Forest Patch Homestead

Homeschooling and Homesteading in the Forest


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Life

Life is full of curves, and hills and bumps. We have so many sunny days and rainbows but we often go thru storms. A broken hand, losing a family pet… those are a couple. But when someone you love & cherish is sick, that is tough. It can be scary! I am sitting here up later than I usually am because my heart is alert, worried, and lonely.  My best friend is in the hospital tonight, we won’t have any answers til morning. We know it’s his gallbladder, and that he may or may not have an infection and may or may not be having surgery performed. But even when you know it isn’t the worse case scenario, it can still be pretty scary. For me, losing weight is important (though very difficult) because my family history holds heart disease, and obesity. For my husband, this is scary to me because of everything that is so close in that cluster of the human body. You see, his  mother died from pancreatic cancer several years ago. So, my husband having stomach related issues is definitely worrisome  to me. I’ve been praying, and trying to keep my mind busy with school planning and mindless tasks. Acting strong, especially for the sake of my boys. But I am not going to lie, I am scared. I even asked God to not let me lose him anytime soon, I know that the complications  from this are rare but I am a natural born worrier (take after my late father) so I have to remind myself that God has GOT this, and everything else in our lives! My husband had other concerns related to recovery, and I told him it is what it is and God will handle it. So why is it so hard to remember that for myself? Am I struggling more right now because I have  had such a rough year? Perhaps. I have suffered a lot of loss and heartbreak this year and it has really changed me as a person, my husband and I have also grown even closer together and even renewed our vows. So I think I continue cherishing him more and more as time goes on. I mean who wouldn’t, he is a hardworking and respectable man who takes good care of our family and is gentle and loving. Only Christ is perfect, but my husband is perfect for me! I will keep you posted, and will keep praying because I know my Father has everything under control. Thanks for reading my late night ramblings and I think I have just discovered how I blog best. Late at night, while it is quiet and I relax with a nice glass of red wine. hmm.

Have a blessed weekend dear readers.

 

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Happy Campers

If you have been following my blog for a while you will recall that we invested in our family by purchasing a camper this year, we have gone twice already and are going again twice in the next month and a half. We highly recommend this type of investment to all families, it takes away the hassle of setting up and the physical aches of sleeping on the ground and makes for some great, quality family time! We have camped once in NY and once in VT so far this summer and both trips were amazing! God is a creative creator and it is so nice to be out in the midst of His bounty, enjoying quiet time together. Whenever we head out for a camping trip the electronics stay home, save for our phones to take some photos. But we don’t have a TV on board and never will, we do not sit and play games on our phones or tablets either. We play board games, outdoor games, go swimming  and enjoy each other’s company over some yummy food. If you have never taken your children camping, I urge you to. In this high wired world we live in I think it is truly important to take time out to appreciate what is important. God bless you and enjoy your weekend, perhaps outdoors!

 


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Well, here we go again!

So summer is definitely here and has been for a while, and it has not been uneventful. As if tending to chickens and all the summer fun we want to squeeze in wasn’t enough we also had several storms these past few months. I broke my hand in June and had to have surgery and was of course in a cast for several weeks. This was very frustrating because I was unable to do very much around the home and it truly drove me bonkers! It’s amazing what being unable to do even the things that you do not necessarily enjoy will do to you because ever since that baby came off I have been on the go go go! Our garden did not thrive due to our premature seed starting and my inability to tend to it properly for several weeks, but that is okay because I am also going to redesign our setup up for it before next summer because it was not going to work out as well as I had hoped anyway. Our chickens are thriving, and we have already slaughtered our meat hen and roos. We will be acquiring more, there is nothing like eating a fresh bird that you raised and killed for food yourself; knowing what has gone into it and the freedom and comfort it had until it was time to serve its purpose. We still have a couple of months before we will have any eggs but we are loving our birds and if I could expand right now I totally would build a bigger coop and run and get my hands on several more!

The next big storm we went thru is that on the very day I got my cast off, our beloved Mollie girl was killed. She was run over just across the street; talk about heartbreak. We may have only had her five years but she was the best dog you could ever find. The lady who hit her had the decency to come and tell me herself and I gave her grace and forgiveness. I think my husband and I took it harder than the boys and that is okay. When he got home from work that night my husband built a wooden box to bury her in and we had a burial for her in our yard. We had always said after her we would not be getting another dog but there is a void in our hearts and we have plans to fill it in the next several months with a new dog who is to be retired and  re-homed. She was irreplaceable though and we sure miss her. God bless you Mollie!

