And We Have Goats

I’d love to say that the day had finally arrived, but that’s not exactly the right way to word that. The goats are here! Five weeks earlier than we had planned on. That’s ok though. We were up for the challenge and built a goat shed in record time under some pretty tough working conditions….

Build A Better Mouse Trap

A long time ago, I had a great outdoor cat named Tickle. He was the best cat. Legendary in our household, well-known and well-loved by all. Being an outdoor cat, he was pretty low maintenance. But being the wonderful cat that he was, he would bring his treasures to me. Headless rats, birds, and rabbits,…

I Can’t Wait Any Longer

Okay, okay. I can’t keep it to myself any longer. We bought Nigerian Dwarf goats! Four actually. We don’t get to bring them home until April. They are both due in March and in April the kids will be weaned onto bottles. We will be bringing home two male kids as well. So, that means…

The Fun Never Stops

Happy Thanksgiving friends! We had an interesting first experience last night. We were getting ready to put some kiddos to bed, and my husband decided to take a little bedtime snack out to the dog while the boys were changing into pajamas. Apparently a bat came in when my husband came in. We were kind…

Life. Ever Changing

Just when you think you get settled into life, something major causes a shift. That’s kinda sorta what happened here. I made an announcement on my social media this week about these changes happening around here. It’ll be interesting to see how it all unfolds. So, come late spring, we will have a little one…

The Chicken Farmer

Once there was a little boy who loved his chickens. He would pamper his chickens. And care for their home. He took a lot of pride in how well he cared for his chickens. He can be seen outside near his chickens every day, tending to their every care and need. He carefully gathers their…

Queen Regina

Meet the queen. THE queen. The Queen. Queen Regina. And, just so you know, that would be the Latin pronunciation of Regina, using a hard-g sound in Latin, not the soft-g sound in English.   This was the absolute largest mantis I’ve ever seen before. Hence the reason the boy named her Regina, which means…

Home Sweet Home

Here are a handful of my favorite things from the past two weeks. Last week, I travelled to Salt Lake City for the global doTERRA conference. It’s always such a fabulous week. I love to hear about the success of the company, new products, the science behind it all, the charitable giving the company does,…

Homeschool on the ‘Stead

We don’t officially homeschool year ’round, though that idea appeals to me. We never really stop homeschooling, but we also kinda do take a lengthy break. However, that lengthy break is still filled with research, learning opportunities, field trips, and lots o’ reading. We may not sit at the table and do math work, but we still exercise…

Eggs and More Eggs!

We are consistently getting four to five eggs a day now. Our blue egg layers still haven’t started laying any eggs yet. Neither the black Australorp hen (Strider) and one Bantam (Benipe) have started showing signs of being ready to lay yet. One Bantam, Hope, laid her first egg today. Check out these eggs we’ve…

The Facts of Life

We may be new to homesteading, but we aren’t new to having to say goodbye to critters we love. The past week has been one of those times when my sweet youngest boy has had to learn how to say goodbye to something he loves even when he wasn’t ready to. For me it’s easy…

Hornworm Karma

Hawk moths. Sphinx moths. Hornworm moths. Whatever you want to call them. They are absolutely beautiful. But their larva form, the hornworm caterpillar, is pretty destructive. I will admit, they are beautiful and fascinating to look at. If you’ve never seen one, here ya go. As you can see, they get pretty big. A caterpillar…