This week was a big week for us. Our mini Jersey bull and heifer were delivered into our care. We're boarding them at our friends' farm as our barn & fencing won't be ready until summer, but they are officially our cows. We are responsible for their lives and care and they will play a part in sustaining and nourishing our family with milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, and so much more more! I've never had cows before. Or sheep, or pigs, or my own chickens. I've never trained livestock guardian dogs, or adopted a burro. But these are all things we...

"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." - Proverbs 16:9 I got plans. Lots of plans. You can say I'm what they call, "a planner". Yes I'm proud to identify with an enneagram 3, and planning brings me joy. But if you've been following recently, along with my Trailer Failure a couple weeks ago, my plans haven't really been panning out the way I'd like. So went this past weekend. I was supposed to make a four day trip to pick up my mini Jersey heifer & bull - one in Minnesota, the other in Montana. I planned...

Over the past four days, I've driven over 15 hours all over Colorado, totaling about 850 miles. No, I wasn't planning on road tripping, and no, I am not trying out to be a truck driver. All I was doing was trying to pick up a livestock trailer. Last year, I found a great used bumper pull livestock trailer that was "only" 5 and a half hours away, on the other side of the state. It was at a farm we visited in the fall, and the drive was gorgeous. Surely, I thought, it wouldn't be a big deal to...

When to speak? When to keep silent? Social media has demolished all notions of sensible boundaries. It's no longer uncommon to see people putting their opinions where they don't belong. Do you ever wonder why? I wanted to share a rule I try to live by when considering whether or not to comment, write, or speak out. My rule is this - I ask myself, do I have the authority to speak in this place, specifically, into this person's or these people's lives? Have they given me the right to speak over them about this particular thing? What is authority? An easy way...

For a majority of 2020, on top of the macro stresses we have all faced, there had been a steady build up of stress and feelings of entrapment in my life. I found myself overwhelmed with burdens and responsibilities I willingly took on in years past. Though not bad in themselves, and in fact serving a very important role in equipping our family for the future, they turned into weights on my soul, and no longer something I could manage. It was time to let them go. I took an overnight trip to the high country, dedicated to purposefully offloading...

2020 has been a year of transition for our family. For our friends and loved ones who have been following along with us on this journey, you know that we had been building a cabin retreat in the mountains of Colorado for a while now. When we first began to build the cabin back in 2018, we didn't know that we would be moving to Colorado. It was to be our gateway to the mountains, to the wilderness of God's glorious creation. The more time we spent visiting Colorado to work on the cabin, the more we felt the calling to...

My brain was going just about as fast as my minivan was down the Kansas interstate, which was roughly 80-85 miles per hour (the speed limit on I-70 is a wonderful 75mph). I was trying the best I could to not think about next year, about our building plans for our future home, all the things we'd need to do to get our small farm bed & breakfast up and running. Ideas, lists, to-do's were swirling through my head. So many ideas, and yet, an inability to start on any of them, because we are still in the period of...

I feel like someone somewhere once said "It doesn't matter if you start small, just start." Part of my dream is to have our own small farm - with a focus on soil health, species diversity, and natural systems. I want to have sheep, cows, pigs and chickens, all working symbiotically together. I want to build a passive solar greenhouse so we can grow our own fruits and vegetables through all four seasons at 7200 feet (2200 m) above sea level. We're not there yet. But I've been encouraged to start small. So this past growing season, on the tiny deck...

If you believe something to be true, does it make it true? If you can identify it as a lie, is it possible to still believe it? Whether we like it or not, chances are, there are lies that we believe. There may even be lies that I can identify as a lie, and yet, I still believe it. How does this happen? In the Restoring the Foundations ministry, we call the lies that we believe, "Ungodly Beliefs". Because anything that doesn't align with God's truth, is simply a lie, whether someone believes it to be true or not. We may know the...

I feel like someone out there needs to hear this today - Just because you are in a period of waiting, does not mean that nothing is happening. I was reflecting today on how differently my life looked a year ago. Nick and I were at a point where we knew where we wanted to be, where God was calling us, and the dream He had planted was burning inside my heart. But we were just...