Winter work

We started the "negative yardage" dance early this year. You know, one step forward, three steps back. We had gotten outside on a warm day last week to clear off some trees and brush, which was excellent and much needed. Except that then my husband ended up getting an outrageous poison ivy rash that was … Continue reading Winter work

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Outside Work

I'm a firm believer that God gives you what you need, when you need it, and you just have to receive it. Today, we were given clear, 60°F weather; perfect for getting some of the outside work done. We had some pesky cedar trees between us and our neighbors that were harboring cedar apple rust. … Continue reading Outside Work

Saturday on the Homestead

We've been busy doing a bunch of random things here lately. My husband is in week 12 of seminary so he's up to his eyeballs in theological reading. I've been reading Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis. It's the story of his conversion with a good bit of autobiographical background I find both relatable … Continue reading Saturday on the Homestead

More Winter Homestead Preparation

Our place is really beautiful in the fall, but Oh. My. Lanta. I almost haven't had time to enjoy it!! We have been outrageously busy here. This past weekend we had a wedding in the family. Our oldest was the ring bearer in my husband's cousin's wedding. It was pretty, and fun, and we saw … Continue reading More Winter Homestead Preparation

Work Day on the Homestead

One of the biggest challenges of homesteading with 3 small children is... homesteading with 3 small children.It's almost impossible to get a job done without interruption making it take 4 times as long.It helps a little to have my husband home helping, but we rarely end up working on the same task to completion. Usually, … Continue reading Work Day on the Homestead

Homesteading is Hard!

One of the things that makes our homestead unique is the fact that we don't use conventional growing methods. Everything up to this point has been done by hand. Why? First, we aren't independently wealthy and my husband works a "day job". We would love to turn this place into a full-time business, but realistically, … Continue reading Homesteading is Hard!

Shaggy Maple Homestead Update

We applied for our agricultural sales and use tax exemption! It's supposed to take about 3 weeks to hear back from the state. I don't really know why I'm so nervous; worst case scenario we're told "no" until we actually sell some of our produce. In other news, we are awaiting to hear from a … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Homestead Update

Homestead Name and Logo Reveal

My husband and I have been praying on starting a business to help sustain our animal feed costs.  The answer I got came from Proverbs 31:18: She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night. That among other passages of scripture and much time in prayer led us … Continue reading Homestead Name and Logo Reveal