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The Homestead Journal ~ Week 34-43~ Stability

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  1. Commenter

    Can I ask? Why did you all decide to have so many kids? Usually it’s only religious families…. Also, do you have photography classes for sale? I thought I saw some where you did?

  2. Comment

    You all have a beautiful family! Not too many people are brave enough to have such a big family! I hope God continues to bless you all.

  3. BlessedLittleHomestead

    Im not sure how fast shes gotten her, we are mostly trails here.. Yes, the horse needs a place for shelter. They eat grasses and we supplement with hay and grain. A new feed store opened up so with sales and coupons we’ve gotten the grain/feed at a good price. Most of the stuff wasn’t that expensive.. Ive seen others say what they paid but that is not what we paid. You can but the fancy expensive stuff, and Abigail wants to save up for a nicer bridle, but you can get them at a fair price. She bought a used saddle earlier this summer for $150.

  4. Sue

    Always praying for you guys, all the way from California! Love the new stove, so cute!

    A horse, how exciting! That is amazing for her. Oh! Has Abigail got her running yet? It is the best feeling ever, to ride a running horse, so freeing! I am curious, does a horse need a barn or shed to sleep in? And do they just eat grass? Wish we had the land to keep one on, but we dont have a barn or a ring, or any of that expensive equipment.

    Have fun over there, stay safe!!

  5. Helen Barnes

    I forgot to mention I love the stave

  6. Helen Barnes

    I think the garden shed she is talking about is the one they live in. Love looking at your blog. we have alot of the same likes

  7. mommylove7

    Sandrine……if you are interested you can easily do a search on unschooling. Choose to educate yourself instead of waiting on other to educate you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfv81dF19NA

  8. Francesca

    I have owned horses all my life. I am glad Abigail was able to get a horse and I would encourage her to learn all she can about them. They require hay during the winter(15-20 lbs a day – about 3.5 tons per year), vitamins, regular trimming every 6 weeks, vaccinations yearly(flu-rhino, West Nile, Tetanus among others) and their teeth checked once a year. They also need safe, secure fencing and a place out of the wind and rain. Please do not allow her to tie the horse to trees or other objects in order to contain it. This is dangerous and can lead to severe injury or even death should the rope get twisted around the horse or whatever it is tied to(my neighbor’s horse broke it’s leg and had to be put down because she tied it to a large cement brick. The horse shied when the brick moved and while running out of control the brick hit it’s leg and broke it).
    I assume she has set aside enough money if she needs to call a vet. Vet calls start out at $75.00 where I live and that’s just for driving in the driveway. Feet trimming is approximately 45.00 every 6 weeks
    Just an FYI…a horse’s ribs should not be protruding. It’s OK to show what my vet calls, “a ghost of a rib/s”. Anything else means it’s not getting enough to eat.
    I am going to be very blunt here because I care about all animals. You have a history of not caring for your animals properly. I hope this is not the case with Abigail’s horse. You can get really upset that I said this or you can learn from it and make sure the horse is cared for properly. It would go a long way towards people thinking you learned from your mistakes.

  9. April

    Love you guys! Thanks for the update.

  10. Rachel Espino

    Constantly amazed at how well rounded the kids are. They are extremely talented and so responsible. I have no doubt that when situations get hard, your kids will know how to survive while other kids in the world will be wondering how in the world life can go on.

  11. Annie

    Nice post! So happy things are coming along in spite of all the nastiness you deal with. I can only imagine what you’d be able to accomplish if you weren’t being bombarded by harassment constantly. Congrats to Abigail on the new horse and Jacob on the new relationship. Young live is wonderful to experience. Thank you for the newsy post.

  12. Lucy

    Abigail loves animals and they seem drawn to her. What a nice investment she’s made. Thanks for the update on projects and kid’s interests. Wow, Jacob is growing up! Happy he’s found someone he cares so much for. I love the new stove, it should work out nicely. I like your blog it’s interesting and safer to comment on. I’ve seen family and supporters raked over the coals for having an opinion so I don’t read your regular pages much. I am happy your family is back on track, enjoying life, and getting things done that will make your acreage more comfortable to live on. Keep the blog posts coming.

  13. BlessedLittleHomestead

    I suppose you have to research unscholling on your own. I’ve discussed it before, but I’ve lost the energy and desire to explain myself anymore.
    Edited to add, my comment wasn’t meant to be snarky. I think I’ve been coming off short tempered.. I hope this ted talk helps
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mummj4SwpU0

  14. Sandrine

    I also am curious about when these kids are actually learning anything academic, between playing all day outside, doing chores, making bows, helping shampoo dogs, building projects and caring for a horse? If your kids are not spending at least 4 hours a day dedicated to reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and something to round them out (sports/music/arts) you are leaving them ill prepared to succeed in the real world. Or do you want to keep them on your homestead forever?

