This past week at the new homestead, my husband has been trying to figure out how we will get our water since there is no well on the property. It is quite costly to drill a well, so we are planning on getting our water from the hillside spring! Pure God given water!
Mark found a 250 gallon water container and deeply cleaned it. He also had to purchase some piping and concrete to get the job done.
After he set the tank he came home for lunch. He told me that he did almost kill himself. He used an old cobbled together ladder left on the property. When climbing the ladder, one of the rungs broke loose and he fell. He told me he was left hanging upside down from the ladder just a few feet from the rocks below.
When I heard that story, I was determined to assist him in the afternoon, just so someone was there to call for help. I filmed the process which was not easy. He and Miles had to hoist me up a different ladder and haul me to the place I would film. It was treacherous! The steep hill was leaking fresh water everywhere so the ground would easily slip under your feet. I sat against a tree to support me and I soon noticed that it was a pretty view from up there.
I am not sure if you remember from past blog posts that I have written, we had been praying for a camp—A Homestead Camp! We had been mentioning it from time to time the past 5 years or so. It just seemed so unattainable to us. Such a huge undertaking and investment to get started.
We thought we would have to have a million dollars to buy the land and build all the facilities. We prayed that if we ever ran into some money, somehow, that we did not want riches of our own, but to minister to others. We had a vision that we could bless others by teaching them how to live off the land as well as give them precious time with their families.
We envisioned children playing in the creek and petting the baby animals, women with aprons tied around their waist learning the art of cheese making and bread baking, men out chopping fire wood and building things in a shop, cooking over open fires, families helping pick produce and canning the harvest with us, not to mention the fellowship around the campfires each night. And each season would invite another camp experience.
When we bought this property all we saw was a bunch of shacks. Hence the name, Shackville! It wasn't until about 2 weeks ago that it dawned on us...We have the camp! The Lord just put this camp right into our lap with no investment at all except our time and energy! We did not have to have any money down and are basically renting to own. See how God works! We are just plain old poor country folk with a big GOD!
We are still trying to figure out how to make a bathhouse since none of these cabins have plumbing or bathrooms. Right now the main concern is making our home livable. We have about 25 days until we have to be out of our rental house, so the clock is ticking!
It will be an adventure for us to have the homestead camp! I think there are many families that would love to learn and would be blessed to have the experience. Think of it this way, those of you out there that are curious or are actually longing to live off the land, this camp will get your feet wet. Hands on experience is always your best teacher.
We have some exciting news from the barnyard...Mrs. Moo just had her 3rd calf. It is a heifer calf!!! Last fall we bred her with our Landlord's Dexter Bull, "Yonik". This calf is half Jersey, half Dexter! What a cutie she is. We ran out to the barnyard to meet the new member of our homestead. Even the neighbors cattle wanted to take a peek at the new baby!
A big thank you to God for providing the water spring, the camp, the calf, and the fresh milk! We are blessed beyond measure and far beyond what we deserve!
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."