A lot of growth in our herb beds and more seeds and transplants to go in. I've already harvested chamomile,mullein,mint,lemon balm and comfrey. We also added 6 Elder bushes and 3 fig trees for fruit to eat and to make elderberry syrup during the flu season. I give total credit to my Papaw and the dirt he brought from his farm that filled our raise beds.It's absolutely wonderful to work in and our plants speak for themselves! Our blackberry bushes almost all came up from last years transplant. Strawberry patch and raspberries are also in abundance. Apple and pear trees are full of flowers and hoping for a decent crop to can or just share some.Couple more weeks and we'll be cutting hay. Our field thickened out better then last year so I'm hopeful we'll have plenty and some to sell at a decent price to provide for other families. We'll work diligently in maintaining it all and pray God's favor for rain and sunshine when it's needed.
Adonai will open for you his good treasure, the sky, to give your land its rain at the right seasons and to bless everything you undertake. You will lend to many nations and not borrow;
We have already begun our herb garden expansion and on some of the warmer days,transplanted and separated herbs.The comfrey is doing amazingly as well as lavender,hyssop and echinacea. I just seen our elderberry trees bringing up new shoots and our willow tree grows crazy! Our fig tree will be placed in the ground for good this year and we will add a couple more soon. My tomato plants have already begun blossoming and if it doesn't stay warm so I can plant them,I'll soon be picking tomatoes in the house! We are currently daydreaming of adding a sunroom off our back deck to continue plants in the winter. One day maybe.
I've changed direction so many times,it feels like I'm being tossed by the wind! We bought back a favorite doe of ours recently that we sold to a friend. Selah and her doeling Hadassah has been added to our herd. We also added two Holstein heifers (freemartins) we will be raising for meat.They are now 2.5months old and weighing above 300#s! We utilize our goat grain to be fed to them as well.We have done this with our last 2 and at 13months old when we took them in,they tipped the scale at 1200#s! The meat is tender with just enough marbling in it to really make a juicy delicious steak! We do enjoy having them while they are here and are youngest daughter is smitten with them the most.She's glued to my side during milking and feeding.She wants to lend a hand in every job.My kind of girl :)
Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord. Colossians 3:23
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. Booker T. Washington
That quote puts things into perspective. Life is full of obstacles. We learn to overcome them or we let them define who we are. In my own journey, I have been through many trials and by the grace of God remain standing. The book of James has many powerful verses that resonate with my soul. I recently did a study with a group of women on it and it's amazing to just sit back and just listen.Listen to each ones story or interpretation. Listening to others more then we speak can teach us a great deal. Not listening to respond but truly listening to a persons perspective and considering what they have to say. I have always been a wallflower so it's not a new concept for me but this is on a deeper level.It's respect and that motto we live by, to love one another as ourselves. To put yourself aside for a moment and really care for someone. Being married gives us enough opportunities to learn that but what about those who offend you? Are you still willing to love your enemies and do good to them? It's a hard concept for most of us to grasp but it's Biblical. Yeshua Himself laid His life down on our behalf even though we sinned against Him. As we come to a close of the week of Unleavened Bread, we must consider the pure selfless act of our Savior every day.If we call ourselves His,then we must be willing to pick up our cross too and live selflessly.
Therefore, my dear brothers, let every person be quick to listen but slow to speak, slow to get angry; for a person’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness! So rid yourselves of all vulgarity and obvious evil, and receive meekly the Word implanted in you that can save your lives. Don’t deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Word says, but do it! For whoever hears the Word but doesn’t do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But if a person looks closely into the perfect Torah, which gives freedom, and continues, becoming not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work it requires, then he will be blessed in what he does. Anyone who thinks he is religiously observant but does not control his tongue is deceiving himself, and his observance counts for nothing. The religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world.
James 1:19-27 CJB
Some of us tend to take on to much. I've always been a highly ambitious person with a case of perfectionism which has been some what of my downfall. I do pay attention to every detail in what I'm creating or caring for but often times as I do to many tasks at once,quality of my work often lacks and stress kicks in.
Now in my later 30s I realize the importance of working for God's Kingdom and what I do,to put myself into it like it says in Colossians 3:23 Whatever work you do,put yourself into it,as those who are serving not merely,but the Lord.
So if I'm working to show my worth or others approval then I'm doing it wrong. You can do one or two things really well and the rest we try but often fail because we aren't meant to do everything.
For me I gave the whole "homesteading" idea a try and it only created stress. What's homesteading? Trying to live self sufficiently.We still do but not completely.The government has restricted a lot of what we can and can not do anymore.We abide by the law even if it seems like I'm being robbed or just plain stupid! God knows our needs and provides. I want to be found blameless. Give to Cesar what is Cesar's in a sense (Matt 22:20-22)
So as a Believer,the work we do or how we conduct our lives, has a far greater impact on unbelievers because of who we are representing. That's a big responsibility but one I totally accept to take on.Now my work is being done in His name and I do less but more. I want to honor Him in every area of my life.I also watch my attitude when someone does me wrong or not giving to those who can give me nothing in return. I've learned through my mistakes and by the actions of others.God's Spirit has brought a lot to my attention in areas He wants to see improved to build His Kingdom. No one is perfect and people are hurting and often hurt if not dealt with at the cross, can manifest itself into sin. Don't let sin crouch at your door. Respond to the nudge or double edged sword you feel in your heart to change.We aren't promised tomorrow and we ought to be seeking to build His kingdom not tear it down!
