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Significant Biblical Numbers

            This week’s message will be a study to help you understand the Bible a little better. The scripture was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As an example, if I dictate something and Angie writes it down the letter would have been written by me but penned by her. This is the method that God used to write down His Word. There were forty men who wrote over a period of about 1600 years. Some men wrote multiple books while other books are anonymous. If you’ve studied the Bible for any length of time you it will occur to you that there are patterns it. Recently, there have been theories that it contains code that can only be seen with computers running complicated programs.             Maybe … Read entire article »

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Baby Paul!

Baby Paul!

Andy and I found out we were expecting our first blessing in January – he is expected to arrive on September 12th! We decided to name him Paul Obadiah! Things have been very busy around here since then. We have been working on his nursery and getting the “Baby Supplies” together. We decided on Peter rabbit for his room. Mom has been painting scenes on his wall’s from the books and they are looking wonderful. Still need to get … Read entire article »

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Wedding Vows

Our Wedding Vows  Many of you have asked us to put our vows online. Andy and I choose to wrote our own vows. We also used parts and pieces from the Bible and other Christian believers. Andy’s Vows I, David Andrew, covenant before God and man, to you Erin Renee Lewis to be your loving and faithful husband. As stated in the Word of God and spoken solemnly from my heart, I will love and protect you, I will strengthen you when you are weak, I will be loyal and keep these oaths for all the days of my life. As spoken in Joshua 24:15, our house will serve God and keep his commandments. We will stand upon the word of God and I will lead our family under the guidance of Almighty God. I will … Read entire article »

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Separated at Birth

       Click Here to watch the 4-part video of this message!     Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4 Last week I gave a message on friends. I covered the separation of Christians with unsaved people as friends but not as connected to witness to. Today’s message is going to be more on aspects of the Christian walk. As we have people come to be believers in Christ as their only means of salvation they sometimes don’t get the discipling that they need. New, born-again Christians need training in how to live just as new-born babes need parenting to help them develop into proper adults. Today, I want you to read this message with an open mind. I want you to remember that … Read entire article »

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Lye Soap Making

Lye Soap Making

      This page will show you how to make lye soap in an iron pot over an open fire.  It has a lot of pictures to help you get the picture of the process. If you do a search on the internet of soap making, you’ll see references to laboratory scales, exact temperatures and other discouraging terms. Let me begin by saying that your grandmother probably made soap just fine without these and you can, too!    … Read entire article »

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Baked Ham

Baked Ham I am adding this recipe in honor of our finishing with our hog BarbieQ.  She is safely processed and in the freezer.  :-)))   Get a nice bone-in Ham.  I get the full ham myself not a halved one. Also you can buy a fresh ham or a cured ham.  Here is a chart on internal temp of the different types:   Type Internal Temperature Fresh (uncured) 170°F Cured, “uncooked” 160°F Cured, “fully cooked” 140°F, or serve cold if you prefer    Preheat the oven to 325* The first thing I do is wash the surface of the ham with cool water.  Then place it fat-side up in a roasting pan. Next I cut diagonal slices about 1/4 inch deep into the fat/meat and then slice again in opposite directions to make diamond shapes.  Then I put a clove in each diamond section.  Place the ham … Read entire article »

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Getting The Weight Of A Hog Without A Scale

Getting The Weight Of A Hog Without A Scale If you cannot get your pig on a scale, you can still weigh her by using the formula below. The formula comes within about three percent of the actual weight. The formula is as follows:   1. Girth Measurement: Take the heart-girth measurement. Your measuring tape needs to go around the body just behind the front legs and over the shoulder area. Square the result (Multiply the measurement by itself). BarbieQ’s measurement was 44″. Squared is 1936. 2.  Length Measurement: Measure the length of your pig.   Start at the top of his or her head right in between the ears and measure down to the start, or base, of the tail (not the end of the tail). BarbieQ’s measurement was 47″. 3.  Girth Result X Length: Take … Read entire article »

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Raising a Homestead Hog

Raising a Homestead Hog

  We have learned several things through raising a hog for our family.    Here is a list, but I hope to develop this list a bit more: Hogs must have STRONG fencing.  The more you can feed a hog on leftovers (slop) the less you have to buy in the way of feed. For starting a hog – use 13% protein feed and for growing use 16% feed. Soybean meal will grow a hog but it will produce a softer fat.  This … Read entire article »

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Turkeys

Turkeys

Raising Turkeys   This endeavor was another one of my long term dreams.  We had raised chickens for many years and I had read so many things about what a daunting task it is to raise turkeys that I admit I was a bit put off.  But not being one to shirk a challenge, we began to pray for the information we needed and the place to keep them.  Then naturally, for healthy stock that would provide … Read entire article »

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Rabbits – The Quiet Livestock

Rabbits – The Quiet Livestock

Rabbits – The Quiet Livestock   Raising rabbits on the family farm is one of the easiest and least expensive ways of producing meat for your family.  We have raised rabbits for over 10 years for meat.  They are impressive producers and have little to no health problems in our experience.  Let me tell you about them.   The requirements for housing rabbits is simple, easy to build and last through many, many years with just minimum upkeep.  You … Read entire article »

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Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens     In an effort to become as self-sufficient a family as possible, one of the first decisions we made was to raise chickens for meat and eggs.  In Alabama, one of the main producers of eggs and poultry in our country, we have had the opportunity to see the way chickens are raised in commercial poultry houses.    It is a sad sight to see chickens that are so pumped with hormones and steroids that they … Read entire article »

