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Situated along the Faulkner county line some 30 miles north of Little Rock, Arkansas, what was once a 20-acre tract of overgrown pasture and timberland has since been converted into the happy, Christian homestead, homeschool, retreat, and residence for this seven-member family. Follow our journey as we share important lessons we've learned along the way.For more information, visit www.thekinnardhomestead.com
 
So, you've had a baby. Your life will never be the same. Your boobs will never be the same. And you're probably thinking, "How do I do this?" Welcome to Year One, the podcast that will get you through the first year of your baby's life, unscathed. Hosts Christie Hayes and Holly Wainwright have four kids under seven between them. Together with Mamamia's in-house-dream team of experts, they will take you from the moment the baby pops out to blowing out the candles on their first birthday cake. ...
 
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If you’re a soap maker and looking for a more efficient and effective way to turn out marvelous bars of soap, try the “Heat Transfer Method.” This variation of cold process soap making ditches the need for a thermometer and waiting long periods of time trying to get your oils and lye solution within the perfect temp range before blending. Such a gr…
 
"What a man is alone on his knees before God, that he is—and no more.” More important than the impression you give to your church family on Sunday or to your social media friends throughout the week is the impression you make at home approaching God in private prayer. In this episode, Tim talks about the important role of sincere, “un-photoshopped”…
 
The health a nation is influenced by the health of the church, the health of the church is influenced by the health of the home, and the health of the home is influenced by the health of the marriage bed. In this episode Tim talks about the importance of marital intimacy in the life of the Christian Home, and practical steps husbands and wives can …
 
The biblical practice of rest is generally accepted as an important means of grace by the average Christian family. The role that entertainment plays in the process of that rest, on the other hand, continues to be a topic of much debate. In this episode, Tim talks about the biblical categories of leisure and entertainment in the Christian home, and…
 
Sharing a meal together with your family, fellow believers, and even total strangers can be a biblical way of expressing your faith and an evidence of God's grace in your life. In this episode, Tim talks about the role of the Kitchen and Dining Room in the Christian home and how God uses them to foster fellowship and hospitality in the Christian fa…
 
While it's true Jesus puts a priority on the home, the Bible never once suggests the home is his top priority. In this episode, continuing a Bible-study walk through of "the Christian home," Tim discusses the coming and going of those in the Christian family and notices how they treat their home not like their ultimate home at all, but more as a ki…
 
A love for reading and the proof of being "well read" doesn't require a person to own, or to have even read through, a large stack of books. Quality over quantity should always be the ideal standard, including in the practice of reading. In this episode, Tim talks about a minimalist approach to reading and shares the story of his decision to purge …
 
If you're an aspiring entrepreneur in Arkansas with a desire to sell your homemade food items without a permit, you need to learn about the state’s Cottage Food laws. In this episode, Tim gives an update to the law from Arkansas’ 2021 Legislative Session with the passage of Act 306 and the allowance of internet sales for cottage food business owner…
 
There are plenty of "old wives' tales" that old-time gardeners like to use to predict the last frost date on the calendar before planting their gardens. In this episode, Tim expresses some skepticism toward these silly superstitions and points to the metric of historical averages for one’s area as a more reliable method to use. Resources: https://w…
 
When organized scouting was first introduced in 1908 by war hero Sir Robert Baden-Powell, its objective was to "complete the sequence of training from boyhood to manhood through the progressive grades of [the scouting ranks]." In our modern world, there has risen some confusion, including within respected scouting organizations, as to the basic def…
 
When it comes to emergency preparedness, having a reliable means of communication can make all the difference in coordinating the help you need. Ham Radio is commonly used as such a reliable communication option. In this episode, Tim shares the story of how he first got involved in Ham Radio and how it has proven useful in real life emergency situa…
 
Regardless of the size of your income, you can benefit from a budget. If you struggle with debt and have a tendency to charge on your credit card more than you earn in your paycheck, you can especially benefit from the cash-envelope system of budgeting. In this episode, Amy discusses the basics and benefits of using the cash-envelope system, and me…
 
