7 Most Important Things On Our Homestead

7 Most Important Things On Our Homestead

Welcome to our homestead. Although you visit our homestead virtually, we want you to feel welcomed and a part of the family.

We treasure our visitors and enjoy being led to share our knowledge, inspiration and offer you encouragement on your daily walk.  We enjoy getting to know you and for many of you, your willingness to share too!

So when you visit, no matter if you are listening to a podcast, reading a post or watching a video – our prayer is that your visit here will be memorable, peaceful and that you will walk away with knowledge and encouragement.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you, and make His face shine upon you.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Our Goal

Our goal here on our off-grid homestead is to walk a walk that causes others to ask where our hope, faith, and perseverance come from! (1 Peter 3:15)

Living With Intention

2018 became a year we began Living With Intention and in doing so we put our focus on what was the MOST important to us.

What Is Most Important To Us

The 7 most important things on our homestead are what help hold us together, strengthen our bond and enable us to walk the walk…

  1. Faith & Trust – Our home is lead by God and our focus is heavily on him for everything we do. We choose to walk in faith and be disciples for him. We are not perfect, but we strive to be the best that we can be.  We have found spending time in the Word daily and building on our Faith and Trust muscles create a stress-free and worry-free life!  I enjoy using Jesus Calling as a go-to devotional and I would be lost without my Inspire Journalling Bible.
  2. Head Of The House – The Mountain Man is the head of our house. He is our prayerful rock. I do submit to him as I am called to do, but as his helpmeet and willingly as his equal. We walk side by side and work together. This is a subject that causes heated discussions at times because of how it is taught, perceived and unfortunately because of misuse. I, as the woman, am supposed to submit to him (which means in many ways not just in the one that is usually the first to come to mind) and that does not mean abused or that somehow I am a lesser person. He as the head of the household is also supposed to treat me like the church. When these dynamics are put together properly and as they are supposed to be, an amazing relationship is formed and is able to grow! We need to nurture our men into good healthy leaders that walk with confidence, strength and a willingness to protect!  Our men are meant to be the leaders of our homes and our protectors.  We also, as a team (husband and wife), need to focus on the health of our marriages being supportive of one another and spending quality time with each other.  Communication is key!  Keeping those homestead fires burning is important!
  3. Family – Our strong family bond is important to us. We have experienced and walked through a lot of adversity and trials, but through those experiences, our bond has gotten so strong that together we are unstoppable and unbreakable!  It is important to build each other up and to help our youth to be strong, independent, faith-led individuals that know how to manage money, and have the skillsets to take care of themselves.  Our son is high functioning autistic with Asperger tendencies and he is no exception – our lifestyle has afforded him some great opportunities and we have taught him that the Sky Is The Limit.  Austin has overcome 98% of his autism and Asperger tendencies as a result of God’s grace, our persistence and devotion to seeking answers, natural remedies, and our lifestyle.
  4. Living Debt Free – As many of you know, the last three years have been extremely hard for us financially as a result of my life-saving surgery in 2016 and the healing protocol that I have been on since.  We have been fighting against filing bankruptcy all year and are prayerful that we will get out of this mess and be debt-free within the year without having to file.  Having goals and plans regarding your future and finances is important and so is doing your due diligence in keeping a working budget and being 100% devoted to not giving up.  We use EveryDollar and YNAB as our budgeting solutions and also LOVE following and learning from Dave Ramsey.  Prior to my surgery, we were heavily focusing on a debt-free life, but life through us some lemons and we now need to make some lemonade – in other words, we are NOT giving up, we are making the best of our situation and trusting God for an amazing outcome!  One of the reasons I feel that a lot of people fail at budgeting is because they have Tithing and Saving on their budget, BUT those two things, out of fear, continue to get pushed to the bottom of the budget.  Without tithing we are not honoring God the way we are supposed to – he should ALWAYS be paid FIRST and TRUST ME, he will provide!! Without saving, we don’t have anything to fall back on in emergencies and emergencies WILL happen.  So how do you get past this hang up you ask?  Great question – you start strengthening your FAITH and TRUST muscles and just DO IT!!
  5. Health & Our Food/Bounty – We choose to take good care of ourselves. Our body is a temple and we choose to treat it as such. We get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, exercise and are very conscious of not only what we put in our body, but also what we put on our body. Taking care of ourselves is an important aspect of being able to accomplish the things necessary on our homestead – when we are running like a well-oiled machine we are able to accomplish a lot!  We choose very carefully what we put in our bodies.  Today’s food is poison and it is important for us to do our due diligence and either seek out or grow the best possible food we can put in our bodies.  This goes hand in hand with our health.  Many of the sicknesses, illnesses, and diseases today are a result of our poor quality food.  I have learned first hand how drastically GMO’s can harm the body and result in illness as well as how sensitive our bodies become once we have removed all the garbage.  We grow, forage, hunt and harvest from the wild as much as we can and we purchase all non-GMO, organic raw ingredients for our from-scratch diet.
  6. Serving Others – We are all called to serve and love others.  When we take our focus off of ourselves and turn it toward others there is great growth and joy found in this!  It is also a matter of the heart when you take time to help and assist others.  We enjoy and feel led to be a light to others in whatever way we can!
  7. Enjoying The Journey – In society today, we could very easily be led to believe that it is meant to be all work and no play, but in order to be the best we can be – we need to take time away to enjoy life. To take this a step further, it wouldn’t even be that we need to step away to enjoy life – what really needs to happen is that we need to slow the pace and Live With Intention. Live life by our terms – not by societies terms. We don’t have to be running at the speed of light and keeping up with the Jones’s – we need to learn to focus on what is most important to us!  We must make our most important things in our life non-negotiables on our schedule and we need to guard and protect them. By doing so, you are more likely to enjoy the journey because you are focusing on the things that give you the most joy.

