Jordan is interested in developing a real homestead that could turn into a side business for him. We will be looking at plans for building a greenhouse, trying to keep chickens again (if I can only get over the taste of fresh eggs....), and we would love to learn about keeping bees. I think I would like to have my own source for honey and it could provide some income for the boys. I have plans to read Gene Stratton Porter's Laddie and The Keeper of the Bees to encourage the children (and myself) to work hard, become self-reliant and to love working as a family. There is just something about working together that either draws a family closer or breaks them up completely. God created us to be workers and to take dominion over the land that He gave us. We need to be more focused on doing the work that He has given us to do. If you were to walk around our place you would see that there is a lot of work that needs to be done!! Good thing we have a bunch of children who are willing to work (most of the time!)
Here are the three big boys getting ready to set out blueberry bushes on a little ridge behind the house.
Jeff gives them a little help with the tiller.
It's a big job for Jackson, but he loves to work. They dug deep. Aaron actually had water coming up in one of the holes he dug. Not a burst pipe, just runoff from up the hill. They planted the blueberry bushes in a mixture of our clay soil, sand, peat moss and compost.
Caedmon loves being out and "working" with the big guys.
Jordan looks like he is really preparing to tackle a hard job.
Some of our early crops are coming up! I think these are radishes.
Kaelan took all of these pictures. It was a beautiful spring day and you can finally see new leaves coming out on the trees.
The daffodils have bloomed and Kaelan can't resist picking one or two or a bunch!
One of the children's many hideouts around our property. This one is fairly close to the house in a shady little glen. The little boys play here with Kaelan. She has a nice little set up!