I am Christina. My name means “follower of Christ”, and that I am! I’m also a city girl gone country. A career woman turned homemaker/home educator. I traded in a brief case for a pitchfork and high heels for muck boots seventeen years ago. I have never looked back.
I have a master’s degree in social work, but my true education and accomplishments began the day I closed my office door and opened the door to my farmhouse instead. I am the proud mama of six children of the eleven children in our blended family and am the proud gramma of three of our eight grandchildren.
I am a DYI junkie
My journey includes learning many lost arts via books. I have learned more now than I did during my university days. I learned to milk a cow with my step-by-step book resting on a nearby straw bale. It was a cold wintry night and quite comical. I only got kicked once. She was a patient cow giving me a mere two cups for my determined effort. It got better. The next thing I knew we were milking 6-12 Jersey cows and selling over 200 gallons of fresh milk per week off the farm.
My repertoire of skills increased one book at a time by making several mistakes at a time. I am a hybrid Thomas Edison type learner. Thankfully, it did not take 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before I made my first successful batch of cheese.
Since the early days as a homesteader, I have learned to make soap, butcher chickens, grow a big vegetable garden, grind wheat, bake bread, can enough food to last the winter, artificially inseminate cows, make my own herbal remedies, and much more.
Central America Broadens My Skill Set
I have been homesteading for seventeen years taking a three and a half year sabbatical from milking cows to do a different kind of farming in Central America. As a missionary, I planted seeds of an imperishable kind. It is the kind of garden that will have eternal ramifications.
While we never lived on a farm during our stay in the tropics, this saying is true:
Once a homesteader, always a homesteader.
In Central America, I lived a year and a half without a refrigerator or a washer and dryer. We never had hot water in our home during our entire term as missionaries. God saw to it that I would use my homestead skills to bless others. Deep in the jungles, I found myself preg checking a cow for a family. (Sorry, no picture of that. I want this site to be rated city folk friendly) I taught Central American friends how to make cheese.
I taught other friends to can tomatoes and make pasta.
My love for handcrafted soap resulted in a meaningful friendship with a local soap maker. To this day, we keep in touch sharing our passion for soap making.
(Dona pictured in front of her booth holding my grandson, Caleb)
Hybrid Homesteading in the Tropics
Homesteaders creatively use every resource. Even the roof tops became a resource for my projects. I turned one metal roof into an incubator forcing my soap to gel. Another concrete roof became a platform for a roof top garden supplying us with green beans, tomatoes and cucumbers. Herbal knowledge was critical to our family’s health in the tropics. A Mayan Bushmaster taught me to gather herbs to heal my family. Those were some of the best homesteading years of my life. My skills set was not put on hold but it broadened during my stay. Further, the imperishable seeds planted knit my heart together with some amazing people. They are more than just friends, they are beloved family whom I live with in eternity. In the meantime, when I visit Central America, there is no lack of loving homes for me to stay in.
We Are Back to Farming Again
Our return to the U.S. landed us right back on a five acre farmstead. We were starting all over again. This time we started with one of my greatest obsessions, Nubian goats.
Yes, I have several loves. The first of which is God. Without His guidance and strength, I would accomplish nothing.
Second, I am totally infatuated with this guy:
And, of course, I adore my children.
Yet, there are some subjects that exceed love and become an obsession. Goats, soap making, chocolate, and Jersey cows fall into that category. On this website you learn all about small family farming, rural living, and good ole country lov’n. Thank you for stopping by the virtual rendition of our farmstead. We aim to inspire, educate, entertain and just plain celebrate the joy filled life we live. Join us while we simply live a full life.