Raise your hand if you take yourself WAAAY to seriously sometimes. 🙋🏽♀️When’s the last time you just said, “that can wait” and just let loose a little?
We workout consistently. Homeschool our five and seven year old. Have extracurriculars and somewhere in there try to have fun.
Before all this I was KILLING myself trying to keep up with an INSANE type A schedule where we did all those things in perfect order, perfect time, and with excellence. I bought into the lie that we had to be the best and do everything all the time.
When I stopped to examine who made the standard and whose I was living up to, I finally felt free. God doesn't call us to be the best. He's the best! He calls us to honor HIM. So now we try to structure our lives in a way that does just that.
And that means my kids don't need to be the smartest. My house doesn't need to be the cleanest or prettiest. We just need to keep Christ center. So that's what we strive to do.
Most of our #aHomeofHope orchard and plants started as sprigs and shoots, seeds, soil, and bare root trees. Now we've got over 20 container pots in our garden (with plans to till next year) and 10 growing trees.
We've never been big into gardening. I can't say this was a passion of ours before this pivot. But we've always been into taking care of what we put into our bodies and eating healthy. For a long time I was of the mindset of just doing enough to keep my head above water. Doing what was easy and maybe not necessarily better. Let me be clear and say we are by no means of the mindset that store bought food is evil. We still consume a LOT, but are aiming at reducing our footprint.
Growing a garden is certainly a huge investment of labor and time...but it's one we are loving taking on as a family. Not just because of the sweet quality time but because it's an investment in our health, for our future.
Would you guess that eggs is one of the lower reasons on the totem pole of why we have over 30 ducks and chickens?
Why then? Well we love meat. Especially GOOD meat. We HATE bugs. And lemme tell you ducks and chickens are great at taming and trimming back the ticks and mosquitos and other little pests that may be all up in your yard.
Also they are HILARIOUS to watch. Our flock is a huge part of the ecosystem of our homestead and we couldn't do a lot of what we do without them, but its pretty hilarious to just sit and watch their antics, fights, mating dances, and all around awkward shenanigans.
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