When our family made the decision to move to Vermont from Massachusetts five years ago almost to the date, we knew what our goals were, however, we did not know exactly what steps would make up the process.
First we rented a home in a little village in northern Vermont, then we bought an old mobile home and put it on leased land and lived there, off grid, for over two years. During this time, I prayed often, that God would know our needs and that we would be able to find a way to provide for our family. After Abraham was born while we lived there, we were truly bursting at the seams space-wise. However, one of our goals has been to have home based business and to work toward self-sufficiency and farming. Earning a large income was not likely with this plan nor was it a goal of ours (it is not today either).
Just one mile down the road from the mobile home we found our home just a little over a year ago. A place large enough for our growing family, private, enough land to grow food and have chickens and goats, and perhaps a couple of sheep. The rustic cottage, however, had been neglected and on it was one very run down barn. We were blessed to have all of this while staying within our budget for housing.
Well, this house is not fit for the pages of Country Living to say the least. However, we are working hard each day to make improvements.
Because the basement was excavated last summer, we have mounds of soil here and there. We are using shovels (yes shovels) to spread the soil in certain areas to help with drainage, make visible areas more attractive, and to make pasture for the goats (coming soon, I hope).
I just wanted to share a little of the reality that is our homestead.
front of the barn
The side of the barn.
The chickens are in the back part here now but we will be moving them to a free standing coop to make room for two goats.
I have been shoveling soil down from this nearby mound into this area, filling it in and then we will grade it away from the barn. The shoveling has been so wonderful for my body and soul.
The boys working together.
Sarah tending her flower store on top of a mound.
Warm wishes for a beautiful weekend,