Have you ever taken something on so far beyond yourself it would be a miracle to see it come to pass? Welcome to my life.
Fourteen months ago Hubby and I began leaning into our shared dream of homesteading by pulling an old camper to the end of the road to an abandoned homestead on our family farm. Five months later, after much research on tiny homes and various small alternatives, we bought a fifth wheel trailer and moved to the farm full time.
No one but cows have lived in this place in over 60 years. The house is gone. The outbuildings falling down. Roofs rotted away. There was power, but not enough. There was a well, but it was leaking and full of dead mice. And there was 2 miles of very rough private road. Yet we both felt called to believe that would be enough.
We have worked ourselves silly but it’s coming along. And it has taken a village.
You see, we’re not rich. Far from it. But we have family, friends, and a free pallet pile. Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Facebook, and Craigslist. And a willingness to make do, repurpose, and fix old things to meet new needs.
Step by step, nail by nail, shovel by shovel, ditch by ditch, post by post, project by project, each need has been met as we go.
Like our newly completed garden, fenced with locust trees also planted by my ancestors, we have done what we can with what we have. We have poured all into the ground of this place. What springs from it is up to God.
Oh, the joy of watching new life blossom here. Be it in the smiles of our granddaughter and visitors, the happy chuckle of chickens, the surprise lamb who dances on the picnic table, or the llama who sleeps at our door. It’s all an incredible, beautiful, exhausting, delightful, Miracle.
For which I am grateful every day. Well, except when my hands hurt so bad from trimming, planting, and weed eating that I can’t hold my much needed cup of coffee any more : )
Thank you for strolling down this crazy, dirty, hard, wild, and wonderful road with us, stumbling along the Journey to Joy!
QUESTION: What journey are you on that is so far beyond you that it can only be done with God’s help?
Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. ~ Jeremiah 32:17