August 30, 2014

Lesson 197: Housesteading Wrap-Up

Well, we live in Rock Hill.

Among other things, this means we have left the 67 acres of beautiful land that we've called home for the past three years.

We've left our compost pile. We've left our berry bushes. And, we've left the chickens.

So sad, right?!?

But y'all, think about everything we've learned.

Remember this post, from 2012, when we were nervous we'd mess up our four summer herbs? My have we come a long way since then. (And you should see the size of the rosemary we planted then.)

If nothing else, our confidence to try new things has grown. And we've had a lot of fun.

Before we head out of this great homesteading stage, I wanted to give you a taste of our summer yieldings. Here's the post explaining our gardening plans. What's going to follow is some photos of our harvest! Unfortunately, I didn't get around to documenting everything. You know, with buying a house and moving and all that.

But, first, a quote that's given me some comfort in leaving our homesteading experiments behind. "It's not the amount of land you live on, it's what you do with the land that makes you a homesteader."

And friends, we have ideas for our new property!

Let's include our neighbor's bounty, which she graciously shares!

Oh, yum! That turned into one delicious meal!

And finally ...

Here's what homesteading looks like now.



Lesson Learned: Our cucumber plant grew a cantaloupe. We think it's because of the compost we used. Any thoughts?

August 21, 2014

Lesson 196: My ALS Awareness

In my life, there have been a few random people I've known for a very short period of time, but for whatever reason have continued to care for long after.

Tim Shaw is one of these people. 

Through mutual friends, Tim and I had opportunity to hang out exactly twice, both times at Penn State University the year after I graduated college. Just two times, but y'all, I knew I liked him right away. 

Think about it. 

We both love Jesus. We both love(d) college football. We both knew Noah Lichtig. 

What more do two people need to become fast friends? 

Since 2007, we have maintained the most minimal of contact. We chatted a few times, because Tim signed with the Panthers, and I wanted him to be friends with my brother in Charlotte. When I needed quick support to prolong my stay in Ireland, Tim graciously gave to the ministry. 

Mostly I've just followed his career, his time with the Titans, his adventures in Haiti on mission trips, his summer camp for kids, his completion of an MBA. 

His continual love for Jesus and unashamed proclamation of the gospel. 

Really, I've watched him from afar and have prayed for him, because he's a guy with an incredible faith, who's handled the limelight with grace. 

To be honest, his diagnosis helps clear up some things. Last season, Tim was Tennessee's captain, a team leader, but for some reason was let go the following spring. I think a lot of his fans were confused, so it now makes sense. 

But, man. How hard. 

In the video, Tim says, "You never want to be that guy that everyone's praying for." 

Tim, Mark and I have always prayed for you, for your faithfulness, your witness, and your direction. We will continue to pray for you. But now, we will also be praying for your health.

In my last post, I mentioned that I had not dumped water on my head or donated to I'm not in to giving to random causes, and full disclosure, a week ago, when all the ice bucket challenges started going viral, I had to google ALS. 

What a difference a week has made. 

I guess you can say, I am now aware. 

And I think we'll donate. 

(I am making no promises concerning ice water though.)

Tim, I am sad you have to go through this. I am grateful your hope is in a good, perfect, and loving God. May you continually know his presence, strength, and comfort. 

Lesson Learned: "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33

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