It is hard to believe that this week we actually started work on the new homestead! It has been our dream for years to have a place of our own to work on the land together, with Silver Oak working mostly at home with the family. Reaching that goal takes time and we may have hardships in the beginning, but we’re willing to face those if we know God’s hand is in it. We’re blessed with God’s merciful provision which has brought us this far.
Wednesday my dad joined us for a day of measuring, brainstorming, and staking areas for clearing. Silver Oak and I had drawn up a master plan of our goals for the next several years, but making it fit within property lines and around trees, gopher tortoise burrows, and other things can be a challenge. The plan is constantly being tweaked, which will probably be a regular part of development.
First the family gathered on a rise near the pond to dedicate the property to Jesus, recognizing that we are only stewards of what God has given, and desiring to use it for His purposes. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof…” Psalm 24:1a. It is already His, but we want to acknowledge His ownership and our need for His wisdom.
Proverbs 24:27 says, “Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.” In light of that, our first order of business was to stake out the location for the greenhouse which will house an aquaponics system (fish and plants), vegetable beds, and some fruit trees.
On Friday my dad and Silver Oak began dismantling the hoop barn at our old house which was formerly used for hay storage when Silver Oak was selling horse hay. This will be reassembled at the new place with a greenhouse cover.
On Saturday we rented a Bobcat and cleared the area where the greenhouse will be erected. It is no easy task uprooting stubborn palmettos. At first it seemed like we were getting nowhere, but as Silver Oak got the hang of it, things progressed more quickly.
It’s amazing to see the difference in the landscape when the brush and palmettos are cleared from an area. I can’t wait to see some grass and other plants growing, walkways and trellises put in, and other touches added that will make it “home.”