Many of you know our story, but for those of you who don't....about 7 years ago we set out to live a more simpler lifestyle. We wanted to grow and raise a lot of our own food. We wanted land and to get rid of a bunch of debt that was weighing us down. And through MUCH prayer, the Most High God gave us a beautiful property and has led us to where we are now. We are truly living our dream.
It has been an amazing journey, one filled with ups and downs (a lot more ups than downs). We have a beautiful marriage, a house full of children, a barn full of animals and gardens filled with food! We are blessed with wonderful family and friends and we have 20 acres of land full of wildlife! God is so good.
When we started out into this life of modern homesteading seven years ago, we had no idea what we were doing or where to start. We just knew we wanted out of the rat race. Life was passing us by and we were chasing the almighty dollar as well as success. But a funny thing about success...it doesn't satisfy. There is no contentment. We had almost everything we wanted. A nice house in a beautiful neighborhood. New cars. Lots of "toys". But it was a temporary satisfaction. It didn't bring peace.
We made the move and boy has it been a beautiful story! God has opened door after door. He has provided abundantly. Last year I was able to leave my job. It was a tough decision. I was making incredible money. But we wanted to fully move into this incredible lifestyle of simplicity. And it has been a blessing. We are truly living our dream!
When Janel and I look around at what the Most High has provided we are humbled. We can take no credit as all we have is from His hands. There is a peace and contentment that we both have that can only come from our Heavenly Father. If you are feeling the urge to give up chasing the things of this world, pray for direction. Give it to the Creator to provide. He truly gives us the desires of our hearts.
In other news....We have been so busy over this summer. It has been a very joyous summer. Last weekend we had a big Praise and Worship Shindig here at our Homestead sponsored by our church. We had a wonderful worship leader, Brandon Fox Worship, lead us in worship and it was amazing.
We have also entered harvest/canning season. This is my favorite time of year! I love the cooler temps, harvesting our garden, canning, hunting....everything about this time of year! Below are a couple of our recent canning videos! We still have to do applesauce, peaches and pears but we have a good jump on our canning season already. Our garden was absolutely amazing this year. We thank God for His abundant provision.
A couple more weeks until archery season starts! I am beyond excited. This year will be my daughter Abby's first year archery hunting. I can't wait. I LOVE being out in the woods. It is a blessing to hunt with my children.
I'm hoping to get back on track with blogging. I love to blog but the busyness of life really took a lot of my time. I will put some of our canning videos below as well as our new trailer for our YouTube channel! Thanks for checking in and God bless! -Steve