Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our New Debt Free Off Grid Homestead Blog!!!

Learn more about our journey with:
 
 building our log home on our land
 homesteading
living off grid
 making our clothing
 growing our food
and growing our family through adoption...
 
 all without debt
 
and ALL only possible for us with Yahweh through Yeshua...
 
Be sure to visit us at:

 
 
 
BeShem Yeshua Shalom~

Goose and Gillian

 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Making Our Own Clothing

 
 
 
Our desire to make our clothing came from the lack of good quality and appropriate clothing available in the stores.. but also we truly just love picking out patterns and material and the beauty of having our children wear clothing that was prayerfully and lovingly made just for them. 
 
Our oldest daughter in her 2nd homemade homestead dress~
 
 
 
 
 
We've made two bibs and two bonnets for each of the youngest 4.
 
 
 
We haven't started the boys outfits yet but our youngest son looks so handsome in his homemade bib and sun hat!!
 
 
15 dresses!! 5 for each of our three littlest girls!
 
One of our precious littlest girls in her homemade outfit including dress, bloomers and knit socks.
 
 
 
 
 
We install V shaped panels with ties instead of zippers on our dresses allowing the dresses to fit anywhere from 24 months up to size 6!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just a few of the smaller projects our oldest daughter has knit for her siblings.
 
 
The handsome sweater our oldest daughter made for our youngest son
 
 
 And she is making three of these sweaters for our three littlest girls~
 
The pattern we will use for our youngest sons overalls (LOVE vintage patterns from ebay! )
 
We had a hard time finding boys patterns we liked locally but ebay has lots of great patterns and great deals!
 
 
Another great ebay find! This pattern will cover the complete wardrobe for our oldest boy and for our youngest when hes grown out of his overalls.
 
  
Our kind and gentle oldest daughter in her first homestead dress.
 
Recently we stared making all the clothes for  our kids. We started with our youngest three girls making them all matching dresses. Our plan is to have 7 outfits for each child. So far we have 5 dresses for each of our little girls, 2 dresses for our oldest daughter and yesterday we ordered the patterns for our boys. Our youngest boy with have the bib overalls and once he outgrows them we will Use our oldest sons pattern for him too.
 
I also started sewing my own clothing having the same concerns when trying to find clothing in the stores for me. Also I love the simplicity of just have 7 dresses and each day I wake up and just slip on a beautiful, simple, modest dress.
 
Goose will still need store bought clothing for working at the mill but we will be sewing him clothing to wear on the weekend and around the homestead.
 
Our oldest daughter is very gifted in knitting and has been making everyone socks, hats, mittens and sweaters.. She does a beautiful job!!
 
Once we have 7 outfits for everyone we will move onto making their underclothes and sleepwear. We will have a generator on the homestead so sewing out there will be possible but we will also be looking into a peddle sewing machine.
 
Sewing is one of my favorite hobbies and although I certainly don't claim any talent at it and I am truly thankful to be able to know enough to follow simple patterns and make beautiful clothing for our family.
 
We will keep this post updated with our new projects so keep cking in!!
 
BeShem Yeshua, Shalom
 
Goose and Gillian
 
 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

208 New Testament Bible Verses Proving We Are To Keep Torah

There are more than 208 of course but its a good start. The false teaching that is so prevalent in todays modern churches that we no longer need to even try to keep the law is keeping many from the narrow road. Keeping the Law isn't about salvation, that is only through Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew). We are to obey out of love. 
 
Open you Bible and read it as you would any book...
 
 front to back.
 
 
Watch this teaching, test all you hear and pray for Truth.
 
 
 
 
Shabbat Shalom~ Goose and Gillian
 
 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hebrew Roots - What about Paul?



When we as humans decide there is something we don't want to do we are all really good at seeing what we want to see:
 
An out even when there isn't one there.
 
 
 
Paul was among the wisest Pharasees of the time. Even Peter warns that Pauls teachings are hard to understand and warns us not to misinterpret.
 
Paul upheld Yahweh's Law throughout the New Testament. The vow he took and the fact that he kept the feast days are just two of the many instances that make it clear that he upheld the laws of the Torah. And if we take an honest look at his words and not try to read into it what isn't there (an out) we can clearly see that Paul is NOT contradicting Yahweh nor Yeshua in their instructions to keep the law (Torah) not for salvation but for obedience out of love.
 
The problem is we need to take an honest look at Pauls words, in context, allowing the Bible to interpret itself .. Be very careful not to follow the teachings of the modern day religious. Blindly following the Blind will only lead you into the ditch.
 
So pray to the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and ask for wisdom, open you Bible and be prepared to test all you have been taught.
 
 Watch the 4 teachings below by men who belong to the Hebrew Roots / Torah Keeping movement and run the 119 Ministry.. But don't just take their word for it. As they say in most all their videos:
 
Test everything.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shalom~
 
Goose and Gillian
 
 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Our Favorite Teaching Videos

As we come across more and more teachings from those who follow Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew), and do as He did (as well as His disciples (including Paul))in following the Torah, we are finding an overflow of wisdom and Truth. So many things that didnt add up for us in modern day churches comes together when we look at the whole Bible. The New as well as the Old Testament.

As we have shared our testimony we have said over and over when we follow the Lords instructions He Blesses it. Getting out of debt, submission, modesty, head covering, adoption, clean/unclean foods and on.. Recently we have added Tzitzits, observing the Biblical Sabbath (Saturday), feasts and Holy days. We obey His commandments out of love and the joy of seeing the Blessings of His Word, it is not a salvation issue.
 
If you aren't familiar with the Hebrew Roots movement see our post here first.
 
When we look to the Bible to interpret itself. When we no longer take mans word, but look only to His Word by testing all we are taught by holding it to Scripture, then the scales fall from our eyes.
 
