Thursday, August 21, 2014

How God Provides

Isn't it great how God provides for all of our needs.  Some days we just don't realize it because the day is busy and we have what we need at our finger tips.  Other days it's easier to observe the things he gives us especially when it doesn't require a trip to the grocery story and money.  Today I thought about this when I went out into my barn, grabbed 10 freshly laid eggs, stepped through the gate of my garden and pulled a handful of beautiful carrots, pushed aside huge leaves to find hiding among them 2 good sized zucchinis, and grabbed a handful of cucumbers out of the garden basket that my daughter had just filled with fresh picked cucumbers.  I was washing everything at the counter, preparing to get supper started, when I just looked in awe at the provisions we had just picked for one meal, well minus the eggs.

When we started our journey toward homesteading we just didn't realize how we are very capable of taking what God blesses us with and making it into a lifestyle that is more reliant on him and what he gives us the ability to do for ourselves.

Whatever we find to do, do it with all our might.  Might given by the loving Creator of all things!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer, Gardens and Bees

As we nearly round up our summer days the gardens are beginning to overflow with good things.  It has been an amazing summer.  I really believe I have to give the bees all the credit for our bursting garden.  Of course God is the provider of all these great things, first and foremost.

We have seen quite a difference in the flowers and vegetable gardens compared to previous years.  The bees have been all over the gardens all spring and summer.  We've had a bumper crop of cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, beets, carrots and onions.  Our winter squash, pumpkins, corn and beans are doing very well.  They are growing large and are plentiful.
The pumpkins still have time to grow and turn orange.  This one escaped the garden and grew through the fence.

Hubbard squash

After checking the bee hives we can see that the bees are doing well.  I don't think we will be enjoying any honey this year.  The added supers did not have any drawn comb yet, which means that they have not prepared honey outside of the brood supers.  The bees need that honey to keep them fed through the winter.

Even the chickens have been enjoying the scraps and leftovers from our canning and over ripe vegetables.  I'm loving how the sunflowers are just bursting too.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The New Studio

I'm so excited because my daughter has finished the new studio in our cellar.  This is where we will sew and work on our business ventures.  Here is a post on my daughter's blog that I will share so you can see what's new Here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Make Over

We are going through a make over here at Our Little Homestead.  Our shop has been down, unfortunately, longer than we anticipated.  We have some products that we will be updating, I hope, by July.  Perhaps we will be having a Christmas in July special!  At our home we are working on our shop space.  We have had a cellar area that has needed overhauling for some time now.  The children have grown and it's time to move out the old unplayed with toys and books and collections.
My daughter has taken on the BIG job of the cleaning and purging.  It is going really well and pretty quickly too.  When it is all finished we'll have a beautiful work space to spread our shop out into.  With all that said, it will be much easier for us to manage our shop too.  We'll carry new soaps, aprons, candles, knit dish clothes,  hand quilted items and more.  We can't wait to show you what we've been up to!