Why We Have a House of Hens

Why We Have a House of Hens

House of Hens

Why We Have a House of Hens

An Introduction

My husband and I got married because we both had wanted the same things in our lives like serving Jesus in a God honoring marriage and to have children as well as many other desired lifestyle choices. But I have to admit that owning a flock of chickens never actually came up when we were talking about all the things the future would hold for us. But sometime within our first year married we saw just what it was going to mean financially for us to eat healthy.

Our 6 Hens.

Our 6 Hens.

Seeing the prices in the grocery stores for “cage free”, “organic” and “vegetarian fed hen” eggs has been staggering over the years. Our initial reason to acquire a flock started with seeing those prices. When we began researching we found many other reasons that surpassed just the dollars to dozens. It seems a fresh egg supply is only the start! Here are my top reasons for having a house of hens:

Fresh eggs and our Lady Hens.

Fresh eggs and our Lady Hens.

      1. Fresh eggs every single day (barring any complications). This being the most obvious, there is an amazing contrast between eggs bought in the grocery store being weeks old already and going out in the mornings and gathering fresh eggs laid by our hens just the previous day. We have never been able to get over the difference in texture, color and—did you know that they do actually have a taste!?
      2. Chickens love leftovers! With a few exceptions, chickens will eat just about any leftover food you have. So all the healthy dishes created can go to them and are not wasted. The other advantage is that it cuts down some of the cost of feeding them.
      3. Chickens serve dual purpose when free ranged in the yard. Not only do they eat bugs, lizards and more (even mice and snakes if they can manage it) but they are also fertilizing with their poo as they roam.
      4. Bringing education even closer to home. We have had a total of at least 5 flocks. We started before even having our children. In the past it hasn’t been something our children have really been able to be a part of or enjoy because they are so young. But this past flock our 5 year old (Miranda) and our 4 year old (Kaelan) have been enthralled from the start! Being able to teach them about animals and how they affect the environment they are in as well as how we get our food and so on has been amazing.
Peeking through the Mulberry Tree and our eggs.

Peeking through the Mulberry Tree and our eggs.

 

What about you?  Do you have any chickens?  Why do you enjoy keeping them?

 

It’s A Baby! How My World Has Changed with #4 on the way…

It’s A Baby! How My World Has Changed with #4 on the way…

it's a Baby!

Right before the end of last year our life got more complicated (in a good way) by finding out we were having another baby.  Our children are currently Miranda who is 6, Kaelan who will be 5 at the end of this month, and Sophia who is just over 2 and a half.

I am just 36 weeks this past Sunday and have to say, naturally, it has been hard to get to anything to do with this blog.  Having the energy is challenging no matter the circumstances when pregnant.  But I did want to share some of the ways this particular pregnancy has been different from the previous 3.

FirstDay-of-School

I have had the challenge of homeschooling our oldest for her kindergarten year, which included finding unique ways to use our home as her place of learning.  Our son, at almost 5, is almost to the end of his potty training while our youngest is not really interested in using the toilet and is still just sitting on it and putting in toilet paper before her bath. I am yearning for the day when I will only have one child in diapers.  I am not sure that will happen anytime soon.

My husband changed jobs this year and that threw our health insurance for a loop for this pregnancy.  So many changes to our lives all at once, including the pregnancy, has been somewhat overwhelming.  But there are some good things, too.

The Way God Intended

My nausea has been more about eating this time around, so I can easily deal with it by making sure I eat enough.  I am craving fresh ingredient foods which gives me more energy to run around after the kids now.  And I have been able to have the chiropractic care that I need to help my pregnancy along to its best potential.

What about you?  Any big differences in your pregnancies?

Photos of Autumns Past

Photos of Autumns Past

Photos of Autumns Past

Being November 30th I thought I would share some of our fun memories from this year as well as from years past. 🙂

Miranda at the Pumpkin Patch in 2013

Miranda at the Pumpkin Patch in 2013

 

Kaelan at the Pumpkin Patch in 2013

Kaelan at the Pumpkin Patch in 2013

 

Fall date with Daddy 2014

Fall date with Daddy 2014

 

Miranda in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

Miranda in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

 

Kaelan in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

Kaelan in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

 

Sophia in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

Sophia in the Pumpkin Patch 2014

 

Homemade Halloween Costumes of Peter Pan and Wendy 2014

Homemade Halloween Costumes of Peter Pan and Wendy 2014

 

Homemade Halloween Costumes 2014

Homemade Halloween Costumes 2014

Christmas now officially starts for us!!! I will share some of our past Christmas photos soon! Praying you all had a blessed fall!