Deciding to do an introduction to the Homesteaders has been on my mind for weeks now. Getting around to it is a different story. There is so much to do on our check off lists, one project after another, which seems to be our lifestyle lately. But taking an afternoon off to talk about our lives and the homestead worked out to be exactly what we needed.
An Introduction to the Homesteaders
It’s hard to believe that Lisa and I have been together 49 years this August. I met Lisa in Davis, CA. in 1968. We have a wonderful family, two children with wonderful spouses, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Our family is very close; we love each other so much and enjoy our times together.
The Vacation that changed our lives
At the end of April 2007, Lisa and I had the desire in our hearts to take a week off from work and go on an extra nice vacation. At the time ads were running on the TV about vacationing in Missouri. It looked nice and we did have a favorite church in the area that we could check out. So that was the plan. One week stay in Southwest Missouri. Little did we know that we would fall in love with the area and want to retire there.
The Wall of Resistance
Seven years later, and getting closer to retirement age I mentioned to Lisa that maybe it was time to think about Southwest Missouri. Of course, I hit the Wall of Resistance. Always without fail, every time I introduce a new concept or idea, I hit that same WALL. I’ve learned over the years it just takes prayer, encouragement, and reassurance with Lisa and that wall will almost always fall. And it did.
Looking for a Home in Missouri
Lisa started to get excited about looking for a home. I had been in the position with my job in Davis, CA for four years at the time. We lived on the premises where I worked, so we didn’t own our own home. All of our belongings were in storage and Lisa was getting that womanly nesting thing going on. For months we looked on the internet for real estate in Missouri. I remember waking up one morning and saying to Lisa, it’s time to make a plane reservation and make an appointment with a real-estate agent to check out some homes in Southwest Missouri.
It Was a Bitter/Sweet Decision
Leaving our family and moving more than halfway across the United States was an extremely hard decision for us. Even though our kids were grown and raising their own families and didn’t need our help in life as they did in their younger years, it was still hard for us to leave them and move on with our own dreams. With the idea of being able to come back and visit when we were able to and to FaceTime as often as possible really helped the transition. Lisa remembers so clearly driving across the country and thinking to herself, “am I crazy moving so far away from my family?” But the excitement of having her own home and a new life in Missouri shadowed that thought very quickly.
The Williams Homestead
Two years after we moved here we stumbled on some very interesting news. We are living on homestead property that was built in 1883, the Williams Homestead. The original log cabin sits in the county park in the town next to us. We were so excited to know that Over the Hill Homestead is just exactly what we are supposed to be doing. The
property was homestead land in the 1880’s and now again in the 21st century. God’s plan is continuing for this property. And we are excited to be a part of that plan.
Future Plans for Over the Hill Homesteaders
The plans are that this summer we will be adding more animals to the homestead.
- a new chicken coop is in the planning stages
- two goats are high on the priority list
We also have a dream to expand and increase the amount of property we own, that will be up to God and in His timing. We are hoping for sooner than later.
Introducing the Homestead Dogs
What is a homestead without a dog or two or three? We love our dogs and each one is so different in character. All three are rescue dogs. Dutchie came to us after her best friend Bob moved to heaven. John was working for Bob at the time, so she just transferred her address to our house. Blanco and Bug came to live with us from Barber Shop Bullies Kennel. Our son Kean is a breeder of American Bullies. These two were not quite up to par in his estimation
for the high price, he sells the puppies for, so we opened our heart to Blanco and Bug. They just happen to be natural cousins, their moms were sisters. We enjoy our dogs, we consider them the furry kids of the family.
Why the Name Over the Hill Homesteaders?
Because we are “over the hill” in age, our focus is to help people like us who have dreams and desires of doing the kinds of things we do here around the homestead. It really doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment in downtown New York City. If you have a patio or an area to grow some veggies, it’s all good. There are lots of videos on YouTube that talk about that very thing. Or maybe you live in a track home; there are plenty of ways to enjoy your own homestead. If it’s your dream, live it. We want to encourage you to move out of the box and into your dream. We did and we are so happy.
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Thanks for stopping by the homestead this week, hope you enjoyed the video and blog. We will be back next week God willing and the lakes don’t rise any more than they have. Come by and see us sometime, we’d love to show you around the homestead. We can enjoy each other’s company with some garden grown watermelon and a glass of ice tea. Just give is jingle via email; we’d love to hear from you.
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John & Lisa
Over the Hill Homesteaders