Raise Large Family on Homestead

Raise Large Family on Homestead

From Rachel Keyes

We are looking to supplement the costs of the construction of a home for our large family, so we are able to raise our children on land where they can learn about nature, homesteading, and raising animals.

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We have been blessed with 5 wonderful children, ages 9, 7, 5, and 21 month old twins.  Shortly after Covid started in 2020, we were forced to leave our beloved Texas farmhouse surrounded by cow fields and sunflowers.  Our children spent their days learning about the world out in nature.  For the next year, we lived in a cramped GA neighborhood while my husband searched for a job in a place we felt comfortable to settle back down in.  I prayed for patience as I knew God had a plan for us.

After 10 months of living in GA, I sent my husband a job application for a place where we were confident we could continue to raise our family as He intended.  After several months of soul searching and job searching, my husband secured this job!  It was such a blessing.  I knew God was taking care of us and we were on the path to our families future.

Our goal was to move and rent while purchasing land and building a new house for our family to grow, thrive, and become active members in the community and sharing our homestead resources with others.

My husband and I have spent the past 10 years growing our savings and assets.  We had successfully acquired a home to raise our 5 children in TX.   However, with Covid, getting our kids back to land, nature, and a healthy childhood was proving to be more difficult.

We have now purchased the land.  We are ready to build.  Unfortunately, Covid has drastically increased the costs of supplies and labor to a level beyond our 10 years of savings.

Our children are happy and healthy.  They are safe and fed.  This is not a matter of needing basic necessities.  This is simply a large family who has worked hard to provide a home of blessings, nature, animals, water puddles, vegetable gardens, and a life long positive impact for their children.  I feel that if I raise my family this way, my children will have a positive and healthy impact on the world and can also raise healthy families of their own.

I am asking those that feel led, to give a small donation towards the construction of our new home.  Building costs are high.  The final cost to build is double the value of our previous home.  All financial gifts will go towards the 20% down required for our construction loan, as well as the excavating of the raw land.  We hope to add gardens, fruit trees, and eventually livestock, which will help sustain our community.

Our children have now been eagerly waiting for the past 4 months in our current 3 bedroom rental house.  I can't wait to see their eyes light up the day we break ground!  Thank you in advance!  

Love, from our family.

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