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Bountiful Blessings

I’ve always dreamed of owning a farm. Acreage, chickens, goats, a bountiful vegetable garden, a beautiful flower garden. But alas, I only have 1/4 acre, and it’s mostly shade.

I’ve had echinacea and mint growing for years but I’ve been too busy to try to harvest them. I never knew what to do either. But this year I decided to do it. I cut a few echinacea and a bunch of mint. And now I have them hanging up in my house to dry. I’m really excited for the end result! Can we say mint tea? Yes please! 😄.

We have a small chicken farm here. 20 chickens. They’re fun. The kids love them. I love the fresh eggs we get every day! If you’ve never had farm fresh eggs, you’re really missing out. They’re so much better than store bought eggs!

And the berries!! I’m so excited about these berries! We’ve always had black raspberries but this is the first year for red raspberries. A bird much have dropped a seed because they just randomly sprouted up in the back yard! There was an invasive vibe growing back there, along with other weeds. I’ve worked hard to remove all the weeds to really give this berry bush a chance to thrive, and it has! There’s easily 100+ berries growing and I couldn’t be more delighted! It’s a small reminder to me that God will provide and give you all the desires of your heart. 💜

Do you have a farm or garden? I’d love to hear about it!

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Chickens & Kids

I love my chickens and I love my kids.

Having chickens was never something I thought would be for me. They’re messy, they can be smelly, and they bite! I’ve never been much of a farm girl, so when my husband said “Let’s get chickens!” I was a little apprehensive. I would have rather just gotten eggs at the store! But once we did our research, and educated ourselves, we realized chickens were a very wise investment. The price of eggs went up tremendously last summer, up to $5/dozen! That was crazy! We didn’t eat a lot of eggs, but really, that was just highway robbery! We did the math and realized we could just raise our own chicken for less. The cost of feed and supplies was cheaper than to buy eggs at the store. So, we jumped in! We bought 8 hens, red sex links. We fell in love with them. My son, Logan, really look to the girls. He’s been a huge help. From collecting the eggs, to feeding the girls, he’s there. I could not be more proud of him.

Little know fact, eggs that you buy in the store can be up to one year old. Think about that. I don’t want to eat a year old egg! But, the FDA allows that. I love the fact that I can go out to the coop, and grab an egg. I know where it came from, how long it’s been there, and what the hens have eaten. I know the living conditions of my hens. I know they aren’t stuffed in a cage their whole life. They get to run around and eat grass. They’re happy chickens.

We’ve since added to our flock and now have a total of 30 hens. It cam be a bit overwhelming at times, but the reward is so great, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I recommend everyone gets chickens!