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Why We Live Off Grid in a Tiny House, Pt VI

This series explains our family’s choices in lifestyle, including early impressions shaping our world view, a commitment to live debt-free, building family values, simple living and sustainable life skills, living close to the land, and family ministry. Last, but not least, we share our desires to prepare for the future and provide a safer place [...]

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Why We Live Off Grid in a Tiny House, Pt V

This fifth in a series explains a few more reasons why our lifestyle has been a dream in the making…a dream all eight of us embrace and love. Sometimes we tire of it, like when it is mercilessly hot and muggy and we’re dressing up to go somewhere “civilized,” or there is not enough room [...]

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Why We Live Off Grid in a Tiny House, Pt III

With the decay of the family unit, we have looked for ways to safeguard family relationships. That is partly what led us to work together as a family to build our off-grid homestead. The first parts of this theme speak of our worldview and the decision to live debt-free. Now we will look at how [...]

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Why We Live Off Grid in a Tiny House, Pt I

Our alternative lifestyle has intrigued many curious folks, encouraged and inspired some, and evoked remarks of disapproval from others. Some of you value the same things we do and tell us we are so privileged and blessed, sharing words of encouragement and visiting when possible. You express envy, hoping to one day do the same. [...]

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Absolute Preparedness

We’ve had a preparedness mindset for a number of years now, working toward becoming sustainable and relearning basic life skills lost to our generation.  We educate our children to prepare them for life…a life that will likely be different than the way we grew up.  But no matter how long or hard we prepare, the [...]

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Happy Resurrection Day!

On Easter we commemorate the most world-changing event in human history. Because Jesus rose from the dead, death is conquered for all who receive His free gift of forgiveness, cleansing, and eternal life. Without that Hope we have in the work Jesus completed, life would never hold the same meaning. How blessed we are beyond imagination [...]

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Learning From the Past for the Future

February was full of family gatherings, field trips, and travel. We ventured to various historical places in Florida and spent time in Ohio with Silver Oak’s family. We learned many history lessons, topped off by listening to G.A. Henty’s With Lee in Virginia as we drove through that very state. Meanwhile, back on our little homestead our new [...]

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A New Year on the Off-Grid Homestead

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 [...]

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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 Baptism on the Off-Grid Homestead

Last week Silver Oak built a permanent fence in front of our house to make a protected area for gardens and landscaping (safe from marauding goats!). It stretches from the big shed bordering the animals’ runway, to the fence on the northern border of our property about 150 feet away. It is mostly done, just [...]

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Done With Homesteading!

I’m done.  I’ve had it.  This is not working, and I quit!  If something doesn’t give I’m going to blow up or lose my mind or do something crazy!  Just let me live a normal life again (what’s normal???). Last week I was really tempted to voice some of those thoughts…and actually I did voice [...]

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The Barn Raising

We didn’t know what to expect Saturday because everyone is busy.  Our local preparedness group was meeting here that evening for a tour of our off-grid homestead.  Anyone could come early for a barn raising:  assembling the hoop barn to be our greenhouse.  The foundation had to be placed and rafters reassembled before being put up.  We thought we’d be [...]

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Adjusting on Our New Homestead

“Praise the Lord, Hallelu, I don’t care what the devil’s gonna do.  The Word and faith is my Sword and Shield; Jesus is Lord of the way I feel!”  (D. Francisco) Sometimes rejoicing is easy, but that’s not a true test of real joy.  The most important time to rejoice is when things go “wrong.” This week [...]

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Enjoying God’s Blessings in Lean Times

We’re all being affected by a struggling economy right now.  Sometimes NOT having everything we need (like cash) opens doors for God’s special blessings.  When it comes to planning a new homestead, the list of things needed to get started can be overwhelming.  We were recently blessed by God’s provision in unexpected ways. We needed [...]

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Preparing By Selling STUFF!

We are ridding ourselves of even more STUFF that we really don’t need:  preparing for a little change in lifestyle. When we moved here to this temporary place in town, we sold everything we thought we could easily live without.  Now we are realizing just how much we still have that we don’t need.  It’s [...]

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Helping our Children Prepare for Crises

Did you know that death by drowning is a big killer of children?  I recently heard that one of the most important ways to protect our children and prepare them for a crisis it to make sure they know how to swim.  This week we did swimming lessons for our younger children. With the exception [...]

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Survival: Overcoming Disabilities

She beat the odds!  With one “useless” leg, our daughter has learned to ride bike!  We are so proud of her.  We first learned to know our 9 year-old at age 3 ½ in Kazakhstan back in 2005.   Kaz is a difficult and expensive country to adopt from, but God’s hand was in it, and one month [...]

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Surviving Peer Pressure

Have you ever thought how strange it is that people in our society seem to relate mostly to their own age or peer group?  Isn’t that odd? Of course you DON’T think it’s strange or odd, because that is how most of us grew up, as did our parents, grandparents, and possibly even great-grandparents, depending [...]

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What Does the Future Hold?

I have not written for a few days because our family is going through some decision-making right now that is taking a bit of concentration.  We recently learned we must move from this wonderful place out in the middle of nowhere.  The quiet and peaceful natural setting we have enjoyed here is something we will [...]

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Playing Survival

Guess what was the children’s game of choice this evening for our weekly family night?  Playing SURVIVAL!  In the living room we set up the toy tent and pretended to live in the woods.  The men got up in the morning to go hunting and the ladies cooked a good stew over the fire…  Why [...]

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