Janel and I actually accomplished more in 2021 than we set out to do. We have scaled back the projects for 2022, but we are looking forward to this year.
We spent New Years Eve at home with the family. We made ribs (see the video below) and watched movies. I do not miss going out in the least. Give me a quiet evening at home with my family any day of the week. I have grown into a serious homebody!
On another note....I need to quit eating. I have been on a serious eating binge for about a month. The holidays have really put a hurting on me! Janel and I are planning to get back on track this month. It's so hard with all the Christmas parties and family gatherings, as there is always a ton of food. I definitely put on 5-10 pounds. Easy to put on, hard to take off the older I get.
So what are our plans in 2022?
First and foremost, we want to give/serve more. Both financially and of our time. We know so many people who are hurting and going through tough times. Whether it be relationships or finances, we see a lot of hurt, and we want to come alongside more people. We want to serve our King more faithfully.
We are also planning a few smaller scale outdoor projects. We took a lot on in 2021 (and got it done!). This year we plan to add more pasture, add a large shed, redo our back deck and build a run in for more sheep this year.
Our online store is almost a reality! Janel and Abby will be running our store. We should have it open in the next month or so. It will involve a new design of our website, both an upgrade and to be able to accept payments. To start, there will be a few items on it, but the plan is to grow it and expand into an Etsy store as well. We will eventually have a ton of products, both homemade and other.
Expanding the fenced in portion of our garden and adding some more garden boxes is another goal for this year. We did a ton last year. We want to use our garden as an outreach as well. We raised a ton of food last year. A ton! This year we want to do more. Not only harvest a ton, but to give away a lot as well. We also want to start doing our own seeds. It will be a new thing for us as we usually buy all our seeds.
Breeding and growing our animals here at the Homestead will be a priority as well. We are planning to hatch more chickens, raise some more meat chickens and grow our flock of sheep and herd of goats. This is one of my passions. I am excited to start lambing. I'm also planning on selling lamb meat. I'm not sure how that will work as I'm still in the planning process.
Finally, please pray for us. We have been abundantly blessed. The Most High God has given us the desires or our hearts. Pray for health. Pray for guidance. Pray for strength.
And let us pray for you! If you have any requests, please let us know! It would be an honor for us to pray for you!
Thanks for following us on our journey and God bless! -Steve
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