 
There are many teachings out there but below are some of our favorites. We are on a journey and learning all we can about our Heavenly Father, His only Begotten Son and the Holy Sprit. We will never stop learning but we hope to share our learning journey for others who are on a similar path.
 
 
Pray for wisdom, open your Bible and be prepared to test all you have ever been taught in man made religion.
 
 
Who is Israel?
 
Who are the Lost Sheep?
 

What about Paul's teachings?
 
What should the structure of Yeshua's Church look like? Should we have one man (pastor/priest) leading a church gathering?
 
Why doesn't the Bible talk about Christmas, Valentines and Easter? And where did these celebrations come from? Should we celebrate them?
 
 
What about Acts 15?  Obedience or Legalism?
 
When was the real Sabbath and why was it changed? Who changed it and should we still adhere to the Sabbath instructions?
 
..and an awesome moment when Jim Staley debated a modern day pastor on adherence to the Sabbath!
 
 
What are Tzitzits? Should woman wear them?
 
 
Should woman head cover? Should they cover all the time?
 
 
 
 What does it look like to be a Hebrew Roots Torah Keeping Yeshua follower?
 
 
 
Shalom,
 
Goose and Gillian

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hebrew Roots Movement / Torah Keepers / Commandment Keepers



We have said before we don't follow any religion. Honestly even the title Christian has come to mean almost anything now days..
 
We believe in our Heavenly Father Yahweh (Hebrew for God), the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we are followers of His only begotten Son Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) of Nazareth and filled with His Holy Spirit. Saved by grace through Faith. And choosing to be obedient to His commandments out of love and seeing all Scripture as profitable, including the Old Testament.
 
Recently we have heard a lot about the Hebrew Roots movement, also called the Torah Keepers or Commandment Keepers. It seems that so many other people are walking away from modern day churches that the church leaders are preaching against this teaching and referring to it as a false doctrine or cult.


 We decided to look into this movement for ourselves.
 
From what we understand...
 
 They believe in our Heavenly Father Yahweh, the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they are followers of His only begotten Son Yeshua of Nazareth and are filled with His Holy Spirit. They are saved by grace through Faith. And choosing to be obedient to His commandments out of love and seeing all Scripture as profitable...
 
 including the first 5 books of the Old Testament referred to in Hebrew as the "Torah" translated "Instructions".

 
HMMM....
 
 
 We would encourage anyone to really research the Hebrew Roots movement and learn the Truth about those who are on this path. Sadly today most Christians know very little about the Old Testament..

They never question why the apostles still kept the feast days, what doctrine Jesus was teaching, why the God of the Old Testament seems so different from the god taught in modern churches, what Paul was clearly saying about the law or..

 what is sin?? 
  
 
If you want to learn more about the Hebrew Roots movement there are lots of resources online but the New2Torah videos on youtube are some of the most informational we have found.
 
Start here:
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you want to dig deeper watch this series where he goes step by step through a modern pastors arguments against the Hebrew Roots movement.

Mr Anderson Series

We've seen the cult like behavior first hand from the local purpose driven church movement. Its insanely clear that the Hebrew Roots movement is a far cry from a cult. Its also clear that the modern church is panicking as Truth is making Itself known.
 
 ...And we have modern pastors calling our Heavenly Father's Law as handed down by Moses in the Torah "false doctrine"?!?!
 
WOW

Goose and I never intended to be part of any movement but the Lord had other plans. He called us down a path and on it we happened to find others who have walked the same path. We have been encouraged to dig deeper into His Word and really look at what othe instructions the Lord has for us in the Torah..
 
 
Watch the videos and then do as the gentleman recommends...
 
"Go home and read your Bible."
 
 
In Christ Jesus,
Goose and Gillian 



 

Friday, January 30, 2015

The 401K

Over the past six weeks we have been working hard to pay our placement agency over $6200 for our dossier fees.
 
Since the beginning of January our checks from Gooses work were coming in less than we expected making things a bit difficult. We were able to pay the agency the full amount by the end of the six weeks but still our budget was painfully tight.
 
Looking further into it we discovered that although we had stopped contributions to our 401k after discovering they wouldn't let us access it for our adoptions they went ahead and restarted our contributions (without our permission) in January 1st. Close to $400 went into a 401 rather than into our pocket where it was really needed.
 
We had decided weeks ago that although Scripture doesn't appear to go against taking money out of our 401k that because the company would consider it a loan its not something we were willing to do. But after they took more money out of our check without our permission that was needed for our adoptions we decided that really all that matters is what the Lord thinks, not the company.
 
 
So we took all available funds, not including what he company had contributed, out of Gooses 401k including the $400 that was recently taken from our check. Only the funds that we had contributed were taken out. Meaning we now have $3,000 to send in for our adoptions!! This will go towards the remaining $11,000 or so in adoption expenses and get us ahead on our adoption payments.
 
 
We know Ramsey does not approve of taking money out of retirement accounts, even for adoptions, and that's ok. There are other areas where we differ in opinion from Dave. He has more faith in the future of our economy and the stock market than we do. We have other investments planned for our future and we dont plan on trusting in our government nor the economy with our family's financial future.
 
 
The Scriptures are clear about what constitutes owing and debt and from what we can see none apply to taking you own money back from an account you yourself own.
 
If we are wrong we pray the Lord will show us. We certainly have been wrong before and will be again but for now we are thankful that He allowed us to save these funds initially in our 401k and that they can now be used for our adoptions.
 
Bless all our Brothers and Sister for your continued prayers for our family. Our Heavenly Father is so very good and our goal is to honor Him in all we do.
 
 
In His Light and Love ~
Goose and Gillian 

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