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Thriving With Less

When our family of eight moved to our off-grid homestead in central Florida in 2011 we sold lots of our things, scaling down and living more simply in a tiny house. Although we were attached to some of those things, it was mostly a relief to have less stuff. We enjoyed focusing energy on other [...]

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Tropics and Mountains

We arrived at this little tropical town in the Amazon Basin jungle on October 20, exactly four years to the day after moving onto our Florida off-grid homestead in 2011. Little did we know then the Lord would be moving us so soon. Living off the grid in a tiny house, growing sugarcane and perennial [...]

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Our Arrival in the Southern Hemisphere

We have now been in South America for nearly two months! And you have been wondering if I forgot about the blog! Tearing apart a homestead, selling everything, and moving our family to another continent has been a momentous undertaking, not easily done without the help of God, family and friends. We did indeed sell [...]

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A Week at ECHO

Finding solutions for sustainable living to benefit people around the world to bring glory to Christ; that is what ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) is all about. Our whole family was privileged to spend a week of independent study at their global farm and training center in Fort Myers a few weeks ago, as [...]

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Off Grid Homestead For Sale!

After months of silence on the blog, I’m back to share about some big changes coming soon!  You’ve been wondering what’s happening; thank you for your concern and for “missing” our posts.  Now for the big news! Lord willing, we are moving to South America! We are partnering with a faith-based organization to start a small sustainable [...]

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Old Fashioned Sugarcane Harvest

It started as a thought several years ago, as we visited various historical museums in Florida and occasionally tasted the sweet syrup of sugarcane.  If it grows easily in Florida, and can be processed with fairly simple techniques, could we grow it on our little off grid homestead and make our own cane syrup?  Producing this [...]

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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 IV

Our faith in Jesus Christ and His Word is foundational to all we do.  It has resulted in our choice of this lifestyle, influenced by early impressions shaping our world view, our decision to live debt-free, and protecting family values. Another draw for us is appreciating and desiring to learn long-lost basic skills our ancestors grew up taking [...]

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How Does Our Homestead Grow? Part II

It’s been so good being back again (I know, it’s been over a week since I said I would post again “next week”). This homesteading thing works better with community.  My last post summarized the maturing of our edible landscaping and gardens. Now I’ll share other aspects of life on our homestead. Many of our mature hens [...]

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How Does Our Homestead Grow?

I’ve been “gone” a long time, and when the children kept asking about another post, I knew it was time to get back at it. I’ve been getting in hot water with some of the rest of you too!    This unplanned “silence” happened as we spent time digging into sustainable agriculture and a few [...]

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Full Circle Farm

We love interacting with other folks who think and live “outside the box.”  Although the blog has been rather quiet and this post is way overdue, I want to share last year’s mini-vacation visit to Full Circle Farm in Northern Florida, operated by another family with similar values and mindset.  Dennis and Alicia Stoltzfoos and their five [...]

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