2018. A new year, a new schedule for us trusteaders, and lots to stay excited for as the days in this new year unfold.
First, our family. We moved in late August 2016, two wacko parents with ZERO homesteading real experience with eight kiddos afraid of animals and knowing nothing about country life and feverishly cleaned up, unpacked, and tried to get our homestead groove on.
Today? Well, today we found out we are expecting a Baby Farm Gal to keep our hefty, big boy Farm-Baby-soon-to-be-Toddler company as the other eight live the country life taking care of animals, the land, and learning time management as they increase in their educational endeavors. All different, all so similar, all so funny in their unique ways, all loved by me and the Farmer so much more than they know. We really have some great kids. God has been so good to us.
Now to the farm! The farm is still in operation, providing an endless amount of ways for us former city-folk to see our Almighty God. He has humbled us and stretched us, He has abundantly and uniquely blessed us, He has shown us how dependent we are on His grace and how ALL good things we have and ANY good thing in us is simply evidence of His work in us. To God alone be the glory.
We are down to ONE dairy cow who is providing us around 3/4 a gallon a day and who we hope is truly bred back.
We have a flock of chickens, not sure how many. Maybe FIFTY? We’ve gotten chickens in varied ways from buying them as layers to hatching our own to being gifted fertilized eggs and everything in between. We love us some farm fresh, soy-free eggs! Yum! Currently we are getting anywhere from 1 to 7 eggs a days. God is in control, amen?!
We have THREE adorable ducks. Love watching them waddle around with the chickens.
Somehow we ended up with TWO farm dogs, Rex, the hyper, super fast Anatolian Shepherd who stays on a long lead during the day to keep him from… er… eating our chickens. The other dog is Buddy, our big, furry, gentle yet guardian Great Pyrenees. And to think we were a dog-hating family!!!!
And the only meat we are raising currently would be our FOUR pigs. Our four piggies, one of which will be heading to the market next week, are a Meishan-Berkshire mix. They are truly pastured piggies and have been fed mostly chemical-free, non-certified organic, non-soy feed in addition to our kitchen scraps. People warned us how gross it would be having them BUT we have found the experience super pleasant and most worth the effort as the meat of our first heritage breed (Red Wattle) was outstanding! Pastured pork IS the way to go!
To wrap up our virtual, farm tour-like update, we have ONE barn cat, Rosy. Yes, Rosy had a litter of five little kittens late December but we are sad to say they all died. Very sad but real life. One was stepped on by June the Cow, a couple froze, and the other two just seemed neglected by mama Rosy.
And as I write this four kids are playing with Play Mobile in the playroom, one is with his sister in his playyard watching the kids in the playroom, two are on computers, and two are outside with Daddy trying to hunt and shoot a pheasant. Country life… is sure is a blessing from the Lord!