Thursday, May 1, 2014

Our Debt Free Off the Grid Green Homestead

We are hoping to close on our land next week!! SO excited to take those the first steps onto our land after we close knowing that the Lord provided it all for us without debt!!
We have really enjoyed the planning phase of the process  but very soon we will be breaking ground and starting to build. We already know that we will need our log home to be handicap accessible. We also want the home we built to be as green and non toxic as possible, positioned for passive solar and to be completely off grid.
Our plan it to use our 6.5 acres to homestead and live as self sufficiently as possible.  We've done what we could at our current home in town  but on our homestead we plan to have chickens and beef critters in addition to growing gardens and nurturing the 12+ apples trees on the property. We plan to plant a raspberry patch and keep bees too. Lots of wonderful plans for our land and we cant wait to get started!!

Bless you all for your prayers as we wait to close on our property and break ground on our debt free homestead!!! God is so good and we are thankful, humbled and Blessed!!

In His Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Getting Rid of the Mortage and Adopting: Our To Do List

This week we had the soil test done on our lot and we were very thankful to learn that it passed!! There was a bit of concern that it would be too wet to pass (meaning we wouldn't be able to build) but we trusted in His will and waited to have the tests done..
It was a beautiful day in our family when we found out it would pass!! God is so good!!!
Now that we know we can build on the lot we are taking on the next item on our "To Do" list. I love a good to do list  and with all we have going on this list will help keep us focused..
As with anything when we step out in faith and move forward we trust in His will and desire first to follow His plans for our lives..
Step 1: Update our home study to adopt 2 more little ones internationally. (In progress!!)
Step 2: Finish our current home and get it ready to go on the market. (In progress!!)
Step 3:  Buy land debt free (Closing soon!!)
Step 4: Build an handicap accessible, off the grid and debt free log home  on the land.
Step 5: Sign up with our placement agency and start working on our dossier while cash flowing initial adoption expenses.
Step 6: Move into our finished log home and sell our current home to remove our final debt (the mortgage). Using the proceeds from the sale to cover the rest of our adoption expenses.
Lots to do and honestly we couldn't do any of it on our own.. We are operating on His strength alone and trusting in His good plans.
We hope to have the first three completed by the end of May and the final three completed within the next six months.  We are doing all we can to plan well and to be good stewards. Doing our best then giving the rest to the Lord.. 
Bless you all for your continued prayers!!
In His Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian

Friday, April 18, 2014

$11,000 in 6 Weeks!! Praising God For His Provision!!!

When we first signed the purchase and sale on our lot for $11,000 we thought it would take at least 16 weeks to have the funds.. but after just 6 weeks we have $11,000!! Only with God is this possible for us..
We are still waiting for the snow to go up here so we can get the soil test done but we hope to close on our land the first week of May. We are very excited to sign those papers and use the funds the Lord has provided to purchase the land the Lord has provided.
We've owned many houses and even built a log home for ourselves but each time it has been with the bank's money. Ramsey says the grass feels different under your feet when you own your property and not the bank.. Can't wait to find out if that's true!!

We started Ramseys plan in 2008. He says it takes most people 5-7 years to get through the steps. Even with stopping to build the addition and to adopt we are still looking good to be debt free and own our home within 7 years. It hasn't been an easy road but its definitely been worth it.
Bless you all for your continued prayers as we work on our version of Baby Step 6!!
In His Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Building Debt Free: Step 1-Pay Cash for Land Step 2- Start Another International Adoption ;)

We have said from the beginning that we would adopt at least 4 children. With our first two little ones home we thought we would build our home debt free while being open to domestic adoption. If we weren't placed with a child when our house was finished we would start another international adoption..
The Lord had other plans.. ;)
We started feeling pulled back to the country and the orphanage that we brought Genie and GiGi home from. We were hearing that they weren't finding homes for their special needs children and it was heartbreaking.
We had inquired about several children on Adopt Us Kids and only one case worker responded wanting to see our home study. It was becoming clear that the path for us would lead back to Haiti for two more special needs children from the orphanage where Genie and GiGi had lived.
That left the question "When?"  We surly cant do an international adoption at the same time as building our home. Wrong again. ;) God made it very clear that that is exactly what He wanted us to do.
So we have started filling out forms and getting ready to update our home study. Looking at the budget with the OT the Lord is providing we will be able to cash flow the initial fees for our adoptions while building our home.
Our plan is to sell our current home and use the proceeds to pay for the rest of the adoption expenses. Praying the new house will be livable when this house sells. 
There is a lot that would need to fall into place but we are stepping out in faith and trust that if we are in His will He will provide.
As soon as the snow goes we will be able to get our perk test done and then we can close on our land!! While we wait we are  working to get this house ready to go on the market. Refinishing floors, installing cabinets, finishing up some trim and completing the stone work are some of our weekend projects.. We hope to have this house ready to list by the time we are ready to start building our new home..
Lots on our plates right now but we wouldn't have it any other way.. God didn't call us to a routine, mundane existence.. He has called us to an abundant life and its a beautiful and amazing journey.
Bless you all for covering our family in prayer as we step out in faith not only with building our home debt free but also with bringing home two more precious children without debt.. 

With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
In His Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Building Our Home Debt Free: Savings Update Week 4 - $10,000!! PTL!!!

~Our beautiful God given land~
As of today we have $10,000 of the $11,000 needed to purchase our land debt free!!! And that's just 4 weeks after we made our first deposit into our savings account!! God is so very good!!
All good things come from the Lord.. We give him all the glory for providing the funds and we are very  thankful. He used our income tax refund for over $6,000 of the funds and the Lord moved Goose into a new position at the mill four weeks ago. He he has been working 70+ hours a week since we started saving. We are very thankful for all the overtime and we are so proud of our hard working leader!! He is a Blessing beyond words to our family in so many ways and his work ethic, just like his other character qualities, sets an amazing example for our children.. 
We still need $1000 towards the cost of our land (read about the land the Lord has provided here ) and $500 towards closing costs. We are budgeted to have the full $11,500 in two weeks. We were planning for it to take 16 weeks to save the $11,500 so we were scheduled to close at the end of June. In two weeks all we will be waiting for is for the snow to go enough for us to get the perk test done. We're hoping that will be the beginning of May.. Once the perk test is complete we can close.
We are just in awe of how all this has come together.. $10,000 in 4 weeks just doesn't happen for us. We are humbled, thankful and Blessed to be on this journey and we can't wait to see what the Lord does next..
Bless you all for your continued prayers as we continue to step out in faith to build our family a home debt free.
In His Light and Love~ Goose and Gillian

The Baby Steps

The Baby Steps