I’m dreaming often of wandering fields,
listening to children giggle as they first meet new animals.
I can smell the sweetness in the air
and see the honeybees happily bouncing from flower to flower.
Seeing shy buds peaking through the soil to say hello as I offer them a drink.
Beginning my day with a cup of coffee,
quietly rocking on my porch as the sun’s warmth hits my face.
And ending the day in the same way as the sun slowly fades in the distance.
My dreams are becoming a reality. Research is the current name of the game, but it’s those dreams that are keeping me motivated. I can hardly wait! Even though while working on my budget, it brings up fear and doubt – this is a mighty big project with a very short timeline. All I can say is:
“Wow! This will take a miracle of God!”
But I’m not going to let it scare me away.
I feel God pulling me in this direction.
And if this is what he wants – I know it will happen!
As I began laying out the timeline and what we needed to budget for initially, I quickly realized the biggest hurdle was going to be getting the land. That is, by far, the largest expense to getting started. And without that piece, nothing else can move forward.
(My desire is to start out at a very minimum, and then, as our finances allow, we will expand.)
One thing that we are striving for is to do this without accumulating debt.
I will not be taking out a loan of any sort to make our purchases.
Home (a small trailer initially) and setup
Outbuilding, Garden Supplies, Chickens, Chicken Coop, Basic Tools, etc.
Our goal is to purchase land before the Spring of 2015. That means I need to increase my income significantly. This is going to be an interesting test of faith as it means more than doubling my current income.
As a single parent, this could get quite challenging as there is only so much time I have available to do schooling with my daughter, take her to her activities, attend church, volunteer, cook, clean, work, and sleep somewhere in there. But, with the way things are now, we will never get ahead if we don’t make some temporary sacrifices to make our dreams come true.
I’m intensely focusing on prayer for provisions to meet our goal of purchasing land and moving on to the property in 2015 so we can actively get moving on the dream path of The Hope Nurtured Family Homestead.
How can you help?
Please be in prayer for us. Please pray for financial provisions for us during this time. We are moving to cut our housing expenses by half. I also need to increase my income. I have my own Virtual Assistant business that can handle the additional hours, but I need the clients to make it happen. I’m also working on writing a book and a few additional things for my business. Please pray for wisdom and success in these.
Thanks for all your prayers and support! This couldn’t be possible otherwise. We know we are following God’s plan for our lives and are excited to see how this all falls into place. Follow us to stay abreast of what is going on.
There will be many wonderful and glorious updates and praise reports.