Through the ages, lands have been fought over to obtain, and still we strive and work for land. To pay for it. God created the garden and put us in there. He created man and woman to tend and to keep it. There is a deep connection from the beginning to the land. And by the sweat of our brow, we were meant to keep it.
In our society, we have surely come away from tending the land, as high risers and big cities replace the once rural landscapes. People carry cell phones instead of pitch forks. We put the food in our shopping cart, instead of walk into our own barnyards to find and kill it to eat it. And the people live vicariously through the reality television shows that take them closer to the land that they so yearn to keep. It is in our bones. God created us from the dust of the earth. He put that desire there, yet we live for the next best gadget. None of those things will give the fulfillment as the land will.
Kids need the fresh air, the responsibility, they need to feel the earth between their toes and work with their hands alongside their parents. It is the cure for discontentment. When a child has purpose and direction, they feel needed and have something to live for. No video game or virtual world on a device can replace the REAL THING.
We raised our kids this way and they don't even really know that they are living the dream on the land that God gave. We have had so many trials as I look back on the 18 years of marriage, raising kids on a limited budget and sometimes all we had was what our land would yield. It feeds us when the money dries up, it gives back for all the tender care we give to it. And God created it to be that way! That is why we have a yearning to get back to the land. More and more people are seeing it, tasting of it, and finding their way back to the land.
It is emotional to me when I look out my back porch as the sun sets its golden light upon the fields. For the past 5 years we were moving from one place to the next, renting, and trying to get caught up. At one point we lost everything we worked for because of health issues that were beyond our control. Finally, one year ago, we bought this homestead here in TN and it is humbling when you have not been able to put down roots for so long. God is merciful!
Here we can do what we want, when you have your own land, you call the shots. You can make the improvements and put the garden where you want. You can rip out trees if you need to and the satisfaction you get from improving your property is something no one can take from you! I love to see the energy that the land gives to my husband, the farmer!
Each day he goes out to tend and keep HIS land and I see LIFE! I see a man who is thankful, who is growing his roots in the land. He lovingly cares for his plot of 22 acres. He prepares for the future. He looks well to the ways of his household by planting and harvesting, by his animal husbandry. I love to see him home. He is home full time! He is in his element. God is good to have given us a way to find healing and financial freedom. We can finally be right where we always needed to be, tending our land, keeping it, raising our family, and ministering to others.
We are planning the homestead camp! We have been working on the monthly newsletter to bring families together across the globe. Thank you to all those that took the time to submit your voice so we can see your perspectives and all that you have to share. So far we have had two families stay in one of our cabins by the creek. It is rustic. It gives you the entire feeling of the homestead and the work is in no short supply! So far we have one cabin and our prayer is to renovate the other 3 cabins.
This old shackville will be soon the Homestead Community Post! The place where we can give families some training on homestead life, and bring them back to the land! Working together as a community, working with their kids, with their hands, and fellowshipping with other families. What a blessing!
With spring comes such a picture of God's hand of mercy! Behold, all things are new! Each new baby animal born is a promise, each seedling is hope for 100 fold, and all we have to do is care for it, God does the rest! I love new growth, green pastures, and living beside the still waters that flow around the land we call home!
I want to give you some photos of our past month on the homestead because lots has happened!!!!
This past week Mark started seeds in our rustic homestead kitchen...