Accidents happen. When they do, it is best to have a well-stocked medicine kit ready to go. In this episode, Amy and her sister Joy Durand discuss stories of a severe burn and a nasty wound suffered in the family, and the effective results of applying an all-natural "Healing Salve" developed by the Amish. Resources: www.thekinnardhomestead.com www.…
 
Do you know the difference between an asset and a liability? If your finances are eroding faster than they are accruing, you may need to revisit the concept. In this episode, drawing from a financial principal he first learned from author Robert Kiyosaki, Tim talks about how a proper understanding of assets and liabilities is key to building wealth…
 
Tired of searching for the perfect bar of soap to meet your family's specific needs? In this episode, Amy explains the step-by-step process of making your own soap using the simplest recipe from the beginning steps of purchasing ingredients and needed tools all the way to learning how to formulate your own recipe using a Saponification chart. Once …
 
Those who live on a farm are mindful of the threat of predators that lurk in the shadows and wait for an opportunity to pick off a stray chicken or lamb. Hungry coyotes, venomous snakes, and stray dogs, however, aren't the only threats to watch out for. Far more dangerous are the hidden spiritual attacks happening in the heart and mind of an indivi…
 
If you feel lost between the cubicle walls of your work and everyday seems like a repeat of the day before with no real sense of progress, there are a few things that can help orient you to where you are and where you’re trying to get. In this episode, Tim gives three suggestions that, in his experience, can help a person navigate the proverbial ra…
 
When you're faced with a problem that's beyond your ability to resolve, it makes sense to call the professionals. Whether the issue involves advanced math, special therapy, home improvement, Christian ministry, or health care, those trained in a particular field are usually the best people to help. However, it doesn't take a degree on your wall to …
 
The mystery of the incarnation as it is described in John 1 is "one of the richest quarries for mining wonderful truths about Christ in all the Bible." In this episode, Tim shares a Christmas sermon he originally preached at Crystal Valley Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas where he has the privilege of pastoring. Focusing on v. 14, "And…
 
If you've ever been a tad bit curious why farmers often have large families, there are studies that point to several different reasons. In addition to the fact that the farming profession provides more flexible opportunities for a husband and wife to “grow the family” than most other professions, there are both practical and fundamental worldview e…
 
If you're an aspiring entrepreneur in Arkansas with a desire to sell your homemade food items without a permit, you need to learn about the state’s Cottage Food laws. In this episode, Tim explains his understanding of the Arkansas law as it’s written, and shares some of his personal views and experiences regarding the subject.…
 
C.S. Lewis watched his country embrace a socialist welfare state, despite the efforts of Britain’s conservative party, led by the great Winston Churchill, to stop it. In a post-World War II era, those who had sacrificed so much in the fight to live free and independently were themselves faced with an increasing dependence on their own government to…
 
In addition to providing fun entertainment, the classic Star Trek franchise has delivered episode after episode of thought-provoking material to spark the synapses. Included on the transporter pad of ideas ready to beam into the viewer’s imagination has not only been shimmers of science and philosophy, but of economics and everyday business as well…
 
Fundamental to education is the formation of good habits, whether your child has special needs or not. For children with special needs, establishing a set of daily routines and responsibilities is especially beneficial to development and learning to live independently. In our family, we’ve found an ideal place to foster such life skills is on a far…
 
What do your smartphone habits say about you? If you traveled to a faraway land and met a society of people who knew nothing about email, social media, or podcasts, what conclusions would they reach watching you constantly swipe at your phone? In this episode, Tim talks about the conviction he felt while reading Jonathan Swift's classic satire, Gul…
 
Should you attend a large church or a small church? Is it more honoring to the Lord to serve in the city or the country? In this episode, Tim shares his heart as a pastor for small rural churches pointing out, with Scripture in view, that the size and location of a church is less important than the faithfulness of the pastors and members serving th…
 
Is "prepping" biblical? Should a Christian invest time, money, and energy into making provisions that could significantly lessen the hardships faced in possible future trials and worse case scenarios? In this episode, Tim seeks to answer the question by looking to none other than the Bible and pointing out important factors and principals that must…
 
