What an amazing and challenging 2021 it has been! We've been on a hiatus from our blog/website due to the many projects around the Homestead.
As 2021 comes to a close, we wanted to share some successes and plans for 2022.
So what are some of the things that happened here at the Homestead in 2021?
Well, first and foremost, we had our 7th baby in July. God blessed us with another beautiful baby....Dakota Stephen Cook! He is growing a ton and we love him so much.
Secondly, we did a huge amount of remodeling on our house. As some of you know, when we purchased our 20 acres 9 years ago, we had a double wide trailer on a full basement. The trailer was 20 years old. We have slowly over the years made some progress, but this year we really needed to do some things. So this summer we put on a new roof, added a huge mud room, new windows and doors, new furnace and central air, new floors and counter tops. It was a major project and took months. That is why we haven't done a ton on YouTube or our blog.
But we are back!
As we look forward to 2022 we have a ton planned here at the Homestead. Here are a few of our goals.
We will be opening our online store (finally!). This has been in the works for 2 years. It will include a redesign of our website. This should be open in January/February sometime.
We will also be going full steam into growing our Homestead. We have numerous animals now who will be having babies soon! Our Finnsheep and Goats are all expecting. We will also be getting into selling lamb. I am now a Finnsheep breeder and am looking forward to growing our flock.
We had a great year in the garden, but this year we will be expanding even more! We will be growing a ton of vegetables for canning and to give away to others. Janel loves to garden. It is her passion! She's always dreamed of a huge garden and it is a blessing to see her get it. God is good!
Continuing to grow our preps and become more self sufficient is another goal this year. One of the things we set out to do on this journey years ago, was to live more simply. That is something we are going to put more effort into this year. To enjoy our land and each other. To be content.
To intentionally be old fashioned! (See my video below)
Finally, but more importantly, we are going to strive to live for Jesus more passionately. That includes serving others more. To give more of ourselves for the Kingdom. To help those in need. To stretch ourselves both financially and with our time.
I hope you had a blessed 2021. We are thankful for the blessings of God and wish you all a happy new year!
Check out some pics and videos below!
God bless. -Steve
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