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    Homesteading for the Beginner

    I was recently asked a question that, on the surface, seems fairly straightforward. “How do you start homesteading?” What a great question, but what a loaded question at that! The answer is not ever going to be the same for any two families (or individuals, for that matter). I’ll do my best to answer this question though, and go through ten points to consider as you embark on your homesteading journey. #1 Find Your “Why” If you ask me how to start homesteading, my first question to you will probably be something along the lines of “Why do you want to homestead?” As a homeschooling parent, I know all too…

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    Dull of Hearing

    “For the people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.” -Matthew 13:15-16 (KJV) How many of you have felt like you want to speak up about what’s going on out there in the world, but if you would say anything you would not be heard, or you’d be shouted at and belittled? Maybe not just the…

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    Busy as a Bee

    I’ve been busy as a bee over here, going from one project or task to the next, and in the process, transforming this place we call home. The results are just as sweet as honey to me, and all of that work and effort is creating little seeds that will someday turn into so much more. I don’t think the right question to ask me these days is “What have you been up to?” so much as it should maybe be “What haven’t you been doing?” I’m working hard to make our goals for the year a reality. It means shaking up the routine for the summer so that we…

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    March 2020

    Bookshelves, maple syrup, chickens, garage facelift, yard cleanup, Covid-19, statewide quarantine… Just your average March in Wisconsin. Just kidding. It wasn’t. In some ways it was pretty “business as usual,” but in others, man, we were all thrown a curveball! Thankfully, I felt like I had signals it was coming. March 2020 will go down in history, that’s for certain. I know I’ve been writing a little more than normal lately, so I don’t feel like I have as much that I should be writing about right now, but I still have things to fill you in on! Since February, I’ve been building bookshelves in our living room. I’m not…

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    No Electricity

    Between blizzards, wind storms, lightening strikes, tornados, and randomly downed powerlines, it’s not really a surprise when the power goes out once in a while. We expect it to happen a couple times a year. Thankfully, we are blessed to live in an area where “the grid” is well maintained and in pretty good condition. We’ve never experienced a brown out that I am aware of, and the longest I can recall we’ve ever been without power has been under 24 hours. But there’s no doubt about it, it’s inconvenient when there’s no electricity. Two years ago, lightening struck close to our house. We aren’t sure exactly what it hit,…

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    Having a Plan

    It seems that there’s a misguided notion of what it means to have a plan for an emergency, worst-case scenario. Having a plan for a worst-case scenario does not mean that you are afraid of what might come. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have faith in God to look out for you. It doesn’t mean you want or are expecting “the apocalypse” to come. In fact, it surprises me how resistant so many people are to the idea of coming up with a plan for such a situation, and have the na├»ve notion of “it could never happen to me.” I don’t mean to sound like I am picking…