Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. - 1 Cor 9:24-27

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Fat Tuesday!

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Two cans of cinnamon rolls unrolled and braided into a king cake.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Crazy Idea

We discovered this posted on craigslist:

FREE  ... you dismantle.

The double corn crib is located about 30 miles from the farm property that we are scheduled to close on March 14th.

With all the projects (in particular a workshop and chicken coop) that we would like to do around the farm, all these materials would come in super handy.

My one concern ... the safety of my husband while he is dismantling.

He has spoken with the farmer and my hubby will start dismantling the elevator this weekend.  Once the elevator is down, we'll take that for scrap and use the money to cover the cost of gas and any safety equipment that I'm requiring him to wear .. I'm thinking a harness and some rope.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

News on the Home Front

Third time's the charm, right?  Well this will be the third homestead that we tried to purchase.  The first one didn't go far .. the owner didn't even counter.  The second one .. part of the story is here and here.  Also, we recently learned that the owner's son was arrested at that property producing meth.  Yeah, God was telling us a definite NO on that one.

A few weeks ago, I started to pray a novena to St. John Bosco.  This is the novena that I prayed from Jan. 22 to his feast day, Jan. 31.  At the request, I asked for St. John Bosco's intercession for a homestead.  During his life, he helped many troubled boys.  He set up oratories to teach them different skills along with the ways of God.  Since St. John Bosco knew the importance of work and learning the faith, I prayed for a homestead in which we would be able to do that for our children.

On Jan. 29th, my husband sent my an email with a craigslist listing of a homestead just over the county line.  Feb. 2nd we looked at the property.  The house was small and the property was 10 miles from our good friends instead of 5-6 miles like we were hoping for.  We prayed about it all week.  Saturday, we looked at it again bringing our good friends along.

Well, tonight, we have a signed contract.  Tomorrow, we will start the appraisal process.

Some stats:

1934 2 story brick farmhouse
6 acres
2 pastures fenced in with a gate separating them so that you could rotate pastures.
Huge three level barn built in 1900
Another outbuilding
One stall detached garage
1456 sq ft house
Full basement - dry ... they added foundation tiling around the perimeter.
3 bedrooms and 2 baths on the second floor
1 bedroom, kitchen, dining room, and living room on the main floor
0.25 mile long driveway
0.5 miles of gravel to the black top road

Some pictures:

Main floor bedroom - will use as piano room / school room
Living Room
Living Room
Dining Room  (fireplace is fake .. owners are taking it with them)
Kitchen (pantry to the right of the stairs)
Boys' Room

Girls' Room

Our room (a king size bed will fit)
We went into this process knowing that we'll be adding on as soon as our current home is sold.  The house is able to be added on to on the north, west, and east sides.

If everything works out, we would take possession on March 28th.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Homestead update

An update on trying to purchase this homestead.

Short sale didn't work out.  So we are still looking while we wait for the property to go into foreclosure.

We are just shaking our heads on the decisions the bank has made.  If they would have worked with us and finished the sale back in October, they wouldn't have a property on their hands with a heating system non functional and broken water pipes.  Most likely, they'll spend quite a bit of money on repairs in order to sell it for the price they're asking.

I keep telling myself, 'Patience is a virtue'.