  15. Eulanda Hibler

    Love ur family. .next spring..we’re ready to fly..the horrible city life..I worked my butt off for a stove like ur..they surely weigh alot..I have it covered outside till I move..it has the option of coal..my family member says coal is so clean now days..it will be easy to use..I’m so excited..not sure if there are pieces missing..but two are cracked n I heard u can’t weld ..but not sure..the inside is really clean and all the doors don’t stay closed..so hope it will work out in the end..but sure wished we lived closer..one thing I have learned. .never talk to ones around..we are looking for land now..is there anything that I need to know ..living off the land that might make it so we’re not harrased..if so..let me know..but in private. .proud of u all..if we ever take a trip across country..we would love to stop by..and camp out..

  16. BlessedLittleHomestead

    Yes, I update the lessons next time. Since it’s usually not set lessons, it’s not as clear cut to Journal. But I will put together some things, especially a book list.

  17. Regina Gorman

    I so enjoyed reading your update! What a beautiful , productive , hard-working family you have 🙂 To get through everything you all have, and still come out shining and functioning as you do… It just amazes me and I admire you so much. As far as Bandit, I think of Him everyday when I interact with our new addition , Cooper. He was a rescue and I have NO doubt that if He had ended up at the shelter, He would have been passed by, time and time again. He’s high energy, anxious and needs a lot of work. And we couldn’t love him more. But a lot of people wouldn’t see his charm. However, WE don’t have farm animals , so we don’t have to be concerned about Him taking them out ! Keep on, Keeping on. Best wishes coming your way 🙂

  18. Brandy

    Everything sounds wonderful! And congrats to Abigail on the horse, and Jacob on the romance. 😉
    One thing that ‘I’ missed was hearing what the children are studying. Are they still doing self-guided studying and what topics are they interested in?

  19. Meagan

    I love this! So glad that you guys are doing well!

  20. Melisa Hunter

    I absolutely love reading about your family. I wish someday my husband and daughter would be willing to live off the grid. It’s a lifestyle I believe I would absolutely love. Thank you for continuing to blog, you are an inspiration!

  21. Lisa N. Murphy

    Thanks for the update and pics. My big family prays for yours daily on our homestead. I hope someday for my family to meet yours. Lisa

  22. mommylove7

    Looks like a great time! Awesome childhood for the littles. Love the shop…awesome looking! Keep trucking, momma!

  23. Jackie Dupree

    Nicole. Glad y’all are doing well. Hang in there.

  24. BlessedLittleHomestead

    It is expensive. CPS was ok with us living in the cabin till winter( as was our plan as well. We had no intention in wintering a second year in that cabin, and we planned to build when the children came back. But the GAL said in a meeting at my lawyers office she would approve the kids coming home only if we had something else ready. So we dropped the $9k and had the kids home in 2 days. It was worth it to me, but yes, ideally had we had more time, we would have built for cheaper.

    And yes, beauty is all set. And Jacob hasn’t had any trouble. We work the same hours not far from each other.

  25. SueLynn

    I love the new stove! You should get a lot of use from it. I am glad Abigail has her horse. I always wanted one when I was a kid. It sounds like things are moving in the right direction, I am very happy for that.

  26. Joann Fiscus

    Congrats to Abigail, saving enough to buy her horse. That is awesome! Quinten did an amazing job in your shop. Bob the builder since he was 2! Looks like all the others are doing well too. So happy to hear. Hugs all around!

  27. Darcy Dallin

    I don’t care what you spent the money on, but $9,000 for a “garden shed”!? Is this a shed for your garden? Was this a pre made shed you can buy at a hardware store, cuz that’s expensive. Any way you could have built this shed from just “scrap” lumber? I know money is a precious commodity and I would have hated to waste it on a shed.
    You have plenty of grass for a horse. It’s one horse and you won’t need that much hay, maybe some during the winter months. Do you have a barn of some type to put Beauty in when the weathers bad? Teeth and hoof care isn’t that expensive either as long as she takes him regularly. I’m glad for Abigail. I have always wanted a horse.
    Is Jacob working off the homestead? I hope he is doing good and isn’t getting harassed by evil people as you do with your work. Does he drive to work or do you have to take him all the time?

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