Category Archives: Homesteading

For We Walk By Faith: Our Newest Arrival Is Here!

We’ve created the ultimate homegrown! Faith Olivia was born July 23, 2017 at 4:50pm. She weight 7 lbs 9 oz and was 20 1/4 inches long. She arrived 8 days over due and it is doing beautifully.

We are so blessed to have her in our lives. As the scripture goes 1 Samuel 1:27-28 “For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him.”

I came from a difficult past and an enduring childhood. Long before I was married or even met my husband; I knew I wanted a marriage, children and a family of my own. The years went by and at the time I had been dating my would be future husband for over 7 years but my dreams of family still seemed so far away. I realized that my own on goings weren’t coming up fruitful, so in desperation and frustration, I surrendered myself and my life to the Lord. That was the best decision I ever made.

From where I’ve been to where I wanted to go seems like an impossibly long journey. I had told myself, if I am to get there it’s going to take nothing but an incredible amount of pure Faith. I told the Lord then and there that if He saw fit to bring me a husband, join me in marriage and bless me with a child; that I would name my first baby girl Faith.

Less than a year after this prayer, I was engaged. Within a year that I had an incredible marriage ceremony on the beach in Lake Tahoe. It was absolutely heaven sent with a white horse and carriage, held on my father’s birthday (the only day the site was available) and it even snowed briefly after the “I dos” in May. By October, I found out we were pregnant!

The Lord brought everything to me that we wanted. He knitted together a web of events that even in our wildest dreams we could have never assembled together ourselves. He did it so quickly and so eloquently as only He could. He knew our hearts desires better than we knew our own.

After we found out we were pregnant, I was convinced I was carrying a boy. I had even begin to purchase boy clothes. Since boys were more prevalent in both mine and my husband’s family, I had resolved that this child was a boy. It would be 15 short weeks later at our gender reveal ultrasound that I squealed and cried to find out that I was having a little girl! I seriously didn’t expect it and almost skipped the appointment because I thought I knew better. We knew right away her name was Faith.

We decided on the middle name Olivia because it’s derived from Olive one of the crops we have growing here on the homestead. The Olive branch was the famous symbol of peace after the floods in the time of Noah. I Olivia is said to be the one that walks with peace. So here she is world, my little miracle: Faith Olivia.

Moral of this story: Put all your trust and have Faith in the Lord.

Top 10 Homesteading & Preparedness Books

With Homesteading, self-sufficiency & survival preparedness on the rise; it’s no wonder that so many great books have been published on these subjects. Here is a list of my personal top 10 favorite books to ensure your homesteading library is well rounded and complete.


Country Wisdom & Know – From the Editors of Storey Books

This book is in my opinion the bible of Homesteading. It boosts a whooping 8,167 useful skills and step by step instruction on various topics including animal husbandry including slaughtering, home brewing, basic construction, maximizing your garden harvest, food preservation methods,  building root cellars, basket weaving, making toiletries, and even home remedies. I think my favorite part of this book is that all the skills and crafts provided are shown in multiple how to diagrams and picture illustrations. If the apocalypse happened and my house was on fire, this would be the one homesteading book I would go in to retrieve. Trust me, you will want this one on your bookshelf!


The Kitchen Table Book – From the Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing

This book has blown me away. No where else have I found a more accurate and  complete collection of home remedies and kitchen cures for just about every heath and household problem. Packed full of recipes and remedies from helping depression to boosting brain power this book has it all!  Not only does it feature individual fruits and vegetables including their healing properties; it also features a database of healing herbs and medicinal cures.  Each section has several processing recipes for each food mentioned. Healthy fruit smoothie anyone?Super fabulous bonus: Dabbled throughout the book are interesting tips and tricks to common household issues like how to clean a fireplace the right way.


Made At Home Eggs & Poultry – Dick & James Strawbridge

This is an excellent introduction to raising chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys for eggs and for eating. From hatching to slaughter to carving and cooking this book offers it all from start to finish. With insights and wisdom, this resource is riddled with lots of delicious recipes to inspire the cook in all of us. With vibrant full color pictures and step by step instructions, this is a beautiful addition to any homesteaders library.


Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners – C.E. Spaulding D.V.M and Jackie Clay

This book is a comprehensive easy to use reference guide that provides everything you need to know about caring for and treating pets and barn yard animals. It covers in depth information on sexing, breeding and disease prevention and treatment. This book has helped me take over tasks that normally require a vet appointment. With this book you can become proficient in administrating medications, assisting animal delivery and much more. A glossary in the back, helps with learning unfamiliar medical terms and procedures.


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading – Sundari Elizabeth Kraft

Despite my disliking for the title, this book was one of my first and has grown to be a personal favorite. It is well written and full of useful information on small scale homesteading. Subjects include how to sell your excess harvest, raising animals for food, beekeeping, utilizing aquaponic techniques, small batch food preserving, soap making, homemade cleaners and my favorite topic: urban foraging. Each chapter includes several bonus tips and tricks to increase your success.


Extreme Survival – Akkermans, Cook, Mattos, & Morrison

Self-sufficiency in the wild, making tools, self protection and much more – this book covers it all! From how to survive a car accident to assessing dangerous environments, you can learn everything you need to know about survival. Living off the land is one of the key components of homesteading. Living off grid requires skills and knowledge of the environment including possible threats. This book covers topics such as foraging, bushcraft techniques, street smarts, and how to make escape and rescue plans. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering rural homesteading or off grid living. Plus it’s a beautiful large coffee table book that features color pictures and life saving insights.


The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving  – Elle Topp & Margaret Howard

I can honestly say that this book should be in every homesteaders library! This is by far my favorite cook book. Working on a mini farm, small batch recipes and the knowledge with this book are priceless. There’s tons of delicious recipes from butters to jellies to marinades and oils. This book is an easy reference to process and preserve your fruits throughout the year. It’s saved me countless hours in the kitchen!


Soapmaking For Fun & Profit By Maria Given Nerius

This book is hands down awesome! It’s got amazing recipes with easy to understand instructions and is packed with information on soap making! I picked this book up at a garage sale for a quarter and it’s money well spent! This book will not only help you understand the concepts behind soap making but will allow you to create beautiful and wonderfully smelling gifts for family and friends. You can even make a profit as it teaches the business aspects of soap making. I found this book to be especially helpful by creating lovely soaps that I could barter or trade with friends for their homemade items. This book started my interest in soap making which has since expanded into homemade toiletries and household cleaners.


Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook – Skyhorse Publishing*

Anyone interested in surviving an apocalypse needs this book in their library! This is hands down the most extensive and complete collection of medical information that’s easy to read for the average Joe. This covers everything from medical triage, birthing babies, treating diseases, wrapping wounds and so much more! It’s packed with pictures and step by step instruction to handle the most common elements and beyond. There’s also several handy reference sections for easy look up. I have read this randomly section by section and I’ve learned so much about medical care. In a situation where no doctor or medical professionals are available this book is a potential game changer.

*Disclosure – I’m not a medical professional and this should not be considered medical advice. It’s best to consult a medical professional before trying any medical care from this book. This post is purely for entertainment purposes only.

This concludes my list of some of my near and dear all time favorite homesteading and preparedness books. I hope you found this list complete and informative. As my collection grows, I will be posting an updated version every few years!

If you have any must have books that I need to add to my collection, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear which ones are your personal favorites! Enjoy!!!

We’ve Got A New Website –


We’ve launched our new website! We’re getting moved in and hope you will come visit us! If you like what you see, join our email list, like our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram @HomesteadWife.

We will offer by weekly articles on homesteading, food preservation, recipes and so much more! Coming up this month is our favorite French Bread Recipe, an Intro to Urban Foraging and How to Make the Best Limoncello Ever! Stay tuned and enjoy! Cheers!

Love, Marriage & New Beginnings


While I originally started this blog two years ago, I never stuck with it. Life happened and we got ENGAGED! Wedding planning took over as the days turned into weeks which morphed into months. We were MARRIED on a beach overlooking Lake Tahoe! Now that I’m settling in as a housewife; I’ve decided this was the time to start it again. So this is my beginning. Again. 🙂

Welcome! I absolutely LOVE this lifestyle and can’t wait to share it with you. I’ve learned so much from adventures coyote hunting, performing chicken surgeries, “black market” bartering and even emergency medical triage training. You’ll never know where this lifestyle will lead you!

Stay tuned for my next post as I introduce myself and welcome you properly to our little homestead.