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Antique Bricks and Nubian Triplets

The last 10 days of 2012 have been a flurry of activity. Four new kids were born and our “new” outdoor fireplace partially installed.  It has been COLD several nights. Temps like 28°F (-2°C) may not be cold in the north, but in central Florida it brings challenges for tropical plants. This property is often [...]

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Christmas Made Simple

The busy, hectic, holiday season! Every year we hear remarks about trying to remember the real “reason for the season” amidst all the stress and activity. “Don’t forget what it’s really all about….” I’ve often pondered how to eliminate unnecessary busyness so the Person of Jesus Christ can be the focus, instead of immersing myself [...]

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A Year of Life in a Tiny House

Last December 10 we moved into our tiny house, so this week we are reminiscing about our first year as a family of eight living in 350 sq ft. In the modern tiny house movement I understand that tiny houses are generally 500 sq ft or less. Often they are built on trailer frames so [...]

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Energy Crisis on the Off-Grid Homestead

Unlike millions who recently lost power in a storm, we are not affected by power grid failure. But that doesn’t mean we don’t ever have a power crisis. Whether we are on or off the grid we all need to think about being prepared for the unexpected, and not being so dependent on electricity. On [...]

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A Year of Work on the Homestead, Part Two

Blossom holds a kid born last winter I was hoping to post this last week, but we rented a skid-steer loader and root rake over Thanksgiving weekend that kept us quite busy accomplishing our list of to-do’s before returning it.  Then we had an energy crisis when all our generators went “kaput” almost at once.  [...]

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