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So Small but So Big

   It’ Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting at my desk. On the other side of the door is a room full of ladies who have come to celebrate new life. There is a baby shower today for Erin and Andy’s new son who is due to arrive in less than a month. Babies are tiny things who come into this world in a big way. For the nine months before they show up there is much to do from friends and family. The noise shows that excitement is here!      This won’t be our first grandbaby. In fact, it will be our fifth. And still there is excitement at this new life. I wonder about him and what trials he will go through. I wonder what he will experience in life … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daily Journey, Paul

Repeat Offenders

           Click Here to watch the 3-part video of this message!     Part 1     Part 2       Part 3 Welcome to the message from Shepherd’s Hill Homestead. I hope you have found our new website and are exploring it. We are trying to get all of the old information moved over and still provide new articles for you. I think you will like the additions. This week I want to talk about repeat offenders. You may have heard this term used from someone who was described as going to prison multiple times. In general terms we think of a criminal as being unable to change and so they are locked away for good. Maybe you even know of someone who has committed multiple crimes and … Read entire article »

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Tabitha’s Legacy- Little Beth Doll

Tabitha’s Legacy- Little Beth Doll

  Tabitha’s Legacy Plain, Modest Dresses, Aprons, Headcoverings and More! “Little Beth” Doll Little Beth is hand-made completely! She is made of Muslin, stuffed with cotton full of cotton fluff. Beth wears a dress, apron, bloomers and a kapp just her size. She has hair of yarn and her eyes, nose and mouth are stitched by hand also! Her clothes can be easily removed for washing. She can be made with your choice of natural hair colors and eye color. She stands about 18″ tall … Read entire article »

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Life’s Worklist

The other day my wife and I sat down together and wrote out a list of things we want to finish around our place. After about an hour, we had compiled a list that will last us until next year. Some of the items on that list were big things like building a rabbit shed and others small things like the lights in our house that I need install. Today, thinking on that list I realized something, for some crazy reason the list was the exactly the same size as the one we made over a year ago. Even as time has passed and our tasks were slowly finished, more projects were added. As big things were accomplished and we took a break, our mind would get working on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Andy's Journey

Equipment for Keeping Bees

Equipment for Keeping Bees

What “WE” think you need: 1. 2 Hives – Everybody uses different things on their hives. Some use inner covers, some don’t. Here in Alabama it gets hotter than up North, so what you will need to use on your hive will differ. Our hives consist of: 1 DEEP SUPER or DEEP BODY – this is your most important part of the hive. This is where your queen bee will live and produce ALL the workers and drones … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bee Keeping, Livestock

Pantry Basics

Baking Soda 1.           1 teaspoon baking soda and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar into a bowl. 2.           Mix until thoroughly combined and use immediately. Tips: 1. If you plan to store it, add a teaspoon of corn starch and make sure you keep it tightly sealed in an airtight container. Brown Sugar 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons molasses. Mix ingredients together well and start using in recipes. This makes one cup of brown sugar. *This was sent to me by one of our readers.  Thanks Anna More to come!     … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cookhouse, Pantry Basics, Recipes

The Pantry

The Pantry

It is so important for everyone to have some kind of food storage for their family.  In 1993, the South had a blizzard.  This was something that none of us expected – a couple of inches perhaps – but we were literally snowed in.  Our van was buried half way in snow and then of course it began to blow and snow drifts piled up.  We were without power and water for 7 days.  Our home … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cookhouse

Pottery Wheel

Pottery Wheel

  This is a pottery wheel that I built using a truck axle, a barbeque grill and a tractor seat. I wrote an article about it in “Countryside Magazine” around July 2003. It was a fun project! I can send you the plans if you’re interested. My plan is to focus on these and other projects as time goes by. Check back often to see items in detail. We will do our best to update the site regularly and keep … Read entire article »

Filed under: Heritage Skills, Paul's Workshop, Woodworking

What Makes a Candle??

  WAX There are several different types of wax available today. …… Paraffin Wax Paraffin is a by-product of crude oil and is readily available for sale. It is good for candle making as it is relatively inexpensive (about $1.00/lb) and has a good melt point (135* F) so it burns fairly slow and clean, but can sometimes smoke. But for anyone wanting to make natural or environmentally-friendly candles, this may not be the your best choice. Beeswax This wax gets  2 thumbs up on both quality and being environmentally-friendly! The bees make wax-cells in which they store their honey, so it is a natural wax. It has a very high melt-point (150* F) so it burns very slow, clean and does not smoke like other waxes will. But, because of  this, it can be very … Read entire article »

Filed under: Candle Making, Heritage Skills, Sarah LeAnn

Candle Making Links

Candle Making Links

Here are some wonderful link to Suppliers and how-to sites! Cajuns Candle and Soap Making Supplies Bitter Creek Candle Supplies LoneStar Candle Supply Discount Supplies Candle Wic Candles and Supplies LoveTwoKnow- Candle Making Send us an email … Read entire article »