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Lamb’s Milk Replacer Recipe

Lamb’s Milk Replacer Recipe

Esther is bottle fed. Her mother rejected her so we must care for her till she is able to eat grain.     Lamb’s Milk Replacer Recipe       1 can goat’s milk   1 can evaporated skim-milk   1 egg   Mix ingredients together.  Put half water and half mixture in a baby bottle.  You will have to enlarge the nipple hole a little.  Warm the bottle just like for a baby.  If diarrhea occurs, dilute the milk a bit more.  You can give a lamb a … Read entire article »

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Shearing Sheep

I shear our sheep with the old manual type shears. There is a sermon a day in raising sheep. First of all, sheep need a shepherd. They are defensless animals.They must be shorn regularly. Sheep have an unusual trait in which they give up if immobilized. When I begin shearing, they may struggle, but soon stop.   The shepherd needs to know what is underneath when he is cutting. The wool is so thick, he must … Read entire article »

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Shepherding the Flock

Shepherding the Flock    This article is a long time in the making. I’ve wanted to relate what we’ve learned with sheep for a long time, but the Spirit wasn’t finished. Now, I pray, He is. I am writing this for two groups; those who are interested in sheep, and the pastors who spiritually shepherd a flock.    As the scripture gives many references comparing us to sheep, all of us in the “Good Shepherd’s” flock can … Read entire article »

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Every Sheep has His Day

Every Sheep has His Day

  Reuben – King of the Hay Bale    This is probably the most satisfying of all the farm activities at Shepherd’s Hill.  Raising sheep began as a “vision” that God gave me as a very young woman.  The goal is to have a place where Pastors and Ministers can come to spend some time actually helping with the care and feeding of real sheep.  In turn they will realize why God chose the sheep as a … Read entire article »

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Honeybees – the beginning

Honeybees – the beginning

  Greetings in the Name of the Lord!!!!  As with all hobbies, each and every one takes lots of time. Time to read and study, and time to practice hands-on. All of the hobbies you read about on the Shepherd’s Hill Farm were done this way. This time, however, learning how to raise honeybees will be done differently. How so? Well, this time God has blessed me with a wonderful teacher, Mr. Hoggle. Mr. Hoggle works with … Read entire article »

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APRIL IN THE ALABAMA FLOWER GARDEN

APRIL IN THE ALABAMA FLOWER GARDEN     PEONIES– One of the prettiest flowers in my gardens is the Peony.  This year I have planted another “Sarah Bernhardt” and I am so excited to see that it is already sending up shoots.  I have 5 peonies already established in our different flowerbeds and they are all covered in buds.  Some may bloom before the end of the month – but that is not certain.  This is one plant that I watch each day.  The blooms are magnificent and well worth the effort.  They need full sun and good soil.  I amend with a little compost each spring.  There is never much need to water because here in Alabama we have abundant spring rains usually.  One thing I did learn was not to plant … Read entire article »

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The Flower Garden

The Flower Garden   When we first came to view this property with the real estate agent, the first thing to catch my eye was a little area between the back porch and the workshop.  It is a space about 40 feet by 30 feet.  It runs the full length of the back porch and is bordered on the north side by the deck and on the south side by the drive way.  The west side is where the shop and carport is.  EventuallyPaulwill enclose that entire area for his workshop and there will be a wall on that end of the flower garden.  I am looking forward to that because I am going to make an espalier there.  J  Of course,Paulis looking forward to it for different reasons.   When we knew that we … Read entire article »

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The Herb Garden

  The Herb Garden Let’s get started! Doesn’t look like much but just wait –   The beginning of our new Herb Garden   May 29 – Making progress   The Herb Garden – June 27, 07 The Herb Garden       Those of you who know me know that one of my first priorities when we moved was to get my herb garden going.  I do love gardening and I especially enjoy herbs.  So from Day 1 I was outside trying to determine its future home.  I wanted the location to be in full sun, close to the house and not too far from a water faucet.  So, with this criteria there was only one choice and that, as you can see by the pictures, is at the curves end of our larger garden.   I had a very freeform herb bed before which … Read entire article »

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How Much to Grow For a Family of Six

Crop                          Per Person                    Total Row Feet (6 people) Leaf Lettuce                 10 feet                                      60 feet Head Lettuce                10                                            60 Onions                          25                                            150 Peppers                        6 plants                                    36 plants Potatoes                      225 feet                                    1350 feet Pumpkin                      1 hill                                         6 hills    Spinach                       20 feet                                      120 feet Summer Squash           1 hill                                         6 hills Winter Squash             5 hills                                        30 hills Tomatoes                    20 plants                                  120 plants Cucumbers                  4 hills                                        24 hills Beans                          80 feet                                      480 feet Corn                           100 feet                                    600 feet Carrots                        50 feet                                      300 feet   Amount of Seed or Transplants To Have   Beans                           2 ½ lbs Corn                            1 ½ lbs Carrots                         1 ½ ounces Cucumbers                   3 ounces Leaf Lettuce                 1 ounce Head Lettuce                1 ounce Onions                         450 transplants Peppers                        36 plants Potatoes                       112 ½ lbs Pumpkins                     3 ounces Spinach                        ¾ ounces Summer Squash            2 ounces Winter Squash              2 ounces Tomatoes                     120 transplants         … Read entire article »

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