This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Homestead Development

Slowly we have been building a fenced in area that is essentially a controlled environment, set apart for most of our homestead endeavors and free from roaming cattle, which if given the opportunity get into everything, and will eat other animals’ feed, fruit trees and other planted vegetation. At some point we hope to allow the cattle to free range the entire land, which would require each homestead to fence off areas they do not want to allow the cattle access. For us, the final section of fencing that we needed to close off was behind the barn, which was originally a complete fence; but I opened it up so we could drive through the woods to one of the public roads so that we didn’t have to go through several other gates to get to that road. Also, we hope to put a house just behind the fence; and so, I thought we would add a couple of 12 foot gates in that opening, which together would span the road nicely and would allow for large equipment and the like to get through.

Once again, we hired our neighbor Kelly to work on this. Here are some pictures of him working on the project, and finally the gates set in place:

Once again, we thank Kelly for his work; and we are grateful to the Lord for allowing us to be able to complete the enclosing of our main homestead area.

— David


  1. Anonymous

    Nice fencing and gates. Good work Kelly. Is that the corner of your summer kitchen showing in the first picture, David? Is that going to serve as your future house or is your house going to be attached to it?

    The answer will likely be….wait for a future blog entry….but I couldn’t resist asking. (smiley face)

    Thanks for sharing your progress.

    Have a blessed Sabbath and Lords day!


  2. David and Susan Sifford

    Hi Beth,

    Actually, I believe that is our outhouse. 🙂 And yes, Lord willing, a soon, future blog post will be about the beginning of the house (ad)venture.

    Thanks for saying hello. You also have a blessed Sabbath and Lord’s day.

    — David

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