From the beginning, if asked what our plan was, we shared that the Lord was moving us with several other families from Western NY to East Texas with the intention of buying land together and making a community. It would have been easy and was at times tempting to be evasive or secretive as to be less vulnerable to criticism, but we were excited to be seeing what God was planning for us. Four years later, we still are.
Somewhere along the way, jokes were made and we humorously began to refer to our property as “The Compound.” With the same tongue in cheek tone, and the same openness, we invite you to subscribe to our chronicles and get a bit of insight on life here at our intentional community… Welcome to the Compound.
On the Homestead
Up to last week, here in East Texas, we had been enjoying cooler temperatures and abundant rain fall. Now that the intense summer heat is beginning and the rain is becoming less frequent, we look forward to the possibility of our newly-laid deep mulch extending some of the plant life in the garden.
Earlier this year, through the generosity of some fantastic friends, we had acquired several goats. In a short time it became evident to us that we did not have near enough fencing nor the pasture needed, so we sent them back to the green pastures from which they came with hopes that we will be more prepared in the near future.
Travel & Leisure
Last month, we sent one of the families out with love as they went on an exciting road trip for a graduation, a wedding and time visiting their wonderful families. Many days, prayers, texts, memories and miles later they came back home to us! The Lord knit these Iron Hearts together, and so we are always thankful and relieved to be back together.
There were a couple employment opportunities for two of the families that would have required a good amount of travel, but for now it pleases the Lord that all our Iron Hearts stay close to home. So close, in fact, that some of the men have actually set up business at the Compound, building tiny homes. It has been a delight to witness the men’s constructive creativity in making these affordable homes for families.
In other news, the whole community is eagerly awaiting the summer arrival of an Iron Heart baby boy and also celebrating another Iron Heart baby due early in the new year!!!! Some of us are hoping for twins… Or triplets.