Our little farm was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Mary of Boots & Hooves Homestead. Mary is a fellow homestead blogger and we have really enjoyed following her and getting to know Boots & Hooves Homestead Blog over on Instagram. Its aways fun to "swap" pictures of farm animals and gardens and learn what other's out there are doing and how they manage their farm. While we work at being more self sufficient the honest truth is that we need other's help to figure out how to live off the land too. Boots & Hooves Homesteading Blog is another blog focused on sharing their journey into homesteading and we hope that you will hop on over there and take a gander at their wonderful blog.
What is the Liebster Award?
Liebster is a German word for nicest, kindest, loved, sweetest, endearing. This award is passed through the blogging community to help new bloggers to be found. It is given by bloggers to other bloggers.
Getting to know us Down on the Farm
Boots and Hooves Homestead provided with a list of questions to answer in acceptance of their nomination of the Liebster Award. Its time to get to know your farmers, down on the farm!
1.) What are your homestead goals for this year?
2016 brings our homesteading focus to our little farm store and our herbal goods. We are taking it up to the next level by joining the local farmer's market every other Saturday this summer as a test ground and hope to further expand next year. We would also like to continue to add herbs/plants to our farm that may be used in our loose leaf teas and herbal salves.
2.)How did your homestead journey begin?
Well about 15 years years ago this city gal met a boy who grew up in Montana and that is that :) lol We started gardening in a city drain ditch that was the size of a small city lot with green beans, strawberries and tomatoes and one current plant. Then bought 3 acres that we couldn't afford and planted 3 tomatoes plants in our big field that died. God enlightened us to the downfalls of living on debt and so we began our debt free journey and garden boxes in town in a small duplex. We have been blessed beyond measure to now be on 2 acres with a large green house and continue to use the land God gave us to the best we can.
3.) What brings the biggest joy to your day?
A sweet baby girl, the wonderful open air, often cloudy skies, warm fire in the wood stove and the wonderful growing plants in our green house, topped off with a cup of herbal Farmer's Wife Tea <3
4.) Where is your favorite place traveled to?
I can only pick one? I would have to say Rome, for every Catholic that is truly home. Then Bulgaria and Russia because that is where my other loves are from.
5.) When you have writer's block, how do you overcome it?
Tea. Kidding, I read other blogs and make a list of the things I'd like to write about and an outline that I'd like to cover.
6.) What is your greatest accomplishment thus far?
Growing green things, that stay alive OUTSIDE - no success inside so far ;)
7.) If you could have three dinner guests over, who would they be and why?
My grandparents and my husband's grandparents (I know that is more than three). Because that generation has so much that they can teach us about the simple life and the Faith that was during that time. Some of the grandparents I have never met, some I just miss dearly!
8.) Name three of your favorite hobbies.
Reading old Catholic books, gardening and graphic design.
9.) Name your favorite book (since we don't watch movies or have a tv for that matter!)
Another hard one, The Liturgical Year by Dom Guranger.
10.) If you could travel to any place and era, where would they be and why?
If I could travel to any place I'd go back to Rome and tour Italy to see where the Saints walked and lived, visit the Churches and shrines and because Europe is just beautiful. Era? God placed us all in the era that we belong and will best suit our path to heaven so I think I'll just stay put :)
Our Favorite Blog
One of the rules for the Liebster Award is to write about your favorite blog. I'd have to say that our favorite homesteading blog is The Prairie Homestead. Jill, at the Prairie homestead, sort of portrays what we hope to bring to our blog in her "Return to your Roots" theme. She is a blogger from Wyoming and so she is growing food near that soil that my husband grew up on in Montana, which I think is pretty impressive coming from the Willamette Valley which will pretty much grow anything. Her web design is impressive to me and she is super organized. I also love her down to earth simple style, Jill also has wonderful farm recipes and great tips on things like money all of which relate to the homesteading life. Which is highly important because not all money tips apply to farm life and neither to all recipes when one is trying to live off the land with what they have. The Prairie Homestead also has great photos. I also love that she started out small as the rest of us Liebster Award winners and turned her blog into a full time income for their family. They are living the life the want, on a homestead, giving their children a wonderful farm life out in the middle of no where and are showing how it can also be done by the rest of us. I hope some day to be able to take her wonderful Blogger Blueprint class and learn how she makes her blog as fantastic as it is!
10 Random Facts
Another part to the acceptance of the Liebster Award is to list 10 random facts about ourselves, so for your entertainment and without further ado....
1.) Our four children are adopted.
2.) I kill all house plants.
3.) My favorite color is purple.
4.) All of our animals on the farm, except the chickens, were given to us (we adopt more than little people!)
5.) We have two sons adopted from Eastern Russia.
6.) We have a daughter adopted from Bulgaria.
7.) We have a daughter adopted from Oregon.
8.) Only one of our children came to our home as an infant.
9.) We homeschool.
10.) Intensely dark chocolate is my favorite.
5 more blog award winners....
Blue Barnyard A lovely little site focused on bringing fresh well grown food to local families and sharing their little farm along the way. We really have enjoyed following this farm on Instagram.
Reliant Farm, LLC As their page says, no one is truly self-sufficient and we really do need each other to help. This site is another market gardner who looks to have some great recipes on their site and another fun farm for us to follow on Instagram.
The Yodel Dog Homestead Another great homesteading blog, I just love their design and layout and really have enjoyed their Instagram account (see a theme here?). They are just 19 days away from moving to their off grid homestead and starting to "live small while living large."
The Ozark Poppy Another lovely blog layout... I think the designer in me came out when picking farm blogs. Easy to follow with great DIY''s. Nicole is also from the Western US and moved to a rural area.
Homesteading in Oregon A local blog that has their own homesteading store. They also make and sell some super looking clothes drying racks! They homeschool and have adopted... seems up my alley :)
Back in 2011 the rules were a simple case of acknowledgement of the nominator and to nominate 5 more. Now in 2016 it is a little more involved!
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
Welcome to our Family Tea Farm!
Howdy from our farm to your home! It is said that the, "farm is the nursery of the family," and that "the family is the nursery of the nation." We hope you enjoy your visit to our blog as we share with you the happenings on our little "nursery". Thank you for following us on our journey and watching us GROW! Read more about our farm HERE.