Friday, March 31, 2023

One principle that has help guide our lives!

 One of our life motto's has been "anticipate the best but plan for the worst"!  This principle has guided many of the decisions we have faced throughout life.  I want to live in the positive, living as an optimist.  Looking for the good around us.  It is a healthy way of living and makes you a much more pleasant person to be around.  Looking for the best is found in our faith in God.  It is His goodness and sovereignty that settles our hearts and minds in the midst of life.  It has to start there....with a settled soul!  This place of settledness would be called the peace of God!  Because of the goodness of God we live with hope.  Hope is an anchor for the soul.  It gives us the ability to be optimistic in the midst of difficult times.  The other half of this quote is the planning part.  It is "wisdom applied".  Wisdom tells us to plan, plan wisely!  Be prepared as much as possible in your planning, then trust God for a better outcome.  

A few practical applications of this principle:

1. Plan and plant the best seed you can, nurture and water the plants anticipating a great harvest, but keep some seed back just in case of a crop failure.

2. When taking a road trip, look forward to the great time you will be having as a family.  Enjoy all the sites and sounds of nature, make the best memories possible, but keep a $100 bill in your wallet, gas 1/2 full in your automobile fuel tank, an atlas in the vehicle.  Be sure the spare tire and tools are in the trunk!

I hope that this principle will be a blessing in your lives also..... as we remember to keep "oil in the lamp"!

Monday, March 20, 2023


 We are so excited to announce that we are getting ready to release our first book!  We are finishing up the editing process and getting ready for the next step.  Please stay tuned, the book is filled with multiple personal stories and experience!  Lessons learned from nearly 30 years of homesteading and preparing our family for the unstable times we live in.  You can be as ready as possible also, PREPARE now!

Saturday, March 18, 2023

PREPARE! That is the word on my mind recently.

The state of living prepared is intentionality!  Intentional is doing what is needed to be done in the present to be ready for the future.  The intentional farmer plans and prepares for a harvest long before the harvest season.  He or she, starts months in advance!  They are intentional!  A very wise person once said, "Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor."  Prov. 28:19

Some ways to be intentional that you may be prepared:

1. Start your seedlings early so they are ready to plant when the soil is ready in the spring.
2. Have some extra fuel stored on the homestead 
3. Split next year's firewood this year or two years in advance
4. Keep some cash on hand
5. Start your chicks early as possible in the late winter/early spring.  Remember it takes 18-20 weeks to have eggs from those mature chicks.
6. Build relationships with your neighbors.  You might need them sometime!
7. Prepare your heart & mind for possible difficult days!  Find Peace with God and learn to trust HIM!
8. Learn a new skill or trade that would have value if you needed to draw from it.
9. Exercise thrift!
10. Minimize dependence on the national infrastructure! 

Ben Franklin once said, "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail"!

Let's not be found without oil in our lamps!

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Time tested method of preserving pork! Video

 I put a new video over on YouTube showing an excellent way of storing your pork without refrigeration.  You can find it here at this link:  

(6) Century's old method of preserving meat. - Salt Pork! - YouTube

Friday, February 10, 2023

What an experience!

 I wouldn't call us movie stars but.....we did get an opportunity to be involved in a film project.  We learnt so much!  The film crew, cast and production people were great to work with.  We met people from all over the United States, each bringing their expertise to complete the project.  Our part was providing two teams of oxen.  Our big team were the "stars" of the show.  They are in most of the sets with the lead actors.  I (Mark) got the opportunity to "fill in" for the lead and drive the oxen.  Of course, you won't know it is me, since my face is mostly covered with hat and scarf.  It was a lot of fun and we are so grateful to get the opportunity to experience this part of life.  Here are a few photo's!

                         The river crossing scene, wagons going west crossing the Mississippi River.  My                                                              daughter is in the far-left corner in the cape!

                               The filming crew getting the set ready for shooting the river crossing.

Me filling in for the main actor driving!

The scene driving the oxen for the main actor.

Scene setup for one of the shots starting our day.

Monday, February 6, 2023

2023, what will it be like?

 Changes, challenges and choices!

The year has already started out with changes.  Changes in agriculture, finance, culture & faith.  All of these areas effect our personal lives.  We live in a changing world.  Some are good..... many are bad!  Life is full of changes; I like the good a new grand baby to our married son and daughter in law, the weather changing from several days of gloomy weather to sunny and warm, a newborn calf, the abundant harvest.  We need to embrace change, realize it is a reality and be flexible to "keep from getting bent out of shape"! 😊

Challenges, they come our way.  A 5k marathon, growing a new garden, trying to master a skill can all be challenges.  They can be used to strengthen us, grow us, or do we can allow them to defeat us.  I want to choose to learn and grow by them.  I personally don't like when things are to challenging but am learning, it is in the challenge that growth comes, and I want more personal growth.

Choices!  This is what it boils down to.  How am I going to choose to respond to the issues of life.  Do I choose to walk in the truth, to embrace the goodness of God and the blessings HE imparts to me in life.  Do I choose wisdom and virtue?  Do I choose to overcome evil with good?  Do I choose to change the course I am on to adapt to the challenges of life?  

I look forward to 2023!  I hope you do to?