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Starting a New Homestead

Starting a New Homestead

The chicken coop/milking barn/shelter that Silver Oak built when we moved which can be taken apart and reassembled when we move again next month.

As you know we had to move off our old place in the boonies a few months ago because the owner’s daughter wanted it.  That was sad for us after living there and growing a homestead for seven years.

We sold some animals, keeping one milk goat, a few young goats, chickens, our old Arabian mare, and our two dogs and cats.  We’re temporarily living in a fully furnished rental on one acre near town with our belongings in the garage and a tiny pen for the animals.

After months of searching for property, we took time out to ask the Lord what HE wanted us to have (a little slow?).  It was crazy, but it felt like He wanted us to ask for this little list of (big) things:

1)  20 acres (that seemed like a really far-out request!) with little or no wetlands

2)  Remote location (but able to get internet and cell phone service)

3)  Woods AND open areas

4)  Pond or creek

5)  At least partially fenced

It was a given that we would only pay cash, and so far the cash available was far less than prices of any properties we had seen.  We didn’t know how God would answer this one.

By “accident” we found a foreclosed property not even listed in MLS and priced way below average.  It was actually 20 acres, but we knew there must be something very wrong because of the low price.  We didn’t even check into it for several weeks (duh!).  When we did finally learn it was high and dry, quite remote (at the end of a two-mile dirt lane), had lots of woods and some open areas, had a pond, and was partially fenced, we couldn’t believe it (what faith)!

When we looked at it, it felt like “home.”

The low price was still way above what we had available (early inheritance money).  So we made an even lower offer.  After a few weeks the bank (owner) made a counter offer which was too high for us, so we in turn made our last and highest possible offer.  A week or so later the bank actually accepted!  Amazing!  We were reminded that nothing is too hard for God.

Starting a New Homestead

A gopher tortoise at the opening to it's burrow

We had several weeks to close and more hurdles to cross.  The land is considered Florida Scrub Habitat which means various endangered species could reside there, halting future building efforts.  We hired an environmental consultant to do an analysis.  There are gopher tortoises living there, but the final report said if we give their burrows a 25 foot clearance we will be fine.

We had been informed that endangered blue-tailed skinks had been seen on the property, which would have put an end to any building hopes.  The environmental consultant said the skinks present are different but also have blue tails.  That was a huge answer to prayer.

The next door neighbors have had a difficult time with us purchasing the property because they’ve long dreamed of owning it.  Just before we closed a few weeks ago they finally got approval for a loan to purchase it.  They feel like they just missed their chance.  We are praying God will show us and them His will in the matter.  They’ve offered to buy it for considerably more than we paid.  We agreed that if something else becomes available by mid-September which fits our needs, we are open to it.  So far nothing has shown up.

Sooooo, unless God brings something at the last minute we are planning to go ahead and break ground on this property very soon.  We do not have funds to build yet, but hope to start planting fruit trees, put up our hoop barn and turn it into a greenhouse, set up an aquaponics system, and make a storm shelter which we can “camp” in for now.  We can’t wait to get started!

Thank you for reading this long discourse.  I will soon share more about how we are starting over with 20 acres and almost nothing else.  If you have any words of wisdom for us, we would love to have your comments.

Starting a New Homestead

PS.  (Added later) You may also be interested in the following posts of preparing to move to our new homestead:  Ground Breaking on the New Homestead, Preparing to Live Without the Power Grid, Laboring to Build Our Homestead, A Homestead From Scratch, Preparing to Live on the New Homestead, Preparing to Live on the Homestead – Part Two, Moving to Our New Homestead

Linked with Homestead Revival,  A Blossoming Homestead, New Life on a Homestead, and The Prairie Homestead.

Starting a New Homestead

Starting a New Homestead

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12 Responses to “Starting a New Homestead”

  1. Wow, isn’t it amazing how God answered to a T what you were looking for. Sometimes I think we are afraid to ask. We are only on about 3 acres and are slowly taking control of it. We have big dreams and 6 kids. I have my eye on the farmers field behind us. Using Google earth I figured that if we followed our property line to the road behind us that sliver of land would give us a total of 20 acres. You never know one day he might be willing to sever a piece of land. :D I look forward to hearing how things progress.

    • Rose Petal says:

      We’ve been challenged by George Mueller’s faith…seek out God’s will and ask for that, because He will answer what is according to His will. About 10 years ago we had the nerve to ask God for the 1+ acre pasture beside the house we were renting. It wasn’t even for sale, but amazingly God provided (again partly through early inheritance gifts) and we were able to purchase it and use it for our goats and chickens. A few years later at the peak of the real estate bubble here in FL we sold it just in time to pay for our first international adoption, and there was enough left over to pay for three more adoptions over the next few years. Now we have 6 children also, after having only one child for 10 years and really desiring more.

      That would be awesome if you could buy that land behind you! If the Lord has placed that desire in your heart, don’t wait to ask. You never know what He may work out!

  2. Sue says:

    I am exhausted just thinking about the effort this will take, but so happy for you, and glad that you are already seeing the hand of the Lord in this.

    • Rose Petal says:

      Yeah, Sue, effort…wish I could curl up and go to sleep and wake up when it’s all done. (Done? Is a homestead ever done?) At the same time I don’t want to miss out on the joys of the process, and all the memories our family will make together. We’ll need lots of prayer and help from the Lord! Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Emily says:

    Blessed be God! What a wonderful testimony and how exciting. May you and your family continue to walk in faith and be strengthened in HIM.
    ?Emily

    • Rose Petal says:

      Thanks, Emily, for your encouragement. We don’t deserve for God to answer like that. He is a God of mercy and loves to show Himself strong to bring glory to His name!

  4. Tami Lewis says:

    wow! i don’t know what to say- you must have a million emotions running thru you.
    stay in prayer.

  5. Country Girl says:

    How very exciting! Amazing what God can do. ;) (well not really, but you know what I mean!)

  6. Donna says:

    Congrats! That’s wonderful and it’s amazing how things fall into place when they are meant to be, no matter how out of reach they seem to be. I’m just thriled for you!