From the Franklin Institute of Wellness:
Antibiotics are often used to treat viral infections such as the flu, common cold, and bronchitis. In fact, a recent study found that 80% of bronchitis cases result in an antibiotic prescription, despite repeated educational programs to teach doctors about effective ways to manage bronchitis. Not only does antibiotic misuse lead to the risky side effects and potential reactions, it does nothing to treat a viral infection, nothing to reduce the symptoms, and nothing to protect those around you from getting sick–in fact, some studies indicate it could even worsen a viral condition! It also leads to the increased risk of resistance, which is something that affects all of us.
Here are some tips to help avoid unnecessary antibiotics:
The main reason why people think herbs do not work is because they use them incorrectly.They do not work like synthetic medicine. You must be able to asses the situation and choose herbs,dosaging and frequency appropriately.The herbs themselves must not be old and are high quality. Do NOT base your knowledge off google or from others who are not trained using herbs or even essential oils. A MLM oil company representative most likely has no formal education and has no understanding of the oils and their use other then what the company suggests which is mostly bad advise because they are only concerned about the bottom dollar not the efficacy or safety. For example: Science 101-OIL AND WATER DO NOT MIX! Yet still these companies are advocating putting a few drops of essential oil into your water to take as a daily supplement. First off that should be common sense there or 1st grade education observance how the oils float on top and do not mix, second essential oils are not supplements and only contain a fraction of the plants chemical component and do not work in the body like the whole crude herb will. They do address temporary symptomatic relief and we are so thankful for that!
So what are the problems we face with this false information floating around on the internet and being advocated by essential oil companies ? The plants and oils reputation,real harm being done to an individual. There are many reasons why we choose not to buy from companies like that but that has to be my main concern. Supporting a company with integrity and clear reliable GC-MS batch specific reports is where I will invest in for my health and my customers health. Herbs & oils DO work when used properly. So if you have fallen into the trap of sales gimmicks,misleading or false information, a degree in google searcher or hear a friends advice on their anecdotal story of how this worked for her or she knew someone that used this oil and it cured their cancer...cover your ears and RUN!! I want to make it my personal responsibility to point you in the right direction and give you sound advice to tell you there are no quick magical pills or education in using herbs and oils for a natural approach to a healthy life. Self enrichment programs like Vintage Remedies who are backed by actual scientific research is where you should start. I hope you take the time to reassess your health plan and make sure you have factual information you are using and passing it on!
It's been 2 yrs since we have moved to our new farm. We have worked from the ground up in establishing plants.I brought several herbs from our other farm to here and they are flourishing beyond imaginable! We are buckling down for the cold winter soon upon us but as we wait for new births and spring to arrive,we plan for new additions. The herb garden will be expanded and raised beds will be made to help make it easier to manage for me. We planted several bulb flower varieties,forsythia and butterfly bushes to bring beauty and feed our pollinators. Hoping our newly planted berry bushes thrive and we can provide for our local community here. The new barn will get cement laid down and a breeze way to connect the two barns together to go straight into my milk room to make it convenient for me. Electricity will then be run into the new barn and wireless cameras to monitor kidding season.Our hay field will be fenced in to make a divided pasture area for the livestock. We have just enough land for what we need and so glad we don't have more with the amount of work it takes to maintain it! God obviously knew this and why He blessed us with this home when we had bigger dreams back then. Now we understand of course and appreciate it even more. We are content and truly grateful for all He has done for us.
Joshua Aaron - Give Thanks (Hodu)
We have decided we will be selling most of our goats and only keeping 3 does for milk for our family. We have 2 mature goats left for sale and all kids born will be sold.We will continue breeding but not to the extent as we have in the past.We have some major price reductions on mature and kid stock that do not reflect on the quality of the animal but more of our desire to bless other families. Since we no longer show or participate in any ADGA programs,I felt it necessary to cut way back on our herd to free up our time to devote to more meaningful things right now. Annika is growing up and finding other interests which we highly encourage of course :) I'm also focusing on other things and looking to get my diploma in Dietary Supplement Science to extend my education in herbalism to possibly work in a clinic along side Dr.s if that is God's will for me in the future.Right now our youngest is 3 so I'm content where I am. It will simply benefit our small business we have in making products with efficacy.We will continue selling from home on our etsy shop and to other businesses whom we provide for. I put my faith and trust in the Lord to direct our paths. He is awesome!
"Trust in Adonai (Lord) with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him; then He will level your paths" Proverbs 3:5-6 CJB
We were graciously blessed with 60+ blackberry bushes from my grandparents and decided we will put them to good use on our farm.I use every part of the plant.From berries for food,leaf for tea and root for medicine. Nothing goes to waste! So as we started to dig them into our garden area,it gave me an idea.What if this is the beginning to God's plan for our farm? We have raspberry,blueberry,strawberry and goji berries. See the theme going? Nothing has been intentional but seems to fit in it's place. I don't know exactly where this is going just yet but we trust God's provision and purpose so we happily accept what ever He wants for our lives.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, self control. Nothing in the Torah stands against such things. Galatians 5:22-23
I wear many hats but I always have my helmet on -JG