Saturday, October 5, 2019

It's not Friday?

Since taking the afternoon off two weeks ago to watch the Downton Abbey movie, it feels like I've been going non-stop! Women's Conference at our church, our little guy's birthday, behind the scenes work for Rent The Chicken, a local Norwex retreat, an online Norwex party, planning for local Rent The Chicken pick-ups, prep for in home Norwex parties, and of course preparing for the launch of our 2020 Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken reservations!

No wonder I didn't get a chance or make the time to check in here last week or yesterday! So let me fill you in on some things... My motto for 2019 has been the "Year of the Harvest". "the Harvest" isn't just about the bounty that comes a few months of the year. It's about putting in the work, preparing, getting others involved, building community, tending to the crops / project, pruning, carefully growing the crops, and then.... THE HARVEST! It doesn't end there. All of the fruit and vegetables in the garden becomes nourishment and deliciousness! Some of it is consumed right away and others is made to last through the year until the next harvest. At the same time, clean up needs to occur and while winding down from the harvest of this year, it's already time to start planning for the next. Although when I claimed "Year of the Harvest" as my motto, I thought it was literally about the actual Harvest and reaping all of the great benefits of harvest-time. Every year we put in the work to build and grow our Rent The Chicken business. Every year we build and grow. This year though.. WOW! We prepared, tilled, planted the right crops, groomed, pruned, nurtured, and and and and...! As expected, because of our Affiliates, our Renters, and God's provision, we had a stellar year of growth and Hatch The Chicken & Rent The Chicken Rentals!

That brings me to the next topic as mentioned above, a LOT of work has been put in for the launch of our 2020 Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken rentals to be available for reservation. Don't hold back... our dates and coops are reserved so quickly and some locations sell out in the first few months after the launch. We've reserved over 20 rentals this week network wide and that was with gentle marketing. What a great start to our 2020 Rental Season!

So of course I would love for everyone who reads this to make a reservation for a 2020 rental but it's more than that! I'm egg-cited for the things to come because of our focus this year. The planning for one harvest overlaps for years to come - both personally and professionally!

Here's a photo of my friend Becky and I at the Women's Conference at our church recently. What a cute photo opp area, right?! You can find Becky's blogs over here: MrsGregWillis.com

I'll leave you with this. There are two songs that have impacted me recently. One last year (Do It Again) and one just very recently (So Will I). I found this YouTube video of both songs here:

Friday, September 20, 2019

Downton Abbey Movie!

I had high hopes for providing a more detailed update about the Homestead this week but alas.... that will need to wait until next week!

I'm doing something I don't often do which is a PLANNED AFTERNOON OFF from all work!! (Don't worry... Homestead Phil is holding down the Homestead!)

I'm meeting up with my mom for lunch and to enjoy the Downton Abbey movie! It's premier day!! I could have went to a showing last night but my mom requested today. I can't tell you when I've been to the movies to watch something on a premier day.. maybe never!



No spoilers! Please do share if you're planning to see it or if you already did!

Monday, September 9, 2019

*taps the mic* Is this thing on?

It's been a LONG time since I wrote here. Much longer than I expected when I looked yesterday to see how long it really had been.

I have a lot to catch you up on but I won't spill the beans on everything at one time! :) The summer was lovely. It was full of laughs, hard decisions, and lots of purposeful visits with friends and family! I'll rewind though! We had a FANTASTIC delivery season since you heard from me last. Across the board with all of our Rent The Chicken Affiliate locations and our own, we met and exceeded goals for both Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken for 2019! We could not have done that without the support of our friends, family, Affiliate partners, and of course our renters!

We were told our RTC SUV needed extensive work right towards the start of our delivery season. We prayed and decided to trade in our little car for a pick up truck and that we'd pay the boat load of money to fix our SUV. Turns out... the shop who quoted the extensive work was off by a few thousand dollars and our regular mechanic had it done for under $100! Granted, we had to take it back within a month for some more work but it hasn't been back to the shop since! So we officially have a fleet of RTC vehicles in Western Pennsylvania! (2 makes a fleet, right? haha) We sold our old little RV and bought a modest pull behind camper and enjoyed a number of small and one larger trip this summer. We had a super great time at our local county fair - The Great Dayton Fair! I'll post more on that another day as there were loads of ribbons earned!


Homestead Phil surprised me with a small and lovely vow renewal for our 10 year wedding anniversary! Our niece, Brooklynn, from Oregon visited again this summer! This time, it was only for 6 weeks rather than 10 like last summer! The garden was great this season with more to come! Loads of onions, about 75# of tomatoes (salsa & spaghetti sauce!), hot peppers, green peppers, and a high yield of weeds!


I continued to help with the Girls Ministries at our church and have taken on a new role which is co-leading the "Friends Club" group for our 6th grade young ladies! I even chaperoned for a Girls' Retreat for the first time! Homestead Phil no... Commander Phillip continues to volunteer his time with the young men of our church with the scout group - Royal Rangers. They are stoked to attend a week long camp next summer call Camporama! We traveled to Indianapolis for Coop Camp with Coop Dreams where we separately held babies goats. Don't get any ideas, Homestead Phil!


We took in a Pittsburgh Pirates game with our little guy and his little friend earlier in the summer. We also went to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky with Brooklynn and two of her little friends. So powerful! We watched a parade then we were IN a parade and we even enjoyed a day at Kennywood! We also experienced our first Sprint Car dirt races! (Only spectating!) It was like motorcycle dirt flat track racing but with cars of varying sizes. Intense!


Givi Kitty is doing fairly well. Lots of partying at night and sleeping all day :) Oh and she thoroughly enjoyed multiple camping trips this summer as well! As if I don't wear enough hats and I don't have enough titles, I added "Norwex Independent Sales Consultant" to my resume! Norwex offers cleaning products without needing the use of chemicals or paper towels in less time! Let me know if you'd like more information or click here to peruse the webstore. And of course I still refer to myself as Homestead Jenn when I'm selling Norwex! :)


And.. I made it my goal to make sure all of the local ice cream shops stayed in business this year. My fav: Hand-dipped Caramel, Chocolate Covered Pretzel in a waffle cone. Wow. The rest weren't awful but that was my fav!

Catch you next time!