A quick update on our pregnancy! Baby coming soon!!!
Below is a video tour of our chicken coop. We get a common question that I address in the video. Thanks for checking in! -Steve
Check out the video below on a great venison back strap recipe that I made this weekend. It was absolutely delicious!
What a busy....but fun....time of year. Very little down time, but I was able to have a nice day of rest this past Sunday. We had a wonderful combined service with another church and a luncheon afterwards. We then came home and just relaxed. I don't get many days with down time, so it was great. Hoping to go on a camping trip to get away and unplug within the next month or so. Nothing better than sitting around a fire and doing nothing!
Please keep praying for Janel and our little unborn baby girl. We are getting closer and closer. Almost two thirds there. We are soooo excited! Janel is doing well except for being tired all the time (which is to be expected) but no more sickness like at the beginning. God is amazing.
Also please keep our family in your prayers for some future plans. We are hoping for a couple doors to open and getting excited that they may just open the way we desire. My prayer is that the Lord would open the doors wide open or slam them shut. Either way I will serve Him. But I am praying for Him to open them!
Spring is here! We have had a couple warm days, but a bunch of cold days mixed in. The trees are starting to bud and the grass is starting to grow. I am going to have to mow for the first time this weekend and I am very excited to mow the grass. I love working outside and I'm anxious for the warm weather to get here and stay here. So much to do here around the Homestead to recover from winter.
We had a wonderful Easter celebrating our Lord Jesus and His resurrection. HE IS RISEN! We spent some time with both our families and that is always a blessing. So thankful for family and extended family. I am truly blessed.
Check out my video below and be prepared to drool. Ha! It was delicious.
Take care and God bless! -Steve
Below are some videos I recently did on some electronics. One is a "how to" video and the other two are reviews. The first review is on a new PA system I recently purchased to upgrade our outdoor movie setup. The other is on a new external microphone I purchased for our camera. If your into tech reviews, check them out! Thanks for watching! -Steve
Well sickness has struck the Homestead over the past two weeks. I finally went to the doctor today after battling for two solid weeks. I have bronchitis, and that mixed with my allergies, has caused me misery! I hate going to the doctor, but I was tired of fighting it. I got a steroid, inhaler and a cough suppressant. I also hate taking drugs as they mess me up, but at this point I have tried everything! Most of my family has battled sickness as well over the past couple weeks but it has been a couple days and most are better. Hoping to get up and around in the next couple days. I have a lot of work to do!
We got a nasty storm yesterday and there were some tornadoes that hit close to us. We were under a tornado watch for a while. I recorded some of the storm. Check it out below. I am so happy that I got my vehicles put in the garage before it hit. We would of had some serious hail damage!
On a good note....we are 23 weeks into our pregnancy. Janel is doing much better, although she got a little sick this past week. I am so thankful to the Lord and for all the prayers that were lifted up for her. She really struggled through the first trimester but the Lord pulled her through. He is so good! We haven't officially decided on a name for our new little girl, but we are close. We'll talk about that in our next "Prego Vlog." All I know as that we are ready to hold our little baby girl!
We have some big decisions that we are praying through right now and would LOVE if you would pray with us. Exciting times at the Homestead! We have some potential big news, but are praying for God's leading! My prayer is that God would either open the door wide open, or shut it close and leave no doubt. I trust in the Lord and whichever way he leads, I will follow! My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6:
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (KJV)
I love the promises of God. I am thankful for His mighty Word!
Warm weather is coming soon and I am ready. I love spring and the beauty of Gods glorious creation in full bloom. I will never understand how someone could look at the beauty of this world and not see the handiwork of the Creator! What a mighty King we serve!
God bless you all, and thank you for those of you who have prayed for us over the years. We are beyond blessed with the messages, and emails from you all. Let us know if we can pray for you as well! We would love to. Thanks again! -Steve
I took my 3 oldest kiddo's and 2 of their friends to see the movie Unplanned tonight. It was powerful. Below is my review.
Steve's Movie Review: Unplanned.
Incredibly powerful movie. Top 5 most impactful movies I've ever seen. Bring tissues and prepare to be changed if you see this movie. Definitely made my resolve stronger to stand for the unborn.
The movie starts out very aggressive and stays that way throughout. Not many lulls in the action. There's a lot of story line, but the theme of the movie never relents. It is in your face throughout and you will be uncomfortable. Stay with it as it is a great story of redemption. The audience at the theater applauded after the movie ended. It's that good.
It has an R rating, but I've seen PG-13 movies that were worse. But in saying that, it definitely has adult themes in it and some scenes were brutally candid. I would say a mature teenager could see this. I took my three older kids (ages 11, 14, and 16) and their feedback was that is was tough to watch, but they could handle it. My kids are already being taught to engage the culture on this issue, so this was a great resource for them.
Not many cuss words, no F or S words. I think there is an A word and multiple P words. No nudity or even a hint of it. The R rating has to be for the abortions as there is nothing held back. You will have knots in your stomach watching it. But it is something that needs to be seen.
Overall Unplanned is a very powerful movie. I don't know how anyone could walk out of that movie and be pro-choice. It is that powerful. I would highly recommend all Christians support it both at the theater and when it comes out on DVD. I will be having a large outdoor movie night when it comes out on DVD and all will be invited. Go see this movie!
