Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Day at the Beach

Summer is ending too soon and as each year passes it goes faster and faster. I'm learning to stop talking about ideas and to do them. That is why we spent the day at the beach. Only a few short hours from our house and we were there transported to another place of relaxation and family fun.












Since we drove up for the day and packed a picnic lunch it was a pretty frugal trip.

In this place every age has a great time. This is the first time we had been to this beach and wondered why we never came before. So close and so fun. Here are a few pictures, I hope you decide to make your ideas a reality before summer comes to an end and we are inside for the winter. Let me know how you spent the summer.




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stocking up

My freezers are overflowing and it's only the first of the season for preserving food. The meat birds took up all of the small chest freezer in the garage and the small basement freezer is full of meat, newly made chicken broth and berries. I would love to have an upright freezer to store more meat, such as a half of beef or pork. But right now I'm out of room.
We are blessed to have an abundance waiting for us this winter.




Some Amish friends of ours called and had 2- 5 gallon buckets of green beans ready so we purchased them to supplement our harvest. I will snap and clean them today while our new kitchen flooring is laid and then tonight my mother in law and I will can them. 10 gallons will yield 14 quarts of green beans.



Once you have eaten fresh canned green beans it so hard to eat store bought green beans. The flavor and texture just doesn't compare.

Busy season has started on our homestead and school will be in session in a mere 3 weeks. There is much to do from now on. So I will try to keep plugging away little by little, more and more. The new kitchen reveal is almost here. I can't wait to show you how it turned out.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Homesteading

The raised beds are doing great. We love them and plan on making more this winter. Although the neighbor's dog dug into one and messed up the green beans that were planted, I think they look great. We have green beans and small pickles in them. Weeding is so easy.






The other exciting adventure we tried this year was buying meat birds and having our own chicken . Some of the birds grew to eight pounds and there is a whole lot of good healthy chicken for us to consume this winter. We wanted to have 50 birds but ended up with 41. We lost a few. We have no place as yet to raise birds (and we are not sure we want to at this point) but my cousin lives just down the road and they raised them and we paid for the feed.

The kids had a ball helping Tim catch them. Owen and Hope were all in on this one.






 
What new adventures have you tried on your homestead this summer ?








Sunday, June 29, 2014

2014 Goals

Our Goals for July, August and September:

Home: finish Kitchen project and reveal the final outcome. The reason we are remodeling the kitchen is 1: it needed it and 2: getting ready to have everything as it should be when we retire or slow down our working schedule. Pay down our mortgage as much as possible.

Self: reduce my working hours outside my home so I can be more present to my family and organize our home life.

Family: Take the family on an outing to Lake Michigan for the day to just play and be together before Hope leaves for college and the other children get back to school.

The goals for the last three months went pretty well.

Home: We have almost completed the kitchen renovations, we have started the garden and it's growing.  We will definitely be building more raised beds as the weeds are barely in those beds. And the back patio is beginning to come along although we need to landscape in time.

Self: I successfully completed my Yeast free diet and feel so much better. I have more energy and I'm not as tired.

Family: All the parties were a success. Happy times for us all. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Our Loss

If you have been following Our  Journey at all you will know that my husband and I have been taking care of my parents for about a year and 2 months. This past May in the heart of all our celebrating, my mom past away.

She was having trouble with her breathing and had been put on Oxygen. She came to the point where she was praying to God to take her home. Her mind was good but her body had no more to give.

She died peacefully at home with me holding her hand. What a blessing for me to experience something so peaceful and beautiful happening in my presence. I miss her but I am happy for her that her journey is done here and she is now with God.




Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 GOALS

GOALS FOR 2014:  APRIL, MAY, JUNE

HOME; start the garden, finish the kitchen project, finish landscaping the yard and back patio.
basically waiting on contractors to complete our stuff.

SELF: successfully complete the Yeast Free Diet (8weeks), and keep going to Doctor and Nutritionist.

Family: Celebrate Ethan's First Communion May 4th,
              Celebrate Blake's 21st birthday May 7th,
              Celebrate Owen's Kindergarten Graduation May 28th,
              Celebrate Hope's High School Graduation June 1st.


As you can see all the parties will be keeping me very busy, so I have been very slow with the blogging lately. I really like setting the 3 month goal plan. It has helped so much in keeping us focused. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be blogging again regularly soon.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Goals 2014 update

My original post for my goals can be found here. As you may remember we are trying to set goals for three months and seeing if we can accomplish them easier.

Personal: taking my medicine is always such a chore for me. So I keep trying and will finally be able to get into the integrative medicine group this Tuesday so I 'm beyond excited for that. Hopefully this up and down hormone swing will be better controlled.
Crocheting: haven't met with the group in awhile with all the snow storms but I'm planning on crocheting on our 18 hour drive on vacation.

Home: We have gotten estimates on our pantry for our kitchen and found a great cabinet maker to build it for us. What started out as a pantry has turned into new kitchen flooring and other updates as well. I'll keep you posted.

Family: The upcoming vacation is planned and paid for. Can't wait for some much needed down time sunshine and warmth.

How are your goals coming along this year? I would love to hear from you.

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