Our family's homesteading adventures in the mountains

SROM Wilderness Adventure

This summer I was blessed to have the opportunity to go on a 10 day climbing & backpacking trip with Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries. SROM is a wonderful Christian organization that offers wilderness-based leadership/discipleship courses, based on the example of the many bible heroes who went to the wilderness to seek God.

I was able to experience that firsthand on this trip in a very powerful way, as He grew me immensely and blessed me with a closeness with Him that I had not experienced before. I also had a great time getting to know the 12 other guys & gals on the trip, none of whom I had met before, and building some really good friendships. And of course, the scenery was fantastic!

It was definitely and experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything, and I’m very thankful for God’s hand in the events that led up to me going on the trip (another great story, if you’re interested in hearing!). I plan on staying involved with Solid Rock and am looking forward to seeing where that may lead.

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Lisa and Brownie at Jefferson County Fair


Lisa worked hard again in 4-H this year training her dog, Brownie. We have seen many improvements in her over the year most notably her ability to stay calm around other people and dogs.  She was the only dog in the competition that did the stay command (successfully!) off leash.  Lisa and Brownie took first in both Obedience and Showmanship and were invited to attend the state fair in Pueblo again.  This year we declined as it is a huge commitment in both time and money.  Perhaps she will get to go again next year!



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Jefferson County Fair Livestock Show

Katy once again participated in 4-H and showed two of her goats at the county fair.  She spent so much time training them and caring for them.  Both Molly and Smores looked great and the care that Katy gave them really showed at competition time.  She won Grand Champion in Intermediate Showmanship, Grand Champion in Breeding as well as in the dairy goat class.  She brought home a slew of ribbons as well as three gorgeous new belt buckles.  Katy also got the chance to participate in Round Robin.  Round Robin is where the showmanship winners compete against each showing in all categories – horse, goat, llama, sheep, poultry, rabbit and swine.



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National Youth Leadership Training

In July Drew had the chance to attend Big Horn National Youth Leadership Training at Camp Tahosa in Ward, Colorado.  The camp is a six day adventure that focuses on teaching leadership skills that can be used in many areas of life.  The focus is on what a leader must be, know and do.  This year Drew was attending as a participant, but next summer he’s planning on hiring on as camp staff.


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Drew- Learning to drive

Drew now has his permit and is learning to drive. It is a bit of a challenge up here in the mountains with all the hills, curves and snow but we are making it happen.

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100 Easy Lessons

I am happy to announce Naomi has finished her reading lessons.  I love this book. I have taught everyone (5 now) to read with it.  When they have completed the program they read at a solid second grade reading level.  After completing the book, we go on to do lots of practice in real books.  So far each of our children have become voracious readers and I expect Naomi will follow in the same footsteps.

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What’s in a number?

We have homeschooled our children since the beginning.  Our curriculum and methods have changed over the years but our belief and commitment  have not wavered. Our main focus has been teaching the children how to learn.  Most people I talk to admit to coming out of high school and not remembering the content of the bulk of their classes.  So the idea has been that if they know how to learn, they can learn anything they need to in life.  Our curriculum is a  bit unconventional at times, but as our oldest enters his last year of school, (sniff, sniff) I am content with our results.

There are many principles and ideas that govern our homeschool choices.  One is the idea of making learning hands on.  Any type of learning becomes more memorable with a real life experience to hang it on.  When children can see what the heck they are going to use things for, it makes a lot more sense.  So here is some  examples of ways Nick has used real hands on learning in the past year.

Rebuilding a farm gate (lots of math here)

Starting a beehive  (reading, serious research into caring for bees, equipment and such)

Putting up an electric fence (reading, research again and a hands on science lesson)

Raising chickens (reading, research, science behind egg laying and nutrtion)

Training for a race (physical education, self discipline)

Building websites (computer science)

Horse training (reading, research, science)

Many repair jobs and home improvement projects (various)

There is so much more but this is a good sampling.  I am proud of the character and skills that Nick has developed.  He is going to go far in life due to that character and ability to tackle many things.

So what does this have to do with the number 34?  Well I really believe that his foundation and character is going to be what is important in life but I can’t help but be thrilled that 34 is what he got on his ACT.  It was his first time taking it.  It is funny because out of all the subjects we do, science and english have been what we have done in the most unconventional way.  He got a 36 in science and english.  Woo-hoo.


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