The Homestead

09 Mar

homesteadThe word homestead means different things to different people. To some it’s just a word connected with a tax deduction. To some it’s where their grandparents – or great-grandparents – settled when they came to this country. To some it’s a new wave of self-sufficiency living closer to the land. And to others, like me, it simply means home.

My husband and I have moved a number of times, mostly chasing employment. The last move, in 2000, was not only for employment, but employment where we really wanted to live. We were thrilled. We found a hobby farm we could afford and settled in to raise sheep, chickens, rabbits, and even a few pigs from time to time. We thought, “This is it.” Our square on this earth to call home. Our place to build the life we wanted to live.

Then in January of this year, my husband was given notice of layoff with no chance of recall to his position here where we live. We reeled under that sentence for several days. Then we got busy applying for jobs anywhere and everywhere. On his last day of employment, he was told he could have another job with the State of Michigan if we were willing to pack up and move clear across the state.

I can’t say it was a hard decision, because that was the easy part. You go where the paycheck is. But then the hard part hit, looking at everything we’ve poured over fourteen years of labor and love into, and knowing we’ll be leaving it all behind. Leaving the homestead.

It hurts. Change usually does. But from the hurt comes perseverance. And through that comes the hope that will not disappoint.

Twin Willows Farm


~ Pegg Thomas



Posted by on March 9, 2015 in devotion, Pegg Thomas


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9 responses to “The Homestead

  1. Robin Patchen

    March 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I know it’s hard to leave your home, Pegg. God must have something really special for you in the future, to ask you to make such a sacrifice now.


    • Pegg Thomas

      March 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

      That’s the promise I’m leaning on. Jeremiah 29:11.


  2. Marge Wiebe

    March 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    That’s a tough change indeed, Pegg. Hugs, and praying for many wonderful things to come.


  3. jerichakingston

    March 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    It may *seem* like you’re going where the job leads, but ultimately, God is leading you to your new home. What a comfort to know He goes before you, Pegg! Praying He comforts your heart as you follow. Trusting that exciting new adventures await!


  4. Pegg Thomas

    March 9, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks, ladies. It’s a challenge, but we’re up for it. 🙂


  5. candicesuepatterson

    March 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I don’t think I can say it any better than the other ladies already have. Prayers and hugs!


  6. David Walters

    April 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for this post, but you might want to fix the scripture reference on the photo to Romans 5:1-5…(oops)


    • Pegg Thomas

      April 20, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Talk about a typo! Thanks for pointing it out. Since this post is now buried in blog history, I’ll let your kind comment serve to help people find verse. 🙂


      • Pegg Thomas

        April 20, 2016 at 9:08 am

        Nah … couldn’t handle it … fixed now!



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