Idk about the rest of you, but trimming hooves wears. Me. Out. Something about the physical resistance coupled with the mental focus required is exhausting. I had a podcast playing on my phone to help me focus- I know... Makes no sense... - and still it took over an hour. Granted, I'm much more confident … Continue reading Goat Hoof Trimming Day
We have pumpkins ready! Which is odd because we still don't have watermelons ready... Not sure how that happened. But we've harvested them all the same. Today I'm in the kitchen making sweetened condensed milk. It tends to be a kitchen staple around birthdays and holidays as we make most of our desserts from scratch … Continue reading More Harvesting
We've reached a standstill with preserving our harvest. As I'm sure many of you have as well, we've encountered a mason jar shortage. That means all those honey jars and pasta sauce jars I've saved over the years are being put into service. And praise God I bought brands that are compatible with regular mouth … Continue reading Homestead Update
Oh guys... I have so many 1/2 started posts... Truthfully, this is our busiest time of year between reviewing the kids' lessons and prepping for new material, working out in the gardens, taking care of the animals-- our days are full, but in a good way.I've actually contacted a landscaping contractor to come help with … Continue reading Homestead Update
July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update
... I believe this quote is attributed to Maya Angelou. It's also Scriptural. 15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us … Continue reading “Then, when you know better, do better.”
They're here! They're finally here! And if there's one thing I've learned over the last 2 days, it's that no one is quite as jazzed about my goats as I am. But that's okay. I'm gonna tell you about them anyway. There is something miraculous in adding life to the homestead. When we first got … Continue reading Ask me about my goats!
We packed up my husband this morning with homemade doughnuts, fresh-picked blueberries from a friend, and goat paraphernalia and sent him off to retrieve our dairy goats! We've been reading The Hobbit as a family, so the kids thought it amusing that Papa was headed out on a "perilous adventure" with all his provisions. We … Continue reading Homestead update
I had a funny conversation with my oldest. He likes for me to pray with him before bed, asking God to prepare our hearts for the coming day. I mentioned something about mother's day in the prayer and afterward, he asked, "Wait- is it really mother's day tomorrow?" "Yeah," I said. "How can that be … Continue reading Homestead Update: Happy Mother’s Day!
Projects get tackled so much quicker when you aren't a slave to debt. I had been so used to scrimping and saving every extra penny that it is actually shocking how when there is some financial freedom and wiggle room, we're able to 1) give more, 2) meet savings goals faster 3) afford ancillary projects! … Continue reading Projects and Pretty Things