First sonogram today! We are halfway through the pregnancy. Check our our "prego" vlog #1 below.
I am home from a week spent in North Carolina. We buried my beloved grandfather. He is now finally with my beautiful grandmother who passed away in 2016. We ended up staying an extra day and just got home a little bit ago. We put the kids to bed and my wife is in bed as well. I haven't had much time to myself over the past week and have held in a lot of my emotions for most of the week. That has changed tonight.
I came into our office and have been going through some of my grandfathers stuff. His writings and other personal belongings that I was able to bring home. I was finally able to take some time to grieve alone. I am sad. It hurts. But my tears are more of joy than of pain. Reading his writings and looking back at his life, I am in awe of the wonderful man of God he was. My grandparents dedicated their lives to the Lord. Right up until the time they both passed away in their 90's.
We called my grandpa "Bompa" because when we were little, we tried to say grandpa and it would come out Bompa. It just stuck and that is what I called him my whole life. He was a true man of God. He didn't live extravagantly. My grandparents lived in a simple single wide mobile home for the past 40 plus years. They didn't need much. They served faithfully....both on the mission field in Ecuador and in their church and community. They were true examples of Christ.
And now they are both gone. I'm not gonna lie, it hurts. It hurts a lot. They were always there my whole life. Nanny and Bompa. When Nanny passed it really hurt, but knowing Bompa was still around made it better. Now the finality is setting in. They are gone. I will never see them again in this life. But the good news is that I will see them again in the next life! And that is why I am crying tears of joy!
I found a poem (see below) going through my Grandfathers things. It fit him to a tee. This is what he would have said and I'm sure that is why he kept it. The name of the poem is "I'm Free". And I know that he is finally free! Please read this poem. It is so simple, yet so pack full of truth. I love it.
I will never ever forget my Bompa. I love him with all my heart. Although I am sad, I know that he is free. He is rejoicing with Nanny in heaven. He has his reward. He has run the race and finished strong. He has left a wonderful legacy. I can't wait to see him again.
As I close this blog tonight, I am sure that my grandpa would want you to know about Jesus. Do you know Him? Jesus is the Son of God. He is God in the flesh. He lived a sinless life and took the punishment for yours and my sin on the Cross. The Bible says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. There is a penalty for sin, but Jesus paid it for you! There is nothing you can do to earn it. It is a free gift. To receive this gift, you must accept Jesus and His sacrifice. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Repent of your sins and turn to Jesus and accept His free gift.
Please reach out to me via email if you need any prayer. I would be happy to help in any way I can. Need a Bible? I will send you one. If you have one, begin your search for truth in the Gospel of John. There isn't a more important decision that you will make in your life. Accept Christ and be free!
Thank you for checking in. There is something therapeutic about blogging. It helps with the healing. Don't forget to read the simple, yet powerful poem below. You will be blessed! God bless! -Steve
I was out putting up my game cameras and while I was out, I made a video "rant" on censorship. Check out the video below. Thanks for checking in and God bless! -Steve
Today has been hard. I lost my beloved grandfather. He was 99 years old and lived a wonderful life. This was a day we knew was coming, but when the reality of it sets in, it hurts a ton. I loved him so much.
We called him "Bompa" because when we were little every time we tried to say grandpa it sounded like Bompa and it just stuck. He was married to "Nanny" my wonderful grandmother until she passed in 2016 at the age of 94. I was privileged to be their grandson. I didn't deserve them. God so graciously allowed me to be their grandson and I am thankful.
Death brings perspective to life. There's a finality to it that is hard to swallow. My grandpa loved Jesus and dedicated his life to serving Christ, so I know he is in paradise as I type this, but the reality that he is not here really hurts. He's always been here my whole life and now he is gone. The finality of that is a hard truth.
A few weeks ago I wrote him a letter that I never sent. I was planning to, but as he was deteriorating I just didn't send it. I really wish I would have. I will miss him beyond what I can express. I love him more than I can put into words. God blessed me with a wonderful grandpa and I can't wait to see Bompa again!
Below is the last letter I wrote him that never got sent. -Steve
I hope you are well! I haven’t seen you in a while and I miss you.
I wanted to write you a letter to tell you how much you mean to me and how much of an impact you had on my life.
Life goes by so fast. I remember playing at your house on Bartlett Road and playing in the creek behind your house. We used to catch minnows in a bucket! Boy does time fly.
I can’t imagine not having you as a grandpa. The way you loved Nanny was such an example to me. The way you dedicated your life to the Lord was an inspiration to me. I think of all the letters over the years and I can’t imagine the numerous prayers that were prayed for me. You left a legacy with me and my children.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
This verse is a wonderful passage of Scripture. It tells of the way we need to focus our minds so we don’t stray. We look to those things that build us up. Focus on the things that edify us.
You are someone whom I look up to. The good Lord has given you 99 years so far and you have not wasted them. You gave your life to Jesus. I hope to live a life the way you did. To not let the things of this world get in the way, but to focus on the things that are true and honest and pure. To love my wife like you loved Nanny.
Thank you for your example. Thank you for leaving a legacy in this world. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for loving me as a grandson. I am a blessed man because of you!
I love you and pray for you regularly.
Stephen and Janel Cook from The Cook Family Homestead