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A quiet, peaceful sanctuary from the chaos of everyday living in a world on the brink of insanity! A place where we prepare for the worst, but hope for the best!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

5 years ago and Amazing Grace...

It was 5 years ago today that we moved over here, but its been 6 years since we purchased this land in August of 2008...it was 17 degrees the first  night we slept here without the luxury of heat...I have posted these pictures before but I like to remind myself each and every year how far we have come...Sometimes I get frustrated at the amount that still needs done so it is nice to remember what we have actually accomplished....

So without futher ado...Rocky Oak in the making...

 BELOW--What the land looked like when we bought it in August of 2008--this is where our home sits now....













BELOW--After Clearing in March of 2009--cedar in right hand corner...this where our "food yard" is located..in the beginning out little cabin set right where I was standing when I took this picture...















BELOW--June 2009--You can see the same cedar tree above only much closer (picture for reference)













August 2010--18 months to the day we finally got a well--again there is the same cedar(far left) tree(pic not taken in August 













July 2011--Finally get a bit of yard and raised beds are looking good
  












May 2012 more raised beds added
  












July 2012 hard work paying on in way of fresh organic, heirloom veggies













July 2011 the berry patch and fruit trees

























The hen house and very large barn yard we built last year...see the rocks? Thus the name "Rocky" Oak and this is certainly not the worst of it...this year rocks just about gone thanks to hard work and dedication...














In the above header you will see many more pictures from Rocky Oak...in the 2nd row, middle picture you will see a building in the distance...that used to be our bathroom..it still has the tub/shower and toilet in there, but is not functioning...the cabin we had was attached to that off the tallest side...that building now houses our deep freezers as well as other items...we have come a long way baby! LOL

It's been a hard and long journey, not one I will ever forget and I will be forever grateful for the lessons along the way...Each year things change and take shape...What started as dirt, rock and trees has become what we call Rocky Oak Farmstead....there is life abundant here on our little slice of heaven...God has been with us every step of the way... he lead and guided each decision we have made...We have encountered many frustrations and cried many tears...felt many times we wanted to throw our hands in the air and say forget it....but we always knew in our hearts what was expected of us as the Lord had clearly shown us a vision....So, today as I remember what it was 5 years ago, bitter cold and we had a little storage shed, turned cabin, with no heat, no water, no electricty I also remember the dream and vision...Here we are today...temps to hit mid 70's and I hear all the sounds of farm life and I realize our dream, the dream the Lord inspired in our hearts has become a reality...I am humbled...while there are still things to be done, things to tweak...we have done it with the the amazing grace of God....Happy 5th Aniversary Rocky Oak Farmstead!