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The Beginning of a Homestead in Alaska

Posted by on August 16, 2013

I’ve got a bowl of bread dough rising on my kitchen counter. This is the first totally-from-scratch bread I’ve made in years. It’s all part of a fresh start for my husband and me. It’s the beginning of a homestead in Alaska.

The Beginning of a Homestead in Alaska - IdlewildAlaska
And what a fresh start. This isn’t just one of those spur of the moment, “hey, let’s start eating healthy”, throw out everything in your pantry- kind of fresh start. This is an EVERYTHING fresh start.

We bought this log cabin in Alaska three and a half years ago, days after we got married. Then the renovating began. Wallpaper was torn down. Rooms were painted once, twice. Furniture arranged and rearranged. Carpet was ripped out; laminate installed. Hardwood flooring sanded and refinished. The bathroom ripped out to the studs and given a sparkling new look (no more pink toilet!). The front porch that was about to fall over was pulled over and rebuilt. And three days after we finished all this, we moved out of the state.

Refinished Hardwood Floors - IdlewildAlaska

Before and After!

We left with the idea of being gone for three years. Although we both disliked the idea of leaving at all, due to the hubby’s job, there wasn’t much of a choice. But much to our complete delight, God pulled some strings and a year and a half later, we’re back. The renters left us a few… surprises, but after weeks of more renovating, our home is finally back to where we left it. Now the fun begins.

I want to be a “homestead wife”, a Proverbs 31 wife, and this loaf of bread is my first step. By next summer, we’ll have a new greenhouse and huge garden. Thanks to a few days of dip netting in-between renovations, our big freezer is already full of fresh, Alaskan salmon and due to hunting season being almost upon us, the small freezer will soon be full of fresh moose meat.

I decided to start this blog to track our progress, to share ideas, to connect with a community of like-minded people. I hope to share recipes, garden tips, organic living and how to start living this type of lifestyle, and above all God’s love. He has already blessed us so much in this major transition time, we know He has our best interests at heart and only has more good things for us!


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5 Responses to The Beginning of a Homestead in Alaska

  1. Corrine Snyder

    You are living the life that so many of us have only dreamed of. God has given you the opportunity and knowledge to live as you love… you are truly an “witnessing” couple…

  2. Sue

    A great start to your blog, will enjoy keeping up with the progress.

    You may want to try a small amount of peeled raw grated beets on your salads to discover how wonderful they taste. A small amount of beet in the juicer is all you need.

  3. Tracy dixon

    Hi my name is Tracy and I just stumbled across your blog. I like it. I also love trying to be that Proverbs 31 woman. However I live in the US. LOL. I hope you check out my blog too.

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