Back in December, Carrie Shindorf wrote a sweet post about this new addition to their farm...it reminded us of the truck on the cover of Farmhouse Christmas and, as we read the post, we were surprised to learn that that's what it reminded Carrie of too!
That was the post that first drew us into the story of this family (including a dozen chickens!) and we're happy to share Carrie's inspirational blog with you today...Farming on Faith!
We asked Carrie a few questions to learn more about the blog and her family...
Tell us a little about yourself, family and home.
I can truly say I am a woman who has been blessed to be married to the love of my life ~ My Brian. I was charmed with his handsome good looks and funny humor that makes me smile each and every day. He is one of the finest educators I know.
I have given birth to three amazing children. They have forever changed my life. Being their Mom is the greatest gift from God I have been given. I recently became a Grammy to the cutest little guy in the State of Washington. You know the saying is so true ~ “the day Boston was born so was Grammy Carrie.” I am also a Momma Hen to 12 of the cutest chickens this side of Missouri. Really ~ they are smart too! I love my life and I love to celebrate each and every moment I am given.
My days have been spent home-schooling my children for the past 19 years. I have taught my children to read, write and do arithmetic. It has been the most amazing journey ~ well all except for the Algebra. I have learned more from my children then they have learned from me.
I have learned that the sky is not always blue. Ashley taught me the sky was sometimes pink. Hannah taught me it was full of many colors. Caleb reminds me everyday that the sky is just always funny.
I have learned with God all things are possible. Any obstacle can be over come with determination and hard work. With God’s blessing we can succeed.I can say I have lived, not only lived, but also lived to the fullest. Most of all I must say to God be the glory.
What originally inspired you to start blogging?
Our dream of building our own home in the country started out like a fairy tale come true until the housing market crashed. We had two of everything ~ homes, mortgage payments, insurance payments, utilities and on and on the list goes. That was just one too many of everything.
God taught these two educators a lesson or two. We learned that with God all things are possible. We found a new faith that we had never had before. We learned to totally trust God and walk by faith. Farming On Faith is all about our journey of building our own home, getting out of debt and earning money by saving money. Farming on Faith is our journey in homesteading, homemaking, homeschooling and humbly walking with our God.
I have learned so much from blog friends and have made some lasting friendships. One day we will all meet in Heaven and sit down for a cup of tea. Won’t that be grand?
Your blog is so full of variety...everything from tasty recipes to stories of homeschooling to chickens in the kitchen and so much more. With such a busy life, how do you stay inspired and how do you find time to share it all with your readers?
We are just a simple Bible believing family who love this place called Hom, also known as Farming On Faith. So many people get discouraged with reading blogs. We are not a perfect family ~ we have some amazing picture-perfect moments in our lives but we also have learned life is hard, but God is good.
My inspiration each day is meeting with God and allowing Him to work through my life. I want to be a blessing to all those that cross my path or my blog. Each morning, I get up with a cup of coffee and my Bible. My blog friends get my devotion that God speaks to me about each day.
In between, I throw in some crazy moments of chickens in the kitchen, boys riding their bikes into the pond, Gipsy Girl's latest snapshots and anything else that might occur on this wonderful little piece of Heaven we call Farming On Faith.
Speaking of those tasty recipes, care to share a family favorite?
I love cooking and baking but to me the greatest smell in the world is the smell of homemade bread coming from the kitchen. Nothing says lovin’ like fresh homemade bread. I make all kinds of bread and rolls but I don’t want Farming On Faith to be a place of perfection and the unattainable for the young new homemaker.
This is my recipe for Beginner Bread. You can make white bread, wheat bread or cinnamon rolls from this recipe and it is easy enough for the first timer. It is just hard to not get a wonderful loaf of bread from this recipe. Many of my followers have put me to the test!
Fill in the blank: In my kitchen,
we never run out of ________ !
Eggs...my girls keep us well stocked!
Aside from your family & friends, what are
5 things that you just can't do without?
1.John 3:16 ~ My Bible
Tell us something that no one would guess about you.
I was born Carrie Nation ~ named after the great Temperance Leader who carried an ax and a Bible. She spent her days destroying the bars. She was one gutsy lady who lived her convictions. Although I don’t carry an ax I do not go far without My Bible!
Thanks for sharing a peek behind the scenes of your blog today, Carrie...
keep up the great work and we look forward to many more photos & stories to come.
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