Filed under: Candle Making, Heritage Skills, Sarah LeAnn

A GIRL’S RESPONSIBILITIES TO HER FAMILY

This was discovered in a Junior High School book from 1929 – very interesting! 1.  To be on time to all meals if possible. 2.  To notify her mother if she will be detained longer than she expected to be. 3.  To help any member of the family. 4.  To care for her own room. 5.  To obey her mother and father. 6.  To be responsible for taking care of younger children. 7.  To be able to start a meal if her mother is not at home. 8.  To be cautious, so that her mother can trust her to take care of herself. 9.   To keep her mother from worrying as much as possible. 10.  To be cheerful in order to keep up the spirits of the whole family. 11.  To be trustworthy. 12.  To uphold the family honor. 13.  To make the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Parenting, Training Our Daughters

Happy Birthday Erin

Happy Birthday Erin

Today – August 10th – is our daughter Erin’s 22nd birthday.  Praise the Lord!  She is an amazing person in every way.  In just about a month she is due to deliver her first child, Paul Obadiah Robinson.  It has been an interesting journey for her in experiencing pregnancy and the anticipation of having a child of her own and we have been so blessed to experience it with her.  As I woke this morning … Read entire article »

Filed under: Angie, Daily Journey

Promises-

Promises-

 (My Uncle -John Mitchell performed our ceremony.)  Samuel, in taking this woman which you hold by your right hand to be your lawful and wedded wife, before God and the witnesses present, do you promise to love her, to provide for her, to honor and cherish her, leaving all others cleave only to her and be to her in all things a true and faithful Christian husband so long as you both shall live?” Samuel: “I Do”  “Haley, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Our Wedding, The Robertson's

About Us – Sam and Haley

About Us – Sam and Haley

Samuel and I met in the fall of 2007 and we started courting on Oct 13, 2007. Although we lived rather different lifestyles our faith was very much the same. After 2 years of courting and growing together Sam asked me to marry him. As we both felt convicted that this was God’s plan for our lives and that we had finally met our right one, I said yes! On July 11, 2009 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Sam … Read entire article »

Filed under: About Us, The Robertson's

August 8, 2011

August 8, 2011

I can’t believe it!! It’s really coming!! Boy, I feel different!! Okay, I’ll let you in on the secret! I will be 20-years-old in 18 days!!! Wow, what a big number. I still see myself at nine, barefoot, running up-hill through the woods, carrying a sword (stick) and riding a horse (also a stick), waving a banner I just made out of some (hopefully) unwanted fabric of my mother’s, screaming at the top of my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daily Journey, Liv

I don’t like Change

Did you ever notice how many changes there are in life? Well, the only thing that is sure in this world is change. Just when i get comfortable shoes i seem to wear them out and need more. I always resist change. We have been on the same website and email for ten years now. When we started we were the only Shepherds Hill in a worldwide search. Now, there are sub-divisions in Australia, youth camps and others that show up in the search. We recently made the change and obtained our own domain to better identify who we are and to give more versatility with photographs. I hope those who have been following us for years (friends and lurkers alike) will be able to find our new site. What … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daily Journey, Paul

New, New, New

Amazing, isn’t it?!!  There is always something new going on!!  But I cannot complain.  God is so gracious, merciful and faithful.  As you can see we have been hard at work on this new website.  Our other website has been a big part of our lives for over 10 years, but it had become so difficult to update and maintain that we were not able to keep it up over the last year.  Now, hopefully, we will be much better equipped to share things with folks online.  Right now, much of my time has been learning how to build a site from the basics.  In that process, we have all been moving things over from the old site and learning much in the effort.  Still a few more things to be moved … Read entire article »

Filed under: Angie, Daily Journey

Just Thinking

NEW, NEW, NEW!  So much new stuff to do!!  As you can see we are making some big changes as far as our website goes.  The old site had been part of our lives for over 10 years and it had become so difficult to update and maintain, we knew there had to be a change.  This new site is harder to set up but hopefully will be MUCH easier to maintain.  More pictures, quicker entries and even videos!!  Praise the Lord.  Our family has wanted to share so many things as the Lord teaches us and now, with His Help, we can do it. Please do keep us in prayer as we learn the new system and try to make this as helpful and easy to manuever as possible! We … Read entire article »

Filed under: Angie, Daily Journey

Make A Quilt

Make A Quilt

  Log Cabin Wall Hanging Quilt Basics of Quilting One of my FAVORITE ways to spend an afternoon is to quilt! It is such a soothing, satisfying work.  Quilting has been around for centuries and was born from practical need. Truly making a quilting is just constructing a fabric sandwich.  You need a top (this is the part that is usually pieced in pretty designs), a middle of batting, and a bottom (a solid piece of fabric).  Once you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Heritage Skills, Homemaking, Plain Lifestyle, Quilting, Sewing

The Great Separations of Genesis

           Welcome to the message of the week. As I have been going through the separate nature of Christians and the world I’d like to look at some very basic things which are overlooked today. Turn with me to Genesis chapter one, if you please. We often speak of being separated from the world and that we, as the people of God are supposed to be separated from this world. As the scripture shows, we are in the world but not of it. Today, I would like to reestablish some foundational things that God set apart in the beginning of our creation. There are five distinct things which our Heavenly Father separated in the first book of our Bible. It seems that these five things are no longer looked upon … Read entire article »

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