As a son, brother, husband, and father of certain ladies in my life partial to the story of "Anne of Green Gables," I've read the classic book and seen the popular 1985 movie. While I don't get very sentimental when it comes to the "coming-of-age" story of a somewhat awkward, freckle-face, red-headed orphan girl who always has her head in the cloud…
 
I have a lot of respect for artisans who can make beautiful-looking soap. The colors, textures, and shapes that I've seen some of them produce are truly pieces of art, worthy of being showcased in a professional gallery. These soaps make excellent gifts and decorative additions to any home. However, when I shop for (or make my own) soap for everyda…
 
Does the Bible speak toward how Christian Farmers are supposed to do agriculture? In his book, "Born-Again Dirt," Noah Sanders argues the answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!” In this episode, Tim reviews Noah's book pointing to the biblical methods, the biblical manner, and the biblical motive that are necessary layers to cultivating a bi…
 
If you know a good deal when you see one, you can can a good deal! By combining one of Amy's earlier posted grocery-saving tips along with pressure canning, you have the ability to save even more in your family budget. Amy shares two cost comparisons of buying bulk raw ingredients and canning them in your own kitchen vs. buying pre-made store items…
 
Whether you are picking beans or preaching sermons, you will always have a mingling of critics and supporters offering their two cents about your methods. In either case, you can get distracted from the work you are doing by pausing for too long to listen to either opinion. To remain focused on the task before you, it's best to turn a blind eye and…
 
The old Victory Garden slogan, "Eat What You Can, and Can What You Can't" teaches the lesson of good stewardship when it comes to gardening and preserving your own food. In this episode, Amy shares the cost breakdown and comparison of growing and canning your own tomatoes to make salsa vs. purchasing store-bought salsa as one example of how a famil…
 
I'm not a fan of the stereotype that assumes all farmers are barefooted, overall-wearing, pipe-smoking, straw-chewing, backwoods hillbillies. Rather, when I think of homesteading, I like to envision the intellectual agrarian standard. I think of George Washington of Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson of Monticello, and...don't laugh...Bilbo Baggins of …
 
We decided to homestead for many of the same reasons others do: A desire to be self-reliant, to give more time to spiritual pursuits, and to work with our kids on developing hands-on craft and life skills. A possible negative effect, however, to moving out to the country is isolating ourselves from the very world we believe as Christians we are cal…
 
Congratulations. You made it. Pop the cork, pour a glass of bubbly...(well, maybe not if you’re still breastfeeding) and pass the cake. It's time to marvel at how things have changed. We check in with our in-house paediatrician to go over baby's milestones, and discuss what to expect when you're living with a toddler. And if you've closed up shop, …
 
Grab the baby wipes and get ready to scrub the spit off your shirt. This episode is all about going back to work. PAID work, we mean. What happens if you're on maternity leave and you want to go back to work early? What if you NEVER want to go back? Is there something in between? Plus, if you haven’t got child care organised, is it too late? Will y…
 
Life with a new baby can mean all your attention gets focused on just one thing; them. But researchers have found that relationship satisfaction can plummet after the birth of a baby. So, how can we nurture not just the baby but your relationship? How can you keep the old love alive when all your time and brain space is going into the love for your…
 
Do you look in the mirror and not even recognise yourself anymore? Miss adult conversation? Wonder if you will ever be the same person again? It's OK. The loss of identity feeling you have is normal. But, we’re going to talk about getting help with it. Also, if your social life has been depleted, we tackle how to get out of the house, find your com…
 
You might be a MasterChef in the kitchen, cooking up the latest in kale, pork belly or truffles but your baby won’t care. They're all about mush. Tasteless and nutritional mush. This episode is all about starting solids. How can you recognise allergies? What's the best fix for fussy eaters? How can you introduce different flavours, and when? Is the…
 
Have you gone from a free-loving, crazy risk-taker into walking around in a hazmat suit and bubble wrap? This episode is all about safety. What should you worry about and what can you let slide? Should you rush out and do a CPR or First Aid course, or is common sense enough? We go room by room through your house and identify hazards, and then take …
 
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