Monday, October 15, 2012

New Plantings- The Mulberry Tree

On our 9th wedding anniversary, our first anniversary on our new homestead, we planted this mulberry tree. It was a gift from one of our beach neighbors. It lived in a 5 gallon bucket for two years, just waiting for us to find a homestead.
Here we are. Lyli is 5, Loral is 11 months.
We look forward to God’s Continued Blessings while we watch our family, our homestead, and our tree grow.
Blessings to you all!
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Monday, October 8, 2012

New Life for an Old Ottoman

One of the wonderful things about having a home again is having all our stuff in one place. I can finally work on some projects that have been delayed for too long.


We bought this storage ottoman before Lyli was born. We stored movies in it. Then it was a toy box for a few years. Last year I stocked it with old magazines and my favorite reading blanket. But the straw top was fraying badly. It didn’t like being used as a footstool I guess.

Finally, my fabric stash, stapler, and the ottoman were all in the same place. I organized my stash and remembered my unfinished ottoman project…

Ta Da!

I love the country blue fabric.

Happy Homesteading!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Through a Child’s Eyes

I love to see through Lyli’s eyes. There is such wonder, joy, peace, and faith.


Do you see the star?


She had to point it out to me, too.


A Quick Message From Our Father


I love it when God sends me a postcard to say He loves us.

My Brother, Jesus, is quick to remind me of His love.

Our Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is always here, and never leaves us.


Ben and I received this cross as a wedding gift. I hung it up a few days ago. Then yesterday morning, God graced it with a sunbeam.


-Phyllis Fekula

Monday, October 1, 2012

Homestead Plantings- Banana Trees


I didn’t know that bananas would grow in north Florida. I’ve seen the banana trees that look like pretty palms but don’t produce fruit. When Ben brought these home from some wonderful people at Chick-fil-A, I thought, “Why would I want a pretty but useless plant?” (I’m pretty big on utility rather than beautiful uselessness.) But he and my Dad assured me that there are banana trees that grow bananas in our area. In fact, my Dad told me that one of our neighbors had one and harvested bananas each year. I was amazed.

This weekend, my darling husband worked SO hard cleaning up the destroyed ramp (and saving the wood for future projects of course). He also removed the strange piece of clothesline from the backyard. YAY! We plan to use a drying rack from

1327773921 Homestead Drying Racks.

(It can be moved indoors in front of the fireplace.)

AND he planted our banana trees.

… our Homestead begins to take form.

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A Home Is Born


It’s so easy to love it here. The views of the land and sky always amaze me. And we are far enough out of the city to see the stars!

Oh, how I’ve missed the stars.

Now here are some home pictures for those of you who’ve asked…


I’ve always wanted a tub like this. The fact that I share it with my 2 kids just makes it all the more memorable.


Here’s a close up of my bath-time decorations. This is a set of coasters that my darling Nan gave me. They say, “Find time for things you cherish,” “Cherish those you love,” “Love the things you grow,” and “Grow beautiful things.”


You can see that we haven’t yet hung up the towel rod and hand-towel-holder. But my hermit crab shell and Lyli’s seahorse and sea star are in place. Important things first, right?


I got this for a house-warming gift for Ben and myself from Beall’s Outlet.

God is SO good!


Messy kitchen shot! But I love this kitchen.

Actually, this is my clean kitchen shot!


The glass-front cabinets beside the stove-hood showcase some of my favorite canisters, coffee cups, and vases.

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I first found three blue canisters at Goodwill. Then Ben found four more abandoned in a trash pile beside the street in our old beach neighborhood. (That was the best thing about that place- people put free stuff out by the street. They do that so regularly in that neighborhood that men with trucks and trailers often drive up and down each street.) And I recently found the green ones at an antique shop in Live Oak. They go so well with my Jade-ite mug and pink pitcher from another junk shop in Live Oak.


More of my coffee cup collection.


Homeschooling is FUN. We decorated the walls in Lyli’s room while learning about planets, galaxies and nebulas. Then we put the planets up in the order of distance to the sun. When we get to the letter “S”, Lyli will draw a big sun for the wall. It’s a bit beyond kindergarten, I know, but we both had so much fun.


You might remember from my “Beach Cheap” blog that this Jesus plaque hung in my bedroom all my life. It was the first thing I hung up in Lyli’s nursery when I was pregnant. It was the first thing I hung up in the beach house, too. It wasn’t the first thing I hung up here (I’ll get to that in a minute), but it’s up.

It says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”



The moon is the first thing I hung up in Lyl’s room. It lights up in crescents, from new, to crescent, then half, then full, then back to new. I love it. It’s beautiful AND a learning tool. The stars were already on the ceiling in here, and the gorgeous fan is a gift from Gaga and Papa.

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This is the girls’ bathroom.


Even the chickens are happy here. They come out to hunt and peck and scratch whenever we are outside. Only two of them are laying. They are still acclimating to their new home.



-Lainie (Phyllis) Fekula

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