Hi friends! Welcome to our “tended homestead.” I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Janine. I’m married to an amazing man who also happens to be my best friend – Caleb. Together, we have two beautiful girls. We recently moved to the mountains of North Carolina and are loving the views. It has been a journey getting this far, and I know we have so much further to go but I’m totally enjoying the ride.
Why “Tended Homestead”?
One of the themes Caleb and I have seen in our lives is the faithfulness of God. Over and over again, we have gotten ourselves into a mess and He has been there – right in the middle – and brought the answer. It wasn’t always the answer we wanted or prayed for – but it was exactly what we needed.
It is the constant, faithful care of God that led us to the idea of being “tended” – faithfully cared for. I’ve also seen in my own life that until I can accept the “tending” of God, I struggle with caring for – or “tending” – those around me. Writing is one of the ways I’m pausing to look for God’s tending. It’s a record of the weeds God is pulling from the garden of my heart as well as a bite of the harvest after making it through the cold, heat, and storms. In my weakness and inability – He has been strong.
This is also a journal of how I’m learning to tend – to care for myself, my family, and my home the way God cares for me. It’s not a view of perfection by any means – but rather a glimpse of the mess God is regularly putting back in order.
Caleb and I have spent most of our married life dreaming together about a homestead – a place where we can have our own bit of land to raise our family and truly settle. For us a homestead speaks of putting down roots, growth, learning, new beginnings, and hope.
That’s really the heart of what we wanted to see happen here – stories of God’s tender care as we learn to tend our hearts, family, and home. Welcome to our tended homestead.