An Uncertain Future…

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With expenses much, much higher than our original research lead us to believe, we were facing an uncertain future.

What were we going to do?

Our finances were dwindling fast!

The blessing of a kind stranger, allowing us to boondock on his property was a God-send! But, with everything costing so much more than we originally planned for, we found ourselves unsure of what to do…

Going back to the farm was not an option… even if we could have… we would have wound up freezing to death!

Heating fuel for our 6 bedroom farmhouse had been costing us anywhere from $800 to $1800 each time we needed to fill our tank! With the freezing temps we were having before we’d left, we would have gone through thousands of dollars in fuel in a few weeks time!

No, even though we were struggling to find our way in our newest adventure, we were right to leave the farm…

But what to do next?

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What was meant to be only a few days on this kind strangers property, turned into a two and a half months stay!

So, we put the time to good use…

We were stuck in South Carolina, but we were not chained to our little homestead! However, wanting to watch our pennies, we looked for things to do that didn’t cost a lot of money…

My cousin took us to a number of tourist attractions and shops… but with monies tight, we only ‘window shopped’ our way around town!

To our surprise, we’d found a nice little place to visit that was right up our homesteading alley… it was only a few minutes away, and, it would only cost us the price of fuel to get there!

So, with camera in hand, we climbed into our truck…

Till next time,

~ Sheri

FARM Cooking = Good Medicine

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HOW MY JOURNEY TO HEALTH BEGAN…

I think I’m having a heart attack!

That’s how it felt, as I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance!

Yet, after a weeks stay in the cardiac unit… various tests – including a heart catheter to see if there were any blockages… I was given a prescription of antacids and sent home.

Diagnosis – a severe form of Reflux!

With medicine in hand, I went home, but continued eating the way I always had – with every bad habit I’d learned since childhood! 

Let me explain…

I grew up in a family that didn’t drink alcohol or smoke, but all food — no matter how unhealthy — was considered okay.

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Most of my childhood memories – both good and bad – centered around food.

When we had something to celebrate, we celebrated by going out to eat.

When we were sad, we consoled ourselves with comfort food.

When I got home from school, milk and cookies, or some other sweet confectionary, was a ‘tide-me-over’ until dinner.

As I got older and moved out on my own, I rarely exercised, and ate junk food constantly. I paid little, if any, attention to my health.

FAST FORWARD TO 2014

After dad passed away, mom decided she wanted to move to the country… to raise chickens, and grow our own food…

But even then, my bad eating habits and my love of sweet confectionery foods continued…

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However, after my third trip to the hospital, and second stay in the cardiac unit – once again told that it was my digestive system, I knew drastic changes were needed!

I began educating myself with different eating plans… Yet I was still having severe pains in my stomach, which now included pain in my gallbladder!

My digestive track was under attack!

In August 2016, I began a severe elimination diet. The purpose – to eliminate the pain!

I was only eating 4 veggies (carrots, zuchinni, spinach and green beans), chicken, and homemade bone broth.

Amazingly, within 24 hours the pain was gone!

The only problem – I quickly became bored with my ‘diet!’

I needed to find a better way to eat. A food plan that would allow me to eat without pain!

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That’s when I stumbled upon an eating plan that helped me understand my relationship with food and how it affected my health.

Unfortunately, as good as the plan was, its wasn’t meant to be a long term eating plan…

I needed something that would carry me through this journey we call life!

That’s when it hit me… The foods I was growing and raising on my little homestead was providing me the nourishment I needed for good health!

Henceforth, ‘Farm Cooking’- eating whole fresh foods from the farm, equals good medicine!

Here’s to good health!

~ Sheri

Testing… The Strengthening of Our Faith

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So much has happened since my last post. I’m not sure where to begin…

After dealing with flooding, twice in 10 days time… sorting and packing for our new adventure… planning a yard sale… making plans on earning an income on the road… it came as quite a disappointment when we showed our house!

Disappointment is an understatement!

So many doors had opened for us! Including my finding work as a photographer.

It was a hard pill to swallow when the only offer we had was $20,000 less than what we still owe on our mortgage!