Once our attention is brought to the most important things in our lives and we start to focus on those things, life becomes much sweeter, richer, fuller, and SO rewarding!

So I ask you today, what are the things that are most important to you?

Going Through The Seasons

Going Through The Seasons

Have you ever considered all that is required Going Through The Seasons?  With each season we experience different aspects of mother nature and God’s beauty, but we also experience the unpredictable aspect of mother nature as well. The same is true of the seasons in our lives. So much beauty and blessings in our lives and with each season of life come the hills and valleys.

One of the beautiful things about seasons is they come and they go. They are not permanent and the challenges that they bring depart with them and they leave behind the sweet and sometimes not so sweet memories and lessons learned.

Each season educates us, builds and shapes us and creates warriors in each of us if we allow.

It is important to be prepared for both types of seasons. With each season of the year, we need to be prepared for what mother nature can dish out. Being prepared for these seasons requires thought, tools, labor, and energy.

Season Of The Year

Because we all live in different locations around the globe we all experience different aspects of Mother Nature.  First and foremost, it is important to recognize what threats you have from Mother Nature and be prepared for them.  Our biggest threat is wildfires.

What You Should Consider When Fire Is A Threat?

Our main necessities such as food, water, shelter and warmth come first and may require you to be proactive in having a good supply at all times.  Backup water, a full woodshed, a full food cache and pantry, seasonal clothing, and a roof over your head.

Being prepared for something as simple as a power outage is a great place to start in your preparedness efforts.  Sometimes it can be hard to get your spouse or family onboard when it comes to preparedness and a power outage could be a great place to start getting them onboard.  Having everything on hand that you need to be comfortable as well as some creature comforts such as a favorite candy bar, toiletries, a movie downloaded to a charged iPad, etc.  Once they see the benefits of thinking ahead they may be more apt to support you and join you in your efforts.

Depending on how you live and if you are homesteading with animals, each season may bring on new tasks to care for your animals.  Having all the necessary tools and the know-how is important.  We have chickens, homestead mouser cats, homestead dogs, had honey bees, meat rabbits, milk goats, and a horse.  Each had its own needs seasonally and they depend on us for their care and protection.

If you are gardening, container gardening or have a greenhouse there are things to consider in each season.  Your spring and fall planting, harvesting and preserving not to mention all the tasks in between such as planning your garden, purchasing your seeds, preparing your soil, etc.

In the vast location that we share with many predators, it is important to have homestead protection.  Each of us not only carry, but have on our person tools to assist us in our day to day chores, but also if we ended up in a pickle of sorts we are able to protect ourselves, light a fire, gain warmth, build a shelter and sustain ourselves.  We think of these things and we want you to do the same.

We keep all our homestead equipment maintenanced and ready for whatever season they are needed.  Lawn mowers, weedeaters, chainsaws and manual saws, all our manual traditional outdoor tools, etc.  Maintaining your equipment will help them to last and they will be on the ready and waiting for their next use.

Each season in our location means carrying different items in our vehicles in the event of a breakdown.  We live in a vast location so always having our vehicles well maintenanced and stocked with the appropriate seasonal items adds a great level of comfort and a lot less to think about every time we are out and about.  We know when we get in a vehicle that if something happens EVERYTHING we need is onboard.

Seasons Of Life

The seasons of our lives require us to be prepared in thought, tools, labor and energy as well only our arsenal of tools are going to look very different. For me my tools for the seasons of life are my Bible, Bible.com app on my phone, encouraging music, podcasts, inspiring books, movies, and people, strong faithful family and friends and a very deep relationship with God.

Through each season of life, other powerful tools are a deep faith and trust, perseverance and an extreme eye for gratitude. Regardless if we are walking through a valley or climbing a tall mountain, a close relationship with God and seeing daily all that we should be grateful for makes the season so much sweeter.  The biggest thing in our arsenal is knowing how to step away into the still quiet places to spend time with God.  This still quiet place is the best part of the journey – it allows us to grow closer to God, to hear him speak to us, to gain inspiration and direction and to regroup, be refilled with hope and to grow our faith muscles!

Dealing with the unexpected is stressful and can cause great anxiety which in turn can create poor health.  By learning how to be prepared for the seasons of life you will have better health and if you are already healing you will keep from interrupting your healing process by having protocols in place that work for you and your family and will make the process so much more enjoyable and healthy!

