The obvious answers are that I love the lifestyle. I love the fresh veggies. I love the fresh meat and knowing where my food comes from. I love the sweat and tears. I love the animals. I love the time that I spend with my family while we are working on different projects.
But one answer that I give more than ever it that I love the people who I meet and those who follow a similar lifestyle. My friends Gary and Susan are prime examples of people who I ADORE. This morning, (At 6am, no joke) I message Susan if she had any quail eggs that I could buy from her. I needed to add back to my quail line. My feathered crew is not laying real well right now. And guess what? Not only did she have some, but she gifted them to us and then brought this mama a care package of dried herbs from their garden!! (and she was online too at 6am) They are the most generous people. I LOVE their dry herb gift too!!!! OH MY! My winter teas are going to be so tasty!!
If you are planning on dehydrating herbs (or any other fruits and veggies) the Excalibur Dehydrator is my dehydrator of choice. Check out the links below or visit our amazon store for more items that are choice for our homestead.
Throughout our lives as homesteaders, I wanted to make sure that my family were able to know all about the animals that we have, both large and small stock. Last night, we were honored to be a part of a local jackpot show. We are proud members of the Chino Valley FFA Pals group for all of my younger kids. The 4 youngest participated in the show with their rabbits or chickens.We only brought small stock critters with us. Although they need more practice answering questions with the judges, overall they did great.
This was Trystan’s first back to the grind after being in a behavioral hospital for the last year+. He did AWESOME in the junior division! He scored 3rd place on his barred Bantam Cochin hen (I think that he named her Amy, but don’t quote this mama on that) for showman ship and 2nd place for confirmation.
Grayson is in PeeWee division still until next year. She got 1st in showmanship for her lop, Tyler.
Rowan got 4th in showmanship and second in confirmation for her lionhead rabbit, Snickers.
Berlyn got 5th in showmanship for his lionhead rabbit, Cookie Dough.
Well, we have some work to do this next month to brush up on showing and the judge questions before the fair next month. I am sure that I will write something into our homeschool program for animal science for that. 😉
And a special shout-out to Rosie Darby and her family for putting on this AMAZING show for the youth in our community at their home.
After 16 full years of homeschooling up to 8 children at a time, this mama knows what she is looking for and that is normally the easy button. The site GuestHallow has some amazing year long curriculum available to purchase. They are full everything I needed to teach my children including a weekly schedule, list of books and other supplies that I will need for the entire class. And it was created by a homeschool family!!! I love supporting other homeschoolers! I am seriously impressed. The best part is that both of my high schoolers are excited about taking this class with me They like hands on science and conducting experiments. (And to be honest, I am just as excited as they are. Physics was one of my favorite science classes in high school!!)