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One Year On the Off-Grid Homestead!

One Year On the Off Grid Homestead!

Our fall friend, Hillary, stands watch for us

Today marks one year since we moved out to our 20 acre homestead on our journey to a sustainable lifestyle. It’s hard to believe it’s gone so fast. Today we looked over all of our goals for the past year and set new ones for the coming year. Our goal was to be relatively sustainable by this fall. We have not accomplished all that we had hoped, but fall isn’t over yet.

We are so thankful to the Lord for all He provided and brought us through this year. He taught us a lot of lessons and we have seen His faithfulness many times. Last summer God graciously answered prayer by providing this property that met our precise requests. We made a very low offer with all the funds available, and the seller (bank) accepted. Amazing! That was enough confirmation that this was God’s place for us. In spite of moving ahead slowly when time and finances were tight this year, we have been so blessed to live debt free on our own homestead, and are living completely disconnected from the power grid.

Before moving we cleared enough palmettos for our living area and for a long 1/3-mile lane back to it. It was hot and rainy and miserable some days, but it finally got done. In the meantime we simplified our lives by selling and giving away many of our possessions we could do well without. We also set up a small shed that Silver Oak built during the summer with repurposed metal given to us by a customer. This was the first mini building to be placed. Close to it we placed a much larger shed that needed to be remodeled before it was usable, and a camper to live in until our tiny house was ready. Our dryer was installed (clothesline), the septic done, and a tank for storing water.

One Year On the Off Grid Homestead!

Endless clearing of stubborn palmettos

One Year On the Off Grid Homestead!

There was excavating for everyone!

One Year On the Off Grid Homestead!

And plenty of grunt work.

One Year On the Off Grid Homestead!

Clearing the long lane

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The first building in place...Silver Oak's little shed

One Year On the Off Grid Homestead!

The camper waits for us to move in

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Digging out palmettos to make way for the big shed

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The big old shed is added

On moving day we brought what we had to have, leaving the rest in town in temporary storage. The chicken coop and milking parlor combination that Silver Oak had built in the spring was taken apart and reassembled the same day to accommodate our animals who moved with us. With the help of friends and family we got it all done!
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The dismantled chicken coop and milking parlor is loaded and ready

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The mess waits to be organized

I’ll be back in the coming days to share more memories and photos of our move off-grid and our first year!

One Year On the Off Grid Homestead!Blessings,

One Year On the Off Grid Homestead!

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30 Responses to “One Year On the Off-Grid Homestead!”

  1. Lynda says:

    Been a little while since I popped in to see what’s happening on your homefront. Can’t believe it’s been a year either! Wonderful to see all the progress and to hear the wonderful ways the Lord has met your needs and provided so. Continued blessings as you begin this next year : )

  2. susan drew says:

    You are such a blessing! I check this often to read up on what you are doing.

  3. Ivylover says:

    Hey, Wow oh wow!! One year, what a reason to celebrate… we almost joined you for a late weekend. There’s a load to M but Dan’s week was too scheduled for us to be able to visit :( so we said maybe next time and please give us more notice. Just got Lincoln’s birth announcement please give them my congrats!! Would have loved to see them as well! so long

  4. JES says:

    What a wonderful journey. I enjoyed reading this!We are also trying to wean from all those excess items and sometimes purging is hard (but rewarding). We just rid ourselves of the toaster oven a few weeks back (even little items like this can be so liberating) and I love the extra space it afforded us as well! Have a wonderful week!

    • Rose Petal says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by. One thing I love about getting rid of extras is the dependency on the Lord that goes with it, and seeing Him provide just what we need so many times. It’s hard to let go, but, as you said, it is rewarding.

  5. Congrats on the first year. You’ve had so many adventures!

  6. Carol says:

    Wow! bravo to you and your family ~ you definitely work very hard ~ wishing you well ~ ( Creative Harbor) ^_^

  7. amazing – you inspire people to NOT collect so much Stuff!

    • Rose Petal says:

      Now I find myself collecting a whole different set of stuff…like repurposed building materials and other things that can save lots of money developing a homestead. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Anne Payne says:

    A year goes by so fast! By this time next year, maybe you’ll be totally off grid:)

    • Rose Petal says:

      As far as electrical power, we’ve never been connected to the grid here on this homestead. If you mean being totally independent of anything such as cell phones and computers, I’m not sure. But hopefully by next year we’ll be producing most of our food here ourselves. Thanks for the encouragement.

  9. Wow, Congratulations. I just found your blog on Rural Thursday. I am looking forward to reading more of your adventure. I am sure I can learn alot from your writing.

  10. Anne Kimball says:

    Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from Farmgirl Friday.

    This is fscinating! So much work, but so rewarding. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

    Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  11. Nancy says:

    You are an inspiration to us all, Petal. I’m happy to have gotten to know you. xo

  12. Amanda says:

    Just read your blog and we are going move on our own property come Feb. or March.I adore reading about people who are making a difference in their life by doing what you are doing.We decided because of the economy and our health.Please post updates.

    • Rose Petal says:

      I am so happy for you! I will definitely post updates and I hope you keep us posted on your progress as well. It is soooo encouraging to know of others doing something similar to what we are doing.

  13. That looks like a lot of hard work! I am glad it is paying off for you!

    Congratulations! You are one of the featured posts on Natural Living Mondays! I am excited to see what you have to share this week. http://www.naturallivingmamma.com/2012/10/28/natural-living-mondays-blog-hop-8/

  14. Debbie says:

    Congratulations Rose Petal and Silver Oak… on one amazing year!
    Your post was the most read on last weeks Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!
    Thank you for all you share each week and keep up the good work!
    Deb

  15. Unbelievable! The journey you have been on is inspiring and shows that it can truly be done! I just told my husband today you have to read their blog from the very beginning! So glad we met somehow :)