Time got away from me and I didn’t get this post up as usual, but it was a profitable week in preparing to become more self-reliant. We are still living in town in our temporary rental, but last week we closed on our 20 acres out in the boonies and we hope to be living back out in the country by the end of September! What a blessing to see the provision of our Heavenly Father and have our names on the title to our own slice of Earth, debt-free!
Since there is no house on the property, we must make a temporary living arrangement until we are able to build a cottage. It’s expensive to get electrical power all the way back where we want the house, and we’ve had a desire to learn to live off the electrical grid anyway, so it looks like we will learn it sooner rather than later.
There is nothing like getting kicked out of the nest to force you into doing what you really want to be doing anyway. The discomfort of the new and unfamiliar can keep one strapped to the mundane familiar forever. When we had to leave our former home out in the country we felt like life might be ending. Since then we’ve realized we needed that push to get us going. And the owner’s daughter needed that house, so it’s a win for everyone.
I promise I will write more soon about how we came to be the owners of this 20 acres. Right now there are a lot of unknowns staring us in the face as we contemplate our next moves.
I’ve been looking for bargains on tools to function without electricity. I found some treasures yesterday morning (Saturday) at thrift stores. First, a four-quart granite pot ($3) to use with the solar cooker we are making. Then a beautiful cast iron griddle ($5) to replace my electric skillet. The winner was an old pottery crock ($20) for pickling. Even in these little things, I felt God confirming the direction we are moving.
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