All our hopes of traveling – gone!

The loss of a potential new income was devastating to me! I’ve always wanted to travel and follow in my fathers footsteps as a photographer.

In Proverbs 16:9, it says that man plans his ways, buy God orders his steps.

Was God saying ‘No?’

After spiraling down the rabbit hole of disappointment, and eating my way through a half dozen of doughnuts and a gallon of ice cream, I decided to pick myself up, dust myself off and figure out the next step!

In a sense, each day is a test of our relationship with God.

To every person comes seasons of special joy, or adversity.

Both present opportunities for trusting that the Lord knows what He’s doing.

This type of testing is not like taking a classroom exam, where God is watching us, with grade book in hand, waiting to ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ us.

No, this testing comes through the circumstances of our lives. Its through this testing that we become more aware of our own hearts – our thoughts, our attitudes and emotions!

Through this self awareness, God shows us where we must still yield to Him in trusting obedience.

For me, I realized I still struggle with emotional eating, and that I wasn’t really trusting Him to take care of me…

Well, today is a new day! I will get myself back on the wagon of healthy eating. And, I will trust that whether we are on our little homestead a few days or a few years, He knows what is best for me!

~ Sheri

10 Signs You Have a Homesteading Spirit

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WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU HEAR THE TERM ‘HOMESTEADING?’

Does your mind conjure up images of the settlers of the old west? Or do you think you’d have to give up all your beloved modern conveniences – such as electricity and running water?

Or, perhaps you picture giving up your car to start riding in a horse and buggy…

DISPELLING THE MYTH

Homesteaders come in all shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life!

We live in the city… in the suburbs… and, we live in the country on an acre of land… or on a hundred…

If that’s the case, then how can you tell if YOU have a homesteading spirit?

THE TOP 10 SIGNS OF THE HOMESTEADING SPIRIT:

Do you…

  1. grow tomatoes, lettuce, basil and your favorite herbs on your apartment balcony or by a sunny window
  2. find kneading bread dough relaxing
  3. drive 20+ miles out of your way to buy milk and eggs from a farm
  4. learn about home remedies for healing your family
  5. have your cupboards full of your homemade preserves and your favorite dehydrated foods
  6. know how to ‘cook from scratch’
  7. find it amazing that your chickens feed you breakfast every morning
  8. enjoy getting your hands dirty working in the garden
  9. enjoy breathing in the smell of your laundry after hanging it out on the line
  10. make your own soaps and salves

So you see, the Homesteading Spirit can be found in each and every person! Wherever the Homesteading Spirit can be found, you’ll find we all have one thing in common… we want to get back to the basics… we have a deep seeded desire to grow and raise our own food… to do things the way our ancestors did…

If this is how you feel, then you’ve come to the right place.

Welcome to my homestead!

~ Sheri

Old Photos…

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My computer has been telling me for sometime that I am running out of memory…

The reason? Oodles and oodles of photos that I’ve taken since moving to our homestead.

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Over the last 4 years, I’ve taken thousands of pictures just of our chickens alone!

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Since yesterdays downpour didn’t allow me to work in the garden, I decided it was as good a time as any to sort through all those memories…

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Some of my favorites are of the Littles that hatched last June.

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It was so much fun to watch their antics as momma took them all around the homestead, teaching them about all the things they could eat.

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I used twelve of my favorites to create a calendar, which now hangs on the fridge. It makes a lovely keepsake which we use to keep track of egg production.

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Its hard to believe the babies are almost a year old in June! Time sure flies!

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As I sat looking through all those photos, one question kept coming to mind, “Which ones do I delete?”

The ones that came out blurry, that’s a given…

But what about all the others?

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There are the those that I didn’t consider to be ‘professional enough…’ and then there are those that were not ‘blog worthy.’ However, I still enjoy looking at them all the same.

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So again, I ask myself, ‘How can I ever get rid of them?’

I guess I won’t. It’d be like tossing out photos of my family!

My computer is just going to have to keep yelling at me about all my photos!

My memories are more important than my computers!

~ Sheri