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Now that things are finally getting back to normal with my healing and our mourning; it is time to start thinking about the new school year! I just ordered most of our curriculum yesterday and once we have had enough time with it to form an opinion I will be writing some reviews! We are going to use Apologia Astronomy for science, Teaching Textbooks for math, A-Beka for language, The Mystery of History; and I am undecided on the rest of the subjects as I will be using a variety of resources for geography, the arts, and Bible studies. I am getting really excited to get back into our school routine and am currently cleaning out our classroom to make room for the new material.

Finally, I have taken on a new hobby! We have purchased several old pieces of furniture recently and I am in the process of refinishing them. This is just a sneak peek as I have just begun but I’m already loving this, it’s relaxing and rewarding to watch something transform at the palm of your hands.

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Okay so at the risk of sounding redundant, keep checking back for updates and hopefully a consistent blog. Let’s just pray that life stays calm and cool enough that I do not have to put things I enjoy on the back burner for so long. I hope you are having a blessed and enjoyable summer, I am personally ready for fall.🙂

God bless!

~Melanie


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Summer is coming!

The coop is finished and the chickens have been evicted from the house! It still needs a few finishing touches before I share photos but my awesome husband did a great job! Look at this happy roo! 13245501_507560146101327_8376162509194222939_n.jpg

Aside from that, our garden is growing and so is my home business! I have stocked my inventory for some crafting which will be listed on Etsy and I have joined the ranks of CTMH consultants!

The school year is winding down also and I am planning for 2nd and 5th grades, going to try some new curriculum this year that I am really excited about! It’s been an adjustment since we re-homed Esme but we are coping well and she has settled in quite nicely and is very happy. The hole in my heart from this is being filled in with a new feline friend that will be coming home next week, I am very excited and so are the boys!

I just wanted to give a quick update so thanks for stopping by! Most of you who follow me on facebook already know most of this but not all of my readers do. I look forward to sharing some photos over the next week!

~Melanie


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Ch ch ch ch changes!

It has been quite the week in our little forest. Have dealt with a lot if little hurdles and also made some big decisions; biggest being that we had to rehome our Husky, Esme. It is very bittersweet but it was the best choice for our small pets who couldn’t handle her play, and for her as she can now be herself and she moved in with her bloodline (father and sister) and we will get to visit as well so that definitely makes this a little easier. The owner is also a friend so she has been sending us photos and videos, the boys get so excited about that. We miss you baby girl but are so glad that you are happy and fitting in! 


The next bit of news is something I am excited about! I am still a Scentsy consultant but I also just signed up to be a Close to My Heart consultant! I cannot wait to get started with this endeavor! As a homeschool mom it is important that we do things for ourselves as well so I am expanding my “work at home” office with this and with a craft business that I will be opening up on Etsy! Once our garden and homesteading get well under way I also plan to sell some of our bounty. 

Aside from that; we have recently renewed our vows, gone on a great field trip, I have several fun events in the planning and our chickens are getting very big and will be moved into their coop within the week! My oldest has a steady job and has prom and grad coming up; and my other two are winding down this school year nicely. Looking forward to lots of summer fun! 


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a blessed week!
~Melanie 


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So many blessings!

Our chicks are doing great, a little crazy but healthy and growing quickly! We’ll be working on their coop over the next couple of weeks. We acquired two more since my last post; we rescued a couple from the sick tank at TSC. I also believe we have a rooster, not too sure what we’re doing with him yet. Confining or selling. We want eggs, we are not ready to hatch chicks yet. Maybe in a couple of years, and probably after we have gotten some rarer breeds instead of the TSC pick. 

In other news, something that has been on our wishlist for a few years now has finally come to be a reality. We got camper! Time to make so many wonderful memories and take camping to a new level! This will definitely ensure more camping than in the past, and later in the seasons as well! We are all so very excited that the boys and I even started doing our homeschooling in there! No distractions in there so you can’t even imagine how well it went!🙂 Yes, that is snow on the ground on April 26th when we brought it home! Yuck! I am so ready to get my garden in the ground!

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Thanks for stopping by, I’m looking forward to sharing photos of the finished coop soon as well as stories from all of our camping adventures! In other news our oldest has registered for college, and started his first job! This weekend my husband and I also celebrate 15 years of marriage by renewing our vows in the name of Christ! We truly. are. blessed beyond measure!

Have a lovely last week of April!

~Melanie


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Just keep growing!

It sure would be nice if Spring would come to stay, our chicks and our seeds are growing nicely! We have also gotten two more chicks that needed rescuing. 

I must say that I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy this endeavor but it has been educational and a lot of fun! I am trying to keep my attachment on our layers and not our meat birds because come fall they will no longer be strutting around here. This will determine if we get more meat hens, hopefully we can all cope with the difficulty of slaughtering them. If it is too hard on any of us I think we will stick to layers. 

This week we are hoping to get our garden beds started as well as plans for the coop!

Here are a few photos before I go, have a blessed week!

   
    
   

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