In the Life of a Virtuous Woman
My generation seems to be intrigued with exploring new avenues, trying different cultures, and taking new risks. We are happy with ending racism by ignoring it, and learning ways of life that we never thought of.
Just recently, my family and I have decided to take a bold step out of the city life and start a homestead in Texas. But this won’t be a normal homestead. Everything here has to have a purpose. And at the center of it all, nothing can take away from our relationship with Christ! We didn’t start out like your normal family. We were married young, had 5 children, and we took risks that most people wouldn’t dream of. We always believed that nothing really bad could happen to us, and that we wouldn’t die from it. Looking back, we know we were really immature and could have died several times, but we are here now.
Homesteading is family!
We love the life that we are living, and it is a step out of the norm, but it is well worth it. Just be very careful! Homesteading is not for the faint of heart. From getting chickens to getting goats to killing venomous snakes, a lot of this life is make up solutions as problems come. No one has all the answers to survival out here. You can’t work a 9 – 5 to solve all of your answers, and a lot of times your money doesn’t solve anything. It’s a wonderful life, but it is an unstable one. There are issues you would never expect, like overgrown weeds, where you wouldn’t have a problem before. Normally between the HOA’s and foot traffic, you would never think that grass is a problem. But let it rain two weeks in Houston, Texas, and your grass is 4ft. Leave it like that for a month and you will find a pit of Copperhead Snakes. Next thing you know, you have foxes, and you can’t figure out why all of your chickens are dying. All of this from GRASS. Just GRASS!
You couldn’t be more Wronger
But this life has it’s benefits too. You find yourself intrigued by where your food comes from, and what you feed your animals. You become encouraged by the quality of goat milk you can get from a meat goat, and you start to try things that other homesteaders wouldn’t. You start to build things that look like crap, but cost $0.49 in wood and serves the purpose. Whereas before, you would have built a beautiful $9,000 shed made from only the best treated wood. The best thing is, you watch your children grow up curious about the world and without fear. You see them solve problems that they normally wouldn’t be exposed to. You know they will be something great as they get older, but you will enjoy their ingenuity while they are young. And you will enjoy the attachment to your animals. As you learn their little nuances and see the way they interact day-in and day-out, your animals will become your adopted children. And for all of you who say, “I don’t like animals now, I will just want them for their production!” You couldn’t be more Wronger. Your love will grow and you never even know it. My wife was the same way, until she lost her chicken one day. Now her emotion is completely different.
And although you may get a kick out of that video, she was completely heart-broken. How could someone so cruel trade her beautiful chicken for 6 “ugly” chickens. Because of production? Not worth it!!
Again, these are some of the fantastic endeavors you will face as you start homesteading, but it is completely worth it. It keeps your life in reality. It keeps your family together. It keeps you grounded as a person. And it keeps you living within your means. Just think, based on the statistic of our culture, she should be arguing and throwing pots at me because I slept with her best-friend’s, cousin’s baby-mama, but instead, we are arguing and throwing pots because our Cinnamon Queen was given away without thinking. A chicken we would eventually eat! Yep, we will be married for a very long time, and our children will grow up in a happy and high-spirited environment. All without any access to the normal drama of life many of you may go through. Homesteading is family!
Forgiveness can be a very difficult thing. In most recent times in my life, I have experienced acts of forgiveness that has convicted me. My oldest daughter, Raymiah was picked on for weeks on the school bus. Every other day, she would express her anger and frustration about the little girl who has been bothering her. The last confrontation resulted in Raymiah being suspended from riding the school bus. We had enough, so my husband drove Raymiah to the little girl’s house and talked with her parents. They explained theirÂ exasperation saying they have transferred their daughter 3 times already because she continues to pick on other children. As the adults form a solution, Raymiah and the girl talked and became friends. My husband was shocked! Raymiah said that she told her about Jesus and that she can know Him. The girl then expressed interestÂ and they have been friends ever since! All the girl wanted was a friend!
This incident has taught me so much about forgiveness and second chance. Many people who you think may be out to cause you harm may be in a state of desperation and friendship. We must put our feelings aside and show there is always a better way… JESUS!! Raymiah, in her loving child-like ways led the girl to Christ and had forgiven her. The same girl who called her insulted her and made her cry was forgiven and became a friend. Daniel 9:9 says, “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;”. God in all His mercifulness can forgive us despite our insults and shame,so we have that same ability to forgive others.
The heart of a child is so simple and pure and I pray daily, that God mold me in that same manner.
It has been a while! Yes? Well, life has definitely happened and I am humbled by the experience! From an eviction to buying 2 acres of land and all that’s in between!! In the midst of it all, I also completed my bachelor’s degree!! Won’t He do it?!?!
I will share the experiences and lessons learned the next few weeks! I look forward to this renewed vigor!!
I plan to post every Monday at 12:00 PM (Central Time)!!!
See you Monday!!