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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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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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Selling, Selling, Selling

Things are a complete wreck as we sort, pack, and sell our belongings. In preparation for moving to South America we are selling our homestead and most of our earthly possessions. Lord willing, the closing will be July 30, and we still have a lot to get rid of. The buyer wants mostly just the [...]

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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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Homestead Kitchen Items I can’t Live Without

A friend of mine is moving to another country to homestead for the first time. She asked what kitchen utensils I would consider absolutely necessary to homestead successfully. So I came up with a list of things I would rather not be without. A homestead mindset learns to adapt to what is available, but with [...]

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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 II

Early impressions shaping our worldview (see last post) opened the door for us to consider decisions affecting our lifestyle choices and dreams, leading us to eventually live off the grid. Here is one decision that did that. Living Debt-free One “radical” decision monumentally affecting our lives was not to live with debt. One Biblical perspective [...]

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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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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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Merry Christmas!

“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast…”  Rev. 3:11 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.”  Job 19:25 We hope you had a joyful Christmas.  We pray for wisdom and discernment for the Body of Christ as we face things that are coming. [...]

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Our Home Dairy Cow and Goats

Chore time This week we are being interviewed by Liz of Eight Acres Blog about keeping a family cow and dairy goats.  Liz and her husband live in Queensland, Australia with similar interests in sustainable living.  I’m thankful to Liz for this opportunity and invite you to join me on her blog to discuss Getting Started with the [...]

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Growing Salad on Trees and Shrubs

We’re just coming through the very hot, muggy, and buggy season here in FL, when tomatoes, lettuce, and many other cooler loving salad veggies struggle and die.  Since our family’s daily diet consists of at least 50% raw fruits and veggies, and we are working to grow all our own, we’ve wondered how to manage [...]

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How to Get More Done on the Homestead

My rubber boots have rested for a spell…and so have I. I have not fallen off the face of the earth, but there have been so many irons in the fire here on the homestead that I’m afraid blogging has been sadly neglected. All is well. In fact, I wrote this to the sound of [...]

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Homestead Scenes ~ 13

After over 10 months of absence, I am happy to say that Homestead Scenes (by Evenstar) is back again! So here is # 13:   ~Summer Joys~ This beautiful rose was captured on our visit to Bok Tower gardens. We now have rose bushes planted that should bloom like this soon!   A harmless little black racer snake [...]

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The Incredible Edible Vine

This post was delayed by a quick trip north for the funeral of Silver Oak’s aunt. She was truly a special lady who left a legacy of selflessness and generosity which I could use a bit more of. She is blissfully at rest with Jesus whom she loved, and her dear hubby who preceded her. [...]

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Our Windmill – A Sustainable Pump

We dug our well last year with the goal of using a windmill pump. Our idea of living sustainably means we aren’t dependent on the availability of fossil fuels or grid power to exist. Since installing solar panels, we normally run our generator only about 30 minutes daily to fill our water tanks. Our inexpensive [...]

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Growing Tropical Trees in a Not-So-Tropical Zone

Our central Florida homestead is far enough inland from the warmer coast that we get lots of cold weather (for Florida). We’ve had plenty of freezing temps and frost this winter, dipping into the mid 20’s F (-7 °C), and local nurseries tell us it is too cold for most tropical plants to survive or yield [...]

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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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