New Pioneer Magazine Debut

Well this is an exciting week for our family.  I have always had the desire to write and in 2012 I embraced that dream.

I took a 6 week writing course in March and mid-way through my teacher suggested that I query some magazines with my ideas.  We had been enjoying the New Pioneer Magazine because of their content.  They focus on pioneering, homesteading and self-reliance which is our lifestyle and right up our alley.

I submitted my queries to the New Pioneer Magazine and a week later I received an email from the editor.  I was sitting in the living room working when the email came through stating that they accepted my query.  The Mountain Man was outside and I was totally taken back by the email.  I ran downstairs and grabbed the door knob from the inside as he was grabbing the door knob from the outside.  We were both a bit caught off guard, but he was even more caught off guard when I burst into tears…  Excited tears they were, but the Mountain Man was so taken back he thought someone died.

It was an exciting day and was just the start of my writing excitement.  Over the course of 2012 I wrote seven different articles for the New Pioneer  Magazine and I am currently working on four more.

In Fall of 2012 we were contacted by the editor once again to let us know that they would like to send their photographer out to get cover pictures.  As if it wasn’t wild enough that my 1st query was accepted and I have been able to continue writing for them, but now with my 1st article going to be published they also wanted to feature us on the cover.

This is not the 1st time we have experienced God’s grace and timing.  God has played a big roll in our venture to Idaho from the beginning and to watch as the doors continue to swing open and everything aligns.  It is amazing to see his hand at work.

Nancy Tappan, the editor of the New Pioneer Magazine has been such a blessing too.   She is such a sweetheart and she is so much fun to work with.

So today I end my post in sharing our amazing news.  This week the New Pioneer Magazine has placed their 1st 2013 issue of their magazine on the shelves and my feature article is published in it as well as another article that I wrote and our family is on the cover.

New Pioneer Magazine 2013

Our venture continues and we are very thankful that ya’ll enjoy following us….

God bless!  T <3


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9 thoughts on “New Pioneer Magazine Debut

  1. Let me be one of the first to congratulate you on your Magazine cover.   I bought The New Pioneer and decided to check your blog out.  Nice, enjoyed reading your story of moving from PA to Idaho.  Will check back now and again, enjoy.

    Judy C.

    • Hi Judy, Thanks for stopping by. This is a very exciting time for us all. We are very honored to be a part of the New Pioneer Magazine. I am among very good writers and fantastic topics and what a tremendous privilege it has been to be on the cover. God orchestrated all of this – we are just enjoying our lives and living our dreams!! Blessings and thanks so so much for stopping by. T<3

  2. Your story is everything I dream for years. Live in the wilderness, follow a minimalistic approach and enjoy what God provides to us.

    Unfortunately being a city rat for so long (I grew up in a little village in Europe), I don’t have the grit and the training to work so hard (although I will love to).

    I hope you are an inspiration for those who can live this awesome life and.

    What you are doing for your child is phenomenal.  Love is such a simple thing but can do miracles.

    God bless you all…

    • Good Morning Steve,
      I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to get back to you. This is a busy time of year for me with my web design business and my writing. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind words. I encourage everyone to embrace your dreams. We are embracers and when we have thoughts and are given opportunities we don’t waste time on making things a reality. Our life is truly amazing and God clearly has his hand on us and is swinging new doors open for us ALL the time. We are very blessed and I am so thankful to be able to provide such a life for our son. He too is a blessings and God has worked many miracles in his life. Thanks again for stopping by and may your dreams come true! God bless!

  3. Your story, blog, websites are truly inspiring thank you so much for sharing your story. Do you guys have any YouTube videos or a YouTube channel?

  4. read your article in the new pioneer, and liked it a lot. Our family has a lot in common as we too have a autistic son who is a AWESOME little guy.
    We also just acquired 40 acres of forested land in the “heart” of cowboy country in western alberta, in the foothills of the rockies. Our closest neighbors are deer and the occasional grizzly, and we have a resident herd of elk in our back timber that pass thru in fall….just in time for hunting season. I have hunted the property for years and have finally been able to purchase it from a good friend:)
    My wife and I have always dreamed of living in the woods and raising our children in a self-sustaining manner…as to have our children become accustomed to that way of life in an ever- increasingly dependant world. We are planning a small self-sufficient farm, and also going off grid.
    I grew up in a rural setting raising horses and cattle…and loved my childhood, and have always dreamed of giving the same upbringing to my children.
    The story of your son gives me great inspiration for the future of my little guy, and makes me very excited to move forward…..
    Thanks for your inspiring article…and all the best to you and yours in the future and God Bless..

    • Beautiful Krystyna!! You too are an inspiration and it does my heart good to see you moving forward and having the opportunity to reach more people with your knowledge and inspiration as well!! Love you dear friend and that my dear is what friend’s are for!! Congrats to you and yours!! <3 Tam