We prayed for direction in 2012 and set many goals; some we reached and others we didn’t. I shared much of what we did in 2012, our first year, in “A Year of Work on the Homestead,” Part One and Part Two. Here is a list summarizing what was completed, some of which we had wonderful help with from family and friends:-Reroofed the big storage shed -Finished the first phase of the deck with a tarp roof -Erected the greenhouse skeleton -Built perimeter fences on north side -Got a cow (Buttercup), made butter & cheese -Drilled a well -Set up battery bank and 2000 watt inverter -Built fences to enclose animal runway and our living area -Prepared our garden area -Planted fruit trees -Built large roof over deck and camper -Completed second phase of deck -Installed solar panels -Planted beginning phases of edible landscape -Put in a few raised beds (rows) -Cleared fence row for center paddock fence -Bricked wall for fireplace on deck
As a family we spent time trying to learn more about how things were done in the “old days.” It’s amazing how ignorant of basics we have become. There is so much to learn that our forefathers took for granted as basic knowledge. Did the industrial revolution rob us of a basic education, putting us out of touch with reality?
Some things DIDN’T get done that we’d hoped would:-Complete greenhouse -Set up aquaponics system -Build root cellar -Plant grass and grains in cleared areas -Build paddock fences -Set up greywater and rainwater collection systems -Finish raised beds (rows)
Those things are now on the list to complete in 2013, along with the following:-Screen the deck -Install our windmill to pump water -Increase chicken flock -Build solar dehydrator -Build brick oven -Paint big shed (red & white) -Move fences behind house to enlarge yard -Build arbor -Fix bad spot in lane (with crushed shell) -Expand orchard (including coconut palms) -Put down crushed shell in parking area -Make window awnings -Take classes to learn blacksmithing (Silver Oak) and other skills
And if all goes well and God provides we’d also love to:-Start bee-keeping -Build a carport -Build a wind generator
Is that enough to make our heads spin, or what? It’s an exciting list which we can’t wait to get done, but we know it will only be accomplished with God’s help. If they are His ideas He will provide the way as long as we are faithful to do our part.
A new year makes us pause to look back from where we’ve come. We revisited a few places this year that we had not seen for four years. My, how our family has grown, in more ways than one!
As the new year begins we face some great challenges in our nation that we have never faced before. Will there be civil war or rioting over gun control? What changes will take place? What will they mean for our families? What will they mean for us as Believers?
The most important goal for the coming year is to draw nearer to Jesus, preparing ourselves and our children for what may be coming. We must prepare our children to stand alone for Truth. In this fast changing world Jesus is the only One who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He alone can be a true place of refuge no matter what we face.
Meanwhile we cry out that God will have mercy on us. “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” II Chron. 7:14
I pray this will be a year of God’s blessing on you, and on our land.