Homestead Living

On Saturday we arrived here in Wichita…all of us…together!  We were hoping to buy a home here.  We even had a contract to buy a house with 5 acres, but it fell through after the inspection.  I will be honest and tell you that I was devastated.  I knew in my heart that the Lord had a plan for us and that the house wasn’t in it.  I was just overwhelmed by the fact that we it would be even longer until our family could all be together again.

It was definitely a walk through the valley. 

But then the morning came and there was joy once again.  My God is bigger and better than anything I could ever dream up.  My husband had gone to look for rentals in town.  The few that he looked at were awful.  They were dirty, too small, too pricey, and all of them were in town. The situation seemed hopeless.

It has been our dream for so long, to buy a house in the country.  My oldest daughter is a senior this year we had really hoped that she would be able to experience a bit of farm life with us before she grows up completely.  We were hopeful that this move to Kansas would allow us to see our dream come to fruition.

Then in a moment, our hopes were dashed, or so it seemed.  Crushed dreams always seem hopeless in the eyes of man.  Not with God.

For with God, nothing shall be impossible.
Luke 1:37

After explaining to the property manager our desire to live in the country, he told my husband he did have one property in the country that he had been trying to rent for over 6 months. It was close to the base where my husband works, it had 5 acres of land, the house was just the right size, and because the owner had been waiting so long to rent it, he was willing to cut the price down to meet our budget.

Thank you Lord!

AND

if we really like the house, we can buy it.

So, we are busy unpacking and enjoying our little patch of land. My kids have come in covered in dirt every day. I don’t know if you remember the episode of Little House on the Prairie where Nellie tells Laura and Mary they can’t come to her party because they are “country girls”…well we are proud to call ourselves “country”!

Several weeks ago as we were planning to buy the other house, I ordered two books on homesteading.

The Backyard Homestead
and
The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals

Having not grown up on a farm, I feel like there is sooo much to learn.  We are hoping to start off our homesteading endeavors with a handful of chickens, a few Nigerian dwarf goats, some Angora rabbits, and as I mentioned before, a garden (complete with fruit and nut trees).

The Backyard Homestead’s subtitle is “Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre”.    This book touches on raising chickens and farm animals, but mostly covers gardening, planting trees, and raising bees. 

What I have enjoyed about this book is that it covers related homesteading topics.  For instance, in the section on growing your own garden, it discusses preserving those foods (canning, freezing, storing).  You also find various directions for “other” things you can do, like make cider or vinegar.

There are many books out there that cover these topics in greater detail, but this book seems to tie it all together.  It reminds me of a brainstorming section in a book…lets think of all the ways we could “homestead”.  I enjoy this because it helps me think about things I might not have thought about before.  It sparks new interest and points me in the right direction to get started. 

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals focuses more on, well, farm animals.  It covers them in much more detail– chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, bees, goats, sheep, pigs, and cattle.

As with the other book, it is a menagerie of information that is great to get started with.  I will have to dig much deeper when we are planning to actually get the animals, but for now these books give me enough to get started and plan with.

Will keep you posted on what I am learning!  I am so excited!!!

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Comments

  1. I am so excited for you!!! I hope to make it to Kansas and see your plot of land! Blessings to the Lucero family!!!

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