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Sick Kids and Busy Work

Sick Kids and Busy Work

Sick kids, and busy work! That pretty much sums up our last week and a half…

This is the first post in while, well in about a week and a half I guess, so it’s nice to be back at it!

Sick Kids

As the title of the post suggests, our children have been pretty sick recently… it started with one and then all three of them caught it. They have some sort of stomach bug, no fever, but it has been a persistent little bug that just won’t seem to go away. As a matter of fact, it’s been a number of days since any of the kids showed any signs of it, so I took the kids out hiking last night… We were about 10 minutes into the hike and out of nowhere the middle child, he’s 3, barfs after showing no signs of anything whatsoever… so we’ve been dealing with these types of situations lately and would appreciate if you could send some prayers our way!

Weird thing is, my wife and I haven’t caught this dang thing yet…

Busy Work

As if the sickness wasn’t enough, work has been extremely busy as of late! Like busy as in last week I ended up working around 60 hours… We had a huge project that we rolled out and ran into some bumps with, but it’s out there, bumps are resolved and so far so good, so I’m glad that is behind us now. Working that much in a field that I’m starting to not really enjoy much anymore is really starting to wear at me, and my mind has been hard at work thinking of possible alternatives.

Pregnancy Update

I also wanted to share an update on my wife, she’s still pregnant… she does have about 2 weeks to go until her due date, but I know she is more than ready to not be pregnant anymore. Our first 2 kids were about a week late and our third one was about 10 days early, so you just never know! But as soon as our (first) daughter arrives, I’ll be sure to post some pictures!

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria

Our Homesteading Goals for March 2017

Our Homesteading Goals for March 2017

Can you believe it’s already MARCH!?! I sure can’t! Time sure is flying by this year I feel like, which makes sense because we’ve had a lot going on. It’s a lot of work working towards the self-sufficient life, but it is well worth it! πŸ™‚

This post, as the title suggests is our goals post for March! I know we’re already 9 days into March, but I want to get this out there, so here it goes…

Get the Garden Prepped

For the last couple of years we’ve had 2 raised garden beds, one is 4 ft by 10 ft and the other is 5 ft by 10 ft. The harvest from these beds the last couple of years was so-so, and I feel like that was from not maintaining the proper balance of nutrients in the soil. But here we are again, Spring is near and it’s time to start thinking about planting again!

Last fall when we put the beds to sleep we piled on all of the compost we had on hand, a ton of grass clippings and wood chips, and we finished it off with a pile of leaves. I was just out there looking at it the other day and it’s starting to look very promising.

So this month we want to finalize our garden plan, start some seeds indoors, and add an additional layer of compost to the beds. We also need to redo our fencing around the beds. We have a large number of deer in our backyard and last year we had a cheap 7 foot high garden fence which did the trick, but is in dire repair or replacement with something else.

Bring Home the Chicks

Last month we finished up the chicken coop, well, we’re about 95% done, and this month we are going to bring home the chicks! As I had mentioned in a previous blog post, we are going to be picking up the chicks from Tractor Supply! They get new shipments on Wednesdays and Fridays until April 30th, so I’ve been calling up there eagerly waiting for them to get in some Black Australorps or Buff Orpingtons.Β I don’t know if the kids are more excited or if we are! πŸ™‚

Prepare/Welcome? New Baby

As some of you may know, we are expecting our 4th child, and our first girl in the next couple of weeks!! We are eagerly awaiting her arrival but have a lot to do before she gets here to ensure we have plenty of time to relax and bond with her πŸ™‚

In the last few weeks before her arrival we want to ensure we have a lot of freezer meals made and put up, as well ensure the pantry is stocked. We still need to pack our hospital bag and figure out the plan for when my wife goes into labor, such as who is going to watch the boys and all of that kind of stuff. Definitely some exciting times!

Stock Up on Non-Food Items

Lastly, this month we want to stock up on all of the essential things we need that are not food related. What I’m talking about here is toilet paper, paper towels, personal care items, etc. We want to buy this stuff in bulk and have a system in place where we’ll always have a multi-month supply. We think this is a good idea because it is just one less thing we would need to worry about during our bi-monthly grocery store trips.

Leave a comment below with the goals you are currently working towards, we’d love to hear them!

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria

February 2017 Goals Recap

February 2017 Goals Recap

In this blog post we recap our goals from February and give you an update on our progress towards our homesteading dream.

Overall I think February was a very productive month for us! We had several days of nice weather that we completely took advantage of. Besides the goals we had for February, we accomplished a ton of stuff around the house including:

  • Cleared out a TON of honeysuckle in the back corner of our yard where we hope to build a shed this year
  • Repaired some fencing that has been down since we bought the house, 4 years ago…
  • Stacked a TON of firewood from 4 trees that were cut down last fall

Alright, so here is an update on our goals from February!

Get this blog up and running

We started this blog at the end of January to share our thoughts, our goals and our adventures as we chase our homesteading dream of providing for ourselves, being less dependent on the system, and learning skills that have been forgotten in our generation. So we are about 1.5 months into this blog and so far I’m pretty happy with it. I’ve been trying to get at least 2 posts out per week about things I find interesting, things we’re working on, etc.

We hope you guys find this blog to be interesting and we THANK YOU so much for reading it! There is still a ton of stuff that we want to add to the blog, so check back frequently and subscribe! We hope this blog is a great resource for you (and for us) and we hope that others find the inspiration to start homesteading as well πŸ™‚

Finish the chicken coop

I made a TON of progress on the chicken coop in the last month. It is not quite completely done, but it is just about there. Inside the coop I still need to setup the roosting boxes and the water/feeding stations. Outside of the coop I still need to setup the run, the water/feeding stations, and the quick access doors to the back of the roosting boxes for easy egg retrieval. Overall I’m loving the way the coop turned out and I’m excited to share the building process with you once it’s complete.

Sew some outfits in preparation for the birth of our daughter

Believe it or not, our new baby girl is going to be here in just 4 short weeks! We’ve been busy preparing for her arrival and my wife was able to make some cute outfits and blankets for her πŸ™‚ It’s weird seeing pink in the house as we currently have 3 boys, but we are so excited to meet here! A lot of friends and family have also been extremely generous and have bought outfits for her as well.

Finish setting up our homeschooling room

The homeschooling room is about 95% complete! We had transitioned our (underused) family room into a homeschooling room last month because we wanted a centralized place for all of our homeschooling stuff, other than the dining room table! We are really happy with how this turned out and it has been extremely functional. We have organized bins of all the supplies, we have an area to hang the children’s artwork, we moved all of the books (that were scattered over the house) into the room, and it’s all just working out so good. Pictures to come soon!

Figure out how to make less trips to the grocery store

I think we just about nailed this one on the head as well! As long as we can remember we have been going to the grocery store once a week. To cut down on unnecessary trips and to have more food stored on hand we decided to only go every 2 weeks to the store. We are not completely where we want to be quite yet, but we are a lot better off than we were. One of these days when we start producing a lot more of our own food, we might be able to cut this down to once a month! πŸ™‚

In the next couple of days we’ll be posting our goals for March… I know we’re already a week into March, but stay tuned!

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria

Our Homesteading Goals for 2017

Our Homesteading Goals for 2017

Howdy Homestead Dreamers, we hope that this post finds you well!

So believe it or not, it is already February. Time sure flies when you’re having fun πŸ™‚

Well since we only have 11 months left in the year, we better go ahead and post our goals… We plan to post our goals at the end of each year (for the coming year), to let you guys know what we plan to work on, and to give our readers some ideas of possible goals they could follow if they are on the same journey as us.

Without further ado, our goals for 2017 are the following –

Start a Blog (this one) About Our Homesteading Dreams and Journey

Starting a blog about our homesteading journey has always been an idea that we tossedΒ around up until recently. We wanted to start a blog about our journey not just so we could look back on it, but to share it, and hopefully inspire others to pursue such a fulfilling lifestyle.

We just started this blog last month, so we wanted to include this goal in our yearly goals because there is still a lot we want to do with our blog and a ton of information that we want to share!

Start Raising Chickens for Egg Laying

eggsWe’re not sure about you, but our family, Maria and I, and our 3 young boys, eat a ton of eggs! Really though, we go through about 2-3 dozen of eggs a week. So in an effort to become more self-sufficient and less dependent on the grocery store, we decided that we are going to start raising chickens. Neither of us have ever raised chickens before, but we’re going to dive right in. The building of the chicken coop is currently underway and we’ll have more details about that in an upcoming post.

Get Our Children More Connected with Nature

butterfly.jpgAs we had mentioned previously, we are homeschooling our children. Another one of our goals this year is to get our children more connected with nature. What we mean by this is that we want them to spend more time outside than they do inside. We want them to get muddy, to learn about nature, to find bugs, to help with yard work, and to just take it all in without having a screen in front of them. Besides our backyard, we plan to provide many opportunities for discovery, enrichment, and exploration!

Evaluate What Skills We Have and What Skills We Want to Learn

Homesteading is so great in that anyone, from any background can do it. As we pursue our homesteading dreams, another one of our goals is to evaluate what skills we currently have, and what skills we want to learn in order to do the things that we want to do in a more self-sufficient way.

Start Making Our Own Household Items

soap.jpgThis year, as I have already touched on a couple times now, we want to become less dependent on the system and more dependent on doing things ourselves. This leads us to our goal of starting to make our own household items. We want to work ourselves off of buying things like body soap, dish soap, glass cleaner, lotion, shampoo, etc., and start making it our self.

Begin Researching Ways to Make Additional Income

The last main area of focus for this year is on our income. I currently work a full-time job and my wife currently works a part-time job, but we want to start researching ways that we could possibly start some sort of home business where our family can be together more throughout the day.

Well there you have it, our Homesteading goals for 2017. We’ll be posting updates to these goals throughout the year to help keep us on track and to share our progress with you.

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Until next time, God Bless and Happy Homesteading!

Andrew & Maria