we accomplish one of them I may share them then.  :) 

Do you have any goals for this coming year? I would love to hear them! 

Happy New Year everyone and here is to a new year of homesteading goals! 


~ Katie


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dreams

Dreams. We all have them. Whether it to be to learn to can our own food. To having a garden that sustains your family and maybe someone else's. To raise all your own meat. To have chickens. To have a dairy cow ( we all know that is one of mine ;) ). To pay off your debt. To pay off your house. To go on a certain vacation. Whatever it is...

I wanted to say, " DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!". Tom and I have many dreams to expand our homestead. Will they all happen? Maybe not. Will we ever expand? We hope so!

We have these dreams, but we pray and ask God to lead us where He would want us. It may not be what we had in mind. But we have to remember His Plan is far greater then what we can dream of. He has a purpose for our little homestead . Whether that be to just to feed our family and friends. Or to be able to feed many others.

3 years ago, we had a dream  to move out of our 650sq.ft. home on .05 acres in the middle of our town  and to a larger piece of land to grow our food. God blessed us with the house and land we are at now. Yes we have had struggles and our jobs take a lot of time from our homestead , but we still have the dream of raising our own food. It is happening slowly but surely. And we are not giving up on our dream!

So don't give up on your dreams. No matter how little you may think they are!


Here is to a New Year full of Dreams!

~Katie

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas!

We wanted to wish you all   A Very Merry Christmas!!! From our homestead to yours!

Among the hustle and bustle of this day ( or several days) of celebrating Christmas with family, driving, milking, feeding the animals, etc. Let us not forget why we are really celebrating this day!

No, it's not the presents ( maybe there will be a Jersey cow under my tree this year! hint, hint Tom ) , no it's not the yummy amazing food, not the Christmas trees, carols, candy, cookies....


Let us remember that our Savior Jesus Christ was Born!! He was born to love and save us all!!



Merry Christmas!

Daisy Hill Homestead ( Tom, Katie, Kyle, Tyler and all the animals too)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Getting back at it...

I have been on a break for a bit. There have been some changes in our lives and the homestead. I am excited to share some of those things here with you!

One exciting thing that has happened on our homestead is we have started homeschooling this year. I 
have wanted to home school the boys for many years, but was just to scared too. I am so glad that we decided to do this! It is so neat to watch the boys as we are learning about something and their eyes light up when they get it. Or when they beg me to keep reading because they want to keep learning about a certain place in the world or an animal, etc.  Watching them excel in subjects and be able to apply what they learned to something we can go and do outside, etc.  Such an awesome thing!  Yes, there are days I wish I could go back to having my house clean for 8 hours and no one makes it messy, or the days when the house is quiet for me to think, days that no one wants to do school work and you just want the day to be done, or the days when you get to have alone time! Yes I do miss those days, but I love these days more! :) 

Homestead news:

We have downsized our goat  herd for the fall/winter. We  are talking about re- establishing a new herd, better pasture management/ grazing patterns and how to better our management of them. 

We are going to be selling off our flock of chickens ( they are older birds and egg production is Way down. So we will be starting with a whole new flock. I would like to get our red sexlink again but establish in some of the older heritage breeds as well. 

There has been talk about adding a pig to the homestead this spring! ( I am really excited about this!) We will have the pig from early spring and then have it ready for butcher in the fall. Any of those with some good tips, books, videos about raising pigs, I would love to hear from you! What is your favorite breed to raise and why?

We are wanting to add some apple trees this year. I would like to find a nice heirloom apple that I can use for canning ( pie filling, applesauce, etc.) . We have peach and pear trees, but the deer got to them this spring. They didn't kill them off, but we didn't get a harvest off of them. I am wanting to fence them off next year to help with that problem. Do any of you have deer problems with your fruit trees? What have you found that works best for this?

We are downsizing our garden for this coming year just for me to get back into the groove of everything , plus I am working. So if I can get some canning done next year ( unlike this year ) , with a small garden and then work at expanding the garden later on. I am going to try to work back in heirloom seeds to our garden as well. Last year we were so busy I just fell completely off the wagon and just bought any seed.  So next year will try to be more intentional. 

So that is it for now, I will have more in the New Year on our goals for the Homestead and what we plan on doing! 

Hope you all have a Very Happy Thanksgiving!  There is so much for us to be thankful for!

Happy Homesteading,

Katie

Friday, January 13, 2017

Our new addition and an incubator

    About 2 1/2 weeks ago we welcomed a 6 month old , black and white painted buck. We are excited

for his arrival, but also a bit anxious to have a buck on the property. We are excited though to be able

to have babies on the homestead again.










 His name is Luke and he is adjusting well. Right now we have him separated from the ladies for now

until we are ready to put them all together. He is a sweet boy, but you can surely tell he is a buck (

not just by the smell either! haha) by the way he moves and acts. We have talked to the boys about

safety around him since with all animals you need to use caution.

We are excited to see what the baby goats will look like this spring and summer.




We are also excited because we just bought a small egg incubator to hatch our own chicks! We have

5 eggs in the incubator right now , which we started yesterday. We will be sure to keep you updated

on this journey and with pictures as well! ( if I can remember!).