Our seasons of life do not need to be dreaded – you can enjoy the journey through the valleys if your perspective and arsenal are aligned!

It is important that we are prepared for both types of seasons.

What are some ways that you have gotten yourself prepared for both types of seasons?

Podcast #184:  Natural Remedies & Tips

Podcast #184: Natural Remedies & Tips

August 17th, 2018: In today’s show I share some personal struggles and how I used natural remedies to take care of myself.

Please understand that I am not a doctor and expect you to do your due diligence always in trying natural remedies.  I am just sharing my experiences and what has worked for me.

Urinary Tract Infection
Rub lemongrass essential oil on the abdomen and on the bottom of your feet.  I would recommend a carrier oil such as coconut oil because lemongrass is a powerful and strong oil.  I am also drinking milk thistle, lemongrass and nettle tea to assist the body with fluid and also to help remedy the situation.  I am also taking echinacea tincture in a glass of water.
Pink Eye
Rub lavender essential oil on the bridge of your nose and eyebrow area.  If you use Standard Process herbs you can also use Iplex.
Muscle Issues
Stretching your muscles daily is extremely important.  Our muscles are meant to be used and the more we stretch them the better they will work and the healthier we will be longer in our lives.  Additionally, it is important that your muscles are getting magnesium whether through your diet or supplements.  When my muscles were locking up and extremely tight I use Magnesium Oil spray directly on the area.    For those dealing with silicone or biotoxin poisoning, it is EXTREMELY important that you keep your muscles stretched and active or the toxins will continue to reak havoc on your system.
Allergy Issues
Nettle either in capsule, tincture or tea is very helpful with allergic reactions.  Lavender on bee bites as well as coconut oil will help with the sting and swelling.  Lemongrass, peppermint, and lavender on the chest will also help with allergic reactions.
Histamine Intolerance
Teas to help reduce histamine in the body.  I have been drinking Holy Basil tea as well as milk thistle and olive leaf.  You can also visit http://healinghistamine.com.  Yasimina is a WEALTH of information if you are experiencing a histamine intolerance and having Anaphylaxis troubles.
Using lemongrass, peppermint and lavender on the chest will also help reduce the experience.
Sleep Troubles
Hyland’s homeopathic calme forte – http://trayerwilderness.com/sleep

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Podcast #183: Learning To Rest On The Homestead

Podcast #183: Learning To Rest On The Homestead

August 10th, 2018: In today’s show I discuss the learning to rest and the importance of slowing your pace enough to rest and rejuvenate yourself daily.

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Podcast #182: Decluttering Enables Creativity

Podcast #182: Decluttering Enables Creativity

July 20th, 2018: In today’s Mountain Woman Radio Show I share with you the amazing creativity that is enabled from decluttering!  When you realize that decluttering enables creativity you will also find that there is such a freedom returned to your life, weights are removed and your headspace is cleared for not only creative thinking, rich inspiration, but also an enriched walk with Jesus.

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What Does It Really Mean To Live Off-Grid

What Does It Really Mean To Live Off-Grid

There is a lot of confusion as to what it really means to live Off The Grid. So many people I spoke to in the beginning of our journey would apologize to me when I said that I lived off-grid.

Honestly, that really surprised me and it took me a little to figure out how they were thinking. In their eyes, I was living a lesser life with NO power or modern conveniences. I believe many think that if you live off grid, you live in a shack, are dirty and unable to take regular baths and are deprived in some way, but they could not have been more wrong.

Living off the grid means that you are choosing to severe your connection and ties to the modern grid and either live with no power at all or power your home with either batteries, a generator or a form of alternative energy. It could also be a combination of the above.  It also means in ways seeking a freedom from today’s modern society and being able to create your own lifestyle of sorts.  It also means a much lesser dependency on society and government as a result of or that may actually be the initial intention, but either way I believe it slowly occurs regardless!

We aspire to eventually live a life with no power, but for right now we are utilizing a 48-volt solar system with 16 panels and 16 batteries along with a generator backup.

We embarked on this journey in 2010 and to date, we have NEVER been without power. The local power grid has been down so much over those years that we lost count and often times didn’t even know the rest of the world was without. One time we had a breaker blow on the system which kept us from pulling power from the sun, but our batteries were full and our generator kept us powered up while we waited three days for our new breakerS to arrive.

On our off-grid homestead, we make it a practice to have 3 backups of our most important necessities and that breaker has been added to our list.

Living an off-grid lifestyle is something I could never turn my back on. I passionately love living this life of freedom not to mention the health benefits of not having power lines even remotely near our home.

Our lifestyle creates a simplistic mindset that just keeps digging its roots deeper and deeper into our souls.

We really haven’t had to give up anything that was of any value to us and living in a conservative fashion helps keep us from feeling like the rest of the world that is trying desperately to keep up with the Joneses only to continue going deeper and deeper into debt and unhappiness.

Joy is found in the still quiet moments, in contentment and joy produces happiness. I have found my joy in this lifestyle and will never turn back.

For more on our lifestyle and an in-depth at off-grid living, check out my book How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle.