Monday, January 5, 2009

A Homestead built on FAITH!

Well, here's the news I promised to share with you...

We purchased property in the country!!!!!!
There's so much I want to tell you, but I'm so excited, this is our 'dream'. Its an abandoned farmhouse on 4 acres, with a barn, shed, and two chicken houses :)
God has been so gracious to us though; Its a foreclosure, and we were bidding along with another (who happened to be a investor). Well, after we submitted our offer, we gave it up to the Lord, and had faith that HIS will would be done. When our real estate agent told us we won, He then replied that, "y'all must be some praying folks". Praise the Lord!


We closed on the house on New Years Eve, and in our excitement we spent the night there (no heat/no electricity/no running water) but we had faith and love, and dedicated the house to the Lord as we begin a new year.


So far, we've spent everyday (including today) at "our little cottage". Its soo small, and some people don't understand why anyone would want to downsize (The world tells you that the older you get, the bigger your house should get) But we're doing this on faith, and are firm believers in "non accumulation". We want to live more simply and self sufficiently, and these few acres will be a blessing I'm sure!


There are woods included in the property, and its wonderful! My brother is loving it. He's planning his clubhouse now :)

And the quiet. Oh the quiet!! We have a long country road, and overlook acres of cotton from the side. The neighbors seem friendly, and the cottage has all the little "country quirks" that I'll ramble about later on, I'm sure :) I'm looking forward to dressing in 19th century attire.everyday. simply because...I'm in the country, and it doesn't matter!!!!

Oh, and don't worry, it'll be more hoop skirts for a while, eh?


The electricity has been on for 3 days, and yesterday had a few families come over after church. Well, the men were able to turn on the water pump, so now we have well water!! We spent the night yesterday, so we've been ripping up carpet (to expose oak floors!) and Mom's been scrubbing, washing & painting!

Here's what I did today:

I went ahead and dug two 4x8 plots for strawberries I'll be planting later on. It's crazy but it was almost 70 degrees today. I know, I know, it just was!!!! (January should be COLD right?)


"And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers."Deuteronomy 30:9

25 comments: said...

Congratulations to you & your family! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Looking forward to seeing your place one day. What can we do to help, if anything?

Your Friends,
The Creaths

Miss Jen said...

Mia, Congratulations to you and your family!!!! ;)
I'm so happy for you!!!
Having lived in the country for almost ten years I can attest to it's tranquility!

In Christ,

"Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." - Psalm 106:1

Kate said...

My dear Mia,

What an absolutely precious blog!



Jenna said...

Ohhhhh! Congratulations Mia! How Wonderful and Exciting:)!! I remember when we moved to our 3 1/2 acre farm about 4 years ago...Make sure to Love every minute of it, because it's such an Awesome expierience~

Now you can let your dreams fly...!

In Christ Alone,

Victoria Rebecca said...

Congrats Mia!! I'll admit that right now I'm envious of you. You're so blessed to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the country.

Simply Vintagegirl said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you, it looks like it will be such a homey and lovely place to live! The waiting has probably made this blessing from God all the more wonderful! That is sweet what the real estate agent said. :)

"We had faith and love, and dedicated the house to the Lord as we begin a new year" - what an encouragement you are!

Oh, I wanted to tell you - we signed up to attend the Christians at the Crossroads conference! I am very excited! I saw on a previous post that your family will be going as well, hopefully we will get to meet! :D

Miss Emily Rose

Elizabeth said...

OK, Mia, I have checked your blog several times waiting for the promised pictures. I'm so happy for you and your family- I know this is what you all wanted. It looks beautiful and we can't wait to see it! Have fun !

Madison said...

Oh yea Mia!! :D How exciting! You must be a praying family. :) My family has always wanted a family out in the country.
Looks like a delightful piece of land! Wish I could see it in real life. :)


Laney said...

Congratulations! You and your family have amazing faith and trust in God! The house is so pretty! I have ALWAYS wanted to live in the country! I agree with Madison! I wish I could see it in real life!! :)
Thanks for sharing! Keep on praying!

In HIS name,

Maria said...

Oh wow!
How great is that?!
Homesteading is also a dream of mine...

I hope you and your family have live a wonderful life on your new land!


Anonymous said...

Mia, it sounds so wonderful! Simplicity is really the key to a happy life. THINGS are burdens. We have a very small house too. We've never over-bought and are so happy here. It's just "enough". Knowing when "enough" is enough is so important.
God bless you and your family in your new home!

Pauline Disciple said...

Congrats Mia! The Lord Blesses! It must be wonderful to finally get that foot in the door of fulfilling y'all's dreams. I am a believer that if in accordance with His divine will, God will grant us the desires of our hearts and it seems that He has really shown off this time.

I wish you all good luck on your new venture!

Dayna said...

Praise God for His marvelous works! How exciting! We long to be in the country. Thank you for your reminder that we don't always need to accumulate more "stuff". (I especially need this reminder, as a kitchen gadget enthusiast.)

Meredith Ivy said...

That is so wonderful, Mia! It is a blessing just to read about it. Our family has bought several of our homes through foreclosure auctions so I know the excitement of being the successful bidder!

Paula said...

Dearest Mia,
I recently found your lovely blog, and I am so thankful! You are such a blessing, an encouragement and an inspiration! I have enjoyed reading through your archives, getting to know you a bit and sharing in the excitement of your wonderful news! I am so very happy and thrilled for you and your dear family. I love the farmhouse and land that the Lord blessed you all with. It is so beautiful and I look forward to seeing more of it and reading about all the new adventures you and your family will continue to have of living a simple self-sufficient life... something we love and aspire to do more of ourselves. I just love what the real estate agent said. Indeed, you all are a praying family and the Lord is so gracious to give us the desires of our hearts when they are His will for us.

I think it is wonderful you all spent the night in your new "little cottage" with no heat, electricity or running water, but what you did have is what matters most!

I pray the Lord will bless you and your family and your new farmhouse and land. The woods are so beautiful, as is that long country road. The photos are so pretty and I can see how very peaceful your new homestead is. I love that you will be dressing in 19th century clothing. I am very old-fashioned too and love old-fashioned things and ways!

I was so excited to hear you found oak floors under that carpet. Wood flooring is so beautiful and old fashioned! :)

We had the same weather this past weekend, but it is cold today. I am so glad you were able to get a patch of land ready for planting strawberries, what a diligent young lady you are! We have chard, onions, beets, carrots, lettuces, parsley, peas, arugula and a few other things growing in our garden. I would love to grow strawberries, blueberries and saturn peaches. You have a very productive garden and I know you will have another one at your new homestead.


Ashley said...

Congratulations to you and your family! God gives us the desires of our hearts, and He certainly has given you yours! I got so excited for you just reading this! I have lived in the country all my life, and I love it!

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

"You must be some praying folks!" What a confirmation. I am happy for all of you. I know you will be busy making it your dream home (as if it is not already)!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,

I'm on another continent altogether and absolutely love your blog. I'm a few years older than you yet, your maturity and creativity are such an encouragement to me. Please do keep up this beautiful blog. Enjoy country living *huhhhhh*....and may the Lord bless you and your siblings with His choice of spouses in His time. May your parents be encouraged too, the results of their prayers and sacrifices are obvious from your blog.

From another world...

3 Sisters said...

Oooh, good for you! What a neat place to live; you all must be soooo excited! I must admit I was more then a little jelous when you metioned that it was 70 degrees(!) where you are. Well, greetings from New York where it's been struggling to get out of the single digits. Ahh well, summer always comes again :-).

Abigail said...

Hello Mia! I am Abigail the cousin of McKenzie from Pecan Pastures. I found your blog through her's and I really enjoy looking at it. It's very lovly! I enjoyed reading this post and I love to listen to your music. I love old-fashioned things too and really love the pictures you have on the side of the page. Thank-you for having such a lovly blog to visit!

Laura said...

What an amazing way to start the new year!! Happy new house! We started our year last year the same way - kinda. It was late December. And in downtown. ;)

I LOVE the country!!! Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Well hello Mia!

Happy Valentines Day!


MissNonaEleanor said...

Hello Mia!I just found your blog. What A sweet little house! God is so good!
I like how do dress in period-inspired clothes all the time. That's really cool! I accually do reenacting at a fort near wear I live. It is alot of fun wearing my dresses, but I don't think wear them very day like you do.
Looking forward to reading on your blog! Do check out mine!


Roxanne said...
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Roxanne said...

I know this is from a year ago, but I'm reading from the beginning and it's *new* to me LOL!

Your comment about downsizing instead of "bigger and better" because we grow older is exactly where my husband and I are right now. In fact, I we've been working on doing away with needing the upstairs in our 2100sf house. We're down to 1500sf, but I'm working toward reducing that as well.

LOVIN' your blog. Thanks for ministering through this avenue!