Small steps towards living an abundant life

So I’ve always thought that Little House on The Prairie actually had something to it. I have wanted to live a life in that manner for a long time. What I mean by that is, a simple life. One less plugged in, less busy, destressed, and maybe less medications.

After public school told us they did not have time to teach our daughter to read, our adventures in homeschooling began. As it happened I wanted to teach the kids where food actually comes fom. 

So we started with chickens. The picture at the top of this post is the whole setup now, but we started out with just building the coop which cost $400 in material but is still cheaper than a store bought one. The front half of the coop the chain link fence is a dog kennel we bought for $220 on sale. The other 180 was material to make the coop. We had trouble with chicken hawks so another $60 was spent to cover the kennel. Then we bought the chain link fence for the back of the coop for $50. We have wire that runs across the top of the back part, but we let the weeds grow up high to camouflage the chickens better and so far this has worked well. 

Before anyone comments about free range, I simply cannot do that. There’s a highway on one side and woods on the other, so far we have lost 5 chickens to coyotes, skunks and chicken hawks. 

In a continued effort to teach our kids where real food comes from, we have a large garden and can green beans, make pickles, and try to put enough away for the winter. The tricky part has been to figure out a planting/harvest ratio. 

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Frustràtion, uncleaned rooms, we are about to get extremely busy. 

My children, like most children can clean up toys at church. They pick up at their cousins house, but, at home…it’s a never ending battle. 

So this week, I sat down with the kids and we had a Bible lesson. 

Psalms 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. 

First, I pointed out to the kids that rejoicing in this verse is the effect. I will rejoice because the Lord has made today. Joy isn’t to come from life being fair or how much we have to clean up or because someone does less cleaning. 

Then we looked at Psalm 24 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. 

I pointed out to the kids that God owns it all. Therefore we are just care takers of the things we have. 

Then I pointed out that in Genesis God gave Adam a job. He was to care for and manage all that God created. So when mom or I ask them to do chores, we are doing a Godly thing. 

Then I asked them 1 question. Would Jesus like the way you’re taking care of the stuff in your room?  Each child replied no. On this day, they willingly cleaned up their rooms. Hallelujah! 

Maintenance

I am not by any means a real handy guy. I can’t tell you how much horsepower my engine has, or the stats of any sports team.

But I did have a rough idle in my truck…instead of buying a new part which was around forty bucks, I instead bought this… 

For $8.88 at Walmart.  Now the truck pictured at the top does not have a mass air flow sensor, but my wife’s vehicle does, the point it is, I cleaned the air intake valve on two vehicles and the mass air flow sensor on one vehicle in 2 hours and saved myself about $80 total. 

That is well worth learning a new skill for. God knows if I can learn to maintain a vehicle, so can you.