About Me

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I am a 35-year-old husband of my beautiful wife and father to four wonderful kids. I own (together with my wife and my parents) 78.68 acres of rolling pasture in Johnson County, Nebraska. My wife and I also own an adjoining 4.55 acres that includes a 1925 farmhouse, a barn, and a coop, but also has a mortgage on it. I am currently unemployed, but I am somewhat seeking a job in Southeast Nebraska. We have expanded our homestead to include about 30 chickens in our egg-laying flock, 5 milk cows (Annabelle), a yearling bull (Bert), 2 goats (Buckwheat & Benjamin), 2 cats (Chief Wahoo & Johnny Cash), and one rabbit (Riley).

Valentine’s 2008

No temptation has seized me except what is common to man. And God is faithful — he does not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear. But when I am tempted, he always provides a way out so that I can endure it.

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5 responses to “About Me

  1. Derek Woodley

    I just wanted to say that I happened upon your blog when I was searching for reviews on the Whizbang Chicken Plucker.

    Wow! I couldn’t believe how much my family’s life mirrors yours. We are a Christian, homesteading, homeschooling, Air Force, Quiver Full family too! We currently have 4 kids. I’m looking to seperate from the Air Force around 2010, and am praying God will allow us to stay in San Angelo, TX to continue working our 7.5 acre homestead (that would come in the form of a decent job).

    We love homesteading, and like you, want (and purchased) our own family milk cow. I don’t know if you’ve read the book “Keeping a Family Cow” by Joann Grohman, but it has been our milk cow bible. We bought her in March, and have enjoyed every minute of the fresh milk, cheese, cream, etc. We also have 25 laying hens, a pig, 20 broiler chickens, and 6 ducks (aka – Thanksgiving dinner).

    Any way, thanks for the encouragement. It’s always nice to know there are others like us out there. Sometimes I wish we had 83 acres like you, but then I look at my 6 acre pasture, and am glad that’s all I have to mow. (By the way, the Swisher 44″ Trailcutter might be a cheaper option for you than a tractor, if all you’re looking for is a bush hog). Anyway. God bless you in all your endeavors, and may he bless you with more arrows for your quiver.

  2. Thank you for including me in your blog roll and introducing me to your wonderful site. I have a very good long time friend who lives in Nebraska and it is beautiful country…as is your family. Congratulations on many new additions.

  3. Our chickens go in the freezer tomorrow. We only did one batch this year. There are 125 out there. 40 are ours.

  4. Hello, new to your site. Will enjoy peeking through it! I just helped a friend process his turkeys (see: http://howlingduckranch.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/butchering-day-turkeys-warning-graphic-photo-documentary/#comments). A word of caution, it is a photo documentary of the butchering process.

    I have never used the chicken plucker, are they worth it?

    thanks, HDR

  5. Any way, thanks for the encouragement. It’s always nice to know there are others like us out there. Sometimes I wish we had 83 acres like you, but then I look at my 6 acre pasture, and am glad that’s all I have to mow. (By the way, the Swisher 44″ Trailcutter might be a cheaper option for you than a tractor, if all you’re looking for is a bush hog). Anyway. God bless you in all your endeavors, and may he bless you with more arrows for your quiver.
    +1

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