My name is Kimberly, I’m twenty-nine years old and holding :). I am blessed to live on a two and a half acre farm in California with my parents. I am the youngest of three children. I have a brother and sister who are five and seven years older than me, so I am the baby of the family. I am also an aunt to eight and great-aunt to one. I raise goats, an unusual breeds of guinea pigs, garden, collect heirloom seeds, spin, crochet and knit (but I haven’t gotten past making scarves). I have recently taken up needle felting and I also make jewelry out of polymer clay. I have a great love for animals and nature, studying about natural animal husbandry and diversified- sustainable farming.
What is your testimony (how did you become born-again)?
I don’t remember what age (six to eight) I was when I gave my life to the Lord but I grew up in the Christian faith and never had any interest in straying. I guess the Lord gave me a very strong moral compass of right and wrong from a very young age.
What led you to stay at home?
As a teenager I developed Graves’ disease and really didn’t have the ability to work due to the issues I was going through. Then as a young adult my sister introduced me to Above Rubies Magazine, which led to my discovering of Watching For The Morning. I was so happy to learn of other daughters staying at home. I discovered that I wasn’t alone in my beliefs.
What are some ways that you help and serve your family?
I care for my Mom’s herd of goats, sheep, two alpacas and a cow, plus any other animals that need tending to. I also handle the sales of goats. I help with basically anything that needs done, whether it be mending fences, helping my Dad move equipment, doing yard work, preserving our harvest from our garden or making dinner.
Are there any resources that have encouraged you in your daily life?
Above Rubies, Shining Stars (of course!), Kent Hovind, Living Waters/ Ray Comfort, G. Craig Lewis (resulting in my purging a lot music CD’s from my collection). There are MANY stay at home daughter blogs that I follow (just view my blog list). My sister gave me a fictional book that I greatly enjoyed called Adam’s Daughters by Julia Mac Nair Wright, but I don’t know if that counts as a resource.
Do you have a ministry? If so, please share about it.
I try to lead by example. I’ve found I have more impact with helping others by living what I believe.
Do you have a home business? If so, please share about it.
At this time I don’t, other than the small sales from my guinea pigs and kids from my few goats. I would like to eventually have a little cottage business selling fiber, my hand-spun yarn and other handcrafted items.
What encouragement/advice/exhortation do you have to share?
I think that some people get this idea in their head that stay-at-home-daughters are perfect people from perfect families. I am far from that. Don’t worry yourself that your family isn’t perfect. No one’s is, certainly not me or my own. We are all sinners, we have our fair share of arguments and issues. These are some scriptures that I find encouraging:
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. – Colossians 3:23-24
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:5-6
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:30
Possibly sharing at: Mom 2 Mom, The Modest Mom, Mama Moments, The Art of Home-Making Monday, Titus 2 Tuesday, Titus 2sdays, Roses Of Inspiration, So Much At Home, A Wise Woman, Raising Homemakers, A Little R&R, Coffee and Conversation, Hearts for Home, Growing in Grace, Imparting Grace, SHINE Blog Hop, Grace and Truth, Fellowship Fridays.