I have started working on our garden plan for this year as well! Yay!! I can't wait to get things

planted! I am ready for the dirt to get under my nails and the smell of freshly tilled soil! Anyone

else?! We are also making a list of projects we want to get done on the homestead. Honestly, I don't

think the list of projects ever gets done or ends, but I am okay with that!

I would love to add more animals to our homestead this year, but we are still unsure if that will

yet or not, but I will be sure to keep you all updated.

Anything new on your homestead? Anyone else hatching their own eggs? If so any advice would be

great! I am a nervous wreck about this!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

~ Katie

Monday, November 28, 2016

Where I have been

It has been forever since I have been on here and I have missed it!! I have been working a lot and life has gotten busy!

Thankfully the winter season is upon us and life is finally slowing down. There are some things going on at the homestead that I haven't been able to share.

Sadly, I didn't get to preserve a lot of the garden this year :( But hopefully I will have things planned out better next year and get a lot more canning and freezing done.

We just got 3 more does to add to our goat herd and will be getting a buck here shortly to be able to have some babies this spring! Slowly getting our herd back up and growing!

I am going to start planning the garden for next year shortly and can't wait for the seed catalogs to start rolling in! Anyone else??

I have been making a lot of premade mixes and doughs to make life a lot easier around here. Things got so busy I was getting depressed that I didn't have time to make a lot of my homemade things and we were eating a lot of premade things. So happy to have the time to get back into doing it!!!!

Our chickens are doing great. Our eggs have gone down right now, as a lot of them are going through molt right now. But thankful we are still getting some to enjoy ourselves and to be able to sell.

We are getting the homestead ready for winter, getting heat lamps set up and water heaters ready. Even though we are already having to change waters because of ice in the mornings.

Winter can be a depressing time , and a time where I can't wait for spring : to get back into the garden, to hear peeps from baby chicks being hatched, to watch and hear baby goats running and playin in the pastures. But winter is a time for us to be able to recharge, to plan for the coming year and get excited about how we will grow our homestead. I am hoping next year to be able to add a pig to our farm to be able to have meat for our family, but we will have to plan that out a little more. We are hoping to get more produce put up and be able to sell fresh vegetables at a farm stand as well.

So for now we will , be excited about next year and enjoy the planning and the anticipation of what is to come this next year. We continue to feel blessed to live this life and be able to produce food for ourselves and for others to enjoy! That is what we love and our passion, to be able to sell fresh eggs, produce and meat to others and hear how much they enjoy it!

Here is to a new season of planning and another season of our journey. I hope you will join us, as we continue this journey back to our roots!

~ Katie

Monday, May 23, 2016

Our Debt Free Journey

I have been asked many times to share Our Debt free Story. So I thought I would take the time to do  just that.


So our journey started in around July 2010. I was reading one of my favorite bloggers (moneysavingmom.com) and she did a post about Dave Ramsey. She talked about how her family paid off their debt and even paid cash for their new house!! ( How cool would that be!). So after reading her blog I started to research who this Dave Ramsey fellow was and how we could start this journey as well. I mean how cool would it be to have no payments!!


So after researching I talked to Tom about this and how the baby steps work. I will stop here for a minute. If you have never heard of Dave Ramsey you can go here and you will be able to see what the baby steps are and how they work. You can also go under the show tab and listen or watch his show live, which I do , it gives you so much motivation!


Okay back to the story....


I told Tom how great this guy was and that we should do a budget and we could have no payments and be debt free. ( yeah , he was skeptical!) , but he agreed and off we went onto our debt free journey.  I started meal planning, couponing, making everything I could from scratch and we put every ounce of extra money we could to our debts.  We continued to pray for guidance with our money as well.


The debts we had were just like everyone else's or as Dave would says we were just "normal". We had my student loan debt, 3 or so credit card debts , a car loan and of course since we just had our 2nd son we went and bought a used minivan ( but took a loan out on it). Close to $45,000.00 in debt! Yep normal... As we were going through this journey Tom was laid off twice, but we kept going and I think that gave us more motivation to get the debts paid off!


Before we new it, the credit card debt was gone, then the car payment, then the student loan and last but not least our van payment!!! We became debt free July '13!!! That was a very surreal day for us, making that last payment and it really did take a long time to sink in that we didn't have any payments ,except our mortgage.

Some people may think we are strange.. we don't own any credit cards, we own both our vehicles ( one car is from when I was in high school and the paint is chipping) which are both reaching 113,000 miles but they are paid for so they drive like a dream!, we don't buy anything unless it is with cash.


So fast forward to today as we are starting a new journey in our debt free journey! The journey  to pay our house off early and have no more mortgage payments !!  We are getting there slowly but surely and yes it will take us a good bit to get it done, but we know we can do this , because we have tackled debt before. Yes, it will take a lot of sacrifices and yes we will get tired and discouraged. But with each other, prayer and support from others and our family. We can do this!


And so can you!!! I hope telling our story helps you , whether you are just getting started or you just needed more motivation as you are on your journey! Keep going you can do this and before you know it you will be able to yell "I'M DEBT FREE!!!".

I would love to hear the story of your journey to becoming debt free! Whether you just started or you are still on your debt free journey, leave your story in the comments! You may also motivate or inspire someone else to get financial freedom!

~Katie